Introduction to cosplaying as Kagamine Rin

Hi guys! I’m back with a video and entry to give prospective Kagamine Rin/Len cosplayers an insight into the making of the default Vocaloid costume.
This is NOT a tutorial entry but I’ll try to give as much tips as I can and hope you guys like it. Here goes!
*Videos and photos inside*

The Headphone

My headphone was graciously made by Yuanie who was my Kagamine Len. And she had a method quite different from Inuran’s.

My Kagamine Rin headphones is NOT done using this method. But you might wanna check Inuran’s method out if you’re interested.

It is done with a normal hairband as a base. The earpads are primarily made with cardboard and white foam. The coloured parts are mostly either coloured paper or vinyl tapes.
Body of the microphone is made with bendable wires and wrapped with white vinyl tape while the tip itself is made by coiling white foam around the wire and sealing everything up with vinyl tape again.
You can attach the ribbon to the hairband by gluing it directly. Or you can do it like me, attaching the ribbons to 2 ( I used 2 for security) rubber band and then tying it onto the hairband. Whichever method you prefer would work fine.
I chose to attach the ribbon to the hairband with rubber bands because I wanted it to be flexible. So if I ever want to use the hairband for other purpose, I can.

The Arm Warmers
The arm warmers are done with a very straight forward pattern which I’ll cover that in the future. The LCD patterns on the arm warmer are created with black foam and green velvet cloth. I stuck them on to the Arm warmers with double sided tape, which is a bad choice ^^;

Below's a video to teach you how to make Arm Warmers.


A small tip for those who are having problem acquiring thick black foam. An alternative is to snip them from any old foam mouse pads. They work just as remarkably and you’re helping the environment! ha-ha.

The Belt

The belt is basically a cloth tube with the edges sewed in. For the triangles, we cut a bunch of diamonds from some yellow velvet and stuck them on to the fabric tube with fabric glue. According to Yuanie, you can use white glue too.
Kagamine RIn belt

I did my costume in a rush so please don’t mind the ugly stitches =\

The Costume
The costume is just a simple sailor fuku kind of top without sleeves. The more confusing portion would be the musical note on the chest area. It is done by tracing the note on the back of a piece of velvet and then cutting it out. We then stuck the note on to the costume with fabric glue.

My pants are just store bought black shorts.
I’m not exactly sure if you guys would enjoy entries like these so…comment and let me know if you would like to see more ^^ !!


Ayumi said…
I found this entry really interesting :D !!! I already bought my kagamine Rin costume so I don't particularily need it now but I still saw some good advice in it that will definitely help me in my future cosplays :DDD <3 !!!
And I still always love your tutorials :D (your headphone turtorial helped me a lot for my miku headphones and rin headphones) and your yukata tutorial is helping my friend making her next cosplay ^^ !!!

Please continue making such posts and tutorials !!!! They are really helpfull !!!
jactinglim said…
I love how your cosplay entries are so informative and comprehensive :D very well written!
Thank you for sharing this :)
Anonymous said…
This is so useful! Thank you ><
Where did you the thing in SG that you attached on both end of your rin belt?
Kumi said…
Do you have any tips on making/cosplaying as Hatsune Miku??? >//<
So Dam said…
I love the tutorial~! I was wondering if you will go into detail about the arm/leg warmer?
Anonymous said…
The headphone advice helped me a lot with my Kagamine Rin cosplay! I brought my cosplay but it didn't have the headphones. It did come with the big white bow but may I ask you how you did your white bow? I think it's cute and I'd just use it as casual wear.
Anonymous said…
Where did you get the ribbon for ur headband? and I ♥ this blog!! It's AWSOME!!!! Thanx for the tips!!
Anonymous said…
I made my bow, but It turned out small. I ♥ this blog SO MUCH!!! Can you make a blog on how to cosplay as other vocaloids???
Anonymous said…
i <3 this blog! I have a few questions though. Um. What kind of fabric would you suggest for the Rin's clothing? And for the sailor fuku, how would you apply the bow and the tie? Thanks! ^____^ <3
Hi guys, sorry for the late reply =)

The bow is done with a very simple method.. maybe one day I'll cover that >.<

I recommend the usual fabrics like Cotton or polyester for this costume. Just don't use satin.

I safety pinned my bow on xD
Anonymous said…
oh thanks! I really like your videos! :D I hope I can make my Kagamine Rin and Len cosplay!
RinLen~¥ said…
Kaika-chan, you have a great website. But I have to ask, what fabric did you use for the bow on the headphones? Oh and is the steps for the arm warmer, the same for the leg warmers?
john said…
check out the new vocaloid from australia Ange wayne
RinLen~¥ said…
do you know any good utatane piko tutorials??
Anonymous said…
Hi, I'm making a Rin Kagamine cosplay and I was wondering if you could do a tutorial for the leg warmers? Your tutorials are very helpful:) <3
Anonymous said…
Did you use black fabric for the arm/leg warmers and the sailor fuku part? Cause I've seen pictures of people using black and I've seen people using a charcoal grey.
fiftyraccoon said…
Um I need help on the shirt can you explain the top part like the black and yellow thing...and the tie..REPLY
Dalia said…
can u please make a tutorial for rin's belt?
where do u get the white foam for the headphones?? ><;;
That Crazy Girl said…
Very helpful! As for me, I'm also using store-bought shorts, but making the shirt, bow, and leg-warmers out of old t-shirts and pillowcases Mom was gonna throw away. Yay recycling! :P I need to find another black t-shirt for the leg warmers though. The black scarf didn't leave enough fabric for both leg warmers and arm warmers.
Anonymous said…
This was very helpful, but how exactly did you make the bow for the head set?
Onita said…
hmm :) Thank you so much for introductory! It's a really great help! So far this is best and simplest tutorial/tip I've seen yet for Kagamine Rin :) Again Thank you!
Anonymous said…
This will help a lot thank you! I have to make Rin and Len since my Len is a dude and doesn't know how to sew.
Anonymous said…
where did you get your wig? This is so helpful thanks you!!!!!! <3
Anonymous said…
Hiya! Im cosplaying Rin for my next cosplay, but I can't find a buckle or those clips like the ones you used :s do you remember where you got them from? Or have any ideas where I could find them?

Thanks ! Btw love ur blog ! <3
Hi guys!

- The arm and leg warmers can be done the same way

- I got white foam from a local bookstore

- My wig is from Taobao...sorry I cannot remember the seller

- I buy my buckles and clip from dressmaking accessories stores. If you live in Singapore, try googling 'Textile Centre'
Anonymous said…
What type of fabric did you use for the arm warmers?
I think I used cotton for the arm warmers
Unknown said…
Hi, I was wondering wear you got the wig.
Unknown said…
woops, never mind. >.<
Unknown said…
I was wondering if you could tell more in-depth how you made the neck tie? That'd be helpful, because i can't find anything on that.

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