Chun Li - Street Fighter II series


AmeCon 2008




I finally made the costume I've wanted to make since I was 13! Now that I actually have the sewing skills to make it properly and have the body proportions to carry it off, I decided to do it.

The dress was made using two separate patterns. The dress (with modifications) is based on McCall's pattern M4369, and the sleeves are taken from Butterick pattern 6630. The sleeves were a lot of fun to make, actually, and were a new experience for me - they involved making sleeve stays, which I'd never even heard of before, let alone made. They were fiddly but I love the way they've made the sleeves nice and puffy, and they're now my favourite part of the costume.

Let's talk fixes first, cos there are always a few. There's one big fix this costume needs making and that's on the embellishments. Fortunately it doesn't show up too much in the photos, but the interfacing didn't quite bind to the fabric as well as I had hoped and it frayed throughout the day. So I need to unpick them and attach some new ones. One of my sleeves also began to tear thanks to an over-enthusiastic Para Para session, so although I'm told it's barely noticeable, that will need to be restitched. And when I reattach the sleeve embellishments, I'll make sure to do it in such a way that I'm not sewing through the sleeve stays (this was something I meant to fix before Amecon but didn't get the chance to sort out). Oh, and I need a pair of blue bikini pants.

In the end I bought an officially licensed Chun Li costume simply so I wouldn't have to make the bun covers or bracelets (yeah, I know it's lazy, but it's not like I was wearing the costume competitively or anything). I'd planned to use the sash from that costume too, but it was rubbish, so I just bought a white waist cincher and put it on back to front. I did end up buying some patent boots in the end, simply cos it was that or no costume at all, but they looked a lot better than I thought they would!

The costume actually turned out to be a bit of a hassle to wear - it was a really tight fit, so it was a two-person job putting it on or taking it off (and if I ever put on any weight I'll never fit into it again!), the backs of the boots rubbed on my Achilles tendons and hurt like mad, and the bracelets severely restrict your arm mobility in a way you don't imagine until you're wearing them! But it was my most popular costume to date (in that I had more photo requests in this one than in any other) and I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. Plus, I found a Player Two Chun Li at the con and many photos were taken!


Monkey posted on 28 June, 2008 - 13:02
Loving those sleeves! I can't wait to see this finished! ^^ Muchos pictures please! <3

Georgi posted on 11 July, 2008 - 12:38
Thanks for your comment! I'm looking forward to this one, you've already got a good start on the dress and I can't help but trach someone who actually knows how to make clothes!!!

BlusterSquall posted on 26 July, 2008 - 11:36
In reply to the comment on my Rogue: The Dropling is a new monster. Its only been released on the Japanese RO so far, but its really cute. :B Chun-Li looks great! The dress is great, I love all the detailing~ Can't wait to see you wearing this at Amecon!

airyfairy posted on 14 August, 2008 - 20:38
Your costume was awesome, we saw you in the cafe and wanted to take a pic but didnt want to disturb your lunch :D

Larxene posted on 13 October, 2008 - 12:21
You've done a great job there. I miss the days when street fighter was really new in the arcade. Its a shame they don't keep or rerelease retro machines.

Kuja posted on 5 November, 2008 - 15:33
Hey, thanks for the comment on my Chun Li costume - thought I'd check yours out too, I didn't get to go to Amecon this year. :( It looks awesome though, especially the patterns on the dress, and the boots are perfect. Your photographer got some great shots of it! ^^

Ranma1-2 posted on 21 December, 2008 - 03:26
Lovely costume and you look great as Chun Li. It is more risque than I realised.. Lets have more wind next time. ^_^

Adamoluna posted on 9 January, 2009 - 22:57
sexy :D I love your hips. And your costume, of course. :D ... *wasn't at all eyeing your shapes* >.>'

Defrain posted on 4 March, 2009 - 12:55
awesome cosplay think my mate ben went nuts when he saw ya at ame lol

AmethystEyes posted on 31 March, 2009 - 17:31
Yeahhh Chun Li! You were awesome, and a great sport for the pervy pictures :P

Sands posted on 31 March, 2009 - 17:42
awesome chun li!!! love it

nanahara posted on 31 March, 2009 - 17:57
nice one. you make a great Chun-li

White Leviathan posted on 31 March, 2009 - 18:50
Thanks for joining our group at minami, hope you'll do a group with us again! Nice costume.

Kaka Extreme posted on 31 March, 2009 - 19:10
awesome costume! it was fun meeting you 83 even if we did freeze our butts off haha!

Sephirayne posted on 31 March, 2009 - 20:02
Awesome Chun Li. I saw the pics of your group and really loved your outfit. You really looked the part.

eva_fan posted on 31 March, 2009 - 21:06
Your Chun Li was awesome Leah. Thanks for joining us, and indulging our sence of humour. :P

Ranma1-2 posted on 31 March, 2009 - 21:54
Woohoo for Miniamicon, more pics...^^ I love you in this costume, and I love it even more when the wind is blowing.. :P

Ranma1-2 posted on 1 April, 2009 - 11:50
Sillabub Quote - "Thanks for the comment on Chun Li, too. I think there are actually some photos of my butt doing the rounds this time...!" Where?! Where?! :P

Manga Girl posted on 3 May, 2009 - 19:59
I love your Chun-Li cosplay! :D

Charlie-Bear posted on 18 May, 2009 - 20:47
I love your Chun-Li cosplay too! You really are the perfect Chun-Li, really well made too! ^^

Platinum posted on 25 May, 2009 - 16:56
Ah Leah you make an amazing Chun-li!!

Berserk667 posted on 2 June, 2009 - 22:56
hiya Akuma here from Miamicon. Never did take the time to say u look great as Chun Li :) Love the Gomen-ne! picture lol

letmelive posted on 15 July, 2009 - 10:29
wow this is so good :|

Jenangel posted on 31 July, 2009 - 16:03
Wow your Chun Li is awesome! ^^

FairyPorchQueen posted on 25 October, 2009 - 20:49
Lovely meeting you on Saturday! ^___^ you make a great Chun Li

geordiepaul posted on 9 February, 2010 - 11:12
you totally do her justice. Best costume around. Stunning!!

SlimDefinition posted on 31 August, 2011 - 21:04
I've not played Street Fighter, but I know a bit about the character from a couple of people. This is awesome!

SamanthaKaiba posted on 4 February, 2012 - 19:28
love this