Costume :Simon
Variant :Original
Source :Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2010

Costume Photos



Reference Picture


Costume Information

Cost : £12.26
Time Taken : 7hrs


Gurren Lagann is an epic anime, and while Yoko is my favourite character from the series I err, do not have the guts to cosplay her xD. Simon was my second choice and thus Simon will be cosplayed! He's so cute and gets the most awesome jacket hurhur.

Costume is still incomplete but all I have to do is the boot covers so I'll update this again once I've done them.

I started off with the jacket which is three panels sewn together then I sewed on half the sleeve, sewed the red stripes down the sleeve then sewed it on competely. Then I moved onto adding the red stripes for the rest of the jacket. The patch on the back was done by using the zig zag stitch and layering different fabrics together.
I was going to add pockets into the jacket, I ran out of time though. Will do that... sometime!

Shorts were interfaced at the top so keep its shape because they were made from polycotton.

Wig was originally long, coming down to my mid-back, but I've cut and layered it.

Goggles were made from red cotton drill double layered with yellow acetate slipped in and then zig zag stitched on a slightly wide stitch in case I'd cut a hole through the acetate. I then sewed on some black elastic.

Drill was made from DAS clay, painted in acrylic and attached with some black string.

Waist bandages bought from Boots. Ankle bandages bought from Superdrug.


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Simon, cool! ^^
An idea, if you havent thought of it already, could be to extend the bandages around his waist upwards? Kinda solves the chest problem <.<;
Good luck ^^ <3

by Brinny-Chan on Thursday, 16 April, 2009 - 21:33
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Haha well if open chest binding fails then I'd use skin coloured bandages... if I can't find any of that -then- I'd extend it =]
He wears a jacket so I could easily hide the tape if I open chest bind~

by CrystalNeko on Thursday, 16 April, 2009 - 21:39
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I thought I commented on this...Nevermind!
YOU'RE GONNA MAKE SUCH A CUTE SIMON *pokes your cheeks* X3
Good luck Fiiii~!

by Charlie-Bear on Tuesday, 28 April, 2009 - 20:42
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never seen TTGL but good luck and thumbs up :)

by Limegreenjelly on Tuesday, 28 April, 2009 - 21:22

I know someone who will attack you if she see's you cosplaying him! XD She is addicted to that anime!

by RedMageXII on Sunday, 7 June, 2009 - 20:59
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x3 Really cant wiat to see this 8D you'll be so cute x3
If you still dont have a Nia may i take the place? = ]

by Solaria on Tuesday, 4 August, 2009 - 22:23
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RIP Alto T__T

I love that jacket x3 that applique must have taken so long D:

by Freyarule on Tuesday, 31 August, 2010 - 08:36
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by Charlie-Bear on Tuesday, 31 August, 2010 - 23:33
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you looked awesome, well done the cosplay was great ^^

by JinxWolf on Tuesday, 2 November, 2010 - 08:47
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Awww, you make such an adorable Simon! This Viral may have to steal you. X3

by sarmander on Thursday, 4 November, 2010 - 00:49
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You made the perfect simon. Small and cute~! seen you at expo, i wanted to hugg you but it was too busy~! : P

by isamiaella on Thursday, 4 November, 2010 - 00:59
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I remember seeing you! You looked so cute! :D

by phalor on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 20:18
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Wonderful Simon! The jacket is so well made :D

by JustPeachy on Tuesday, 24 May, 2011 - 15:31
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Best Simon Cosplay I've ever seen! FANTASTIC WORK! XD

by GoldieNeko on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 12:42
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wow!! This is so accurate *____*

by nosferatu on Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 - 18:14

To-Do List

Buy fabricHighComplete
Make jacketHighComplete
Make shortsHighIn Progress
Practise open-chest bindingHighPlanned
Make drill [necklace]MediumComplete
Make gogglesMediumComplete
White bandagesMediumComplete
Red bandageMediumPlanned
Buy wigLowComplete
Buy beltLowComplete
Modify shoesLowPlanned

Shopping List

1m brown polycotton£3.97Bought
White belt£3.29Bought
0.2m mediumweight iron-on interfacing£0.68Bought
0.5m black elastic£0.33Bought
1m blue cotton drill£3.99Bought


Goggles (Posted 9th October 2010)

I love these goggles, they were a pain to hem but they're awesome 8D

Made from double layered cotton drill, acetate thingy (which was actually for Magnet Rin, sorry Rin ;_; ) and some black elastic.

I basically stuck a piece of fabric to my face and drew lines around my eyes and stuff using a pencil. I was alone by the way so I didn't look too idiotic |D
Then I cut out the shape, cut it out twice and sewed them together. Then before I hemmed the eye holes I shoved some acetate through and used the zig zag stitch to hold it in place. I put the stitch length to 2 or something otherwise I would have cut out the acetate ROFL. Wouldn't want that would we? XD

Then black elastic was sewn on to hold it together.

Time Taken: 1hr

Shorts 80% (Posted 5th September 2010)

First time I made them, they were WAAAAY too big. Took them in a bit, still too big but it was better and didn't fall straight off (LOL). Third time lucky, they fit like this :'D

It took a picture with my shirt normally but it covered the belt and the top of the shorts oTL. So I rolled it up, I don't have any duct tape or any kind of tape handy to do open chest binding at this moment of time so you shall have to live with Simon with boobs for now 8'D

Don't ask about the pose... I was like "Think of something, umm umm umm *getting close to the timer running out -sticks hand up-* 8'D" oTL. I was gonna do a pierce the heavens thing but apparently not oTL.

Shorts are made from polycotton. So I want some interfacing for the top before I hem it. All I have available is white interfacing which isn't really suitable for brown fabric so I'll go in town sometime next week to get some. But otherwise, here's what I have of the costume so far! 8'D

Cropped out my feet... I was wearing girly pink socks LOL.

Time Taken: 1hr maybe?

Detailing on the back (Posted 31st August 2010)

Ahhhh I am so proud of this~~~

I love making things difficult for myself. I could have just painted it on, use felt, whatever. But no, I decided to use cotton, a fabric that frays. I wanted to applique it on using the zig zag stitch. This took up a lot of time, but the end result was well worth it! Red detailing is polycotton. White I -think- is polycotton drill. I think it's the same as my Haine fabric so yeah.

Jacket 100% done 8DDD (Posted 31st August 2010)

I am faaaar too lazy to get up and take a decent photo. I shall take one later 8'D

I had to hack up my Alto (Macross Frontier) trousers for the sleeves of this jacket as I underestimated how much fabric I would need. So my Macross Frontier cosplay is officially retired! (I hacked up my Alto wig for Simon anyway ahahaha *shot*)

The jacket itself is well made... The sleeves however suck because I wanted to experiment with applique-ing the red detailing, I'm never doing it that way again that's for sure, stick with how I made Haine's jacket 8'D

I basically made the jacket as normal (with very limited fabric, I had to cut the panels in all sorts of funny shapes) but for the sleeves, I sewed half of it on, sewed on the red detailing, then finished off the sleeves to save me from hand-stitching it on. Never agaaaain!!! It's not too noticeable but it bugs me XD

Continued in next journal...

Time Taken: 4-5hrs