Series: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Worn to: Anime Iowa 07, Youmacon 07 Status: Retired Difficulty: 2/5
For reasons I can't explain, I really enjoyed (the first season of) Haruhi Suzumiya. I always had Haruhi or Mikuru on my list of possible cosplays but when my friend Joe mentioned that he would cosplay as Kyon, I chose to cosplay Haruhi.
I made Kyon's jacket in two days using a generic blazer pattern and polyester suiting. I lined the jacket in baby pink fabric, per Joe's request. The rest of Kyon's costume was purchased.
Haruhi's outfit caused more trouble than I anticipated because I worked without patterns. The skirt was a result of a lot of guess work and the collar is almost completely held together with Heat n' Bond. Because of time constraints, the wig was styled from a long, blonde, curly wig which was straightened and colored with brown sharpies by hand. The shirt was once a turtleneck and the cuffs are attached with snaps. The arm band was made using a scrap of red fabric and the characters were painted on freehand.
Haruhi is a really dynamic character, which made her very entertaining to cosplay. I also enjoyed the many opportunities to break into random dance!