|Just coz its Ariel XD|
I'll be doing this dress for May's MCM Expo next year with Wilterdrose's Vanessa and MAYBE an Eric.. but not sure yet if i can rope anyone in to be him at the event XD! But we shall we see!
This dress is all kinds of challenges, but if I can break down the dress into 5 parts (which is do-able i figured out last night) it can be easily done!!! Unless of course, I find a strappy white wedding dress to alter the hell out of.. which make it easier and will create less components for me to work with.
This one one RARELY (and I mean rarely.. only one person on cosplay.com has attempted it- but I've not spotted anyone on the net in the UK to attempt it...yet!) done outfit of hers, so it will be all kinds of epic to do.
UPDATE: Done a rough shopping list for it, prices look little, but it gives me a starting idea for costs and stuff- basically its something put down!
Also have done a 'to do list' on here.
UPDATE 2: I HAVE MADE A START ON THIS!! AHHHHHHH!!!! (well.. the crown but at least it gives the motivation to do the dress!) Also a really professional dress makers mannequin came into mom's work that I'm picking up tonight so that will make it ALOT easier to make aswell. EEE SO EXCITED!
UPDATE3: I'VE GIVEN UP!! IM NOT DOING THIS ANYMORE I'M SICK TO DEATH OF IT! Reasons are more but yeah... I dont wanna do this anymore...
UPDATE4: Screw what I siad earlier... I'm gonna give it another try now I've been given some useful tips on how to save it and practically lectured my mom into actually helping me this time.
UPDATE 5: Put into "complete" as its all done apart from bringing in the bodice a bit at the back, but the outfit is DONE! And blood sweat and tears have literally been put into this dress! Im not joking about the blood either
|Make crown and veil||High||Complete|
|make dress into components||High||Complete|
|Buy materials for bottom half||High||Complete|
|draw up sketch||High||Complete|
|buy white heeled shoes||High||Complete|
|get base bodice||High||Complete|
|buy white material for dress||£12.00||Bought|
|extra white polycotton?||£6.00||Bought|
|Buy teal trimming||£1.15||Bought|
|buy netting for peticoat||£4.85||Bought|
|Wide tutu elastic||£4.84||Bought|
|Base long skirt||£10.98||Bought|
complete and still being worked on XD (Posted 31st May 2011)
Soooooo I got a new wig tonight for Ariel which I['ll be cutting up and adding to my current wig to make it thicker OR if I can get the fringe done better on the new wig in a practice run I'll cut my current wig and use the wefts on that to thicken the new nice wig ^_^
Also, after this first wear, I got a bad rash from the netting in the sleeve rubbing my shoulder during the day so I need to alter the sleeves slightly to make sure every bit of netting is completely covered with polycotton and it wont scratch me when I wear it. It also needs a good clean with vanish because I got lip gloss and tea spilt down the dress and sleeves GRRRRRR!!!!
COMPLETE! (Posted 25th May 2011)
So yeah.. I put this into the complete section a few days ago, and I have photos of just the costume together but am I going to be nice and post them up on here? HELLS NO!! teehee!!! Though as tempting as it is to post a teaser photo that is LOL worthy I wont!
So you'll all have to wait for the grand debut surprise of this on Saturday at expo! Only a small handful of my friends have seen teaser photos of the costume and not even they are going to spoil it! mwahahaha!
I have decided though and packed my wedding Eric doll to take with me for Saturday as I don't have anyone cosplaying Eric in his wedding clothes or cosplaying Eric full stop on saturday XD! But I will tell you this.. I'm so proud of this costume and it is my fav Ariel costume so far (it even beats her nightgown which I ADORE!) and will be going to Cosplay Portrait to get professional photos done of it! So you'll definitely see amazing photos of this costume on here!
Veil (Posted 21st May 2011)
I can never be happy with what I've done can I?? haha!
So I found ten times better fabric for her veil today and ripped off the current fabric I had hot glued onto my crown and will hot gluing the new fabric onto it probably tomorrow as I can't find my hot glue gun box haha!
80% complete and more ideas come to mind (Posted 29th April 2011)
So the costume is only 20% away from completion and I look at my wig again and realise how thin it's become. Soooooooo for London Film Comic Con I will be buying another wig and using it for the wefts and adding alot of volume to it or vise versa.
I will be giving the washing process a try tomorrow me thinks as it only needs washing at the very bottom of the current wig. So yeah.. hopefully my current wig will be a bit better in condition wise for expo for the first wear of this costume and will be ten times better for LFCC.
base skirt (Posted 30th March 2011)
Well the base skirt arrived this morning YAY!!!
But it was so poorly packaged (I'm talking, twirled around and scrunched up into a jiffy bag kinda poorly packaged) and treated as if it were towel or something, that when I took it out it's so dreadfully creased that I will have to iron it out before I do anything to it. (Like stitch the over lay skirt onto the waist band and put a couple of stitched near the bottom to keep the over lay in place onto it)
But I thought I'd put it on the mannequin to see the overall look, to make sure it fanned out as much as I hoped, and it does! Yay! So apart from the ironing that needs to be done, it's pretty much perfect!! I will be stitching the overlay skirt onto it when I get back from Kita as I've packed my sewing kit in my case for Kita, incase it's needed, and I'm too lazy to unpack it just to stitch the teal trim onto the overlay and so XD!
I've also noticed today that I will have to trim down the petticoat and the netting on the hoop skirt so it doesn't show under the main dress, which at the moment it does. I swear the person who originally had this hoop skirt for their wedding must have been REALLY tall!!
earrings and main progress (Posted 29th March 2011)
Just a small quick journal. I will be using my Tifa earrings as they're the EXACT same design of drop earrings. And thankful for my friend who loves making jewellery, I now have the perfect clip on drop pearl earrings for this costume! YAY!!!
So I finally took the plunge for doing the over lay part of her skirt today, which went really well, and I managed to do the waistband just right thankfully!! So after KITA I will be hemming it all up on the waist band and the front, then adding the teal trim onto it. WOO!
What I shall do though before I sew the over lay onto the main skirt is to iron the over lay as it's got rather badly crinkled due to me scrunching it into a small parcel bag when I thought I messed it up and had a strop over it XD!
skirt (Posted 14th March 2011)
So I found the right length skirt today but with my petticoat underneath it doesn&#039;t look too flattering. So what I&#039;m going to do is look for another one that fans out more within the 28 days of return policy, and if I do, I&#039;ll take the one i bought today back, and if I don&#039;t then I&#039;ll keep this skirt and just wing it to make it look better.
UPDATE: I bought a new white long skirt that flares out ALOT so I'm going to take my skirt i bought from primark back for a refund and wait on this new skirt to turn up!
If it comes to it, I decided to cut the elastic off my petticoat and chop my petticoat up (it&#039;s too big for me now anyway!) and then use layered strips of the tulle netting to stitch it directly onto the skirt and create a petticoat onto it that way, to get it to fan out more nicely without wearing the equivalent of 2 skirts.
UPDATE: My new better skirt has been shipped today so should be receiving it in the next couple of days yay! And then I can FINALLY get back to working on this costume!!
Petticoat done and earrings (Posted 26th January 2011)
So obviously, the petticoat is basically done, I will add the scrap pieces onto the top to poof the top out a bit more though!
As for the earrings, I found in one of my local cleaners, they sell craft bits and ribbon, threads and sewing accessories stuff. When I went to buy some more dressmakers pencils and more poppers, I found they sell craft jewels and do the exact two styles of pearls and clip on earring backs that Ariel wears for her earrings!!
Netting and Elastic bought (Posted 8th January 2011)
I just bought 4metres of tulle TuTu netting fro TiaKnight on ebay so yey! I can continue with the making progress of this cosplay soon! I went for 4 metres because I think that it will give me just enough !POOF! without making me look huge around the hips and butt area haha! Also, I really detest hoop skirts for some reason. Also, I think that if Ariel was a real person and she wore this dress, she wouldn't want it looking like Giselle's wedding dress, and would want it more tasteful on the skirt area. ^_^!
I also paid for proper thick and wide tutu elastic from an american seller on ebay too as I couldn't find a UK seller that specialises in tutu elastic. I went for proper tutu elastic because it doesn't go really thin or curve round when it is stretched to get the tutu (or in my case petticoat) on. It's heavy duty and holds shape well.
When I receive the elastic I will finally be able to continue work on this and work on the skirt part before attempting the zig zag pattern on the bodice again.
Hair grips! (Posted 27th December 2010)
I finally found a bunch of cheap hair grips that will support the crown and the weight of the veil! So I can use some clear elastic bands and superglue to attach them to the crown and that will be 100% complete! YIPPEE!!
I got this style (see picture) but in plain tan brown so they hide away into the wig nicely. But this was the closest to a plain grip I could find on google images haha!
Fabric received- and now to find problems! (Posted 23rd December 2010)
So I received the fabric a couple of days ago and I spent 3 damn hours trying to do the zig zag part of her bodice done and I got NOWHERE!
It all went wrong, the fabric wouldnt fit all the way round the bodice and it looked CRAP! So I had scrap that bit of fabric all together and just leave it undone. So in a way I've gone backwards one step instead forwards. I'm also now worrying that the teal trim I had right will be now too shortly cut for when I get the zig zag bit done correctly.
Its driving me mad, and I got to the point where i wanted to cry because nothing I did was right. I had no choice but to buy polycotton for the rest of this dress because i dont have the funds to bu stretchy material which is where I'm thinking I'm getting the problems from.
WAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!! Okay baby moment over but seriously, its driving me crazy because I just want to advance on it! Because of the problems with that I cant think straight on how to do those damn poofy sleeves either!
FABRICCCCCC!!! (Posted 16th December 2010)
I finally took the plunge and bought 6 metres of fabric on ebay for £12. Cheapest I could find, but rather silly doing it tonight really because I gotta pay out £35 tomorrow morning for something epic lol. Ah well I dont care! It means I can get started on finishing this beast of a costume!!
I also found some teal thread at Mom's work today too so I can get started on sewing the teal trim around the bodice tomorrow too! YAY!!!
Crown is 99% complete!! And Veil (Posted 9th December 2010)
Okay, so I finally nearly finished the crown. It's like 99% complete now, I might go over the paint again, but at the moment I'm happy with the 3 coats of paint I did on it. And the tiny bit cracking at the bend in the crown you can't see once on ma head anyway. The huge red fringe hides any bad bits perfectly, so yeah... I cant be bothered to do anymore painting on it.
I also found a hell of a lot white mesh netting that is ultra soft and is just like Ariel's veil material in my box of crafts and stuff. (Found it at the same time as the rope for Yuna's obi!) I was going by my musical statue of wedding Ariel when deciding on the material for her veil. So when I found this huge amount of material I was "HOOZAH!!"
The length is ridiculously long, so I'll need to trim it down, but the width is perfect. When I say perfect, i mean PERFECT 110%! So whilst diving through my boxes of craft stuff, I found my multi purpose extra strong glue and glued the material all round the top of the veil so it sits over the wig the exact way it does on Ariel's hair in the film.
All I need to do now is buy some hair grips to glue to the crown, so I can attach the crown onto the wig without the weight of the veil ripping the crown off the wig and damaging my gorgeous wig!
Finally found a cheap place for fabric (Posted 28th November 2010)
I have found a shop on ebay that does polycotton in white at a cheap price for 6 metres. So hopefully in the next couple of pays I can buy the fabric and actually get back to working on this outfit. I have decided upon polycotton to do the bottom part of this dress because it will match the bodice material and it's cheap to get in a huge quantity.
Everytime I look at the bodice unfinished, it makes me cringe and crave to get back to work on the costume, but money is restricting me to do so at the moment which sucks big time.
So fingers crossed that I can get the fabric to get working on it soon again.
bodice received (Posted 11th November 2010)
I received the base bodice this morning but it's a bit murky colour wise so I need to freshen it up before I do any modifying on it.
Although it's a size bigger than actually stated by the seller I don't mind because it gives me a little bit more room to add the sleeves onto it and sew the zig zag pattern onto the bottom with it still being big enough to fit me nicely without taking away my ability to breathe haha.
Photos will be up soon.
Base bodice (Posted 9th November 2010)
The bodice I found I managed to buy late last night as the black parts are removable and it was only £5.
I figured it will work out cheaper to already have the base bodice and heavily mod it, than it will be to buy a crap load of material and run the risk of doing it wrong (considering I haven't made a bodice before!)
The mods I will have to do is: add the teal trim up the top, add the zig zag pattern all round the bottom of it, crate sleeves and attach them to it.
Then of course there is a the skirt part.... I'm thinking of sewing the skirt to the bodice so it's a one piece dress and put a huge zip through the back. What does anyone else think?
Crown 90% complete and stuff (Posted 8th November 2010)
I've done the main crown now, I just need to find a way to wear it without it falling off my head!!
I was thinking maybe getting a very thin red headband and attaching it to that, or get a couple of wide grips and attach it to them then just clip it into the wig... what does anyone else think?
I also bought the trim when in Brighton yesterday, but I have a feeling I'm going to need to buy more of it, as I bought what the store had left which was only 4.3metres!
I found a really nice base white bodice on ebay, but it comes with a black belt thing which i think is stitched onto the bodice... I messaged the seller to see if it's removable without damaging the garment. Hopefully it will be and I'll buy that to heavily mod into Ariel's.
Crown WIP and Mannequin (Posted 5th November 2010)
I started on the crown this morning for something to do.
Although the gold paint is really washy and crap but by the time I go over it several times it will be okay. Then I gotta put a cardboard backing to make it sturdy and seal it with hairspray or something so the gold paint doesn't peal off or crack.
I also need to get a headband in red to put the crown on so it stays on my head or some other way of attaching it. Then from there I'll superglue the veil onto the crown so it all stays put!
ALSO, Mom got donated into her work yesterday a professional red adjustable mannequin with stand!!! So I'm going to buy that which will make making this dress a great deal easier! Talk about great timing too!! My luck must be changing!!