|Awards :||Best Performance - Midland Expo 20 Feb 2010|
|This will be my cosplay for Midland Expo Feb 2010.|
I want sparkly sequins dammit..and fishnets..ha ha ha :P
Already started putting together a dance routine for the masquerade show. "..and all that Jaaaaz". Looking forward to this. ^_^
I could easily throw a closet cosplay together, black dress etc, but I want to try and make the dress properly like the screen costume. Hmmmm three months to do it... How hard can it be?!
Final update 22/2/2010: Ok so I actually STILL failed to completely finish in time for the show. What can I say..aaaaarggghhh sequins! This costume took ages to put together, mainly because it was all hand sewn. But at least it was good to go and front was ok - just needs more sequins on the back and sides..I will put them on, but for now I class this as complete. ^_^
WIP pics are in journal...
Video of the Masquerade performance is now up - I'm on around the 2:00 mark
Sequins! (Posted 18th February 2010)
Wow sequins are taking a long time to sew on. Even though they come on a long chain of cotton. :S
..I had to buy another two packets of 15 meters too - this dresss is swallowing the sequins up!
Dress progress (Posted 6th February 2010)
Centre detail panel now fixed in.
Pretty soon I should start sewing the sequins on!!! That's the part I'm looking forward to most, making it all sparkly. ^_^
Dress progress (Posted 5th February 2010)
Centre Panel - My first two attempts to sew the centre panel and crossover straps into the dress did not go well - I couldn't adjust all those angles by eye to make it look perfectly symetrical. So I unpicked and started the whole centre panel again. This time I made an accurate drawing first and then constructed the centre panel with crossover straps onto the paper pattern.
Pic shows the pattern and the completed centre panel next to it.
The completed centre panel is now ready to be inserted into the V neckline of the dress.
Dress progress (Posted 5th February 2010)
stage 1 of the dress is now completed - This is the main body of the dress in sheer black material with armholes that are edged with solid black trim. (see construction sketch 1 from preceeding journal entry below)
To make this main dress body I first made up a rough tunic dress shape to fit me using some spare material, to get the shape and fit of the basic dress and its armholes. Then using that for my pattern I cut the dress out of the sheer black fabric.
Those arm holes gave me trouble! Two attempts to sew black ribbon trim around the edges of the openings to make them look neat, just kept puckering the sheer material. In the end I unpicked and ditched the black ribbon trim.. Instead to get the dark band of edging around the arm holes I had to turn the material over and then back on itself, hand-sew all around, and then carefully trim off the excess fabric. But at last it looks right and I am pleased with it now.
In the pic also you can see the black bias tape I sewed onto the dress - to form the V neck line, and also mark out lines for the sequin details to follow later.
Costume update (Posted 28th January 2010)
..Spent considerable time today drawing construction details, trying to figure out how best to assemble the different layers which make up this dress. ..It's more complicated than I realised.
I shall also take some wip pics so you can see how comes together. :)
dress materials (Posted 25th January 2010)
Normally I would go to the rag market for my stuff but I saw these sequins on eBy at 2.99 for 15 metres, and didn't think I would beat that so I clicked "Buy It Now" ^_^
Progress (Posted 23rd January 2010)
Today I finished work on the undergarments..In this costume the dress is made of sheer fabric with sequinned pannels covering parts so the underwear/corset is an important part of the costume because it is noticeable under the sheer fabric parts.
Panties - I have made up some hip padding - ( 2 shoulder pads sewed together make up one hip pad. ) These are covered with black streatch lycra and sewed into the panties. Should give my hips a more womanly look.
Also I ordered the sheer black material and 45m of black sequin trim today. (£10 in sequins!!) As soon as these arrive I can start putting the main dress together. :)
Shoes. (Posted 21st January 2010)
Woohoo! Shoes arrived today.
Hmmm should I change the T-bar details to silver? would anyone notice?
Research - Velma's costume (Posted 5th January 2010)
I got Chicago DVD as a Christmas pressie ^_^ so I did some more research on Velma's costume.