Chibi
 


Costume :Princess Serenade
Source :Eternal Sonata
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Ayacon 2011


Costume Photos

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Wig, make up and contact lenses

Reference

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : Around £400
Awards : Ayacon 2011 Cosplay Competition: Magical Girl Award

Description
Hopefully a couple cosplay for Amecon 2010 with Shenny :3

*15/06/2010*
Hokay this is now officially going to be my EuroCosplay entry for Amecon 2010 ^^

*16/08/2010*
Well. Due to some almighty let-downs and fuck-ups I had to withdraw from the Masquerade (subsequently ending my Euro chances) at the last minute. So yeah, massively disappointed and annoyed... :/ no idea when I'll continue this

Comments

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Aw you'll look super cute in this costume!
Will be exciting to see progression. ^_^

by Natsumi on Friday, 2 April, 2010 - 23:46
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Sank yuu :D can't wait to start on it, want uni to be over now!

by Chibi on Monday, 10 May, 2010 - 23:09
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I second this 8D You SHALL look adorable x3

by Solaria on Wednesday, 19 May, 2010 - 21:07
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Fantastic job on the corset hun. Can't wait to see this.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 11 July, 2010 - 18:48
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I know you're having issues with the corset, but it looks lovely. :]
I am so excited to see this. More ES love! :D

by BlusterSquall on Tuesday, 13 July, 2010 - 00:05
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The crown looks so stunning. Great job hun.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 - 10:05
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Wow i love the crown..really great progress

by SachikoYumi on Sunday, 1 August, 2010 - 17:49
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Beautiful progress darling! :3

by Uni on Monday, 2 August, 2010 - 09:03
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Looking beautiful, I love all the cutouts and applique. Can we tempt you out for ES photos?

by Amy-Lou on Monday, 2 August, 2010 - 09:28
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Thanks guys! :D you're keeping me motivated!

@Amy-Lou: If it's finished in time, most definitely :D are you and Kat gonna be at the ES meet or did you have something else in mind?

by Chibi on Monday, 2 August, 2010 - 13:51
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The cutouts and applique are so neat - definitely looking forward to the finished article!

by Mighty Odango on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 12:12
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Looking gorgeous *3* Wonderful progress~

by Solaria on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 07:01

oh yay, eternal sonata cosplay! :D Really like the progress so far, this will be beautiful Im sure.

by Adamoluna on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 21:50
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Thanks so much everyone, I really hope I can finish it in time >.<

by Chibi on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 22:33
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This looks AMAZING<3

by CharlotteLuna on Friday, 6 August, 2010 - 14:43

very very pretty, loving those neat lines. Youre a very talented seamstress! :)

by Adamoluna on Friday, 6 August, 2010 - 21:49
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God, this is just looking to be the most beautiful costume! I cannot wait to see it completed, you're going to look so gorgeous! ^^

by BlusterSquall on Friday, 6 August, 2010 - 23:24
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Absolutely stunning progress! *3*
Im truly amazed as usual by your works. But gawd its so pretty! <3

by Solaria on Tuesday, 10 August, 2010 - 07:18
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This is so lush! Keep going at it my love!!! <3

by Uni on Wednesday, 11 August, 2010 - 22:54
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This is completely amazing already! I wish I was going to Amecon to see it in person ! Keep up the great work :D

by Littlerascal92 on Thursday, 12 August, 2010 - 07:36
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Love this so much! <3

xxx

by letmelive on Thursday, 12 August, 2010 - 15:48
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Wow! O_O This is looking beautiful!!

by Alyx on Thursday, 12 August, 2010 - 17:49
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Wow! This is looking stunning! Beautiful work!

by Psychoelle on Thursday, 12 August, 2010 - 21:56
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Can't believe I haven't seen this, looks fricking fantastic! Will you enter next year instead?

by Telly on Monday, 1 November, 2010 - 19:11
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Thanks for the love guys :D

@Telly: I might do, not sure yet. I think I'll probably just put this one in for a normal competition instead XD

by Chibi on Monday, 1 November, 2010 - 19:13
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Somehow I totally missed all the insanely amazing progress on this! @___@ What more can I say ... it's going to be beautiful T-T <3

by Ino on Tuesday, 2 August, 2011 - 23:56
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Simply amazing I hope you can finish it this time :)

by L4dyPaiNe_X on Wednesday, 3 August, 2011 - 00:08
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This looks awsome! I cant wait to see the full cosplay togeither it'll be epic~ :3

by Raine on Wednesday, 3 August, 2011 - 09:13
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Really looking forward to seeing this!

by Leonie Heartilly on Thursday, 4 August, 2011 - 19:17
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Love the progress pics of this :) It looks lovely ^_^

by Archer on Thursday, 4 August, 2011 - 23:36
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It's so gorgeous! Glad you picked this up again! ^_^

by MoonLily on Sunday, 7 August, 2011 - 20:31
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The progress is looking amazing. This is going to be stunning.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 7 August, 2011 - 20:41
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Aww Lucy it's seriously looking so damned good! *_* can't wait to see it complete!

The wigs coming along really nicely, out of curiousity what are you wrapping the hair around and how are you getting it to stick to it that way? O:

by Natsumi on Monday, 8 August, 2011 - 11:02
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Wig looks FANTASTIC!! you have done an amazing job!! this just gets better and better!

by Alyx on Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 - 07:45
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Whoooooah that wig looks amazing!!! Can't wait to see this! :D

by Freyarule on Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 - 08:16
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This is looking so amazing!! I totally need to do a photoshoot with you at some point at Aya! I know you're wearing this on Sunday, are you also wearing it again at any other point? :)

by Yuka on Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 - 09:26
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This looks amazing so far, plus that wig... just WOW!

by Littlegeeky on Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 - 09:37
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Gosh! Thank you for all the love guys! :D
Honestly can't wait for it to be finished! *___*

by Chibi on Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 - 14:02
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That wig work is incredible, that's a work of art :D

by Amy-Lou on Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 - 14:57

great work on the wig, that staff looks awesome as well! This has been the most interesting costume to follow in my watch list, you're improving and growing and tackling new challenges... keep up the great work! :)

by Adamoluna on Thursday, 11 August, 2011 - 22:58
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That wig @_@ This totally makes me want to bring my Viola cosplay to Aya lol.

by Archer on Friday, 12 August, 2011 - 00:09
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Wig is amazing! Probably the best Serenade wig I've ever seen! You're going to be so gorgeous!
You must let me know when you're planning on wearing this so I can get some photos of it. It's beautiful! <3 <3

by BlusterSquall on Friday, 12 August, 2011 - 10:23
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Thanks everyone!

@Adamoluna: Aww that's so sweet, and thank you! I can't wait to see your finished Hildegarde as well~

@Silver: Aww thanks honey, I'll be wearing it at Aya on the saturday (judging, photos with Yuka and masquerade) and sunday (chev's panel and cosplay chess) <3

by Chibi on Friday, 12 August, 2011 - 12:05
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I thought I#d already commented here. How can I not have?! =O This is shaping up to be simply gorgeous! Can't wait to see you at Aya~

by sarmander on Sunday, 14 August, 2011 - 22:29
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COMPLETELY ADORABLE omg ;-; <3

by Plasticsharkattack on Tuesday, 16 August, 2011 - 19:49

aww, you look so cute! :D fantastic work on the wig!

by Adamoluna on Tuesday, 16 August, 2011 - 22:54
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I AM SO EXCITE. I AM MADE OF EXCITE.

by Telly on Tuesday, 16 August, 2011 - 23:00
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You look soooooo pretty. Can't wait to see.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 16 August, 2011 - 23:23
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You're wig styling skills astound me. It looks prefect. :is jealous:

by j_mercuryuk on Wednesday, 17 August, 2011 - 03:28
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So... BEAUTIFUL Seriously you really never stop impressing me with your skills. The wig is so accurate and your makeup is so spot on seriously cannot wait to see it all in one <3

by Solaria on Wednesday, 17 August, 2011 - 11:57
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So so cute can't wat to see finish product :3

by Limegreenjelly on Thursday, 18 August, 2011 - 18:36
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Awesome Serenade. Love all the layers and you have it so close to the original

by j_mercuryuk on Monday, 22 August, 2011 - 22:27
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Well done Chibs this looked awesome!

by White Leviathan on Monday, 22 August, 2011 - 23:18
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Ah sick. Very pro! Well done 8D Kinda makes me want to make my Jazz costume...

by GAINAX on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 01:08
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Very impressive costume, congratulations on the magical girl award

by theKillingDoll on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 09:30
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You looked so beautiful as Princess Serenade!! the detail is amazing!! I really wanted a photo of you but my stupid camera died out! >.< Congratulations on the award! It was well deserved! x

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 09:43
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This was soooo lovely! and congrats on getting the Award ^_^. Very welldone! xxx

by Frederica la Noir on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 09:51
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Well done, I thought this was brilliant :)

by Ilpala on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 10:07

looks fantastic! so much detail!

by Adamoluna on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 10:18
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Looks amazing! I especially love the staff, it's so epic! :D

by Eloraborealis on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 12:06
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I know I said it at the weekend but congratulations pretty lady <3 one day we'll all wear our sonata costumes, in the same place, at the same time . . .

by agi on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 14:58
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So pretty and really nicely made! Congratulations on your award ^_^

by Angelphie on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 16:23
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Congratulations on the Award, this is such a beautiful costume bursting with detail. The wig really suits you too, more ringlets for you :D

You have to look after this, now I'm stoked to finish Dolce!

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 15:12
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YOU LOOKED SO MUCH BETTER THAN I EVER EVEN THOUGHT POSSIBLE AND THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH CAPS LOCK TO EXPRESS MY LOOOOOOOVE.

by Telly on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 23:41
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Thank you everyone! <3

by Chibi on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 22:37
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A truly worthy winner, I was rooting for you all the way! I can't believe how fabulous it was in the flesh :D <3

by Ino on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 22:46
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Hey Chib,

Was an awesome costume, great to see you won a prize for it to. Well deserved!

by MattDark on Saturday, 27 August, 2011 - 22:08
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Epic cosplay ! You need a showcase !

by Tedward on Sunday, 28 August, 2011 - 08:59

Ahhhhhhhhh I love this so muuchh!! <3

by goodbyeworld on Monday, 5 September, 2011 - 20:16
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Seriously gorgeous costume! So glad you won an award for it!

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 7 September, 2011 - 16:23
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Congratulations for the showcase.

by RebaSephiroth2 on Sunday, 30 October, 2011 - 15:24
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This is such an amazing costume! Congrats on the showcase, you really deserve it!

by Littlegeeky on Monday, 31 October, 2011 - 22:13
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Oh, I'm so glad they gave you a showcase! As maaaaaay have been mentioned a million times before; you totally deserve it, dudette! X3

by sarmander on Monday, 31 October, 2011 - 23:31
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Awesome cosplay, I love it!! All of the details are so wonderful *__*

by ToroSonyCat on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 16:45
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Congratulations! <3

Beautiful person, beautiful costume <3

by Uni on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 14:21
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Congrats on the showcase. Lovely costume and you look stunning in it.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 22:48
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Congratulations on getting showcased, it was very well deserved, your costume is beautiful. And you look fabulous.

by Pudding on Sunday, 6 November, 2011 - 01:31
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Eeee! Thank you for all the lovely comments everyone :3 much love to all~

by Chibi on Saturday, 12 November, 2011 - 14:18
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This is awesome! Wonderful job.

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 22 January, 2012 - 21:29
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Can't believe I actually forgot to comment on this... Unbelievably gorgeous, so much detail, and everything together looked so swish on stage :D This seriously gives me the inspiration to try and finish Rondo one day!

by Delusional on Wednesday, 25 January, 2012 - 00:44
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Thanks guys! ;A; can't believe how many comments there are on this already... you're all so lovely!

by Chibi on Sunday, 29 January, 2012 - 01:13
 

To-Do List

Buy fabricHighComplete
Make necklaceHighComplete
Buy wig extensionsHighComplete
Buy new wig and extensions D:HighComplete
Make "legwarmers"HighComplete
Make shoe-coversHighComplete
Make collarHighComplete
Make embellishmentsHighComplete
Make crownHighComplete
Make wingsHighComplete
Make leggingsHighComplete
Make glovesHighComplete
Make cincherHighComplete
Buy base wigHighComplete
Buy base shoesHighComplete
Style wigHighComplete
Make beltHighComplete
Make dressHighComplete
Make long overskirtHighComplete
Make corsetHighComplete
Make short overskirtHighComplete
Make staffMediumIn Progress
Make cloakMediumPlanned

Journal

More cloak (Posted 18th August 2011)

Better view of the back of the cloak, also fixed the wonky bias and added the clasp :D
Detailing can wait, sod it!

Cloak~ (Posted 18th August 2011)

I HAS A CLOAK

detailing will be added in the morning

and now to bed...

Cincher and stuffs (Posted 16th August 2011)

Finally got around to the suede lacing on the cincher, almost forgot about it!

I've made my gloves as well, they're not fantastic but they'll do for now. My staff has been dremelled and sprayed for the second time and it's still a bit rough :/ oh well, going to add the Rub'n'Buff and then varnish it all.

I've also finished my wig, photos to come~ :D

Phew! (Posted 16th August 2011)

Wig is done, bought my contact lenses, bought new earrings and got around to doing my make up test :D

Running out of titles now... (Posted 14th August 2011)

Currently making the decorations for the wig curls~
Here's what they look like so far, I haven't glued them yet though so I'm just holding it in place for the photo

It's really sunny now as well so I'm going to try and finish the staff now before it starts chucking it down again!

Sucky weather is sucky (Posted 11th August 2011)

Crappy British weather means I haven't been able to go on the balcony in the last couple of days so no more staff progress atm D:

I've made a start on the gloves though, sewing the mock up tonight and if it comes out right then the real ones will be a breeze

Still umming and ahhing about getting some purple contact lenses, since I've been so anal about tiny details it seems silly to overlook the eyes. At least for judging/photoshoot~

Also decided to make her travelling cloak as a nice little extra for the masquerade, then I can whoosh it off and look all cool :D

Yays (Posted 10th August 2011)

Working on the staff a bit more tonight provided it's still light outside when I get out of the bath XD

Also I emailed back and I've decided to just go for EuroCosplay, can't hurt can it? ^^

More staff progress (Posted 10th August 2011)

Again I want to give big thanks for Mart and his jisaw for cutting out all the major pieces for me!
I've assembled it all now, sealed and sanded it, given it a base coat of primer and sprayed the basic colours. I will be sanding it again for a really smooth finish but I find it sands much nicer after priming, also will be changing the shade of the gold but that'll come last before I varnish it~

Still undecided on weathering, thoughts?

Btw you can feel free to ignore my yummy cupcake pyjama bottoms XD

FUCK YEAH (Posted 8th August 2011)

Huzzah!

The wig is nearly finished :D just need to make the little decorations for ther curls, trim the bangs and curl the longer bangs :D

SO FUCKING PROUD RIGHT NOW

Wiggity-wig (Posted 8th August 2011)

Done half of one of the curls tonight, the hair pinned on top is the rest of the hair to be added to the curl. Now I just have to hope I can get it even on the other side!!

Collar (Posted 7th August 2011)

Just needs fastenings and a 3rd layer to cover up the messy bit around the neck.
Added my own resin-cast gems and a bit of 3D paint for the little designs~

The wig is underway now as well, the boots have 3D paint drying on the tops and my staff is drying out on the balcony

Wings (Posted 7th August 2011)

Wings are pretty much done (needs some fastenings though), looks a bit off center in the picture but I haven't glued the centerpiece down, will do that in accommodation so it doesn't get trashed on the journey

Corset (no longer being used) (Posted 7th August 2011)

Doing a little tidying and moving pictures off the main page~

Crown (Posted 7th August 2011)

Doing a little tidying and moving pictures off the main page~

Wig test (Posted 4th August 2011)

Decided to try another method on the other half of my tester wig, it's actually coming along pretty well (big thank you to Lulu Rose for her helpful suggestions!)

Obviously on the real wig the pigtails will be further out on the sides and the curls will look thicker in the center of the spirals and all that, but for an experimentation on method I think this is coming along nicely :D

More staff (Posted 4th August 2011)

I got the headpiece for the staff today! Most of the smaller pieces have been sanded down and secured in place now, just need to sand the headpiece and give it a protective coat so that the wood stops trying to split >_>

It's been raining today so once the balcony is dry I'll be priming and painting it~

Stuff, er- I mean, staff~ (Posted 3rd August 2011)

So the test I did on my spare wig didn't work all that well :/ will have to try another method and continue panicking.

Been working on the staff today with my friend Mart, he's been an absolute star :3 he has way more tools than me and doesn't have shaky hands so he's helped me by cutting out all the seperate pieces for me. Took most of it home today and set about sanding them and trying to assemple them to the main staff.
I've glued the sphere together, secured the wooden divet thing and the bottom ring, waiting for them to dry and then I'll secure the other rings and the sphere. The main top part of the staff is almost done, just need to cut out the last of the crosses and fix one of the nails that has split the wood a little. It's made from a mop pole though so the top can be screwed on and off for easy transportation :D

Once that's all assembled it'll just need to be primed and painted and then it's done!

Blargh (Posted 3rd August 2011)

Too warm, cannot brain!

The collar is almost finished now, I've added the fasteners to the dress too so it can snap into place, it sticks out a bit but hopefully it'll flatten down a bit at the back once I do the wings and stuff.

I might have to recast my gems as they're not as blue as they used to be, though considering my time frame I may just leave them as-is.

I made the little roses and bows for the boots though, will attach them later. Super pleased with them though, never made fabric roses before! :3

Top: Finished roses
Middle: Ribbons attached to roses
Bottom: Possible leaves attached (not sure if I want to use these or not yet :/ thoughts?)

Panicking just a little now... (Posted 2nd August 2011)

Haven't been doing as much as I should be on this and I'm fast running out of time D: currently waiting for the gold to dry on the necklace pieces so I can put them back together, trying to prepare some fabric roses for the boots while I wait.
I've been trying to choose a method of styling the wig, after a quick chat with Lulu Rose I've got a bit of a better idea in my head now. I have an old with that I'm testing it out on (see pic). Won't know if it's worked until sometime tomorrow though

Watch this space

Other stuff (Posted 1st August 2011)

Other than the collar I decided to remake the dangly necklace pieces, they weren't nearly sturdy enough and now they at least look much nicer/are much stronger. Need to gold them up though and attach them to the band and that'll be out of the way

Started preparing the blue duchess satin to make the little roses on the boots so that'll need to dry overnight. Need to find a new method of glueing the crystal flowers in place as the last few trials really haven't worked D: wondering whether or not to recast my resing gems or not, don't really have the time but I don't know how much I like them anymore. Decisions, decisions!

My wig arrived yesterday as well and it's b-e-a-u-tiful :3 it's very thick and already center parted, I put up a photo of it on the main page~
I'm TERRIFIED of styling it though... I'd hate to cock it up this close to it being finished, really scared to ruin it because I have no idea where to even start ;A; if anyone has any tips I'd GREATLY appreciate it

Collar wip (Posted 1st August 2011)

So I finally made a start on the collar tonight, been a bit worried to start it as I was having a bit of difficulty planning it in my head D:

Still need to finish it off but it's looking like this so far

It's gonna be attached to the dress with snap fasteners and hooks/eyes

Booty legwarmers :D (Posted 12th July 2011)

My wig has been shipped~ :D should get it in a week or so and then there's a massive amount of styling to do

My new stuff for the collar is here now as well but we're in a new flat and we don't have an iron/ironing board yet so that's being set aside for now.

In the meantime here's a photo of the boots/legwarmers, suggestions on improvement welcome!

Get going (Posted 10th July 2011)

Okay so I just broke my bank account and bought a decent wig this time, the last one I got was so bad that it was never really going to work out :/
So that should hopefully arrive in about 2 weeks max~

I'm really tempted to redo the blue parts of the boots/legwarmers as the middle needs to be taken in but there's no way I can take them in without redoing the entire zip again :/ quite tempted to put a zip in the bottom by the heel/ankle of the shoe and then just sewing the rest of it together to make it more of a slip on, not sure if it'll work though so I really don't want to cock it up... suggestions welcome by the way!

I'm going to remake the necklace and soften out the belt buckle a little more now that I have a fancy Dremel :3 going to use a different method for the collar as well so heres hoping it works~ Will need to get a tiny bit of help from a friend with my staff but that should be done hopefully too

Go go go!

A long overdue update~ (Posted 1st November 2010)

Hokay, so it's pretty obvious I didn't manage to get it all done in time XD I wallowed for a bit but I've slapped myself out of being an emo and now I'm just chipping away at it for a con next year instead!

I got quite a bit done in the accommodation at Ame like the legwarmer/shoes and stuff but I'll put a photo of them up at a later date.

In the meantime it occurred to me that I hadn't yet posted up any photos of the dress and skirts all together, so I posted a few photos of them on my new mannequin for you guys a few minutes ago for your viewing~ I know it needs a good iron after being boxed up and moved to a new flat, will get around to that at some point! Need to add some more detailing on the hem of the dress, pompoms to the short overskirt, lacing to the cincher, etc...
I'm gonna take my time with it now, I went about construction all wrong and started too late, so now it's just a case of finishing off the last few bits for next year instead and possibly remaking some of the bits that were rushed/I'm not happy with.

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Final countdown (Posted 12th August 2010)

Hokay, so I won't lie
I'm kinda panicking now about getting it all done.

I'm currently working on the sleeves, the wings are drying the the corner, will still need to assemble them though. Also still need to make the collar, gloves and cincher as well as continue with the wig...

Hmm, another sleepless night methinks. At least all the gluing and hand-sewing can be done en route! :/

Sleeve (Posted 12th August 2010)

I

Hate

Sleeves

D:

Especially puffy ones!

Wings - take 2 (Posted 12th August 2010)

Second attempt at the wings, they're still not as rigid as I'd like, will have to finish them in the onsite accomm D:

Really pleased with the gradient though

Almost there (Posted 12th August 2010)

Still got the cincher, collar and gloves to make :/ will focus on the cincher and collar for now, well, as much as possible, I leave for Ame in 6 hours! D: worst comes to worst I can use my Zelda gloves as backups, at least they can be handsewn if need be.

Finished most of the other bits though, there are some details like pompoms and 3D paint to do still but I can do them en route or in the accommodation

Just finished the dress, sort of, needs 3D paint, pompoms and the lining needs to be hemmed. I'm gonna need help to get in and out of this...

Necklace (Posted 11th August 2010)

Necklace is finished now

More on dress (Posted 11th August 2010)

Did some more of the design applique on the dress
I really don't want to make those sleeves...

Legwarmers (Posted 11th August 2010)

Also tried to tackle the legwarmer bits

They haven't come out quite like I was hoping, but I'm currently far too tired and stressed to care much anymore D:

Anyways, to bed, haven't slept in a good 24 hours...

Short skirt (Posted 10th August 2010)

Nearly finished the short overskirt, just need to do all the edging, sew the pompoms in place and then add the snap fasteners :D

Also, ze staff is underway, as is the legwarmer bits~

Onwards!

More on the short skirt (Posted 10th August 2010)

Yay 95% done :D just needs snap fasteners and pompoms now~

Dress (Posted 9th August 2010)

More of the dress, appliqued the bottom of the dress in place and added the eyelets and suede lacing

Can't believe how much I still have left... ;_;

More shoe stuffs (Posted 8th August 2010)

Hokay, had Shenny and that over so my productivity has been pretty low D:

Tried to make more of the shoes but I measured the last layer wrong and I have no more fabric, so I need to wait til tomorrow til I can do more on it.

Here are the first 2 layers though~

Yet more on the shoes~ (Posted 8th August 2010)

Yeah... productivity over the last 48 hours has been pretty non-existant D: having 2 other people in the cosplay-making room was not a fantastic plan... so now I'm really behind, was hopeful about it getting done in time, but now I'm not so sure anymore...

Anyways, here are the shoes at about 90% done. Just casting some more blue gems for the top layer and making the ribbon bows and flowers for the centre front. Then I just need to sew them to the blue legwarmers bits and insert the zip~

Also, the bottoms look messy atm, gonna glue those little bits to the sole so they won't poke out!

Shoes~ (Posted 7th August 2010)

Bah, stupid journal D: I wrote up loads of stuff, pressed update and then it told me I needed to sign in, so it didn't get posted... bollocks!

Oh well, tl;dr, started wings and shoes today, wings kinda failed, will redo them.

Shoes are go, using Noel Vermillion boot template (modified). Shoes are split into 3 layers, 1 light gold, 2 ivory.

Shown is light gold layer and first layer of ivory, will add detailing and cut out last layer tomorrow~

Long skirt details :D (Posted 6th August 2010)

Pompoms and glass beads, just need to add the crystal flowers and the ivory ribbon~

Long skirt :D (Posted 6th August 2010)

Pretty much 99% done! Just need to add the ivory ribbon and the crystal flowers now (and fix the interfacing)

Dress progress 2 (Posted 5th August 2010)

Worked more on the dress, cut out all the light gold and ivory pieces, sewn each respective colour together, need to cut and seal the gold and then applique to the white, this is how the bust looks so far with the heart done

Not wearing the corset in the photos so it should be a bit more fitted with it on.

Will be adding the eyelets and stuff tomorrow~

Belt - Complete! (Posted 5th August 2010)

Yay belt is all done now :D

Dress progress (Posted 4th August 2010)

I've started cutting out all the detailing for the dress now, the butterscotch heart now has an ivory centre with holes in the edges (so that the light gold will peek through) ^^ just got to sew it to the front dress panel now before I start on the swirls and stuffs

Belt buckle (Posted 4th August 2010)

Finished priming the buckle today, finally was able to spray it gold to match the beads. Threaded the beads and bauble too now, also threaded the elastic through the beads at the back as well, sewed the elastic ends shut and then sewed the loops to the actual belt :D

Progress 1 (Posted 3rd August 2010)

Sooo I continued with the buckle, dress and necklace today. For the necklace I bought a cheap white fabric-covered alice band, snipped the edges, snapped off the ends with some pliers and then sewed the fabric back together, leaving a nice bit of fabric to put a nice fastener onto ^^ it actually looks great when I wear it, but the spraypaint didn't agree with it and it's a bit tight, wouldn't be able to get it over the collars D:

Progress 2 (Posted 3rd August 2010)

For the dress, after getting the lining the right size I unpicked all the seams and used it as a pattern for the main dress pieces. Since the design is half ivory and half gold about midway down the dress, I've left and allowance and will go back and get the designs cut out. I've also cut out the main centre heart, need to seal it and applique in place. The sleeves are gonna be done last as I know they're likely to fuck up!

No picture of the dress yet, so for now I'll show you the bauble for the belt :D (top isn't glued on yet since I need to thread the beads first)

Progress 3 (Posted 3rd August 2010)

And finally I'll mention the belt. I biased the final edges on the belt itself and managed to find some nice thick white elastic to attach it to the buckle. I also bought a load of wooden beads and sprayed them gold to match, they came out really nice and shiny :D

I also bought some little plastic beads and glued them to the back of the buckle, that way I can thread the elastic through them! :D it should be big enough to go over my head anyways, but the elastic should help. Just priming the buckle now, leaving it to dry overnight and then tomorrow (well, today) I'm gonna spray it to match the beads. Then I can thread it all together, yayness!

Update 1 (Posted 2nd August 2010)

Second lot of detailing on the long skirt lining, all appliqued in place ^^
Really pleased with this so far!

Update 2 (Posted 2nd August 2010)

And the final layer of the long skirt lining!
Sooooo much applique in the last couple of hours >.< I think it paid off though

Update 3 (Posted 2nd August 2010)

Ok last post of the night now, just pinned the lining to the outer layer and pinned it to my clothes so I could see how it looks, I'm pretty happy with it for now I guess, wish the front bits were a little more rigid but heyho

Will trim the excess fabric, hand-sew all the embellishments, bias hem and then add the waistband tomorrow... well, later today~

(also, for some reason my journal posts are going in reverse, but like, only these last 3 D: whut?)

Buckle (Posted 2nd August 2010)

Hokay decided to get this bit out of the way, I was in the middle of sawing it when the blade in my coping saw snapped D: balls.
So I popped into town to get more blades since our Wilkinsons just got a new DIY section, and omg... I love it :D

Anyways, this is about as good as I'm going to get it considering I've done it all by hand (don't trust myself with power tools) and I'm impatient >.>
The photo angle makes it look a lot rougher/wonkier than it actually is!

Just got to drill a hole in the base (for the beading) and add some sort of fixtures on the back, then I can prime and paint it :D

Update 5 - dress (Posted 2nd August 2010)

Hokay, just working on the mockup of my dress (which will become the lining later) which is proving to be annoyingly fiddly. Having to alter a pattern and already I can never trust their sizes, so it's all a bit messy. Photo is how it looks now (sorry for crappy mirror pic), still need to take it in a little around the shoulders and I need to lop quite a lot off the bottom since I'm so short D:

But yeah, here's hoping this works!

...I really need to finish bits I start, not just start new things >.> now I'm just getting more and more unfinished bits of Serenade... the shoes are calling to me to make them...

Stuffs~ (Posted 1st August 2010)

Right a lot has gone wrong (again) since the last post, mainly wig troubles. As in, the wig that arrived was Kanekalon and the extensions that arrived are Tokyolon, meaning I now have to go to the big wig place in town and buy both new wig and new extensions... fail

And then of course the corset trouble as well, bah!

But anyways, I have started the long overskirt and that should be done later today, I'm currently cutting and sealing all the detailing on the white lace >.< the rest of the long skirt parts are cut out and partially sewn though, so once the lace is done it's mainly embellishments, bias and a fastening to worry about. Then I'll either move on to start the short overskirt or continue with the dress

No idea if I'll get this all done in time
Tricky cosplay is tricky D:

More! (Posted 1st August 2010)

Yay finished the lace detailing ^^ lots of blisters on my fingers now though D:
All pressed and cut out by hand before sealing with FrayStop

Now to applique it all onto the lining!
Go go cosplay-making motivation~!

New journal~ (Posted 19th July 2010)

Ok some more stuff has been done but from now on I'm going to be putting up a more detailed summary of progress on a proper blog, partly for secrecy and partly for uni XD

If anyone is interested and wants the link to the journal, just drop me a PM

I'll still post bits and pieces here for an update ^^

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Woodwork~ (Posted 30th June 2010)

So, today I tried woodworking for the first time XD I decided to make the belt buckle out of MDF so I've spent a couple of hours tonight cutting it out. It looks really rough right now, I've still got two more of the inside squares to cut out, then it needs to be sanded, primed and painted. I'll be using this same kind of method for the staff as well methinks ^^ Thanks to Mirrorshield for giving me a quick how-to~

My light gold bias arrived today as well, thank god it was actually the right colour! I've had to special order the blue duchesse satin so hopefully that'll arrive tomorrow too. My corset supplies are taking their sweet time, they only dispatched today even though I ordered and paid 6 days ago D:< bah!

It's occurred to me though that I'm moving into a new flat in a week DX need to really be packing, but don't want to lose any time on the cosplay, I'm really behind on time as it is!
Well, doing little bits here and there should help I suppose, if I can find some gold spraypaint tomorrow I can finish the crown tomorrow at least!

A crown! (Posted 28th June 2010)

I has one :3

Well, a work-in-progress anyhow
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Stuff (Posted 28th June 2010)

Bah, this costume seems to have more of an order for making stuff which is proving to be a rather big problem as far as time is concerned DX
Can't start the cincher until the short overskirt is done, can't start the short overskirt until the long overskirt is done, can't start the long overskirt until the Fosshape is ordered and the dress is done, can't start the dress until the corset is done, can't finish the corset because I'm waiting for components to be delivered D:
Oh and I can't do the wig until it arrives and I buy some extensions.

So, today I thought "hmm, the only thing I can do right now is the legwear, I should start that so I'm not just milling about". So I go over to our local fabric shop and, of course, they seem to have completely sold out of the whole roll of blue duchesse satin that was there yesterday... D:< fffffffffuuuuu

Anyways, bought some white silk jersey to make the leggings underneath the blue boots, I just need to add the elastic to the waist ^^
I also bought some lovely bronze satin-backed dupion for the belt as it was the right colour (and the fabric is nicer than most), just need to make the buckle and the belt is done! <3

Anyways, to bed, I'm gonna have to get up early and scour the shops for blue duchesse satin >.<

They're so tiny! (Posted 26th June 2010)

Base shoes~ :D

Better get cracking! (Posted 24th June 2010)

Progress has been a bit slow thanks to lack of money and having to move soon D:

Started on the corset though, all the fabric is cut out for it now, I'm just resizing the boning and I've just ordered some white lacing with brass aglets, a gold plated busk and some lacing bones ^^ pretty corset will be pretty~

I've started making the silicone moulds for the blue/green crystal flowers at the base of the long overskirt as well as the blue crystal gems along the collar. Will be making all the resin bits soon and putting them together!

Ordered my wig the other day as well, finding a back-parting wig that would arrive in time just wasn't going to happen, so I've ordered a normal wig and I'm gonna have to put a parting in it myself before I style the curly ponytails >.<

Also, having a lot of trouble ordering Fosshape and finding the right shade of gold bias (it's all a horribly mustard gold D: bleh)

Anyways it's certainly progress of some kind!
Back to the corset...

It's a start~ (Posted 14th June 2010)

So, finally decided on a Euro entry :3 so excited to start, I get to use quite a few new techniques I've been learning!
I've spent most of my time on it so far just drawing up a ton of references, there's a lot of bits on the cosplay hidden by extra layers and stuff so I'm making my own designs of how I think it'll look underneath. I really plan on going all out, I'll probably even be de-layering in front of judges to show my original bits of design work I've added XD

I've started buying some of the fabric, I'm going to work in layers, doing different parts of the cosplay at a time so I don't have to pay in one go and forget how much fabric is for what. Still need to order my base wig and Fosshape (which is proving difficult) and find some base shoes.

Anyways onwards and upwards, can't wait to get properly started!