Lulu Rose

Costume :Asa Shigure
Variant :Summer School Uniform
Source :Shuffle!
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minami Con 20 (2014)

Costume Photos










The finished wig

Ref 1


Costume Information

Cost : £60.00 mostly due to contact lenses.
Time Taken : Roughly a week.

I recently watched Shuffle!....yes I'm behind.
I liked Asa as soon as she appeared and as the show went on I started to really like her character more and more.

I chickened out of wearing this at ayacon 2013 due to self esteem and confidence issues, I'll be wearing it at minami 2014 though, I have to adjust the costume due to putting weight on though, which hit me a bit hard but, I will wear this damned thing!


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we most definetly have to do this one day still 8D

by LemonPanda on Friday, 1 June, 2012 - 21:21
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Great progress. Love the journal. Looking forward to seeing this.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 2 August, 2013 - 10:26
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This is so cute and the uniform is so crisp and neat! Can't wait to see it!

by SephNoir on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013 - 21:57
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I so very very very nearly brought my Lisianthus uniform with me to Minami! When I noticed your Asa I was kicking myself.
You looked great!

by Angel Tear on Friday, 14 March, 2014 - 15:37
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This looks great! You really suit her :)

by WhiteWraith on Friday, 14 March, 2014 - 17:25
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Thank you very much for the lovely comments guys <3

by Lulu Rose on Saturday, 15 March, 2014 - 17:13

To-Do List

Buy all fabric.HighComplete
Add embelishments HighComplete
Make skirtHighComplete
Make WaistcoatHighComplete
Make shirtHighComplete
Buy shoesHighComplete
Style wigHighComplete
Buy wigHighComplete
Buy tights and socksMediumComplete
Buy contact lensesMediumComplete


Bow added (Posted 1st August 2013)

Here's a shot of the bow in place.

I'll be getting some full costume shots later today and some proper photos of the wig all finished up soon.

The finished wig style (Posted 1st August 2013)

Here,s the wig fully styled. It just needs the bow added, which has since been done.

I used a combination of hairdryer heat, back combing, hairspray and hair glue for this.

The wig (Posted 1st August 2013)

This was something I was working on along side the skirt. I finished styling it about a week ago.

It started out as a long wig as you can see, then I cut it, then I straightened it and trimmed it further until I had the right length.

Bow! (Posted 1st August 2013)

Making bows is so easy and fun. I've made tons of them now.

This one was made using yellow poplin and has no interfacing as it's fairly sturdy on it's own.

Pretty much finished. (Posted 1st August 2013)

All that was missing at this stage was the waistcoat buckle and the buttons.

Oh. I actually did the fastenings on the shirt and waistcoat with popper tape, it's SO much easier than buttons and it just looked neater.

This was also after I fitted the waistcoat. It was a little harder to fit than the shirt and it seems to smush my chest down a little.

The waistcoat. (Posted 1st August 2013)

I used the same pattern for the waistcoat as the shirt, only I split the back into 4 panels. The design for the waistcoat has a back middle seam and 2 back princess line seams, which was kinda crazy but due to the pattern being bigger than me, this wasn't an issue.

I got lazy though and didn't take any progress shots of the fitting for this part.

Shirt finished (Posted 1st August 2013)

The shirt finished, with the sleeves sewn on and the brown edging on the neckline. The ribbon is also on the back of the collar too.

SLEEEEEVES (Posted 1st August 2013)

I used my own pattern for the puff sleeves. The same one used on my Rena dress. A pretty standard sleeve pattern.

I made the puff part from the same cotton as the shirt but the cuffs are made from drill and buckram.

The bottom edge of the sleeves had a run of wide super loose stitching so I could pull it, to runch it up. This is a really quick and easy way to create ruffles! and idea for puff sleeves.

The cuffs are 2 pieces of drill and a piece of buckram in the middle. Making sure they were stiff enough to not fold over on their own.

I then stitched the Grosgrain ribbon on in 2 parts. I used the smaller one to do the bits in the middle that come down into the cuff and then I used the thicker one so edge the cuffs. Not PERFECT but still fairly pleased with the result.
I also did the line of brown stitching here too.
The cuffs are tight enough to stay put, which is perfect.

2nd fitting of shirt (Posted 1st August 2013)

I fitted the shirt further by taking it in by about an inch under the bust on the 2 front princess seams. Looks much better now!

This was the final fitting.

Collar attatched! (Posted 1st August 2013)

I attached the collar onto the neckline of the shirt as you'd imagine. It was a little more awkward than I anticipated due to the curve involved and the patterns being different.

Collar ready to attatch. (Posted 1st August 2013)

I stitched the collar together insideout and then turned it rightside out, as you do. Pressed it so it looked neat and then I stitched a sort of hem around the outside and the neckline to neaten it up further.

I then stitched the grosgrain ribbon on and did the line of brown stitching that's on the design. A lot of people stitch a super thin ribbon on for that but it was my personal preference that a line of stitching would work better.

Start of the collar (Posted 1st August 2013)

Having made 3 Sailor senshi costumes, I knew what I was doing with this collar.

I made the collar using cotton Drill as I wanted it to hang and not be blown by wind super easily.

I also needed to make the collar and attach that before I could add in the..thing above the buttons on the shirt.. I don't know what it's called.

The shirts 1st fitting (Posted 1st August 2013)

This was the first fitting of the shirt. I took it in about 2 inches on each side and about and inch at each dart at the back.

As you can see, it's still not totally fitted yet.

The shirt (Posted 1st August 2013)

For the shirt I used the pattern 1941 by Simplicity Amazing fit shirt. View B without collar or sleeves. The pattern suggested I needed to cut the size 14..this was not the case, the base shirt was way too big so I had a really long process of fitting it. Which resulted in a highly fitted shirt that I'm really happy with. Which you'll see later.

Skirt zip and button (Posted 1st August 2013)

The neatest zip I have ever done! I am so damn proud of that zip. Also snap button closure.

More skirt (Posted 1st August 2013)

Just wanted to show the edge of the skirt and how it looks with the lace and grosgrain ribbon.

More skirt! (Posted 1st August 2013)

I missed out taking pictures of the pleating process, sorry.

First I pinned all of the pleats in place, then I ironed the pleats lightly so they held a shape whilst I machine stitched the top so I could take the pins out.
I then steam pressed the pleats in, which took a long time because of the length of it.

Then I stitched the skirt closed, leaving enough room for a zip, then added the waistband.

The cats out of the bag! so I can post the progress stuff. (Posted 1st August 2013)

Bear with me, I hope I get this all in order. I was taking progress shots as I was making the costume and styling the wig. Couldn't upload any of it because it was a secret from someone. Now that's been revealed. I can post.

The skirt was the first thing I worked on, having never actually made a proper pleated skirt from scratch, I felt it best to tackle the "harder" thing first.

I made it out of cotton drill, it's white, so I needed a fabric that was fairly thick and wouldn't show light through. Drill was perfect and happens to be a Favorite of mine.

I cut a massive rectangle, about 160" long, which I then stitched brown grosgrain ribbon onto and hand stitched the grey lace to the hem.

I actually didn't use a pattern, rather I used this:

Only I didn't want to do an elasticated waist, so I put a zip and button in, which you'll see later.

Almost everything here, time to make a start. (Posted 27th June 2013)

Most of the fabric is here, just waiting on my brown drill.

Got enough for the skirt and the undershirt, got my brown grosgrain ribbon, some nice pointed grey lace, some nice pale yellow poplin for the front bow and a pattern that will do well for both the shirt and the waistcoat.

Looking forward to starting! first time making a pleated skirt :D