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