Mio Akiyama from K-ON! Cosplay
My very first cosplay: Mio is very similar to me personality-wise, so I could easily relate to her. I also loved her outfit from the first ending, and I had a purple-black dress that I figured would work. This was the first cosplay I wore, to my very first con. The positive feedback that I received from the con is one of the reasons I continued this expensive hobby. I still remember one guy who told me my costume was very well done, and that I was one of the best cosplays he'd seen.
Tutorial: How to Make MioHair - It's my own hair.
Dress - My mother altered a City Triangle dress that I bought from the mall some time ago.
Top Hat ($1)- I followed Idzit's hat tutorial, and altered a few parts. The hat was made up of a Mardi Gras cup, cardboard, and my brother's old pants. It was attached to a headband from Forever 21 and a hairclip.
Armwarmer, Tights ($20)- Armwarmer from ebay and Foot Traffic tights from Amazon
Accessories ($22)- Guitar from Wal-mart; Flowers from Dollar Tree.
Total Cost: $43
Debut: Louisianime 2010 in Baton Rouge, LA