Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
Red and Black Artbook Suit

Costume Stats:
Costume Completed: 2012
Debut: PortCon Maine 2012
Convention History:
PortCon Maine 2012
Katsucon 2014
Katsucon 2015
Anime Boston 2015
Katsucon 2016
Photo Castmates:
Sakura Kinomoto: Majodere
Kurogane: Sketch
Photo Credits:
Tomoyo is a feudal princess and a tsukuyomi, a powerful miko sorceress responsible for maintaining the wards of Japan that protect the country from demons. She has the ability to see into the dreams of others and can send trans-dimensional messages through dreams. She intervenes in the life of Kurogane, sending him on an inter-dimensional journey where he meets the rest of the Tsubasa cast.

Construction Notes:
Sketch and his friends had done these artbook costumes back in 2009 and I absolutely fell in love with the design when I saw them. I decided to make a Tomoyo version of the outfit even though shes not in the official art and a matching outfit out of my leftover fabric so one of my friends, who loves being Sakura, could join me. I couldn't find a double-breasted pattern, so Sketch and I heavily modified Simplicity #1558's steampunk pattern for the coat since it had good seam lines. We lengthened the waist, changed the neckline, shortened and removed the poof to the sleeves and added panels to the front to create the double-breasted opening. We also created our own pattern for the tails and lengthened the panels in the back to merge with the tails without a seam. With that groundwork laid out, I made a muslin mockup and then cut the jacket out of black shirting fabric, interfaced the tails, and lined the entire thing with red bottomweight fabric. The bottom was a cakewalk after that; a simple lined circle skirt. Finally, I added cuffs to the sleeves and hand-sewed the gold buttons to the jackets. Neither Sketch nor I had properly made button holes using the buttonhole foot before, so EllyStar gave us a tutorial and they came out great! The red shirts, tights, and petticoats, and black ties, shoes, and gloves were store-bought. I love how these came out, I learned several new skills, and it was my first time completely making a costume for someone else, so Im really proud of that!

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