Yumi from Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi
Event(s): Katsucon 2017 | Anime Boston 2017
Yumi has been on my to-do list for YEARS. I was overly obsessed with not only the Puffy cartoon but also the actual band back in the day. When YuffieBunny agreed to do Ami with me, I just about died and made both of our costumes in the blink of an eye.
There's really not much to say about the Yumi half of the construction. All of the pieces were bought and then I altered the leggings and the shirt. I knew I didn't want a belly shirt for Yumi, but I also wanted just a tiny bit of skin to show if I raised my arms for cool guitar poses, haha. I took the hem of her shirt up and added the skull, which I drew out on swimsuit material and then top stitched on.
I couldn't decide if her hair was blue or purple and everyone I asked gave me different answers, so I went with a wig that had a little bit of both. I also chopped the bangs up a bit to look like what I consider a wanna-be hardcore late 2000s teenager, haha.
The guitar was my first big EVA foam project! I used a real guitar to make a pattern and then traced all the pieces out on the foam mats. I'm extremely sloppy with using a razor blade, so I had someone else cut them out for me and also dremel the edges so I wouldn't hurt myself. Then all the pieces were attached with heavy duty superglue and lots of clamps! The whole thing got coated in wood glue twice and then painted with acrylic paint and a top coat of Plastidip Metalizer. The strings are ACTUAL guitar strings, which, in reality wasn't the best plan because I can't tighten them, but they still look cool if you bend the neck tight enough.
Ami's dress was made out of a tight fitting dress pattern I made for myself a while back. The bottom is double layered to there's no showing stitches and it just slips over the head. I had all of the fabric on hand already and Bunny made the collar and belt herself.
Photos by Phosphorescence - 2017 | Ami is YuffieBunny
Photos by Maze Studio - 2017 | Ami is YuffieBunny
Photos by FirstPerson Shooter - 2017 | Ami is YuffieBunny
Photos by Vladman Photography - 2017 | Ami is YuffieBunny
Photo by David Ngo - 2017 | Ami is YuffieBunny