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Cosplayer dead-pepper > Costume of Utena Tenjou from Revolutionary Girl Utena

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Revolutionary Girl Utena
Utena Tenjou
Special Variation:
school uniform
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
Costume worn at:
Anime LA 2013
FanimeCon 2012
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About this Costume
Construction Details:

I ended up making the jacket 3 times since I kept messing stuff up. The first one was too fitted (read: cutting off my circulation) so I gave it to my little sister. The second I made from stretch cotton sateen that was obviously far too lightweight for a jacket, even lined. I'm pretty happy with the final version, made out of some mystery cotton blend twill stuff that I got at a discount fabric store. I lined the jacket in pretty hot pink and red quilting cotton, made bound buttonholes, 2 patch pockets, and a working single welt pocket, using the same fabric for the welt and the pocket lining. Easy! The bias tape really gave me trouble on this costume because apparently it is impossible to cleanly miter an inward-facing corner that is smaller than 90 degrees. I ended up fudging it a little and then handstitching arrowhead tacks over each inward corner point to stabilize the area.

The bike shorts were easy, made from red matte spandex and a kwik-sew pattern.

It took me forever to find socks, and the ones I got are so big that I fold the sock in half before putting them on. It makes my shoes REALLY tight, haha!

The shoes were purchased and partially painted, using acrylic paint and textile medium. Some of the white parts took 5 layers of paint to properly cover the black. I replaced the laces with white elastic cording, then attached separate red bows made from grosgrain ribbon.
Personal Thoughts:
I wanted to cosplay more stuff from Utena but really couldn't decide who to do since I love all the characters. I figured it might be fun to give Utena's jacket a try as a sewing challenge and so this cosplay was born.
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Cosworx / Cosplay.com
Wig Name
Original Color:
cool pink
Wig Review
The wig was a cosplay.com Rose wig in cool pink, I believe. This is my favorite wig of all time and is so tangle free and comfortable on my head. The color is also an interesting blend of pinks - definitely bright enough to capture Utena's hair in the anime!
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