How to Make Your Own Miku Costume

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Hatsune Miku is the female character in the Japanese singer synthesizer application by the same name. As the first character in a series of vocal characters, Miku is described as a teenage singing idol in the near future world, where music has been lost. Due to the popularity of the character, Miku has appeared in various other anime series and has become the star of her own manga, or comics, series with other Vocaloid mascots. You can make your own Miku costume at home with items you may already own.

Things You'll Need

  • Silver or gray button down dress shirt
  • Scissors
  • Bright blue duct tape
  • Bright blue long tie
  • Black duct tape
  • Black pleated mini skirt
  • Black fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Black thigh-high stockings
  • Black heels or flats
  • Blue spray-on hair dye
  • 2 black ribbons
  • Cut the sleeves off a silver or gray button-down dress shirt at the top of each sleeve.

  • Rip off a long section of blue duct tape. Choose a shade of a bright medium blue for the most accurate representation of Miku's costume. Place half the width of the duct tape over one of the sleeve holes. Fold the duct tape over to cover the part of the fabric that is inside out. Repeat this method with the other sleeve as well as the collar and the bottom hem of the shirt.

  • Tie a long, bright blue tie around your neck and under the collar of the shirt. The tie should ideally be long enough to come down to your waist and cover the buttons of the shirt. Try to match the tie to the color of the duct tape.

  • Cut off two thin strips of black duct tape. Place each strip of black tape on the tie, about three-quarters of the way down. Attach the tape to the right side of the tie, leaving about 1 inch free on the left side.

  • Find or purchase a pleated black miniskirt. A plain black miniskirt is also appropriate as long as it flares out from the waist. Lay the miniskirt down. Cover the entire bottom hem of the skirt with about three-quarters of the width of the duct tape. Fold the duct tape over the edge of the skirt to cover the area of the fabric that is inside out.

  • Measure the length of your arm from the top of your bicep to the top knuckle of your fingers. Record this measurement. Measure the circumference of your upper arm and write it down.

  • Fold a piece of black fabric in half to make partial shirt sleeves. Divide the circumference of your upper arm in half and mark that length on the fabric. Measure out the length of your arm on the black fabric. Begin at the middle of the first line, and then mark the end length on the opposite end of the fabric. Draw a line parallel to the arm circumference line. Add a few inches to this as the bottom edge of Miku's sleeves flare out.

  • Use a ruler or straight edge to draw vertical lines connecting the parallel lines. This creates a trapezoid shape on the black fabric. Cut out the fabric.

  • Fold the remaining fabric in half. Use one of the sleeve cut-outs as a guide to draw another trapezoid on the fabric. Cut the trapezoid out.

  • Layer two pieces of the fabric together. Line up the edges, and use straight pins to hold the sleeves in place. Sew the two pieces of fabric together by hand with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine. Repeat this process with the other two pieces of fabric to create the other sleeve.

  • Place half the width of the blue duct tape over the top edge of the sleeve. Fold the duct tape over to cover the part of the fabric that is inside out. Repeat this method with the bottom edge of the sleeve.

  • Cut the blue duct tape into four long and thin strips of equal length. Each strip should be half the length of the sleeve. Place two strips on the outer edge of each sleeve, situating the strips in the middle of the sleeve.

  • Cut the blue duct tape into 12 thin 1-inch-long strips. Place three pieces of tape below each long strip of blue tape.

  • Place half the width of the blue duct tape over the top edge of a pair of black thigh-high stockings. Fold the duct tape over to cover the part of the fabric that is inside out. Wear the black stockings with a pair of black heels or flats. Line the bottom edge of the shoes with a thin strip of blue duct tape.

  • Style your hair into two long pigtails. Use blue spray-on hair dye to match Miku's hair color. Tie a black ribbon into a bow around the top of each pigtail.

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