Costume :Golden Witch Beatrice
Source :Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Amecon 2010

Costume Photos

Black King and Queen




Problem, Battler??

AmeCon Masquerade



Costume Information

Cost : Bloody too much.
Awards : AmeCon 2010 - Queen of the Ball (Does this count??)
Time Taken : Way too long. Like a million hours. Two weeks on and off is probably accurate.

Why would I think it was a good idea to try and make this??



Most of the information on how I made her is in the journal!

Hm, I feel like I've come to the end of a marathon with this dress, to be quite honest. Though I do owe the fact I started and finished this project to Frazzy XD I can always count on her to bitch slap me back into sense and iron all my creases.

Part of me thinks now I've finally managed to reach that point a cosplayer gets to when they create their signature 'epic' costume, because, to be quite honest, I feel like I don't have any skill to top this. The other half, however, tells me I've only set a benchmark for myself... FFFFFFFFF

Either way, I adored wearing this, as complain-y as I probably sounded! I love Beatrice's character so much and had an incredibly good time trying to channel that into photo's and things.

A few things went wrong, like the movement of the red piece in the bodice. Ideally I'll find some way to pad it out so it doesn't crinkle over my washboard chest and look really stupid >:
The bows on my shoes fell off just before the masquerade! I wouldn't have thought it to matter too much, since you can't see them, but I spotted some photo's where my shoes are visible x___x
More clips are definitely needed in the wig to keep it comfortably on; it sort of slipped back a bit.
I need to take in the black over skirt. I made it to fit snugly to my mannequin, but apparently I've either lost about 4 inches on my waist in a week or I just miscalculated when it came to sewing. This is fine, since I want to sew the zip better in the back anyway, so I'll redo that when it comes to taking the skirt in.
The ring was made last minute... Primark, fimo, gold spray paint and sharpie. Let's just say props and accessories aren't my forte, but I guess it did it's job and didn't look as terrible in photo's as it does up close!
Crinoline ended up falling off me! I was so lucky to have a trail run in Keele Hall on Thursday and discover this problem, or my dress would have likely fallen apart on the catwalk 0___0
The collar kept twisting around. Not sure what I could do to stop that aside from tape it to my neck.

Ah, aside from things I could improve/chance (more than above, and which I'm totally aware of) I was flattered to death by all the people who came to speak to me wearing this. I'm not really sure how to accept compliments and I felt on the verge of tears a lot XD;;; I'M LAME, OKAY. It was very overwhelming, but I appreciate every single comment. People are too nice ;___;

Not sure what else I can say... If you have any questions about anything I did just ask! I'm happy to help if you think I somehow can 0__o



Srsly can't wait to see this!
/wish I was going to amecon

by goodbyeworld on Sunday, 9 May, 2010 - 22:49
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Your hard work will pay off Lauren! I'm very eager to see this done, as I think you'd make a very nice Beatrice

by voxune on Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 - 00:39
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Wow I'm really impressed you decided to make the crinoline yourself :O
Its looking really pretty, you can really see all the hard work in it already! I'm excited to see it finished :3

by Charlie-Bear on Thursday, 22 July, 2010 - 11:16
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Aw, thank you, that's so sweet!
She's becoming something of a team effort, which makes me REALLY wish I'd bought a crinoline! (Derp derp, I didn't even think about buying one at the start XD;) Lot's of headaches all round, but hopefully it'll be worth it in the end~

by Felixize on Thursday, 22 July, 2010 - 12:18

I am totally in love with this dress *w*
Can't wait to see it done!

by goodbyeworld on Friday, 30 July, 2010 - 16:16
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Sorry if I sound like im gushing orz *shot*
I am so much in love with this dress its just so stunning! Looks amazing finished, I cant wait to see photos of you as Beatrice. Very, very well done! :D

by Charlie-Bear on Sunday, 8 August, 2010 - 22:16
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Can't wait for this!

by AmethystEyes on Tuesday, 10 August, 2010 - 22:31
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Woww o.o
You pull of Beatrice really well!
It was worth the effort <3
I personally would not have the drive to make a dress like that, kudos. XD

by My__RoadOfBlood on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 01:01
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What a fantastic costume!!!

I love the bias detailing was its sooooo tidy its definitely at a professional level

All of your hard work certainly paid off the Queen of the ball award was well deserved :D

by MangaChild on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 08:19
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you look amazing in that costume. no one deserved ball queen as much as you

by yami-no-neko on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 09:22
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A damn good job, your highness ;D

by Kuma on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 09:56
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Fantastic job there, you really did a stunning job!

by Tiran on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 09:59
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Best Beatrice ever *3*
Youve done such an amazing job so much dedication and looks fantastic!

by Solaria on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 10:54
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This was literally amazing, definitely deserving of queen of the ball! And thank you for taking amazing photos of us on Saturday ^_^

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 11:19
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This is just the best Beatrice I have seen. Congratulations on being Queen of the ball. ^_^

by Ayame on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 13:41
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Beautiful costume, so detailed and you wore it really well. I was in awe at how well made this was, congrats on Queen of the ball :D

by Amy-Lou on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 16:32
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Love this dress so much! It’s all so beautifully made. I can’t believe how neat all that bias tape is, it looks fantastic. I also love the red underskirt, and your braided hair bun thingy. So impressed ^_^

by Angelphie on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 17:35
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Bloody amazing!!! Looks perfect, such a fantastic costume =]

by Kacela on Thursday, 19 August, 2010 - 20:28
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This looks perfect, its clear how uch effort you've put into it. I only wish I had been there to see it in person. *A*

by phalor on Friday, 20 August, 2010 - 19:40
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Amazing group, tailorship, poise and detail. A true compliment to cosplay!

by RanmaSyaoran on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 11:07
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I love you so much for this :D

by AmethystEyes on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 12:08
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AMAZING job on the dress! Loved it! :D

by Sillabub on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 12:12
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This was a beautiful costume, I hope I get to see you at other events.


by KhaosKreator on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 13:14
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by Shenny on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 13:41
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Wow this is amazing!

by LunaSky on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 18:03

This is soooo amazinnggggg! I wish I saw it in person!!
Let me know if you wear this again? I'd love to get some photos or something as Maria~

by goodbyeworld on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 18:10
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You looked fucking awwweeesoooome in this! It was awesome. I order you to let me take photos next time you wear this!

by Ashe on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 19:18
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I think I told you in the masquerade queue how much I loved this, but I'll say it again. Really beautifully made, and I absolutely loved your wig. You pulled off the haughty Beatrice look perfectly too!

by Mighty Odango on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 20:32
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This was amazing! *w*

by Emzone on Friday, 27 August, 2010 - 15:13
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I doubt I can say anything about this that hasn't been said already ... it is quite simply FABULOUS. *_* My regret is that I couldn't see it in person! D:

by Ino on Wednesday, 8 September, 2010 - 21:21
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I totally didn't flip a table when i seen this!

by isamiaella on Friday, 24 June, 2011 - 01:50
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The best Beatrice I had ever seen! The detail is amazing and you looked beautiful! Loved seeing this at cosplay chess 8D

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 11:59
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This is such a beautiful costume, you look so fabulous in it

Oh and you suitably terrified me in the Chess at Aya XD

by TheStarlightFairy on Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 23:27
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Amazing Beatrice. Love the dress and the wig. Amazing during the cosplay chess too.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 11 September, 2011 - 04:24
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You are an incredibly gorgeous Beatrice, I love her she's fantastic and you certainly did her justice!
(Also thank you for the comment on Jason it made my night, he needs more love <3)

by HotshotShan on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 23:32

Amazing! you look 100% gorgeous.

by No thanks on Friday, 23 December, 2011 - 05:38
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You looked so beautiful!! I think we made a pretty cool Black Team 8DD

by Tsupo on Saturday, 24 March, 2012 - 12:30
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I remember you! You were awesome!

by Kei Lin Sama on Tuesday, 9 April, 2013 - 23:55
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Such an amazing cosplay! It's so neat and all the detail is amazing!
Congratulations on the showcase! You deserved it :D

by Littlegeeky on Sunday, 20 October, 2013 - 20:41
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Congratulations on the showcase! Seeing you on the front page reminded me of how brilliant you were in the chess, and having watched the series since, you portrayed Beatrice excellently <3

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 20 October, 2013 - 20:45

Ahaha I just remembered that crinoline and all its obscenities XD Congrats on the Showcase :D

by madmazda86 on Monday, 21 October, 2013 - 01:59
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Beautiful costume! Well done on the showcase

by Siouxsie James on Monday, 21 October, 2013 - 07:44
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About time!
Cos dat dress/face <3

by Emzone on Tuesday, 22 October, 2013 - 00:23
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Congrats on the showcase. Awesome dress is awesome ♥

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 22 October, 2013 - 09:13
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Love dis as always :] so well deserved dude

by Exelia on Tuesday, 22 October, 2013 - 11:11
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This is gorgeous, a much deserved showcase =]

by Stubbled Grapes on Tuesday, 22 October, 2013 - 13:38
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So beautiful <3

by eternal_aranel on Wednesday, 23 October, 2013 - 10:57

To-Do List

Skirt - blackHighComplete
Skirt - red gatheringHighComplete
Hair roseLowComplete

Shopping List

Elastic for sleeves£0.60Bought
2 metres of off-white fabric£10.00Bought
Pink fabric for bows£0.00Bought
Crinoline pattern£11.00Bought
10 metres of steel boning£16.50Bought
10 metres of polycotton for pattern drafting£20.00Bought
Base ring£2.00Bought
Hair rose£3.00Bought
25cm of perlescent beads for bows£0.10Bought
Red gems for bows£0.30Bought
50 metres of gold bias binding£15.00Bought
9.5 metres of black suiting£33.25Bought
5 metres of red silk dupion£10.00Bought
250 metres gold thread£5.00Bought


Almost there... (Posted 4th August 2010)

Finished sewing the faff on today. Not sure how happy I am about the red boob bit, I'm not as buxom as Beatrice so it looks kind of pathetic... Going to experiment with how stuffing it will look, but I guess in the end it doesn't matter that much.

All I need to do is put the zip in the back and sort the gem on the bow and she's complete... Wow.

Finished! (Posted 1st August 2010)

Finished the skirt today, finally! Just as well as it's getting transported down south this weekend.

Bit too tired to update properly on it, so will likely do that next entry~

Sleeves (Posted 31st July 2010)

Lots more getting done now. Figured out most of the trick to the sleeves, so they just need to be added to the poofy bits and the top now!

Very happy with how it's turning out!! These sleeves are probably the best part of the costume so far XDD


So these sleeves. They're like... made up of 5 pieces? There's one black tube attached to the bodice, attached to that are two cones.
One is a white cone which the pleated piece is sewn to so it flares out right, the other is the black cone covering that with the gold trim on the end.
I made these pieces separately instead of just sewing the pleated part to the black bit because in all the references I have, they definitely look separate - and aside from that I wouldn't have been able to get the gold bit on and it would have lied really funny.
The other bit is the top ruffle, which has elastic set into the bottom and middle to give it a nice poof. The tight elastic in this bit also holds the other sleeve up my arm and stops the bodice from slipping down as the sleeve is quite heavy.
This piece was sewn up and slid onto the arm, the non elasticated end was then hand sewn over the first part of the sleeve so there's no top stitching. This bit was particularly difficult for me because I'm TERRIBLE at hand sewing. It took me a while XD;;;

Okay, reading over that it actually doesn't make that much sense... It makes more sense when you look at it, I think...

finally! (Posted 30th July 2010)

All the bling for the outer skirt has been sewn on! I probably should have counted how long it took me, but honestly, I'm just glad that it's done. This kind of thing is completely beyond my skill level so I'm so chuffed it's looking good~

The sleeve pieces are all cut out, so they'll be going on today as well as the bottom trim.

After that the red boob bit will get it's stripes, sewn on and then I'll add the white foofy trim.

Other than that it's just tidying up and zips etc to put in~

Seems like a long way is still to go, but I feel the most difficult and time consuming jobs are out of the way, so touch wood it'll be just a case of putting things together from now on!

Vrrmmmmmmmmm (Posted 29th July 2010)


Now with added BATKINZO.
(Which would have been far more appropriate if I'd actually USED Kinzo's face... Whatever, first image reaction I could find will do)

Sigh (Posted 28th July 2010)

Top is fully boned now and sewn together. Just need to add sleeves, trim, red boob bit and the while ruffles/bow. JUST. =___=

Skirt is a disaster. Whenever the red ruffles are added it keeps collapsing in on itself. Need to figure out some trickery to see what can keep it sturdy or I'll not be able to take her to Ame.

A glimpse of what hopefully will be (Posted 23rd July 2010)

So, we patterned out another skirt over the crinoline to attach the red ruffles to, as they were distorting the shape. There's still some inconsistencies with it, so it's slowly getting padded out in the right places lol.

Using the same pattern for the over skirt we cut out the black material and fixed it together to see if it fit.... IT DOES!! It's just pinned and folded on right now, but by next week it'll be sewn up.

The bodice pieces were cut out of the custom pattern Frazzy adapted and pinned on the dummy, too, with the red pinned to the skirt at the front just to see how it would look. Very witch-y so far, haha.

Bodice (Posted 22nd July 2010)

The result of many hours work! Unfortunately I can't really take any credit for it, since Frazzy worked on most of it XD;;

Compared to what it WAS, this is beyond a great pattern now. Just need to get the right interfacing and start cutting it out and putting it together for real~

Gathers (Posted 14th July 2010)

Okay, if I thought the crinoline was a bitch, then I sure as hell wasn't prepared for this. It's taken too long, and too many bloody adjustments, but the foof is almost done!! just need to add one more drawstring in the back piece and sew it together!!

Very, very chuffed with how it looks. (Which, fyi, is 80million times better than this crappy camera pic)

Crinoline (Posted 9th July 2010)


This crinoline has been an arse to make, but now it's done and I can get on with the rest of this darned thing!!