Yoko Littner (Autumnal) - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann


Waaaaaah best Expo EVER! (MCM Expo Oct 2014). People constantly looking up every time they walked past me as I had to hold my rifle vertical so it didn't get crushed xD Again sooo many pictures, definitely more than last time and such incredible feedback on the rifle even though it wasn't up to the standard we wanted it to be.

Stand-out, paraphrased (in places) quotes on my costume:

"I wouldn't mind getting shot by that!" - security guard as I walked past *facepalm*

"You did such a good job on Yoko! Some people make theirs look cheap [I say "But my shorts need to be shortner AND leather-y as does my arm sleeve thing..] Yeah but it still looks great!"

"That's a big gun!"

"Yes." (said in plainest voice ever)

"Ooh." (flirtaciously)


Put back to in-progress as I am making Yoko's rifle with 1337Pete who is also going to tackle making Kamina's sword! There's a few things I want to improve on the costume itself whilst I'm at it. Worn to MCM Expo Oct 2014


Post-Expo thoughts:

Oh my goddddododdodododoaherjhgdfjghdfjgjfhg SO MANY PICTURES. Even more than Yuffie I think? What is it with me and characters names that begin with a 'Y'!? Definitely my most revealing costume to date (and my most popular). Probably my first revealing costume too, but I really enjoyed wearing it, especially with my friends~ Despite a bit of negativity at the beginning of the weekend (Sat morning) and upon returning home, everyone else just burst with positive words and actions. Compliments, photos and videos a'plenty. It made all the freezing outside* and boots killing my feet worth it <3

Problems I've learnt from:

*Need to take my boots in as they flapped against each other sometimes when I walked which was a little annoying.

* The zips stayed on fine until I went back to my hotel room for lunch when one of them fell off, but luckily Sticky Dots came to the rescue xD The other fell off once I took it out of my suitcase when I got home and became a little bent so I'll have to reconsider them; I have some Polymorph knocking about which I've kept meaning to try out so perhaps now's my chance~

* Despite walking in front of my Kamina as much as I could so he could keep an eye on them, the Thames wind/general walking around made one of my hairsticks fall out but I (its tramp-y ik ._.) found another chopstick on the ground that was almost identical to mine so that replaced my lost one.

* My skull also fell off at one point but that only happened once because I was standing still at a bad angle talking to my friend outside. Cheers to the random dude who picked it up for me as it was tumbling away! Didn't have any other problems with it after that.

* One of my rivets got chipped but that was on the way home on Sun so it didn't matter.

* We stayed inside mainly, temperature in the centre was so perf ^-^


To go with cosplaymatt1' Simon and 1337Pete's Kamina; Team Gurren comin' at ya baby!

Like my FVII Yuffie, I've put 'autumnal' as the variant because I've kept things like the gloves and shorts longer due to the time of year to try preventing me from getting tooo cold~

Yeah, yeah, I fully realise she is perhaps over-cosplayed...but hear me out.

Pete likes the series and suggested it would work well in our two-guys-one-girl group. I subsequently started watching it (idk why I havn't watched it already tbh) as did Matt; we're really enjoying it!

I'm properly working out for this cosplay too...gotta get that fat off my thighs and hips if I'm gonna look ok in tiny shorts!

Attempting to make this cheaper than Trish if I can because hotel accom is quite expensive :< So lots of 'making do' and being creative with what's around me..

CyanideCustard posted on 4 July, 2013 - 13:31
Oh wow you're gonna be cold fayefaye! XD

Inuyoku posted on 4 July, 2013 - 21:24
Can't wait to see the progress! Row row fight da powahh

ToroSonyCat posted on 25 September, 2013 - 22:14
This looks great so far! I love the wig and hair clip

adamphillip posted on 9 October, 2013 - 17:09
You look so cute so far, keep up the good work.

Zelvyne posted on 15 October, 2013 - 16:04
Looking great :) You really suit Yoko

Namine posted on 7 November, 2013 - 23:45
looking good :D

cosplaymatt1 posted on 30 November, 2013 - 00:39
hello Simon here :D I wish we had dressed up fully for sunday and the vido / photos / gif , btw am I tripping over in the first segment of the GIF ? :O the flag make it look more badass right :D also congrats on being a youtube thumbnail.

Siouxsie James posted on 21 January, 2014 - 08:36
This is an awesome costume!!!

Heorot posted on 21 January, 2014 - 18:50
Thank you muchly Saz ^-^

Ikkaku-kun posted on 20 September, 2014 - 16:09
How far you come with the Rifle? 8D costume looks mint :)

Heorot posted on 25 September, 2014 - 17:25
See journal Ikkaku :) & thank you!

Re-paint stud on bangle
Detangle wig
Paint lower ties of bikini red
Sew armwarmer to glove (?)
Create fuller bangs/fringe
Mod gloves
Tidy shorts and make "v" at the front
Dress rehersal
Red flames on bikini top
Paint gems and glue to cuffs
Improve rifle
Glue on giant zips to boots
x1 armwarmer
Tidy fingers on gloves (sew up spilts)
Paint beads for bikini top
Paint hairsticks so they match ><
Wig, scarf and hairpin job lot
Square pyramid studs
Glasses (including p+p and VAT)
Contact lenses
Sculpey for beads
Rifle strap
Green and pink paint for rifle
Hazard/warning tape for rifle

Total cost: £0.00

23rd October 2014

J'ai fini

For now..still wanna add the strap later and other details

23rd October 2014

Scope complete

Really chuffed with this! At the mo I'm also doing lots of layers of pink for the 2 stripes at the top of the rifle.

23rd October 2014

Lady of the Googly Eyes

That's me! I love these things and I'm using them for the scope. The biggest scope is the lid from an old Crayola Acrylic Paint set. Just need the larger eye painted green and the smaller red with a black outline.

22nd October 2014

Paint wip

Got to flip and do the other side

22nd October 2014

Taper and scope are attached

This is how its looking now! Tapers are getting another layer of Gesso and I will be getting pink paint and a dog lead for the strap

22nd October 2014

Tapers almost there

Just need a few layers of Gesso then they're ready for painting

21st October 2014

Taper and scope wip

After much debate and a chat with my mum on if we can use the funnels for the tapers, we only ended up using one as it was so hard to cut and then modify accordingly. So I paper mache'd around the other two (pictured). The yellow diagram Pete (Kamina) drew out should explain what the funnel shape is for. They have x5 layers so hopefully it'll be strong enough. The scope is PVC pipe (cut from same as the main pipe section of the rifle)and x2 custom made wooden pieces from the same wood as the gun and butt (lool) of the rifle

21st October 2014


Where I'm currrently at, probs 50%. Not sure if I'll take to Expo or not yet ;_; EDIT: At 75% now, think I'm gonna make it :D

19th October 2014

Never afraid of what the future holds, never regretful of the present.

So I have been working away on my rifle like crazy to get it done for Expo. I'm not going to have time to add bulk to the 'handgun' section unfortunately but I think it looks alright as it is.

3rd October 2014

Making inroads

Aw yeeah

2nd October 2014

Rifle progress

Did some more cutting for my rifle today :D Should have the main body all cut out tomorrow

28th September 2014

It can be a real pain being as tough as I am!

Threaded the painted beads on to my top. The red leached onto them a bit but I kinda like the worn look

28th September 2014

Double man powerrrrr!

Started cutting the wood and the pipe for my rifle today with mah bro - and got Dad to help for the last bit so thanks very much to him. He also found some thin wood for me in the loft that will be used for the triangle linking the butt (lool) to the main barrel.

25th September 2014

The dreams we left behind will open the door!

Here's my lenses - covering myself because no make up. I know the pic looks shoop da woop but it does show 'em accurately in natural light I think

25th September 2014

I'll blast you away along with your cheap trap, so prepare yourself

A bit more wip of my rifle in the planning stages - many thanks to Pete for his help ^-^ The triangle next to the butt (is that what its called? xD) will be made out of cardboard whilst everything else under the main pipe will be the wood that the pattern is ontop of

25th September 2014

My lenses arrived! and..

..I'm starting on my rifle today~ Here it is in the planning stage. Pipe and wood already owned; the latter is heavy but I'd rather it be bottom heavy than top as the pipe is light as!

20th September 2014

Contact lenses

This is what I ordered yesterday, hopefully they fit ok/nicely and show up!

21st April 2014

Leather: why

Since yesterday I have been tidying up the split edges of my gloves and it's doing my head (and fingers) in. Looking forward to styling my wig tomorrow for a change of scenery

21st October 2013


By far the easiest task, cut a little hole in an old pair of tights c:

20th October 2013

General update

x1 bangle is done (2 hr 30 drying time in total in which I had to keep the pressure on -.- & it took a bit longer since I messed up a bit on one of them so had to re-glue). Glad I didn't paint all six of the other googly eyes as I ended up only needing five after much deliberation on how many to use and spacing etc. I've done the first coat of paint on the other four and begun priming* my zip pulls; trying to do a Withnail..MAKING TIME xD * 3 layers so far~

19th October 2013

Gem test

Doing a practise of fabric gluing a googly eye to the same fabric I used for my bangles. I've set it in a round shape to mimick when I do it fo' real with the painted ones.

16th October 2013

Peanut butter pinning time~

Lawd this is gonna be awkward D:

16th October 2013

Even moar top wip

So fiddly (oww my hand) but I honestly didn't think it would come out that well. Just gotta do the other cup then sew them both down ¤_¤

9th October 2013

More top WIP

Still need to finish sewing the black down then I need to do the flames and make the strings black and red in the respective places Ended up going for a bit of 'underboob' here..

9th October 2013

Bangles almost done :D

Both pretty much the same; I did this one, my mum did the other. My first time using our sewing machine! Just need to glue them together/sew some velcro squares down

9th October 2013


Before pinning the main part down; the flames have also been chalked onto the red fabric

8th October 2013

Top pattern

Ready to be chalked on my red fabric, cut out and sewn on to an old bikini of mine once the black is also on said bikini. It is worth noting that I went by the character reference sheet as the design in the anime seems to change :/

4th October 2013

Stud query

Not sure whether to use the smaller or bigger ones for the bracelets...in the character sheet they seem medium sized EDIT: Going with the smaller ones - thank you Simon..our Kamina was all "OMG JUST DECIDE" :|

3rd October 2013

Bangles progression

Ready to be covered in stretchy black fabric on Mon. Tomorrow/Sunday I'm thinking of getting the googly eyes painted in prep for the bangles EDIT: I had a last-minute gig booking on Monday so this is now happening tomorrow (9th), fingers x'd

22nd September 2013

WIP zip pulls

Might change the top section but otherwise they're ready for gaps to be cut out and then good to prime+paint

22nd September 2013

WIP Bangles {update}

Tidied up my mock patterns by properly measuring and straightening the edges of them. Next weekend (?) I'll begin constructing them ^^

21st September 2013

Bangle paper patterns

EDIT: After researching in-depth, I now know how to do these :D They will be worn on/over the gloves as the gloves come down to my wrist which is where the bangles have to sit

21st September 2013

Zipper pull paper pattern

This is a detail that didn't come with my boots that I want to add. Might also paint the 'teeth' silver to match the zip

8th September 2013

WIP gloves

The right hand is obv the same but atm without the masking for the hole. I went with not making them too 'fingerless' to keep me a bit warmer when I'm outside.

7th September 2013

Ah...here we go

The beginning of hand-studing my belt - props to my mum for helping me shorten it <3 Excuse the crappy pic, wouldn't let me upload the better one OTL My other update from today is that my Kamina (1337Pete) kindly scaled up each individual piece of the rifle in accordance with the Expo rules. Luckily I already have the right size pipe for the base, now its just the case of gathering the other bits!

20th August 2013

Unpicking and realisation

Started to take the studs out from yesterdays purchase; it's very easy with a flat knife and they go through the canvas belt I'm using for Yoko fine. Only drawback I discovered today is that I need to shorten the belt otherwise the studs prevent me from putting it on if that makes sense...so the extra length has to be trimmed. My ever go-to madre seems to know how to do it without ruining it so woo! I also tried on the shorts and omg...muffin top much :( This really motivated me to get working out at least every other day if not a bit of something everyday and to be mindful of what I eat [I'm veggie anyway so that should help]. Our Kamina is getting pretty muscley [update: he has the start of a six pack!!!] so I need to do my part as well. On the bright side I'm very happy with my wig, scarf and hairpin and think the glasses and 'sticks look cool with the ensemble ^-^

16th August 2013

Stud sting & update

Went to buy x40 studs from a Brighton shop yesterday (not going to name any names but feel free to ask me) and it came to over £14 (!?) D: Luckily I didn't have the correct amount on me in cash so I was directed to the nearest cash point which I thanked them for but didn't go to. Sorry but when I can get x50 for £2.15...I try to support these non-Amazon businesses (ooh politics) but when theyre not competitive I'm left with no choice. Going to check at the skater shop in town to see if they have the right size and colour if not I'll give in and buy the ones online. At least the £2.25 ones are from a Sussex based seller aka fairly local for me I also should be getting my wig, hairpin and scarf early next week, fingers crossed it all goes smoothly EDIT: Checked in the skater shop, it seems they have switched out selling studs for alt jewelry and I managed to find a belt in a charity shop for £2.00; the studs were smaller than the ones I was looking at getting but I think it will suit the belt I'm embellishing better than drowning it out with large studs. Plus I got a better deal than I would have online (I think)

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