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Freya by Dessi-Desu Freya by Dessi-Desu
Character: Freya
Series: Chobits
Photo taken by Joseph Chi Lin at Katsucon 2012

I've had my eye on this Freya costume for quite a while. Compared to other Chobits designs, it's a relatively simple costume, but I liked the elegant regal vibe and thought this costume would be lovely in the Katsucon venue space.

Everything, excluding the bustle, is made from casa satin. The bootslip covers were by far the most aggravating things to create for this costume. The covers were divided into several pieces. Due to the ribbon detail on the sides, I decided I did not want a seam going up the front, so I referred to a pair of boots I own in order to figure out how I wanted to create the covers. I ended up deciding to create a shoe part of the cover, including a piece to go around the heels of the shoes to be worn underneath the covers, and the pieces for the legs, which were sewn together.

I ended up having to fabric paint all the lace for this costume. Apparently, black lace is scary because I could not find any at the fabric store I liked and because my budget was tight I had to coupon like crazy for this costume, so buying lace online was not an option for me. Coupons are your friends!

It was interesting figuring out how to translate the bustle into reality. The way CLAMP drew it in the artwork had an appearance of a flat lace panel, but I figured that would be too limp. In the end, I ended up being inspired by some tulle burlesque bustles and tried to execute mine in a similar fashion.

The crown is my favorite part. It was created using casting epoxy, which was poured into a mold that I had created, after sculpting a crown out of clay. Any imperfections were simply sanded off using a dremel tool and some sand paper. Afterwards, I was able to paint it gold, using acrylics. The "fur" is a black fuzzy feather trim, which was glued on. In order for the crown to stay in place, it was simply sewn to my wig. The hair beads were also created using the same casting technique.

The ears were created using a paper mache and paper clay method. They started out as corrugated cardboard with paper mache, as the base, which was built on top of with paper clay. A bit of sanding later, I was able to paint them white and pink with acrylics. For extra durability, I decided to brush some casting epoxy on the ears. They were then attached to a clear head band that I am able to wear under my wig. More info on working with paper clay and paper mache can be found in JiaJem's tutorial [link]

Costume can be seen at 0:48 in Ackson's video [link]
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Amapolchen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
youre featured in my journal: [link]
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LiquidCocaine-Photos Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So lovely!! very nice!
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Luvnatsu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Soooooo pretty! You look like a doll~ :heart:
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MelfinaCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved getting to see this at Katsu, even if it was only for a few seconds! Everything looks very well-made and it fits you perfectly. Fantastic job!
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PsiXtar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Artist
Wonderful model and pretty cosplay wowowowowow
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zhellyzee Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student
You look so beautiful! I love this costume, you did a really nice job. :love:
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ayumi01 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're so elegantly pretty :la:
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PetiteBubu Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, awesome cosplay! *_____*
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:iconluvnatsu:
Luvnatsu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is gorgeous. You did such an amazing job! :heart:
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pablour026 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
you look stunning, amazing cosplay.
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Rufina-Tomoyo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Nice detail of the golden ribbons.
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KiiNarasawa Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
you look amazing but have to say that i don't really like when people use so short hair.....but the costume is really good :D great work! XD
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The wig is personal preference. I know her hair is longer, but I've had bad experiences with long wigs that tangled to the point that they were basically ruined. You have to weigh your options with long wigs as to what is cost effective and what you are willing to put up with maintenance-wise. You can't tell from the picture, but it goes past my butt. I love this wig. It hardly got messed up, for it being the length that it is and it's the perfect milky blonde for Freya and Chii.
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KiiNarasawa Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
the wig is great color, and I really get you long wigs are really hard to walk around in :D
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Phoenixofdarkness62 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably one of the best Freya's I've seen in awhile. The detail you put into making the costume is just amazing! Especially making the ears and crown so sturdy.

And of course, this photo looks lovely and suits Freya so well. Fantastic work. :)
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Phoenixofdarkness62 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. :)
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BoxcarChildren Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Great Cosplay! =D
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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BoxcarChildren Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
your welcome :)
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blueJAY2 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! What a lovely cosplay! :D
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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asdfdasfkj Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   General Artist
The costume and composition of this shot are both fantastic. You make a lovely Freya, great job.
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! The photographer I worked with is very talented and I think even did a good job of creating a shot, reflective of Freya's character : ]
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Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Amazing job on the costume, and I love how Joseph took this pic c:
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! He really did do a great job. I think it even gives a little insight into Freya's character, the way he composed the photo and used the stairs.
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Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
It does, and you're welcome~
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SakiiBunny Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FREYA FROM CHOBITS!!!<3 (duh) xD
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Andora Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Other fantastic picture.
Do you allow me to do your portrait ?
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww, thank you! I'm extremely flattered that you want to draw me. I don't see any reason why not ^^
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