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Cosplayer Shii Arisugawa > Costume of Shii Arisugawa from Shunya Yamashita Artworks

Most Recent Photo
08-13-2013
Series
Shunya Yamashita Artworks
Character
Shii Arisugawa
Year Completed:
2012
Construction Difficulty:
Normal
Prop made by
CeruleanDraco
Costume worn at:
FanimeCon 2013
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
I already had the shimapan from my Francesca Lucchini costume, but I decided to make a new and more accurate pair. The hardest part was sewing on elastic in the openings because my machine just wanted to eat the freakin' fabric, this probably wouldn't have been a problem if I skipped lining the shimapan but I wanted to make sure it wasn't see through at all. I used my Cosmode pattern book for the sailor collar and top, modifying it a bit so it zipped up in front so it's easier to put on. I remade the skirt which turned out much better as I have more experience with pleated skirts now, and I had just enough leftover fabric too! The hardest part was figuring out how much to hem off the bottom so it still covered my butt. Barely. Ha! ^^; Shii doesn't wear shoes because she's forgetful (poor girl even forgets to wear her skirt...), but I need to have some kind of footwear if I'm walking around at cons, so I decided to go with brown penny loafers. It took me forever and a day to find a pair that I liked that was in my size and wasn't crazy expensive. The glasses are my old frames with the lenses popped out, I'm glad I kept them so I could incorporate it into a costume!
Extra Prop Details by CeruleanDraco
three layers of HDF, cut with a jigsaw and beveled with a dremmel/belt sander and filed. layered on the paint and hand-wrapped the handle.
Personal Thoughts:
I decided to finally make this costume to commemorate my 5 years of being in this stupid hobby, yay!! I've been a fan of Shunya Yamashita's style for some time now, and a collector of figures based on his original designs. Sera-chan was my first when she was gifted to me several years ago, followed by Shii Arisugawa which really got the ball rolling. ;D Her design has always been a favorite of mine, and might possibly be to blame why I'm partial to costumes that include glasses, pleated skirts, and thigh highs (bonus points if it has all 3~). NOT TO MENTION MY STUPID OBSESSION WITH SHIMAPAN.

Anyway, I debuted this at Extreme Autofest 2012 in Anaheim, CA so it was interesting attending an event that wasn't related to my usual hobbies. I was called "the Sailor Moon girl" by several attendees, but most of the time people just stared at me as they weren't sure why I was there, haha. It was also the first time I tried circle lenses, and I was pretty satisfied with how natural looking they are, with a noticeable enlarging effect. Unfortunately I had to toss out the lenses before Fanime, I'm still deciding if it's worth the cost/hassle as I might wear the lenses but a few times a year. I dunno. ^^; ALSO!! Thanks to Cerulean Draco I now have an awesome sword prop to complete my costume, so please check out his page if you're looking for superb quality prop commissions!
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Cosplay Anime Wigs
Wig Name
28" Heat Resistant Straight
Original Color:
Burgundy Red
Styling Time
1-2 hours
Wig Quality Rating
5 / 5.00
Styling Notes
I chopped off a lot of the bangs, and a few inches off the bottom before braiding the twin tails. The color WAS NOT what I expected when I received it in the mail, as it's definitely more on the purple-y side. Originally, I wanted to add some brown using Sharpies, but I kinda like the color so I might leave it as is.
Wig Review
I never thought I'd complain about a wig being too thick, but holy crap! Even the bangs are super thick, which made trimming them quite a chore. lol The quality of the wig itself is lovely, and pretty much tangle free despite being long.
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