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Myself as Karin Koenig from Shadow Hearts: Covenant. Photo taken by Claire [Final_Memories] at Anime Expo 2006. This costume was one of my favourites to construct [I REALLY love her costume design], though I never managed to finish the boot covers for it. Shadow Hearts is such an under-appreciated series, and Covenant in particular really grabbed my attention. If you love intelligent, turn-based RPGs and have a particular interest in history and folklore, I highly, highly recommend them! This entire costume was constructed by myself, though the sword was made by John Kalpowsky.

Please no critiques/criticism. I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It's one of my favourite character designs, as well.
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aoi-no-requiem Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Student Writer
God I'd love to cosplay as Karin, shes my all time fave character
this is the best one I've seen, you've done her outfit so well. Was it difficult to make?
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Honestly, it's been so long since I made it, I can't remember what the process was like. I remember getting very frustrated with the lace detailing and epaulets, and of course I never managed the boot covers because they were too much of a pain. I obviously have no idea what sort of sewing experience you've had, but I'd say it's definitely not something for a beginner to tackle. Hope this has helped!
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SabienStrange Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Student General Artist
oh wow, you this cosplay looks great on you !
and i think i do remember seeing you waaaay back at AX06.
i'm not sure if that was the same year, but there was a male yuri wandering around too.
would've been awesome if i'd caught you together.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I believe I got photos with that Yuri. ^__^
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sairex90 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
You look great!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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jonight Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010   General Artist
ooh, can i haz? ;p
you should design her other outfit too.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It has definitely crossed my mind, but right now I'm taking a little hiatus from the hobby. ^__^ Thanks for the comment!
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ElenoreLoretje2 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
wauw amazong cosplay :D but i love the whole pose just as much :love: amazingly done :) you look wonderful:)
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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SeprenMaelstrom Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. Great costume work and you fit the look rather well. =D

The top seems to be a different colour, but yeah, that doesn't detract. =]
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The top is suede, so it does take on different colours when viewed from different angles. I'm leaning forward in this shot, so it appears darker. A dead-on view matches the colour exactly. Beyond all that, I'm sitting in a shadow. y_y

Thank you for the comment, regardless!
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SeprenMaelstrom Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, okay! That makes sense. Unfortunate placement I 'spose. Cosplay still looks awesome though.

And you're welcome! =]
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Knuddelkakashi Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
OH MY FUCKING GOD!!! this looks terribly awesome *___* I LOVE IT! Wanna be my Karin, when I will cos Yuri in September?
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Unfortunately you live over a rather large ocean. ^__^ But I'm glad you enjoy my costume!
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TheUmbris Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
Wow...you look nothing short of amazing in that cosplay outfit. Karin is such a cool character, but you bring something to her that she was missing. Nice job on the outfit, you look beautiful!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's always good to hear from fellow fans of the series. ^__^ I've always meant to go back and make Karin's military uniform, so hopefully I will get to that soon. Thanks for the comment!
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TheUmbris Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I'm sure that you'd do an amazing job on that outfit as well, seeing as how you nailed this one on all accounts. Still though, I don't think you will look nearly as hot in the military outfit as you do in her main one haha, if you don't mind me saying so :).
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Saaner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is the best Covenant cosplay I have ever seen! You look just like Karin! You got the detail on the fringe and even the mismatching top!

Ha, not only the best Karin-but the fact you know the game, too! I thought I was the only one in the world that knew about it. I found Shadow Hearts (the first game at Walmart) when the first PS2 games made it to the shelves. After that I never heard about it again.

I saw a Japanese Real Media site advertising a second game (along with Final Fantasy XII) but couldn't read anything reliably. About a month later I went to a video game shop and asked "Say...you wouldn't happen to know about a Shadow Hearts II game for the PS2...would you?"

The guy behind the counter looked at me like I was on crack or something. After a bit he looked around and pulled a copy from the case behind him and said "You know-you can get the strategy guide, too, for a discount-there's only a hundred copies in the wrack right in front of you."

If I had looked down I wouldn't have had feel so silly. Anyway, I bought the game and the guide and walked away with the impression that no one else in Indiana at least had ever played it or had any interest in it. It wasn't until I found a Live Journal community that I knew those games had some kind of fan following. I bought Kaudelka and From The New World years later because of that same community.

Sorry, for the long story-I was just so happy to see such a rare and gorgeous cosplay!

I hope you don't mind but I'm going to watch you! You've got so many amazing works and I love Shadow Hearts!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Don't apologize for the story! Shadow Hearts is such a rare fandom that it's always enjoyable to hear how others found out about it! I can't even remember how I discovered it- I think it was recommended by a friend. Needless to say, I was hooked almost instantly! Thank you for the comment, and I'm glad you enjoyed my costume!
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scificat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
I've been playing Shadow Hearts Covenant recently and it has become one of my all time favorite JRPGs in recent memory.

As for the costume, it is awesome and very accurate, a shame about the leggings, that would have taken this cosplay over the top. Very cool job
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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DTokarz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Don't know anything about character but your costume looks nice.
when you get a chance step by and check out my Guile cosplay.
Later.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I appreciate it!
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anewzero Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice, indeed! Very, very wonderfully done!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! <3
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anewzero Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
always, my dear! i love the angle and look of your face in this shot! very nice, indeed!
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xChancex Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
-spazz- Shadow Hearts cosplay! 8D Sadly, SH doesn't have nearly enough fans for how awesome it is. Your cosplay looks great, too. :D
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know, I've always hated how underrated Shadow Hearts is. It's my second favourite RPG series [after FF, of course].
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xChancex Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
My favorites are flip-flopped. xD Shadow Hearts first, FF second. Love them both, though. < 3
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psychedelic-aya Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, good cosplay!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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Asterisk-Sky Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing cosplay :hug:
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Asterisk-Sky Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
ur welcome :D
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RenaRyuuguu Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist
OMG I LOVE IT!!!
Shadow Hearts Covenant is so awsome, the best game EVER!!! And personaly I love Karin, she's so adoreble, I love your cosplay, did you make it yourself???
Cause ive been seaching for it but I can only find places to buy Alice and Yuri cosplay's, though, id pefere Karin :heart:

Anyway, you look like a beautifull Karin, id love to see you in more costumes =D
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It's good to hear from another fan. ^__^ Yes, I did make the costume myself, so I unfortunately cannot offer any tips on where to find one. Good luck, and please feel free to check out the rest of my cosplay gallery!
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serkunet Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow first SH cosplay I've seen ^^
Very nice!!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Shadow Hearts is such an underappreciated series. DD:
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serkunet Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true, did you make the weapon yourself as well?
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As credited, it was made by someone else.
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SinsofaFighter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
One of the few Karin cosplays I really like.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I take that as a compliment! ^__^
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SinsofaFighter Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Of course.I also agree that Shadow Hearts is underrated,especially the last two,Covenant and From the New World.
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GenisisValkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
The costumes so nice its cute to i saw this on cosplay.com and your pictures are amazing i love :love:the one of you sitting back to the window and there that reflection of you its very final fantasy reminds me a bit of lightning from XIII.:star:
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