Costume :Calisto Yew
Source :Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minamicon 16 (2010)

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Calisto Yew

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Calisto Yew






Costume Information

Time Taken : About a month

I have quite the list of potential Ace Attorney costumes, and of course, I got the expected amount of cosplay inspiration from Ace Attorney Investigation. Calisto Yew seemed do-able in the time before Minami, it’s a design I really like (earrings!), I already had the shoes, could use my own hair, I thought her mannerisms would be fun to imitate, and I liked the idea of having her make-up as props.

I found turquoise cotton drill on eBay, and chose purple lining fabric. I mostly used Simplicity 2508 for the jacket, it gave me a double-breasted, princess-seamed jacket, but it had raglan sleeves, so I had to change it to set-in sleeves. I drafted the collar myself.

I tried applying the bias binding in a new way, which I was inspired to do from studying I jacket I own. It involved using twice as much trim, sewing it to the outer jacket, and the lining before they were sewn together, then treating them as one piece with the bias tape attached. It was a useful technique for the trim start/stopping around the collar, and an easy way to avoid visible stitching inside and out, but it certainly wasn’t necessary for me to do it that way. I think it’s a method best suited for wider trims.

The jacket has functional pockets and buttons. The buttons had to be covered in brown fabric as I couldn’t find any suitable ones. The trousers were made from New Look 6435.

My attorney’s badge is sculpted from fimo and pins on. The earrings are taken from a set of scales, grabbed for 99p on eBay. I also bought a pink compact on eBay, and also had lipstick, eyeliner and pink puffs to pose with! I’m not one for make-up, but thought it would be best to clearly be wearing some for this costume. I aimed for pale pink shades since that seems to be what she wears.

The shirt is from eBay too, and I bought a the tie when I was ordering from The boots are from my Alice Elliot costume, and I styled my own hair, making use of a hidden hair tie and hairspray to try to keep it fixed in place like hers.

I'm happy with the costume, but I'd like to alter the shirt or get one which fits better since the loose collar looks awful! I also need to experiment with the hairstyle more.


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This looks fab! I love Calisto, she's my fave character from AAI.

I really wanted to cosplay Calisto for Nemacon, but I just couldn't find anything similar to the jacket and I can't sew my own clothes for toffee! I am planning to go as Shih-na however :D

You did a great job on this!

by CharlyVK on Wednesday, 21 April, 2010 - 21:11
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Awesome job hun. You really looked great

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 21 April, 2010 - 21:31
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looks really cool.Those earings are awesome

by yami-no-neko on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 16:50
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Calistooooo!!! I loved seeing you in this cosplay!!! 8D

by Freyarule on Saturday, 24 April, 2010 - 21:10
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Ooooh yes! This is wonderful! 8D

by MoonLily on Saturday, 24 April, 2010 - 21:17
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Looking great, particularly the ear rings!

by theKillingDoll on Saturday, 1 May, 2010 - 10:14
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Awesome cosplay! I've never seen anyone cosplay her before.

by AmethystEyes on Saturday, 1 May, 2010 - 16:46
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Amazing - i can just hear the irritating laugh emminate from these photos :D Brilliant job!

by gaming_goddess on Tuesday, 17 May, 2011 - 21:15


Notes (Posted 22nd April 2010)

I kept this costume secret, but still kept track of my progress when I was making it. I actually kept track of it in a lot more detail than usual, since I’ve never really tried to pay attention to how much time costumes take me, and wanted to do it out of interest for once. So since I’d already written them, I’ve put up my notes along with the few progress photos I took.

Tuesday 13th April (Posted 22nd April 2010)

I had a trial run of hair and make-up. I’m not usually one for much make-up, but thought it would be best to clearly be wearing some for this costume. I aimed for pale pink shades since that seems to be what she wears.

I’m using my own hair. Hair from the front is pulled back behind my ears, and to make sure it stays like that, it’s tied at the nape of my neck, with the hair tie hidden under the rest of my hair. The front pieces are hair sprayed to try to keep them fixed in place as far as possible, but it doesn’t work well, so I’ll need to improve on it if I can. It’s also not easy to stop my hair from squishing the stand-up collar, or the collar making the hair do strange things. These things do not work in real life!

Monday 12th April (Posted 22nd April 2010)

The shirt I won off Ebay arrived today - have taken almost 3 weeks to turn up - it seems it wasn‘t the seller‘s fault, and in any case, they handled the situation well, so all is well. However, just my luck after all that - the charity shop shirt seems to be a better choice! I had to sew on an extra button for the collar, and lengthen the sleeves by chopping them in half, and inserting random fabric to increase the length, but that’s it done. I could do with taking in the collar, or getting a better fitting shirt though, since the loose neckline looks a bit off. Anyway, costume complete!

Sunday 11th April (Posted 22nd April 2010)

Finished sorting out the sleeves, bias tape and shoulder pad, so I could finally close up the lining. I braved making the buttonholes. I really hate them. My machine repeatedly produces beautiful buttonholes when I do trial runs, then just fails on the real deal, and there’s only so much unpicking of tiny stitches that’s possible. Luckily they end up pretty much hidden by the buttons, so as long as I have holes in the jacket which aren’t going to fray everywhere, it doesn’t matter much if they’re neat. I then sewed on all the buttons. Jacket is DONE and my badge also pinned on to the collar.

Saturday 10th April (Posted 22nd April 2010)

I got more coats of paint on the badge, and glued a brooch fastening to the back, since that was what I had to hand.

I bought a pillowcase in a charity shop for 50p which is a suitable brown colour for covering the buttons. I don’t really know what colour the buttons are meant to be - they seem to be brownish, so I’m going with that. I’ve covered all my buttons now.

I opened up a seam for turning the lining, I‘d originally had different plans for the bias binding which would have meant leaving a seam open wasn‘t necessary. With that seam for turning it, I could finish sewing the bias tape along the hem. I will eventually close up the seam with slip stitching, but I still have to perfect the bias binding, and fix one of the shoulder pads in place, plus fiddle with the sleeve length before I can close up the lining completely.

Friday 9th April (Posted 22nd April 2010)

Finished the badge, baked it and started painting. My dad tied a nice knot in the tie for me, which is much smarter than anything I could manage!

Thursday 8th April (Posted 22nd April 2010)

Since the shirt I won on eBay is refusing to turn up, I went round the charity shops after work and picked up another shirt which should be suitable if the other one doesn’t arrive in time. The sleeves are a bit short, so I’m hoping the Ebay shirt is better to save me some effort altering things.

Also started sculpting my attorney’s badge

Wednesday 7th April (Posted 22nd April 2010)

Worked on the bias tape a bit more

Monday 5th April (Posted 22nd April 2010)

Back to the jacket. Managed to sort out the collar.

Sunday 4th April (Posted 22nd April 2010)

I sewed up the trousers, and they’re now complete. I did the hems by hand. That plus sewing on the hook/eye closures took its toll on my fingers.

Also picked up more thread and bias tape when I was at Dunelm Mill.