Costume :Sakura
Variant :Artbook ball dress
Source :Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
Progress :Complete
Worn At :FuyuCon 2009

Costume Photos

The Final Wish

True feelings

May I take this dance

Lonely Hime

Sitting pretty


Sakura reference


Costume Information

Cost : Approx £133
Time Taken : 120+ hours

Planned for the ball @ FuyuCon 09. If I don't finish in time then DEFINITELY will be for the Grand International cosplay ball.

I needed a costume for FuyuCon's winter ball and the only completed costumes suitable for the ball are Ashe, Garnet and Juliet. I will not beable to dance in Ashe's dress, I don't like my Garnet cosplay and for some reason I don't feel like wearing Juliet's dress. After going through a list of Sakura's costumes, I knew I MUST make this dress! This is one of the cosplays where you say the character has been cosplayed loads of times and yet you can't believe no one has made this costume because it's absolutely pretty!

There are 3 things which I changed from the original artwork.
1) I choose dark red instead of pink for the gloves and over coat because I think the combination of dark red, light pink and black is better then dark pink, light pink and black.
2) I made the skirt 4 layers. The reference picture looks as though the skirt is 7 layers, but it was impossible to make too many layers since I am short. Proportions wins over accuracy.
3) This is where you'll say I'm blind! I thought the flower clip on Sakura's head was a headband, so I made a head band though I have plans to take the flower/ribbons from the headband to put on a clip.


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I don't know how come you haven't had any comments on this. Your progress is absolutely amazing!! I wish I had your patience!! Shame I can't be there to see it in person, so make sure you get lots of photos taken!! ^__^

by k4tt on Tuesday, 22 September, 2009 - 21:17
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I can't believe how gorgeous this is *o* I loved how you made it all in layers so you could remove some to make it a shorter dress. All the hand beading, and painting is sooo pretty~ <3
I'm pleased I got to see this in person, well done <3 <3

by Charlie-Bear on Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 - 13:33
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Wooooah! It looks amazing!! O.O;

by Lady Bahamut on Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 - 13:35
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MY GOOD GOD *_____________*

by RanmaSyaoran on Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 - 13:51
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Simply amazing! All that detail and by paint?! Yeah, you seriously have some patience dear x

by Littlerascal92 on Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 - 13:53
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This is beautiful! I'm so impressed that you took the time to paint all that detail. The beads highlight it really nicely.

by Amy-Lou on Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 - 15:23
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I don't know how you had the patience for this but it looks amazing!!

by Mungojerrie on Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 - 18:29
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All that detail is INSANE! Major kudos to you! It looks really pretty and so well made, congrats on finishing it in time~

by CrystalNeko on Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 - 18:56
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oh wow, that looks amazing. you should be proud XD

by yami-no-neko on Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 - 10:39
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Thanks everyone for your comments, they mean a lot because it took so long to make & I was worried how it will turn out.

I almost lost my patience, but didn't want to give up.

by Ichigo-Chan on Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 - 15:23
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Incredible dress Berry, you look stunning in it =D

by MysteriousFayth on Monday, 2 November, 2009 - 22:40
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You look beautiful the dress is amazing. Simply stunning. *_*

by Duo Maxwell on Thursday, 19 November, 2009 - 22:35
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This is such a brilliant cosplay!
You look lovely in it! ^w^

by x-Blade-x on Thursday, 19 November, 2009 - 22:42
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I didnt get chance to say at fuyucon :) but you looked amazing! *I was the Alucard XD*

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 19 November, 2009 - 22:53
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So amazing =D

by Kannacchi on Thursday, 19 November, 2009 - 23:14
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amazing, simply breathtaking, the true meaning of a pure beauty dress, simple stunning and breathtaking

by ryaoki on Thursday, 19 November, 2009 - 23:20
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Beautiful is all I can muster, that dress is breath-taking!!!!

by Kacela on Monday, 7 December, 2009 - 21:03
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WoW The dress is fantastic and you look so beautifull. I just read your journal and can see how much work you put in - it was worth it cuz the result is wonderfull. ^_^

btw you are not "short", you are Petit.
It was nice meeting you at Memorabilia. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 8 December, 2009 - 12:11
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Thanks everyone

@ Ranma 1-2
It was nice to meet you at Memorabilia too!

by Ichigo-Chan on Tuesday, 8 December, 2009 - 21:25
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Your dress looks beautiful! ^_^

by charlieparrot on Friday, 9 April, 2010 - 01:17
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this is absolutely beautiful!!!

by NixieThePixie on Monday, 10 May, 2010 - 10:09
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So surprised i havent commented D: This is my fave artwork of Sakura Tsubasa probs xD and gawd this was gorgeous to see at the ball <3 I love it! <3

by Solaria on Thursday, 20 May, 2010 - 20:58
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This dress is gorgeous! <3

by ProbablyHeather on Thursday, 20 May, 2010 - 22:52
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This is really beautiful! It looks like a lot of hard work went in to it 8D

by Crazedteensie on Thursday, 1 July, 2010 - 23:52
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SUGOI!! This dress looks absolutely amazing!!! You look soo pretty! ^^

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 25 July, 2010 - 12:07
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Beautiful costume!

by Newdles on Monday, 23 May, 2011 - 17:32
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Congratulations on the showcase Lai. ^_^

by RebaSephiroth2 on Sunday, 19 August, 2012 - 17:04
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Congrats on the showcase! Could have sworn I commented on this before, this is one of my favorites of yours! So much detail, suits you so well and it's just amazingly gorgeous, I just love this so much >w< Hope I get to see it in person one day! =D

by KiraraYumi on Sunday, 19 August, 2012 - 17:36
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Great work Lai! Well done on the showcase~ <3 Much love being sent your way for such hardwork!

by Augmented Queen on Sunday, 19 August, 2012 - 19:13
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Beautiful! Congrats on the showcase!

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 19 August, 2012 - 19:49
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this is so amazing!!! congrats on the showcase its well deserved!!

by Fizzykat on Sunday, 19 August, 2012 - 21:04
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CONGRATS! you so deserved it!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 19 August, 2012 - 22:53
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I so wanted this to be showcased cos it damn well deserves it <3 I know I said this to you before but this dress is stunning and absolutely breath taking in terms of all that detail in the layers! Congratulations lovely! x

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 19 August, 2012 - 23:44
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I love this dress, very nice (:

by Viola on Monday, 20 August, 2012 - 13:34
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wow such a beautiful dress!! Congrats on the showcase!

by alytheluvly on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 - 10:23
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Yay! So happy you got showcased! ^^ This means you gotta bring it out and show me someday, eh? 8D

by Lady Bahamut on Wednesday, 22 August, 2012 - 18:56
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This is amazing. Love all the details. Congrats on the showcase ^^

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 23 August, 2012 - 00:19

Congrats for the showcase! You always make really nice outfits and this one is no exception :D

by madmazda86 on Thursday, 23 August, 2012 - 07:56
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Congrats on the showcase! I love the detailing, it's so beautiful! :D well deserved <3

by Freyarule on Thursday, 23 August, 2012 - 09:35
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A very pretty dress! Congrats on the showcase :)

by Lunar_Kitten on Friday, 24 August, 2012 - 23:15
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What a breathtaking gown! This is amazing, Lai-chan.. That rose pattern is so striking and elegant! Congratulations on being showcased!

by Kei Lin Sama on Tuesday, 28 August, 2012 - 22:20

To-Do List

Dress baseHighComplete
Patterns on dressHighComplete


Progress 60% (Posted 4th October 2009)

I almost died after 50+ hours of painting, took almost all of my time T_T Good news is that I only have 1 more skirt layer to paint then it should be fun to sew all the pannels together along with beading. Hope to start making the overcoat thing soon as Fuyu is only 3 weeks away *panics*

Half way (Posted 22nd September 2009)

All 3 photos were taken during the night with different flashes hence the poor colour quality. See the first journal as it shows the closest light pink colour match.

I think I am approximately half way through making this costume. I already finished cutting and hemming all the skirt pannels, so it's a matter of more painting and beading, then sewing all the pannels together. The bodice looks kinda weird and the reason is that I tried to keep the front as flat as possible to match up with the reference picture.

OMG! only a month left before FuyuCon, fingers cross I will finish in time.

Progress 40% (I think) (Posted 13th September 2009)

I finished the painting the black details on the bodice and upper layer skirt (yey!) though still need to paint 3 more layers of the skirt T_T. I love how the hem of the skirt looks circular.

I also brought some black beads from Hobby Craft (approximately 564 in total, hopefully will be enough) and started to do a lot of beading using invisible thread. Beading is so much fun and ironically I thought it would be a tedious job.

Patterns continued (Posted 9th September 2009)

This is really tedious! I have painted more patterns which took up 10 hours of my time. Hopefully will be worth it.

Pattern (first result) (Posted 2nd September 2009)

Finally the paint has dried, so I gently lifted the stencil to see the result. Personally, I think the patterns look fairly nice though I'm annoyed that the patterns are NOT symmetric. Everything, expect the rose shapes in the middle are meant the be symmetric. Also some lines are thicker then others T_T

The white rose and black ribbon was placed on the fabric but will be sewn on later. OMG! I only just started the pattern which took almost 3 hours and still have to paint an estimated of another 50. I better keep on top otherwise it will be postponed... only 7 weeks left until FuyuCon *panics*

Patterns (Posted 1st September 2009)

I was originally going to make the pattern stencils after the base of dress is completed, however I thought it will be a pain to undo the stitches, paint, then redo stitches again, so I decided to start the patterns before sewing the pieces of fabric together.

I finally made up my mind to paint the patterns over applique for a few reasons. Firstly my sewing machine broke and it would be tedious to applique everything by hand and secondly the fabrics which I like to use for the patterns frays!

I made a stencil out of foam which I realise was a BAD idea! The material was not stiff enough and kept on moving even though I sealed it with masking tape. Definitely would consider using card next time! Unfortunately I could not get the pattern to be accurate and match the original design mainly due to Sakura's tall and slim proportions, so I drew it to the best of my ability to include as much detail. Painting the patterns caused so much pain! word of advice is to use a table and NEVER paint it on the floor since I had to bend over which results in back pain T_T

Now, I am just waiting for the paint to dry whlist typing this journal (feels like using a hair dryer to speed things up)

Gloves (Posted 9th August 2009)

NOTE:- Black lolita dress is not part of cosplay. I only worn it for a progress shoot because wearing the gloves with my usual outfits makes the gloves look abit horrid as they clash so much with casual clothing.

Gloves are finally finished after dreading so much about making them. I HATE making gloves and I can repeat several times how much I HATE making them! Gloves are the most EVIL thing to make in cosplay as it's extremely difficult to get the right shape for the perfect fit. I remebered the time when I was making gloves for my DragonFly race dress Sakura and they failed so badly, but luckily I found some in a shop. However for this ball dress, there was NO way I can buy these gloves as the coat needs to be the same fabric and colour as the gloves leaving me with no choice to make them!

Materials used were dark red countess satin, black satin ribbon and hot glue gun. Overall I'm around 70% happy with the gloves as they did not totally fail unlike the DragonFly race gloves. The other 30% is because they do not fit prefectly on my fingers though I suppose it's a little difficult to notice unless you touch my fingers.

I know the colour of the gloves are meant to be dark pink, but I prefer to go for a darkish red instead because a combination of baby pink, dark red and black works better then 2 shades of pink with black (this is only my opinion) Anyways I HATE wearing too much pink because I felt like a Barbie doll and this was a lesson I learnt after cosplaying as Karin Hanazono in her godess form. I don't nessecary hate the colour pink, it's an okay colour but too much is like....blah!!!!

Head band (Posted 3rd August 2009)

OMG! I can't believe I'm actually working on cosplay even though I feel so tired after work every day. Probably shows how determined I am to finish this cosplay before FuyuCon without rushing!

Today during my lunch break at work, I took a short trip to Dunlem Mills to buy some flowers along with coloured threads. Work sucks for only letting me have half an hour break, so I never had time to eat and I was literaly starving through work. Anyways the good news is that I have almost everything I need for this cosplay apart from the beads which I may have to make a trip to Coventry's Hobby Craft to buy hundreds of beads!!!!!

I thought I'll make a start to the head band since it is one of the most simple parts of the cosplay. I don't want to jump into the deep end and start the actual dress until I make clear measurements. Head band is made out of pink countess satin with a hidden layer of hemp for stiffness along with a headband underneath to maintain the shape. The details were done by using black satin ribbon and a fake white rose, all guled together using a hot glue gun.

Overall I'm 90% happy with the headband, the other 10% is where I wish I used a thinner ribbon. Anyways, I should be making the actual dress next (I somehow feel scared)

Sketching patterns (Posted 2nd August 2009)

Before starting the base of dress, I decided to do a rough sketch of the patterns. The artwork does not show a clear picture of the details, so I thought this was very important to get an idea of the patterns before starting the real thing.

Took approximately an hour in total to draw the patterns and I'm fairly pleased with it. I usually suck at drawing anything symmetrical and very detailed, but these test sketches turned out how I wanted. I will start to make stencils once the base of dress is completed.

The only question I'm asking is should the patterns be appliqued or painted? I'm leaning towrds paint because it will take forever to sew on the pieces of fabric, plus most fabrics fray! The only probelm with paint is that one little mistake would say "bye bye cosplay"

Gathering materials (Posted 1st August 2009)

Today I went to meet up with a friend in Brummy's city centre. I thought I'll make use of it by making a trip to the markets and Fancy Silk stores to buy as much as I need for this cosplay.

Cost and material break down
~ 5 metres light pink countess satin (£6.99 per metre)
~ 2 metres dark red countess satin (£5.99 per metre)
~ 4 metres interfacing (£3.25 per metre)
~ 10 metres black ribbon (£0.29 per metre)
~ black bead thread (£2.99)
~ Zip (£0.74)
~ Hairband (£0.25)