Meroko Yui - Full Moon wo Sagashite



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EPIC FULL MOON GROUP WAS EPIC <3333

This costume was a major confidence test for me! But I'm glad I wore it, I had ridiculous amounts of fun with the group!
I got to be my favourite female from the series, winnnn~

Would love to do the manga version as well, mainly because the top hat has ROSES and RIBBON on it! *O* But err... Not for a while yet :'D I also want to do all her other outfits in the artbook but need to find time for them all ;_;

For more photos of the group, please click here~
I am such a spazzface, I know.

Costs:
40" pink wig - £18
1m red cotton drill - £4
White gloves - £1-2
Red dye - £3?? (Can't remember!)
3m black ribbon - £2.62
Red zip - £1.40
A3 craft foam - 80p
40cm Black ribbon - 20p
Cardboard - FREE!

How it's made:
The top is a normal boob tube with darts to make it fitted, I then used an old zip I had bought for a previous costume (Riku from KH2!) and cut it up, used a lighter to burn the ends so that it wouldn't fray and sewed it on. The ruffles were then sewn on afterwards by folding over a strip of polycotton and gathering it.

The skirt was a normal pleated skirt with very wide pleats and without ironing which gave it the look you see in pictures. The belt was a piece of black ribbon with ruffles sewn on the same way as the boob tube and I attached it to a metal hoop which I took from an old pair of jeans that no longer fit me. This was then sewn on seeing as it's not really a functional belt.

The top hat was made by cutting out a circle from cardboard and then cutting another circle within that circle. This was the top of the hat and the rim. I then used craft foam for the curve and glued it to the top circle. Afterwards I made a cover for it using cotton drill and sewed on the ribbon and ruffle decorations onto it before attaching it. I then made a cover for the rim as well and finally sewed the two together once complete. The ears were sewn on separately.

For the boots I used my old school shoes which had a 2" heel, I thought it was suitable enough and seeing as I don't wear them anymore I went ahead with them.
They're made in two parts, the covering of the shoe itself and then the ankle cuff... thing. This is because I didn't want a seam down the middle for it wasn't accurate and this was the best way in keeping it looking neat as well. The ankle cuff thing is a trapezium shape which then folds inwards to achieve the baggy, non-seam look. There is a belt strip thing sewn on as well before gluing the covering onto the shoes!

The gloves were bought from a pharmacy and I dyed it red using Dylon dye (Tulip red).

The cuffs were yet again, a piece of black ribbon with ruffles sewn on and have hooks and eyes so that I can easily take them on and off.

The choker was a piece of black ribbon with velcro. I was running out of time and didn't want to buy an expensive choker for the sake of a costume... You barely see it anyway!

To style the wig I used TRESeme freeze hold and a hair dryer. I used the end of a round brush and wrapped the bangs around it, as I did this I used the hairspray and hair dryer to heat set it.
Unfortunately due to running out of time I had to quickly shove the freshly styled wig into a bag and by the next day (i.e. the day of the Expo!) the curls had come out, which I knew might happen.
The curls will definitely be in and styled properly when I wear my next Meroko cosplay though! (The Last Chapter version <3)

Overall, I like wearing the costume. I was having so much fun being her that it didn't give me much of a chance to be paranoid about my body which makes me happy <3
I love the Full Moon group so much, everyone's so nice!

Comments

Limegreenjelly posted on 21 June, 2009 - 19:10
wig is looking good :) keep up the good work fii :)

Dominoed posted on 23 June, 2009 - 16:52
Yay, my Me-chan xD Wig is looking awesome :3 I'm so jealous of your wig-skills xD

Torpille posted on 15 August, 2009 - 00:03
I was on deviantART a minute ago and saw the hat you made ^^ Its really good! I hope you finish it soon, cant wait ^^ Gambatte! x

Dusttee posted on 15 August, 2009 - 15:16
Me-chan >w< can't wait to see this finished, makes me want to wear my mitsuki cosplay again XD

Charlie-Bear posted on 24 August, 2009 - 14:23
I want your tophat D:

sonnet posted on 24 August, 2009 - 19:40
thanks for your comment :D looking forward to seeing full pics of this full moon is a good series ^^ looking good so far

Dusttee posted on 29 November, 2009 - 13:34
-now wants to go midlands as mitsuki XD- I really can't wait to see this finished though >W<

CrystalNeko posted on 29 November, 2009 - 23:53
@Dustee: I will drag you to the Midlands myself : D Though as a Full Moon fantard I will so join you as SOMEBODY if you ever do Micky again 8D And thank you everyone, I hope I do this costume justice!

Dusttee posted on 30 November, 2009 - 09:34
i shall convince my parents~ and i defiantly plan to don't worry ;D i might get a blonde wig for it so i can be like i'm micky i'm full moon i'm micky i'm full moon....that would be so much fun *o*

FrankieEstee posted on 30 November, 2009 - 19:13
Can't wait to see this done 8D You'll make an adorable Meroko~

WhaleInTheSky posted on 25 December, 2009 - 00:31
Looks amazing so far *_* Can't wait to see it finished~

MadameLapin posted on 25 December, 2009 - 20:17
Progress pictures look fantastic! I love Meroko and you're gonna do a fine job being her ^^

Mungojerrie posted on 26 December, 2009 - 00:37
This is coming along nicely, really can't wait to see the finished thing! <3

Charlie-Bear posted on 27 December, 2009 - 00:12
This is so awesomly made *O* I love everything about this costume. I want to steal iiiit D : Well done you! Its awesooome 8D

chiceesugar posted on 28 December, 2009 - 06:23
Ahk! The full moon group shall be win, fii! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the top hat, I want one! XD Well done~ 8D its ammmaziiinnng! I want to make cosplay as epically as you!!

Littlerascal92 posted on 28 December, 2009 - 21:22
Oh wow! Your costume is looking amazing x

Dusttee posted on 28 December, 2009 - 22:34
wow it looks amazing all together *o* You make such an awesome meroko >W<

FrankieEstee posted on 28 December, 2009 - 23:51
You look amazing as Meroko >w<~ Loving the cosplay very much :DD Great job on it~

Amy-Lou posted on 30 December, 2009 - 14:47
Yay Meroko! You look so cute, and I'm loving that top hat :D

Mungojerrie posted on 30 December, 2009 - 15:28
Omg Fi you look so adorable as Meroko!! Your costume is so brilliant, well done. :)

White Tigress posted on 20 February, 2010 - 22:10
You look so cute in this! Glad we finally got to meet ^^

RanmaSyaoran posted on 21 February, 2010 - 00:01
Brilliant! 8D

Mungojerrie posted on 21 February, 2010 - 00:31
Your Meroko = adorable <3 You really suit this cosplay!!

MadameLapin posted on 21 February, 2010 - 00:56
You suit her so much! It was lovely seeing you today!

angel aiko posted on 21 February, 2010 - 00:56
cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee <3 by the way your wings are fantastic <3

Amy-Lou posted on 21 February, 2010 - 11:30
Love the finished thing, the wings are so lush too.

Limegreenjelly posted on 21 February, 2010 - 12:07
Great costume well done it was nice to see you all ^^

Solaria posted on 21 February, 2010 - 15:46
Cant believe i didnt see you D: ;-; It looks AMAZING <3

Littlerascal92 posted on 21 February, 2010 - 15:49
Aww I loved your costume soo much, and once again it was really nice to meet you and the rest of the peeps in our group ^^

FrankieEstee posted on 21 February, 2010 - 16:12
Love the pictures 8DD Amazing group thar! You all look fabulous x3 <3 Love your Meroko cosplay~

Lady Bahamut posted on 21 February, 2010 - 16:35
Wooow! I adore those wings! And you look wonderful! :D

WhaleInTheSky posted on 21 February, 2010 - 18:11
Wow *_* Amazing Meroko cosplay <3 You look great as her~

NatalieNoodles posted on 23 February, 2010 - 09:47
This was SO pretty on you! ^__^ You made it so well, too!

Charlie-Bear posted on 26 February, 2010 - 22:22
You know how much I love this cosplay, its so well made and looks fantastic and you pull Meroko off SO WELL *O* Its really flattering. And as everyone has already said - Them wings are cool yo ;o P.S I still want your top hat <3

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Progress Journal

21st February 2010

19/02/2010 - Final tweaks!

My computer wouldn't accept my memory card last night, so I'm having to upload photos now... After the Expo! (Which was amazing btw 8D)

I basically restyled the wig (used a round brush handle to wrap the hair around, hairsprayed it bit by bit along the way and used the hairdryer on it so that it would heat-set it in place). I only used light sprays of hairspray though which is why the curls didn't survive throughout the Expo (it did not help it was shoved in a bag as well!)
Ah well... Wig needs to be washed anyway because it got seriously tangled ;___; (You'll see why when you see the Negi-Ramen photos!!!)

I also made the choker. I was lazy, so it's a piece of ribbon with velcro on it :'D

I sewed on ruffles where places were missed out as well. Like on the waistband of the skirt.

Costs: 20p for ribbon (I think? This is approx)
Time Taken: 1-2hrs?

26th December 2009

26/12/2009 - Cuffs!

Woohoo! More update 8D

Cuffs are now sewn - ribbon with white polycotton sewn around the edges and then it's held together with hooks and eyes.

I will now be putting this in complete because the choker is an eBay job lolol~~ (That or I may just buy some black velvet and use that as a substitute, because I really cannot be bothered to make it perfect anymore =o=)

Time Taken: 30mins

26th December 2009

26/12/2009 - Gloves!

Really getting a move on with this costume now, I just want it done and dusted so I can move onto other costumes!

I caved and decided to buy some dylon dye (Tulip Red) for the gloves and dye white ones I got from a pharmacy. Luckily for me it's actually the perfect colour so saves me from making shoddy non-fitted gloves from cotton drill, winnnn!

Costs: White gloves - £1-2
Red dye - £3???? I can't remember, I bought it ages ago and only now could I be bothered to dye them xD;;

25th December 2009

25/12/2009 - MERRY CHRISTMAS 8D

Here have some progress, finished the other boot earlier xDD Then opened presents and forgot about it lolol~

Time Taken: 1hr

Trivia: Second boot is not as neat as first one ;_;
Trivia 2: Couldn't be bothered to put on the whole costume :'D
Trivia 3: I'm sleepy but too hyper chatting away to people :'D

24th December 2009

24/12/2009 - One boot down

Getting there slowly! Here's one boot done, just need to make the other one which err, can't really be bothered to do right now because they get rather tedious if you ask me!

I made it in two parts, the part that actually covers the shoe is really just a funny oval-like shape which needed to be fiddled with to shape the shoe so that it was as smooth as possible. Then was the ankle cover which was a trapezium shape and it folds over each other to give it the baggy look.
The little strip across that resembles a belt thing for the shoe is sewn on separately. After everything was sewn together I hot glued it onto the shoe.

The base of the shoe is actually my school shoes I use to wear when I was at secondary school! I don't wear them anymore so I could use them as boot covers : D

Time Taken - 1hr

Trivia: These shoes boosts me up to 5'5'' 8D
Trivia 2: With my top hat AS WELL I'm like 5'9''-ish 8D

11th October 2009

11/10/2009 - Top hat complete!

Waheeeey, finally got my butt round sewing the rim onto the actual hat bit and making the bunny ears.

No pink bits on the ears... mainly because I can't seem to find my felt in ANY colour let alone pink! Must solve the mystery of the disappearing felt someday...
Lets just say this is a cross between manga and anime Meroko, because in all the artworks in the artbook Me-chan doesn't have pink bits on her ears =P

Ears are made from fleece with craft foam inside it to hold its shape.

Time Taken: 1hr

27th September 2009

27/09/2009 - Gloves

I forgot I had no talent in making neat gloves with non-stretch material damnit. Soooo at the moment it looks like a horrible mess, hopefully it'll improve! I remembered exactly why I hated making gloves so much, ahahaha how I love to torture myself :)

Panels are cut out, I'm just sewing the panel inbetween each finger now... 1 down. 7 to go, with two thumbs!
This makes me want to do more ruffles, I had more fun making ruffles! (Just hurt my neck, t'is all =P)

Time Taken - 20mins?

14th August 2009

14/08/2009 - Top hat 90%

I probably shouldn't really be working on this costume because it isn't really much of a priority until AFTER Fuyucon. But it's really fun to make and I need a breather xD;

The top hat structure was entirely made from craft foam, cardboard and hot glue lolol. It's supposed to fit my head WITH my hair pinned up and a wig over it so it's a bit big on me without it! The red fabric WAS fitted until I sewed on the black and white ribbon/ruffles but I'm not desperate to change it right now.

Most of it was sewn on the machine apart from the rim which was hand sewn because it was way too fiddly to machine sew it >_<;

All I have left to do is sew on the bunny ears then that's the top hat done : D

Time Taken - 2hrs

Uuuurgh, my fringe needs a trim. It's so long now X_X

29th July 2009

29/07/2009 - Top 100%!

TOP COMPLETED~

Much nicer fit now. I'd put it on but I look terrible right now 8D; - Next progress photo where I complete something I will don the whole costume. But for now you don't want to see my ugly mug 8D;

Anyway, ruffles are 100% complete, I changed the zip so that it's grey. Much more accurate! The red zip was annoying me a lot and I didn't feel very safe in it - so I destroyed my Riku [Kingdom Hearts 2] cosplay for its zip, cut it, used a lighter on it to stop it from fraying and sewed it on here~ I am so much more happier now that it's more accurate! ^_^ [It's not 100% accurate - I can't get the seams right... But I'm not going to be picky about the seams LOL]
R.I.P. Riku cosplay. I shall remake you one day.

I've started the top hat as well. Basically cut out a piece of cardboard for the top and the rim. I'd do more but I need red thread >____<;;

Time Taken - 1hr

25th July 2009

25/07/2009 - Top 80%

Getting there! I decided not to do the top ruffles tonight because I am seriously running out of thread [used it all to fill up a bobbin]. So can't do more till I buy more red thread. At least you get to have a close up of what the ruffles look like. I also made the back bit smaller bit you can't tell in this photo.

I usually copy the seams however for this case I had to add in darts because I was using non-stretch material! And yes... the darts are different lengths 8D;; I cannot be bothered to change them lolol.

Time Taken - 1hr

My neck will drop off after all these ruffles...

23rd July 2009

23/07/2009 - Skirt done, top 60% done

This is cosplay is way more time consuming than I thought.

For the skirt I measured the circumference of my hips and multiplied it by three. Then I made BIG pleats, it was fun but a real pain in the neck to add the waist band on. The good thing was that I didn&#039;t have to iron them so I was able to double roll the hem~ I used cotton drill for the skirt.

For the belt I used normal black ribbon, a metal circle thing which I cut off from an old pair of jeans that no longer fit and the ruffles is polycotton doubled over so that it&#039;s opaque. The ruffles took the most time to do X____X and when I got near the hoop I had to hand sew through goodness knows how many layers of fabric! But it&#039;s over thankfully!

For the boob tube it was mainly done through guess work. I made it in a rush so that I could show off the skirt so it&#039;s not done yet. I need to add darts at the side so that it&#039;s fully fitted and then make the back smaller. The ruffles I will do another night X______X

If I can get better stockings then I will, but if I run out of money then I will live with these I guess. The shoes I&#039;m wearing in the pic are the shoes I will be modifying~ I cannot be bothered to do anymore tonight xD;;

Time Taken - 3hrs

Cost:
3m Red cotton drill - £12
White polycotton - Already had it
2 6&quot; red zips - £2.80
1.5m black ribbon - £1.31 [Need to buy more &gt;_&lt;;]

Must tone up arms, uuuurgh >_<; And get rid of stomach podge! [I'm sucking it in in the photo hurhurhur] I'd say I'd try and get rid of my dancer's legs but I physically can't X_X

21st June 2009

21/06/2009 - Wig!

My wig arrived on Friday! Only just managed to style and try it on. People weren't kidding when they said it was for people with small heads X____x I only -just- managed to squeeze it on! If only I had short hair again, then I could wear whatever wigs I wanted to D8

Those curls were a pain to style, the left one would just not stay in place [i.e. the one I'm holding in one of the photos] - right one is perfect though!

Wig is lovely quality, I love it to pieces! It's so thick too *___* *must.. refrain... from cutting up and styling it into something else...*

Cost - £18 [Got discount >8D Reason why I bought it NOW]
Time Taken - 10-20mins

Time to tone up mah arms and stomach X____x; [Although the angle in these photos magically makes my stomach look alright 8O I won't always be at that angle though X_x;]