How to Make DIY Cinderella, Totoro & Kiki's Delivery Service Costumes

Alicia Yanson
by Alicia Yanson
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I went to the thrift store and bought things to help me make three easy Halloween costumes, inspired by Disney and Studio Ghibli characters: a Kiki's Delivery Service costume, a Totoro costume, and a DIY Cinderella costume for adults.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how I made these DIY costumes with thrifted items.

Tools and materials:

Cinderella costume:

  • Blue dress
  • Pearl earrings
  • Black choker or ribbon
  • Blue headband or ribbon
  • Long white gloves

Totoro costume:

  • Gray t-shirt
  • Gray skirt
  • White t-shirt
  • Headband
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Interfacing
  • Fabric glue
  • Brush
  • Fiberfill

Kiki's Delivery Service costume:

  • Two extra-large navy t-shirts
  • Medium size t-shirt
  • Red fabric
  • Red headband
DIY Cinderella costume for adults

DIY Cinderella costume for adults

I made an outdated vintage blue dress into something a bit more modern style, and without realizing it, it actually came out to look a bit like a Cinderella dress!

Cinderella originally has all of her hair up, but I’m going to have mine half-up, half-down because I feel that it suits me better. I’ve also tied some blue ribbon over my head to make it look like a headband.

For jewelry, I added some pearl earrings. Cinderella also wears a black choker, I don’t have one, but I do have this black mesh ribbon that I used instead. I just tied it around my neck and then turned the knot to the back so that you don’t see it. 

The last and most important step for this transformation is her white gloves (I didn’t own glass slippers).

Totoro costume

Totoro costume

Easy Studio Ghibli costumes

1. Make the belly

Draw and cut out a circle that is about 13.5 inches long and 12 inches wide. Then trace the belly both onto the gray shirt and the white shirt. For the white shirt, you want to cut on the outside of the marking, and for the gray shirt, you want to cut on the inside of the marking.

Sewing the Totoro costume

2. Sew the white to the gray

To sew the belly on evenly, add pins at each halfway point and do the same on the belly piece. Pin those first, and it will make it easier to pin the rest. Sew it all around.

Easy Totoro costume

3. Make the crescent shapes

To make the crescent shapes on Totoro’s belly, make templates out of paper. Totoro originally has seven, but I only made three to keep it simple.

Use the gray part that you cut out from the shirt to make them. You want to directly cut the pieces with interfacing. Then, trace a template piece where you want them to be on the shirt. Next, use fabric glue to stick them on. 

Making Totoro costume ears

4. Make the ears

I cut out my desired length on the skirt and also hemmed the bottom. I then used the remaining fabric from the skirt to make the ears. Start by drawing them on some paper to make a template. Mine were 4.5 inches long and had a sort of boxy bunny ear shape. 

Cut them out and place them onto the fabric. Trace them four times and flip the template to have two mirrored pieces. Place the pieces right sides together and sew them, but leave the bottom part open. Flip them so that the raw edges are inside the ear.

Use some fiberfill to make the ears have some shape to them. 

Next, fold in the bottom edge of the ears and hand sew them closed. Lastly, you can sew the ears onto the headband.

Kiki's Delivery Service costume

Kiki's Delivery Service costume

How to make a Kiki's Delivery Service costume

1. Draw the new shape

To make the t-shirt look a bit more like a dress, place a medium-sized t-shirt over it and trace some new armholes. Kiki’s dress is flowy, so you want to make sure not to make the top part too tight.

Then, freehand the dress shape by connecting the new armholes to the bottom of the shirt. Cut off any excess fabric.

Sewing Studio Ghibli costumes

2. Sew the dress

Flip the shirt so that it’s right sides together and sew by following the line you drew. Try it on to make sure you like the shape and both sides are symmetrical.

Tracing sleeves to make a Kiki costume

3. Trace the sleeves

Use the second t-shirt to make the sleeves. Fold it in half lengthways, and then lay it down flat. Using the same medium-size t-shirt as a pattern, trace the armhole.

Kiki’s sleeves are at a ¾ length and flare out just a bit, so I made the sleeves 15 inches long and 10 inches wide. 

Leave some seam allowance and then use the sleeve as a pattern piece for the second sleeve. Then cut both sleeves out.

Sewing the sleeves for the Kiki costume

4. Sew the sleeves

Fold the sleeves lengthways, right sides together and sew them closed.

Pinning the sleeves to Kiki’s dress

5. Attach to the dress

Next, sew the sleeves to the dress. Turn the dress inside out and insert the sleeves inside so that they are right sides together, and sew.

Hemming the sleeves fo the dress

6. Hem

Next, hem the edges of the sleeves. 

Making Kiki’s bow

7. Sew a rectangle 

Cut two rectangles that measure 9x6 inches from your red fabric. Flip it so that the right sides are touching, and then sew along the edges. Leave a gap because you’ll need to turn it inside out. Flip the fabric so that the raw edges are inside. Then, hand-sew the gap closed.

Making a bow for a Kiki's Delivery Service co

8. Make the bow

To make the bow shape:

  1. Use a running stitch where you just pass the needle up and down through the fabric straight down the middle.
  2. Push the fabric together into a bow.
  3. With the remaining thread, wrap it around the center to secure it.
Easy Kiki's Delivery Service costume

9. Finish the bow

Cut a tiny rectangle that is 2 x 4 inches and sew it into a tube. Flip it inside out and wrap it around the center of the bow. Then hand stitch it to secure it. Finally, slip the headband through the center of the bow and sew the two together.

Disney and Studio Ghibli Halloween costumes

Easy Disney and Studio Ghibli Halloween costumes

I hope this tutorial has inspired you to make your own Halloween costume. Let me know which of these costumes is your favorite and what you’ll be going as to Halloween this year!

Suggested materials:
  • Blue dress
  • Pearl earrings
  • Black choker or ribbon
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