I've been watching the animes Mai Hime and Mai Otome, and really liked them, so decided to cosplay from them. I did Mai the previous year, so this time I picked Arika.
This was my first attempt on any kind of maid-looking costume. I'm disapointed with the ruffles on the apron, they didnt "fluff up" as much as I'd have liked.
The hardest part of this costume was using two different patterns for the same garment. The top of the dress underneath, and the skirt part are different, and was hard to fit together..
From the pictures its hard to see, but I painted the two wings on the front and back of the apron. In real life, it showed up clearer.I realized later, that the apron falls a bit too far... oh well.