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Neku Sakuraba: Twister by Malindachan Neku Sakuraba: Twister by Malindachan
Thank you guys SO much for all the compliments on the last photo submission. I admit I'm a bit late on joining in on the TWEWY scene; I couldn't afford to get the game when it originally came out, but it was always something I wanted to try (I just didn't know if I would like the battle system or not, and I'm pretty darn picky with my RPGS). I ordered a copy of TWEWY around the time they announced the character cameos for the KH3D game. Ended up getting hooked and beat it in about a week. Such an amazing game; I loved everything about it. The music, art style, characters, story, gameplay...everything.

I usually post a big wall of info on how I made the costume, so here goes!

The wig was a Jareth in Pumpkin from I styled the bigger spikes by using forms made out of stiff felt, And I glued hair from the wig over them. For some of the spikes (especially the ones in the back), I had to use hair from extra wefts to fill in gaps and cover each spike completely. I didn't take enough progress photos to show any sort of tutorial, but how I styled this wig is very similar to how I went about styling my Yusei wig: [link]

For the headphones, I found a large headset on clearance at Walmart and built over it with Craft foam. I can hide my ipod in the collar and listen to music! :3 The foam was sealed with mod podge and painted with metallic acrylics.

For the shirt, I started with McCall's pattern 5891 as a base, though i took in the seams a LOT and added in a back seam so it would be as form-fitting as I could possibly make it. I used Black twill, so it doesn't stretch, but it has a hidden zipper down the back so I can still put it on. The collar is literally just a huge tube of fabric. It stays up pretty well just because it's a pretty thick material, though I usually have to adjust it before pictures. The tube is only sewn to the shirt on one small area of the back, just to keep it from falling off or rotating around. The violet panel on the front of the shirt was some white twill that I dyed with blue and purple dyes, since I couldn't find the right color fabric anywhere. I used yellow bias tape for the sides of the panel before top-stitching it to the shirt.

The mp3/tampon/necklace/thing was made with a white trim and Super Sculpey clay. I was super close to just using a tampon, because that's what it looks like.

The wristband is yellow fleece. pretty basic~

The shorts are made out of White Bull Denim. I used McCall's pattern 5391 for the base, and just made the extra pockets to match the design. The purple spots were from the same piece of fabric I dyed, and I used yellow buttons on the front.

For the belt, we happened to have the right kind of buckle on another belt, so we just took it off and made a new base strap out of twill.

The shoes were super rushed because I was trying to beast them out the night before I left for AWA, but they managed to work out ok in the end. :3 I basically made covers for a pair of slippers I had (they were cute puppy ones! :D ). The bottom is made out of vinyl so they won't get torn up as easily. I didn't have enough buttons to match the ones on my shorts (and didn't have time to get more), so I used craft foam for the ones on the shoes.

Cosplay made and worn by :iconmalindachan:

Photo taken by :iconex-shadow: and edited by :iconmalindachan:

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KurokoTategami Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
Omg! I didn't know you cosplayed as Neku as well! Your just....amazing!
Mono98 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Nice Hair!!
RonaldxKnox Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
fridayburst Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Am I the only one was freaked out by how skinny Neku was in the game 
yoshibuya Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Holy fuck, Neku is REAL!!! :heart: Ok no...
lvlqueen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Evehie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
That hair is perfect!!
Cloudbreak-Cosplay Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Job! :)
ShujiWakahisaa Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is pro style right there i wish i had a Neku cosplay out fit like that your so good! One question where did you find a suitable place for the grafiti background? Other than that i give you an awsome all the way!
HighFang Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Truely amazing XD only way id like it more is if the right foot was against the wall leaned against it and had the arms crossed and gaze towards the feet lol but i know nothing XD
loved the game though

specially love the wall btw nice spot XD
XoPachi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
I can always appreciate good work even of something I don't like. Nice freaking job.
kaileecripson Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
these wigs are so perfect omg <3
Linkshiro Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
My god everything is so perfect I would not change one single thing. The wig, the clothes, your body-shape, the background, the expression, everything is so freaking amazing. I didn't think you could do any better than Aqua or any Yu-gi-oh, but I was so wrong. Sorry for long-ness but 150%, man. Well freaking done.
Oblivion-Evil Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Also what material did u use for the tutleneck thing can u be a little more specific? Thanks either way
Oblivion-Evil Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Were the pants and shirt made from scratch or did u store buy them and then edit/tailor/sew them to ur liking?
Rammsteiner-Licht Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I was laughing so much when you said that you were going to use a tampon for the necklace. I told the very same thing to my sister to use a tampon for her Neku cosplay. XD

Amazing cosplay! I really love the wig!
LittleSeto Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
YOU ARE AMAZING MALINDA!!! <3 I love this so much!!
cindry-sama Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, the wig is amazing!
AtemTheWicked Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Cid-the-Stampede Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You did such a fantastic job with this cosplay! And what a great place to take TWEWY pictures. 8D
Keiji-no-Yami Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Oh gosh a tampon XD A friend cosplayed Neku awhile back and we called her necklace a pregnancy test
YumiFukushima95 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it!
Illusionist-tears Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so jealous!!! I've wanted to do this cosplay for FOREVER now!
Hazel-Nuku Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
another amazing costume
RoxieXAxel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
As usual another epic and realistic looking wig. Love the had phones and great cosplay
Yua87 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
HOLY SH--!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you even more now!!!!
KawaiiAnimeplusheart Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Artist
lokieternal Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
adorable !
Tea-and-Strawberries Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so unbelieveable how perfect this is XD
SweJudaiYuki Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
That's an awesome Neku cosplay! *.*
maddychan101 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is so awesome ^^
Kittycatgal101 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a very awesome cosplay :D
SakuraMikage Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
<3<3<3 I've been working on making Mr. Mew for RG!Shiki cosplay. Should definitely have the entire cosplay done before the year is out. We have to do TWEWY photos next time we're both at the same con again.
saphsoul Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
lol! Tampon necklace. Spreading a trend? XD
roxasgirl Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again this is an amazing costume Malinda. We will definately have to get together sometime and cosplay TWEWY. MY Rhyme cosplay is still in progress but I did upload some photos of it. When I get it the way that I want it you'll be the first to know. Miss you and Kyle so much.
itachiuchiha963 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
This is so wonderful!!! I can definitely tell the improvement in your skills! Even if some parts were rushed, I can't tell at all~
Also, do I have your permission to use this and some of your other cosplay pictures for my Japanese project?
Firiless Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student
amazing wig really awesome work
ManishaChan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nate-hbp Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awesome :3
NeosForce4727 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I love your cosplay! I want the shoes! lol
anacara-knight Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I am a huge Kingdom Hearts fan so, naturally, I bought a 3DS specifically for the new game...which I have beaten. Neku wasn't in it a lot, nor were the others, but they were in it enough for me to like them. This is a really awesome cosplay and I'll be buying this game as soon as I get the money to do so. I think I'm going to watch you and see how well you bring other characters to life. I only wish I had the talent to make costumes and style wigs and what not. I respect it.
TheWhiteJewel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
That hair must've taken you forever. ;_;
sparkyOCD Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
WOW at first i did not know that was you!!
GrayIceFullBuster Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Looks good ^_^
Suphiria Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
nekomatalee Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Absolutely amazing! This cosplay looks pretty darn comfortable. I think it's one of my new favourites of yours. It turned out so great! :D
cardgames33 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
thats so awesome! i love Neku and TWEWY. Awesome costume :)
MazzTheGreat Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing as always!!
chchkiki Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
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