The vast majority of cosplay contests have skill divisions. Skill divisions, as the name would imply, divide the contestants up into groups according to their level of skill. Contestants are divided into groups based on their assumed skill level to try and keep the contest as fair as possible. It simply isn’t fair for a beginner who has made 1-2 costumes to compete directly against someone who has made a dozen costumes and has a few years of experience.
Hakamaaaaa! I had some dark purple polyester shantung lying around for a project that never got off of the ground. Since I’m trying to use up a chunk of the fabric in my closet, I looked through my artbooks and found an artbook photo of Cardcaptor Sakura that I remember really loving when I first saw it in the book! I bought an extra yard to top of the huge chunk I had already and this happened!
I really want to make a tutorial on how I made these hakama, but there was so much trial and error, even with the tutorial I had saved from last time. There were a lot of steps I changed and I didn’t take enough pictures of the pleating progress… Boo! Well, next time!