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Litchi in Action by yayacosplay Litchi in Action by yayacosplay
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Gah, I got so many amazing BlazBlue photos that I can't stop posting them! Hope I'm not boring you guys.

Character: Litchi Faye Ling
Costume made and modeled by Yaya (moi)
Photography by the legendary Maboroshi of RisingSun.net [link]

These images were taken during Sukoshicon in Destin, FL - the con was right next to the beach!!! Of course we had to take advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery. Mab's photography is not only vibrant and vivid, but he also has an innate sense for great composition and an unmatched way to capture a moment. I wanted to do a few action fighto poses and of course Mab always makes me look more badass than I am lol.

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]

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:iconjakerufrost:
JakeruFrost Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! You look exactly like Litchi! XD
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cosmicbrat Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
These amazing images are too immaculate, too much dignity, reality, truth, purity, respect, and life (raw and refined), for our north American cultures to even begin to grasp and handle..
Your work is like a cool breath of fresh air on a hot muggy day.. like an ice cold glass of natural sweet-water sent to those of us stuck in hell...
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LtCommanderT-DOG Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have beautiful eyes :3
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S-O-G-A Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
awesome  cosplay. absolutely love this one.
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cosmicbrat Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Wouldn't it have been better to have flushed that post down the toilet as a polite respectful alternative to posting it..?
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cosmicbrat Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
I flushed it...
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:iconmartymus:
MARTYMUS Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Very Hot!
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SaariCorporation Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
agree
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:iconthehappythrasher:
TheHappyThrasher Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! You just resolved my repressed memory of chicks wielding large sticks in my general direction! (It was a dark day for an 8 year old boy on a daycare field trip...)
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:iconblazr-san:
BLAZR-SAN Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
LUVVLEEEEE!
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:iconyonim83:
YONIM83 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
please sit on my face
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:iconnikan2:
nikan2 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
incredibly amazing costume and pose. :D
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:iconermax619:
Ermax619 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Sexy and awesome!
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:iconjade-kamui:
Jade-Kamui Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Are your Boobs real? :D
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:iconzippo419:
zippo419 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i see why bang is obsessed
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:iconzippo419:
zippo419 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SEXY.
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:iconweapontheory:
WeaponTheory Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I played very little of Blazblue, like for one day, but she was definitely my favorite character to use.
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:icontobiasboom:
TobiasBoom Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
wow sexy much
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:icontodootakufer:
todootakufer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
is identical!
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:iconred-toy-cobra:
Red-Toy-Cobra Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You did both Litchi Faye Ling and Chun Li perfect, wow thats it you're my favorite!
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Mouse-eater Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Absolutely amazing. One of my favorite fighting game characters, and a cosplay I've very much wanted to do (or seen done really well, like this). Reading all the details of how you made it was excellent fun! Really creative and talented. :D
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wf12b Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Its Booby Lady!!
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:iconbalkito-starstist:
Balkito-Starstist Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
marry me =(
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:iconbeautyofgrac3:
BeautyofGrac3 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
nice
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:iconsakalla:
Sakalla Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Boobies <3
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InugomeSanku Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Where did you get the glasses? Just wondering. I know you removed the top bridges, but where did you get the frames to begin with? :)
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:iconrawr-keikz:
RAWR-keikz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay booby lady! XD
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:iconkingdesmond:
kingdesmond Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student General Artist
cool.
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:iconjasonkiller5966:
JasonKiller5966 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Teach Me Boobie Lady!
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:iconkaiuchamica:
Kaiuchamica Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
boobie lady
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:iconneijisan:
NeijiSan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Awesome, really. You're so pretty *__*
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Dakanavar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
i'm not familiar with the character, but it's a great costume! and it's nice to see some effort put into the poses, too - wonderful pics
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ATG415 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
omg WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icontgyamibakura:
TGyamiBakura Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you look like you hopped out of an anime...
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:iconzerohero295:
ZeroHero295 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My Kind of Char ;-)
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:iconmoses-lu:
Moses-Lu Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
wowo~
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natsume84 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
absolutly stunning and amazing!!
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:iconbujinkomix:
bujinkomix Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Spec-tacular! ;-)
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:iconantegeo:
antegeo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
I LOVE YOU WORK XD
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:iconbullrick:
Bullrick Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
... just wow! :wow:
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:iconthehappygirl:
thehappygirl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
well as per usual i am totally impressed :D i love Litchi and you have totally captured her!
keep being amazing.
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:iconaralepus:
Aralepus Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Thats a excellent cosplay, the likeness is truly remarkable. :jawdrop:
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:iconmasterbit13:
MasterBit13 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
My favorite Cosplay yet :D
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:iconlacipolla:
LaCipolla Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Just perfect! I hear Taokaka scream "Boooooby Lady" in the back of my head.
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:iconprincessoftheheart:
PrincessoftheHeart Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Litchi!
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:iconokitarina:
OkitaRina Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is an absolutely gorgeous shot
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Kenichi2point0 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Epic...from any angle! Outstanding job as always Yaya.
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