Custom fukus are still available through the store- though the format for ordering has changed slightly. Go check out the page here if you’re interested! As I mentioned before, the prices on them have gone up due to how much time they take to make. If you’d rather make your own, I finally completed the pattern for classic and regular style fukus and it’s up for sale here!
EDIT: Eternal Fuku Patterns should be up by mid March- I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had time to iron out the details on them! I will make another post when they become available.
I realize I already posted this on both my Facebook page and Twitter, but as this is my… uh… home base? I should post it here too.
As it says- the price of custom fukus is going to be going up on February 1st! Anyone ordering before the first will receive the current (lower) price.
As a side note, I’ve opened up a little shop on Etsy which has pretty much the same things as my shop here (minus the full costumes- which are only available through my website). That can be found here.
There’s some new stuff in the shops but mostly I’ve just been working on commissions lately. I’ll be at Katsucon in February with some new costumes so please come have a drink with me or just hang out or whatever IT’LL BE SO FUN. I haven’t been to a convention in over a year and I’m beside myself excited about it.
Maybe not so much of a tutorial, but details on how I put together a lot of my shoes for costumes.
I usually use pleather shoes for most costumes because I love the way they look! Also, they accept paint easily. So that helps.
There are some awesome options available for painting leather (and faux leather/pleather), but for the longest time I didn’t know about them and I just used acrylic paint and mod podge to color shoes. It’s cheap, readily available, and I could mix pretty much any color I needed so that the shoes would match my costume. Generally two-three coats of paint and one coat of mod podge is enough to cover the whole shoe.
The downside to using acrylic is that it can crack (particularly if you use it on tall boots, or anything which needs to flex a lot when you wear it).
For shoes that have extra straps (like Neptune’s and Uranus’s) I cut pieces of pleather, painted them, and sewed them to the shoes. For Neptune’s I sewed a loop of elastic to one end of the ankle strap and a button to the inside of the shoe that the loop hooks over.
I hope that helps someone! I promise, having the strap on Neptune’s shoe match the rest of the shoe looks a lot nicer than using ribbon, and only takes a little bit more time to add on.
I’ve made and looked at a lot of fukus over the years and the question I get the most is about the sleeves. I thought I’d type up some basic info on how I make mine in the hopes that it helps someone further on down the road! This isn’t really a step-by-step tutorial since… I don’t really think it needs to be.
For fuku sleeves use white foam sandwiched between layers of fabric. Since the bodysuit part of the fuku is white, the foam you use should really be white as well- the green and tan foam will show through most white fabrics and won’t look right.
I cut a sort of pointed oval shape out of foam and fabric. Place the fabric on top of the foam and fold from point to point- sandwiching the foam in between the fabric. The folded edge is the outer part of your sleeve. Pin and baste the foam-and-fabric-sandwich together along the raw edge. Then simply top stitch with white thread and you’ve got some swanky outer-space-y looking sleeves for your fuku.
If you have trouble finding the foam, I sell it here.