|Cost :||£42.73 approx|
|Time Taken :||14hrs|
|-- Sticking this up to complete --|
Pfft, too ill to make wings in time so will have to wait till next time I wear Sakura! And they -will- be made because I already have the fabric, and I very much doubt I can use the fabric for anything else! oTL
Sooo rather than keeping this in-progress for aaaages I've stuck it up in complete XD
To be perfectly honest, this was a rather dull costume to make! Nothing technically challenging, it was a PAIN because while it was simple, it was still rather detailed and therefore, time consuming. However now that I've completed the costume I'm glad I stuck through it, the dress tails are so much fun to spin around with 8D
I'll be making the wings as well, whether or not I can actually do it for MCM Expo May I don't know, wish me luck to cram it in one week's work! D: (Because the actual week before Expo I will shoot myself if I have to work on cosplay, it's exam season so no costume work for me!)
Medium brown wig £16.50
2-3m white cotton £4-6
4m gold cord £2
2m Hi Multi Chiffon £6.50
1m Crepe back satin £3.75
2m Crushed chiffon £8.98
I started off with the bodice which is your average fitted bodice with a zip down the side. The skirt was then pleated on and because the fabric is rather stiff, it makes the skirt have lots of volume!
The front panel of gold on the bodice was hand stitched on, then the gold trim around it was also hand stitched on (which took ages!! I'm rubbish at hand sewing D: ).
The rest of the gold trim was then cut out and sewn on from the inside first then over the top and around the front for a neat finish. And I must say, it's my neatest trim ever 8D *proud face*. The gold trim at the joint from the bodice and skirt is one strip of fabric with a seam down the middle - because I was too lazy to sew on two strips of fabric (in other words, I'm a cheat!)
The straps were kind of messy... Good thing the dress tails and wig covers the messiness, so the bit at the front is the neatest bit :'D
The gold gems were all made from model magic and painted with gold acrylic. This was attached onto cord.
The gems on the front panel were hot glued on! I was originally going to use velcro so that I could take it on and off easily... But then there'd be this white gap if you looked up close and I didn't like that look!
The dress tails are sewn into the dress at the back and then the straps are sewn over it.
The wig was layered and styled using TRESemme hairspray and a hairdryer.
|Make base dress||High||Complete|
17/05/2010 - MAIN COSTUME DONE! HELL YEAH! (Posted 17th May 2010)
Lol, my hair! My Sakura wig will make me look less of a spacktard when spinning because it's shorter, much much shorter than my real hair! (And thank God! XD If I had a wig as long as my hair and I span round then that poor wig would be tangled within minutes...)
So I sewed on all the gold detailing. All made from crepe back satin, the shiny side is used for the random gold panel with the gems on. And the matte side is used for all the trim! It looks so neat in the pictures... Shame it doesn't look so neat IRL LOL.
I did think about hemming the chiffon... However I found it would have look weird and worse if I had hemmed it... I'm thinking of burning the edges but I'm not too sure because it's white? Or I might just leave it because it looks fine in the photos :'D
I'm fully aware I don't have the line of gems on yet... I need to figure out a way on how to attach them on xD;
Time Taken: 5hrs
16/05/2010 - All hemmed! (Posted 16th May 2010)
Okay, so I decided to get a full body shot after all. Because I decided to hem the dress once and for all and I had to try it on because I took in the bodice a bit as well at the back. So I thought "Meh - may as well take a photo!"
Time Taken: 30mins
16/05/2010 - Gold gems done! (Posted 16th May 2010)
I've painted every gold gem now! Waheeey! Also painted the gems on the front bodice ^_^
I'm tempted to paint the cord itself gold as well because I was messy with the painting. But not today because I've already washed the paint brush loool *lazy*
I also cut the white chiffon in half for the random dress tails she has. I can't sew them onto the dress until I do the gold detailing though. And I can't do the gold detailing till I buy the right colour thread lol! XD;
Time Taken: 1hr 40mins
Apologies for webcam photo once again. Really cannot be bothered to go get changed into costume and so there's no point in getting a full body shot. Excuse the unflattering enormous hoodie as well :P
15/05/2010 - Necklace! (Posted 15th May 2010)
Woohoo! Got the necklace done and painted 8D
It's made from cord, model magic and acrylic paints. I have to hold it in place because I haven't made any sort of snap for this yet.
Time Taken: 20mins
Excuse the webcam picture, I can't be bothered to get the camera out just to take a picture of a necklace...
08/05/2010 - Gems (Posted 8th May 2010)
Uuuurgh, reason why I haven't worked on this costume for ages? Because it's so boring to make!!! It's driving me insane, I want a more exciting costume to work on =3=
So here's all the little gem things, all hand made out of model magic. I did try looking on eBay to see if they had anything to save time but they didn't... So hand-making it is =3= I gotta wait for them to dry then I can paint them.
And to the right of the picture you can see the gold cord I'm using - which I will be wrapping around in fabric to make the gem string thing and the necklace.
Costs: 5m gold cord - I can't remember, I'll estimate £2.50, seems logical xD
You can tell I love using =3= a lot now, it's so cute :'D
02/03/2010 - Fabric all bought! (Posted 2nd March 2010)
Yeees, I just did an order on www.cheapfabrics.co.uk for the remainder of my Sakura cosplay!
I'll add on £3 to the costs as well because of P&P =_= (Yes it's £3.95, but part of the fabric bulk was Princess Tutu wings. So I'll spread out the total costs to her~~)
31/12/2009 - Dress (Posted 31st December 2009)
This took forever to do Q.Q
It's not hemmed yet because... there's too much fabric and I want to do something else xD But here's what it looks like so far anyway~
Time Taken - 2hrs
Sometime in October... - Start of the dress (Posted 6th December 2009)
Oops! I started the dress ages ago but didn't actually log my progress in! (I logged it in my LiveJournal though which is likely why I forgot to type it up here as well)
I haven't actually made much, I've been busy. But it is enough progress to write about :'D
I think the bodice can be made even more fitted but otherwise that's the bodice done.
I am still contemplating on fabric choices, particularly for her tail things that come off her straps and for the wings. I've got some fabric softener though so I'll see how floaty the cotton becomes once I soften it up and if it's still rather sturdy then I'll just go with chiffon because the tails really do need to be floaty!
I've also been working out proportions... I'm going to make it slightly inaccurate because for one thing the length of her dress and tails changes in every picture! It doesn't look good when it's like Wedding Yuna length so I'm making it slightly shorter xD;
Pictures to come when I've done more than just a shoddy little bodice and panels 8'D
Time Taken: 1hr
12/09/2009 - Wig (Posted 12th September 2009)
I quite like the colour of this wig, and it's -really- thick too. Perhaps a bit too thick at the front but ah well. I'm glad I went for a longer wig because I like being able to cut wigs to suit me, so I've added slight layers at the back, the longest reaching about shoulder length (Which is actually accurate, it's my personal touch and it's accurate - wahey!) and the rest of the hair was pretty much the same. The raised bangs were blasted with TRESeme freeze spray as were the antennae, although I kinda failed there...
Closer the time I may give the front a feathered frame for prettiness because it looks a bit too thick. We'll see :)
Time Taken - 30mins
P.S. Excuse dirty mirror xD;