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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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Madame-Ecchi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist
Holy cow. This is amazing! Its absolutely gorgeous!
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Tooru-sama Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
beautiful ♥
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WOLF12345 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
omg your on the london mcm expo website so cool
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yayacosplay Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Where on the site and why lol, do you have a link?
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WOLF12345 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
me and my friend hannah was on the site a couple of days ago and we saw on of your yuuko pic's sorry if this is confusing you
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dinshino Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Magnificent!!!

Yuuko is among my favorite manga/anime characters of all time. It's great to see someone cosplay as her.
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StardustAngel10 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
wow this is so cool its awesome was it hard making this?
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tally24th Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
im so glad u did yuuko! i wish u had more pics of u wearing it tho! its a great costume
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DollyV Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Excellent, the butterflies are beautiful
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Nobody-said-so Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
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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