Youmacon Convention Cosplay Part 1

Youmacon is an anime convention that comes to Detroit, MI once a year; this year I will be helping my sister with her table in Artist’s Alley, which is a place where people can sell their creations during the convention. 

Youmacon is a popular culture event similar to most “Comic Cons”, however instead of focusing on comic books, Youmacon is a celebration of Japanese popular culture and its influence on our own culture over the past few decades. Common themes throughout the event are Anime (Japanese animation), Video Games, Japanese style artwork and comics, and the rising internet culture influenced by all of the above….”

This year I will be cosplaying as Chihiro from Spirited Away, a movie by Studio Ghibli.

“…Wearing costumes, or “Cosplay” as it’s known at conventions, is very popular with attendees of Youmacon. It is not uncommon to walk into a pair of Italian plumbers in overalls on the escalator, only to meet someone dressed as Edward Elric or Master Chief from Halo minutes later.”

Here’s a striped t-shirt that I made from scratch to match Chihiro’s:

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Chihiro’s Striped T-Shirt


Sometime soon I hope to bring you a tutorial on how to make your own shirt!

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Showing off the sleeve

I made it into a medium (a size larger than I am) to have the same effect as it was in the movie.

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The Collar

To complete the outfit, I need yellow tennis shoes and pink shorts. Any type of yellow shoes are almost non-existent, so I have resorted to trying out paint on an old pair. I have the fabric to make the shorts, but now I need to either find a shorts pattern that can work or modify a pants pattern. It will be a sacrifice to wear shorts in the cold, mid-fall weather, but it’ll be worth it! 🙂

Thanks for reading!




4 thoughts on “Youmacon Convention Cosplay Part 1

  1. Hi, I love the shirt! Thing is, Comic-Con is coming up in two weeks and my friend only now decided on her cosplay and we decided to make her a Chihiro cosplay. Anyways, can you give me a short overview of how you made the shirt? Did you cut two shirts and switch the pieces? Or did you overlay a white shirt with a strip of green fabric? Please reply soon, we’re in a bit of a rush! Thanks you so much 🙂

    • Thank you! What you should probably do is take a white t-shirt and put it on. Figure out where you want the green stripe to go across the front and back and mark with chalk. Take it off and mark a seam allowance inside the lines. If the stripe goes to the sleeves, seam rip them off. Cut a piece of green knit to the same size as the marked area on the shirt, adding seam allowance, and sew, both front and back. Before you reattach the sleeves, do the same thing to add green stripes. I actually made my own pattern from a t-shirt and used white and green knits from the craft store. I hope this helps! 🙂

  2. Great job with your Chihiro shirt, Christina! Spirited Away is one of my favorite Miyazaki films. The costumes are so much fun to make and cosplay. I love seeing your progress! (*^-^*) ❤ Maria

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