The beginnings of the Cosplay Coat

I stumbled across the pattern for this coat while I was making my Superhero Dress – our local ComicCon was approaching, so I thought it would be fun to see what kind of patterns were out there for Cosplay costumes (turns out – not many). However Yaya Han does have her own small range of Cosplay patterns, of which this (modest-in-comparison-to-the-others) coat belongs to. There were other, more elaborate patterns to the range too, but I figured that this one would be more suitable for day-to-day wear, especially compared to the PVC catsuit.

You do get the pattern template for normal sleeves included as well,  instead of these weird puffball sleeves. Which I will definitely be making use of.

Something about this coat just grabbed me when I saw the picture. Anyone that knows me will know that I am a MASSIVE fan of the colour pink. Especially hot pink. It’s also a strange coincidence that my hair is very similarly coloured to Yaya’s… I just knew that I had to make it. And so began the search for the perfect fabric.

There was no question that the main body of the coat would be hot pink. I found some magenta 70/30 wool blend on eBay for a reasonable price quite quickly, so I snapped it up. The fabric for the godet panels proved to be a little harder.

The pattern suggested brocade, but I couldn’t find anything I really liked. When I find the right fabric, I always know it’s ‘the one’. A lovely friend of mine then put a name to a type of fabric I had seen many times and love (and funnily enough is the fabric that is on my cushions at home) – banarasi. It is a luxurious woven fabric, often with threads of gold or silver, and frequently used in wedding clothing. It originates from the city of Varanasi in India, which was formally known as Banaras.

I trawled through so many Indian fabric shops in London but did not find the fabric that was to be mine. In the end I had some shipped over from India – but it was the perfect combination of greens, pinks and golds that I wanted.

So I had my pink fabric, I had the contrast, now it was just the lining to choose.

Completely by accident, I stumbled across a fabric warehouse shop, within walking distance of my workplace.  I have been working in this location for a year now, and I never knew it was there. Which is probably for the best, as I would have spent a lot of money over the course of that year! However within this shop was the lining I wanted. Gold paisley silky lining. I purchased.

The three fabrics together are a mix of rich jewel tones, highlighted with gold. Very luxurious. I’m excited for the finished item 🙂

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