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My Neighbor Totoro Themed Cosplay for Tampa Bay Comic Con 2014

Last week I spent a lot of time on creating the perfect outfits to wear to this year’s fall convention. We’re lucky because we get two… so if we can’t make it to Tampa Bay Comic Con in April (which we didn’t) we can plan to try again in August. Because of my work schedule we could only go on Sunday, but that’s when we got the best deals on merchandise anyway so I’m not sad.

Anyhow, now that I have two children I’m dabbling in these family themes for dressing up. (Hutch will get on board eventually. He’s already voiced his regret over not playing along last weekend.) So we started out basic with “My Neighbor Totoro.”


I used inspiration from this adorable Totoro costume I’ve been cooing over for years. I got all my fabric from the remnants basket though, which is why if you look closely the hood and tail are not the same as the body and ears. But the colors were very close so I ran with it for the sake of saving money. I used Simplicity 1351  with a lot of modification. Sleeveless because Florida, free form tail and ears, and super short to accommodate my tiny-legged toddler. The belly is entirely made of felt. I glued on the V marks and then hand sewed them down before attaching the entire belly to the finished outfit.

2014 tampa bay comic con totoro cosplay

My mom made Gaia’s costume (except the messenger bag – I did that) and she is too cute, amiright?! She is Mei, the youngest of Totoro’s new neighbor friends. We couldn’t find a sunhat, so we went with the pigtails instead.

my neighbor totoro mei cosplay

I was going for Satsuki, the oldest sister. That skirt was actually a huge pain in my arse and only the second time I made something for myself. Every time I do I get mad at my machine and swear of adult costumes for another few months. I think we look adorable together though and I’m glad I finished it in time.

my neighbor totoro cosplay

I’m a little ashamed of my weight lately, but that’s another story. Overall we had a blast. But if I’m paying the exaggerated costs again next year I need to get hot so I can be a bodacious babe instead.

Does your family do themed costumes?




  1. Adorable!!! We love that movie. 🙂

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