Rena Ryuugu (White dress) - When They Cry - Higurashi




Higurashi (aka When They Cry) quickly became one of my favourite anime series when I started watching it, and Rena is my favourite character. I wasn't particularly interested in her school uniform - when you've seen one fuku you've seen them all, pretty much - but I loved her white dress so I decided to make that.

The dress itself was a bit tricky as you can't seem to get dress patterns like that! What I ended up doing was getting a pattern for a blouse with short, puffy sleeves and a high collar, then another pattern for a long, wide skirt and stuck the pieces together. I think it came out quite well. The blouse was McCall's pattern M5181 and the skirt was Burda pattern 8427.

I rushed to finish this for Minamicon, which is never a good idea (you'd think I'd have learned after all this time, wouldn't you?). As a result, its original incarnation was in need of many, many fixes. The sleeves needed reinforcing - the seams were constantly tearing - the hem was all over the place (especially in the back) and the bows just weren't working - their corners were too sharp. I made these fixes so I could put the dress on display at the London Film and Comic Con and I think it looks much better now. Like Ririn, this is one of my favourite costumes and it's been a lot better made than most of my costumes from the past, so I want to be able to wear it again - and will, next time I get the chance!


CrystalNeko posted on 11 February, 2008 - 21:12
RENAAA! Fantastic cosplay! I love the dress! x3 It's so pretty! Plus Rena is one of my favourite characters from Higurashi! And you've done her casual costume so well! x3

hanagata posted on 10 October, 2008 - 16:02
I just finished watching this series and saw your cosplay on the random section :O Nice work!

AmethystEyes posted on 18 October, 2008 - 13:25
Much love for this! This is pure awesome, can I be a pest and ask how you went about making the cleaver?

Ranma1-2 posted on 18 March, 2009 - 21:44
Pretty cosplay. ^-^ ...apart from the knife that is! o.O I especially love the makeup CU pic of you here, ..beautifull!

Defrain posted on 30 March, 2009 - 17:20
woo for higurashi love the cosplay

sjbonnar posted on 1 June, 2009 - 22:08
This is just AWESOME!

Kappa posted on 5 October, 2010 - 09:43
I love this outfit! :D Great job!