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Kureha Touka Construction Notes by FeelinPeachyKeen Kureha Touka Construction Notes by FeelinPeachyKeen
Okay! So here a better, fuller view of my Kureha Touka costume from Katsucon 2013!

So, lets start with materials, the entire costume is just quilters cotton that I hunted for in the right shades. The trim is brown bias tape that actually matched the brown in my skirt very well! The white sakura flower on the right side of my chest is a white dull satin and the obi is also a dull satin in a light yellow =)

So I'll start from head to toe, I purchased a satin headband from Joann's and just added the white bow to the top. The bow is made from white wired ribbon (that way it could stay up in certain places like Kureha's does).

The collar is made from the same cotton I used for the rest of the costume. I first used heat and bond on the back of all three layers (the orange cotton layer, the brown cotton later, and the small satin layer) cut out that funky little shape and then ironed them all together with the heat and bond so that they stuck together. The gem is a glass "rock" that goes at the bottom of like fish tanks and stuff and I simply took one of those, made a setting for it our of epoxy sculpt, and then attached it to the collar. The collar itself is completely attached at that cross section in the front and the back is separated and velcro is used to re-attach it so that I can wear the piece.

The top is McCalls 6029 where I simply took the top portion of the dress and switched the section in the front to wrap left to right instead of right to left. I also added height to the wrap over sections so that they came to a point. Now, instead of attaching a cummerbund and a skirt, I just added enough length to make my top. The triangles were cut in before the whole top was sewn together and I used iron on interfacing to give the triangles a little more shape. I get into the top via a separating zipper in the back.
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The sakura flower is also heat and bonded onto my top [link] and I followed the method in this video [link] in which you iron on the heat and bond onto your fabric and then cut out your shape in order to avoid fraying. (the same method for my collar too!)

My obi was simply a rectangle I cut out of yellow satin and added a very think interfacing to for stiffness. The bow I made using this tutorial [link] as the general concept. The biggest change I made was cutting my rectangle to have a bit of a curve in the top to make "ears" that I ironed down to form the floppy point of Kureha's bow. Both the bow and obi attach with snaps. For the white stripes on the tails of the bow I used heat and bond and the same white satin as my sakura flower.

The brown skirt was just a pleated skirt I made to have two side seams. At the side seams I cut that triangle out that exposes my white slip skirt. The skirt is attached with ties at the sides that I tucked into my slip skirt so that they wouldn't show.

The white slip skirt is just an elastic waist skirt that I added triangle trim to. The skirt is made out of the white dull satin.

For the arm wings I followed this tutorial [link] except I added a lining to my wings (out of the same orange cotton). I also added interfacing to the points so that they would keep their shape better. For the trim instead of ribbon (as shown in the tutorial) I used bias tape that matched the brown in my skirt. As for the ties on her arms, I also used bias tape, but since my wing were so heavy I also had to used double sided tape to help keep them in place.

The boots were purchased offline and I just spray painted them white. The brown ties are also bias tape and I just cut them to the right size, wrapped them around my leg/boot top, and Velcroed them in place.

Now for my bow! My father helped me A LOT with this! It is a bent pvc pipe and in order to get those strong curves in her bow I first drew the shape on a piece of plywood my dad had and then around the curves we hammered in nails to help hold the pvc pipe as we reached that curved point. Now, we started with that strong curl at the top and with a heat gun heated up the pvc pipe. Then we slowly eased the pip into that shape. And curve by curve my dad and I shaped the bow and eased it into the "nail path" we made for it. The nails helped it stay in its curved shape while it cooled. [link] in the photo you can see how we used the nails as a guide for the pvc pipe.

PRO TIP: Put sand in the pvc pip to avoid the pipe kinking under the heat! Now, my dad and I used kitty litter instead of sand (it worked fine!) but in places that maybe didn't have enough sand or maybe got too hot, they still kinked.

After it cooled we spray painted it and with epoxy sculpt I added an elastic string to it. The wrapping on the bottom is also elastic.


Okay I think that covers everything! If you have any question please feel free to ask here or PM me =)

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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-06-04
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KonayiArts Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This. Hi, I am Teddy. Once you read this you cannot get out. Finish reading this until it is done! As I said, I am Teddy. I am 7 years old. I have no eyes and blood all over my face. I am dead. If you don't send this to at least 12 people I will come to your house at midnight and I'll hide under your bed. When you're asleep, I'll kill you. Don't believe me? Case 1: Patty Buckles Got this e-mail. She doesn't believe in chain letters. Well, Foolish Patty. She was sleeping when her TV started flickering on and off. Now she's not with us anymore. Ha ha patty, Ha ha! You don't want to be like Patty, do you? Case 2: George M. Simon Hates chain mail, but he didn't want to die that night. He sent it to 4 people. Not good enough George. Now, George is in a coma, we don't know if he'll ever wake up. Ha ha George, Ha ha! Now, do you want to be like George? Case 3: Valarie Tyler She got this letter. Another chain letter she thought. Only had 7 people to send to. Well, That night when she was having a shower she saw bloody Mary in the mirror. It was the BIGGEST fright of her life. Valarie is scarred for life. Case 4: Derek Minse This is the final case I'll tell you about. Well, Derek was a smart person. He sent it to 12 people. Later that day, he found a $100.00 bill on the ground. He was premoted to head officer at his job and his girlfriend said yes to his purposal. Now, Katie and him are living happily ever after.The have 2 beautiful children. Send this to at least 12 people or you'll face the consequences. 0 people- You will die tonight 1-6 people- you will be injured 7-11 people- you will get the biggest fright of your life 12 and over- you are safe and will have good fortune! Do What Teddy Says!!!! Hurry, you must send to 12 people before midnight
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pullingcandy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The June, 2013 Cosplay Daily Deviation Round-Up has been released, and you can find your spectacular work here! :la:
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Woah awesome!! Thank you so much! =D
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:iconjade-arts:
jade-arts Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You look amazing here and the lighting was excellent! :clap:
Props to the photographer too and congrats on the DD even though
it was given a couple weeks ago. :D
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Hey thats alright! Thanks! =D
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jade-arts Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! :hug:
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ShiningForceKaya Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
SHINING FORCE!!!!!!! this made my day!

Great job!
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! =D
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ShiningForceKaya Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
no problem!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconflyingheartsplz::blowkiss::iconflyingheartsplz:
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Awww!!! Thanks! :heart:
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:iconthegalleryofeve:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome dear!!! :tighthug:
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Sparkus-Clark Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, not having an idea who the character was when I clicked the thumbnail, I thought you had done an inspired take on Chell's costume from the Portal games.

Still, well done. You obviously did a LOT of work on this outfit and it paid off in spades.

Keep up the art,
-SC
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I can see the resemblance between Kureha and Chell in terms of the amount of orange they wear XD

Thanks so much for the kind words and encouragement =)
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Sparkus-Clark Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome!

Always happy to keep people cheery. :D
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Alchemical Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Wow, awesome tips! And beautiful cosplay. Congrats on the well-deserved DD.
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! I'm glad you learned from my write up! =D
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Henrickson Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :D
FYI, Martin's dA is: :iconmartinwongarts:
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Ahhh thank you! I had no idea he had a dA! =D
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! Amazing costume! :hug:
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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transientaffinity Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning job! And how thoughtful to add a quality write-up too!
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! =D Glad you enjoyed reading it!
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:iconryanisnasty:
ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Hi! :)
Congratulations on the well deserved DD!
I hope you have a fantastic day!
:huggle:
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you do much! You have a good one too! =D
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:iconryanisnasty:
ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
You're welcome :D
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
:heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you! =D
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EmiTheOtter Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kawaii! :love:
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! :heart:
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Leaf-nin Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that is really cool how you made that bow! I've been looking to make one myself for an archer cosplay, but hadn't thought of a good way to do it!
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FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
It was actually pretty easy! and I'm not a prop person! If you do go with the PVC pipe method, I thought it helped having an extra pair of hands and don't forget to fill your pipe with sand (or in my case, kitty litter) so your pipe doesn't crumple too bad =)

And if you have any question feel free to drop me a note =D
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Leaf-nin Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have plenty of kitty litter. That's a really good idea. I'm not really a prop person either, usually resorting to card board and papier mache. I'm not really familiar with bending methods. I'll have to try it out. Thanks so much. I appreciate the help :3
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FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Not a problem! From one non-prop person to another XD
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NekoNekoGirl04 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful cosplay! Your description also gives good info on what you needed to make this. Very nice work~ ^^ :thumbsup:
Also, congrats on the DD! :meow:
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! =D I'm glad you enjoyed reading about my process =)
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NekoNekoGirl04 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^
:icongrin--plz:
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isa-koneko Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Oh how I love construction notes for awesome cosplays. Even though I have no plans to make this, it's nice just to have a reference just in case something comes up, and they're great notes! I wish more costumes had such amazing and detailed notes. Thank you! Congrats on the well deserved DD :)
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I only just recently started adding write ups to my costume because I saw someone else do it (can't remember who now xD) and was like "Man, that's a good idea!"

And I do the same thing! I may not need the info for the same costume, but who knows what I might need it for! Thanks so much for the kind words and for reading my notes! =)
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Kirschenwasser Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations to the well deserved DD! :happybounce: :lol:
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! =D
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hoshitsu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the info how you made that. Looks really nice!
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Hey not a problem! Thank you so much =D
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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:iconfeelinpeachykeen:
FeelinPeachyKeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks! You too! Love your kitty icon! =D
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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vanmall Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :happybounce:
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