Debuted: Ani-Me 2018
This version of Rei had been on my "to cosplay" list for a while now. It had been years since I watched Neon Genesis or read the manga, so I wasn't super familiar with this costume of her's (it's probably just be a figure design). But it was too cute not to cosplay!
It was a bit tricky to figure out how to attach all the armor pieces and I ended up using a couple magnets for the back pieces and Velcro for everything else. The bodysuit also gave me a bit of trouble but I eventually got there!
What was made?
Ears. Necklace. Arm Armor. Gloves. Chest Piece. Bodysuit. Stockings. Boot Covers. Tail. Back Pieces.
What was bought?
Nothing! I made everything for this cosplay.
Photographer: Arlena Fae
Materials & Cost Breakdown
Material: 2mm & 6mm EVA Foam
Cost: $5 per pack (2mm), $10 per roll (6mm)
Purchased: 1 2mm pack, 1 6mm roll
Where: Walmart, Harbor Freight
Material: White Performance Stretch Fabric & Vinyl
Cost: $10 per yard (stretch), $14 per yard (vinyl)
Purchased: 3/4 yard (stretch), 2/3 yard (vinyl)
Material: White Spray Paint, Black & Green Acrylic
Cost: $5 per can (Spray), $0.89 per bottle (Acrylic)
Purchased: 1 can, 2 bottles
Material: Earth Magnets
Cost: $10 per pack
Purchased: 1/2 pack
Material: Plain Headband
Where: Dollar Store
Material: White Gloves
Material: Light Blue Wig
Material: Black Stretch Faux Leather
Cost: $20 per yard
Purchased: 1/2 yard
Where: Joann's Fabric
Material: Red Ribbon
Materials: Black Elastic
Cost: $3 per roll
Purchased: 1 roll
Materials: Stick On Velcro
Cost: $5 per pack
Purchased: 1 pack
Total Estimated Cost: $80
Shopping: About a day + one or two hours of searching online
Pattern Making: 1 day
Sewing: 2 days
Foam Work: 1 1/2 weeks
Painting: 3-4 days
**Days are not a full 24 hours. They're more like "work" days. Meaning for each day, I worked on the cosplay for anywhere from 4-10 hours per day--it's all a rough estimate.
- I wore this to a con where both D-Piddy and I were a guest at. I ended up getting to quickly learn a K-pop type dance with him and BelovedStar Cosplay to be put in his video! It was fun! He's a really nice person and BelovedStar is a good friend of mine!