Costume :Sophie
Variant :Blue dress & short hair
Source :Howls Moving Castle
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Amecon 2012

Costume Photos

Lets go for a walk


Starlight Lake

Your hair looks just like starlight

I'm not very pretty... and all I'm good at is cleaning...

Sophie and Cal


I poured water on Cal...

Calcifer you came back?

Your hair is just like Starlight...


Costume Information

Cost : £80+
Time Taken : A month

As part of a group me and Moonlily have put together called "The Heroines of Studio Ghibli"

I was shown this film by my friend as instantly fell in love with it. I adored Sophie from the start and related to her so much, it was almost scary. Her low self-confidence, her cleaning. Everything. I had to cosplay her so I did. I was so happy that I was able to sew this all by myself. At the time I was still learning the very basics of how to sew a full costume by myself so I was very pleased with the final result. I just hope I do her some justice. This is the version right at the end of the film when she sacrifices her hair to save Howl. Even though it's the version thats the least well known I wanted to do this version, it was the point were she had gained self confidence and was becoming a strong woman who believed in herself and what her abilities were.

Sophie Hatter (Howls Moving Castle): Littlegeeky
Ponyo (Ponyo): MoonLily
Nausicaa (Nausicaa and the valley of the Winds): Freyarule
Haru (The Cat Returns): Hotshot Shan
Shizuku (Whisper of the Heart): Roze-Chan


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by sjbonnar on Monday, 7 June, 2010 - 19:47
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8D my fave ghibli film x3 Cant wait to see this! I prefered her with silver hair x3

by Solaria on Monday, 7 June, 2010 - 19:50
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*beams* I'm so glad I'm gonna be at Kita to see this! You're gonna look so lovely!

Grey haired sophie is my fav sophie =) hehe

by Bambi. on Monday, 7 June, 2010 - 20:17
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You will be an amazing Sophie! I kind of want in on this as Haru from The Cat Returns D:

by HotshotShan on Monday, 7 June, 2010 - 20:30
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You are freakishly like her. *_*

Can't wait to seeeee 8D

by MoonLily on Monday, 7 June, 2010 - 20:58
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Yaaaay~~ XD I honestly can't promise that I won't steal your Calcifer and run around giggling like a child though. :3

by Roze-Chan on Monday, 7 June, 2010 - 21:17
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aww this will be so cool! :) im hopin i can go to kita next year so i mite try n finish howl for then!

by InfiniteJester on Tuesday, 8 June, 2010 - 13:05
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Definitely looking forward to seeing this, Sophie's such a great character <33

by Skah-Tala-Kai on Tuesday, 8 June, 2010 - 17:53
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You're going to look so cute hun! I hope I can take photos of you ^^

by MadameLapin on Monday, 21 June, 2010 - 11:59
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Shots look great! Looking forward to seeing this !

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 6 February, 2011 - 17:01
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This is great and it's one of my favourite films. ^_^

Woop-woop! XD

by RebaSephiroth2 on Saturday, 26 March, 2011 - 18:43
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sophie :D

by J-Po on Saturday, 26 March, 2011 - 18:52

Love it!

by Ashika on Saturday, 26 March, 2011 - 20:34

Sweet! <3

by No thanks on Saturday, 26 March, 2011 - 21:37
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Fantastic dress! Looks like you'll make an excellent Sophie ^_^

by ElegantAura on Sunday, 27 March, 2011 - 16:37
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Beautiful as always!

by Alyx on Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 - 20:48
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Aww, you look really adorable!

by cowiee on Friday, 8 April, 2011 - 19:21
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So beautiful! I loved you in this cosplay *w*

by MadameLapin on Friday, 8 April, 2011 - 19:37
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Lovely costume. Love the photos.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 20:59
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by InfiniteJester on Saturday, 4 June, 2011 - 20:35
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You did a lovely job on this, you should be proud.

by Alias Cosplay on Wednesday, 8 June, 2011 - 20:46
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Absolutely lovely Sophie. You pull her off really well! :)

by phalor on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 09:53
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Your such a fantastic sophie :D

by Cattrocious on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 23:26
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Love this! ^^ You make such a cute Sophie <3

by Moonchild on Friday, 10 June, 2011 - 20:39
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by BabemRoze on Monday, 13 June, 2011 - 11:11
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This is awesome!

Love the Calcifer! Nice touch ^_^

by Numta on Monday, 13 June, 2011 - 11:12
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Now I know where this costume comes from ^^ It looks lovely and even more lovely in real life ^^

by Starla on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 06:59
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Thankies for the comment Ive always adored your Sophie esp how you did hersilver short hair version <3
We shall have to get some pics together one day :D

by Solaria on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 18:35
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Sooo adorable! :D

by Telly on Sunday, 9 October, 2011 - 17:20
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After seeing this movie for the first time since seeing your cosplay last year I just thought I had to tell you how much you suit Sophie! You look lovely!

by Yasmia on Tuesday, 3 January, 2012 - 17:08
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I knew I'd seen your cosplay online before!! What lovely photos! And it was so nice to see you and Howl at Amecon ^^

by Siouxsie James on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 - 10:29
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Such a gorgeous Sophie <3~

by Roenua on Sunday, 16 September, 2012 - 15:29

To-Do List

Short, grey wigHighComplete
Blue dressHighComplete
Black tightsLowComplete
Brown shoesLowComplete

Shopping List

Dress pattern£6.40Bought
Bue Fabric£23.46Bought
White fabric£8.40To Buy


Almost done!!!! (Posted 6th February 2011)

The dress isn't perfect but I actually did it which is a surprise for me XD
Just gotta sew the collar on with the lining, sew the cuffs on and hem the bottom of the dress.
The just to finish the bloomers and make an apron and I'm done ^_^

Starting to take shape... (Posted 3rd February 2011)

Alright it's beginning to take shape.
All the dress pieces are cut out and it's just a case of trying to fit them all together. The front bit is such a pain, I'm having to re-cut it and hope for the best really. It should be okay once all together, I just hope it doesn't make me look too frumpy ^_^'
Also the bloomers are almost done. Just got to do the other leg.
I still need to make the apron but I want to make that once I've got the skirt done.

Wig is complete! (Posted 2nd February 2011)

(Oh god my last journal was last year ^_^')

Alright styled and cut the wig for Sophie and I LOVE IT!!!!

Its hard to take a picture of your own legs... (Posted 8th June 2010)

-Wig: Can't find one which is either in the right colour or the right shape. Might have to gather a few closer to the time and pick the best. I really want one which is already cut and styles since I fail at wigs.

-Dress: Really worried about the dress, I hope I can find a pattern which is just like Sophie's &gt;.&lt; It also needs a white trim at the top and a white underskirt too

-Apron: Thats going to be easy, all I need to do it hem up a pieces of white material and add a tie for the back of it.

-Bloomers: Shouldn't be too bad, should be quite simple I hope.

-Black tights: GOT!

-Brown shoes: GOT!

-Calcifer: I'm not too sure how to make him at the moment, if I have to I'll make him out of fluffy red material but I'd like to make him look realistic like actual flames... with eyes XD

-Turnip head: His costume should be easy to assemble but making him is going to be a challenge. I need to make him so then he can be taken down and made up but I want it to look like he's made out of wood. Maybe the pieces could clip together or something I'm not too sure.