View Full Version : Pleather Question for Vocaloid Miku cosplayers

03-28-2009, 01:33 PM
This question is for anyone who has cosplayed as Miku Hatsune from Vocaloid, or who plan to, like me... :)

Here is a photo reference: http://media.photobucket.com/image/hatsune%20miku/felinator/Miku%20Hatsune/miku-tmb.jpg

I'm in the process of getting fabric for the mini skirt and sleeves, and I need a little advice. First of all, is pleather (vinyl) a good fabric to work with? The skirt and sleeves definitely LOOK like pleather, but it's a very expensive fabric ($10-20 per yard) and I've never worked with it before.

Secondly, how much fabric should I use? Based on this awesome pleated skirt tutorial I found ( http://www.instructables.com/id/Harry-Potter-House-Skirt/ ) I calculated that I need at most 3 yards of fabric for the skirt (I always buy more to be on the safe side, since I live on an island and have to take a 2.5 hour trip to get to the nearest Jo Ann Fabrics). I just guessed that I might need two yards tops of fabric for the sleeves. But if other people know how much they used, please let me know! Saving money is always good :3

If you have any other advice to give, that would also be welcome. Thank you very much! :)

04-01-2009, 10:22 PM
last month I cosplay as Miku and I bought costme (the same one like yours) and wig from cosplayfu. They are all wonderful. You can buy it there. Let me show you the link:

There many other Miku things there too. Hope that will help you. They also offer commission for customer. You can also send them pictures and they can do it for you.~~> . <

04-04-2009, 05:59 PM
Thanks guys, but that doesn't really answer my question... I don't want to buy the costume, I'm making it myself. But Jinckun, maybe you could tell me - what kind of fabric did the Cosplayfu costume use for the sleeves and skirt? That would be very helpful :)

04-04-2009, 06:56 PM
I got vinyl on sale at JoAnn's for about $3 a yard. But, I planned ahead... I knew it would be on sale right after Halloween, so that's how I managed that. I bought like 8 yards for $24. Sadly, I haven't used it yet... At Wal-Mart around Halloween they sell a lighter version for about $2 a yard. I don't know you plan to get this done by, but heh - this is probably of no help since it's so early in the year. Vinyl's not always the easiest to work with, but I love it because it never wrinkles or frays. Use a big stitch and I like to use something to lubricate the foot so it'll go through smoother (please, no sexual thoughts..!). Or just wait till you get some of those coupons in the mail, or online.
But anyways, it's hard to recommend any other fabric because there's just so many you could use and have it look good. Everyone seems to use all different kinds.

Zerofox Kitsune
04-04-2009, 06:59 PM
I'm no Miku cosplayer, but I'll try to help anyway. I will be a Len one day, however, and am considering using something like pleather myself.

As for working with pleather, it tends to be a little slippery. If you have something called a 'leather foot' for your sewing machine, you should use it. It'll keep it from slipping. If you don't you could always put some tissue paper/ paper towel (forgive me, I can't remember which one it was) underneath your presser foot.

Pleating the skirt might be difficult if you use pleather, because you CAN'T iron it. You need something called a 'steamer' for that. It might be possible to pleat without one, though. Just don't iron the pleather/vinyl/leather.

If you do a search on leather in the General Costume Help forum, there are many useful threads in there about how to care for your pleather.