Costume :Washu Habuki
Source :Tenchi Muyo!
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minami Con 20 (2014)

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Costume Information

Cost : £40.33
Time Taken : 25hrs

Blast from the past! It was one of my favourite series as a kid and Washu was my favourite character being the self-proclaimed genius that she is!

I chose a simple costume to save costs because I knew the wig would cost a bomb to make.

I patterned everything from scratch mostly because I've made everything before.

The blouse was twice the size of a regular one, made from cotton and gathered at the neckline and sleeves to make it poofy, finished off with bias binding.

The top was made from black bi-stretch and lined in purple polycotton. There's some medium-weight interfacing in the collar to make it stick up. The top is sewn down so I have to put it on over my head, this is just so that it is insured it will keep its shape. The yellow jewels were made from buckram with cheap satin covering it. I sewed it down directly.

The shorts didn't have pockets because I was running out of time but other than that, the other seams are pretty much accurate. I laid out a pair of shorts I already had as guidance for how the pattern would look as it had been a while since I've made shorts. They're made from cotton drill for thickness and I had to redo the front side panels a few times as I kept making them too small! The belt was made from bi-stretch with medium weight interfacing with the jewel sewn on with velcro to fasten it.

The wig was two wigs sewn into one. The base wig was 51" and the wig I cut apart for wefts was 40". The difference in lengths already gave me layers to play with. When I sewed in all the wefts I left the top circular skin top alone as well as the surrounding doughnut of wefts surrounding it. For the front of the wig I sewed in the 40" fringe backwards and folded it back onto itself to make it look more realistic.

To create the beehive look I bought two Primark hair doughnuts and cut them both in half. I separated out the wig and then hot glued one hair doughnut into the wig and the other on top of this doughnut, this creates the height I need. I then hot glued the remaining wefts to cover these doughnuts and then finally I brushed over the remaining hair I separated away over the top and styled it with scissors and Got2beGlued hairspray as appropriate. A lot of backcombing and layering was needed to create this style.

The tights I bought from eBay. I did have a more mustard coloured pair of tights from Primark but I left them at my Taunton home and I was in Basingstoke!

The shoes I already owned. I think they were from Primark originally... Not gonna lie, it felt weird wearing flats hahaha.

Overall super comfy costume, I loved being Washu and basically able to bounce about everywhere!


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YES WIN! I must get pics with youx3
Youre the greatest Washu 8D

by Solaria on Saturday, 3 April, 2010 - 13:33
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YES!! This will be awesome =D

by Bambi. on Sunday, 4 April, 2010 - 00:09
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WASHUUUUUUUUUUUUU~!!! =DDDD You will look sooo amazing sweetheart 8D we must get Washu and Ryoko pics 8D! <3333333

by Crystal_Rose on Thursday, 8 April, 2010 - 19:02
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cant wait to see this love to see the epic hair little washu! XD

by timpey on Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 01:31
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-will get Emi to do Sasami xD-
Count me in *3*

by Solaria on Wednesday, 19 January, 2011 - 16:46
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Ooooo, come to Kita next year and join our Tenchi group! :D

by NakedSalad on Monday, 18 July, 2011 - 01:15
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I love Washu! She is such a nut :) good luck with the wig sewing!

by Raye-chan on Sunday, 23 February, 2014 - 15:44
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Omg! Love Washu. Can't wait to see.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 28 February, 2014 - 01:05
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Yay Washuuuu! Good luck, looking awesome so far :3

by Exelia on Thursday, 6 March, 2014 - 21:22
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Best mother ever.

by street-angel on Monday, 10 March, 2014 - 21:09
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Amazing costume, really well done and suits you so well!! :)

by Siouxsie James on Monday, 10 March, 2014 - 23:43
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Your wig looks amazing, such an awesome costume!

by Angelphie on Wednesday, 12 March, 2014 - 22:18
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Absolutely loved this costume, glad I managed to get some pictures taken with it!

by Fyria on Wednesday, 19 March, 2014 - 12:01
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This makes me so happy you have no idea <3

by Emzone on Friday, 28 March, 2014 - 20:57

To-Do List

ShortsHighIn Progress
BlouseHighIn Progress
THAT BEAST I CALL A WIG (Buy/Style Wig)HighPlanned

Shopping List

1.3m wig£16.59Bought
1m wig£12.57Bought
1m cream cotton£2.69Bought
1m white cotton drill£4.99Bought
Tights 2£2.49Bought


Costume 95% (Posted 6th March 2014)

GOOD ENOUGH. Some small details missing but I wish to rewear anyway because dat wig man...

My mannequin is being occupied and it's actually very tight fitting in parts so it's hard to get over the mannequin! So I laid it out so you can see more or less the whole costume is doooone!

I just have to sew in the waistband but my blue thread has gone walkies so Charlotte is kindly bringing some to Minami (and her sewing machine bless her ;;____;; ) so that I can just top stitch that in. All pinned just need the thread LOL.

Time Taken: 2hrs

Costume 80% (Posted 6th March 2014)

Omfg I'm finally getting somewhere with two solid evenings of sewing.

I'll post close up and shizz like after Minami probs because I'm running out of timeeeee!

Top is fully lined though (in the shittest way possible hahaha, I am so not proud of the construction) and I'll add the waistband on the shorts now. I made the sleeves on the blouse too short FML, too late noooow!!

My tights arrived today but I cba to change into them.

Time Taken: 2hrs

Shorts 80% (Posted 4th March 2014)

Woohoooo I have progress! I just need to add a waistband and the shorts are done. I really don't have the time to waste on pockets, they're too fitted to store anything anyway!

It's been a while since I've made shorts... In years actually! I drafted the pattern myself but I had to redo one of the panels like 3 times cause I kept making it too small LMAO. This is what happens when I don't make them in a while...

I went to FabricLand today after work and managed to buy more cotton for the top because it was really pissing me off with how inaccurate it was (says the one that cba to make pockets...) so I went ahead and remade the sleeves. It's the easiest bit anyway!

Time Taken: 3hrs

Wig 80% (Posted 4th March 2014)

Nearly done now! I really like IchigoKitten's Washu wig where it was a more natural fluffy look so I'm trying to imitate that! The bump was created by hot gluing two Primark hairbuns on top of each other, gluing the remaining wefts I have left to cover it and then backcombing like mad!


Time Taken: 2hrs

Wig 80% (Posted 2nd March 2014)

Little set of pictures to show how I created the bump. Thanks to Cosplex for the inspiration from her She-Ra cosplay!

I haven't used hot glue in so long hahaha. There's no other glue that would be suitable for this though!

Top 50% (Posted 1st March 2014)

I essentially made a hugeeeee top and then gathered it in at the neckline. I love how poofy it is! Unfortunately 1m of fabric just wasn't enough and I ran out so the sleeves are't very poofy.

If I have time I'll remake them because I have to do to the fabric shop one more time for more bias binding anyway, but otherwise for the time being I've sewn on the ones I've made as a just in case I don't have time to remake!

I've cut out the shorts as well but I'm so hungry as I haven't eaten much all day so I'm going to take a break for dinner XD;
Also please excuse the moody expression. I've got a swelling in my mouth atm so it's a struggle for any sort of facial expression OTLLLL.

Time Taken: 2hrs

Wig 70% (Posted 1st March 2014)

Oops, sorry I forgot to post this! This is sort of a before image before I get the scissors out. This is two wigs in here, so heavy and thick but it doesn't look it in this photo! My wig head can't cope so I put it on my dressform for the time being haha.

Wig 70% (Posted 26th February 2014)

I think... I am more or less done with this sewing of two wigs together. IT'S SO HEAVY!!!

There are still two more pieces I could sew into it but I'm going to give it a trim over the weekend (as I don't think I'll have a lot of spare time this week) and see if it needs more wefts before backcombing and styling. The fun part can finally begin XD

My fingers hurt so much from hand sewing, guhhh ;;______;;

At the front I chopped off part of the fringe from the other wig and sewed it on backwards to the base wig and tacked the middle in place. This is a bit of a cheeky method of making the wefts point in the right direction so that it makes it easier to get that scraped back look Washu has going on.

Time Taken: 1.5hrs

Wig 60% (Posted 22nd February 2014)

For the past couple of weeks I've been sewing two wigs together on and off. One wig is 51" which goes down to my knees and the other is 40". I've only got 3.5 pieces left to sew but I am so so tired right now I need to stop ;_____;

Whenever I sew the wigs together I like to put TV on in the background, so I've gotten through a lot of Breaking Bad lately... XD

Time Taken: 9hrs