Worn at: Yaoi-con 2005 (San Francisco, CA)
Future appearances: absolutely some day! I just...don't know when...
Ah...where to start.... Well, I decided to cosplay Shou 'cause I adore little soccer boys. ;P And when the awesome Nori said she'd love to do Shige, it was decided. And after much studying of several versions of their uniforms, we decided upon the long-sleeved manga version (mostly because...long-sleeved shirts were easier to find that time of year... .^^ and manga version because it has more little details that are cool .^_^ ). The shorts, socks, and shoes were obviously pretty easy, as they were simple things that could be bought and worn unaltered (though admittedly, I had a hard time with the shorts because I couldn't find any that were plain white, without any stripes or logos or anything, or didn't have a size that'd fit me, or were way more than I wanted to spend... I think in the end I settled and spent more on them than I really wanted to... but I made up for it in the shoes, because I have little baby feet and was able to buy child-size cleats for cheap .^_~ - the socks I ordered online, and prayed to the GODS that they would be the right color. luckily, they were. .^_^ ). The shirt was the complete opposite; that thing took so much work for those "little details that are cool." .>_> First painted on the lettering. Yes, painted. This took about a week for each side (the "JOSUI" on the front and "9" on back), because I had to paint coat after coat to get it decent-looking. Then another week to paint the neckline white as well (the fabric just absorbed the paint like WOAH! .o_o ). Then sewed ribbon down the sleeves and around the cuffs; which was done by hand because I'm not good enough with a sewing machine to sew straight. .o_o The little sakura blossom on the left sleeve was rather simple, even though I couldn't really paint for the life of me, but I had a good time mixing the paints to find just the right shade of pink. .^_^ Then I realized there's a little "J" on the blossom...which I just drew in with felt pen. ;P Then the red patch across the neckline, which was also pretty simple (even though I didn't get it in straight the first time... .^^ ). And then sewing on the collar. .o_o Because the base shirt didn't have a collar, so I bought a sweater with detachable collar, and used that spare collar for this shirt. .^^ I think it all turned out really well. .^___^ And is definitely one of the most comfortable, and fun, cosplays to wear. .^_^
Taken at Yaoi-con 2005 (and mostly stolen from cosplay.com... .^^ ):