Tunic - The tunic was made by modifying and combining two different patterns, one for the body of the tunic and one for the sleeve. I used Simplicity's 5840 view D for the body. I modified the neckline of the body so that the tunic crossed over until my bust line then went straight down to my waist instead of it crossing over the entire way down to my waist line. The collar that runs along the neckline was reinforced with interfacing and pleated every few inches to give it a more "wavy" shape.
|Measuring the hem|
|Adding the purple trim|
|Hemming the main skirt|
|Cutting the obi fabric|
|Hair pulled back|
|Adding the wefts|
It took me four layers of the purple wefts to get the thickness of the hairline to what I wanted it to be. The sparse and random "bangs" were added after the hairline was cut. They were glued down flat over the top of the wig with the weft pointing towards the bun. The bun was made using only the hair from the wig and the wefts glued on. There was no need to add a foam core as the hair was thick enough to form a nice solid bun. The accessories around the bun were glued in place and made from painted craftfoam and fake roses. I used one of my personal hairpins for hers. The little wooden hair bobbles were glued into place. The hair tie at the bottom of the wig was made using jewelry wire, bias trim and a large barrette. The wig is held secure on my head using body tape that I purchased from La Vie En Rose.
Shoes - I bought a pair of burgundy slipper shoes at Ardenes for $3 due to a crazy sale they had the day I walked in. It took a long time to find shoes that matched the colours of the costume since flats were not in season when I was finishing this costume.