Cosplayer Shii Arisugawa > Costume of Shii Arisugawa from Shunya Yamashita Artworks
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
- I already had the shimapan from my Francesca Lucchini costume, though I'll probably make a second pair that has a more accurate cut to Shii's shimapan design. I used my Cosmode pattern book for the sailor collar and top, modifying it a bit so it zipped up in the front. I wasn't entirely happy with the first pleated skirt that I made (one of the first I ever made, so... lol), luckily I had just enough leftover fabric to remake it, the hardest part was figuring how how much to hem off the bottom so it still covered my butt. Barely. ^^; Shii doesn't wear shoes (because she's forgetful? the poor girl forgets to wear skirt!) but I need to if I'm walking around at cons and stuff, so I decided to go with brown penny loafers. It took me what feels like forever to find a pair that I liked that was in my size, and wasn't crazy expensive.
- 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 debuted this at Extreme Autofest 2012 in Anaheim, CA so it was interesting attending an event that wasn't anime/game/comic related for once. I was called "the Sailor Moon girl" by several attendees. ;p This cosplay was also the first time I've tried wearing circle lenses, and I gotta say I'm pretty happy with how natural looking they are, with a noticable enlarging effect. My costume's 100% complete now that I have an awesome prop sword to go along with it, all thanks to Cerulean Draco! Check out his page if you're looking for superb quality prop commissions!!
- 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.