I have had many yards of this dark wine red vinyl laying around that I got from Joann's Halloween clearance. I pondered over which characters I could make with it and I-no stood out. I think the color is a little too dark, but in photos with direct sun it looks pretty close to the sprite artwork in the game. Since a lot of reference images of I-no differ from picture to picture (ie: in some she has a black border on the bottom of her dress, others don't -- some have more buckles on the hat, others don't) so I picked the parts that I liked from each reference and mixed them together. Not to mention, the hat design from Isuka was a lot easier since it only had one buckle instead of 3.
This is my first costume in which I didn't alter a commercial pattern. I made all the patterns myself, and even sculpted the rings and buckles myself out of sculpey. All the black belts and belt loops where tedious and time consuming. The dress was a bit of a difficult task in construction, but I'm happy with the overall look. The jacket is fully lined and has wire in the front seems attaching to the collar to help retain shape. The boots have the heels painted with acrylic paint, and clear coated on top. The boot covers are glued on with a strong epoxy.
I've been wanting to take new photos of my I-no for quite some time, and I finally got around to it this weekend! My friend Nick made a lovely guitar prop for me and I had it since the beginning of summer, but I never had the oppertunity to have photos taken with it. So this weekend my friend Claire and I set up my camera in the basement of the old duplex she's living in. I loved how haphazard the basement was with random wires, sawdust, and random cobwebs! The atmosphere was just perfect I thought. I brought my camera and tripod and set the white balance and shutter speed while Claire would push the shutter for me, and position shots. I give her full credit since she was the one who actually took the shot ^^
Guitar made by Nick Accristo (www.nickaccristo.com)
Photo taken by Claire Iverson-Burt.