Hello, a few weeks ago my external hard drive died. Which meant all of the tutorial videos and most DSLR photos were deleted. However, since the voice over script for the tutorial was stored elsewhere I decided to write a written tutorial with some photos taken from my phone.
[This post is image heavy.]
Moving on, I’m going to show how I made my Bokutachi wa Hitotsu no Hikari transformation cosplay. This tutorial is specifically for Maki but the same method can be used for the other girls’ cosplay. I will be calling the lighter pink ‘light pink’ and the darker pink ‘hot pink’.
I’m using a sweetheart dress pattern. I used a Simplicity 4070 which is available to buy as a downloadable file. (Try to recycle paper if you will be printing.)
The fabrics used are bridal satin, organza, casa satin, and lining fabric. Not too sure of the exact amount of everything, but I did write a material list my bullet journal. Remember that you are making 2 dresses instead of 1, and one of the dresses has layers when buying the fabric.
Using the top portion of the dress pattern. Transfer the pattern onto both fabrics for the inner and outer dress. Make the pattern for your outer dress about .5 inches larger all around. Add more if you are going to be using a lot of flowers to decorate, or using a heavy-weight fabric. If you’re unsure about anything, try doing a pattern test with old fabric or Swedish tracing paper. Also, you’re not sure about the measurement try larger rather than smaller.
Since Pile has a corset back on her transformation dress, I decided to make a faux corset by using some red and white satin ribbons. You can make this into an actual corset dress by using a stronger ribbon and more fabric. To do the faux corset have at least 2 inches of extra fabric on the back bodice. Essentially you are putting folded ribbons to be used as hooks, folding it over, and sewing the underside of it.
To give the inner top some support, I adding boning to the inside of the bodice. These can be found at your local craft store or online. I made a casing for these boning by sewing the bodice first by inside out, sandwiched the boning, then sew it again on the correct side.
To finish the inner dress, I bought 3 types of red applique flowers from eBay using the search word ‘red organza flowers’. Then sew it on after pinning it to the places I liked.
I thought that it will be easier to have the skirt and the bodice separate from the outer dress. I used velcro for the sides and sewed that on. Remember to test your velcro so that it’ll be easy to ‘transform’ but will still hold your inner dress inside. A lot of the girls in my group used snaps, which I thought was an awesome idea as it won’t get caught on the wig fiber. Whatever you use remember to reinforce it at least twice and bring a repair kit for any damage you might get when you’re ‘transforming’.
The hot pink fabric was cut out using the bodice pattern and then sewed on to the white bodice. The side ribbons were also made and sewed onto the sides.
After completing the basic bodice for the outer dress it’s time to add the decorations. I had some trouble with the top front piece. In the end, I glued a heavyweight white felt to the hot pink fabric and cut it out to make the outer shape. Then I cut out the light pink fabric and glued that on using spray adhesive (make sure to test this as it might leave watermarks on your fabric).
The rest of the designs were just cut from the hot pink fabric and had the ends sealed by using a seam sealant.
For the skirt of the inner dress, I used a simple circle skirt pattern using lining fabric. Make sure that the skirt is long enough to completely cover your inner dress. It’s easier to see if you already have the outer skirt completed or a petticoat.
If you’re feeling brave an easy way to seal the lining fabric is by burning it.
I only bought 1 yard of fabric to make the petals, which wasn’t enough. I recommend buying at least 1.5 yards of fabric so the petals will cover all the layers underneath. Due to this, the back of my inner dress didn’t completely cover the outer dress in the dance video. There is a petal pattern that I used for my dress available as a guideline. Download Petal Pattern Originally, there are two layers of petals being used in the Live, but if you are quite tall you might have to use three layers or make the petals larger.
Depending on your fabric you don’t need to hem the edges or burn the edges off. I decided to hem mine so it will look cleaner.
The top petals and the skirts were sewn onto the bodice. I got lazy and used Fabric Fusion for the rest, but make sure that the water stains will stay hidden or try a different option.
A fabric rose was made from the scrap lining fabric by cutting out many circles and attaching the centers together.
The accessories for this cosplay were pretty easy to find/make. I used eBay to get the base materials and was able to finish it pretty fast.
While Maki’s hair hides it most of the times, she seems wearing the gold earing that some of the girls are wearing. Remember to go over cheap earrings with clear nail polish if you have a metal allergy.
Decided to go with this one since it has the clear lines.
This was the really easy to make. All I did was making a 1-inch bias tape using a bias tape maker and some leftover hot pink fabric, then folded it in half and ironed it. I sandwiched a white lace trim between the folds and bonded both sides by using Heat-n-Bond. A 1/4 inch bias tape was also made using the light pink fabric, and glued using Heat-n-Bond again. I used a velcro to keep everything in place.
One of my group members made this for me. She used the headband from the Live for this. Basically, she made a ribbon flower using a red and white ribbon, and glued a white organza flower in the center. The whole thing was glued onto a white headband along with a bow and bobby pins for support.
Opera white gloves were used for the base. I went with the Movie pattern since my gloves weren’t quite as long as I wanted it to be. The extra 1.5 inch hot pink trim made the gloves longer, which looked better on me. Since I didn’t have a lot of time, I just twisted some scrap light pink fabric to make roses, and attached them to the side of the gloves.
There are a lot of color options for Maki’s wig. Different shades of pinks and reds. I decided to go with the darker red wig that will look nicer in my skin tone. The wig actually turned out more pink than red, but that happens with most wigs from China.
Then I used a hair curler, hairspray, and spiking glue to get everything in place.
I was actually made a make-up tutorial video for this, but it was deleted too. :,(
A light red lip liner was used to draw my eyebrows. I tried to draw it slightly slanted than my normal brows. Other than that it was my normal cosplay makeup.
Overall I really had fun making this cosplay. It was my first large cosplay group and dance group, and it was fun to perform the dance at the gathering. Thank you for reading.