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Gijinka Gabumon Jacket

Gijinka (擬人化): Romaji characters for the Japanese word meaning “treating [anything nonhuman] like a human being”. (linkz)

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Though it might be more accurate to simply call it a hoodie version of Gabumon’s jacket, I have decided to sew (by hand…stupid sewing machine.) a version of his jacket that I can cosplay in~ Yay!

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When I first started, I’d hoped to buy a basic white hoodie and dye it a light blue color, add another set of arms, modify the hood, and add the dark blue stripes. But! No matter where I looked, I couldn’t on my life find a light blue OR white hoodie.

Next my plan was to make a basic hoodie from a pattern, modify the sleeves to be plush, add a second set of arms, and hand-draw the pattern for a custom hood. This plan fell through when the only pattern I could find (a McCalls) was nowhere to be found at Joanns.

My only other option was to find SOMETHING with 2 arms and a hood, and simply hope I could make it from fleece. I searched the entire sewing section for a suitable pattern, and I found it in a pajama top. I took the long sleeves, measured my own arms, and added stuffed paws at the top–and cut out the front and pack panels. Rather than a single layer of light blue, I lined the entire interior with white fleece. So far, all I’ve been able to do is cut out a second set of arms, and get a zipper for the front (which is way too small).

All I intend to do to finish it, is cut and sew a custom hood with eye holes and ears, add white vinyl teeth to the edge of the hood, sew and stuff the second set of arms, add purple vinyl claws to all 4 paws, add a zipper to the front, hem it, and cut and sew on a set of dark blue stripes. So far I’ve spent nearly 50 hours on the thing, and I think I have about that to go!

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I’ll probably fix up these images later–maybe take them again after I shower, but for now–you get to see the real me. w00t.

Gabumon Jacket 1

This is the top of the jacket, nothing special.

Gabumon Jacket 2

This is the front of the jacket, paws out in front.

Gabumon Jacket 3

This is the top of the sleeve–I’m trying to figure out how I might smooth over that stitched line.

Gabumon Jacket 4

This is the bottom of the sleeve–kinda cool. I was able to line the outside with light blue, the inside with white, and use this to help stuff them.

Gabumon Jacket 5

This is a quick pic to show that I put finger slots in both paws, so I can bend the paw around. Kinda cool.

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This is still heavily in-progress, so–the next time I make major progress you’ll see it! Stay tuned!