Character: Nana Komastu (小松奈々) / Hachi (ハチ)
Series: NANA | ナナ
Variant: Artbook Illustration
Debut: Metrocon 2007 / NANA Day 7-7-07
Partners: Katie (Nana), Alyssa (Reira)
NANA is one of my favorite manga series of all time and holds a special place in my heart to this day. I really connect with Hachi’s character and love the design of this particular outfit so much. This is the second design of Hachi’s I have made. In addition to being MUCH more colorful and eye-catching, this one called for a lot more sewing techniques than the first outfit I created (the “Sabrina” dress). I was also extremely proud of this costume because it was the first cosplay I created myself, without anyone holding my hand or helping me sew things (I did bounce ideas off friends, though).
The black turtleneck was thrifted from GoodWill. The navy T-shirt was purchased from Old Navy, and I used a fuchsia jersey knit for the sleeve, neck, and bottom trims. I then used the same fabric to create the “Seven” applique with Heat & Bond. The chain belt and striped tights were eBay finds. The grey fabric of the scarf and legwarmers was some kind of suiting material. I spent quite a bit of time tracing, cutting, and ironing tiny circles for these pieces. The skirt was a monster to make. I made an a-line base skirt (probably 1/2 circle) and attached 5 layers of ruffles to it. I used a basic lightweight pink cotton, since I would need to double up to make the edges look clean. I kept getting snapped threads with gathering stitches, so I made casing instead and gathered with a ribbon inside the casing. The ruffled layers were then hand-stitched to the skirt. Shoes were re-purposed from another costume, and pink pom-poms were glued to the straps. The wig was an eBay purchase.