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*7/15/17- I am currently nine months pregnant and am awaiting the birth of my child, so kimono dress, pinafore, and wrap dress orders will not be taken until I return from my maternity leave. To be alerted when I'll be taking orders again, please sign up for the email Newsletter or visit the Darling Army Facebook page. If you need something right away, please order from the Ready to Ship section.

Please remember that printed items, skirts, capelets, and accessories can be ordered at any time, so you don't need to wait for an order acceptance date to add them to your cart. You can also design your own skirt or kimono dress in the Japan Shop at any time  =) If it doesn't say coming soon, you can order it now.

ALL CONSTRUCTION TIMES ARE NOW 3-8 WEEKS with a potential added delay of a few weeks. I'm nine months pregnant and will need to take a few weeks off when the baby is born (whenever that will be). This delay will also likely apply to Ready to Ship items, so please plan accordingly. I'm hoping to officially be back to work in late August or early September. Thank you for your understanding.

About the Darling Army

Hello and welcome to Darling Army, the original cosplay apron and pinafore designer!

Darling Army was a labor of love that turned into a business of necessity. Several years prior to opening Darling Army, I would make female versions of male characters from my favorite animes for my best friend and myself.

Femme cosplay was a saving grace for me. Being born with a dark complexion, cosplaying exactly as my favorite characters has always been next to impossible even with the help of stage makeup. On top of that, my favorite characters were usually boys whose costumes consisted of pants and shirts. As a "girly girl" who prefers skirts and dresses for everyday wear, I absolutely hated having to walk around conventions for hours in tight, yucky pants. Thus making female versions of my favorite characters came to be.

Darling Army came years later while I was in the teaching program at my local college. Becuase I was student teaching full-time in the afternoons and going to school full-time in the evenings and weekends, it was impossible to have a job. Once Christmas came around I had no money for fancy gifts so I did what I do best: femme cosplay. Using some scrap fabric I had left over from different costumes I was able to create aprons for my friends, customized to reflect their favorite anime characters. My aprons eventually grew into cosplay pinafores as I realized how ridiculously easy they were to use for cosplay. Now myself and others use them for costuming and everyday lolita clothing.

Darling Army has obviously grown from Christmas presents and only  taking a few orders every couple weeks to help get me through school. The DA is still a one-girl show, each pinafore being made-to-order by myself (and sometimes help from my mom). Now, however, the Darling Army is my full-time job until I'm able to secure position as a teacher.

Being feminine is important to me, but I'm more than just a normal girl. I'm an otaku. A whovian. A geek. A nerd. I'm someone who doesn't believe that  the above labels automatically make me unfashionable or a social outcast. My personal belief is that you can be a fangirl and a fashionista at the same time. Who said nerds can't be cute? <3

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