Nausicaa (Flight clothing, from manga where she makes a dress into a flight suit) - Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind


Kitacon 2014


I absolutely adore Nausicaa, the film is one of my favourite films and the manga IS my favourite manga, comic or book ever!! So as much as I love the film I'm hoping to create the manga version of this outfit!
Since I was struggling to buy material for this and I already had her dress I chose to copy what she does in volume 3 of the manga and I am making my dress into a flight suit ^^
Because of this my version may seem dark compared to others! I chose a dark colour for the dress as it gets soaked in Ohmu blood.

Time taken: probably around 1.5 years as I wasn't skilled and had to experiment a lot to make things!!!!!

CFCC March 2014
Kitacon 2014

Carmina posted on 27 December, 2011 - 16:06
This should look amazing!

Siouxsie James posted on 28 December, 2011 - 18:58
Yes I agree this should look cool, if I can do it well :P I shall wait a while before starting this one though...making Princess Mononoke first :)

WhiteWraith posted on 15 March, 2013 - 10:12
I can't wait to see this, will look great :D

Freyarule posted on 26 March, 2013 - 12:08
Yay another Nausicaa! ^^ looking good so far, expanding foam does usually have holes in, which is why paper macheing over the surface is a good idea :) if it helps, I used white leggings off eBay for my Nausicaa <3

Siouxsie James posted on 27 March, 2013 - 23:44
Thanks for the leggings tip, I bought the ones in my pictures but they're too thin and a bit see-through ¬____¬ the hunt for leggings continues :P and btw I really like your Nausicaa cosplay, looks great! I hope mine turns out half as nice :)

Freyarule posted on 28 March, 2013 - 16:09
Alas, if I still had the listing saved I would link you :( I think I literally just searched white leggings on eBay :) and thank you! I'm sure it will be as awesome if not more so <3

Siouxsie James posted on 28 March, 2013 - 16:55
Thanks for much for the advice and don't worry that you don't have the listing I'm sure I can find something :P I was going to get horse riding leggings as they're thicker but they have funny seams so I wasn't sure!! My costume will take ages to get together but I've wanted to do it for so long that I can wait for as long as it takes!! I'm worried about messing this up :P will journal progress soon though ^^

DizzieDee posted on 15 April, 2013 - 15:17
the WiP's look epic so far ^^

magigreen posted on 23 June, 2013 - 18:55
Looking great so far. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

Kei Lin Sama posted on 17 September, 2013 - 21:24
Nice work with the expanding foam on the helmet. The rifle base looks great so far - keep going! Great choice of character too - she's one of the most iconic and best loved anime heroines ever.

Siouxsie James posted on 18 September, 2013 - 08:47
Thanks guys, really enjoy getting feedback on my wips :)

Darkiekun posted on 26 September, 2013 - 23:32
Looking good so far your wig suits nicely. As for the gun for sizing as you said you didn't know if big enough use this maths (if it goes over your head just ask me and I can figure it for you ^^ Take a full length picture of her and her gun. Messure how big she is in photo (Say shes 10cm in this case) Now take your height (ill use mine of 158 here) and divide your height by her height. So 15.8 then messure her gun. Say her gun is 6cm. Times 6 by 15.8 which is 94.8cm! this is how long your gun should be ^^ hope this helps! but your gun looks well done so far!

ArcaneArchery posted on 27 September, 2013 - 20:01
I look forward to seeing this - the anime is my favourite Ghibli film and I am currently working my way through the manga. You should post a picture of the squirrel fox too. @Darkiekun: I’m glad I’m not the only one that sits there carefully measuring reference pictures like that.

Siouxsie James posted on 27 September, 2013 - 22:44
Thanks both! Will try and work out the gun maths :) Will take a picture of Teto!! And yaaay for the mamga! The manga is literally my favourite thing in the whole world :)

misfit_mosher posted on 17 October, 2013 - 20:46
great progress so far love :D ! <3 x

nanahara posted on 4 January, 2014 - 11:16
loving the progress. I look forward to seeing this complete

Megalodon posted on 14 February, 2014 - 20:36
this is looking amazing!

Cy-Fi posted on 4 March, 2014 - 18:20
Nice work

Einmyria posted on 4 March, 2014 - 23:05
This looks amazing! can't wait to see it in person at Kita XD (also your sister looked awesome too!)

Siouxsie James posted on 5 March, 2014 - 09:22
Thanks guys. Still trying to work on this for Kita (not happy with it yet!!)

Kei Lin Sama posted on 9 April, 2014 - 19:39
Why do you say 'Not happy with it'? You look amazing! I also think you have a great face for a Studio Ghibli heroine!

Siouxsie James posted on 9 April, 2014 - 22:50
I just want to tweak things. I haven't been able to make a few things yet and I want to get those done. One example is the sword, didn't have time to finish it. Another example is the bullet holders on the dress, made them 3 times and all three times I haven't been happy with them and cut them off!! It would be nice to finish these little things ^^ Thanks so much for the compliment :)

MadameLapin posted on 14 April, 2014 - 15:05
This look amazing hun, I love this cosplay of yours. You pull off my fave Ghibli girl so well.

HarryKurt posted on 15 April, 2014 - 18:38
I can't get over how perfect this is! The photos are beautiful. :)

Fizzykat posted on 23 January, 2015 - 17:44
i love this you make an amazing nausica

Shadowland13 posted on 26 January, 2015 - 21:41
Amazing outfit! you make a great Nausicaa :)

Siouxsie James posted on 28 January, 2015 - 08:15
Thank you guys <3

cut wig
Make sword
Make gas mask/mouth piece
Make helm piece
Make top, hat and leg warmers
Make a gun
make gloves, neck wear and bag
Fox squirrel

Total cost: £0.00

20th December 2013

still slow...

Have been adding the rings to the body of the gun with paper mache on top. Started using filler to get a smoother surface on both gun and helm. Have bonded breaks in helmet and am putting more clay on the top to make the details stand out. Need to buy a new wig and material asap :)

13th October 2013

slow progress

Ignored this project for a while but started on it again. The gun has been primed and sanded but since it has damage on it I had to start paper maching those parts. Then I planned out all the details in pen on the body of the gun (hope to add these using foam). And finally I added to metal links to the gun which the strap will be fitted to (used glue and paper mache). On the helmet: I have broken it in two places to fit it togther in a more rounded shape (because it lacked shape the first time round!! So right now I'm trying to re-bond the pieces (using expanding foam and paper mache). I think I will have to paper mache and prime the whole thing now because the smooth surface is ruined will all the breaking and fixing :p it will be worth it if it sits on my head better though!! Wig has been chopped into because I'm using it this month for my other Nausicaa costume. Not 100% on it and may get a new one if needed.

14th July 2013

wig and sewing

Have cut my wig, not sure if I'm 100% on it yet but that's ok, I'll look at it again some time. Worried that the colour may be too bright :/also bought some earrings for this :) and have been making a mock tunic out of old fabric, it's going ok but I am struggling a little with the collar and sleeves, I'm sure I'll get there one day. Wip pics as soon as I can get stuff ready enough for pictures/opinions!!!

9th June 2013


Spent a while making the gun, would love advice if anyone sees this journal entry. Once I'm happy with it I'll paper mache and gesso on top of the foam. I might be happy with it, I'm not sure, guna sleep on it and see what I think tomorrow :P

30th March 2013


So I bought a wig and some leggings for this, turns out the leggings are way too thin (I had a feeling they might have been!) And the wig has a small amount of fake scalp showing (which I've never had before). The Leggings wont do at all so I need to find new ones, the wig however I've been reassured about so I'll keep that and hope for the best! I've been working quite a lot on the 'helmet'or head ornament lately. I've added quite a bit of 'plastiroc' to it as I'm trying to create the valley of the wind crest (the arrows) as well as smooth out the surface that was paper mache/foamed and quite uneven! I'm not entirely sure how I feel about what I've done so far. But I thought I'd see it through a bit longer before I decide whether to keep or bin it!! I'd love advice and opinions as I can make changes at this stage :)

14th January 2013

Paper Mache

So after I found all of the holes in the foam I decided to Paper Mache over the top. This has changed my overall plans for the helm as previously I was hoping to carve the details (such as the arrows) out of the foam, now I'm considering building them up out of cardboard and paper mache which is what I did with the detail on my Princess Mononoke mask (thanks to my friend Tedward for the advice ^^).

13th January 2013


Carved the foam and found lodes of holes in it :(

6th January 2013

Probably shouldn't be starting a costume right now...

...but I had expandable foam and wanted to try and make something with it, my boyfriend suggested that I used it to make the helm piece that you can see in my reference pics, so we went with it. I made a template on cardboard and squished it onto my head to try and get the shape, then we've foamed on top of it. When it's dry and I have time I'll carve it, who knows about painting it yet I really haven't got that far (any suggestions?) If it works out I will use the same method for making her gun ^^

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