Character: Polka | ポルカ
Series: Eternal Sonata | Trusty Bell ~Chopin no Yume~ | トラスティベル 〜ショパンの夢〜
Debut: Anime Weekend Atlanta 2008
Awards: Journeyman — Best Video Game — Anime Weekend Atlanta 2008
After playing the demo for Eternal Sonata, I knew I was going to fall in love with it — and also end up cosplaying one of the beautifully designed characters! Yashuntafun and I decided to collaborate on competition costumes and gave each other lots of encouragement while working on them.
Polka’s costume was a big challenge because it was my first time working with so many different & detailed garments. It was hard finding the right color fabric for her skirt, shawl, and headpiece, but I did the best I could with some satin-backed suede from Hancock Fabrics. I used the suede side because it seemed like something Polka would choose for her lifestyle.
The skirt is a basic full circle with ruffle trim sewn to the edge. I also wore a petticoat underneath for extra poof. Green clovers were made from craft foam. The bloomers were made from cotton with a historical costume pattern. The apron (off-white) and sleeves (white) were both made from gabardine and patterned from scratch. They both include hand-stitched and painted details. The spiked top was also patterned from scratch, and is fully lined. I used weights to keep the spikes from flipping up. The bodice was a technical sewing level-up, as it was my first time using boning and making a lace-up closure in the back. Mary guided me through the construction process, and I used gold acrylic paint for the heart. For the headpiece and shawl, I also had to make more mockups & patterns, and used the same fabric as the skirt. The shawl includes fur trim and the headpiece has more hand painted details.
The shoes and tights were purchased from Wal-Mart, with details glued to them. Wig styling was not one of my strong points at the time (and let’s be honest, still isn’t!) so I commissioned the wig from Kichara, who did an amazing job.