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Yoko Bikini Top Tutorial by MomoKurumi Yoko Bikini Top Tutorial by MomoKurumi
If there's any typos or confusing grammar, let me know. I did my best to proofread. >o<

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If you have a padded cup, traditionally, the pad goes under the bust to push up the breast. Yoko, however, has what is affectionately known as “underboob”, so if you intend to attempt underboob, you may consider facing the padding in a different direction so that it lays better and doesn’t want to fall under your bust like it is designed to. Mine, for instance, are on the insides, facing each other, as I found this most comfortable.

You may line your pads if you like. I left mine unlined and it has not been a bother to me.

When applying the cord around the neck and on the front, make sure your cord is not twisted and will lay flat when worn.

The reason I don't recommend PVC (especially non stretch) is that because it is not a regular fabric with just fibers, as it is treated with a chemical on top, so once you punch a hole in it with the needle, that hole is not going to recover very well. In other words, if you mess up and have to rip out some stitches, it's probably going to show. On top of that, if it's non stretch, PVC doesn't drape very well. =P


Also note, this is simply how I made my top! Many people alter plain bikinis or sew their own, but I like the shape and fit of the padded bikini cups as opposed to a flat triangle. ;P On top of that, it's rather sleek! There is more than one way to cosplay, so be sure to check out some other tutorials if you're needing extra assistance. In the meantime, I'd love to answer any questions you may have.
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Demyxsnumber1fan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist
I'm totally gonna try this! Thanks!
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MeahowCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish I'd seen this when I was working on my Yoko cosplay. I'll definitely be using this as a reference in the future when I go for a second attempt though~
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Disneyfairy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You think you could make a tutorial on how to make the rifle? I can't find a good tutorial on how to make a three-dimensional one and not a cardboard version...
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MomoKurumi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's not a tutorial per se, but I do have an album on Imgur that tracks my progress. I eyeballed a lot of things on it, so the math is sort of lost to the ages. XD It was the first prop I ever made, so I wasn't expecting it to come out lasting strong after 6 cons, otherwise I might have taken more care to make it into a tutorial type thing!

Here's the album with some brief info on each photo: [link]
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Disneyfairy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It looks really helpful. I eventually want to make the prop and cosplay as Yoko myself, but in the mean time I'm in the "gathering materials" phase. Thank you! :D
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SillyHippo11 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
question. where in the actual hell does one find bikini cord? Jo-ann's nor michaels had it.
fabulous tutorial, it only took me a couple tries to get the bikini together. :>
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MomoKurumi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I got mine from an actual bikini (an American flag bikini, to be precise) but there are also ways to make it using a loop turning tool and some red spandex/milliskin/tricot, etc. I've not yet attempted to make any such cord, but now I know how they do that seamless look! :3
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SillyHippo11 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
ah. i think i found something that should at least hold until i find better...
but thanks!!
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MomoKurumi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! Yeah, I had to use a plain red cord, sort of like soutache braid when I first did Yoko, but the darn thing was super uncomfortable and would not stay tied. But once you do run into something that works, it's easy enough to replace. ^_^
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thecompanian Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
i love you so hard right now. yoko is my favorite even though everyone she kisses dies ;W;
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