|Time Taken :||12-14hrs|
|Haine is most definitely my favourite character out of all of Arina Tanemura's mangas. Of course being one of Tanemura's characters she has to have many different pretty outfits, this ball gown being one of them! The second I saw her ball gown I knew I just HAD to make it! I didn't have the skill when I first laid eyes on it though and I wanted it perfect so I waited until I DID have the skill, which is now! >8D|
Wig - £21.50
5m blue fabric bridal satin - £10
5m white fabric polyester stretched satin - £16
400+ pearls - £5 [approx]
1m boning - £2
5m blue ribbon - £1.35
3m lighter blue ribbon - £1.95
White gloves - £4.15
30 pomspoms - £3
Roses - FREE
Necklace/chains - £1.50
Hoop skirt - £12
Shoes - £7
This was certainly a big challenge - I put a helluva lot of effort into this cosplay. And it is a MONEY EATER! Therefore I shall be re-wearing this lots~ [Especially if there's going to be a Shizumasa/Takanari at any Expo/Cons I go too ohohohoho!]
I started off with the hoop skirt and petticoat and made the blue underskirt with the funny shaped train she has - it's more rectangular shaped than circular so it was a tad confusing to work with! At first I used the shiny side but in the end caved and redid it so that it was on the matte side of the satin because my gosh that was hideously shiny, however the matte side still has sparkle to it and it's lovely!
Secondly I made the white overskirt and added elastic to the top. I then arranged the folds and sewed them in place. Ribbons and roses were sewn on afterwards.
The bodice was made using McCalls 5321 pattern I bought in the previous year and then double layered so that it's stronger - I then attached the overskirt to the bodice.
I bought a couple of necklaces with lots of chains attached from Primark for £1.50 each and basically took apart all accessories and attached pearls onto the chains. The silver part of the necklace was made from Model Magic painted in Acrylic. All this was attached with non-stretch beading wire and the silver pendant was reinforced with hot glue. The straps were made from ribbon and chains attached - it was hard distinguishing what the ribbon was attached to! Since I had the chains already I used that~
Gloves were bought online, shoes were from Shoe Zone.
Each pearl was individually strung onto non-stretch beading wire and it made me lose quite a bit of my sanity unfortunately! They were VERY heavy though and it made the dress fall apart, thank God the bodice was extra tight X_x
Wig was bought and the curls were styled by twisting it slightly then curling it and I used blonde hair grips to keep them in place. The pompoms were glued onto blonde hair grips so that they would be easily detachable whenever I wanted to brush out the wig!
Overall I do love the costume - there were many faults that I know I could improve. The straps caused me much stress because the pearls weighed them down so much that it made them snap constantly which made me go moody myself X_x; I haven't sussed out how to keep everything stable but once I do I will be wearing this costume out more~ Mainly because I love the wig so much LOL.
|Make blue underskirt||High||Complete|
|Make white dress||High||Complete|
|Add blue ribbon||High||Complete|
|Add pink roses||High||Complete|
|Buy suitable shoes||Low||Complete|
09/05/2009 - Bodice complete! (Posted 9th May 2009)
The bodice sucks so badly, if I haven't lost the will the live then I may tidy it up BUT IT WILL DO FOR NOW AND THAT'S THAT! Working on cosplay all day seriously does make you lose the will to live X_x
So anyway I've worked long and hard on the bodice, for some reason I couldn't make it properly >_<; In the end it's so short! Luckily the skirt comes up to the waist anyway which hides the bodice's shortness!
Since I made the necklace this morning I've added one of the ribbon things on the bodice. Made from two pieces of ribbon, which were attached to chains I nicked from the necklace decoration and threaded pearls onto using beading wire.
No this is not what the costume will look like! It will be much neater, I pretty much threw on the costume quickly, took out camera without bothering to look at how bad the dress looked, took pictures out of excitement and took it off because I was dying in that costume D8 Excuse the washing basket eheh heh...
So this is what it looks like so far par the wig. [Lost my wig cap and wig is upstairs, too lazy to run upstairs in a hoop skirt!] The skirt needs to be sewed onto the bodice so that the elastic doesn't show [the elastic is mainly there so that it doesn't pull the bodice down too much - it gives it a gathered look but not a very nice gathered look in my opinion!] Then I need to double layer the bodice and insert boning in it. Finally I need to attach another pair of straps, attach the pearls on [I was holding them if you couldn't notice] and finally sew on the roses! [WHICH HAVE YET TO ARRIVE IN THE POST! HURRY UP D8]
Time Taken - I don't know anymore >_<; I'll estimate another 1hr or two.
09/05/2009 - Necklace! (Posted 9th May 2009)
Muwa ha ha haaa, I have defeated you evil necklace of doom!
I thought this would be a nice easy job, taking away all the accessories on the necklace and threading the pearls through the chain and using hot glue to keep it in place. Guess what? THE PEARLS WERE TOO SMALL TO THREAD THROUGH THE CHAIN >8O
So I began by removing the random tangly bit of the necklace leaving me with the chain only. I had already made the silver sphere thing from model magic so I used beading wire to attach it onto the chain. After marking out where I wanr each pearl I began painfully threading each pearl onto the chain using beading wire. Believe me it took me ages because I had to make four knots on each pearl so that I know for sure that they're secure and won't fall off.
For the added chain the decoration had several chains for me to strip - so I ran around the house looking for tools and stripped apart the chain and attached that onto the necklace with beading wire!
It took a lot of hard work, but it was worth the effort. It would've been so much more accurate if the beads were threaded through... but it's better than making a necklace out of beading wire LOL!
Time Taken: I'd say well over an hour but less than two.. so 1-2hrs xD
08/05/2009 - PEARLS! (Posted 8th May 2009)
*chugs tea for more caffeine*
It took me *looks at clock* around 2-3hrs, but I got there eventually X_x
At first it stressed me out, after a while believe it or not but it became strangely relaxing and enjoyable - perhaps because I was watching some good ol' Bleach at the same time! Until when I was trying on the shorter bead I dropped it and half the beads fell off. So I had to pick up the 100 scattered pearls on the floor and re-thread them. There was another case of me holding the thread in my mouth, I looked up something on the internet, forgot I had the thread in my mouth and opened my mouth to breathe and scattered beads across the table/floor again >_>;
I was not amused with my stupid mistakes! BUT I GOT THERE EVENTUALLY! >8D IN YOUR FACE! I would've gone for the manga version, but I couldn't figure out where the other short beads were attached to! THOSE BACK REFERENCES ARE USELESS! OI HAINE! WHY ISN'T YOUR HAIR IS MORE WINDSWEPT WHEN YOU RUN SO THAT I CAN SEE THE BACK OF YOUR DRESS DAMN YOU >8O To prevent a few headaches I decided to just stick to the coloured ref 8D; But now I have... 375 pearls left over... I CAN USE THEM FOR ANOTHER MITSUKI COSPLAY! |D *slaps self* finish Haine first >_>
If you haven't guessed threading all these pearls have turned me into the crazy pearl lady.
Time Taken - 2-3hrs
05/05/2009 - Accessories (Posted 5th May 2009)
Oh shoot, just when I thought I had bought everything I needed and didn't think I'd have to spend anymore money... I STILL HAVE TO BUY NECKLACES XD;
Random notes in this journal basically~
THIS STUPID COSTUME IS ALMOST REACHING £100 NOW! D8<
13/04/2009 - RIBBONS! (Posted 13th April 2009)
Okay I would have just done one whole journal if I knew I would be working solidly haha! Yay! Blue ribbon is all done and added! However in the coloured version she has TWO long ribbons rather than the one I have... I would've done two but I ran out 8D;
Now that the costume's coming together nicely I'm starting to love this costume ^_^ Few months back I hated it because it was going badly XD; MUST FIND SOME PINK ROSES SOMETIME FOR THE FINISHING TOUCHES!
Ahhh... now bedtime x]
Time taken - 30mins
13/04/2009 - Blue underskirt done! (Posted 13th April 2009)
This took long enough, decided the fabric was WAY too shiny so I used the matte underside which still has a bit of shimmer to it - a nice kind of shimmer... kinda like glitter! ^_^ I like it and it's a lighter colour which is more accurate =]
This meant... that I had to unpick EVERY stitch in the freakin' skirt and sew it back up again LOL. But I didn't mind, it looks so much neater and worth the hassle, despite how angry I got 8D
I hemmed it as well, if I have time I might fix the train... I wanted to get it shaped like Haine's but it doesn't look right IRL so I'll change it back to a curved train to match the white train, but otherwise YAY it's done! ^-^
One thing I have to complain about is that the blue underskirt only JUST fits over my hips! I have to squeeze in loads to pull it up xD, although I can still pull it over my head effortlessly, so when I can be bothered I always put it on through the head since it's easier haha! Hey good thing is it doesn't need elastic to hold up since it sits on my hips xD
Time taken - probably about 1.5hrs
13/04/2009 - White skirt done! (Posted 13th April 2009)
Wow, long time no update! I've been so busy trying to get the bare bones of Garnet done that I've neglected Haine [partly because Haine's dress made me angry because it gave me SO much trouble... and it still is 8D;]
So basically I neatened the skirt up a bit, it's now smaller and fits me better, sewed on some elastic as well to gather it at the top ready to attach it onto the bodice. The bottom is hemmed which gave me much trouble! Honestly if you see me do not look at the bottom, IT IS HORRENDOUS! I'm too much of a n00b to fix it as well 8D;
I arranged the fold as well [like I said in the previous photo is was pinned, I finally found an arrangement that I could be happy with ^_^]
I have all the pearls ready, plus clear non-stretch beading wire ready to string the pearls. Just need to buy some pink roses from Poundland [or any other shop which sells plastic flowers...] and attach them onto the skirt ^_^
I'd do the pearly bits now BUT I need a zip for the bodice otherwise I can't try it on D'8 Izzy's buying it for me tomorrow though, still I won't get the zip till I see her at school Monday D'8
The skirt's inaccurate I know, it has a little train at the back when it's not supposed to... but I liked it and wanted to keep it in 8'D Once I fix the blue underskirt I'll see whether or not I need to shorten the white skirt or not~
Time Taken - 1hr probably... hemming 5m of fabric is NOT fun! D8
01/02/2009 - Wig styled! (Posted 1st February 2009)
Hurrah! This took longer than I anticipated, and it's strangely fustrating but fun at the same time [yay for unintentional alliteration xD]. Some of the pompoms are a bit loose though so I'll need to secure them better, I need to hide the grips somehow as well... I might literally sew the curls on if I can't find a way of hiding the grips but for now... I'll leave it ^_^ I have till May so it should be alright =]
Time Taken - 1hr+
30/01/2009 - Wig arrived! (Posted 30th January 2009)
Well it's about time! I ordered it back in November, had a few issues but finally the seller has sent it to me to the right address ^_^
Unfortunately... it doesn't look like how it does in the pictures >_< But meh I'm alright with it =] I shall style this after my Midlands cosplay ^_^
03/01/2009 - Overskirt 90% (Posted 3rd January 2009)
Almost finished the overskirt! Just need to hem it and add in the folds [the folds in the picture are a test and pinned into place, yeaaah I need to make the folds better before I actually sew them into place 8D;]
What a failure I am, last night it took me around 5hrs altogether to cut out 4 little panels LOL! No joking, everytime I cut out a panel I just went off somewhere, piano, computer, I dunno and left it until hours later where I started the next panel... and the process carried on that way until I got 4 panels xD; Obviously it didn't take that long to sew!
I should've taken a picture of the overskirt flat but didn't want to take the pins out in case I lose them 8'D so yeaaaah it looks pretty horrid right now but it'll get better as I progress 8'D
Time Taken - 1hr
10/12/2008 - Underskirt 90% (Posted 10th December 2008)
Almost done with the underskirt! I kinda went OTT with the train and it stretches 2m long. Yeaaaah I'm gonna shorten it a bit xD; [But long trains are fun! If only it were accurate *mopes*] After I shorten the train I have to hem it all, too much fabric D'8
I was going to make the white dress today as well but procrastination took over and I have coursework to do, darnit xD Next time!
Time taken: 30mins
26/11/2008 - Underskirt 60% (Posted 26th November 2008)
YAAAY, finally get to work on this cosplay! And I already regret it LOL! Working with measurements is a tiring job, for me anyway. The fabric I've used hates flash because it looks hideously shiny with flash, but looks alright otherwise ^_^ It feels so soft and is nice and light and floaty! Hopefully I won't overheat, yaay 8D
I admit I've only done 3 panels so far, I can't be bothered to figure out the measurements for the final panel because I want an uber long train [God knows how Haine can dance in the dress but hey, that's manga for you!]. I love prancing about in this hoop skirt, why didn't I get one sooner!? 8D
Time taken: 40mins