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One Piece: Nami by Malindachan One Piece: Nami by Malindachan
I rarely do these kinds of characters because I'm generally not very comfortable with showing off so much skin, but I felt like I could make an exception for Nami. ^.^

Overall this costume was pretty simple, but I was pretty picky with the details. Since this is the first photo upload, here are the construction notes:

The wig is a Luthien in Pumpkin from Arda-wigs.com. I just trimmed the bangs on it; didn't need to do anything else! :D Nami's longer hair is my favorite part of her time-skip design.

The pants were modified from some jeans I had on-hand. I satin-stitched around the edges of the orange circles and glued them to some round belt buckles I found at a fabric warehouse. The pieces are attached with velcro so I can remove them when I wash the jeans.

The bikini top was made from scratch with broadcloth, though I had to make it twice because I wasn't happy with how I painted the first one.

Her Clima-tact is a PVC pipe cut into 3 sections, and they connect thanks to some small dowels on the inside. I used masking tape to make the dowels thick enough so they could fit snugly (originally couldn't find the perfect size, so they were really loose without the tape). I used a can of model spray paint for the pretty metallic blue color.

The belt base is made out of vinyl. Though you can't see them in this particular photo, the front buckle was modified with super sculpey to have the Berry symbol, and there are little flower-looking buttons that I also sculpted out of the same stuff. The capsule looking ones are also super sculpey, with a piece of grey vinyl around them.

Also not shown are my shoes, which I ordered online. They ended up a TON brighter than I expected (like, super neon orange), so I used Angelus paints to fix the color.

The gold bracelet was silver originally, but I painted it with some gold leaf paint.

I chose to do the New World log pose instead of the original one. The strap and base are made out of leather, and I made the domes out of small capsules (from quarter toy machines) filled with clear resin. I inserted the compass arrows after filling/curing the resin half-way first.

The tattoo was a real pain, and I actually had to edit it a bit in photoshop because it looked horrible. XD (not so much at a distance, but up close...ugh)
I chose to use a tattoo paper (the kind you can print the design on with your ink-jet printer, and it goes on like a sticker rather than with water) because I thought it would save time at the con, but it ended up being more trouble than it was worth. It was really delicate, so it ripped easily, and after lots of arm movement, the edges would peel and the design itself would crack and get wrinkly. It did ok when I tested it at home, but it decided to give me a hard time at the con (might have also been because it was really cold, and we were going outside to get to the convention center as well as get photos). I recently ordered some Mehron makeup to replace it, so I'll be doing that next time instead.

I made the earrings! They look like pearl studs in the show, but I made dangly ones instead because I think they look classy. :) (and more noticeable)

Much thanks to Eurobeat Kasumi Photography for taking this photo! [link]

One Piece is (c) Eiichiro Oda
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:iconmrkrawl:
MrKrawl Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:o
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Minigini Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the most gorgeous Nami I have ever seen as cosplay... I generally think the Problem with cosplay is, that are faces are... well... too realistic?? But you have a very pretty face and you fit this cosplay so well... like it was made for you!! Love... it... ♥
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psychodynamix Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Nami~Swan!
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:iconmoogleborg:
Moogleborg Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Gorgeous Nami! :D
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:iconlenlenlen1:
lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
yum
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:iconmechanicalfiend:
mechanicalfiend Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
very pretty
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:iconxeronecross:
XeroNecross Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Naaaaaaaami
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AnimeLoverofAwesome Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You look so amazing! Sadly i cant hope to do as good as cosplay as you but I can try!
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Marimokun Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:D fantastic cosplay
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Fayina-Kei-Sancia Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Perfect Nami - I really really like the color of the wig, it looks fantastic with your complexion!

Curse my shyness for not coming to say hi!! :shakefish:
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horstie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
like the bracelets
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:iconquetzil:
Quetzil Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful as always babes! And you do a great job advertising for Arda! The wig looks as beautiful s the rest of you!
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Patrucca Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Looking totally awesome, per usual for you Malinda!! :D

You and Kyle's fabrication skills never cease to amaze me, ever! I hope you are both doing well. :glomp:

-P.A.
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AXYIC Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
WoooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW!!!!!!!! YOU LOOK THE BEST AS NAMI!!!!! : D!!!!!!! IT'S AMAZING!!!! GREAT, GREAT, WONDERFUL, AMAZING, UNBELIEVABLE COSPLAY!!!! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:!!!!!!!!!!!!
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RebelCoyote Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I love that for what is seemingly such a simple costume you put SO much work into. Excellently done and you make a badass Nami!
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taberz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
You look great and good job on nami
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saphsoul Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
amazing as always. I know the feeling of hating to show so much skin and usually there's a reason, but freak, you don't need to worry about that.
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Mikura-Tsukimaru-U Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome job, I never knew Nami's hair grew out, you really make a great Nami!
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ReinaAkira Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Que sexy O___O Te quiero comer a besos XD
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nightmaredude456 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You look amazing! You portrayed Nami exceptionally well :)
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Aerophoinix Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   General Artist
congratulations on that great outfit your work sure paid off :) but what really caught me attention is just how perfect your face is for Nami, those big clever looking eyes and that determined yet slightly devious expression, itīs perfect :D
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Kalidra Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Awesome job! Thank you for putting a description down! I always really appreciate it when cosplayers do that ^^
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Shugi-tanPocky Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
*applauds* You're looking lovely! ^_^ But I know how you feel about the skin. I wouldn't feel very comfortable showing that much either!
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Yugilover1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
awesome Malindchan
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otaku427 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
hi! this is a nice photo. Can you please share this on our facebook page and with your permission be one of the featured photo for our upcoming magazine on May.

if interested, kindly re-post it on this link:[link]
Thanks very much
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Zaxmon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great rundown on the costume, but how about your exercise/diet? You look great, any helpful hints?
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Zaxmon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
~EllyCoo, I think you misunderstand me. I was complimenting.
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:iconzaxmon:
Zaxmon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oops. Double post.
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a horrible example because I eat a lot of junk food and don't exercise very often. XD I just have fast metabolism.
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starsAreFalling93 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Photographer
For somebody who eats a lot of junk food you look like you are in good shape!
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:iconellycoo:
EllyCoo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Be more polite... One Piece girls are EXCEEDINGLY skinny, don't worry, Malindachan...
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:iconzaxmon:
Zaxmon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
~EllyCoo, I think you misunderstand me. I was complimenting.
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:iconellycoo:
EllyCoo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And I think you misunderstood me. That was a joke.
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:iconzaxmon:
Zaxmon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ok :)
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LennieLand Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
>w< hot!
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GoGoKaijuhero Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oh my ...........<3
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:iconantoinejenkins:
AntoineJenkins Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding. You portrayed Nami dead on here.
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Nine-Tailed-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaah your cosplays are always so nice! ;;O;;

I can understand why you'd be uncomfortable showing that much skin, though, ahaha. Even though you have the perfect body structure for it, you never know what might happen >O>;;;

I don't know if you take any safety measures but if you don't I might suggest finding a way to keep the bikini top tied once you have it on, I've heard some people like to try and untie those :B;;

Very nice work, though! <:
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:iconmalindachan:
Malindachan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually double knot it.
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Nine-Tailed-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's good!
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GrayIceFullBuster Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Very nice, great job ^^
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Sarahalexis13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool
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