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Cosplayer Shii Arisugawa > Costume of Yayoi Takatsuki (iDOLM@STER)

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Yayoi Takatsuki
Special Variation:
Floral in Vital Sunflower
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
Costume worn at:
Anime Conji 2012
FanimeCon 2012
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
I made the easiest part of the costume first, the two-tiered skirt, with hand gathered ruffles, and a built-in petticoat to help keep its shape. I was terrified of making the petal dress, but luckily my idea of using a vest pattern, and extending bottom so it flares out worked perfectly! I like seam accuracy, but it was not going to happen with the dress because uh, the only visible seam lines are on the center front. WTF. >___> Anyway, all of the yellow trim is carefully measured out, and satin stitched because I thought it would look better....? lol I made the sailor collar top next, and originally I wanted to have it actually tie in front, but it looked too bulky! The armband and hair accessories took some trial and error to flare out properly, and the white trim is Heat'n Bonded on and fray blocked as an extra precaution (damn you, satin!!). The big sunflowers were provided by Sparkle Pipsi, smaller ones by Baby Snow Leopard! I opted for a smaller one on my head, so it doesn't like the damn thing was eating my head. I made new boot covers for Fanime, following Sparkle Pipsi pattern so it had the actual cut outs this time, but I cheated and cut the designs into the base boots. KEKEKE I'm not using these boots for anything else, so why not?
Personal Thoughts:

Okay, but seriously, a big thank you to Anime Conji for inviting us as guests this year, which was an amazing experience. ;___; I'm so happy that I got to debut this costume with the SoCal crew, we had so much fun performing despite the gloomy weather! I'm satisfied with how my costume turned out, and held up during the con, I just wish it was travel and iron friendly. lol
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Arda Wigs
Wig Name
One Curl Clip
Styling Time
5-7 hours
Wig Quality Rating
5 / 5.00
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.
Wig Review
I had a lot of fun styling the ponytail clips, they've also held up nicely with me running around and performing at a con. lol I've worn this to 3 cons so far, and the only major issues I've had with the clips are safely transporting the wig clips to make sure they don't get crushed AND making sure the damn things stay on my head. ^^; I learned after Anime Conji that wig clips must be sewn into the front of the wig, especially for 25 minute set lists!
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