Costume :Blue Jay Dress
Source :Original
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Amecon 2010

Costume Photos

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay


Costume Information

Cost : £45


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Interesting~ I'd love to see how this turns out ^^

by xWestie on Wednesday, 16 December, 2009 - 20:28
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Oh wow how pretty =]

by Zelda on Thursday, 17 December, 2009 - 01:15
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It's almost like mosaic down the back. Will be really interesting to see what you come up with :)

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 17 December, 2009 - 11:12
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Cool, sounds like it could be stunning.

I am amused on how the first line of your info dose read very similar to my North Star Fairy info ;)

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 17 December, 2009 - 19:52
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Totally forgot to ask. When were you thinking of doing this? It would be awesome to do my North Star Fairy at the same time. X

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 17 December, 2009 - 19:53
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What a lovely idea :) blue jays are beautiful!

by FairyPorchQueen on Thursday, 17 December, 2009 - 21:47
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so much love for original designs, really excited to see this. and I second Amy's mosaic down the back comment.

This will be gorgeous!

by Sands on Thursday, 17 December, 2009 - 22:06
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I agree with you Sands and Amy. The Mosaic idea sounds lovely.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 17 December, 2009 - 23:19
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ohh this is going to look amazing! I can't wait to see it!

by GunstarVixen on Friday, 18 December, 2009 - 12:43
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This is such an interesting idea and I look forward to seeing it!

by sjbonnar on Friday, 18 December, 2009 - 13:27
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Ooo! Love how it looks in the sketches. Really looking forward to seeing this. Your going to look so beautiful.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 18 December, 2009 - 15:18
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This looks very pretty so far. Such a cool design/idea! ^_^ I love the tail! <3

by perfectly_purple on Saturday, 12 June, 2010 - 21:54
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This looks gorgeous :D Can't wait to see it when it's finished you're gonna look stunning ^-^


by Keekal on Saturday, 12 June, 2010 - 23:49
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Oh wow, this looks stunning so far! Can't wait to see it all complete!

by CrystalNeko on Thursday, 17 June, 2010 - 15:08
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Ooh the back tail looks gorgeous, lovely contrast of colour :3

by Chibi on Thursday, 17 June, 2010 - 15:24
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Wow! Loving the back tail. The colours are stunning. Can't wait to see this complete

by Sephirayne on Friday, 18 June, 2010 - 14:19
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Ooo pretty dress =D Well done

by Leonie Heartilly on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 00:05
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Pretty~ :D Look forward to seeing this!

by Ashe on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 00:10
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Looks amazing! You're so pretty ^_^

Ooooh are you not doing the arm things any more? They looked very pretty!

by perfectly_purple on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 10:15
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Aww wow that looks amazing!
The whole thing just looks so beautiful. ^^

by DuskatNight on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 12:02
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this is so beautifull

wish i had been there to see it xx

by Sasashie on Tuesday, 24 August, 2010 - 22:34
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This is a really cute design! Nice work there hun@ <3

by Uni on Tuesday, 24 August, 2010 - 22:55
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Glad I got to see it in person. It's a really pretty dress and the fabrics are so lush!

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 25 August, 2010 - 09:34


Further Detail (Posted 2nd August 2010)

I could say this dress is done, but its kind of not because for weeks I've been questioning the dress, and thinking it was too plain. Then last night I figured out what to do.

So today I constructed some lace corsage flowers by bunching the lace together in 'petal' shapes, and gluing them to the centre. Then adding silver sequins to the petals to make it a bit shiny. The middle will undoubtedly have something too; I have boxes of beads so I'll probably find something suitable. Then following that all I have to do is figure out a suitable set of shoes.

Sewing (Posted 12th June 2010)

So after picking up a zip at fabricland today, some lace and some correctly coloured thread I managed to get the dress all sewn together when I got home from town and also made a start on my tail.

The dress needed some taking in, but that's done now and it fits snuggly. I have some left over lace that I'm thinking of attaching to the dress so that it has a halterneck look and also so it breaks up my shoulders a bit. The dress needs taking up about two inches as its a bit long at the moment, but I'll do that and hem it tomorrow.

The tail is really lovely, I love how it turned out and its not too heavy. I still need to sew up the top of the tail (where I turned it right side out), but that'll take a few minutes. Then I'll be sewing the top into pleats so its gathered and so it flares out from the middle of my lower back. I would like to have it sewn to the dress, but because I don't want to risk the dress ripping, it will probably be attached with velcro... maybe. I am still undecided.

I'm really liking the dress, but I think its a little plain and want to add some detail to the dress, so may investigate doing some beading or something. Its fun to be working to my own ideas and not reference art.

Actually making stuff (Posted 12th June 2010)

I was clearing out my sewing box, which is a perfectly sensible thing to do at gone midnight and came across the material I had already bought for my Blue Jay. I forgot I had bought so much, so kept it out. I managed to find a pattern already in my possession which was easily altered for the dress, though I think I may have made it a little large.

I need to get a zip so I can actually get in and out of the dress, but at the moment the back and front are pinned, they'll be sewn tomorrow, and then sewn to each other once I have a zip.

The dress is this gorgeous silver/lilac silk I found. Its so floaty and really soft to the touch. The other material which will be used for the 'tail' is a textured silk in dark blue and white. The white will be on the inside, while the blue on the outside.
I adore the colour of the blue because when it catches the light it flashes really vibrant cobalt and steely blues. :3

I'll be getting some silk dupion for the tail moasic pattern which I'll be doing once the dress and tail are completed.

Material (Posted 18th December 2009)

While wandering around town today I was able to take a quick trip into the massive Aladdin's Cave of fabric.

As much as I love Fabricland, nothing beats this fabric store. Its piled floor to ceiling with alll types of faric you could think of. Every kind of fabric from under the sun! So many different types of trim and everything. I love it.

I wandered around a bit. I didn't intend to buy any fabric but I saw some lovely fabrics that tempted me. I saw a gorgeous two tone taffetta which shimmered silver and green. And I found a a beautiful silver silk.

I decided to buy two metres of the silver silk. I know a Blue Jay is actually white chested; but I the silver will make it strike a bit more, I think. :]

Sketchiness (Posted 18th December 2009)

Re-sketch, shows the basic idea from the front and the back, with a kind of fairy wing design in the top corner and my scribblings around it. That's what most of my ideas tend to look like.

Even when its a costume already in existance. I break it down and tell myself what to use and how to do it. Keeps my mind at ease I guess. Usually its on a much smaller scale (postit notes).

I'm still in two minds about certain fabrics to use. I think I'm decided on taffetta and satin backed dupion for the back skirt. I love the way taffeta looks and feels, its got some gorgeous colours in it when its photograhed. And the dupion has the lovely weave to give it a pattern.

The dress I'm not sure about yet. I would love to use silk dupion, but its hella expensive, and also very stiff. I'm going to go on the hunt for other possible fabrics tomorrw in another shop in Brighton. If I find nothing there, then I may go with the satin backed dupion, or maybe the crepe back satin (I don't want anything too shiny though. ): )

The moasic (thank you Amy) pattern the wings make when they're folded I'm keeping on the back of the dress. Originally it was going to be a bustle, and its still a similar idea. I'm going to use black, white and blue silk dupion (<33) for the mosaic pattern. Each strip will be folded, hemmed and sewn to the back of the dress, and layered under each other in a 'random' way.

As mentioned earlier, sleeves will be chiffon. Starting with white then dyed to blue with the tips being black.

Also decided I'm going to do a mask for this too. Something to reflect the facial markings of the Blue Jay.

I haven't been this excited or inspired by a project in a while! FUN!

Fabric Samples (Posted 17th December 2009)

I, in true me style, inspired and fired up to do something new, I went to investigate possible fabrics for this project.

I want to move away from the fabrics I always use, like jersey and poly cotton and try something different. I wandered around Fabricland for a bit, and picked up some samples in suitable colours that I think would work quite nicely.
I've sketched up a design which I'm going to upload a bit later after its scanned when I get home from work.

The basic design is a halter-neck dress, with a large back skirt (about fingertip-to-fingertip length, so it can be held out to make a wing span-esque look). And with chiffon sleeves. I was going to do a bustle, but instead, to get in in the pattern that the wings make when they're folded, I'm going to do something a bit different. And hope it works.

So, originally I considered using silk dupion, because I didn't want something plain, but I didn't want anything garish. And the dupion has a really lovely weave pattern throughout which is pretty.
However, after talking to Scarlett, my friend in Fabricland she thinks the silk dupion might be took stiff to use to achieve the flowiness I'm after.
I might be able to get away with satin backed dupion, which still has the pretty weave pattern, but has a more movement too it.

For the pattern on the back, I'm going to use the silk dupion, because the sections are small and don't require movement.

The back skirt I'm still debating. I would love to use taffetta, but it still quite a stiff material and I might not be able to achieve the flowiness. But as an alternate option there's the possibility of using crepe back satin.
Now I generally hate satin after using it for Sailor fukus and for my Rydia costumes. But I can kind of see it working.
It has a really lovely feel too it, cause it moves. Its not ridgid. And because its shiny is catches more than one colour.

I'm going to do some thinking. I won't be buying the fabric until Suu is finished and I've started on Falsetto. Hopefully that will be this week-ish.