Kotani Nobuko

Character Name: Kotani Nobuko
Series: Nobuta wo Produce
Outfit: School uniform

Started: January 2007
Finished: July 2007
Hours to make: 18
Cost of materials: approx. $72 (Can.)
Status: Retired
Worn at: Otakon 2007

Nobuta wo Produce was the drama that not only got me watching more Jdramas, but it also got me into Johnny's Entertainment. Admittedly, the storyline wasn't anything spectacular, but I truly enjoyed it. Nobuta was my favorite character and a friend of mine told me that I reminded her of Nobuta (I'm not sure if I should be insulted, haha), so I thought: "Oh~ new cosplay idea!" Two of my friends and I were originally going to do a group cosplay, but I'm the only one who went through with it.

I really like the way this cosplay turned out. The blazer turned out better than I expected and everything just seemed to turn out nicely. The white dress shirt and the grey socks were old school clothes. The grey sweater vest was bought at a thrift store and then modified slightly.

No matter how hard I looked, I couldn't find a tie that was anywhere near what I was looking for. In the end, I bought a red necktie and then painted the stripes onto navy ribbon, which was then glued onto the tie. It was a pain to make, but I think it turned out nicely.

As this was originally going to be a "buy everything" sort of cosplay, I first tried to look for a blazer in thrift stores. I couldn't find anything to my liking, so I had to make the blazer. I'm really proud of the way it turned out. The trim was light blue ribbon that was glued on. The patch was bought from digikoomi. For the skirt, I was lucky to have found a plaid that was very close to what it was supposed to look like.