Costume :Yuuko Ichihara
Variant :CLAMP in 3D Land
Source :xxxholic
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2011

Costume Photos


Cherry Blossoms

Masquerade III

Masquerade II

Reference Picture


Costume Information

Cost : £12.12
Time Taken : 12hrs

For Lady Bahamut's CLAMP in 3D Land group!!

Mainly because I could use my own hair~ :3

I started off by measuring two panels of white cotton and sewed them together to make one long dress and sewed on darts down the front and back. I put the slit on the wrong side... So I had to rip apart one side and sewed the other side back together, it looks fineeeee XD

The purple detailing was sketched on with tailor's chalk and then I cut and machine appliqued it onto the dress using embroidery thread. Then I sewed on the collar which was double sided and sewed on the bias binding around the whole dress. It was the thicker polycotton bias binding you find in every sewing shop, I always prefer the thicker kind because it looks nicer in my opinion.

The buttons were sewed on and I made the hoops out of whatever I could find. I found stretched polycotton drill in my fabric bin so I just used that, didn't really matter what I used to be honest.

Earrings were made from a long piece of string I found at the fabric shop and I cut it into small sections. I hot glued each section at the top and then covered it in DAS air dry clay with a loop of red string attached so that I could attach it onto the main earring. Once it was dry I painted it in gold acrylic.
The main part of the earring was made with whatever red fabric I could find as well, I used the leftovers of my Chance! dress which was red polycotton sheeting and sewed two circles together, stuffed it with a small amount of toy stuffing then sewed on random detailing onto it. It was done very quickly because I was sleepy and had to wake up early the next morning XD. A loop was also sewn onto the top of the main part so that I could hook it onto my ear because I don't have my ears' pierced (it was far too heavy to wear as normal earrings anyway!)

The hair accessories were made using DAS airdry clay moulded around a pair of old chop sticks. I did the detailings using a sculpting knife. Once it was dry I painted it in gold acrylic paint again.

I bought a fake clip in fringe for my hair but otherwise I just used my real hair because it was long enough!
Second time wearing the cosplay however I had my haircut and forgot about the shoot... So I ended up buying a long butt length wig and clipping that to my ponytail as I couldn't get a real clip on ponytail in time.
Bought some wire as well but it didn't arrive in time for me to make the hair bow.

Shoes were bought ages ago from

The fan was made by the lovely Ichigo-chan, all credit goes to her!


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Wowza, looks absolutely brilliant! 8D
Really looking foward to this group! >w<

by KiraraYumi on Saturday, 5 February, 2011 - 17:09
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...sorry CAPSLOCK

by FrankieEstee on Saturday, 5 February, 2011 - 18:15
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Oh wow *_* It looks AMAZING!!

by Lady Bahamut on Saturday, 5 February, 2011 - 20:05
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Oh wow! 0.0 The dress looks really great ^^ It's amazing how much patience you had to sew all that embroidery thread - knowing me I'd either give up or accidentally spend loads on several reels of thread >.<

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 5 February, 2011 - 22:21
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=D oh this looks amazing so far XD Can't wait to see this in person XD *Readys camera*

by blackorcid on Saturday, 16 April, 2011 - 00:21
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Hi! so nice to see you at expo, you made a beautiful Yuuko, your group was really lovely and amazing together!

by Fizzykat on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 18:58

You looked so pretty at expo, it was nice to meet you ^^

by Sakurastar123 on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 19:04
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Shame I didn't see this but you look so pretty as Yuuko <3

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 17:25
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I loved your Yuuko cosplay, the make up and costume is perfect.

by Ichigo-Chan on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 18:43
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You were so amazingly beatiful, my Yuko-san!


And of course, the cosplay was great! Although I think yours was the only one I didn't look at up close, oddly enough XD But those earrings were epic stuff 8D

by Lady Bahamut on Friday, 3 June, 2011 - 16:38
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You looked so fantastically gorgeous in this cosplay! An amazing Yuuko, you got her mannerisms and everything about the costume spot-on! >w< It was great to see you again aswell! 8D (quite a drastic change in looks from Ash, haha! xD)

by KiraraYumi on Friday, 3 June, 2011 - 17:56
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This looked so pretty.
Hehe, keep on bossing Watanuki... =P

by Tsuchinoko on Friday, 3 June, 2011 - 21:20
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it was so nice to meet you, you made an awesome yuko and your dress was gorgeous XD

by blackorcid on Saturday, 4 June, 2011 - 00:43
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how amazing do you look?!? veryyy that is!

by isamiaella on Wednesday, 8 June, 2011 - 19:36
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Oh man Fi you look gorgeous! *A* I'm so guted I didn't see this irl!

by phalor on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 09:49

You make such a pretty Yuuko!

by Hannah-Kiwii on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 11:32
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such a shame i never got to see this in person D;
great job though♥

by KonohaKunoichi94 on Friday, 10 June, 2011 - 21:53
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Really loved seeing this - you make a brilliant yuko :D

by gaming_goddess on Sunday, 12 June, 2011 - 23:06
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You look so beautiful in this!!! xx

by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 20:02

To-Do List

Add purple detailingHighComplete
Make dressHighComplete
Sew bias binding around dressMediumComplete
Make hair bow extensionsMediumIn Progress
Hair accessoryLowComplete

Shopping List

12 buttons£2.70Bought
0.5m purple cotton£1.35Bought
1.5m white cotton£4.04Bought
200m embroidery thread£2.10Bought
2.5m polycotton bias binding£1.93Bought


Earring 1 (Posted 27th May 2011)

Circle of red sheeting (leftover from my Chance! dress) sewn together then I added stuffing inside to give it a more 3D feel and then the little detailings were hand stitched on. Most boring job ever, looks rubbish but atm, I just cannot be bothered with quality anymore XD

Gotta put my hand in front of the webcam like that because otherwise you can't see the earring properly!

Time Taken: I'm going to estimate it will take me about 1hr altogether to make both of them.

DRESS COMPLETE (Posted 27th May 2011)

I remembered that I used bias binding instead of ribbon for my feathered wings that I wore for my Full Moon cosplays so I just chopped off a bit from that to use for the final bit LOL. CHEAPSTAKE FTW.
(My wings are a bit ruined from storage though, really sad times, I loved them ;A; )

I've also sewed on the button loops.

I tried taking a picture on my webcam but because everything is white it just completely washed it out 8| So no photos until after Expo I suppose :'D

Next up, finishing off the earrings!

Time Taken: 30mins

Accessories (Posted 26th May 2011)

Hair accessories made with chop sticks and DAS air dry clay. I don't know how stable these will be because I've always had bad experiences with Das (especially as they're so HEAVY!) but it doesn't matter too much if I don't have them because my hair is already being pulled down by the bow extension!

Will be painted gold once it dries. I may have to take some gold paint with me to Expo and paint them Saturday night XD;

Earrings are made using red string and cutting it up to make them look like tassels. They've been sealed with hot glue and then covered with Das air dry clay, I've alsy added a little piece of string so that I can attach it onto the main circular bit of the earring. That bit will be made... Later XD

Time Taken: About... 30mins-1hr? Let's say one hour, I like my timings in rounded intervals.

Quick hair test (Posted 16th May 2011)

And I mean it when I say a quick hair test!
Shoved the fringe and stabbed the hair extension through the ponytail really quickly to see how it looked altogether. Hair extension isn't finished yet as I haven't added any more wefts to it since the last photo but I wanted to see how everything looked like before I do anymore. Didn't have time to sort out the fringe properly which is why it looks more fake than usual lololol.


Start of hair extension (Posted 1st May 2011)

I ran out of hot glue so I couldn't continue. Basically wire structure with the joints completely sealed in hot glue so that it's safe to wear and then I slowly piled on the hair to the wire. Not completely sealed (I'll seal the penultimate layer with PVA before adding on the final layer) because it's not as thick as it is in the reference just yet.

Time Taken: 10-20mins??

My new hot glue gun is so bloody hot 8'|

Buttons (Posted 23rd April 2011)

I've sewn on 4, then I couldn't be bothered to do the last two... I AM THAT LAZY.

She has way more than that but cause I'm such a short ass I had to like, cut out a section of Yuuko's body so that it was in proportion to mine, meaning less buttons. I don't like being a shortass 8'(

Time Taken: 1hr

With the green fabric in the background you can guess I was suppose to work on Seth XD... Then I realised I needed a zip to start her so I decided to quickly finish off Yuuko... Until I ran out of bias binding 8'|

FFFFFFFFFFFFFf (Posted 22nd April 2011)



I'd hand make my own but I'm really OCD about having everything matching so I'm just going to buy some more, at least white is a versatile colour!!

More pics to follow in next journal~

Applique done. (Posted 5th February 2011)

All the purple detailing is 100% done, wahey! All I need to do now is sew on the bias binding, buttons and finally, the zip, once I buy it.

I don't normally include the cost of thread in the costs but I had to use all 200m of the embroidery thread (I ran out at the end even!) so I think I'll include that in the costs ahaha xD

Was all done basically with the zig zag stitch at varying lengths (for the intricate detail like curves etc I used a smaller length and around the edges of the hem of the dress I increased the length ever so slightly because otherwise I would have run out of thread!!).

Time Taken: 3hrs

Back detailing and collar! (Posted 4th February 2011)

Collar is sewn on (rubbishly, you don't want to see the front just yet!) and here's a picture of the back detailing as well. I got lazier and lazier with all this purple detailing and attempted to try and sew it without cutting out the fabric and just going over the chalk markings... Didn't work :P

I'm saving the embroidery for another day because that just takes up waaaay too much time and I'm lazy and I want to get a drink after a long evening of sewing!

I attempted to start making the hair extensions but couldn't be bothered to hunt down the wire cutters as they weren't in their usual place... Will do that another date, I seem to be making this costume pretty quickly so I'm in no rush!

Time Taken: 2-3hrs

Front detailing! (Posted 4th February 2011)

Is all measured and stitched on, just gotta attack it with embroidery thread!

Start of purple detailing (Posted 4th February 2011)

So this is when I decided to completely rip up the side seam (after marking where I want the zip to go - hence the random marks) so that I can add on the purple detailing. I've used a straight running stitch so that I can keep the detailing in place for now (I lost all tub of pins!). Will go over it in embroidery thread at a later date once I sew on the white bias binding.

I only really sewed down one of the detailing and only for some of it too... Because I decided this was a waste of time and thread and decided I'm just going to gun it through the machine later. Well, I'm just lazy orz.

Time Taken: 1hr

Added darts! (Posted 4th February 2011)

Self explanatory, I don't even know why I took a picture. They're quite neat though, I was proud :P

Actually that's a lie, they're not symmetrical and very annoying but I hate sewing in darts so I don't really want to do it again LOL orz.

Haven't tried it on since because it's just too fitted to put on and off without a zip. I should really buy one at some point.

Base dress (Posted 4th February 2011)

It was rather awkward getting this on and off without a zip and trying to get it fitted etc. I decided to try it on so that I could mark on where to add the darts down the front hence why it's super baggy at the front!!

I was being stupid and did the slit on the wrong side too LOL, it's fixed now! 8'D

Uhmmm, don't know how to describe it, I kinda just guessed the pattern. It's horrible at the back, don't look LOL.

Time Taken: 2hrs?? I can't remember, made this several days ago!