This is my Yan Leixia costume.
Photo by Jesús Clarés at Expomanga 2012.
Made to go with the Soul Calibur group to the Expomanga 2012 in Madrid.
We won 3rd prize group category in the cosplay contest Here is our skit: [link]
I`m very proud of this group, they are all wonderful cosplayers and were all stunning!
We were 13 people cosplaying characters from Soul Calibur V videogame and I had the luck of being part of this project with some of my friends and new pals I had the chance to know better. I had a great time and was very comfortable with this cosplay, except from the shoes, they were very thight!
This costume took 1 month and a half to make, I only worked about 2 hours per day on it, due to my job.
I had a lot of problems with the sleeves pattern and my sewing machine and I'm not very satisfied with how the whole costume turned out, there are some parts that should be repeated but I don't think I'll redo them.
The materials used for the sewed parts of this costume are: foam, lycra, silk and satin.
For the chest part I hand painted the flowers using a stencil technique, I made a tutorial on how I made it here: [link]
It may be useful for someone!
As for the shoes I bought a pair of green shoes and painted them with spray paint, then drew the symbols with edding and made the flowers with foamy.
The wig: I had a lot of problems with it because I bought a cheap one in a drugstore and wanted to make a parted wig...I made 3 tries and sew wefts but it didn't look good with all my hair in it (I have thick butt lenght hair), so i had to cut the wig and stick the braids on it, it was a lot easier, very comfortable to wear and it doesn't move ^.^ I made the flowers with foamy too.
The sword is made of wood and painted with spray paint, It is not finished 100% because I didn't have time.
For the socks and the chinese decoration hanging from the costume, I died a pair of socks and a string, and hand made the chinese knots following a youtube tutorial.