Costume Notes: DSN Makoto Nijima (Persona 5)

 

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Photographer Credits: Michael Benedict LA, Wildstarjp Photography, Arlington Public Library

Completed: June 2018

Hours Spent: Less than 10

Debuted: ArlingCon 2018

Why This Costume: I mean… I’m pretty much obsessed with this game and still have a ton of plans for future P5 builds, especially with Koholint and AdventTraitor. I was so giddy when Atlus announced a stand-alone dancing game with new designs. I love this dancing version of Makoto and prefer it over her DAN DLC design.

Purchased Pieces: 

  • Base gloves: We Love Colors
  • Base t-shirt: Amazon
  • Jaquard paint: Amazon
  • Shujin fabric: Spoonflower
  • Base boots: Amazon
  • Wig: Arda Magnum in Spanish Brown with a clip-in braid
  • Contacts: Etia Coeur
  • Belt: Hot Topic

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How I Made it: 

This build was super simple. It’s borderline closet cosplay to be honest, especially since I’d already made Makoto’s skirt, though eventually I want to remake mine using some tips my Cosmic Coterie teammate Victoria Bane shared with us.

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I pulled most of this together over the course of a few days. To start, I grabbed a pair of base boots I had in my closet from a Tifa costume I never got around to. I stripped the varnish and repainted them with a combination of Scarlet and Autumn Red Angelus leather paints. It took several layers to get to the shade I wanted, and once my final layer dried, I sealed the boots and swapped out the red laces for black ones.

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In between my shoe painting, I also hit the shirt. For ArlingCon, I bought a basic grey shirt off of Amazon along with Jacquard paint. I literally dipped a brush in the paint jar and just went to town splattering the paint everywhere. The bigger splotches needed a full 24 hours to dry, and once that was done, I followed the manufacturers directions and heat set the paint on the reverse side of the fabric. Once the dye was dry and set, I took my fabric shears, cut a few openings in the shirt, and covered them in safety pins.

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To create the gloves, I grabbed a pair of white wrist gloves from We Love Colors and dyed them with red iDye Poly. You can definitely use a pair of red gloves from them instead of dyeing, but I was mostly working with what I had on hand (huehuehue). I’ve covered dyeing spandex before, so I won’t address that here other than to say IT DOES NOT TAKE LONG TO GET THE COLOR YOU NEED. Seriously, I left the gloves in the dye pot for a minute and they’re still a little darker than I’d like. I wound up washing them 3 times before calling it quits and I still got red dye on my hands after a full day of wearing them. After dyeing the gloves, I grabbed a scrap of stretch vinyl and created a band to attach to the top of the gloves. Pretty easy and quick!

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Wannabe grunge baby

For the arm band, I cut a rectangle on the bias of some red satin and gave it tapered points. My original intent was to have it as a single layer of fabric with a machine rolled hem, but then I decided to fold it in half and just stitch it up that way (much like my Ms. Marvel sash).

Truth be told, the belt was the biggest challenge I faced with this build. I needed something that fit my low hip rather than my waist, and I had trouble finding something on Amazon that didn’t cost $50+. I thought I’d be thrifty and make my own belt, but 3 columns into studding it by hand and I gave up. Instead, I hit my local Hot Topic, bought two belts, and spliced them together using contact cement. I made sure to cut carefully and overlap sections where the studs would disguise my hacking. It’s not the most elegant solution, but it works for this costume!

The rest of the costume was pulled together from pieces in my closet, including the stockings and garter belt I used for Lulu.

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Thoughts on this build: 

I had such a fun time with this costume! It’s a fantastic summer outfit with the skirt and t-shirt combination. I do have a few pieces I’d like to tweak as I mentioned above, but it’s such a chill costume that I honestly don’t mind if I take my time (huehuehue) with those updates. This will be a great costume for judging and chill con days!

Do you have a favorite closet cosplay? 

 

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Costume Notes: DAN Yusuke Kitagawa (P5 )

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 Completed: August 2017

Hours Spent: Under 5

Debuted: A-Fest 2017

Why This Costume: P5 took over my life in 2017. I love everything about this absurd game, and I’m so glad I was able to drag Koholint into fandom hell with me. AdventTraitor Cosplay is also a huge fan of the game, and we decided to be ridiculous garbage and make the DAN outfits of our favorite boys for evening costumes.

Purchased Pieces: 

Patterns Used: 

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When you and your friends are garbage and all buy light up shoes.

How I Made it: 

This was mostly a purchase/closet build. The only things I made were the leggings and headband. The leggings were made with my go-to leggings pattern, which took about an hour to sew start to finish. The headband was pretty much sewn as an infinity scarf reduced down to match my head measurements. It took maybe 30 minutes or so to make.

I initially planned to do a full crossplay of this costume, but decided last minute to just do a fem!Yusuke since I didn’t allow enough time to practice full crossplay makeup before A-Fest. Now that I have a binder, I might try for real!

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Thoughts on this build: 

This was such a dumb build and I love it so much. We took so many stupid photos. I had hoped to do a shoot with Koholint and AdventTraitor at Round One after A-Fest, but I wound up missing due to a scheduling conflict. One day I’ll take proper pictures of my ridiculous lobster boy!

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Praise dat Akechi booty. Cosplayers left to right: me, AdventTraitor, Jinxie Cosplay, & Koholint Cosplay.

Do you have a favorite silly costume? Feel free to share it below!

Costume Notes: Makoto Nijima (Persona 5)

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Photographer Credits: Ash Snap ‘Em

Completed: 

  • Summer Uniform: June 2017
  • Winter Uniform: November 2017

Hours Spent: 20-ish

Debuted:

  • Summer Uniform: AX 2017
  • Winter Uniform: Technically not yet? I’ve only worn it for a photoshoot.

Why This Costume:

I’ve been interested in Persona 5 ever since Atlus started teasing its release. When the concept art came out, I was certain that Futaba was going to be my main girl. I was mildly surprised when Makoto quickly snatched my heart (hehehe).

After my husband finished his run-through, I immediately started playing and got Koholint back for dragging me into Code Geass hell. AdventTraitor Cosplay also got into P5 around the same time, so we decided to bust out summer uniforms as chill costumes for Anime Expo!

But because one P5 costume isn’t enough, we also decided to make the winter uniforms once the craziness of summer con season was over.

Purchased Pieces: 

  • Contacts: Etia Coeur
  • Wig: Arda Magnum in Spanish Brown with clip-in braid
  • Loafers: Wal-Mart
  • Boots: Amazon
  • Turtleneck: Amazon
  • Patch: Etsy
  • Fabric: Spoonflower
  • Black leggings: Target
  • Black tights: Target
  • Shujin fabric: Luluko on Spoonflower

Patterns Used: 

  • Halter: McCall’s 7373 (heavily modified)
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Stalking them Phantom Thieves. Photo taken by Tani Cosplay at AX!

How I Made it: 

Let’s start with the skirt since that was the first piece I knocked out with this build. Koholint and I sampled several different fabric types from Spoonflower before ultimately settling on a heavy twill. We pre-shrunk the fabric by steaming to prevent crocking and dye fading, which is a common issue with Spoonflower prints.

One of the things I absolutely love about this fabric is that the grid lines create a great template for measuring and pressing pleats. It was really just a matter of matching up the stripes! I wanted a curved waistband for a better fit, so I snatched the waistband from the Colette Juniper pants.

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Hawaiian Vacation P5 at AX!

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My belt was a really quick project. I had some leftover black vinyl, so I folded the ends over, topstitched the lines (visible in some of the art books), and sewed it onto a fashion belt buckle that I spray painted gold.

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Joker leggie forever.

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For the summer top, I pulled a white button up top from my closet, hacked off the long sleeves and used the remaining sleeve to create cuffs. I made the neck logo out of some scrap vinyl and attacked it with fusible web. It was a little clunky, so I ordered a more accurate patch off of Etsy for future wears.

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Initial mock-up (and when I saw that I desperately needed to fill out my dress form)
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Much better on the body 🙂

To create Makoto’s winter uniform, I purchased a white turtleneck and made the vest using materials generously donated by Koholint Cosplay. I snagged the bodice portion off of McCall’s 7373, which has basically become my go-to pattern for a princess seam top. I also extended center front side over for the button holes. To make the top more accurate, I lopped off the halter piece and added the gold buttons and connectors.

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Almost there…
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Boots, boots, boots.

Thoughts on this build: 

Persona owns me LOL. This was such a nice break after the madness that was our Cosmic Coterie Madoka build last year. It was nice to have a project that was simple for AX, since we only had about 3 weeks between A-Kon and AX.

I’m also happy that we were able to cosplay from P5! This game has quickly become one of my top JRPGs (I’m about 120-ish hours in on NG+), and we have LOTS more cosplay plans for this coming year! To keep up with all of mine and Koholint’s P5 plans, be sure to check out our new duo account: Caffeine Schemes Cosplay. Now to start on the Phantom Thieves outfits… *panic sweats*

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Have you played Persona 5? Who’s your favorite character?