Still to this day, this version of Sakura is one of my favorite costumes! Cardcaptor Sakura is one of my other absolute favorite Anime series and I love so many of her costumes (I have made 3 from CCS and one from Tsubasa). This was my DREAM Sakura costume. The costume is her Princess outfit from the play they perform in the second CCS Movie. I premiered this costume at Katsucon 2009 and then wore it again to Anime Boston 2009.
The motivation to make it back in 2008/early 2009 was simply that I found the perfect fabric on clearance… for $15 a yard! Why so expensive you ask? It is 100% Silk pearlescent taffeta. I got it from one of the textile suppliers I use when I make bridal gowns. Lets just say, this fabric was “payment” for making my sister’s wedding gown… my parents were buying the fabric for her gown and let me tack on 7 yards of this gorgeous taffeta on them. It was amazing. I actually used the same fabric in Ivory for my sister’s gown.
So once I had the fabric, I got right to work on the dress and wings. The sewing was relatively simple but there was a pretty clever panel in the back for inserting the wings. The neckline was interesting to figure out, I ended up using horsehair braid in it to keep it standing up like that! There is also horsehair in that huge hem. This costume probably has the biggest skirt I have ever made as well, it was a gathered full circle skirt with a train!
It was also my first time ever making feathered wings. I was pretty pleased with how they turned out! I even made that signature CLAMP “swirl” out of feathers on the base of each wing!
Hailo cosplayed as Syaoran with me and we made a Kero-chan suit for Mark to wear! That Kero-chan suit may in fact be one of my greatest costuming achievements! I love it so much!
Photos were from Katsucon 2009 and were taken by Leonard Lee and Mark Baker.