Sailor Mars – Original Sailor Scout Cosplay


 photo 10271481_1434180886849789_1650791227031888179_n_zps3cf32fe9.jpg

Taken at LA Cosplay Con 14 by Hermsi

My FAVORITE sailor scout is by far Mars~ So it was only about time I made a cosplay of her! I opted to use my own hair just because her hair does look black. And I admit… I try to use my real hair just because it’s easier and a lot more comfortable!

The cosplay was made in the course of about a week. Since I didn’t have a lot of time to plan I knew a lot of tutorials were already online for me to reference to! CupcakeCosplay has a nice overview of how to make it but I didn’t have a pattern for the leotard and I didn’t like the skirt flow. So I really just used it as a guide for how to finish off the leotard xD Then there is PersonasofCosplay which I actually really liked how they depicted the V of the leotard. So I ended up attaching the white V part similar to that and I really liked how it turned out :D And lastly since I didn’t have the normal leotard pattern that many of the site suggest… I made my own with the guidance of KellaxProductions! I used their shapes as a guide for how I wanted mine to look~

 photo Fire8-1_zpsb3efcda6.jpg

Taken at LA Cosplay Con 14 by Hermsi

So I ended up doing pleats for the skirt that starts from the middle in a box and goes off in the two other directions. I used white jersey knit fabric which was actually only 2-way stretch (I was on a budget and 4-way was a lot more expensive) but it ended up working out because I made the stretch side go horizontally so it would conform to me and the non-stretch going vertical so it would fit snugly on my body. It ends up working out I just worry when it goes into the wash, so I’m trying to be careful and hand wash everything.


 photo 1932451_1444570682477476_3605520360078117707_n_zpsf98bb54c.jpg

Taken at Anime Expo 2014 by Hermsi

From there I actually bought the gloves in these pictures but I want to re-make them so they are more consistent with the white I have as well as more form fitting. They are actually cotton driving gloves which is why they fit like that. Oh and those shoes? Originally a pleather dark blue which was gesso for a few layers then painted red with a sealer so it wouldn’t crack when I walked for awhile. With all those layers and a normal sealer… even scuffs didn’t show any blue underneath :D

 photo 10341410_1434180796849798_8397787024174209264_n_zpsebcc717a.jpg

Taken at LA Cosplay Con 14 by Hermsi

This is definitely my new go-to cosplay when I want to dress up at an event but I don’t want to bring a cosplay that require more work to walk around in. Although the skirt is REALLY short so stockings underneath is a must (although don’t be like me and not try it on before to check the color.. it made the LA cosplay Con photos really awkward).

 photo 10410510_1434180836849794_2741647111956598557_n_zpsc1050656.jpg

Taken at LA Cosplay Con 14 by Hermsi

Ah the talisman though! That was made day of con :D We had previously bought a black marker with a brush tip for this and I was busy finishing some snaps on the outfit so I had given the writing to Hermsi~ He did a pretty good job for never writing any kind of Asian characters like that~ The talisman is made out of regular cotton fabric with some heavy interfacing on the inside. I made it out of fabric just so I could abuse it a little more than what I would be able to with paper.

 photo 10390504_1434180876849790_5463950029493744026_n_zps4143f378.jpg

Taken at LA cosplay Con 14 by Hermsi

The tiara is made out of styrene and some fun foam. The styrene was the base and the foam made the little details. Oh and a clay gem in the middle because I couldn’t find a nice gem in time as well as couldn’t work with resin… There is black elastic that goes under half my hair (like having your hair half up/half down) so it fit really snugly. But beware, don’t wear it too long if its hot and you’re sweating, I got a headache from it and having a headache at a con doesn’t make you a very happy camper >.>;; (AX14 lines… that was sad).

 photo 10416579_1434180943516450_894425960424710944_n_zps44708108.jpg

Taken at LA cosplay Con 14 by Hermsi

I think that’s it… I shouldn’t have forgotten anything. but if you want to know something specific feel free to ask! I love being able to help fellow cosplayers :D 

Cosplayer: Kimikotan Cosplay, follow me on facebook
Photographer: Hermsi (he also did slight effect edits~)


Sailor Scout Bow Brooch


For awhile I’ve debated on how to make the brooch of the sailor scouts… because they don’t seem like they shine and they also don’t seem like full half circles (or else I’d just cut half a Styrofoam ball and call it a day). So I decided to look for a big button .. if I couldn’t find that I was just going to plan B which was the Styrofoam anyways xD |

So I actually found a button! It’s a huge one that’s about 3 inches in diameter. Around that at least.
I took the same red stretchy fabric I used for the puff sleeves and stretched it around the button!
(not shown – I cut out a 3mm foam and put that on the bottom so there would be a straight flat surface and give the button more elevation)
Then just carefully and strategically hand-sew the ends together. which you can see in the middle picture!

The key is that the stretchy fabric will keep it looking clean and not wrinkly on the ends. Something about trying to make a non-stretchy fabric conform over something round isn’t very pretty.

And that’s how I made the brooch! Same concept can be applied to pretty much anything round with a flat bottom~