Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones has been my favourite book ever since I first found it on a school trip to the city library. So when I heard that my favourite film creator, Hayao Miyazaki, was making it into an anime I was over the moon! Howl’s Moving Castle has everything: a wonderful main character, fantasy, romance, humour, Victorian clothes…And the movie adds steampunk into the mix! Years later when I started cosplaying, the choice of which character to portray first was easy. I chose to cosplay Sophie Hatter as she appears in the beginning of the anime mostly because her hair is very much like mine, so I didn’t need to invest in a wig. I wore this cosplay to the japanese pop culture convention Uppcon in Uppsala, Sweden in 2012 and participated in the cosplay contest. I didn’t win any prize, but I don’t think I’ve ever recieved so many hugs from strangers as when I walked around the con in my cosplay!
I made the dress from cotton fabric, being the mostly likely fabric used by Sophie if she really had been a hatter’s daughter during the Victorian era. I made the buttons by covering some other buttons with the same fabric. I also wore brown boots, black overknee socks and pantalettes that I made from an old blouse.
I bought the hat, but made the decorations myself. The little pink balls are wood with fabric swen onto them.
This cosplay was also featured in a Swedish book about handicrafts. One of my teacher’s when I was studying textile history asked if she could use it in a short section about cosplay and I said yes.