Howl Pendragon is a loud, selfish, conceited, and self-centred wizard. But behind all his flaws lies a beautiful person (on the inside not just on the outside) One of my favourite things about this character is that all the people in town believe he eats pretty young girls hearts ^^ Howl is from... wait for it... Howl's Moving Castle! This costume is from the Studio Ghibli film written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki based off of the Diana Wynne Jones' novel.
This costume was actually surprisingly easy. I hit a couple Bumps here and there like noticing that after I sewed all the pieces of the sleeves together they didn't all really fit together properly, making the pants out of a fabric that had absolutely no stretch (which for pants that tight just doesn't work) and last but not least forgetting the wig needed to be cut and doing it in the hotel room the day I was planning on wearing it! But other than those things the costume was actually quite simple. The jacket is made of heavy weight Satin, used dull side out (always dull side out) I actually had to order all the colours into the store together (and a whole bunch of colours I didn't need just so the store had a bunch to sell) because there was NOTHING we had that I could find in all the right colours that worked. In the end though I LOVE what I got! The shirt is a really light polyester linen look fabric, it had a really interesting texture that looked a lot like a coarse woven linen, but without all the wrinkles! The pants are twill.. not stretch twill.. just twill.. As for the jewellery, the earrings are antique Japanese jade beads (from a chandellier) that I picked up online (I need a better wig so you can actually see the earrings at times) the blue bead on the necklace is a glass cat's eye bead, while all the gold ones are glass, the red beads on both the earrings and the necklace are Swarovski crystals so they sparkle really nice when the light hits them right, and last but certainly not least my rings! The lovely Rikkuriffic found me those rings ^,~
So I did some massive fix ups to the jacket for the Toronto Cosplay Picnic. I remade all of the bias tape and put it on properly, I redid the hem and the collar and altered and shortened the sleeves. I also fixed up a bunch of parts on the shirt, though I think I may remake the shirt and I soon need to remake the pants. I am so very very happy with the jacket now though!!
Our skit from Otakuthon can be seen here ~*~Howl's Tips for Winning that Perfect Someone~*~
The Sophie Hatter is the lovely Rikkuriffic. Everything about her costume was done by her. Isn't she the best Sophie ever?
Photo credit goes to Kevin Brewer (stillvisions) unless otherwise specified