|Awards :||Best Performance - London MCM Expo October 2010|
|Time Taken :||About 3/4 days in total (on and off)|
|Dee Vasquez from the first Ace Attorney game, for the Villains of Ace Attorney group I had running on the Sunday of October expo. I really liked her as a character, not in a SHE'S INNOCENT BAWW but in a "ooooh she's feisty" kind of way, and she is rather smexy. |
EDIT 1/11/10 - HOLEEE SHEEEET. The skit was so epic the judges decided to award us Best Performance at the Expo masq O___O still in a state of shock really, I was not expecting it! After the issues we had with the wrong music at the start, I was a little disheartened but the skit went smoothly :)
The dress and headscarf was made from brown acetate satin, a lovely satin to work with, with the top underneath made from brown chiffon silk (which also ripped, I will remake it out of stretch mesh next time)
The brooch was made from craft foam painted with gold acrylics and then varnished then a safety pin was glued to the back. To keep the headscarf on my head and to avoid annoying issues with win, I velcro'd it and velcro's a headband that is hidden underneath, mwahaha.
The earrings are air dough painted gold acrylic, then the little bits were made seperately and bits of wire were slotted between them and glued together to give it a firm hold. I was surpised they didn't break at all!
The pipe was an old paint brush with the bristles cut off, and the air dough used to shape the two ends. The stick was painted red and the dough was painted gold, all varnished. Very happy with that prop :)
Next time I wear this, I will wear tights. The shoes were eating my feet all day and I got horrible blisters T___T
EDIT: 4/3/11 - I wore this cosplay twice after Expo XDDD once at the Grand Cosplay Ball in November 2010, I wore tights (innacurate though) and had much funs :)
The second time was at Bunkasai at the 3rd March 2011, where I entered the tryouts for the ECG. It was short notice and Dee was the only cosplay I had completely finished in time, so I thought why not. My performance went a bit awry first time round with the video being funny (happened to a lot of people), but I was allowed a second chance with the video working, which I was happy for as I think I was better the second time round XD. Nevertheless, I didn't win but my dear friend Fifi (commonly known as CrystalNeko) DID win and I am sooo happy for her :)
I wore accurate tights for once XDD but yeah, I do love Dee so will probably wear her again at some point but not for a while; don't want to keep repeating myself :)
|tattoos/pattern on undershirt||Low||Complete|
|fake cigar holder||Low||Complete|
Dee is now officially completed. (Posted 19th October 2010)
As of today :) went out and bought some brown fabric paint and then made a stencil for the butterfly pattern on her mesh top. I then painted onto the sleeve. However, since the mesh top is very thin, the pattern has taken but only faintly. I've decided that it will probably look better in broad daylight (rather than artifical light) so will keep it that way :) if it looks crap when I put it all on for a photo, if I have time after finishing my boyfriend's costumes, I'll probably embroider the pattern (which was my original plan but I want to press on with other things!)
Pictures will come soon. :)
YAY! (Posted 18th October 2010)
Pretty much finished! The dress is hemmed and modified slightly, the headscarf is also hemmed and got velcro on which will be fixed to a headband to prevent it from slipping in the wind during the day :)
I can't sit down much in the dress, it's a very tight fit O_O this is good as she has a tight dress but this also means I will be standing up a lot during the day. This isn't really a problem as I'm used to standing a lot during expo lol.
Hehe, almost ran out of brown thread when hemming the headscarf, Well, I did, but then used a different colour but for the under bit so you can hardly see it. Managed to salvage some leftover brown thread for sewing on the velcro. Still, VERY CLOSE CALL. I was like "NOO I DON'T WANT TO BUY ANOTHER SPOOL OF BROWN THREAD JUST FOR 10CM OF STITCHES T_____T"
I did take some pics but I'll have a final pic done once I've finished the patterns on the sleeves of the mesh top. :DD
Rawrs (Posted 16th October 2010)
Painted the base earrings and pipe, waiting for the little bits of ther earrings to dry before painting and then fixing them onto the base. Can't wait :D
I've cut out the main material and lining material for the dress and had enough for all pieces, thank god, but need to do this right first time or I have to spend MORE money on fabric T__T sad times. Trying to figure out how to do the lining but I have a good idea ;)
Had enough satin left over for the headscarf, wheee! need to work out a way to keep the headscarf in place behind my ears so the wind doesn't blow it away........
WOKINGGGG (Posted 14th October 2010)
IT'S AMAZING. I can't wait to see what it's like when it fully hardens (lol innuendo).
I've used a paintbrush I hardly use as the base of the pipe, cut off the bristles and then shaped the dough as the two gold bits and then I'll paint it all when it's dry. I've done two flat circles for the earrings and then I'll make the "dangly" bits which I'll then attempt to glue onto the circles lol. They'll be painted gold.
Will be starting the dress in the next few days - got some lining material and at some point will buy the zip!
Coming along smoothly, it is. 8)
Moarrr (Posted 1st October 2010)
My shoes arrived! The heel isn't too big, perfect :) and they fit really well, I might put gel soles in there anyway though.
I'll take a look at the ref and see if I should wear tights and if so what colour.
My first attempt at the mesh top was botched up so I've bought myself a proper top pattern (rather than cutting up a crappy primark top which failed) and am going to use that for the top. Only problem is I will need to buy more chiffon (the patterns are always bigger than you think for a good reason!)
Tomorrow my flatmate's printer will arrive (my printer died on me earlier this week T__T) and then I can print out the dress pattern I still have saved on there lol. Then I just need to buy a zip and any lining and get to work :3
Oh and I'm still umming and ahing about the gold earrings ¬_¬
Gloves! (Posted 29th September 2010)
So I got some brown lycra, not the exact shade of brown as the satin for the dress, but that can't be helped -_-;
Lycra is AMAZING for gloves. I drew over my hand/arm on newspaper and used that as the pattern, then sewn the bits of lycra using a small zig-zag stitch on my machine. I had to undo and redo some stitches to get a better fit for the fingers.
It's a bit botchy, but I'm really happy with my first attempt at gloves :3
Shoes (Posted 21st September 2010)
I've bidded on a pair of brown heeled shoes on ebay :) they look accurate enough, not too high heeled because I will be walking in them all day. Will still put gel soles in though to prevent tired feet >_<
will let you know how it goes!
Brooch (Posted 6th September 2010)
So I'm starting the butterfly brooch. I've done a template out of cardboard, and then I'll cut the shape out of craft foam, then paint it gold :) it's hard because every ref I find of dee, the brooch looks different >__< but I'll do a rough mixture of each.
As for the earrings, still not sure what to do with those. Might try and find some earrings that look like it D:
Pattern! (Posted 27th August 2010)
There was a pattern sale online, so I managed to get a pattern for Dee out of it :) I'll get the material as soon as I gets moneys. I need to mod the bodice of the pattern, because it looks more shaped like a bra (cleavage much o_O) so what I'll do it make the bodice and then pin it to my bra and trim it to size :)