Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mey-Rin Cosplay Review

I actually don't read much manga, the only ones I still follow are Berserk, One Piece, DNAngel and Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji). The first time I read Black Butler I was mesmerized by the art style and the story, so it quickly became a favorite of mine. So when Cosplaysky UK contacted me and asked if I wanted to make a review of their Mey-Rin cosplay, I was extremely happy!

Photo by Christer Gustafsson

Just as with the other Cosplaysky branches, Cosplaysky UK allows you to either get the costume sewn by standard measurements, or by personal custom measurements. This is what I chose! Now I'm a tall girl (1.79cm) so I was a little worried that Mey-Rin wouldn't fit me since she's sorta tiny, but when the cosplay arrived and I tried it on it fit me very well! It was a liiiiiittle bit large, but nothing that I couldn't fix. The apron was a little too big over the shoulders, but a hidden safety pin in the back fixed that in two seconds.

The only thing that didn't really fit was the neck collar; when I buttoned the upper buttons the collar sat really tight against my neck, to a point where I had to unbutton the collar and flip the shirt to make it fit better (with the collar folded down). This could be fixed with a few cuts and seams from me, but I decided the collar was more comfortable folded down anyway, haha! 

Photo by Erik Pettersson

These pieces are included when you buy the costume;

  • Dark blue dress
  • Apron
  • White shirt
  • Head piece
Photo by Christer Gustafsson

As always, the cosplay is extremely well made. The fabrics are mainly cotton and uniform cloth, and all separate pieces came neatly folded in a well packed bag. 

The main dress is a wonderful shade of navy blue, and zips up with a hidden zipper in the back. It comes with white cuffs on each hand, with black button sewed on. The white under shirt buttons in the back (I had to flip it though, as I wrote above) and comes with buttons both in the back and in the front, as should be. Since the shirt buttons originally in the back you might need someone to help you button it! The apron crosses the shoulders and fastens with velcro in the back. The velcro strap is long so you can adjust the size as you see fit. Along with the apron comes a white ribbon that can be fastened to the apron with a safety pin. The head piece has some gorgeous ruffles and can be tied either under your chin or in the back of your neck. 

Something I do need to point out is that this costume looks so much better when properly ironed! The costume arrived ironed, but I chose to give it an extra go with my iron just to be sure. A well ironed dress in this fabric makes it look very crisp and neat and completely raises the over all impression!

Photo by Christer Gustafsson
 Time for some ratings!

  • Comfort: 5/5
  • Size: 3/5
  • Accuracy to original: 5/5
  • Movability: 4/5
  • Quality: 5/5
Photo by Christer Gustafsson

Comfort: 5/5
I can easily say this is one of my most comfortable costumes!
I can move freely in it, it's not too tight or too lose, 
and even though I thought it would be very warm
it really wasn't, even though we had a shoot in full sunlight!

Size: 3/5
The size of the dress and apron fit well, however
since the neck was too tight I had to flip the shirt to be 
able to make the costume look good on me. This could probably
be fixed however if you sent in measurement specifically
for the neck (which I didn't). 

Accuracy to original: 5/5
This costume has the accuracy down to 100%.
Everything from the fabric colors, the cuffs and head piece
down to the exact right amount and look of all the buttons
is completely perfect compared to the original.

Movability: 4/5
I could move really well in this costume, proven when
we took photos with my guns where I got to climb around
the park benches we were shooting at, haha. However,
the apron kept sliding off my shoulders now and then, which came
off as slightly annoying, but could later be solved with a safety pin!

Quality: 5/5
The costume has an amazing quality, everything is well sewn
and the fabric choices fit the costume and the character. 
The costume doesn't wrinkle all too easily, even
after a long day of photoshoots. Great quality!

I have also made a video review over at my YouTube channel if you'd like a closer look 
on the separate pieces of the costume, as well as a short movement test!

In the end I'm so happy with this costume, it looks great and I really feel
like a clumsy maid while wearing it, haha! Comfortable and good looking cosplays are 
so great! I would absolutely recommend this costume to anyone who wants to be a badass sniper maid <3

Huge thank you to Cosplaysky UK for giving me this opportunity!

Photo by Christer Gustafsson!

Love and warm hugs!