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First photos of a new costume I made for Ikkicon. I found this artwork piece by mangaka Carnelian and fell completely in love with the design!
It's Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier, but as an adorable pirate girl! I happened to have very similar over the knee lace up boots, as well as 2 yards of deep purple Madonna velvet and black leather on hand, so I decided to push back my other cosplay plans to make this costume.

Construction notes: I started out by serging strips of magenta organza together, then hand ruffling the lengths and making a multi-layer ruffle skirt with them. I used the same organza to make the top and scalloped edged ruffle sleeves. I adorned the top and skirt with sequin trim because I thought it would be very Sheryl lol.
The captain's coat was fun and annoying to make. In hindsight I used three of the most difficult to work with fabrics on one garment, what was I thinking? The coat is velvet lined with two-tone taffeta, with all the black leather trim home made and carefully sewn on. I modified a pattern heavily and drafted parts of the coat on myself. It is reinforced with an extra layer of material inside, and boning.
The gold buttons have anchors on them which I thought was cute. I then made the ascot and garter belt, and covered a $5 Halloween felt pirate hat in black pleather left over from another costume. I also happened to have a nice beaded gold trim and purple and lavender feathers to embellish it with. The heart was kind of last minute put together and I may redo it in the near future. I did find some time to finally make Sheryl's microphone out of a mish mash of materials. Figuring out the braiding was interesting lol.

All in all, the costume came together in about 3 days of work and I am pretty happy with it! The colors are so cute together and I love my pirate hat. I am taking off the bows on the coat because they cover up all the arrow trim I spent so long making and stitching on. Definitely plan to wear it again soon, and do a location photoshoot!

Thank you to Brent LaVelle [link] for the studio shots!
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S-O-G-A Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
awesome cosplay. absolutely  love this one.
SqueezyBear Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The purple is lovely on you
Sarconus Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
1348249 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
acki1 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
..just love it..wery nice..:)
GNLAZARUS Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student Artist
I used to be sexy in a female pirate costume, until I took an arrow to the knee. . .

All kidding aside, I think you look great^^
LOSTgnosis Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
The violet of the outfit complements the yellow in the skin that is shown well.
acki1 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
..nice..wery nice..:)
saishadow Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
cool pirat costume
DeathInTheReaper Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the detailing on this outfit is stunning. You did a great job, it looks exactly like the character. :D
Deev-Roth Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
... beautiful.

This is actually a personal dream for me... I love Purple, Pirates and Blondes... this is perfect!

thank you for fulfilling all of my fantasies at once!
NaughtySasuke Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Extremely Beautiful
Yuzuriha59 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I love your cosplay, it's amazing ♥
Hiraethin Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Time for another pirate calendar!

Looking forward to seeing more of you and this costume.
HandxPalm Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Student General Artist
you are amazing with sewing. You also have a lot of patience to meticulously make every single detail on this outfit.
YakfU Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
great image and a stunning model :love:
hamasuki Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Wow, you captured the color of the original in the best way! Its so vivid~ great job on the styles!!!
StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Brilliant choice of materials! Looks beautiful. :heart:
Talei Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous cosplay as always! Looking fabulous!
WickedPrince Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Totally love the purple. :)
JessyDee Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very lovely colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CoreyByas Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
it always exciting to see what you come up with next. I still find it hard to believe someone can do this.................. I have no idea who the characters are but they look amazingly well crafted..
knight28 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
excellent work. Love the design
LevelSeven Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Saw you in this at Ikkicon. Amazing work!
belldandyamz Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
yet another one of your cosplays that looks like a figurine. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
samavan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Check out Granado Espada game, this could extend your inspiration :)
yayacosplay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Already done and already made a Female Wizard costume - [link]
samavan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh amazing O_o!!

If you didn't bought it yet, there is an amazing Art book of Granado Espada.
This is a very good source of inspiration, an amazing design work!!
Everything is very beautiful inside.

bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Your purple containing and/or inspired deviation has been featured [here]. :la: Please fave the news article so your deviation is spread around deviantART :heart:
yayacosplay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
<3 Thank you!
MightyGoodrum Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive work:). If you don't mind me asking, are you self taught, or did you go to a design school? Your creations are really intricate and very well done.
yayacosplay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am self-taught through years of practice, experimentation and research/reading :) Thank you.
KirikoSan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
how lovely * __ *
MightyGoodrum Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome:). Its very apparent that you put much time into your craft. :nod:
AngelsArcher Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can see why you fell in love with it! The design looks so cute! Amazing work, Yaya ^^
Amelia-Seyruun Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
You are amazing. :heart:
Li-flower Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
I saw a photo of your costume in a friend's facebook album and immediately knew it was a piratey Sheryl Nome. It reminded me of the crazy costumes J-pop and J-rock artists would wear (Malice Mizer and KAT-TUN anyone? ;)).
yayacosplay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's awesome! I totally thought of the same thing when I saw the artwork of Sheryl as a Pirate. It's very befitting her status as an idol singer :)
KingSOB Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011   Photographer
You motivate me to be a better craftsman ;___; everything you create is so lovely <3
Fory-san Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
This is gorgeous, Yaya! So much purple! *.*
pugnar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing absolutely amazing. I could definitely see her wearing this on stage. The colors fit perfectly with the character and you make everything seem so perfect.
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yayacosplay Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your avatar is perfect for that "huh?" XD
Missepige Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Well thank you? XD
wykydwaze Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You might read the description DA gives for reporting such images;
(this image is in no way even close)
and also notice harassment & threats are reportable as well.

yayacosplay Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think we have an extreme case of bible thumping here. There's no use talking to them.
lavelle Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw man I came by too late to gawk at the bible thumper.
Lypiphera01 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
I like the background for this shot best. I also really like the lighting, it picks up on the purple velvet nicely. :)
phillebovsky Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
great work!
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