|Cost :||I suspect it's into the triple didgets, this hasn't been a pocket friendly project TT.TT|
|Time Taken :||God knows how long, been working on it since Oct 2009|
|I'm so proud of this despite the fact it takes two people to get it on and the wings + hat weigh ya down a bit. I LOVE THIS XD I seriously hope I get a chance to wear this again. After I've re-inforced the dress cage and got a new zenati suit top since the one I used for this kinda tore to the point of no return 8S|
I've been itching to Cosplay as a Black Waltz for ages! I mentioned this to PicklesOfDoom when I first met her at MCM Oct 09. She wanted to Cosplay as No.1 so it was decided I'd be Cosplaying No.2 in Oct 2010!
|Finish Main Coat, sew in all the detailing||Low||Complete|
|Make Tarnished Petti Coat||Low||Complete|
|Make Dress Cage||Low||Complete|
|Make The Eyes using LEDs||Low||Complete|
|Finish the horns||Low||Complete|
|Find The Right Fabric||Low||Complete|
|Draw down the detailsings of the coat for referance||Low||Complete|
|Iron Waltz Coat Before Expo!||Low||Complete|
Miffed (Posted 22nd October 2010)
Moving wings aren't as moveable as I intended them to be. To get them secure on the harness some bits needed to go 8S They're still quite large but I would've liked em to move more than they currently do. Aw wells
Putting it on (Posted 17th October 2010)
Having posted my WIP shots here and on the MCM Forums someone brought up a very good question which I thought would be nice to forward my answer here to Cosplay Island as well
Just curious..but are you wearing a morph suit under that? Also..I have to admit it looks really heavy to wear D: how many layers of material is it and does it feel hevay to wear?
My Reply was :
I wouldn't say that it feels heavy to wear as I've worn heavier Cosplays in the past, but it is one of the hottest to wear (only rivaled by my mascot moogle of MCM Oct 2009) however I have yet to see how much weight and strain the wings shall put on for photoshoots & the masq as I shant be wearing them all the time as I am so afraid that they might get broken which would be horrid as my mate picklesofdoom has kindly allowed me to join her and her mates in an FFIX group for the sunday masq.
Here's how the layers go including the small bits (not including wings as I haven't sorted those just yet, but if any where I'd say they'd go on between the Coat and the Hat and would have to be put on either outside or close to the intended area for shooting ect)
Base (basic undies, tights, Long sleeved thin black shirt & shoes)
Hope this cleared a few things up ^w^ I'm actually very happy of how much of a good response this had received so far even though it's not finished as of yet. I shall continue to try my hardest not to disapoint y'all come Expo!
LED's Done & figured out the underwear for black waltz No.2 (Posted 17th October 2010)
Okay so we've all had this problem, omg what if the skrt of my cosplay flys up and reveals my not so apropriate undergraments?! Well Luckilly this time I've thought ahead and figured out just what dear old Waltzie would wear beneith her usual garb in october (see the unflatering pic attatch to this journal).
So far so good. All that is left to do is strach up the colar, finish off ribbony bits and the wings. Trust me to leave the hardest and most fiddely things til last! LMAO
Hands (Posted 29th September 2010)
Okay am almost done feathering up me wings, the boney bits for said wings are done and attached. Still need to finish off the ribbony details and add the collar to the coat but aside from that Waltzie tis almost finished! XD
So Much Left To Do So Little Time! (Posted 8th September 2010)
*Panics* Just realised just how much I have left to finsih on this D8 I really wanna get it done before I start my tempt job at the theatre on the 21st but realisticly with LED's to be wired and so much detailing to be sewn in I'm not 100% sure I can get it done by then. Must get it done for Expo! Must Get It Done For Expo!!!! XD
FireStarter! XD (Posted 1st September 2010)
This seems to be the one bit most of my cosplay refs don't seem to cover. Just how the heck did Waltzies pettie coat get so tattered? I decided it was through PRACTICE! Not every Waltz or Mage for that matter starts off knowing Fira or Firaga so No.2 had a few acidents whilst trying to level up the Fire spell LOL
I could not find any long matchs so I let myself a long dinner candle and stretched the fabric over the flame. Making sure I had a bowl full of wet rags & water so I could control or kill the flames where needed.
Itchy Hands! (Posted 21st August 2010)
Okay so I tried one of me wings the other day ( back pieces tucked under me arm) and noticed I had a hell of a lot of bending going on. Not good! I'd been pondering for a while how to fix this until this morning when me ma was kind enough to snag me an old hiking back pack off the car boot (which I have already gutted to become the harness for the wings). It had this nice solid looking white stuff inside. So popped down the good old B&Q and tried to find the cheapest equivilant to it that wouldn't bend and snap like a twig.
Tape Can Save You A Lot Of Trouble! (Posted 16th August 2010)
Okay so before I went and paper mached me horns I used a wee bit of metalic industrial tape to give em more of a body. This also gives you a nice serface to start off with when it comes to getting the paper mache on. Nice & solid without it seeping too much into the holes of the chicken wire.
Bloodied and Bruised in the name of Cosplay (Posted 8th August 2010)
And Now We Wait (Posted 29th July 2010)
Well a few glue burns and sore fingers later My Black Waltz's Hat tis nearing completion and I think the new style of wings are progressing quite nicely. I've used 3/4" Mirror Screws, 3/16" Flat Washers and 3/16" Cap Nuts fixed with Araldite Rapid Steel metal adhesive to fix the moving mechanisms in place wilst still allowing free movement. So YAY Black Waltz No.2's moving wings looks VERY promising! However the stuff takes 8hrs to set propperly... so I guess I shan't be feathering this set up until later this evening or tomorrow at best.
Working The Hat and Re-Designing The Wings (Posted 22nd July 2010)
THE BRILLIANCE OF MY HOARDING! (Posted 16th June 2010)
I was just going through all of my old Fabric which I've kept in the back of my wardrobe for the last three years and have unadvertently found the PERFECT fabric for my Black Waltz No.2! XD A lesson to be learnt from this do not throw fabric away unless it's completely and utterly f*cked!
Dress Hoop Info (Posted 14th June 2010)
Here is most of my research I found on Dress Hoops via the interwebz. I'm posting it up in the journal incase anyone else finds it difficult to get their heads around dress hoops, much like myself. I'll be providing as much info on my methods of making as possible so that other Cosplayers may use some of the same methods to help in their own works.
Hoops became all the rage in the 1850s, when finally women were liberated from layers of heavy petticoats. These full cage hoops harkened back to the panniers popular in the latter half of the 1700's but with a new bell shape.
Ideal for later 1880-1900 period this versatile hoop skirt features 1 REMOVABLE hoop 4 inches from the bottom of the skirt. Skirt is also lined with approximately 12” of netting for fullness without the hoop. Hoop maximum circumference is approximately 89 inches.
The following Info is from http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/60cat.html
The Elliptical cage crinoline was the main support foundation for the later- and post-Civil War period of 1863-1868. Called a "cage" because of the cage-like appearance created by the hoop wires and vertical support tapes, this type of crinoline offers maximum support capabilities for a perfect shape, combined with flexibility for comfortable wear. Our Elliptical shape is narrow over the hips, close to the body in front, and dramatically expanded to the rear; the most popular shape for 1865-1866 skirts.
Our crinoline is 126" in circumference at the hem, 36" in length to hem level, and has 12 hoop wires to support the weight of heavy skirts. The self-supporting, elliptical shape is maintained by strategically placed vertical supports, as well as ties on the inside of the 4 top hoops. A "bag" at the hem keeps the wearer from stepping through the hoops.
Fabric: Use broadcloth, muslin, calico, etc. --- 45" wide or greater, 1¾ yards. --- 44" or less, 2 yards.
Bone Casing: 14¼ yards. Use ¾" wide bone casing or other tubular casing.
Grosgrain Ribbon: 7 ¾ yards. Use 7/8" wide ribbon.
Hoop Wire: 28 ½ yards (three 12 yard rolls). Use 1/2" wide, plastic coated hoop wire.
Belting: 1½ yards. Use ¾" wide, thin webbed belting.
Tie strings: 4 yards. Use narrow ribbon, laces, etc.
Notions: one buckle, ¾" wide, must fit belting and hold firm. Eight (8) ½" U-tips to cover ends of hoop wire.
This skirt is of the style used during late and post Civil War period. It is designed to be worn over TV103, Elliptical Cage Crinoline. The front and sides are gored, fitted to the waist with a pleat at each seam. The full back is tightly gathered into a few inches. This skirt has 9 panels in all, and is about 185" at the hem The placket is in the center back seam. A pocket is in the right side seam. The hem is 42" long in front, lengthening in back to 49", for floor length all around the elliptical cage.
Wide belts were very popular through the 1860's. Belts with long tabs were a favorite in 1864-1866. They look wonderful with a blouse, and also with a Spanich Jacket. A belt can also dress up a plain bodice. They can be either the same fabric as the skirt, or a contrasting fabric to define the waist. Period examples were used for both day outfits and dinner or evening dresses.
1st Entry (Posted 2nd June 2010)
I think this may turn out to be one of my most ambitious cosplays yet. With an intention of moving wings and glowing led eyes I hope to bring a Black Waltz to a quality that has yet to be seen at MCM Expo. And that is setting the bar REAL high as I've seen some truly EPIC Black Waltz's appearing at MCM Expo!