So after getting an email notification about some rude Anonymous commenter trying to challenge me to a Ciel cosplay-making competition or something like that, it reminded me I need to update this place...hi y'all ;_;)/
Anyway, I guess I'll start with the suit I bought (Yes, suit...T_T)
It was actually very difficult to find the right color I needed for Soma, it took me a couple tries. In the end, the closest I could get was this, it's a skirt and a matching shirt, like a dress suit. So I had to sew them both together in order to get what I needed. (cost: $3.50)
I hadn't gotten the sash yet, so it order to sew on the bellishments (that triangle thing on his chest), I tied it off so I could know how big I needed it to be, so I could make sure it didn't crease because it was too large.
About how I got it be the turtleneck, I'm sorry but I have no advice for you...It was a very long and grueling process of me taking the costume on and off and trying to use the leftover fabric I cut off from the skirt to fill in the neck and get it to fit around my neck...it's all guestimation I'm afraid, so...just do your best ;_;
All of his embellishments were hand-sewn X_X I used sequin trim for the gold lining as seen in the picture. The triangle part as you can tell is super wrinkly because of the fabric I used, but that was fixed later using some ironing and some extra thread to stitch it to the costume. So yeah it looks a mess right now xD
Here's a close-up view, doing the sequin bit was a bit tricky...you don't sew the sequins themselves, you sew the string part that holds them together. They'll be a little wobbly at first but once they're all strung to the costume it was a lot easier.
The vest was easy, I just got a sleeveless red shirt (removed the collar and the tails things at the end...) and lined it with white ribbon :D (cost: $1.50)
Then, the wig!
I lucked out and find a FANTASTIC seller on eBay called hopesmeller2010. It's an overseas seller which I'm usually very cautious about, but this wig came in 13 days in amazing shape. I ordered a new Grell wig from them and it's on its way...also ordering my Rin wig from them ewe
So it's pretty long and also needs to be textured. Lucky for me the wig is heat-resistant so texturing wasn't a problem. (cost: $20)
I just used a curling iron on medium heat :D
I was unable to get the ponytail as I wanted it though D:/ I'm actually working on that right now and I think I found a good method but I need some materials first.
I got some wide ribbon for the sash and doubled it...it wasn't ideal, but supririsngly red-and-white striped fabric was hard to come by O__O (cost: $2 on sale)
For the earrings, I got these findings:
Sadly they're not gold but I plan to get some leafing.
I could NOT find any teardrop beads!!! Can you believe that??? D:[ So I got just regular straight beads, I had no idea teardrop beads (of ANY color) were such a rarity o_O (cost: Chandelier findings were 75 cents on sale, straight beads were $1 on sale, and the earring wire was $1.50 on sale for a huge pack)
His necklace was a ghetto fabulous hotglue/cloth job using this piece of plank.
Yes sir. (cost: 75 cents xD)
So a little extra stuff added here and there and you get this:
(you can't see the earrings xD; I'll take a proper shot for you :D)
I thought I'd need 2 spools of sequins but in the end one was plenty, and I even had enough left over to do the necklace. Only needed one spool of yellow ribbon, both wide and thin. Only needed one spool of white.