Charlotte – Yusa & Misa Nishimori (Kurobane)

Name: Yusa & Misa Nishimori Series: Charlotte Variant: School Uniform
Gender: Female Hair: Blond (Bright Yellow) Eyes: Blue  Visual Age: Teens
 Related Links: Charlotte Reference Image Gallery, Nao Tomori, Yuu Otosaka, Jojiro Takajo

official concept promotional art animation modelComplete cosplay breakdown! For Misa, see wig details below. As Misa merely possesses Yusarin’s body, there are no costume differences; only hair.

Photo reference gallery at the bottom of the post! 

(if you’ve just come from one of the other Charlotte school uniform posts, yes, this is essentially the same! I have made them into separate posts so that I can highlight the differences!)

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I am pretty sure this is one single piece, not a blouse under a jacket. The bow should be sewn in under the collar as well. The buttons are fake as the entire thing pops over her head. If you have trouble with this, attach the modesty panel to snaps or velcro on one side so you can unhook it to allow your head to pass through.

The basic construction of the blouse should be like this: two back pieces, two front pieces, a collar, a modesty panel, the front placket, two mini side plackets, the bow, the notch piece on either side, and appropriate linings, pipings, edgings, pockets, etc.

The bodice should be well-fitted to your shape along the sides. There are no visible darts, but if you need to add them do so freely.

There are three brown buttons down the center of the button placket. Again, this is decoration-only.  The placket is edged in brown, possibly piping.

Don’t forget the brown-trimmed welt pocket – it might be fake, but it’s on the right side (audience right, your left).

The front bottom edge has two points on either side of the placket; the back bottom edge angles out into a straight edge across the back (looks more like a trapezoid). There is a white stripe around the entire bottom edge about an inch from the hem. You could use piping instead of bias tape for a little pop, as long as you  make it match the sleeves.

Interestingly, there’s a little notch at each side seam where there is a brown inset or placket that goes nearly up the point of the natural waist. There are two red dots on it – maybe buttons or rivets of some nature? Hard to get a clear shot of it.

I would definitely sew the bow into the collar seam underneath and then tack it down front and center, rather than allow it to slip around. It’s yellow, probably of a soft cotton with a silky sheen. It should cover the bust area and dangle down to the natural waist.

A tutorial like THIS one will help you create the sailor collar, modesty panel, and attach the bow under it. There is a brown stripe near the edge of the white collar. There is also some embroidered detail in gold on the modesty panel, which is gently pointed upwards.

The sleeves fall off the natural shoulder and come down to the wrist. They’re fitting while still being plenty loose for motion. At the bottom edge there is a white stripe followed by a red stripe and a brown stripe at the hem. There are two brown buttons on either cuff.

SKIRT

The skirt is brown with a small white stripe near the bottom hem. There are knife pleats all around with a single box pleat in the front center.

As always skirt length is up to the cosplayer – go with whatever makes you comfortable. I would do this slightly above the knee.

(According to Nao’s skirt) There is a white petticoat or lining underneath that falls slightly shorter than the length of the skirt. There’s no detail available for the bottom edge.

SHOES

Her shoes are the basic loafers that the boys wear; I believe it’s a school requirement.

Her socks are white over the knee style. If you can’t find them locally, Sockdreams carries several in solid white: option 1, option 2, option 3.

ACCESSORIES

She wears a white scrunchie with brown edges (possibly crocheted or tatted lace?) on her ponytail. There is a bow tacked to the scrunchie; it always faces forward.

WIG

For Arda colors/styles, I would use a Venus Classic in Light Blonde. If you prefer their Silky line, Venus Silky in Golden Blonde is a good color. Use appropriate wefts or ponytails to create the side ponytail. If you want to create Misa’s hair color gradient, I would dye it from the base color.

Did this reference guide miss something? Any advice for other cosplayers? Comment or email to let us know!

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Charlotte – Jojiro Takajo

Name: Jojiro Takajo Series: Charlotte Variant: school uniform
Gender: Male Hair: steel grey Eyes: blue? Visual Age: Teens
 Related Links: Charlotte Reference Image Gallery, Nao Tomori, Yuu Otosaka, Yusa & Misa Kurobane (Nishimori)

Photo reference gallery at the bottom of the cosplay breakdown! 

(if you’ve just come from one of the other Charlotte school uniform posts, yes, this is essentially the same! I have made them into separate posts so that I can highlight the differences!)

official concept promotional art animation modelJACKET

The construction of the jacket is fairly simple. The body should be made of four pieces – two fronts and two backs joined down the middle.

The collar stands up in the mandarin style. The white edge is part of the collar, like perhaps an inner collar? Initially I just thought it was the shirt collar inside of it, but it’s actually together. See collar reference in gallery.

For front buttons, there are five silver ones. Generally the top button will always be unbuttoned. There are two silver buttons on either sleeve cuff. The cuff should be a little bit shorter than the shirt sleeve so the white shirt shows under the jacket slightly.

There is thin white (or maybe silver?) piping/edging down the front of the button placket. Very slim, just an accent piece.

On each side near the waist there is a flap pocket with a silver button. In addition, there is a slot pocket over the left side of the chest. Should be fairly high up as it looks higher than the sleevehole.

The total length is slightly past the waist – not long enough to restrict movement (i.e. running) but fairly long as noted by the proportion between pants and jacket.

SHIRT

His shirt is a basic white collared button-d0wn shirt with long sleeves. Very straight forward and available from pretty much any store that sells mens’ clothes. The top button is buttoned (unlike Yuu). The shirt is tucked into the pants.

PANTS

The pants are plain black slacks, neatly ironed into front and back creases.

SHOES

Can’t see his socks; they will be either black or white. Like all the other students, he wears brown loafers. They must be a school requirement.

ACCESSORIES

Takajo’s glasses have slim black frames. They look almost like the kind that’s invisible on the bottom edge as the top is definitely drawn thicker than the bottom. The lenses are symmetrical ovals.

WIG

Arda – raven or charcoal blue in a styled/cut Hansel, Magnum, or Derek. Lots of choices. Probably a fairly simple cut and style required is all.

(Got another favorite wig brand you’d like to recommend? Add in the comments! I use Arda for Cosbreaks because their website is simple for me to navigate and their color/style selection is very wide.)

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Charlotte – Yuu Otosaka

Name: Yuu Otosaka Series: Charlotte Variant: School Uniform
Gender: Male Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown  Visual Age: Teens
 Related Links: Charlotte Reference Image Gallery, Nao Tomori, Jojiro TakajoYusa & Misa Nishimori (Kurobane)

Photo reference gallery at the bottom of the cosplay breakdown! 

(if you’ve just come from one of the other Charlotte school uniform posts, yes, this is essentially the same! I have made them into separate posts so that I can highlight the differences!)

official concept promotional art animation modelJACKET

The construction of the jacket is fairly simple. The body should be made of four pieces – two fronts and two backs joined down the middle.

The collar stands up in the mandarin style. The white edge is part of the collar, like perhaps an inner collar? Initially I just thought it was the shirt collar inside of it, but it’s actually together. See collar reference in gallery.

For front buttons, there are five silver ones. Generally the top button will always be unbuttoned. There are two silver buttons on either sleeve cuff. The cuff should be a little bit shorter than the shirt sleeve so the white shirt shows under the jacket slightly.

There is thin white (or maybe silver?) piping/edging down the front of the button placket. Very slim, just an accent piece.

On each side near the waist there is a flap pocket with a silver button. In addition, there is a slot pocket over the left side of the chest. Should be fairly high up as it looks higher than the sleevehole.

The total length is slightly past the waist – not long enough to restrict movement (i.e. running) but fairly long as noted by the proportion between pants and jacket.

SHIRT

His shirt is a basic white collared button-d0wn shirt with long sleeves. Very straight forward and available from pretty much any store that sells mens’ clothes. The top button is unbuttoned. But the shirt itself is tucked into the pants.

Under that he wears a crew neck tshirt. The concept art shows it in a dark blue or cadet blue.

PANTS

The pants are plain black slacks, neatly ironed into front and back creases.

SHOES

Can’t see his socks; they will be either black or white. Like all the other students, he wears brown loafers. They must be a school requirement.

WIG

If you choose to use Arda, I personally like their mahogany, dark brown, or Spanish brown Classic colorways. I’d use a versatile basic wig like Magnum and do either a simple style or a cut & style. You might get away with a Derek instead; I’m not really a wig expert to be honest. Magnum just looks fluffier which would make me happy.

For the new Arda Silky line, perhaps mocha or umber? At the time of this writing, Silky only comes in medium to long wig style lengths so it would require heavy cutting and styling.

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Charlotte – Nao Tomori

Name: Nao Tomori Series: Charlotte Variant: School Uniform
Gender: Female Hair: Silver/White Eyes: Blue Visual Age: Teens
 Related Links: Charlotte Reference Image Gallery, Yuu Otosaka, Jojiro TakajoYusa & Misa Nishimori (Kurobane)

Complete cosplay breakdown! Nao Tomori, the white haired camera girl, from Charlotte (summer 2015).

Photo reference gallery at the bottom of the post! 

official concept promotional art animation modelTOP

I am pretty sure this is one single piece, not a blouse under a jacket. The bow should be sewn in under the collar as well. The buttons are fake as the entire thing pops over her head. If you have trouble with this, attach the modesty panel to snaps or velcro on one side so you can unhook it to allow your head to pass through.

The basic construction of the blouse should be like this: two back pieces, two front pieces, a collar, a modesty panel, the front placket, two mini side plackets, the bow, the notch piece on either side, and appropriate linings, pipings, edgings, pockets, etc.

The bodice should be well-fitted to your shape along the sides. There are no visible darts, but if you need to add them do so freely.

There are three brown buttons down the center of the button placket. Again, this is decoration-only.  The placket is edged in brown, possibly piping.

Don’t forget the brown-trimmed welt pocket – it might be fake, but it’s on the right side (audience right, your left).

The front bottom edge has two points on either side of the placket; the back bottom edge angles out into a straight edge across the back (looks more like a trapezoid). There is a white stripe around the entire bottom edge about an inch from the hem. You could use piping instead of bias tape for a little pop, as long as you  make it match the sleeves.

Interestingly, there’s a little notch at each side seam where there is a brown inset or placket that goes nearly up the point of the natural waist. There are two red dots on it – maybe buttons or rivets of some nature? Hard to get a clear shot of it.

I would definitely sew the bow into the collar seam underneath and then tack it down front and center, rather than allow it to slip around. It’s yellow, probably of a soft cotton with a silky sheen. It should cover the bust area and dangle down to the natural waist.

charlotte - nao tomori fuku embroidered detailA tutorial like THIS one will help you create the sailor collar, modesty panel, and attach the bow under it. There is a brown stripe near the edge of the white collar. There is also some embroidered detail in gold on the modesty panel, which is gently pointed upwards.

The sleeves fall off the natural shoulder and come down to the wrist. They’re fitting while still being plenty loose for motion. At the bottom edge there is a white stripe followed by a red stripe and a brown stripe at the hem. There are two brown buttons on either cuff.

SKIRT

The skirt is brown with a small white stripe near the bottom hem. There are knife pleats all around with a single box pleat in the front center.

As always skirt length is up to the cosplayer – go with whatever makes you comfortable. I would do this slightly above the knee.

There is a white petticoat or lining underneath that falls slightly shorter than the length of the skirt. There’s no detail available for the bottom edge.

SHOES

The boots are brown with brown straps over the tongue in front. The backs seem to have some kind of lacing or other decoration. They are just above the ankle. There is no heel.

Her socks are black and fall just below the knee. If you can’t find them locally, Sockdreams carries several kneehighs in solid black: option 1, option 2, option 3.

ACCESSORIES

charlotte - nao tomori back camera case detailThere are some good images of the handheld camcorder in the gallery. Don’t feel obligated to build a prop – an cheap old broken camcorder from a thrift store, ebay, or garage sale will work just as well!

The camera case sits on Nao’s belt which is usually not visible, but on some angles you can see that it matches the camera case and slings over her hips. There’s probably a buckle on the opposite side.

The case itself has a rounded lunchbox-style top. It’s probably canvas, leather, pleather, etc – and note the detailing on the outside. The zipper looks silver or maybe gold.

WIG

This is nearly exactly the same hairstyle as Kanade Tachibana (Angel/Tenshi) from Angel Beats. (Personally, I think Nao is the reincarnation of Kanade since it’s the same creative team) The only difference is the pigtails. You could theoretically use the same wig if you are a Kanade cosplayer.

The concept art show Nao with only one ponytail, pulled back a bit to the side. However, in the actual show and more recent promo art, she has two pigtails instead. The hair elastics are a reddish-brown, matching the skirt.

For Arda Wigs, I would use a Nina or Ferrari in either silver or light grey. I prefer the Nina for the length and only slightly wavy style as it would double better for Kanade. I’m not sure  if you’ll need additional pony tail clips or if there is enough hair that you can style it into the pigtails. More hair generally always helps a look.

Did this reference guide miss something? Any advice for other Nao cosplayers? Comment or email to let us know!

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Charlotte – COSPLAY REFERENCE IMAGE GALLERY

Cosplay reference image gallery of concept and promotional art for Charlotte for archival purposes.

Updated 10/10/15.

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