Costume :Ahiru/Duck
Variant :Coppelia tutu
Source :Princess Tutu
Progress :Complete
Worn At :AyaCon 2013

Costume Photos

Bad Ballet


Not quite en pointe

Thinking outloud

Mytho and the Duck





Happy Duck



Costume Information

Awards : 2nd Place, Birmingham Comic Con

I have wanted to cosplay Ahiru from Princess Tutu for years, but never had the courage to attempt to make the wig, or do it by myself. However! After getting Moonlily into the series, we decided to do a pair of cosplays together and do (awful) ballet for fun!

I loved this cosplay so much and cannot wait to wear it again!


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This is going to be the most adorbs thing ever. I can't wait! *_*

by MoonLily on Thursday, 11 April, 2013 - 23:01
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Aw, you're going to look so cute!

by Storme on Friday, 12 April, 2013 - 00:17
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This is going to be absolutely stunning! I can't wait :D

by CrystalNeko on Friday, 12 April, 2013 - 16:34
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This is going to be so lovely. Really looking forward to seeing ♥

by Sephirayne on Monday, 22 April, 2013 - 13:54
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*___* yussssss! So adorbs <3

by Freyarule on Sunday, 2 June, 2013 - 13:05
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Squee! ^o^ A cute little duck cosplay!

by Ashy-kun on Sunday, 2 June, 2013 - 21:45
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Looking lovely!

by KhaosKreator on Thursday, 6 June, 2013 - 11:43
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Progress is looking really lovely. ♥

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 6 June, 2013 - 17:50
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Gorgeous <3

by TheStarlightFairy on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 - 23:46
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This is abs beautifull!! and awww Ahiru is so sweet. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 14 June, 2013 - 18:00
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You are the embroidery queen! This is looking lovely :)

by Amy-Lou on Tuesday, 18 June, 2013 - 22:15
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Oh gosh!!! It looks amazing hun!

by Littlegeeky on Saturday, 29 June, 2013 - 23:36
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Ah this looks so gorgeous! Can't wait to see it!

by SephNoir on Wednesday, 31 July, 2013 - 15:43
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Insanely adorable!

by Chibi on Sunday, 4 August, 2013 - 18:41
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Wig is looking fantastic!

by KhaosKreator on Monday, 5 August, 2013 - 20:47
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I'm so jealous of your embroidery! The hair must have taken you ages too - I didn't know anyone could do that to a wig!

by Kei Lin Sama on Monday, 5 August, 2013 - 23:10
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Oh that wig is so cool!!

by LittlePidgey4 on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013 - 08:57
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This is perfect! I've never seen a wig so well done for Ahiru and your outfit too <3

by InfiniteJester on Friday, 9 August, 2013 - 19:23
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Utterly perfect <3 Everything looks fantastic!

by TheStarlightFairy on Friday, 9 August, 2013 - 19:51
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Oh my god you are too cute! I loved this costume and your performance with MoonLily! <3

by SephNoir on Tuesday, 20 August, 2013 - 22:57
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You looked so beautiful! So very cute! The wig and detail on the costume were just amazing!!

by Littlegeeky on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 - 19:39
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A million times envious of that amazing wig! ;v; Fantastic job!

by Squiggles on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 - 20:59
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Cutest, most perfect Ahiru ever! :D

by MoonLily on Thursday, 22 August, 2013 - 00:18
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Perfect Ahiru! I've enjoyed watching the progress on this and the finished costume is so beautiful. The wig is a feat of structural engineering and the fact you could perform in it was all the more impressive :D

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 22 August, 2013 - 10:56
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So cute! The wig is spot-on, and I especially like the detail on the bodice. Fantastic performance at Aya too!

by Angelphie on Friday, 23 August, 2013 - 19:42
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So gutted that I didn't get to see this in person but I loved the wig. The detail on the bodice is gorgeous.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 26 August, 2013 - 07:01
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Such a lovely Ahiru! And your performance was awesome as always! <3

by Freyarule on Monday, 26 August, 2013 - 08:38
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O_O! You were the Duck, too? ^o^ As soon as I saw this was getting cosplayed, I squeed. Hard. More than someone who dresses as manly men like Mr. Satan or Hibiki Dan has any right to.

by Ashy-kun on Monday, 26 August, 2013 - 09:46
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Ohmigosh!!!! Hun you are just the cutest!!! I love this cosplay so much!

by Littlegeeky on Monday, 26 August, 2013 - 17:33
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Thank you all so much for the lovely comments guys! :D

by Monkey on Tuesday, 27 August, 2013 - 01:24
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Eeeeeeeeeeee!!!! Congrats on the showcase darling! You deserve it oh so much <333

by Freyarule on Sunday, 1 September, 2013 - 20:19
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I already said this but yes such a deserved showcase! :3

by MoonLily on Sunday, 1 September, 2013 - 20:21
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Aaaah congrats on the showcase, you deserve it so much <3

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 1 September, 2013 - 20:22
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Wonderful, such a cute cosplay ^^ One of my faves from Ayacon :D well deserved showcase :)

by Fishyfins on Sunday, 1 September, 2013 - 20:27
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completely deserving of the showcase! your work on this costume was amazing as always <333

by electrospectrum on Sunday, 1 September, 2013 - 20:27
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Extremely well deserved!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 1 September, 2013 - 21:13
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Beautiful! Adorable! Marvelous! That wig is a work of art and the most accurate Ahiru wig I have ever seen.
And you are so adorable as Ahiru. Best one ever. <3

by BlusterSquall on Sunday, 1 September, 2013 - 23:06
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Such a beautiful, beautiful costume! You look so elegant and cute in this hun!
Congratulations on the showcase, I'm not surprised you got it your so damn talented!

by Littlegeeky on Sunday, 1 September, 2013 - 23:39
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Congrats on the showcase! Well deserved!

by InfiniteJester on Monday, 2 September, 2013 - 00:10
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Wonderful costume, and you got Ahiru's physicality down perfectly as well!

by Mighty Odango on Monday, 2 September, 2013 - 08:31
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So love that this got showcased. Well done ^_^ ♥

by Sephirayne on Monday, 2 September, 2013 - 10:44
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congratulations on the showcase! i havnt seen the series, but your costume is beautiful and the wig is amazing

by Leolarua on Monday, 2 September, 2013 - 16:34

Love the spacky photos :D This costume was super!

by madmazda86 on Tuesday, 3 September, 2013 - 17:01
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Great costume! Grats on the showcase ^^

by Siouxsie James on Tuesday, 3 September, 2013 - 21:12
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It's great to see one of the alternative costumes from the show, and I love the way you've taken care to mimic the slightly awkward arm positions Ahiru demonstrates. Super job, and congrats on the showcase!

by Kitri du Lac on Wednesday, 4 September, 2013 - 10:18
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This is how cute you are in this costume, I actually logged in so I could comment. :P ;)

by SherlockHulmes on Saturday, 7 September, 2013 - 15:28


New Sleeves Finished and Apron (Posted 19th November 2013)

The new sleeves have had the lace sewn around the bottom edge again and they have been stitched to the dress (and look very cute indeed!).

I've also hemmed and embroidered the little apron, while also stitching the pink lace on the bottom of this. Tomorrow I shall stitch it to the main skirt and gather it up so it looks like the dvd picture.

New Sleeves 1 (Posted 15th November 2013)

Due to the nature of the organza, after the beating the cosplay took after Ayacon, the fabric ended up fraying and tearing a little which is not good! So this time I’ve double-layered the fabric and will over-lock the edges in hopes it reduces the fray (I may also see about using some ‘non fray’ glue on the edges for extra safety).

Also, in the DVD version of the Coppelia dress, there are little flowers on the sleeves. I was thinking about embroidering them on, but changed my mind since I was worried too many stitches would cause holes in the delicate organza. So instead, I made little blossoms out of some leftover lace. Cut the pieces together into five-petal flowers and stitched them to the sleeves. I think they look quite cute!

Updates (Posted 14th November 2013)

I’m rewearing this cosplay for Birmingham Expo (and will be rewearing it again in the future!) and since I finally have a little bit of spare time I decided to go about fixing up and finishing bits on the cosplay I didn’t have time to do last time.

Considering how much I danced and threw myself around like a loon in this cosplay, the costume itself held up amazingly well, and I’m really pleased with just how sturdy the craftsmanship is in that only little fiddly things need sorting! It shows that even though I may not be wearing the most elaborate cosplay I’ve ever made, it certainly is one of the ones I’m most proud of in technical-mindedness!

Wig & Make-up Test (Posted 20th August 2013)

What the title says, woo~

Wig 3 (Posted 20th August 2013)

Styling the spikes

Wig 2 (Posted 20th August 2013)

Styling the plait (crazy anime hair!)

Wig 1 (Posted 20th August 2013)

Starting the bodywork of the wig

Tutu (Posted 25th June 2013)

This tutu is obscenely big. It has several layers of tulle underneath to make the shape, then a layer of the same fabric used for the bodice gathered over the top. Over that is a layer of ice blue organza trimmed with white and silver trim gathered over that.

I have decided to leave the little apron until I finish my other costumes, because I don't think it would ruin the outfit if I ran out of time and couldn't finish it. However it would be nice to have it if I can!

Sleeves (Posted 13th June 2013)

The sleeves are made out of an ice blue organza and then with an added lace around the edge. I think they look cute all puffed up!

Bodice WIP 2 (Posted 8th June 2013)

I've embroidered the front three flowers on the bodice (in simple chain stitch) and added sequins and beads to the front to give it a little sparkle and flair. I don't think this is going to be quite as blinging as my outfits usually are, but it should look pretty at least!

Bodice WIP 1 (Posted 2nd June 2013)

Started the bodice today with synthetic silk and lots of lace! I'm trying to keep the design close to the one on the DVD case but using elements from the real ballet outfit designs.

Bodice pattern (Posted 2nd June 2013)

Made out of leftover bits of calico.