|Time Taken :||6-7hrs|
|Why did I choose to make this?|
Because I love Card Captor Sakura and needed a simple costume to walk around in. Thus Tomoyo popped into my head! Besides, last year I wanted to do her Winter uniform but didn't have enough fabric to make it in the end so I'm glad I get to do Tomoyo again ^_^
0.5m white cotton [£3]
2.7m black polycotton [£4]
2.5m black ribbon [£1]
The majority of this costume was actually made of random fabric/materials lying around. The top was made by cutting up a big t-shirt, shortening it and cutting away the collar and sleeves. Afterwards I used the spare white cotton I had lying around to make the puffy sleeves - I inserted elastic at the bottom hem to get that cute puffy look they uniform has! Elastic was from my old Sumomo cosplay haha. Then I made a rectangle for the cuff with black ribbon sewn on.
The black skirt involved measuring my waist and multiplying my 3 then making box pleats! I wanted black cotton however I couldn't find any at Trago therefore I settled with polycotton; since it's a short skirt it's much easier. And because it's supposed to be a nice simple cosplay I didn't want to fork out much on pure cotton!!! A waistband was sewn on to get that generic school skirt look and zip added at the side.
Collar was the hardest bit in my opinion. Although I've made a sailor fuku collar before I decided to make it a more curved look rather than a straight-forward triangle look. I was being an idiot and so it took me a while to get it right lol! I got there eventually obviously but it did take a heck of a long time! On one side I even had to hack it off because it was smaller than the other side; had to make another front panel and sew it on so it looks rather odd. Black ribbon was sewn on after I got the shape right.
Tie isn't a real tie, it's basically a tie shape piece of red polycotton and sewn onto the collar. It's better this way because 1) Less fabric needed; 2) It's hidden by the collar anyway and normal ties would show quite obviously - soooo I think I'm allowed to be lazy this once =]
I like this costume, it's cute! It feels so different to my past cosplays, it's as if I started cosplaying again. I'm using no wig, no annoying parts of the costume that drive me mad... everything is so simple!! IT FEELS WEIRD! XD It's nice making a simple costume for a change though! =D
|Sew on black ribbon||High||Complete|
|Make red tie||High||Complete|
|Make black pleated skirt||High||Complete|
20/02/09 - Skirt done! (Posted 20th February 2009)
Went fabric shopping at Trago Mills today and found a load of black fabric CHEAP! They stated it was 100% cotton but it's way too thin but I bought it anyway since it's pretty damn cheap - for a little casual cosplay I'd rather keep it all cheap to polycotton would have to do. It's a short skirt anyway so the pleats should stay in a LITTLE.
This took ages to do. Sat down for probably about an hour with 3m of fabric pinning the pleats down, then sewing them in place, ironing them like mad [which was hard being polycotton] then hemmed it all and added the waistband and zip [whilst puckering up a little section when sewing the zip LOL Not noticable because of the pleats though, yay!]
Was going to finish it today but I've lost all the black ribbon ;-; I'll go in town next week and buy some more then... And I'm still too lazy to make the red tie lol.
Time Taken - 2hrs [had dinner in between]
P.S. yes I am randomly poking my cheek xD Random pose is random >_>;;
19/02/09 - Base of top and collar done! (Posted 19th February 2009)
Yeaaaah, worked for about 2hrs solidly whilst singing along to the Hairspray soundtrack. Cause I'm cool like that ;D
I was scrolling through my pictures trying to find a basic cosplay [when I should be doing some homework] then I found Tomoyo. Then it clicked that I could do Tomoyo! So I ran up and down the house trying to find materials, old cosplays I can hack up, old clothes and discovered that I had practically everything I could to make her shirt and collar. Info on how I made it are on the "Information" section.
Time Taken - 2hrs
P.S. The fabric was all folded up so it needs an iron >_< Sorry!