Costume Notes: Nana Shimura (Boku no Hero Academia)

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Completed: September 2018

Debuted: Two Heroes viewing

Hours Spent: 20-ish

Why This Costume: 

Have I talked about how much I love spandex lately? Because I really, really do. As soon as I saw Nana on My Hero Academia, I knew I needed to make her. She’s super in line with my cosplay type. But what really triggered the inspiration for this costume was the need to remake the cape for my Saitama commission. The one I originally made was a few inches too short for my client, so I decided to use this cape for myself since I’m a few inches shorter than him and the cape worked almost perfectly for Nana. From there, it was pretty much a dive in my closet of what materials I had available (black spandex, check; wig from Angel Dust, check; yellow leftover spandex also from my Saitama commission, check; red mystery knit, check) and getting to work!

Purchased Pieces: 

  • Wedge heels: Amazon
  • Belt buckle: Etsy

Patterns Used: 

Super Helpful Tutorials: 

How I Made it: 

Since the cape was already done (and my serger was threaded with red), I started with the skirt. For Nana’s skirt, I drafted a half circle skirt and tweaked the opening a bit. I wanted this to have some volume, so of course a circle skirt was the way to go! After letting it hang for a few days, I tapered the opening a bit and lined the skirt with the same fabric. The waistband has elastic in it and I sewed snaps at the sides and center back for extra support, much like I did with Utena.

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My next step was to work on Nana’s bodysuit. Her suit is pretty simple overall: just a single-color sleeveless form-fitting suit with a high collar. To make this, I turned to Yaya’s bodysuit pattern and made a mock-up in my size. From there, I tailored it to fit me while wearing my intended undergarments. My original plan was to eliminate some of the extra seamlines, but I quickly realized that wouldn’t work for the yardage I had on hand. So I stuck with the pattern as designed and managed to squeak out all the pieces!

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My dog does not appreciate my hand turkey shennanigans.

The gloves were… interesting. I forced myself to make them this time since I had a solid yellow on hand (hehehe) to match her design. I used the cheater’s method of sewing stretch gloves and made a hand turkey. These aren’t the prettiest, but they work!

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I started to make the buckle myself, intending to make it out of foam. A quick Etsy search revealed this lovely 3d printed option, though! I went ahead and purchased the buckle, then sanded it down and painted it.

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To make the boots, I chose to go a little outside the reference image and wear wedges instead of flats. Heels just make legs look better to be honest. I picked up a cheap pair on Amazon, stripped the varnish, and painted them white with Angelus. After several coats of paint, I sealed them up again using Angelus products and they were good to go!

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The last piece I styled was my wig. This is the same Arda wig I used for my Angel Dust cosplay! After giving the wig a thorough washing, I set out to re-style this wig. I used a couple of tricks from my wiggy senpai Victoria Bane to get the pieced bangs, then used the back portion of the wig to style a half-up messy bun.

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To finish everything off, I covered a few button kits with yellow spandex to match my gloves, added them to the cape, and also stitched on a gold chain.

Thoughts on this build: 

This was such a fun costume to wear, and it came together super fast! Honestly, I think I spent more time painting the boots than anything else. I was so glad I finished her in time for the Two Heroes movie debut and got to wear her with my awesome friend JWow! I can’t wait to shoot her and wear her at a con!

Have you seen Two Heroes yet? What did you think of it? 

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Costume Notes: Momo Yaoyorozu (My Hero Academia)

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Photographer Credits: Kronos Otaku, edits by Daydreamer Nessa. Selfies also from Daydreamer Nessa

Completed: July 2018

Hours Spent: 2-ish

Debuted: Anime Expo 2018

Why This Costume: I’ve been on the MHA hype train for a while (me and the hubs love watching it together), but I’d never really thought about cosplaying from it. That changed when Daydreamer Nessa asked me and the Cosmic Coterie crew if we’d be interested in joining her group for fun times at AX! I immediately started rewatching the series with the CC crew, but this time I actively started looking for characters I wanted to cosplay. And… well, Yaoyorozu is basically my cosplay type: blunt, scholarly do-gooder and as an added bonus, she’s tall. So yay!

Purchased Pieces: 

  • Seifuku: Taobao
  • Wig: commissioned by Victoria Bane
  • Knee-high stockings: Stolen from my husband’s sock drawer
  • Loafers: Walmart

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How I Made it: 

It should be pretty clear by the pieces listed above that I didn’t actively make anything from scratch on this build. I chose to keep life simple for myself and throw money at it since I had WAAAAYYYYY too much other work going on leading up to AX.

I ordered a tailored uniform for our group order rather than standard sizing and the fit was way better than I expected! Truthfully I was expecting to have to take the whole thing apart and re-sew it. The only thing I needed to tweak in terms of fit was shortening the skirt by about 2 inches. Because what are proportions in anime?

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Trying on my uniform for the first time!

There are a few other things I’d like to do to this costume after wearing it at AX. I plan to replace all the buttons with sturdier ones, since one of my shoulder buttons snapped in half at AX. I had reinforced the stitching on these prior to AX, and amusingly enough it was just the top part of the button that snapped.

I’d also like to purchase or make a better tie, since the fake one included with this uniform has a zipper that broke on mine. Eventually I’d also like to actually cut off the excess hem on my skirt and use the fabric to convert the top to one that also works for the summer uniform. But, those are all things that can be addressed over time.

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On the shuttle to AX! It was so stupidly hot…

Thoughts on this costume:

The materials on this uniform aren’t the greatest (everything down to the shirt is made of what feels like poly poplin), so I don’t expect it to last forever, but for a comfortable, stress-free and fun costume, it’s a great option!

Also, keep in mind that it’s perfectly fine to purchase costumes if you don’t have the skills, time, or desire to make a costume. I really dislike making seifuku. Basic knife-pleated skirts get boring to me after a while, so I was thrilled to have a costume that required only minor work.

The only thing to keep in mind with purchased pieces, whether it’s coming from a company or a commissioner, is to be sure to not take credit for work you didn’t do, implicitly (by not crediting) or explicitly (saying you did work that you didn’t do). Keep that in mind and  you’re golden! ❤

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Friends who melt at AX together lol

Do you tend to make or purchase your costumes? Which do you prefer?