This was a last minute, spur of the moment, "look at how shiny this costume is!" decision. I was looking at someone's cosplay of Soah from Bride of the Water God and was toying with the idea of adding that costume to my repertoire. Then, I did the dumbest thing I could have done...I went on China-Cart. ~headdesk~ So...many...shinies.... Now, I'm adapting that costume to suit Suh Wang Mo, the mother of Mui, the main character from the manga. For accuracy's sake, I found a panel in the manga in which she's wearing a similar outfit, so now I can definitely claim it! :D All hanfu is pretty much the same basic formula anyway...big skirt, kimono style cross-over, lots of sashes, lots of shinies. :p
I'm going to stick with the colours of the china-cart dress since they're quite pretty and, well, I like red and gold. ^^ Anyway, the dress itself should go pretty quickly, and I'll get to break in my new embroidery machine! :D
I've started with the headdress. I'm making it out of 2mm fun foam. All the details are painted on with dimensional paint (puffy paint!), then the pieces were sealed with polyurethane and spray painted with gold enamel. In the last picture, the headdress is at about 75% finished.
As far as the gown is concerned, I started out by researching traditional hanfu, how it's constructed, how to cut it out, etc. And then I took a step back from the computer, had a bit of tea, and said to myself, "This is an anime costume...why am I getting my panties in a bunch trying to make it historically accurate?" So, I dove in and started hacking at fabric and bending it to my will. The bottom is a large circle skirt and the top was cut out using a kimono top pattern. The dress is at about 25% finished. ^^; Progress:
I'm trying to decide whether or not to keep the small hoop that I have under it in the pics. I'll see how I feel about it when the other layers on are.