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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. | facebook
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[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 SarahsPlushNStuff and Featured by PirateLotus-Stock )
Namine24 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm going to make my Super Sailor Venus costume and I think the Sailor Moon Pattern and the Figure Skating pattern would work for it 
RainyMeadows Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
The link to the pattern seems to no longer be available. Is there any alternative available online?
LostCause26 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
RainyMeadows Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
LostCause26 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
...Annoyingly I don't think you can get that base pattern in this country. =(
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xShunShin Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyone can do it!
emoebaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016
How long does it usually take to make? I want to do it for an upcoming con, but I'm already doing Mami Tomoe, so I'm not sure.
ELancer92 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
I made a Sailor Mars costume with this tutorial not too long ago and loved it! However, I did have trouble with the breast plate. I wanted to make it nice and fitted but it ended up being too tight. I added more fabric to the back but then it was too loose so I ended up pinning it in the back. :P I'm still kind of new to sewing. Any suggestions? :)
Rainologic Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Student Artist
How much fabric did you use for the Hip roll?
Lomise Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015   Digital Artist
If only I had found this sooner D: I have all ready made so many things on my costume but this was so much better than what I did. Oh well! It will still help me out with the skirt at least ^^
lawlilove Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you so so much for this tutorial! I would've been so lost without it so thank you thank you!
Mew-Suika-Chi Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Thank you so much for providing this amazing tutorial!! It has been invaluable in helping me get started with my Sailor Mars cosplay. 

I just had a question, and this is mostly for my own curiosity. When pleating the skirt, why do the pleats need to be different lengths at the top and bottom? Is there a specific reason they are not just straight pleats? Again, thank you so much for taking the time to do this!!
joyhua Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Professional Filmographer
I know this is waayy late to reply on, but I am also working on my Sailor Mars atm and wondered the same thing, so I figure I could answer this in case other people wanted to know, since you've probably already finished yours by now haha.

I believe the pleats being diagonal helps it flare out at the bottom more. The parts you pinch together at the top are the 3" ones while it only pinches 2" ones at the bottom, so it shrinks the waist and leaves more room on the bottom. Hope that helps!
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?
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For the backing, you could use a glue on pin-backing for it! Just make sure to put it near the top, and not the middle. Putting the pin-backing in the middle makes the brooch drag down and makes the bow droop down. 
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.
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that's what they meant. An alternative would be sewing it, and putting a zipper in the back. :0
kaylathehedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty spiffy!
emmmileh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I'm so happy I found this tutorial! :)
AshleyNara Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Writer
Did you hand sew it or use a sewing machine?
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.
PrincessBunnychan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
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!
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?
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…

And this is our group!

Thank you so so much :) :hug:
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?
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
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!…
Totalfangirl1579 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OhmyGOSH No matter HOW HARD I try, I can't find the pattern!
KearaLemon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think sharing a link to would be lovely! They have fantastic Sailor Moon props and accessories.
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. :)
DashtiKalin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love this!
Bstra-chan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much for making this!!!
MissSinger Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
yeaaa ill probably use this tutorial at some point in my life thanks so much!!!
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
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.
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I recommend measuring her torso (shoulders, bust, waist, and hips) out, and maybe buying a dance leotard in her size instead of making one from scratch. The only part you'd have to make from scratch for the leotard itself is the breastplate. But if you'd still prefer the pattern, I'd measure her (s/b/w/h) and adjust the pattern accordingly, or pin the pattern all together (or transferring the pattern to a different/stiffer material, like felt or muslin) on her, and mark where things should be taken in and such. :0
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?
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. :)
sunnystars Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Artist
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
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
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!
usagi-cchan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so very much. <3
Airashii-Enjuku Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much for this!! :DDD <3
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:
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.
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