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My last cosplay of 2011! Litchi has been on my to do list since the first arcade game was imported to the USA at Planet Zero in Houston a few years ago!!! I was lucky enough to be in the area and was one of the first people to try my hands at it. Litchi's design and fighting style with the staff was instantly my favorite. I also really approve of girls in glasses. AND I love pandas, and she has one hanging on her head. It was love at first button push lol.

Character: Litchi Faye Ling
Costume made and modeled by Yaya (moi)
Photography by the talented Elysia of Fenyx Design :iconfenyxdesign:

Costume construction:
In order to translate the design of this 2-D video game character into a real life costume, I knew that I needed a lot of silk. I found this gorgeous deep red silk in the LA Fabric district for the jacket and skirt/tail and paired it with a golden yellow silk brocade for the trim. I made my own bias tape with the gold brocade and used a red Asian brocade for the lining of the jacket/skirt. For those new to making bias tape, it's really simple and can add an interesting detail to your costume if you use fun fabrics. Just by doing a quick google search you can find tons of tutorials on this technique, with photos or video. For example, here is a simple tutorial on how to make your own bias tape: [link]
And how to sew bias tape on! [link]

As usual, I created my own patterns for the garment by drafting them on paper, measuring and chalk drawing on fabric, draping on my mannequin, and altering base patterns heavily., I serged/sewed everything on this costume, making sure it is tailored to me and fit properly. All the garment pieces are lined and finished with a hand made binding.
I altered the jacket design a tad because on the character design it's loose and cut very low. Since I was already going to show a bra, I didn't want the closure to be way low on my torso, so the jacket swoops in underneath the bra and closes via hook/eyes. That's also why I have an extra set of buttons in the front, it would have looked weird just with one row.

After making the jacket and skirt, I tackled the boot covers, which are built over a pair of wedge boots that I completely butchered. I made a pattern by tracing around the boots and created the boot covers with matching silk fabrics. I even lined the boot covers because loose seams drive me nuts.

I chose a decorated bra from VS instead of a plain one because my costume has some texture to it and is made with pretty luxurious fabrics. I thought it would fit the overall look better.

I also styled the wig, with consisted of a lot of razoring and shearing of the bangs into the asymmetrical style, and butchering two long hair falls to make the floor-sweeping ponytail.
I made the ying yang hair piece with a variety of lightweight materials that were laying around my house and hand painted it carefully.
The panda was so much fun to make, and super easy. I even had all the fleece and stuffings laying around already. The leaves are made from left over taffeta from my Peacock costume, and I embroidered them.

The glasses were very carefully taken apart, and, after dremeling off the top bridges, put back together.

Last piece to make was the fighting staff which I didn't want to be too tall, since it's already a pain to carry around. So it's just a few inches taller than me when I'm wearing the boots. It breaks down into three pieces for easy transport and is made from a pvc pipe.

You can see a video collage from Ikkicon with Riddle and me where Litchi is featured here: [link]

Other Deviations of this cosplay:
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:iconmegzwills:
MegzWills Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Shame theres a huge hole in her attire, her poor boobs are hanging out. 
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:iconmoon-flower4022:
Moon-Flower4022 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This is beautiful! You look exactly like her. I play Blazeblue all the time with my best friend in Houston.
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:iconarcader1:
arcader1 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Taokaka: hey there boobie lady
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:icondeacon57:
Deacon57 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Classic ;-)
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:iconthekusanagi1:
thekusanagi1 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
y u so beautiful? every cosplay,picture etc. i see of you you look beautiful ^___^ there is not one pic that i don't enjoy of yours.
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:iconnightshade-kitsune:
Nightshade-Kitsune Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I remember seeing you in this cosplay at Ikkicon! I was so excited to see a Blazblue cosplay, but I was too shy to say anything because you looked so amazing and I felt so insignificant next to you...and there were swarms of people with cameras around. So I just took a quick picture and ran off. ^^; I wish I could pull a cosplay like this off, but I'm not even remotely as pretty as you, and I'm your typical flat-chested Asian... *Sigh*
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:iconliltwilightprincess2:
Liltwilightprincess2 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa! You make an awesome Litchi!
Yay boobie lady!! X3
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:iconninjaxz:
ninjaxz Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Litchi my fav character of blazbluexD
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:iconcylpso:
Cylpso Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you sad Planet Zero is closing? I am. ;-;
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:iconjustzaz:
justZaz Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student General Artist
much love for Ms. Litchi!
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:iconkingdesmond:
kingdesmond Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student General Artist
cute
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:iconswoosh149:
swoosh149 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I want to motorboat your amazing TITS!!!!!!!!
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:iconpuppetcancer:
Puppetcancer Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm embarrassed to admit I would never have thought up the idea of using a dremmel to carve off the tops of a pair of glasses. Good thinking!
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:iconswoosh149:
swoosh149 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Love your BOOBS!!!!!
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:iconlady-seimeii:
Lady-Seimeii Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your cosplay is so perfect
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:iconnoblecielphantomhive:
NobleCielPhantomhive Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
.-. you weren't at Ikkicon where you?
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:iconsanguine-my-friend:
Sanguine-My-Friend Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
BOOBY LADY

BOTH IN COSPLAY AND OUT
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:iconbroken-lust:
Broken-Lust Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student
I hate to ask but im just dying to know now.. are those real? Please take no offense to it but there just out there and i had to ask. Pretty costume though ^^
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:iconruchiip:
RuchiiP Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OH GOD!! I love this game! XD
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:iconbatpez1138:
batpez1138 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
great!
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:iconsoliderside:
SoliderSide Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I absolutely love your body. You're so beautiful! Any woman would kill to have your figure!
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:iconalesaenz:
alesaenz Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
It was great to meet you in person last weekend here in Costa Rica ;) Tks for coming!
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:iconlalunapiena:
LaLunaPiena Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
You are the perfect spitting live image of Litchi. <3 This is an amazingly done cosplay; I love it.
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:iconthewiseweirdprophet:
TheWiseWeirdProphet Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are perfect for this character :), great cosplay :+fav:
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:iconeduardodekamaster:
eduardodekamaster Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Like aways , it's amazing!!!Beautiful model , great costume!!XD
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:iconalfredokelly:
alfredokelly Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I like
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:iconaoimizuno:
AoiMizuno Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your cosplays are crazy. This is AMAZING! And it really motivates me to get working on my own Litchi cosplay. :3 :heart: I cosplayed the Librarian version so I figured I'd do her battle outfit too! :Da Thanks for always being such an inspiration!
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:iconrempage:
rempage Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, your Litchi cosplay is awesome!

On behalf of my inner Taokaka (I cosplay her)....BOOBIE LADY! XD
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:iconjbone28:
JBONE28 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Beautiful.
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:iconkatana991:
Katana991 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Oh wow!
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:iconscott--ko:
Scott--KO Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
It's the BOOBY LADY!
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:iconlockon-stratos88:
lockon-stratos88 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
well made cosplay, nice work
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:icontm070282:
TM070282 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Yeah. that's some serious cosplay.
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:iconromeoteknik:
romeoteknik Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Yaya has the figure to pull this off to perfection, I've seen others and while they are somewhat good (Vampy), Yaya fully embraces the whole character. Nice job and fav'd.
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:iconhadoolket:
hadoolket Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
holy tits someone actually has the breasts for litchi
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:iconmauryv:
Mauryv Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
I still can't believe I missed this last month. Got dizzle. :)
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:iconillogan:
illogan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this :)
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:iconslavicwolf:
SlavicWolf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, miss Han you make me wish that i lived in Texas.
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:iconconceptincept:
ConceptIncept Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
That is some serious bada bing up front there!
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:iconjhonl22:
JhonL22 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CUTE!!!
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:iconstrider-x:
Strider-X Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
...Yes....Ma'am...(-____-)
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:icongauntlet14:
gauntlet14 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
awesome as always!
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:iconsky-boy:
SKY-BOY Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your beauty is truly breathtaking!
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:icontitan-kaose:
titan-kaose Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mmmmm love the pic id let her ko me any day ;D
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:iconshadowryu21:
shadowryu21 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Mind Blowingly Beautiful!!!
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:iconclaw213:
Claw213 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I must say you cought the look of Lichi's beauty. It looks stunning.
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:iconkiratame-yahoto:
Kiratame-Yahoto Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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:iconkat-ambros:
Kat-Ambros Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist
gawds you are the sexiest woman on earth I swear O_O
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