Monday, November 25, 2013

Kiki Tutorial

Hey everyone!

For Halloween this year I was so exited to finally have the chance to get to make one of my favorite characters: Kiki, from 魔女の宅急便 (Kiki's Delivery Service). I have always been a huge fan of Studio Ghibli, so I was really anticipating the opportunity to make some costumes from the films. Kiki was one of the first ones I saw, and holds a very special place in my heart. 

The first step for me is to always hunt down a pattern to make my life a little easier. Luckily, I was able to find one that fit pretty well. All I had to do was enlarge the sleeves a bit. I used Simplicity's Pattern 2054, as seen here. In retrospect, I would have liked to make the skirt a bit fuller, as well as the ends of the sleeves - but I made the entire costume the night before Halloween so I'm going to cut myself a bit of slack. 

Most of Kiki's costume was sewing, aside from a few assembly parts. I luckily already had Jiji (who my boyfriend picked up for me in Japan). I ordered a small red radio on Ebay as well as a wig. Sadly, I tried to find a prop broom to use midst the Halloween season which was a terrible mistake
. I was unable to find a light/prop broom anywhere as they had already been picked up for other costumes

Starting the sewing process.
I'm usually a stickler to staying to the pattern, unless I'm altering it. In this case, I was in such a rush that I didn't leave much room/time for me to alter the pattern. In the end, I think the dress turned out okay. For the headband, I found a broad, red base headband to use. I wrapped the fabric around it that I wanted, and then attached the bow with hotglue. I tried to make the bow very large and anime-like to give it more of that playful feel that is found in the movies. I stuffed the bows with stuffed-animal fluff that I had leftover (the same that goes in Peach's sleeves) to keep them poofy!

Wearing Kiki to work for Halloween was super fun because a few of my coworkers also did Studio Ghibli, so we had a small group! I'm looking forward to expanding more on my Kiki costume, as well as looking into making more Ghibli costumes in the future. 

Thanks for reading, everyone! Hopefully some of these pictures or descriptions are helpful! As always, let me know if you have any questions, I would be more than happy to help out. Good luck~


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