Series: Record of Lodoss Wars
Worn at: Katsucon 2011
Why I made this: Toastersix mentioned doing Deedlit, and asked if I’d be interested in Pirotess. I immediately agreed since it’s been on my to-do list for years, and with such a cute Deedlit, who could refuse! Different artworks of Pirotess portray her in several color variations, ranging from a violent dress with blonde hair to white hair on a tan dress, and all shades of tan. With my friend going with the traditional color palette, I decided to stick with her classic all-white palette as well.
Construction: The costume came together a lot quicker than I expected, but not without hiccups. The dress was made out of a heavy vinyl and took me a few days to pattern and tailor it, inserting sticky bra cups in order to keep…things…from popping out. My machine dreaded the vinyl so I had to appliqué the gold designs instead of machine stitching like I wanted. The belts were made from pleather, and her armor piece from craft foam and puffy paint. The ears were from YayaHan.com, which I painted to a darker shade. The boots were purchased on Amazon, gloves borrowed from Klytaemnestra, wig provided by Toastersix, and the headpiece made by Yunie-chan. I had some trouble with the tanner the first wear, and improved on the process the second go around by building the color in gradual layers, and not going as dark, through a combination of instant spray tanners, color developing tanners (1hr), sealant, and dark MAC bronzer for the face that I blended into the chest area. Worked much better, and looked more natural! I also made new gloves for the second wear, used a lace front wig from Arda Wigs, and borrowed the sword from Windofthestars.
Personal thoughts: It’s a very fun and interesting costume to wear, provocative without really intending to be. I was thrilled to wear her at Fanime 2012 with a wonderful full cast of Lodoss characters my friends made, I was so proud of everyone’s hard work and how accurate we looked to the originals!