Yin (Darker Than Black)
“If you feel a certain way, the feeling can become genuine all by accident.” -Hei, Darker Than Black
After finishing Chii, I was hooked on cosplay and costuming. I was looking for a simple costume with an interesting character that I could do between classwork. Yin just seem to fit the bill. She is actually a doll, or emotionless medium, in Darker Than Black used to track people and events. She is specifically able to utilize bodies of water for this. I thought that her character and backstory were particularly interesting. In any case, I really enjoyed making this costume and it is my most simple one to date, though I did include some subtle details.
I used an original pattern that I made, though I had some difficulty initially in making the dress without a waist seam. Once I figured out the pattern, though, it was pretty much a piece of cake. I made a lining for the dress as well and sewed on one layer of light tulle to poof out the dress a little bit. Instead of the plain black triangle trim around the hem of the dress, I used a lovely pointed lace. The lace was actually the most expensive part of the costume, but it worked out very well. I also sewed on some black cording around the collar of the dress for a touch of detail. For fabric, I used a medium weight sort of cotton weave for the purple and black lining.
I patterned the coat out myself and used a fabric that was slightly heavier than the dress. I used some of the left over lace for the triangle points around the collar and did similar detail to the collar edge along the seam between the collar of the coat and the main body.
I purchased a silver 28″ wavy wig and styled it with a simple claw clip up into a pony tail. As an extra detail, I obtained purple contacts, which helped to portray her uncanny emotionless state.
Events and Publications:
Worn at Genericon 2011 held at RPI, Troy, NY