|Cost :||£90 approx|
|Time Taken :||34hrs|
|Worn at Japan Expo 2011.|
It's not actually 100% complete yet, but I'll put this in progress when I wear it to a UK con.
The main dress... I don't know how to describe it really. The pattern was very much "Let's make it perfectly fitted at the top and then flair everything out to no end for the tail bits"... And it worked :P
There are two darts on the front and one down the middle on the back to help keep its shape.
I used the help of Special-Pleb's dress form to get the back right as there's no way I would be able to get it perfectly fitted without someone else wearing it.
The sleeves are a rectangle and then two separate panels in the shape that it's in sewn together. They were then sewn onto the dress after all the detailing was done.
I used cotton for the main dress, crepe back satin for the gold detailing and duchess satin for the white, teal and red detailing. The maroon lining was just some lining fabric I found, you can get it from www.cheapfabrics.co.uk . You get what you pay for, it's much flimsier than other lining fabrics I have purchased however I do love the colour.
All the detailing was done using applique.
Have to give massive thanks to Emily (Orihime) for helping me out with bias binding the sleeves! We were rushed for time and so she helped do that whilst I was still stitching up the bias binding for the main dress and basking on the lining orz. Reeeeally helped speed things up ;A;
Also helped trim the fringe of my wig too as I had forgotten my foam head and couldn't cut it whilst it was on my head.
She seriously is the best organiser ever ;A;
Shorts I think were made from polycotton sheeting (I'll double check. They were basically pleated, added on the waistband, then sewn into massive shorts and then gathered into leg holes. I sewed in some elastic on either side so that they stay up yet remain flexible movement wise.
Tights I bought from Primark.
Ribbons were just normal ribbons, they held up by me sewing the joints of the ribbon together along with double sided sticky tape. The tape doesn't come off when you take it off the tights/ribbon however sending it in the wash makes the glue come right off (although it's bad for the tights, oh welll :P)
Mucho thanks to people of CosplayIsland for the ribbon suggestions!!
Shoes I bought from New Look.
|Detailing on dress||Medium||In Progress|
|Applique detailing||Low||In Progress|
|1200m gold embroidery thread||£12.47||Bought|
|La Senza tape||£3.60||Bought|
|0.5m red duchess satin||£3.00||Bought|
|2m gold crepe back satin||£7.47||Bought|
|4m maroon lining||£6.98||Bought|
|1m white duchess satin||£5.00||Bought|
|1m teal green duchess satin||£5.00||Bought|
|6m green cotton||£23.94||Bought|
|A1 Mounting board||£4.00||Bought|
|16m gold bias binding||£12.00||Bought|
ONE SLEEVE DOWN (Posted 28th June 2011)
ANOTHER TO GO OTL.
I'm doing all the bias binding for the dress and sleeves last hence why you can still see fray edges.
Time Taken: IDK ANYMORE, I HAVEN'T BEEN KEEPING TRACK. Lets say 8hrs (Not on just this sleeve btw, that'd be ridiculous XD)
Bottom front detailing done (Posted 16th June 2011)
Sorry for the low res webcam pictures all the time, takes too long to resize and stuff on the DSLR! Webcam is just quicker.
So yeah, top picture is everything so far (minus the lining, would look weird with the lining) and then bottom is a better picture of the finished front detailing.
Time Taken: 2hrs
Lining (Posted 14th June 2011)
I've sewn together both sleeves now (would have annoyed me if I didn't do both at the same time) and thankfully I still have some purpley/maroon thread left from my Clow Country Sakura costume. So I could sew together the lining straight away as well.
Two pictures, one to show the lining all sewn together, the other to show how they fit together and how the colour contrasts.
I can't sew the lining until all the detailing is done though because otherwise it will look horrible, so the lining will go to one side for the time being!
I hate lining fabric... Once Seth is done and after Movie!Diamond Crevasse Sheryl I am never using lining ever again 8|
Time Taken: 1.5hrs
One sleeve! (Posted 14th June 2011)
I've run out of gold embroidery thread, so for the time being I'm working on the sleeves and lining.
I was being smart with the sleeves!!! I cut out the sleeves and the lining at the same time so that they're exactly the same! I'm really stupid and didn't do that for the main dress, SO LOTS OF WORKING OUT WILL BE NEEDED FOR THAT 8'D
I also did all this without a tape measure because I'm stupid and lost it but I know I'm running out of time so I don't have time to find it OTLLLL. IT'S KAY THOUGH, SLEEVES ARE MANAGEABLE WITHOUT THE TAPE MEASURE 8'D Making the main dress again, maybe not so much.
Literally one panel for the fitted bit, then I cut out random shapes for the other bits lololol, I cba to explain things, will do a massive write up in the description!
Time Taken: 1.5hrs (That's for measuring and cutting out the panels and sewing -one- sleeve)
More detailing (Posted 13th June 2011)
I can't add in a zip until I finish all the front detailing with lining and bias binding, etc... Basically the zip will be one of the last things I do hence why I keep holding the front and why it looks so damn messy!!
But yeah, the front bit is all cut and pinned in place ready to gun through the machine hopefully tomorrow. Wanted to cut and pin the detailing of the back flappy bits too but I'm getting tired now 8|
MUST FIND GREEN FABRIC TO START SLEEVES SOON, FFFFFFF ;A;
Time Taken: 1hr
Full costume so far (Posted 13th June 2011)
I've used up around 300m of gold embroidery thread and I'm no where near finishing. That's 1.5 reels... M'thinks I'm going to need at least 10 reels of gold embroidery thread, AT LEAST ;A;
My mum's about to go to sleep now so I don't want to disturb her by sewing away, so this is all the progress you'll get from me tonight!
Time Taken: 1hr
How I am doing the applique 3 (Posted 12th June 2011)
Sorry! Never did post this picture, going to ninja it part way down the journal!
Anyway, I basically used the medium width zig zag stitch at 0.4 stitch length with tension 5 for all the applique.
Numbers are for my own personal use so that if I forget what setting I had it on, I can just refer back here!
How I am doing the applique 1 (Posted 10th June 2011)
When I was doing the bodice applique I was experimenting at the same time. One side is done where I cut out the shapes individually then painstakingly had to cut out the gold detailing perfectly to fit the shapes underneath. This was very hard and time consuming when it's just so detailed.
Second method, well I had already cut out the white bits so I left them there but I didn't cut out the teal detailing so I had less gold fabric to cut - I layered the teal detailing on top instead which made it somewhat easier. The bodice was the most intricate so at least that was done.
I decided to stay with method two for the rest of the applique so have a set of pictures to show what I mean.
(I've pencilled on the detailing but you can't really see it properly)
Front detailing 90% (Posted 9th June 2011)
ALMOST THEEEEEEEEERE. Just got to applique the red dots you see... But after 6hrs of cosplay making today I THINK I'M DONE FOR THE NIGHT.
It takes over an hour to cut out the detailing and then around two hours to applique it altogether... PER SIDE. Hence 6hrs in total.
It's quite messy and not my best applique job but I'm just glad it's done tbh!! Now for more detailing ;____;
Time Taken: 3hrs
Detailing part 2 (Posted 9th June 2011)
PRETTY MUCH DONE ONE SIDE, I DON'T WANT TO DO THE SECOND SIDE THOUGH, PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME, HNNNNNNNNNNNG TT___________TT
I seriously need to invest in some small scissors when cutting out small detailing like this. I've been using giant scissors because that's all I have ;A;
Cba to take a picture using my proper camera, takes too much time, MUST CARRY ON SEWING.
Truth be told I'm not really proud of my applique work on this costume, it's rather messy. BUT I HAVE TO CARRY ONNNNNNNNNNN >:
Time Taken: 2-3hrs
Start of detailing (Posted 8th June 2011)
LOOK LOOK LOOK. PROGRESS!!!!
It's just crap progress atm and omg it's so hard to get the detailing right (I'm using my knee as a dress form LOL OTLLLLL, I've occasionally stabbed my knee with needles but it doesn't hurt because I always wear jeans lololol) BUT I AM GETTING THERE!
... Less than 3 weeks to go...
Time Taken: 1hr
Tidy up (Posted 25th April 2011)
Cut off the excess and started out cutting it better in shape. Since the picture was taken I've also drawn out the pattern for the front ready for all the applique once I've done the sleeves and collar. I did take a picture, but it was crap because it's all in pencil and doesn't show up very well XD Ah well, shall just be a surprise then!
I'm slowly getting more and more excited about this cosplay now that it actually fits and stuff now xD
OTLLLLLLLLL fat arms X_x
Time Taken: 1hr
Start of dress (Posted 21st April 2011)
I know what you're thinking... What is this shit :P
WELL HEY, IT'S SOMETHING KAY? IT'S A LOT FOR ME LOL OTL.
Basically tried to get the basic shape together and make it fitted. I can't do a lot else without sewing in the zip though so that I know how it all fits.
So for now, I might trim off the excess and then work on the sleeves because I can't go in town till Tuesday/Wednesday.
I -may- need to use a dress form to work out the back... Or get my mum to wear it whilst I chalk it out LOL, SHE'S GONNA LOVE ME. Won't be working on that until I get all the basic shapes sorted though xD
Time Taken: 45mins??
POOFY PANTS! (Posted 17th April 2011)
I'm going to call these done, all the applique and stuff will be put in a separate to-do thingy cause I'm a cheater like that :P
Well... I have yet to buy a zip for these bloomers... But other than that they're done 8'D;;
Time Taken: 1hr??
PUFFERFISH (Posted 17th April 2011)
I momentarily couldn't find the measuring tape (although I've literally just found it again LOL), so I decided to take spacky photos of what I've done so far.
... This is it 8'D
Start of the bloomers! THEY'RE GOING TO BE SO PUFFY ONCE THEY'RE GATHERED AT THE BOTTOM!
I've trimmed it a bit since the photo was taken btw, so the longer bit on the left leg is no more! It's symmetrical now, wahey!
Time Taken: 1hr
Fabric~ (Posted 12th April 2011)
Hurrrr, here's all the fabric I'll be using.
Green cotton as the base, red duchess satin for the circles (it's been in the bottom of my fabric bin for ages so it's horribly creased), white duchess satin for the detailing, white cotton for the bloomers (which is folded inside the duchess satin because I forgot about it XD), teal green duchess satin for the detailing, maroon lining for... lining... and finally gold crepe back satin for the gold detailing (with a semi-matching embroidery thread which I will buy later).
I looove my fabric choices, getting more and more excited for this cosplay now!
Normally I'm all HISSBOO to shiny things but because the duchess satin is rather high quality (at a bargain price too! I love you Brumland) it has barely any shine but enough to pick up and look pretty~
Well hey, she's an empress, if it were some commoner then I'd be less tolerant to shiny fabric :P
Now to get on with the patterning of doom, hnnng ;_;