|Cost :||TOO MUCH X333|
|Time Taken :||TOO LONG|
|.......I'm going to need help going through the doors.|
This is the biggest project I ever worked on yet!!! I learnt so many skills from this.
I learnt how to dye silk effectively (using some inspiration from Sands' tutorial in NEO magazine, thankyou!!) and construction work too.
The dress was made from scratch, without any patterns. My mother helped of course with the shape of it as she pinned it on me XD then I sewed it all together. I didn't want to show my flesh too much so I have a nude spandex boobtube underneath the dress, it looks effective enough. The white chest gem is interfacing with a scrap of white silky satin (the material for the dress) fixed on with body tape. I've recently hemmed and sewed on two pieces of white chiffon silk onto the elastic on the dress to disguise it a bit and to be one of the white floaty bits :)
The giant flower gave me many headaches. The base is a hula hoop, which I then attached a circle of blue dyed silk onto. I attached elastic onto it to become a harness, it's very comfy :D
The petals themselves were the hardest bit, I originally tried with wire but the shape looked awful and with the three gems on top, it was way too top heavy, so I decided a more strong structure was needed. I ended up making it out of bamboo sticks, doing a sort of window pane look, sticks going horizontal and vertical. I then covered the sticks with spare dyed silk to hide them a bit. Because I wanted the flower to be transportable I made each petal detachable by attaching velcro to the poles and the hoop. It works fantastically and I'm really proud of the overall achievement.
One of my faves but one of my least faves too in different areas! Tehe!
|GIANT FLOWER OF DOOM||High||Complete|
|main body bit||Medium||Complete|
|gems at the top||Medium||Complete|
|white floaty bits||Medium||Complete|
|reduce the size of the flowers. I am not going to be able to hover in mid air like her!||Low||Complete|
|random makeup :)||Low||Complete|
YAH (Posted 26th May 2010)
Listing as completed because all that's left to do is to style the wig which I'll do Friday possibly.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
The giant flower of doom has been CONQUERED! (Posted 24th May 2010)
So, I bought some more yellow fabric paint and have done the yellow bits on the petals and base. The base hoop pattern, I used a stencil for that I crafted but it's such a shitty stencil job >_> but ah well, it looks decent I suppose. But yes, the flower is done! Pictures will come tomorrow, and now I can work on the white floaty bits. The wig will be styled at the apartment in London, with everyone to help so I don't make a cock-up of it! fun times.
flower = 90% done (Posted 23rd May 2010)
all petal structures have been made and silked. Am now doing the yellow bits, firstly spraying on diluted fabric paint. If that doesn't show up to well I'll do some more spraying and if that fails then it'll be a case of using up loads of fabric paint (and I have a feeling if that happens I'll be taking a trip to fabricland again ^^;;;)
Yeah (Posted 21st May 2010)
TOP PETAL HAS BEEN OWNED!! and shown who da boss!
Done structures of three petals out of bamboo sticks :) half covered one with silk, and will silk the other two tomorrow, and then see what I can do with the last two petals. AWESOME
FLAILS WILDLY!!! D8 (Posted 21st May 2010)
Less than a week to complete the flower and it's giving me a headache! I made the top petal out of wire, and the wire is a bitch, and I glued the gems down and it was bringing down the silk a bit so I put some foam at the top to hold the gems straight and then velcro'd the petal to the hoop base and.........it's too top heavy and it's wilting ;_; (pun not intended)
SO! Last minute buy of supplies, I've re-thought it through and I'm going to buy some wooden sticks from somewhere! Anywhere!!! Wilkinsons?! B&Q?!! ANYWHERE that does these, so I can get it done and dusted in time to show it to everyone X_X
YAYAYYA (Posted 8th April 2010)
I finished the dress! It's pretty awesome :)
and I've been doing the silk dying! My mother has been such a great help to me with this, I don't know what I'd have done without her! I did the blue bits this afternoon and they've become a beautiful colour - what I have done is instead of cutting out the shapes and then dying them individually, I've dyed the whole lot of fabric in the bits needed to save on dye and manageable bits :D will do the purple bits tomorrow! and I have an idea on the basic frame of the petals, so that's awesome too! EEEEEEEEE
Progrersssssss whut (Posted 6th April 2010)
So I'm taking the wig with me to Minami so Fifi (CrystalNeko) can help me style it :D got the hairspray and hairdryer ok.
Started the dress today, ahahah. Since I decided the pattern was way too irregular for this, my mum helped me construct a pattern from scratch by pinning the fabric to me, and we've basically done things step by step and keep pinning and repinning to me. So far I've finished the front, with interfacing at the top to keep the rounded shape, and it's hemmed, and the top of the back is hemmed plus one side is seamed together, just got to work out how to do the other side, as that is the side that will have velcro sewn on to generally keep the outfit together, plus I have to get some elastic to hold up the dress. Then I need to think about how to fix the dress onto the nude spandex boob-tube I made to help the dress fit better (and then I can wear a proper bra during the day YAY)
Got a bit annoyed so am leaving it for tomorrow, will probably start the silk dying too. Bought a hula hoop today, only problem is it has bead things inside so will have to saw it open and get rid of them, then tape it back together and paint it white. Then that will give me a base for when I do the flower!!!! ahahahahahah.............
FABRIIIIIIC (Posted 16th March 2010)
Well I bought 10 metres of satin fabric today (only for £13 - WIN!!! And yes, it is decent looking satin, not the 99p type >_>) and so I can start on this finally! I have the pattern that I'm going to mod, and then I have loads left over for the floaty floaty bits (that I still have no idea how to do >_<).
If I'm lucky I might have loads left over from this costume to use on Gardevoir....hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :3
Wig! (Posted 28th January 2010)
Ok so the wig has arrived! It's so purty and I don't want to cut it but I must ;_; le sigh.
have no idea how I will start styling it xD if anyone has any tips then please tell me, it's heat resistant so I can use my straighteners with it...
rargh (Posted 21st November 2009)
Doing concept sketches for the dress and flower. It's going to be costly -_-; hoping for lots of xmas money to fund this lmao xD
Dadahhh (Posted 31st October 2009)
Thus the end of October Expo is upon us, and we can start planning for May...
I hope I don't spend too much money on this, ohohoh, but it's the sort of thing that reeks of spendage xD