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Yuuko - XXXholic by yayacosplay Yuuko - XXXholic by yayacosplay
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I made this costume in March 2008 - as a long term CLAMP fan, I suppose it was only a matter of time before I cosplayed Yuuko XD. I loved this design specifically for the butterflies.

Construction:
I got a heavy black poly/wool blend for the kimono, and a beautiful burgundy silk for the lining and ruffles. After sewing the outer layer but before putting in the lining, I appliquéd about 14 or 15 butterfly shapes onto it. The pattern for the butterflies was just free drafted - I cut them out of a yellow fabric and after spending a few hours stitching down the edges neatly, I got to paint the details onto the appliqués for the next night and part of the morning lol. I remember watching a whole season of CSI while painting the butterflies, and it became quite the surreal experience. O_O
As the butterflies dried, I made many yards of ruffles and also did my own gold trim for the costume. Stitched it all together with the lining and a big part of the costume was done. I love the fabrics I scored because they are almost wrinkle free, no matter how much I shove the costume into a suitcase.
The waist cincher is made of a burgundy pleather and I plan on remaking it soon. The material was bought in a rush and is not very sturdy. The cincher has a fake lace up front.
Lastly I worked on the wig, which took some engineering. The main problem was balancing the weight of the extension loops on my head, but in the end it worked out great and I can bend over and sway my head without things shifting. The bat crown and hairpieces are made of styrene plastic that's been heat formed.

Photo by Paul Tien

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:icongh44:
Increible! amo xxxholic, te felicito es muy bueno [link]
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:iconstardustangel10:
wow this is so cool its awesome was it hard making this?
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:iconnobody-said-so:
You're an amazing designer. This isn't just the best Yuuko cosplay I've ever seen - this ranks somewhere near the top, if not at the very apex of great cosplays I've come across.
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Eddus-a-um Nov 16, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful!!!!
Amazing job.
great character :P
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Tiny-Feet Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That is absolutely amazing, you are a true craftess! I could never make anything look anywhere near as good as that!
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XxUnsightfulxX Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Yuuko and now I love you~ ^^
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QueenIchigoHatsune Aug 4, 2009  Student Writer
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! THAT IS SO COOOOOL!!!!
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:iconkagzchan:
This is absolutely fabulous craftsmanship!
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Crystania Dec 23, 2008
Amazing work,as usual.Love the wig too,it seemes kinda heavy to wear though...lol
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