Pirate Sheryl - Macross Frontier
Why I chose to make this costume:
I was looking for a cute costume to make for Ikkicon because I had some extra time off during Christmas week, and happened across this awesome artwork piece of Sheryl Nome by mangaka Carnelian. It's of Sheryl as an adorable pirate girl and I just fell in love with the design of the outfit. I happened to have very similar over the knee lace up boots, as well as 2 yards of deep purple Madonna velvet and black leather on hand, so I went on to make this costume.
How I made this costume:
I started out by serging strips of magenta organza together, then hand ruffling the lengths and making a multi-layer ruffle skirt with them. I used the same organza to make the top and scalloped edged ruffle sleeves. I adorned the top and skirt with sequin trim because I thought it would be very Sheryl lol.
The captain's coat was fun and annoying to make. In hindsight I used three of the most difficult to work with fabrics on one garment, what was I thinking? The coat is velvet lined with two-tone taffeta, with all the black leather trim home made and carefully sewn on. I modified a pattern heavily and drafted parts of the coat on myself. It is reinforced with an extra layer of material inside, and boning.
The gold buttons have anchors on them which I thought was cute. I then made the ascot and garter belt, and covered a $5 Halloween felt pirate hat in black pleather left over from another costume. I also happened to have a nice beaded gold trim and purple and lavender feathers to embellish it with. The heart was kind of last minute put together and I may redo it in the near future.
I did find some time to finally make Sheryl's microphone out of a mishmash of materials. Figuring out the braiding was interesting lol.
Thoughts on this costume:
All in all, the costume came together in about 3 days of work and I am pretty happy with it! The colors are so cute together and I love my pirate hat!