Images taken by ChezPhoto (Riley West Photography) at Dragoncon 2016.
Mercury/Ami has always been by favorite sailor moon character, so its crazy that I only just recently made her! I get better and better every time I make fukus, this is my 4th one. Its not 100% perfect, but I’m really happy with it! For this version I chose to make it with the old anime look. As in, pleated skirt and not too much shiny going on.
To start I finally got hold of the infamous Green Pepper ice skating pattern. I modified it by extending the back up to my neck. I also initially modified the separation between the midsection and bottom, then had to go back to the original pattern line since it didn’t look right on me. I separated the top chest armor from the midsection and cut 2 copies, plus a copy in standard white fleece. Basically what they do in the Cupcake Cosplay fuku tutorial. I used white matte moleskin. The various rolls were all made by rolling up tubes of fleece for stuffing, rather than polyfil. This made it way easier to sew and much smoother. The sheer stuff on the sleeves is scrap white organza.
The collar and skirt are made from cotton sateen. They are pretty standardly made like all my others. The skirt fabric is folded so there is no need to hem. After I pleated it all I held it up on my waist and pinned the line where I wanted the V to sit. This is basically where I made the decision to make it super short and sit high-ish on my waist. It’s dangerously close to being skanky, but at the same time, much more accurate since they have super crazy long legs and pretty much no pelvis. I think it turned out great in the end and will probably make all my future fuku skirts this short. :P
My bows are made from leftover cornflower blue (now discontinued) Casa satin from my Cinderella costume. The broach is made from worbla, shaped with a heart pendant from Forever 21. The tiara is also made from worbla, primed with gesso and pretty easy to make. The boots I found on clearance and painted with perfectly colored leather paint that I just so happened to have leftover from my Sailor V shoes. The visor I got from Etsy. I saw it before I made the costume and it was part of my inspiration to finally do it! They are pretty awesome.
I got some great shots at the conventions I’ve worn it to so far, check them out!