My good sewing machine broke recently and it turns out that I'm going to have to get a new one because taking it to any other place than the Tennessee location voids it's warranty. Instead I brought out my old clunker of a machine (which I abandoned thanks to it preferring to eat fabrics rather than sew them) and tried it out in an attempt to make progress on at least something. I thought that Patchouli, with the really light fabrics I had for her, would be the best thing to try on this machine for now. It seems that if I'm not sewing through a certain weight of fabric then it's fine.
My Patchouli cosplay will be for Anime Weekened Atlanta where I will be holding the Touhou Trivia Panel for the second year now (This time with a few more copanelists.) I wanted to go all out on this costume since Zun will be attending the convention. Instead of following the canon design absolutely I decided to take some of my own creative liberties with it. The last time I made this costume I ended up not being very happy with it and got rid of it. This time I'll be doing whatever I want for it! This means lots of frills, lace, cameos, and whatever else I want to do with it.
There is an underskirt underneath the striped fabric. At one point I was afraid that the bottom of the lower tier of the striped fabric was too bare and looked through my laces and found the most perfect lace (one that I hadn't found a use for in years time). There are a bit of 'tinsel-esque' stripes in the fabric and the lace has the same kind of look at the bottom and it just fit perfectly.
I feel like a princess in this dress <3 I really do. It's so sparkly and flowy and cute.
My other project, which I finished earlier, was her magic book.
As for the costume itself, I'm currently working on the overcoat, which I had to lighten from a rather bright, nearly hot pink fabric. It lightened a bit more than I would have liked, but it's technically accurate to the character portrait so I think I'm just going to go with it.