Cosplayer Sylphy > Costume of Super Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon Super S
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
Sailor Moon was the first manga series I ever read, and it has been my secret desire to dress as the bun-headed Champion of Justice for many years. Originally, I had another incarnation of Sailor Moon in mind, but I soon realized that it was not a good choice for my first fuku.
The Mugen Academy arc is my favorite part of the story (very closely followed by Stars), so it seemed fitting to have my first Sailor Moon costume be the “Super” version which debuts in Act 30 of the manga. As it happened, Garnet Runestar and I had also been chatting about meeting up for SM times, so choosing this version would give me the perfect opportunity to cosplay alongside her gorgeous Nehelenia!
Everything was made by me, aside from the boots and gloves, which were purchased and modified. In comparison with my previously planned costume, the Super version seemed as though it would be easier to make. HA. SUCH naivety! The finished product took months to make, and I still had to omit a couple details to finish the costume in time for Fanime.
The most time consuming part, without a doubt, was the skirt. I knew that I wanted to try to replicate the beautiful watercolor gradient which the fuku sports in the manga and 3rd and 4th art books, so I decided to purchase white bridal satin, cut out my collar and circle skirt, and dye them by hand.
The process was long and arduous, due to my own nitpickery. I went through several skirts and who knows how much Dye-na-Flow, but I finally achieved gradients which I was happy with. After the dye job, everything else was relatively straightforward. I pleated the circle skirt, satin stitched the yellow stripes onto the collar (idea swiped from Envel- thank you, Jo!), and cast the hearts and moons out of resin. Originally, I planned to sew the skirt into the bodysuit, but it looked wonky, so I stitched the front of the skirt directly on top of the front of the bodysuit and attached the back with snaps. The white and yellow belts are sewn to the bodysuit in the center front and close in the back with Velcro. The butt bow and tails are attached to the belts and bodysuit, respectively. This was my first time working with chiffon, and, let me tell you, I loathed its slipperiness!
For Usagi's characteristic hairstyle, I decided to use my own hair with extensions for the pigtails. I had to mix two different colors of extensions together to try to match my hair, and, while they didn’t match exactly, I think that they looked pretty good and gave me the natural appearance I was after!
This costume was a huge learning experience and an adventure to make, and I'd like to extend my gratitude to the ladies of Cupcake Cosplay for their Sailor Fuku Tutorial and pleating tips!
- Personal Thoughts:
- This costume was completed for a location shoot with BertLePhoto at the Legion of Honor Museum in SF. We had wind and fog galore!
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