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|Well, this stareted as an original steampunk cosplay, with no real character, but it's slowly morphed into a character I designed a while back... only steampunk!|
A shamefully self indulgent cosplay, that's for sure! It's made from Black Satin, lace and the most exquisit deep blue Indian silk... which cost me £15 per metre.
I nearly died of a heat attack at the cost this is running up, but I swear I'll spare no expence for my baby, and this really is for me, so shush! ;D
It was a slow start on this one, I've taken lots of insperation from the designs at Bibian Blue (see there website: http://www.bibianblue.com/ ) and in particular this gorgeous blue dress I wanted but could never afford, so I decided to make one for myself!
Eventualy I want to make my own corset for this too, but I can't really afford to get it wrong with so little time until Expo, so I'm just using a corset I already had. Everything els is hand made by yours truely however, including all the gold embroidery around the outer skirt, which is more than a pain in the butt I can tell you.
I have to mention another insperation for this, which is the stunning work of Tab, his Maggie Pie corset blew me away and made me drool just a little...
He'll always be somebody I look up to cosplay wise, so keep an eye out for his stall at Expo, it'll be the one that sells out in the first 10 minutes!
|Buy fabric and tools||High||Complete|
|Underskirt: Iron on stiffiner and iron/sew into box pleate from hell||High||Complete|
|Bolero jacket: make pattern||High||Complete|
|Bolero jacket: sew blue silk version||High||Complete|
|Outer Skirt: sew in pleates with room for bustle||High||Complete|
|Upper Skirt: finish waist with adjustable ribbon gather and finish off hem||Medium||Complete|
|Outer Skirt: Embroider gold swirls and cogs design into hem||Medium||Complete|
|Bolero Jacket: take in the back a little||Medium||Complete|
|Bolero Jacket: sew lining into the front boob-flaps||Medium||Complete|
|Bolero Jacket: sew white cotton template||Medium||Complete|
|Underskirt: finish off hems and sew buttons on||Medium||Complete|
|Buy very tall shoes||Low||Complete|
|Buy bokken swords for altering||Low||Complete|
|Make belt for swords||Low||Complete|
|Make legs to the emroidered skirt in black to replace underskirt||Low||Complete|
nearly there (Posted 26th May 2010)
The final push is on! I probably wont have time to update with pictures before going to expo, so I'll see everybody there!
Update to design (Posted 12th May 2010)
Okay, due to time/money restrictions and a growwing loathing for the underskirt I'm scrapping it.
I really really want to make the steampunked bokken swords, eventualy there's going to be two long swords and a little mini one that I'm sure has it's own name but I don't know it so meh.
Oh dear... (Posted 10th May 2010)
I'm suffering for my own bad planning. I just put everything together for the first time (see new pictures) and the underskirt is giving me yet more problems. The stiffener was so expencive that I only bought enough to go around the bottom of the skirt (as it was the only visable bit) but it's warping the creases and being no end of trouble... I'm going to have to hope that the bustle will hold it a bit higher and fix the problems but I've a bad feeling it's not going to work.
If it comes down to it, I'll just have to rip off all the stiffener and pray it comes off easily. I could really do without the hassle though.
Mid-way upload (Posted 10th May 2010)
Okay, so it's a little close to the time and the things nearly done and yet I've only just uploaded this baby.
I'm going to look into buying bokken's to make steampunk katana's for this cosplay, it'd be nice to give it some character and depth rather than it just being a girl in a pretty dress.
Let's hope I can afford it... I'd recently quit my job so money is an issue... shit. I miss money.