Streets of Tokyo design
Last Updated: 04-12-2013
Working at Sanrio, I see the cutest Hello Kitty lines of products walk through our doors. Spring of 2012 brought one of my favorites, the Streets of Tokyo line, in which Kitty was dressed like a Shibuya/Harijuku fruits girl.
I love this dress, I really do. <3 It's adorable, it's comfy (minus all those darn buttons and beads...), and you can spot me a mile away. The skirt was made with strips of yellow and pink fabric that was serged together. The top was box pleated to help give it a little bit of a poof and there is tulle at the hip to give it just a little bit more. Lining is simple white cotton, slightly gathered. It was soooo heavy before I hemmed it... x3x" The bodice was a simple one I pulled from a jumper pattern. It zips up the back, and so help me I hate zippers now. I can't believe what a pain it was to put on. Closes at top with hook and eye.
My shirt was another basic one that I pulled from a pattern. I kind of fudged the collar with tons of help. It opens down the front and the buttons I got are cute, retro, round white pearl buttons. This was my first time doing buttons as well, and I found those to be the easiest part!
The bloomers I made from the simplest of simple patterns. The hardest part of these buggers was making them sit on my thighs without falling and making the leg holes loose enough for me to step into them! Ribbon used was left over from Pinkie's bows, and I have to say I'm so glad that I got much extra...!
The bow is still trying to kill me. I didn't quite have time to add an extra bobby pin slot and I put the comb in backwards. It was CONSTANTLY falling out. I have since fixed it though. The ears I feel really helped this as well though. Every time they turned on they'd bump the bow and make it pop out... No good when you're trying to keep it in! The neck bow on the other hand was super fun to make. It's made simiarlly to my Pinkie bows, but this one is stuffed to puff a little bit. The tails are just two tubes, stitched together in the center, and left to hang. It's wore like a collar, with a hook and eye in the front on the side, right behind the main part of the bow. It doesn't choke me or get too much in the way, and it's kind of a nice pillow for when I start getting kind of tired... xD"
Necomimi are a godsend for cosplayers and I regret nothing. They are cute, wonderful toys and really make heads turn when they're on. I think they made this cosplay, senors there and all. <3
I'd like to thank my friend Molly for dealing with my bs, late nights, and cussing all through this project. This was my first costume I've made (mostly) 100% myself with almost no help (more epic big thanks to Molly <3). It's my new pride and joy and I love how cute this came out. owo
All photos courtesy Laura Martin.
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