Character: Sailor Venus (セーラーヴィーナス) / Minako Aino (愛野 美奈子)
Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | 美少女戦士セーラームーン
Variant: Classic / Anime
Debut: FanimeCon 2011
When it was rumored that Sailor Moon was going to be re-made, I knew it was a good chance to finally start working on a Minako costume, as she is my favorite! I was originally going to make Super Sailor Venus or perhaps Sailor V, but then Nessa invited me to be Sailor Venus in a Classic Senshi group she was putting together. Senshi fuku are deceptively tricky to sew, and it was nice being able to collaborate with a group on patterns on techniques.
Everyone in the group made their own costume. We all agreed on spandex for the base leotards, poplin for the collars and skirts, and poplin or cotton for everything else. I was able to purchase spandex and poplin in the NYC fashion district, which was pretty exciting. Sparkle Pipsi provided us with patterns for the leotards (Green Pepper ice skating pattern), chest armor (which she modified from leotard), collars, hip/sleeve/glove rolls. The leotard (spandex only) and chest armor (spandex lined with fleece) were simple enough to sew, though the rolls were a little intimidating. I’m no stranger to pleated skirts, but this was the most difficult aspect of the costume for me — making sure everything attached properly and getting the skirt to lay correctly was definitely a challenge. The bows and collar were simple enough, though.
I found orange pumps on eBay that went well with my fabric. A lot of pieces on the costumes snap into place for a secure attachment. The brooch is just a clear Christmas dome, painted on the inside, and glued to the chest bow. My homemade tiara ended up not looking nice, so I went without it for the group. The choker and anklets are just orange ribbons.
For the wig, I did a lot of modification. Originally, I purchased a character wig from the eBay shop “Ayanamisatoru.” I wasn’t impressed with the quality or thickness, but had already invested $40, so I just bought another and harvested the wefts, sewing the two wigs together for fullness. Katie also helped me style the bangs into an awesome 90’s monstrosity.
Later, I updated the costume to have better bows, using Sparkle Pipsi’s pattern instead of just winging it. I also bought a nice tiara, and did some touch-ups on the wig. Calssara bought the costume from me when I put it up for sale, so be sure to check out how lovely she looks in it!