You'll be making a fish for your back, and a small headpiece that can be bobby-pinned into the hair, or attached to a headband.
The goal of this costume was to make something simple and easily recognizable, and also comfortable and easily modified for changes in weather. Quite possibly the best part is that you can use the pieces as decor afterwards!
Please note that this is for nigiri sushi, not a sushi roll costume.
Step 1: Obtain the Materials
-white clothing (aka the rice part of the sushi)- I used a white sundress and white sweater, but any all-white clothing will do
-chopsticks - I used these to stick in my bun as an extra accessory, but you could stick them in the belt of carry them around
Crafting Materials (to make the things you can't find elsewhere)
-black fabric (~ 1/2 yd) - look for something with a slight sheen and crumpled look, as this will be the seaweed
-salmon pink fabric (~ 1 yd) - for the fish/shrimp
-pillow stuffing - to stuff the fish
-1/2 in or 1 in white white ribbon (~ 4-5 ft) - you can always overlap if its too wide or not wide enough, but avoid ones with frilly edges
-pink gauzy fabric (~ 1/4 yd) - for the ginger
-bright green felt (1 sheet) - for the wasabi
-dark green felt (1 sheet) - for the decorative grass
-needle, thread, and straight pins (unless you like sewing without the pins)
Step 2: The Fish/Shrimp
2. On on of the pieces, glue or sew the white ribbon in 4 horizontal stripes across the body of the fish (see image). If you glued, wait for it to dry before continuing on.
3. Place the two fish shapes back to back (the fabric you want on the outside of the finished product should be facing each other), and use the straight pins to secure the two pieces together temporarily. Make sure your new stripes are facing inward .
4. Begin to sew the fish pieces together, removing straight pins as you go. When you have roughly 4-8 inches left to sew, remove all the straight pins and turn the fish inside out, so that the stripes are now on the outside.
5. Stuff the fish to capacity!
6. Complete the last few inches of sewing the fish together
Step 3: Wasabi for the Headpiece
1. Cut out a pattern out of paper first, and make sure it will make the basic shape you'd like to achieve when it comes together. Edit paper model as necessary before tracing it onto the bright green felt .
2. Cut the shape out of the bright green felt. DON'T cut the slits all the way to the center, but you will probably need to cut them most of the way. Experiment before you snip too much.
3. Take two of the "petals" up, overlapping one over the other about 1/4 of the way. Sew the two together in the position across the tips of them, so the needle will be ready to keep going across the next and around the circle.
4. Continue sewing the following petals together until the dome is complete. (see image)
Step 4: The Rest of the Headpiece
1. Cut the dark green felt in half length-wise, so you have a piece thats 11in by 4.25 in. Cut into the long side along one side to make it look like grass, and feel free to cut the entire piece down to shorter than 4.25 in.
2. Cut a long thin piece of the fabric you're using for the ginger- about 5 in by 10 in. Fold it in half long ways (so that its now 2.5 in by 10 in), and fold it like a fan back and forth. It doesn't have to be a perfect fan, and it should bulb up a bit at the top
3. Pinching the bottom of the folded ginger fabric, sew the bottom of it directly onto the grass piece you just cut. Once you like how its shaped, sew the back of it higher up to keep it in place.
4. Once the ginger is in place, sew the wasabi on next to it.
5. Optional: I just bobby pinned this piece directly into my hair, but you can attach it to a headband if you want.