They sat in a drawer for years, those fabric remnants. Bet they never guessed they’d find a life as a pre-teen’s animé idol cosplay get-up!
I was led to the source of the costume via Netflix: one Black Butler episode. And then, I was given a detailed description of what was needed: a brown vest, a red-and-white striped neck tie, and a red long-sleeved jacket with tails, trimmed in black.
This is the pattern we chose and modified.
I had a few remnants of brown fabric. The one that was ultimately chosen was a crepe-backed satin, but she wanted the matte side, not the shiny side, to show. The shawl collar on the vest was of a brown ultra suede, but she wanted the dark brown shiny reverse side to show. I altered the pattern to fit her slender frame, and cut out the back except for the collar and facing, and about 6 or so inches around the waist in back. The character wears a red and white striped sash tied around the neck in a loose bow. The would-be cosplayer speedily found such a remnant in the stash, and we made the tie in no time.
And to complete the outfit, she has a white oxford shirt, she has ordered shoes and a kool-aid-colored red wig, she will find red spectacles, and she will wear the jacket as does the character, off the shoulders with the collar bunched-up around the elbows.
Hello, Manga! Netflix has a veritable vault full of animé episodes…