How to Make an Anime Cat Girl Costume

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How to Make an Anime Cat Girl Costume
Anime cat girls mimic the characteristics of a real cat. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

An anime cat girl, also called a neko or nekomimi, is a type of character that is popular in Japanese manga and anime. There are many types of cat girl costumes from fun and cute to sultry and sexy. This tutorial features a more classic look, which involves homemade cat ears, a black body and tail. Cat girl anime costumes are available to purchase from some costume play costume suppliers, but they can be expensive. You can handicraft your own anime cat girl costume for a fraction of the cost.

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Things you need

  • Black knee high socks
  • Black dress
  • Black headband
  • White fur fabric
  • Black fur fabric
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Foam
  • Permanent marker
  • Safety pin
  • Tights
  • Stuffing

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  1. 1

    Lay the foam flat onto your work space. Measure and cut two equal-sized triangles out of the foam. The size of the triangles should depend on how big you want the cat ears to be, but a good starting size is a triangle that is 3 inches long and 2 inches high.

  2. 2

    Lay the black fur fabric onto your work space. Place the foam ears on top of the fabric, and cut around them to create two black ears the same size as the foam pieces.

  3. 3

    Place the white fur onto your work space, with the fur side facing downward. Place the foam pieces onto the white fur fabric and draw around them, leaving a 1-inch gap around the edges of the ears. Cut out the white fur pieces.

  4. 4

    Heat the glue gun. Apply small drops of glue to the back of the black fur and press it into the centre of the white fur. Allow the glue to dry. Repeat with the other triangles.

  5. 5

    Place the headband on your head and decide where you want the ears to be. Mark the spot with a marker. Remove the headband. Squeeze a small drop of glue onto the corner of one of the ears, and carefully press it onto the headband. Repeat with the other corner of the triangle. Repeat with the other ear.

  6. 6

    Cut the tights in half,so that only one leg remains. Trim the tight leg so that it is approximately 15 inches in length. Stuff the inside of the black tight with the stuffing for the tail.

  7. 7

    Put the black dress on. Put the knee high black socks on. Pin the tail to the back of the dress with a safety pin. Put the headband on.

Tips and warnings

  • To complete the look, draw some whiskers and a cat's nose onto your face with a black eyeliner pencil.
  • Exercise caution when using the glue gun.

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