So lets start with one of my old favorite shows: Yu Yu Hakusho!
Kuronue - From the first movie, Kuronue was the first character I leaned toward, just because of his design and interesting story. I was quite upset that he wasn't included in the main series, but that didn't stop me from cosplaying him.
This costume was actually made with help from my mother. She made the vest and white waist drape while I bought the wings (Hot Topic) and pants. Then I made the hat from a spray painted straw hat from a local thrift store. My father also made the scythe weapon which I still have to this day and it still looks awesome.
Pitfalls of this costume? I couldn't figure out how to make the arm ribbons work, so I ended up using electrical tape on my arms. While this worked, it meant that I had to pull them off each day and was left with red marks from the tape. Not something I'd recommend.
The wig is actually the part I'm the most proud of. It started out as a normal cheap black Godiva style wig cut to the right length. Then I made the horns out of paperclay, which dries to resemble bone, but is still soft enough that I could poke holes into it and sew them into a denim frame attached on the underside of the wig. I totally made this up as I was going, because wig tutorials weren't a huge thing on the internet yet and it mostly worked. My only regret is that I didn't take care of it, so now the wig is far too tangled to reuse, but I still have the jacket.
Strange Land Costuming.)
I bought the pants - some super comfortable pajama ones in the right color - and made the mask and top vest piece. Sadly I don't have better pictures then this, but I remember it was a very comfortable costume to wear and still have most of the pieces, though they don't fit anymore.
All three of these costumes are quite old, but were the most fun. Isn't it strange seeing me back before I made dresses and ballgowns? To be honest, this was before I became more comfortable with my body and back then I didn't think I could pull off a female outfit and still look pretty. Obviously I don't feel that way anymore, but I still had fun cosplaying even back then.
So here's a final throw back with the Wifey as Youko Kurama in a costume made for her by Strange Land Costuming. Also, the other Kurama is our friend Rosanna. The below picture was taken back in 2004 if that gives you any idea how old this is. ^__^