Asuna is my favorite character from Sword Art Online. She's strong, independent, and can cook too! I had contemplated buying this costume countless times, but in the end decided to make it to save money.
Wig ($25) - Ebay seller, Beadsweb.
Contacts ($22) - Geo Starmish Brown Princess Mimi XKP-304
Skirt ($9) - I sewed a regular pleated skirt with white bias tape near the edge.
Top ($10) - Used white bridal fabric, pinned it to myself, and sewed red bias tape on.
Armor ($12) - 2 layers of white craft foam. I cut out the gray edges from a thinner craft foam and then glued it on with super glue. I mod podged it, painted with acrylic, and then mod podged again. I put some scrap white fabric on the back for support. The armor is attached with velcro (sewn into the foam) in the back.
Shoes - I cut my white rainboots, and then made craft foam slip-ons.
Red and yellow armbands ($8) - I made it red on the outside and yellow on the inside, and then sewed yellow bias tape and skinny yellow ribbon on it. Attached with velcro to the main top. Detailed tutorial here.
Arm gloves ($12) - I draped stretchy white fabric over my arm, pinned it, and then sewed it. Then I cut out a red knit fabric and hand-sewed that on, along with the lace.
Stockings ($2)- I draped stretchy white fabric over my arm, pinned it, and then sewed it. Then I pinned red bias tape on the stocking as it was on my leg, and then sewed that. Then I hand-sewed the top of the stocking onto a pair of nude stockings with a curved needle.
Sword ($136) - Commissioned from Codykoko Cosplay. I used $1 nail polish from Family Dollar to make the dull blue jewel shiny.
Total Cost: $236
Debut: A-Kon 2013
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