View Full Version : Yorokonde Yumi in progress

10-17-2003, 07:34 PM
I just barely completed the version of this costume that I did for school, and because it was for a school event I messed with the colors a lot. The final product for Japan Expo will have a deep blue inside layer and a black apron with the original "Yorokonde" lettering on it. Here is what it is like so far.


This is my first costume, so I'm not quite sure what to make of the results. Any comments before I finalize and make the final pieces for Japan Expo?

10-18-2003, 11:13 PM
it looks nice, but if you could post some referance pics, i could critique it since i don't know who yorokonde yumi is!

10-18-2003, 11:47 PM
The apron looks a little bit off, but as you seem to be saying that you'll redo the apron, that ought to take care of itself. The pictures indicate that the apron is hemmed crookedly or cut crookedly on the bottom; that may be just the pics, but if it's not, use a T-square to help keep it even.

If you're going to sew dark blue inside the yellow jacket, though, you should put an extra layer of either white or yellow in between the existing jacket and the new lining. Based on what I see in the pictures, the yellow is a relatively sheer fabric and putting a dark blue layer underneath it without putting an extra white or yellow layer could turn the whole jacket yellowish green. It might be easier to just remake the jacket in a less sheer fabric; you'd probably do the same amount of work either way. Using less sheer fabric would also solve the other thing that doesn't look great about the jacket, which is the visible hem and seam lines where you can clearly see the spots that have two layers of fabric.

Overall, once the improvements you mentioned are made, this will be a very accurate costume. Just watch out for the sheerness of the yellow jacket.

10-19-2003, 01:26 PM
I see what you mean about the sheer fabric. The apron I'm still trying to figure out -- it'll stay properly angled if I pin it, but then the pins are visible, so I'm not sure what I can do with that. I like the fabric a lot (it's light, has the right feel [I think] to it, and is comfy), so I might just add another layer to it (oh Christ it's gonna be hot).

I made this from a pattern, and 3/4 of the way through I realized that it would be much too short. Still have no idea how to fix it. >.>

And no, I can't find any reference pictures. It's from Chobits, if that helps.

10-19-2003, 05:41 PM
When I wanted to alter a pattern, I used tracing paper taped to the original pattern and drew the extensions/alterations on that. ^_^ Hope that helps.

And I think the apron has a crooked bottom. An easy way, besides the T-square, to make it even is to measure from top to bottom at both ends. If it's the same number, they're even. If one side is shorter, that's uneven.

And hey, who HASN'T suffered either heat or cold from cosplaying? Few costumes are ever appropriate for the weather of the venue.

10-21-2003, 10:36 PM
I wish I were as cute as you. ^_^ Anyway, I agree with everyone else about the lining under the coat. It looks good to me though. Keep up the good work!

10-21-2003, 11:06 PM
Hanyaan covered most of it^_^
But I suggest doing something w/ yer hair. Curling it looks likt it'd bring it to the right length and style.. crimping or something? I don't have ani expirience with actualli doing that, but I think it would work... eh heh..

10-25-2003, 01:04 PM
Thanks everyone. I'll probably put another layer of lining under, and then curl my hair or something. I don't want to resort to a wig, but I do'nt want to hurt my hair eitehr.