MOKA // ROSARIO + VAMPIRE
CHARACTER BUILD PROFILE
Ummm... she's the embodiment of the sweet & evil dichotomy. So obviously this was my initial draw to Moka as a character. And if I am being truthful a second motivation behind this particular costume was to cut down on the process time for a different costume that I was helping my mentee with. I used the same pattern for both Moka and my mentee's Vampire Knight day class uniform and wanted to become familiar with constructing these particular garments. I needed to be more efficient in knowing the construction steps since we had limited crafting meetings together.
The pattern I used was McCall's 7141 which was an excellent base starting point for the uniform jacket. The jacket took about 9 hours to complete which was twice as long as I wanted to spend on it!! I was not thrilled, but my fabric made me do it! I found the only seafoam shade in a thin cotton fabric and had to line it with a thicker fabric which I had to fuse with sticky back interfacing. That's basically twice as much cutting, pressing, and exasperation. But at least it has a nice weight to it that actually might resemble a uniform jacket. There are a million tutorials out there on how to make a pleated skirt, and I already had the knowledge of how to construct a bedskirt so I did not bother using the McCall's skirt pattern. It was just faster & easier to cut the fabric per my measurements, add an invisible zipper, and add the banding. I've made A LOT of bedskirts! And I must say, pleated skirts are much more fun!
Other items that helped make this costume that I already had were: a black bag (swapped), deluxe vampire fangs ($14), green contacts ($35), leather strap & snaps ($8), bias tape ($2), fusible webbing ($3), pink wig ($13), an Express button-up ($40 but from Mike's closet), nude tights ($1), kneesock tights ($10) and some old boring work shoes (35$). If I were to buy all these just for this cosplay it would have brought my total cost to about $193.
Cosplaying Moka was super fun, especially since I got some amazing photoshoots with COTC Photography & PhotosNXS. These guys know how to make each cosplayer feels really special, beautiful, and how to represent the person and the character.
On a different note, this hilarious thing happened:
There was a boy, barely a teenager, who came up to me and asked if he could have his picture taken with me. After his mom took our picture together he looked at me with a big smile and said, "Moka is my faaaaavorite!"
Well, I can't blame him.
She's my favorite too.