|Cost :||£20 (materials) + £20.99 (wig)|
|Time Taken :||10-15 hours|
|For a Tsubasa skit organised by CrystalNeko which turned out to be a walk on parade with x-xTsuki-Yuki (Syaoran), CrystalNeko (Dream dress Sakura), LadyLaraCroft (Clow Sakura), Crimson Wings (Fai) and Lady Bahamut (Watanuki)|
To be honest, Chii is a character which I would not consider cosplaying. CLAMP has designed so many pretty outfits for the character, but she is someone who I don't like enough to cosplay as her. However CrystalNeko's Tsubasa group has got me into cosplaying as Chii, whlist Sakura was avaliable when I choosing my character, I was willing to be Chii if someone else wanted to be Sakura as I have already got several Sakura's planned/Completed.
01/06/10 ~ Costume not 100% complete, but moving this to complete as it will be Amine version without the beads. Plus I need to gradient dyr the skirt!
|choker/arm, leg and thigh bands||Medium||Complete|
Petticoat and dress progress (Posted 23rd January 2010)
Petticoat arrived through the post today which was brought from Ebay. I can't believe I spent £16.99 (including postage) on a Petticoat where as I could have made it for less then £5, then again time is passing away and I've gone back into the work, sleep, work sleep routine which is not helping since I still yet to start making Touya's costume for a friend. Usually I am NOT willing to spend more then £10 on a small petticoat, but I'm very happy with the quality, poofyness is just right and it's very comfy.
Sadly, dress progress is slow but getting somewhere! Since I have a petticoat, it would be easier to measure and draw a pattern for the skirt, so will start working on it soon.
Dress plans and progress (Posted 1st January 2010)
My friend brought me a sewing machine for my Christmas/birthday present. I call this a present for both occassions as sewing machines are expensive and I feel really bad since he spent so much on my pressies. Thanks to my friend, I finally can start working faster on my cosplays which leads me into starting Chii as a priority. I definitely need to make a start otherwise I would not beable to finish Touya's costume which I will be making for a friend as part of CrystalNeko's Tsubasa skit.
Fabric choosen for the dress is duchees satin. I don't know why I always use duchees satin for every white dress I make, but I suppose it's one of the best quality satins which is thick, not too shiny, not too transparent and besides, they cost £4.99 per metre at Fancy Silk Stores (bargin) Due to lack of funds, I can not afford satin which is above £8 per metre, so duchees satin for the win! I already got loads of spare duchees satin left over from Sakura's big white dress, so it needs to be used up for Chii. Hehe! it saves so much time and money to go out fabric hunting. On the other note, I decided I will NOT be using transparent fabric for the tail part of the dress because I will somehow need to get the trasparent fabric to blend into the opaque fabric and I know I will mess it up! besides I prefer the tails to be opaque and would possibly get away with it as the reference picture looks as though Chii is underwater, hence the transparency of the dress.
Dress is EVIL to make! How many times did I actually use the word "Evil" for difficult tasks in cosplay? I tend to get paranoid about well fitted strapless dresses with a low back because failure can result in embrassing moments which needs no explanations. Although I have already had experince making a strapless bodice with my Garnet cosplay, I am more worried about Chii's dress as the shape of the bodice is more complicated and not simple and straight forward compared to Garnet's dress. As for progress, I started to measure and cut out the farics which needs to be hemmed and sewn togther. Let's hope this will work out!
No pictures because the dress looks like a pile of scrap fabric at the moment, but will post some pics, once it begins to look like a dress.
Chii Ears (Posted 29th December 2009)
Yesterday, I made the Chii ears just before bed time which took less then an hour. Ears are made out of foam covered with fake fur fabric. The fluffy ears makes it more obvious that I will be Tsubasa Chii and NOT Chobits Chii.
Note:- Wig in the pic is not the actual Chii wig, still yet to get it online.
Fake fur fabric (Posted 28th December 2009)
Finally managed to make a good start on this costume. I had a meter of fake white fur fabric lying around in my room brought from John Lewis almost a year ago. I was meant to use it for another cosplay, but doubt I will ever get round to it since there are at least 10 cosplays which taken over it's priority, so I thought I'll use the fabric for Chii. It will save my lazyiness to make another trip to John Lewis, which the most local store is over an hour away by bus.
Today I finished making the choker, wrist bands, ankle bands and thigh band and used velcro for the attachments. I'm fairly happy with them as they fit perfectly and are very comfortable. The only thing left is to make the jewels on the band, but will not start until the actual dress is completed because I can get away without jewels as I say it's Amine version without them.