Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

Hello, a few weeks ago my external hard drive died. Which means all of the videos and photos that were on there were deleted. However since the voice over for the tutorial was stored elsewhere I decided to only do a written tutorial with some photos taken from my phone when I was selling this and saved InstaStories photos, which was backed up by Google Photos.

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Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

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Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

Fanart by ヒラコ (PIXIV ID: 4777)

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’. 

 

 

 

 


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Dress

Inner Bodice

Outer Bodice

Inner Skirt

Outer Skirt

Accessories

Earrings

Gold Necklace

Choker

Headband

Gloves

Shoes

Wig

Makeup

Summary


Dress:
Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

I’m using a sweetheart pattern. I used a Simplicity 4070 which is available to buy as a downloadable file. (Try to recycle paper if you will be printing.)

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

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 of sort on my bullet journal.

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 so larger rather than smaller. Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

 

 

 


Inner Bodice

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. To do this have at least 4 inches of extra fabric on the back. Essentially you are putting folded ribbons to be used as hooks, folding it over, and sewing the underside of it. 

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

3. Thread the ribbon through the back. Make sure that the dye of the red won’t come off.

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

1. Pin the folded ribbons that will be used as hooks. Cords or other materials can be used as well.

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

2. Fold over the bodice fabric and sew the underside to encase everything in.

 

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. Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

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. 

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial


Outer Bodice

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialLove Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialI thought that it will be easier to have the skirt and the bodice separate for the outer dress. I used velcro for the sides and sewed that on. Remember the test your velcro so that it’ll be easy to ‘transform’ but will still hold your inner dress inside. A lot of the girls on 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 sewing repair kit for any damage you might get when you’re ‘transforming’. 

Hot pink fabric was cut out following the bodice pattern and then sewed on. 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 and stand back so it won’t leave watermarks on your fabric).

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

The rest of the designs were just cut from the hot pink fabric and had the ends sealed by using a seam sealant. It was then glued on the bodice with spray adhesive.Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial


Inner Skirt

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialFor 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 or a petticoat available. 

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, but if you are quite tall you might have to use three layers or make the petals larger.

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

Depending on your fabric you don’t need to hem the edges and just leave it as is or burn the edges off. I decided to hem mine.

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

Then the top petals and the skirts were added 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. 

 

 


Outer Skirt

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialMaki’s outer skirt has three layers that run asymmetrically to the layer below. I simply used the 3/4 circle skirts with different fabrics and put in an elastic waistband in the end.

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialThere were a lot of ruffles used in this skirt. If you don’t have the time for it I suggest that you buy a pleated ruffle trim from a store.   

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialIn the movie, Maki has a fabric hanging from the side, however it’s not seen in the Live. To compensate for this, I put in velcro so it will be easily removable.  

A fabric rose was made from the scrap lining fabric by cutting out many circles and attaching the centers together. 

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

 


Accessories:

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. 


Earring

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Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialWhile 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.

 

 

 


Gold Necklace

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialIn the photos, Maki has a chunky bib necklace. So I just started to search for ‘chunky gold bib necklace’ on eBay. I got a lot of different resultsLove Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

Decided to go with this one since it has the clear lines.

 

 

 


Choker

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.

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

Bias tape makers are amazing!

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

The trim was a random lace trim found in my room

 


Headband

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialLove Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialLove Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialOne 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.

 

 


Gloves

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialOpera 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. 

 

 

 

 


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Shoes:

I used my white ankle platform boots for the shoes since I already owned them. I just made two ribbons and attached it to the laces by using velcro.  Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial


Wig:

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

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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. 

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialInitially, the bangs were really long so trimmed the fibers with a hair cutter. 

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialThen I used a hair curler, hairspray, and spiking glue to get everything in place. 

 

Bangs were first made by using spiking glue. The side swept portions were later held in place with bobby pins. Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialLove Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

 

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay TutorialHair curler was used to give the side poof that Maki has and to curl the layers inward. Then set with hairspray. Make sure that the wig won’t melt with heat. 

 

 

 


Make-up:

I was actually made a make-up tutorial video for this, but it was deleted too. :,(

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

Eye makeup test a few days before. I didn’t put in so much aegyo-sal in my actual makeup.

I went with a red and gold eye makeup by using glitter in the center of my lid and red at the outer portion of my lids. Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

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. 

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

Snow makes everything 90% cuter. lol

 


Summary: 

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. 

 

Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial

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Love Live Bokutachi Wa Hitotsu No Hikari Cosplay Tutorial