kunogi himawari

Character Name: Kunogi Himwari
Series: xxxHOLiC
Outfit: Victorian Rose Dress

Started: March 2011
Finished: April 2011
Hours to make: 63
Cost of materials: approx. $217 CAD
Status: Retired
Worn at: Anime Boston 2011, Anime North 2011, Katsucon 2012

I really wanted to do a fancy dress this year and I had also been itching to do something from CLAMP. Himawari was a character that I always kept going back to and I really liked this particular dress. I was kind of hesitant at first because I was really unsure of how to bustle a dress and how I wanted the back to look. In the end, I'm very happy with the results.

I got really lucky with the material and found a two-toned taffeta on clearance, which made the costume a lot cheaper than it could have been. The top part of the dress was patterned by modifying a vest pattern and the bottom of the dress was litterally four rectangles that were then pinned upwards to create the poof/bustle. The peach-colored ruffle trim was made out of a light, semi-sheer material I found cheap downtown. I was really unsure about what type of material I wanted to use for it, but I'm very happy with the results. The ruffles were made by making rectangles and then bunching it through the center.

The skirt is actually two layers with a small bustle between the two. The most inner skirt was one circle skirt and was made with a plain cotton. The top skirt was one and a half circle skirts and I can't remember the exact fabric type. The bustle was made out of a plain cotton and steel boning. It was my first making a bustle and doing anything with boning so I am quite pleased with the results.

The choker was made out of some scrap black material, a key ring, and ribbon. The flower was made by me. I was lucky enough to find a pair of laced gloves at a thrift store I used to volunteer at. Since they were white, I colored them with a marker. The hair and dress accessories were made using cross-stitching sheets. I then threaded white beads through it (although you can only really see them in closeup shots). The giant flowers were bought at Walmart. Finally, the wig and shoes were bought off of ebay.