Costume :Chun Li
Source :Street Fighter II series
Progress :Complete
Worn At :AmeCon 2008

Costume Photos

London Expo masquerade

Marilyn Monroe pose!

Street Fighter group

The back revised

Slightly revised

Looking down

Having a sit

On the rocks

Me with Player Two Chun Li!

Gomen ne~!

Chun Li outside

Reference pic


Costume Information

Cost : £110

I finally made the costume I've wanted to make since I was 13! Now that I actually have the sewing skills to make it properly and have the body proportions to carry it off, I decided to do it.

The dress was made using two separate patterns. The dress (with modifications) is based on McCall's pattern M4369, and the sleeves are taken from Butterick pattern 6630. The sleeves were a lot of fun to make, actually, and were a new experience for me - they involved making sleeve stays, which I'd never even heard of before, let alone made. They were fiddly but I love the way they've made the sleeves nice and puffy, and they're now my favourite part of the costume.

Let's talk fixes first, cos there are always a few. There's one big fix this costume needs making and that's on the embellishments. Fortunately it doesn't show up too much in the photos, but the interfacing didn't quite bind to the fabric as well as I had hoped and it frayed throughout the day. So I need to unpick them and attach some new ones. One of my sleeves also began to tear thanks to an over-enthusiastic Para Para session, so although I'm told it's barely noticeable, that will need to be restitched. And when I reattach the sleeve embellishments, I'll make sure to do it in such a way that I'm not sewing through the sleeve stays (this was something I meant to fix before Amecon but didn't get the chance to sort out). Oh, and I need a pair of blue bikini pants.

In the end I bought an officially licensed Chun Li costume simply so I wouldn't have to make the bun covers or bracelets (yeah, I know it's lazy, but it's not like I was wearing the costume competitively or anything). I'd planned to use the sash from that costume too, but it was rubbish, so I just bought a white waist cincher and put it on back to front. I did end up buying some patent boots in the end, simply cos it was that or no costume at all, but they looked a lot better than I thought they would!

The costume actually turned out to be a bit of a hassle to wear - it was a really tight fit, so it was a two-person job putting it on or taking it off (and if I ever put on any weight I'll never fit into it again!), the backs of the boots rubbed on my Achilles tendons and hurt like mad, and the bracelets severely restrict your arm mobility in a way you don't imagine until you're wearing them! But it was my most popular costume to date (in that I had more photo requests in this one than in any other) and I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. Plus, I found a Player Two Chun Li at the con and many photos were taken!


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Loving those sleeves! I can't wait to see this finished! ^^ Muchos pictures please! <3

by Monkey on Saturday, 28 June, 2008 - 14:02
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Thanks for your comment! I'm looking forward to this one, you've already got a good start on the dress and I can't help but trach someone who actually knows how to make clothes!!!

by Georgi on Friday, 11 July, 2008 - 13:38
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In reply to the comment on my Rogue: The Dropling is a new monster. Its only been released on the Japanese RO so far, but its really cute. :B
Chun-Li looks great! The dress is great, I love all the detailing~ Can't wait to see you wearing this at Amecon!

by BlusterSquall on Saturday, 26 July, 2008 - 12:36

Your costume was awesome, we saw you in the cafe and wanted to take a pic but didnt want to disturb your lunch :D

by airyfairy on Thursday, 14 August, 2008 - 21:38
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You've done a great job there. I miss the days when street fighter was really new in the arcade. Its a shame they don't keep or rerelease retro machines.

by Larxene on Monday, 13 October, 2008 - 13:21
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Hey, thanks for the comment on my Chun Li costume - thought I'd check yours out too, I didn't get to go to Amecon this year. :( It looks awesome though, especially the patterns on the dress, and the boots are perfect. Your photographer got some great shots of it! ^^

by Kuja on Wednesday, 5 November, 2008 - 16:33
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Lovely costume and you look great as Chun Li.
It is more risque than I realised.. Lets have more wind next time. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 21 December, 2008 - 04:26

sexy :D

I love your hips.
And your costume, of course. :D ... *wasn't at all eyeing your shapes* >.>'

by Adamoluna on Friday, 9 January, 2009 - 23:57
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awesome cosplay think my mate ben went nuts when he saw ya at ame lol

by Defrain on Wednesday, 4 March, 2009 - 13:55
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Yeahhh Chun Li! You were awesome, and a great sport for the pervy pictures :P

by AmethystEyes on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 18:31
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awesome chun li!!! love it

by Sands on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 18:42
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nice one. you make a great Chun-li

by nanahara on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 18:57
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Thanks for joining our group at minami, hope you'll do a group with us again! Nice costume.

by White Leviathan on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 19:50
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awesome costume! it was fun meeting you 83 even if we did freeze our butts off haha!

by Kaka Extreme on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 20:10
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Awesome Chun Li. I saw the pics of your group and really loved your outfit. You really looked the part.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 21:02
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Your Chun Li was awesome Leah.
Thanks for joining us, and indulging our sence of humour. :P

by eva_fan on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 22:06
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Woohoo for Miniamicon, more pics...^^
I love you in this costume, and I love it even more when the wind is blowing.. :P

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 22:54
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Sillabub Quote - "Thanks for the comment on Chun Li, too. I think there are actually some photos of my butt doing the rounds this time...!"

Where?! Where?! :P

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 1 April, 2009 - 12:50
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I love your Chun-Li cosplay! :D

by Manga Girl on Sunday, 3 May, 2009 - 20:59
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I love your Chun-Li cosplay too!
You really are the perfect Chun-Li, really well made too! ^^

by Charlie-Bear on Monday, 18 May, 2009 - 21:47
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Ah Leah you make an amazing Chun-li!!

by Platinum on Monday, 25 May, 2009 - 17:56
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hiya Akuma here from Miamicon. Never did take the time to say u look great as Chun Li :) Love the Gomen-ne! picture lol

by Berserk667 on Tuesday, 2 June, 2009 - 23:56
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wow this is so good :|

by letmelive on Wednesday, 15 July, 2009 - 11:29
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Wow your Chun Li is awesome! ^^

by Jenangel on Friday, 31 July, 2009 - 17:03
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Lovely meeting you on Saturday! ^___^ you make a great Chun Li

by FairyPorchQueen on Sunday, 25 October, 2009 - 21:49

you totally do her justice. Best costume around. Stunning!!

by geordiepaul on Tuesday, 9 February, 2010 - 12:12
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I've not played Street Fighter, but I know a bit about the character from a couple of people. This is awesome!

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 - 22:04
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love this

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 4 February, 2012 - 20:28