I was going to end up making a sailor fuku eventually but I could never decide which one to make. I knew I was too big and too old to do Chibimoon justice but I didn't care!
I originally made this costume in late 2006 when I was a novice seamstress - it was my first time constructing a costume that had to fit perfectly without a zipper so I had a lot of fitting issues. I used a perfect Kwik Sew ice skating pattern and still managed to mess it up! The skirt was the only part of the pattern that I modified; I used a combination of pleating and gathering to give the skirt more volume. I got the pattern pieces for the bows and sailor collar, as well as all the resin pieces, from the girls in my group. The boots are just stretch boot covers over a pair of heels with ribbon details.
For the wig, I started off with an Innocent wig from Amphigory. Then I took a second wig (a china doll) and cut it in half down the part. I chopped the pigtails off my curly wig and sewed part of a styrofoam ball to the base where the pigtails used to be. This would ensure that when I added the new, china doll pigtails, they would have more lift. Next I sewed on the china doll pieces.The cones were just styrofoam eggs covered in wig fibers taken from the original pigtails. I used a mixture of hot glue and hairspray to keep the fibers in place. They were just sewn/glued on and ended up staying in place really nicely. The little curlies were made with hot glue and the little hair accessories were made using model magic and plastic Christmas ornaments cut down the middle. I also added wefts into the bangs to add some extra volume.
Despite being happy with the craftsmanship of this costume, I feel like too much of an old lady to be cosplaying such young characters anymore!