Cosplayer Shii Arisugawa > Costume of Yayoi Takatsuki from iDOLM@STER
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
- I started by making the jumper skirt, using some scrap fabric I had for the base pattern, and good ol' trial and error to fit. Once I was satisfied with the rough cut, I drew out all the seam lines with proper seam allowances, because yes I INSIST ON HAVING ALL 20+ seam lines on the damn JSK despite it disappearing into the confetti dot fabric. u___u The only seam lines I weren't able to add are the side seams on the pocket, it just wasn't happening, so instead I added two rows of stitches along the edge for detail. All of the seams are pressed so the confetti dot fabric lays flat, once that was done I sewed it to the underlining, and installed an invisible zipper in the back of the JSK. I'd say the hardest part wasn't actually sewing the fabric (wax paper is my new bff), but pinning/cutting out the pattern pieces as the fabric sure likes to slide around a lot!
I made the accessories next, everything is made using mostly craft foam and poster board because it's cheap, it's what I had in my cosplay stash, and I couldn't find the hardware I needed anyway, such as the belt buckles. I also needed my accessories to be as lightweight as possible, so it doesn't weigh down my costume while I'm performing. Overall it was pretty easy, just tedious work and very hard on my hands as I had to cut out 30+ something pieces for the belt buckles alone. A lot of gluing, waiting for said glue to dry, then painting using several layers of gold metallic paint to build up the color. Once the belt was done, the rest of it was pretty easy, and the boot covers aren't 100% done as I still need the boot straps that go on the sides, but I'm waiting until I buy the proper gold buckles (...or make them out of craft foam lol). Oh, also there's a whole 2ml bottle of metallic gold paint put into this costume.
- Personal Thoughts:
- I made this for my debut with the Angel Hearts~ :D
Confetti dot fabric, there is a special place in cosplay hell just for you. I'm rather satisfied with how this costume turned out, despite it being more labor intensive than I thought it would be, haha! While making the accessories, I discovered that craft foam sheets come in 6mm sizes, so holy crap I totally need to buy that stuff in bulk!! Unfortunately, due to my legs swimming in the boots, plus the skirt part of the JSK, it really limits my jumping while dancing when there's a lot of it in my image song, "Kiramekirari" ARGH! Oh also, my favorite part of this costume? DAT ZETTAI RYOUIKI.
- Styling Notes
- The base wig used is "Lulu" which is also from Arda Wigs. I started off by trimming the front bangs, sectioning off the long side bangs, while the back is heavily thinned out. I started from the bottom going up, and layered it as much as possible using thinning shears.
I wanted the ponytails to look more ringlet-like as opposed to giant pouf balls, so I carefully took apart each curl and sectioned them off into 15-20 individual curls (rough estimate, they're a bit hard to count lol). I tried using AquaNet to set the curls but it wasn't holding, so I used got2b Spiking Glue diluted in a small bowl of water, and carefully smoothed it on, concentrating on the ends.