My LoT Lilith cosplay for Otakon!
Based on [link]
With the exception of underwear, this cosplay consisted of:
black tights/leggings (not handmade).
black Mary Janes with no backs which I found at literally the last minute in the back of my closet, which looked very awesome but which, due to their lack of backs, made walking upstairs kind of hellish whenever I tried it, and thus reduced me to waiting in line for the escalators. (Also not handmade.)
Black velour skirt with a loop on each side. I dont know why it came to me that the skirt was made out of velour, but it was what I envisioned, and it was what I went with. I ended up really liking it apart from the fact that it dropped black fluff everywhere when I took it off. Made from modified pattern.
White satin shirt. This was the only piece I didnt make. My mom sewed it for me. It was also the only piece that really didnt fit all that well. Im surprised I didnt suffocate in that thing. XD Made from a modified pattern.
Black velour and white satin armbands. I made my own pattern for these after several attempts at cutting one out of newspaper and allowing enough for it to actually fit around my arm. The satin was sewn first; then I sewed on the black velour strips, the bottom ones of which are only half sewn on so that I could tie them to tighten them over my wrists and make sure they stayed in the right spot. It worked very well.
Black crepe schoolgirl tie. I was going to tie it around my neck, but I ended up not having enough fabric, so I had to tie it over itself and stick it under the collar with a pin. It still worked just fine.
Black velour and lace barrettes. I sewed small strips of velour directly over barrettes, then sewed layers of black lace straight to them to achieve the layered effect in `Endling
s comics. They stayed in the whole day, so they were really good barrettes.
White satin collar with five pearlescent buttons. This was by far the hardest piece to make logisticallyIt took me about three days. As with the armbands, I had to create the pattern myself by holding up newspaper to my neck. It didnt quite fit together as closely as I would have liked in the front, but the small canon tie Lilith has, and which I stitched in, helped with that. Even when I finished it, the back was a complete, if hemmed, mess, and I was very lucky I had the wig to cover it up. Speaking of which:
White 50 straight wig, from [link]
Usually, I dont review stores, nor do I recommend them actively. However, Ill make an exception in this case. This place has a great variety of long, short, straight and curly wigs in a bunch of different colors that you can style or even dye yourself. Its a lot cheaper than any of the other places I was able to find on the Internet (I have a feeling the sales are permanent), and even with plain standard shipping, it shipped from China in only a little over half a month. The best part, of course, was that it stayed on my head. When something stays on my
head, you know thats impressive.
I had to cut it myself at the last minute, and with fingernail scissors Im afraid I didnt do an especially good job, but it still worked. I had a couple people come up to me early on in the photoshoot and ask where Id gotten it. The only downside was that some of the fibers came out when I tried to comb it, so I stopped. It is quite a bit tangled now, and I doubt my comb could get through it well, so I dont think Ill be able to use it again, but I guess one has to expect that for a long wig. Im sure you could comb one of their short wig without any trouble. My only regret for this wig was that I wasnt able to put in the pigtailsI was too worried about them affecting the way the wig stayed on my head, since Im just a novice.
Apart from the wig, shoes, and tights, every piece
of the outfit was handmade and handsewn within a week of the convention, because the sewing machine I had planned on using ended up being too old to be of any use. I cant even begin to be certain how many hours it tookespecially because I was RPing during a bit of itbut I would guess at least sixty, counting material gathering. Cost
hm, about $80?
Aside from the wig, my only real regret is that I didnt have the resources and time to make Liliths brain battery. The idea of fitting something over a wig I hadnt even tried on yet was just too daunting to me as a first-time cosplayer. Nevertheless, since `Endling
did show her without it in his prologue, I felt my efforts thus far were enough and wasnt too worried about it. (Im sure it caused fewer people to recognize me, though.)
In any case, it was well worth it and I ended up very happy with it. By the end of the day, I almost forgot I had something weird on. Best of all, I got to participate in that magnificent LoT photo shoot with a bunch of crazy fans like me. XD
made the Climber doll I'm holding in the fourth pic.)