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The girl loves dressing up and for Halloween this year she decided she wanted to have the Uraraka Halloween costume from My Hero Academia. We made this a pretty simple DIY cosplay that works for Halloween or to get ideas on how to make your own costumes from readily available items.
What Does the Uraraka Halloween Costume Look Like?
Ochako Uraraka is a character from My Hero Academia and the costume the girl wanted is actually her Halloween costume in an episode of the show.
It features an orange shirt decorated with red ribbons and gold accents, a black skirt with lace trim, a black corset, a witch hat and broom and a gigantic and inexplicable purple bow on the back.
The girl decided we didn’t need to try to re-create the bow, which is just as well because most people wouldn’t recognize this particular character (and it would be the hardest part to DIY).
So that’s a great rule for doing your own cosplay costumes: decide which parts of the costume are essential and which ones you’re willing to let slide. This is also great if you have a budget concern with producing your costume (all that fabric would have been really expensive).
Costumes from Store-Bought Items
When I saw the Uraraka Halloween costume she wanted, I was confident we could make the essential pieces from store-bought items.
The main pieces are the skirt, shirt and corset. I thought about doing a skirt with a petticoat, but those are expensive (and again take a lot of fabric to make) so I went with a black skater skirt and sewed lace trim along the bottom to give it a similar look.
For the shirt, I bought a long-sleeved orange V-neck T-shirt, but the bottom half of the sleeves off cut them open and made a ruffle I sewed back onto the sleeves. I’m pretty proud of how well that turned out.
The trim is red bias tape and the gold accents are buttons.
For the corset, I found a video that showed how to make a corset out of jeans or T-shirt material. I used some black knit fabric I had in my stash. I could have used an eyelet maker to add the eyelets but I actually found some tape with eyelets already installed so I used that instead (not super budget friendly but it was way faster!). The ties are black cord I bought at the fabric store.
Putting Together Your Uraraka Halloween Costume
Once you have the main pieces in place the rest is pretty simple. The witch hat has a band of purple fabric on it (I bought a fat quarter then cut it into wide bias strips to make the band) and a larger gold button sewn on.
I did actually buy a small broom for her to use, but you could go without if you wanted. It has a red ribbon tied around it. She has a classic jack o’lantern candy bucket.
This costume was a lot of fun to put together, and the little crafty elements of it were really satisfying (and a lot easier than making a full costume).
DIY Cosplay Tips
The girl has been doing a lot of closet cosplay since the pandemic started, and whether you’re creating a costume with things you have or trying to stick to a budget, there are a few tips to make it easier:
- Look at the costume you’re trying to re-create. What are the essential elements that will make you look like that character?
- What do you have on hand that you can use as is for the costume?
- What do you have that’s similar enough that you can use it?
- What can you alter to make work?
- What accessories can you add or make to make the costume more authentic?
Making your own costumes of characters you like is a lot of fun and an easy way for kids and adults to be creative with items they already have on hand. Have you ever done DIY cosplay before or cobbled together a Halloween costume from items in your closet? I’d love to hear all about it!
This isn’t the first time the girl has been a witch for Halloween. Check out our family favorite throwback Halloween costume.