Inspiration: This was my first Suikoden costume and I chose Lilly because she’s a strong spirited young woman whose actions were often quite comical. Tom and I both picked characters from Suikoden III who had been in previous Suikoden games. He went with my favorite character, Futch. There wasn’t really a good female character to go along with him, so I just chose one of my favorite girls from the game in general.
Materials/Construction Details: I didn’t have a sewing machine when making this costume, so I did the best I could by modifying a blue woman’s suit jacket that I found at a thrift store. I added the black trim around the base and up the center and then cut the sleeves short, adding a tight black cuff so there would be a bit of a poof to the sleeve. I also modified a pair of blue suede boots by cutting them, folding the top over, and adding a white ribbon trim. The white trim on the hat was painted on.
Wig: Rather than buying a wig for this costume I dyed my own hair so that it would have a red tint. Luckily I liked the color, but I had so much to learn about what a good wig could mean for a costume!
Prop: Tom was able to modify my Xianghua sword to work for Lilly’s. It had to be sanded down, repainted, and have a cross hilt added.