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|A couple years later I've finally had the chance to do another Arina Tanemura cosplay! Who better than Meroko? She's my favourite female of the series! My anime version was pretty badly made, I liked it at the time but there's a lot I wanted to change but I thought I'd leave it and make the manga version instead. At the time I preferred the colour scheme of the anime but I've always loved the manga version's hat because of the pink, ribbons and roses. Over time I've sort of fallen in love with the manga design in general as I love all the smaller details in the costume which I made sure to put effort into.|
I made the whole thing out of duchess satin as I needed something heavy to work with.
All the ruffles are loose box pleats as the artwork makes them look rather rigid.
The bodice was patterned like a bodice but just for the bust area. I had to make it fairly long because the shortest open ended zip I could find was 6".
The skirt was two circle skirts and box pleated together. I sewed horsehair braid along the hem to make it stiffer and stick out more. I had a lot of questions asking me if I was wearing a petticoat but it's all the horsehair braid's work!
The belt was made from the crepe side of crepe back satin and was sandwiched with buckram inside to give it a very stiff look. I used an eyelet punched for the first time and sewed on the ribbon for detail. I found a bridal hoop from FabricLand to use as the belt loop. The belt was sewn down directly onto the skirt.
The cuffs were made from thick white ribbon with thin pink ribbon sewn on individually to get the stripes. This was finished off with pre-made satin bias binding and ruffles, fastened together with poppers.
The top hat was made from a buckram base with millinery wire along the edges to keep its shape. Using the same pattern I drafted with the buckram, I cut out the fabric and sewed it together and hand stitched the top of the hat down as it was fairly loose and baggy looking. I sewed the ruffles onto some ribbon and hand stitched it directly onto the hat. The bow was made with crepe back satin with millinery wire in the hem so that I can shape it how I like and then for the trailing ribbon I used a matching ribbon. The flower was made with crepe back satin and I cut out many circles of varying sizes with snips in them and melted them with a candle. This was all hot glued together and then finally hand sewn onto the hat. The ears were made with fleece and lined in cotton so that I could use more millinery wire so that I can shape the ears, I used felt for detail. Once again this was hand sewn directly onto the hat.
I cheated with the choker as I was running out of time. It's just a strip of fabric I sewed together and slotted the buckle onto it and I used velcro at the back. I was going to make it fully functional but honestly ran out of time!
The gloves I bought from Accessorize.
Stockings from eBay.
Suspender belt from ASOS (I pre-bought this years ago for this cosplay!).
Boots were my own as I ran out of time to make boot covers. Close enough and originally from New Look.
The wig just involved trimming the fringe. I ran out of time to style the curls properly as I was going to use wire to shape them but I didn't have the correct kind of wire on hand! On my next rewear I shall wash out the hairspray and re-style.
The wings are very old now. I made them for Fortune Quartz (Mistress Fortune) which I never got to cosplay in the end so they're stylised for him. They're made from copper tubing for the base with chicken wire duct taped on. I glued wadding onto it as padding to make them more 3D looking and then finally shaped and glued on turkey and marabou feathers individually onto the wadding. Originally I just used bias binding as straps as that's what I had but I leant them to Mel (Freyarule) to borrow and as the wings require regular maintenance after being bashed about by people (and objects) she changed them over for ribbons.
Overall I really enjoy being Meroko, it feels great being another Arina Tanemura character after so long and it made me so happy when people say they recognise the cosplay. I always feel there's a strong lack of Arina fans out there! I thought I'd feel super self conscious but I think I just felt super happy as the character to care so much!
|Pink square felt||£0.30||Bought|
|4m light pink ribbon||£0.80||Bought|
|1m white ribbon||£0.42||Bought|
|3m Cerise ribbon||£1.26||Bought|
|0.25m Cerise crepe back satin||£1.50||Bought|
|6" chunky open end zip||£3.40||Bought|
Flower (Posted 4th March 2014)
I've made a few flowers in the past. Now I actually have pictures on how I do it!
I cut out circles of varying sizes and then cut slits into the circles depending on how many petals I want. TBH I make this a random number each time for roses.
I then melt the edges! I use my hands because if your hands are getting burnt, you are too close to the candle because if your hands can't take the heat, your fabric sure can't! You just want to slightly melt the edges away and then the fabric should curl up.
Then proceed to hot glue each piece together. For the most outer layer you may want to hot glue the petal corners together and then fold it half way out. This gives it a more 3D look.
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Ears (Posted 1st March 2014)
I haven't been keeping progress, oops!
Made from cotton, fleece and felt. The cotton is there as lining so that I can create a channel for the millinery wire to feed through. This helps the ears pose however I want!
Hat 85% (Posted 25th February 2014)
Nearly there! I needed more ruffles so I cut and hemmed more cotton together and then pleated it onto ribbon. I did consider pleating it onto some interfacing first but TBH I'm getting lazier and lazier now hahaha. Most of it will be hidden by the ears and flowers.
I also hand sewed the top together to make it flatter.
My fingers are still apparently tough from yesterday's buckram session because it was less painful hurrrrr. That's not a good thing XD;;;
The fun part of the hat is finally coming next. Flower making and ribbons!!! Bunny ears not so fun, I dislike fleece but hey, at least it's not much XD
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Hat 70% (Posted 25th February 2014)
I just sewed on the top with the machine. The rest I have to hand sew in place and I am nooooot looking forward to it. Gonna wait til 7 before I start cause that's when the student debates start tonight, then I have something to watch whilst working on this... XD
I need to stop being really stupid with this hat and wearing it everywhere. It's going to get destroyed before I even wear it XDDD
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Hat 60% (Posted 24th February 2014)
My fingers hurt :'(
All completely hand sewn together, and it's all buckram and I had no thimble so sobbbbbb my fingeeeeers!!!
Nice thing to do whilst watching my student election debates though. I'm glad I got to the hand sewing stage in this cosplay!
Time Taken: 2hrs
Hat 50% (Posted 23rd February 2014)
I was going to do more tonight like sew the blacks together but I got distracted by Eurostar bookings whilst trying to find my pins. So this is the only progress I've done!
Cut out all the buckram shapes and sewed in the millinery wire. I'll need to hand sew it together, something I'll do mid-week after work because I can do that in the living room whilst watching TV. I never fancy facing my machine after a long day's work!
Time Taken: 3hrs
Cuffs 95% (Posted 23rd February 2014)
On the anime version this was so quick to do! On the manga version, as far as I'm aware there isn't a striped fabric like this so I had to sew on each stripe individually with ribbon. THIS TOOK SO LONG!
I melted the edges once they were done and then sewed on some bias binding and finally pleated in the ruffles.
Time Taken: 3hrs
Skirt 90% (Posted 17th February 2014)
I pleated the white ruffles because they appear box pleated rather than gathered, made my life easier as I could have messy pleats! I sewed the ruffles on only the top bit just as a placeholder because the belt would be sewn over the top anyway.
The belt is made from the crepe side of crepe back satin covering some buckram for stiffness. I sewed this directly onto the white ruffles (there is a zip at the back so the belt is fake). The details are hand stitched on and the eyelets were done with the worse eyelet puncher in the world. It's a cheap little thing and I don't really ever use eyelets, I'm thankful there was only two in the reference!
Costume Test (Posted 16th February 2014)
I did some sewing before leaving for a concert today but didn't have time to sew the waistband of the skirt today. I just got back from the concert to find the skirt on my bed and well, I could just put it on the floor aside but then I run the risk of the pins coming out and that would have been heartbreaking, so I just manned up and did the sewing so that I can SLEEP.
I took off all my makeup and put my hair into lazy bun mode already but I still felt the need to try it on in case the skirt didn't fit. And then I decided to yolo a costume test by trying the top on as well. The socks you see there aren't the ones I'll be using, I've ordered some stockings which still haven't arrived yet!
I'm sorry, I've eaten a lot today so feeling slightly bloated OTL. I will look normal at Minami ;>
EDIT: Oh my gosh please excuse my laundry in the background as well XDDDD;;; Student life yo. I have constant laundry in my room FML.
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Top 50% (Posted 9th February 2014)
It's kinda wonky because I need to sew in the zip, which isn't here yet as I've only ordered it today. But progress!! It's made exactly the same way as my old Meroko cosplay, a boob tube with darts XD
Time Taken: 3hrs
Skirt 70% (Posted 9th February 2014)
Just need to buy a zipper and make the belt!
I put horsehair braid into it because Meroko's skirt is pretty flouncy, not stiff. But when the skirt wasn't ironed down (left) it looked pretty dead so I sewed in some horsehair braid and you can see the difference (right)!
It's two circle skirts sewn together and box pleated to get this sort of volume! My old Meroko cosplay was a rectangle three times the width of my hips and really wide unironed pleats which worked as well, but I wanted to try making it completely differently this time!
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