Costume Notes: Sailor Uranus

Photographer Credits: Mehreen Rizvi

 

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Completed: April 2018

Hours Spent: 25-ish

Debuted: Fan Expo Dallas

Why This Costume: Space Cadet Cosplay and I have talked about making Sailor Uranus and Neptune since before either of us joined Cosmic Coterie. Late last year, our teammate Victoria Bane mentioned she wanted to make a new Sailor Pluto, then AdventTraitor mentioned she wanted to make a Sailor Saturn, so we kind of stumbled our way into a full outer senshi group!

Purchased Pieces: 

Fabric Used: 

  • Telio Navy Satin (donated by Koholint Cosplay)
  • Mystery poly satin from my fabric stash
  • Matte Casa Satin in Eclipse from Jo-Ann’s. I ran out of Telio satin when I got to my collar, so I found a close substitute!
  • Dull tricot from We Love Colors

Patterns Used: 

Super Helpful Tutorials: 

How I Made it: 

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I’ve made about a billion fukus at this point, so I’m not going to go crazy in-depth on this post other than to comment on a few special tweaks and challenges I encountered with this build.

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The first pieces I made for this build were my bows! I adore this gorgeous Telio fabric.

One of my on-going issues with my builds (and specifically fukus) is that I tend to prioritize commissions and group builds for others over my own stuff, so as a result, a lot of my fukus haven’t turned out exactly how I wanted. This time around, I worked on pieces periodically between commissions and actually did a couple of mock-ups on pieces I’ve had issues with before.

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To start, I knocked out the satin pieces. I almost always ease into a new fuku by starting with the bows and the collar, and this one was no exception. Victoria Bane drafted a new collar for us over at Cosmic Coterie, and, being the giant that I am, I had to make a few adjustments for it to fit on my frame. I *may* go back and make it a touch wider, but it’s close enough to my desired width that I’m not being too picky about it for now.

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Mocking-up my collar. I lengthened the tails by about 3″ and used the slash-and-spread method to widen the entire thing by another 1.5″. 

 

For this fuku, I lengthened my bodice by 2″ like normal, but I’ve had issues with it pulling in the past. This time, I also added an inch to my bloomers and it fits SO MUCH BETTER.

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With my last Jupiter, I also cut my hip roll way too small. This time, to keep it more proportionate to my sizing, I cut the width at 5″ as opposed to 4″ used in the Coterie tutorial, giving me closer to 1.5″ width on my final hip roll. I like the look a lot better on me.

 

Probably the weirdest part of making classic Uranus and Neptune is their angled glove rolls. I have to give a massive shout-out to Katie Cosplays for her tips on this! She recommended cutting the angles on the true bias, and with some careful finangling, I was able to squeeze upholstery piping into the channels for my gloves. The only thing I’m not really happy with on these is how far they tend to stick out when wearing them. I may hand tack them to my gloves or see about re-making them at some point. Either way, tutorial coming soon!

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Base boots prior to painting and alterations.

To finish this build up, I bought a pair of boots from Sheikh shoes and painted them with a combination of navy and black paints from Angleus leather. The “belts” are scraps of stretch vinyl I had on hand that were a pretty close match. I made faux belts and glued them to the base shoe with Barge.

 

I also resin casted mine and Victoria Bane’s brooches using tips from the amazing Daydreamer Nessa’s tutorial! I need to re-cast these, unfortunately. The size is perfect, but my silicone mold was way to floppy, so the resin settled at the base and created a flat portion. The colors are perfect, though!

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Also, shout-out to my teammate Victoria Bane for styling my wig so I could finish this costume as well as Belle!

Final Thoughts: 

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There are definitely a few things I want to fix on this costume, namely buying some new boots that don’t murder my feet, shortening the skirt hem, and assembling my Space Sword kit from Rawrbomb, but overall I think this is one of my best fukus yet! I can’t wait to tweak her and wear her with my Cosmic Coterie ladies ❤

Who’s your favorite outer senshi? 

 

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Bows Tutorial – Cosmic Coterie

Big news to share! I’ve been working with the Cosmic Coterie on creating a comprehensive fuku tutorial. We’re releasing it in increments over the next several weeks, and the first one up is our bow process! I digitized all of our patterns to take the guesswork out of creating these.

You can check out the full bow tutorial by clicking the link below. I hope you guys find this helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or Cosmic Coterie!

Major credits go out to SparklePipsi. Her patterns and process gave us lots of ideas on how to tackle ours!

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Sailor senshi bow tutorial

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Costume Notes: Super Sailor Jupiter

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Completed: July 2016

Hours Spent: Eh… probably 40 hours start to finish

Debuted: AMA-Con 2016

Why This Costume: It should be apparent by now that Sailor Jupiter is by far my favorite senshi. I knew immediately after joining the Luxe Dolls that I wanted to make a version of Sailor Jupiter for myself, even before I was cast for the part of Jupiter. I opted to make my suit work for both classic and Super Jupiter so that I could interchange pieces as I saw fit.

 How I made it: I covered a lot of the basic fuku techniques I used here in my Jupiter 1.0 notes, so I’ll focus this post on things I did differently.

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One of the most obvious differences in Jupes 1.0 and 2.0 is the detachable armor. SparklePipsi covers this process a bit in her fuku tutorial, but I used a double-layer of thick spandex as opposed to fleece. I used Zan’s chest armor piece (with some modifications) to draft this part. For the sleeves, I again used folded over white foam, but did one stitch on the sleeves to match the art work.

The translucent Super sleeves are the one thing I really didn’t like about how this turned out. I really want to go back and tweak the pattern, but I’m pretty happy with my construction approach. To create these, I used a heavy gauge vinyl covered in glitter chiffon. The piece was flexible throughout the day and didn’t bother me at all. It attaches to the chest armor with Velcro.

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My leotard fit was one of the things I really didn’t like about Jupes 1.0. I didn’t add length to Zan’s pattern at all, and it’s been horribly uncomfortable as my weight has fluctuated. For this fuku, I used my She-Hulk mock-up of Yaya’s Ultimate Bodysuit Pattern to draft the pieces I needed for a much better fit.

In my Jupes 1.0 post, I lamented that I disliked how my bloomers were constructed. For this version, I used hook and eye tape to connect the crotch and finished the edges with 3/8″ elastic. This is a technique commonly used in leotards and swimsuits and hugs the bum to prevent the leotard from riding up. It’s way more comfortable than my previous approach!

For my butt bows, I took some artistic liberties. The Super butt bows for the senshi are kind of… meh. They just hang more or less. So I made a slightly shorter version of Moon’s cascading butt bow tails. It’s a little different, but I got some great feedback on it and I adore how they look. I also incorporated some 1/2″ horsehair braid into the tails for extra flow.

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Hand stitching during my lunch break at work.

To create my glove rolls, I used some scrap Rogue spandex to create the piping channels (see NyuNyu’s glove roll tutorial for basic information) and filled them with upholstery piping, much like I did in Jupiter 1.0. The main difference here, though, is that I hand-stitched the piping to itself to create a continuous circle and then hand stitched the spandex shut. The seam is much less obvious in photos now!

Accessories: I bought a new pair of boots for this costume and painted them with Angelus leather paints. I like these quite a bit, though I’m still holding on to my Catzia boots for days I don’t want to tower like a baby giraffe!

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Closer image of the tiara. I got to judge the Kids Costume Contest with Tugg the Superhero Dog!

For the choker, I glued a brass stamp and a green gem with e6000 to match the Super artwork. My wig was another part of this costume I was unhappy with. The circumference doesn’t fit my head well, so I’m replacing it with a ponytail wig from EpicCosplay Wigs.

Huge thanks to Mask Props for the beautiful tiara (so comfortable!) and Callula Cosplay for the heart brooch!

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Classic Jupiter fuku, complete with magical kitty Lying Cat.

Other thoughts: All and all, I’m very happy with how this version of Jupiter turned out. I’ve wanted to remake her for well over a year, and I’m so happy to have an improved fuku! I can’t wait to do photoshoots of this costume at A-Fest.

Who’s your favorite senshi? 

Update: DYING OVER THESE PHOTOS FROM ASH SNAP’EM!

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Costume Notes: Sailor Jupiter

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Bring on the thunder! All photos in this post are by the fabulous Aperture Ashley 😀

Completed: August 2014

Hours Spent: No freaking clue. With my previous attempts… Maybe 40 hours?

Debuted: Anime-Fest 2014

Why This Costume: I think every Moonie has that one sailor scout that they identify hardcore with. Jupiter was that senshi for me. I won’t go too in-depth here, because my fangirl love of Jupiter is absolutely absurd and I will start crying big fat ugly non-magical girl tears and no one needs to see that. Instead, have her bad ass intro from the original anime series. Also, this post from the new Sailor Jupiter voice actress expresses my feelings on Jupiter perfectly.

How I made it: It takes a village to make a fuku. Seriously. I wouldn’t have finished this project if it weren’t for a plethora of other sailor senshi cosplayers that took the time and energy to share their knowledge. Also, apologies in advance for the wall of text. I really underestimated the challenge of this project, so hopefully I can save some future senshi a few headaches!

The base of this costume is made using Katherine Zan’s sailor senshi pattern. I originally tried adjusting the Green Pepper Crystal Lake pattern, but it didn’t work out for me. I did have to make a few adjustments to Zan’s pattern, though. The sleeve portion (made with folded over foam from Zan’s store) was far too large for me, so I cut it down two sizes. The pattern is a bit short in the torso as well. I didn’t mind the torso length overall, since I like the 90s high-waist look, but it did bug me in the bloomer department. For future fuku, I’ll add probably 2″ to the bloomers at the hip.

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Speaking of the bloomers, I’ll go back to the folded over elastic method for future fuku. Elastic finishes (which are covered here and briefly in the Cupcake Cosplay tutorial) prevent the leo from riding up the bum. And nothing says NOT A MAGICAL GIRL like leotard wedgies :P. I do like the double layer of fabric Katherine’s pattern calls for since it creates a lining, so I’ll have to play with combining both methods for future fuku. I finished off the crotch with hooks and eyes since I don’t trust snaps for such a high stress area.

I used Zan’s pattern for the collar as well, but instead of sewing it to the leotard, I made it a separate piece and attached it with snaps. I used NyuNyu Cosplay’s tutorial for guidance.

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For the skirt, I combined two full circle skirts together and pleated them, as described in Cupcake Cosplay’s tutorial. Attaching the skirt, bloomers, and hip/waist roll is an ugly, clunky process, so be careful. At various points, you’re sewing through at least 9 layers of fabric and foam. I got a little sloppy at one point and my serger actually ate through a chunk of the roll on the right side. I covered it up as best as I could with my hip chain and con badge.

NyuNyu mentioned somewhere (don’t ask where, because I can’t find it now) that she used upholstery piping for the hip roll. One of my friends tried this approach and her hip roll was fantastic! I’ll take this approach for future fuku. I finished the skirt with a narrow hem.

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For the bows, I used SparklePipsi’s bow tutorial. Perfect magical girl bows! If you’re wondering about sizing, I made no adjustments to the bow size whatsoever and I’m 5’11” with broad shoulders. You may want to adjust for your preference and size. I used 5 snaps on the front bow and three on the back, though I’ll go back and add more snaps to the back since it got droopy as the day went on.

I made my glove toppers using NyuNyu’s tutorial. I had to play with the measurements a bit, but I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. I hand tacked them to my gloves, which are from We Love Colors.

I absolutely *had* to make Jupiter’s hip chain from the manga. Fortunately, this cosplayer had a great tutorial. Instead of using paper clips, I used straight pins and small split rings to connect the larger rings. If you do this, invest in a set of split ring pliers. It will make life much easier.

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To make Jupiter’s hair tie, I painted two large wooden balls and attached them with a bit of black elastic.

My boots, brooch and tiara are from Catzia’s Collectibles, and I got my earrings from etsy. The boots and tiara are great, but I’d like a larger resin brooch at some point. Arda didn’t have the shade of brown I needed, so I went with my back-up: Epic Cosplay. I actually prefer their ponytail wigs to Arda now. While I love Arda, their ponytail wigs have a ridiculous amount of fiber, which makes wearing the wig really difficult and painful. I still had to sew in two toupee clips to this wig, but it was manageable. Still painful though. I was popping ibuprofen for a while. I styled my bangs using this tutorial and added a clip-in curly ponytail.

For my makeup, I went with a softer look and used this tutorial for inspiration. I went a bit darker than suggested for my photo shoot, used false lashes, and wore pink lipstick.

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Thoughts on this costume: This is one of my favorite costumes to date. I have such a stupid love of Sailor Jupiter and getting to cosplay my favorite senshi is a costume dream come true. I do have a few small tweaks that I’d like to make, but overall, I’m ridiculously happy with how it turned out. I can’t wait to make Princess Jupiter!

The rest of the photos from this set are on Ashley’s flickr and will be up in my Sailor Jupiter album soon!

Who’s your favorite senshi?