Character Name: Nakajima Youko
Twelve Kindgoms has been a series I've really enjoyed ever since first giving it a shot back in cEGEP/early university.
I've toyed around with the idea of cosplaying Youko since then, but it wasn't until I came back to the series in the past year or so
that I finally made the jump. I recently went back to it to read the novels and I fell in love with the series all over again.
Tops: The mauve/rose parts of the top were made out of a moleskin stretch suede. A bit of a strange fabric choice for
pseudo-chinese imperial wear, but it had a nice drape to it and it had the look/sheen of what I had envisioned for it. The top zips
up at the front. The grey parts were made out of a satin. I used the underside of the fabric since I found the "good" side was way too shiny. The
sleeves were fully lined with it and then hand sewn down to get the "rolled" sleeve look.
The base wig used was a Persephone in Dark Red from Epic Cosplay Wigs. The bangs were trimmed. The wig was curled with a curling iron and then brushed out. Wefts were added to the sides to cover more of my hairline before pulling the front fibers into a ponytail. To give the ponytail a bit more poof and to give a solid base to the hair accessory, a styrofoam ball was gutted and then painted red. The remaining wefts I had were glued onto the ball and the hair accessory (made out of foam) was glued on top of that. A hair comb was glued onto the front of the styrofoam ball, which was used to secure it to the wig.
The sword was made out of a combination of eva foam, wood, and worbla. The base/blade was made out of foam with a wooden rectangle
running down the middle. The foam was sanded down using a dremmel to get the bevel. The hilt was made out of a dowel cut down the middle
to get the general cylindrical shape, and then covered in worbla to make the design. The loop at the end of the sword was also made out
of worbla. The crossguard was made out of a combination of foam and worbla. The sword was then coated in Plasti dip to seal it and then