Simon (Original) - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann



Gurren Lagann is an epic anime, and while Yoko is my favourite character from the series I err, do not have the guts to cosplay her xD. Simon was my second choice and thus Simon will be cosplayed! He's so cute and gets the most awesome jacket hurhur.

Costume is still incomplete but all I have to do is the boot covers so I'll update this again once I've done them.

I started off with the jacket which is three panels sewn together then I sewed on half the sleeve, sewed the red stripes down the sleeve then sewed it on competely. Then I moved onto adding the red stripes for the rest of the jacket. The patch on the back was done by using the zig zag stitch and layering different fabrics together.
I was going to add pockets into the jacket, I ran out of time though. Will do that... sometime!

Shorts were interfaced at the top so keep its shape because they were made from polycotton.

Wig was originally long, coming down to my mid-back, but I've cut and layered it.

Goggles were made from red cotton drill double layered with yellow acetate slipped in and then zig zag stitched on a slightly wide stitch in case I'd cut a hole through the acetate. I then sewed on some black elastic.

Drill was made from DAS clay, painted in acrylic and attached with some black string.

Waist bandages bought from Boots. Ankle bandages bought from Superdrug.

Brinny-Chan posted on 16 April, 2009 - 20:33
Simon, cool! ^^ An idea, if you havent thought of it already, could be to extend the bandages around his waist upwards? Kinda solves the chest problem <.<; Good luck ^^ <3

CrystalNeko posted on 16 April, 2009 - 20:39
Haha well if open chest binding fails then I'd use skin coloured bandages... if I can't find any of that -then- I'd extend it =] He wears a jacket so I could easily hide the tape if I open chest bind~

Charles Sauvage posted on 28 April, 2009 - 19:42
I thought I commented on this...Nevermind! YOU'RE GONNA MAKE SUCH A CUTE SIMON *pokes your cheeks* X3 Good luck Fiiii~!

Limegreenjelly posted on 28 April, 2009 - 20:22
never seen TTGL but good luck and thumbs up :)

Anonymous posted on 7 June, 2009 - 19:59
I know someone who will attack you if she see's you cosplaying him! XD She is addicted to that anime!

Solaria posted on 4 August, 2009 - 21:23
x3 Really cant wiat to see this 8D you'll be so cute x3 If you still dont have a Nia may i take the place? = ]

Freyarule posted on 31 August, 2010 - 07:36
RIP Alto T__T I love that jacket x3 that applique must have taken so long D:

Charles Sauvage posted on 31 August, 2010 - 22:33

Anonymous posted on 2 November, 2010 - 07:47
you looked awesome, well done the cosplay was great ^^

sarmander posted on 3 November, 2010 - 23:49
Awww, you make such an adorable Simon! This Viral may have to steal you. X3

- posted on 3 November, 2010 - 23:59
You made the perfect simon. Small and cute~! seen you at expo, i wanted to hugg you but it was too busy~! : P

phalor posted on 10 November, 2010 - 19:18
I remember seeing you! You looked so cute! :D

JustPeachy posted on 24 May, 2011 - 14:31
Wonderful Simon! The jacket is so well made :D

GoldieNeko posted on 9 June, 2011 - 11:42
Best Simon Cosplay I've ever seen! FANTASTIC WORK! XD

nosferatu posted on 5 July, 2011 - 17:14
wow!! This is so accurate *____*

Buy fabric
Make jacket
Make shorts
Practise open-chest binding
Buy wig
Make goggles
Red bandage
White bandages
Make drill [necklace]
Buy belt
Modify shoes
1m brown polycotton
White belt
0.2m mediumweight iron-on interfacing
0.5m black elastic
1m blue cotton drill

Total cost: £0.00

9th October 2010


I love these goggles, they were a pain to hem but they're awesome 8D Made from double layered cotton drill, acetate thingy (which was actually for Magnet Rin, sorry Rin ;_; ) and some black elastic. I basically stuck a piece of fabric to my face and drew lines around my eyes and stuff using a pencil. I was alone by the way so I didn't look too idiotic |D Then I cut out the shape, cut it out twice and sewed them together. Then before I hemmed the eye holes I shoved some acetate through and used the zig zag stitch to hold it in place. I put the stitch length to 2 or something otherwise I would have cut out the acetate ROFL. Wouldn't want that would we? XD Then black elastic was sewn on to hold it together. Time Taken: 1hr

5th September 2010

Shorts 80%

First time I made them, they were WAAAAY too big. Took them in a bit, still too big but it was better and didn't fall straight off (LOL). Third time lucky, they fit like this :'D It took a picture with my shirt normally but it covered the belt and the top of the shorts oTL. So I rolled it up, I don't have any duct tape or any kind of tape handy to do open chest binding at this moment of time so you shall have to live with Simon with boobs for now 8'D Don't ask about the pose... I was like "Think of something, umm umm umm *getting close to the timer running out -sticks hand up-* 8'D" oTL. I was gonna do a pierce the heavens thing but apparently not oTL. Shorts are made from polycotton. So I want some interfacing for the top before I hem it. All I have available is white interfacing which isn't really suitable for brown fabric so I'll go in town sometime next week to get some. But otherwise, here's what I have of the costume so far! 8'D Cropped out my feet... I was wearing girly pink socks LOL. Time Taken: 1hr maybe?

31st August 2010

Detailing on the back

Ahhhh I am so proud of this~~~ I love making things difficult for myself. I could have just painted it on, use felt, whatever. But no, I decided to use cotton, a fabric that frays. I wanted to applique it on using the zig zag stitch. This took up a lot of time, but the end result was well worth it! Red detailing is polycotton. White I -think- is polycotton drill. I think it's the same as my Haine fabric so yeah.

31st August 2010

Jacket 100% done 8DDD

I am faaaar too lazy to get up and take a decent photo. I shall take one later 8'D I had to hack up my Alto (Macross Frontier) trousers for the sleeves of this jacket as I underestimated how much fabric I would need. So my Macross Frontier cosplay is officially retired! (I hacked up my Alto wig for Simon anyway ahahaha *shot*) The jacket itself is well made... The sleeves however suck because I wanted to experiment with applique-ing the red detailing, I'm never doing it that way again that's for sure, stick with how I made Haine's jacket 8'D I basically made the jacket as normal (with very limited fabric, I had to cut the panels in all sorts of funny shapes) but for the sleeves, I sewed half of it on, sewed on the red detailing, then finished off the sleeves to save me from hand-stitching it on. Never agaaaain!!! It's not too noticeable but it bugs me XD Continued in next journal... Time Taken: 4-5hrs

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