Today I have a fun post…I’m sharing my Hiiragi Shinoa cosplay, from the anime Owari no Seraph! I wore this to Anime Boston 2016.
I’m very pleased with how the whole costume turned out, I spent a lot of time sewing and even more time making the scythe. But I am loving how these photos came out!
Continue under the cut for details on how I made the costume!
CAPE: This cape took me a few failed patterns to get right, but it’s basically a normal hooded cape with the back open, lined in green. The front collar is velcro’d shut for easy removal. My go-to cape pattern is Simplicity 1582.
JACKET: I drafted this jacket pattern myself, piecing together a few jacket patterns I already owned. It took 4 mock-ups before it looked right. I decided to get the effect of the “flap” on the front, I would velcro it together on one side, and sew the other side down. Probably not the most efficient, but I’m abysmal at sewing actual button holes, so I figured velcro would be best. It ended up working out ok, and was easy to take on and off.
SKIRT: I made a mini-mockup for this one! Sewing strips of green and black together, I was able to pleat the black and still have green “triangles” showing.
BOOTS: I bought these boots on Amazon, and they’re amazing suede-like wedges. I cut a triangle into the front and attached white bias tape along the edge, and added gold buttons. To get the gold tip on the bottom of the boot, I used some leftover 4-way stretch gold fabric I had and hot glued it.
WIG: Nope, didn’t style this one. Bought it from Kasous cosplay wig shop, and all I did was trim the bangs.
SCYTHE:…Yikes. I attribute the success of this scythe to Bill from Unified Guitars, who held my hand the entire way making this. The handle is 3/4″ MDF with chamfered edges, and the blade is 1/2″ thick insulation foam with a backing of 1/8″ MDF for support. Bill has an X-Carve which is a machine that will cut anything for you no matter how detailed, but I am sure with patience you could achieve the detailed edges using a regular band saw. It was about 20 hours of work, with the most work going into filling, sanding, and shaping. To get the shiny green color, we used Tamiya Candy Lime Green auto body paint.
Have you watched Owari no Seraph? If you haven’t, it’s a great anime that came out last year and I recommend it!