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Sailor Fuku Cosplay Tutorial by SparklePipsi Sailor Fuku Cosplay Tutorial by SparklePipsi

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At last, I finished my Sailor Fuku tutorial! My Sailor Moon costumes get the most questions by far, and I've been meaning to put together this tutorial foreverrrrr to answer everyone's questions ~ I hope it helps out a few aspiring senshi cosplayers out there <3!

This is my first tutorial, but if it goes over well I might put together more so let me know if there's anything else you'd like to see from me!

Click download to view the complete tutorial in pdf form, or you can download it directly from my website.

I hope you enjoy, feel free to comment or message me with further questions!


Edit: I noticed the new PDF reader on DA is a little wonky ... I did update the fonts in the pdf so they look a little nicer than they did before, but this pdf looks best if you download it and read it in adobe reader/acrobat.

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Given 2013-04-22
[Stock and Resources] Suggester says, "This cosplay tutorial is easy to follow and covers all the bases on making your own Sailor Moon costume. It could be easily modified for people to make their own characters, too." Sailor Fuku Cosplay Tutorial by ~SparklePipsi ( Suggested by sakkysa and Featured by PirateLotus-Stock )
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xKaiBu Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student General Artist
How did you attach the clear plastic ornament to the bow? 
Like.. if you paint the inside, what would you use for backing?
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hookahbrevi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  New member Professional Interface Designer
really nice *-*

 
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Senko-the-magician Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
This tutorial is amazing.  I did notice you said you put snaps into the crotch of the bodysuit.  I'm assuming that means this is an over the head outfit?  I know the pattern says to seam it up but with the addition of the skirt and making the back of the neck higher I guess it might not pull over the hips quite so easily.  I just wanted to clarify before I made a mistake.
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kaylathehedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty spiffy!
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emmmileh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I'm so happy I found this tutorial! :)
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AshleyNara Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Writer
Did you hand sew it or use a sewing machine?
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Fandoms-and-Manga Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
This tutorial is amazing. I'm using it for my Sailor Jupiter cosplay. Thank you so much! But I still have a few questions,

By how many inches did you alter the top pattern?

And how far in did you go exactly for the collar?

Again thank you so much. I have been wanting to cosplay for a long time and this tutorial is a lifesaver.
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PrincessBunnychan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
I want to thank you for posting this tutorial. I used it it last year to make pieces for my Sailor America costume and now I'll be using it again for a burlesque Sailor Jupiter costume. I recommended this tutorial to several of my friends and they LOVE how easy it is to follow!
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RaindropCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This was so helpful when I made my first Sailor Pluto cosplay! Thank you so much for making this!  I'm going to end up redoing it now that I have learned a lot more and am more confident in my skills haha but I did have a couple questions regarding the skirt.  I wanted to ask what exactly a "Pocket-Styled hem" is and if you have a tutorial you suggest.  Does this type of hem have anything to do with lining? I don't see when exactly you add in the lining and flip it if that is the way you do it :)

I look forward to more tutorials that you come out with in the future!
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MalteseLizzieMcGee Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
Do you sew the outer skirt to the lining, then turn it inside out and iron it? Or are the lining and outer skirt only attached at the top?
You also mention a "pocket style hem". What does this mean?
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SilentEvilx Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so so so much for this tutorial!! My friends and I did a Sailor Moon group last summer and we couldn't have done it without this tutorial!

I did Sailor Venus :D silentevilx.deviantart.com/art…

And this is our group! www.cosplay.com/photo/3470031/

Thank you so so much :) :hug:
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xShunShin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey yes I was wonder I'm using the same pattern and also after this tutorial xD but I think I am abit lost there/did something worng I just cut out the top part for the upperbody and the front part it didnt have a V line up more like a U. :/ should I folder up the fabric again cut it out again or change something in my pattern?
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LadyValkyrie13 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
is the reason the pleats are slanted like that (ie. 2'' on top 3'' on bottom) because its eventually cut into the V shape? i am going to be making the skirt for lucy heartfilia from fairy tail and just adding a waist band to the top instead of the bodysuit. will it make a difference? i really like your tutorial as it is easier to follow than others i have seen... please respond asap, i am about to start marking my pleats! haha
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use this exact same pleating method for "normal" pleated skirts all the time!! The difference at the top and bottom is so the pleats flare out at the bottom, so the waist part of the skirt is more narrow than the part that covers your butt.

If you want to see what a "normal" skirt using this method looks like, I also used this pattern for my Love Live skirt tutorial! sparklepipsi.deviantart.com/ar…
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Totalfangirl1579 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OhmyGOSH No matter HOW HARD I try, I can't find the pattern!
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Razzl3erry Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think sharing a link to www.catzia.com would be lovely! They have fantastic Sailor Moon props and accessories.
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LunaMirage Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for making this!! I used your tutorial to help me out with my Sailor Moon cosplay. :)
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DashtiKalin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love this!
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Bstra-chan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much for making this!!!
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MissSinger Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
yeaaa ill probably use this tutorial at some point in my life thanks so much!!!
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KittenEarl Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for making such a great tutorial! I used it for Neptune for Anime LA
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beegee5192 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
OMG I love this tutorial. But would you happen to make one with adjusted measurements for a cosplay for an 8 month old? I'm going to Supercon this July as Sailor Moon and my daughter as Chibi Moon and her father is going to be tuxedo mask. But I don't know how to reduce these measurements for her.
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sunnystars Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Artist
What kind of poplin did you use? Was it a poly/cotton blend, or 100% polyester?
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
tbh... I'm not sure ;w; I buy mine in the LA fashion district where nothing is labeled, lol ~ if I had to guess, I'd say 100% polyester cuz the stuff I use doesn't wrinkle AT ALL. A poly-cotton blend would still work though ~ even a nice satin would work..! I just like the matte look for the original senshi fuku, personally. :)
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sunnystars Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks!
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rnko26 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thankyou for the help the skirt pleating was always a pain for me that and the skirt rolls lol
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usagi-cchan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hi HI sparkle ^^ i want to know how much in total did you spend to make these? i wanna know if i have the budget to make these. thankies in advance <3
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there~! I broke this down in an earlier comment but here's a little copy-pasta for ya :3

For the basic materials covered in this tutorial, it'll probably run you between between $35-50 in fabric costs, plus the skating pattern ... let's break this down to get a ballpark idea:

Poplin - $13.50 (4.5yards)
Lycra - $15 (1.5 yard)
Decorbond Interfacing - $2.50 (.5 yard)
Fleece - $4 (.5 yard)
Batting / Stuffing - $10 (for a bag)
Ribbon - $3 (spool)
Total = $48

If you need a copy of the skating pattern that could range from $5 - 15 dollars too ~

These are based on prices of stuff in my local area, so it could vary ... plus coupons can help a lot!! Especially at places like Joann's Fabrics ... I always say if you go in without a coupon, you're doing it wrong xD;; They expect coupon-clipping grandmas to be buying all their things so they overprice on purpose. Hunt down coupons online and BEAT THE SYSTEM. 

If you're planning on buying shoes and/or a wig that can add to the price too, so keep that in mind as well~!

I hope that helps <3!
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usagi-cchan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so very much. <3
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Airashii-Enjuku Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much for this!! :DDD <3
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Clemmie Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
This is probably really dumb but I am trying to cut the already pleated skirt to be my size so I can sew the seam but every time I hold it up to myself, it all kind of unpleats so I am worried it's just going to end up the wrong size.  Do you have any pro tips? I've tried a couple different things but I'm still so nervous it wont fit D:
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
eeeeep I'm so sorry for the delayed response >_<!! If you haven't already figured it out, you'll want to stitch along the top of your pleats so the pleats don't unfold when you move them around ~ this is called "stay stitching".  You can remove the stitch after you attach the skirt, or you can just leave it because most likely it will be hidden. copy.com/QM7oLqlEBwRaPfGH
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Clemmie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
I actually ended up doing this and it helped!
Oh gosh well I finished it and it was fine except I did a pretty sad job attaching it all together so I kept feeling like it would fall apart through Comic Con and have been too sick of looking at it to attempt to do a better job since then.

By the way, how did you end up attaching things with the velcro?  I guess I should use a machine for that.  It's just gross bc the kind I bought has the adhesive on it. :/
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay grats on finishing your costume~!! <3  For the bows I actually did just use heavy-duty adhesive velcro ... xD;; That stuff is pretty intense and doesn't go anywhere. Technically it would probably be better to sew it on, but it's worked for me!! For my Eternal Venus fuku I used pin backs and that worked nicely too ^^
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hmmadewell Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Wow, even the pattern is super cheap!, this is so amazing!
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miracd37 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Questions?  I am using the same patter you used to make your leotard.  In the instructions on the patter it says to sew elastic in the leg openings and neck.  Did you do that with your leotard?  Also do you leave the stay stitch in the skirt after cutting the v out?
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As for the elastic, you can add if you'd like, but I didn't bother with it personally. It's probably a nicer way to finish it, but since none of the leotard edges are seen (either covered by skirt or the chest armor) you can get away with skipping that step >w<;;

You'll definitely want to leave the staystitch in the pleats, it'll hold them in place as you sew them to your leotard~!
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Clemmie Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
I tried making the armor part based on the leotard that I bought.  I didn't make one because I didn't really trust myself with it.  And it looked fine but was wayyyy too small.  I'm wondering if you have any measurements for it based off your pattern that I might find helpful for my second try. ;_;
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ack, sorry I missed this comment!! The best way to come up with the measurements is probably to measure your own body; you want it to land under your bust line, like where the underwire of a bra would be. It might be a good idea to make a mockup out of fleece to figure out what length/shape looks flattering on you, then cut out your lycra the same shape and sew it to the fleece~! In this case specific measurements are difficult because it really does depend on how it fits you~! I hope that helps <3
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Clemmie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Yeah that helps a lot.  I just got really flustered when it didn't work out how I planned because I wasn't sure how else to do it.  It was like way short around the sides so they didn't meet once i put it on myself.  I had done it based on the leotard + some more room but that didn't work out clearly.  I'll try again but if it doesn't work I might just go without that bit for comic con and then try and do it for the next time I wear it.  I noticed some cosplayers skip it entirely.  I want to make it and have mine to be flawless but it might be a lot to ask for right now.  Whoops.
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ehehehhh I know that feel =w=;; I just made a new costume piece I'll have to remake at a later time, but I'll settle for the less-than-perfect version for now just so I can WEAR it this weekend, oops xD;; you can always go back and fix things later!! But hopefully round 2 works out better for you, good luck <3
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miracd37 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I have a question.  Does ironing the pleats keep them in place, or did you sew them in place?  Also what did you do for the shoes, hair and tiara?
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miracd37 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Thanks for the tutorial.  Every year I like doing a cosplay for halloween.  Last year I was a bubble head nurse from silent hill, so I am excited about being sailor moon.  I do have 2 question.  When you pleat the skirt, do ironing the pleats down keep them in place, or do you sew them in place?  Second, what did you do for the boot?  Did you buy them or are they boot covers?
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there ~ !! For the pleats, ironing does keep them in place, you don't need to stitch down into the pleat or anything. As long as you stitch across the top where it attaches to the hip roll, it'll be fine!! As for my boots, I purchased them from Catzia.com. (I bought my tiara from them as well ^^) ~ good luck with your costume!! :D
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UnmaskedMassacre Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
About how much did it cost to make this? 
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahahaha, let me ponder ... for the basic materials covered in this tutorial, probably between $35-50 in fabric costs, plus the skating pattern ... let's break this down to get a ballpark idea:

Poplin - $13.50 (4.5yards)
Lycra - $15 (1.5 yard)
Decorbond Interfacing - $2.50 (.5 yard)
Fleece - $4 (.5 yard)
Batting / Stuffing - $10 (for a bag)
Ribbon - $3 (spool)
Total = $48

If you need a copy of the skating pattern that could range from $5 - 15 dollars too ~

These are based on prices of stuff in my local area, so it could vary ... plus coupons can help a lot!! Especially at places like Joann's Fabrics ... I always say if you go in without a coupon, you're doing it wrong xD;; They expect coupon-clipping grandmas to be buying all their things so they overprice on purpose. Hunt down coupons online and BEAT THE SYSTEM. 

If you're planning on buying shoes and/or a wig that can add to the price too, so keep that in mind as well~!
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UnmaskedMassacre Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Is it an easy costume to make?  I'm a beginner sewer but want so badly to do this.
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't necessarily say it's a beginner's project , but if there's a will, there's a way!! If you're able to work a sewing machine and follow these instructions, I'll bet you could do it. If you have any questions along the way I'd be happy to try and help too <3!
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Moody-Moot Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Writer
I'm planning to make Sailor Fuku pieces as an add on to a cosplay and don't plan on making a bodysuit as I won't need it. Do you think the skirt will need a zip?
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SparklePipsi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmmm it might not be a bad idea to install a zipper in the back, it wouldn't -hurt- anyway ~ I didn't find it necessary because after adding the "V" cut in the front and back of the skirt, it made the opening in the skirt large enough to just pull on. I would definitely recommend using snaps or velcro to afix your skirt to the bodysuit though, so it stays in place!! :3
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