|Time Taken :||200 hours +|
|I love Paradise Kiss.|
I loved my group to pieces, all of you were absolutely amazing for doing your cosplays and for looking after me <3
The reception and comments I got were mind blowing, so thankyou to everyone <3
So happy I attempted this and I'm so so proud. Im not sure what I can do next to outdo myself though. For now, I shall sit here in contentment knowing I do not have to do anymore beading :'D
Highlight of the day: When four of my best friends dived under my skirt at the same time. Next time party in it. Everyone is invited ;D
|Buy Wig + Extensions||High||Complete|
|Get my head checked by a doctor||High||Complete|
|Make many, many roses||High||Complete|
|Try not to go insane whilst doing all the beading||High||In Progress|
|Chalk out flower pattern - Bodice||Medium||Complete|
|Chalk out flower pattern - Skirt||Medium||Complete|
|Chalk out flower pattern - Sleeves||Medium||Complete|
|Make Waistband + Overlay Skirt||Medium||Complete|
|Petticoat (For Hoopskirt)||Medium||Complete|
|White overskirt (For Hoopskirt)||Medium||Complete|
|Stupid amount of ruffles on whiteoverskirt||Medium||Complete|
|Make/Buy Lace Gloves||Low||Complete|
|Add many, many roses to wig||Low||Complete|
|Make very big blingy ring||Low||Complete|
|Find/Buy suitable shoes||Low||Complete|
|More dress netting||£12.00||Bought|
|Hook and Eyes||£1.23||Bought|
|Wig Cap||£1.49||To Buy|
|Black kirby grips||£0.00||To Buy|
FUCK YEAHHHHH (Posted 28th October 2010)
IT IS DONE.
I'll take you all to paradise this expo. ~<3
Earrings (Posted 28th October 2010)
Wire + Beads + Hotglue + Butchered primark earrings = Done
Not perfect but I am happy :B
Shoes (Posted 18th October 2010)
Changed my mind on the shoes I'm going to use. The others were too pointy and awkward to make shoe covers for.
I love them though :3 They'll kill my feet if I wear them all day so might spend most of the day in flats then swap for photoshoots and the masquerade :'D
Beading (Posted 4th October 2010)
It just struck me the other day how much my time is running out...
Spent most of the weekend beading, I've finished the bodice beading just need to bone it, line it, add straps and a few more ruffles and then I'm done
Makeup Test and Lining fabirc help! (Posted 27th September 2010)
I got bored last night so decided to do a makuptest along with a wig trial run.
I really need to buy some black kirby grips, and alot. This wig is so heavy D':
I'm in dire need of some turquoise lining fabric though, does anyone know where I can get more in the same shade?
Also i've done 2/6 flowers on my bodice. I've got a long way to go...
In the piccy you can sort of see my two arm puffs aswell! Yay! :'D
Finished wig & Roses (Posted 14th September 2010)
Added more braids since the last journal, acciqured more glue gun blisters. Roses are however finished! I dont think I need anymore. I hope not anyways...
Finished Wig Styling (Posted 12th September 2010)
I think after massacring two clip on ponytail extensions I've made enough braids for Caroline's ridiculous hairstyle.
Wigging (Posted 12th September 2010)
I hate burning myself with glue guns D:
Bodice! (Posted 2nd September 2010)
Yaaay I've nearly finished the bodice too!
But this works too!
Also started to ass all the chiffon. Just got to make the straps and add ruffles to them. Then bead it and line it. Woo!
Making Roses (Posted 2nd September 2010)
I'm following this tutorial on how to make roses:
For mine I've made the petals alot bigger because the roses on Caroline's outfit some are pretty big. But its easy to vary the size.
If you guys like them, I'll keep making them instead of hunting for fake ones to paint. Everytime I find some it works out to about £50 JUST for roses, thats without allthe paint and theres no way I'm paying that for some fake roses I can make myself.
I really like them, I think they're sweet. Anyway opinions on them?
Finished Skirts \o/ (Posted 2nd September 2010)
I've stitched all the netting to the skirt, added another row of ruffles to the white overskirt and tightened the waistband. The blue overskirt is done minus sewing the gathered bits and the beading.
God this is a mission.
Skirts pull down my dress dummy hence why its shorter as it goes along. Lol
White Overskirt (Posted 1st September 2010)
I've spent Idk how many hours hemming, gathering and sewing all these freaking ruffles. I hate ruffles now. I never want to make them again.
I'm almost halfway beading the second sleeve aswell. I'm starting to panic because I'm back to college next week which means even less time working on this cosplay. I'm trying to get all the sewing done before I go back so I can focus on the beading alongside my coursework.
In other news I cant find cheaply enough roses for my liking so I'm going to make my own. I found a tutorial online which I will post here if it works for me.
Back to the ol' sewing machine then...
First finished sleeve! (Posted 22nd August 2010)
I FINISHED BEADING MY FIRST SLEEVE YAAAAY <3
Once beaded I lined the back and stuffed it with dress netting to make it more puffy then added elastic and stitched up. Ive now sewn gathered chiffon over the top of the elastic aswell. And its done!
Long time no progress + ROSE HELP D: (Posted 14th August 2010)
Still work in progress
I'm hoping to do more beading tonight aswell as im really behind. I should of taken the sleeves away with me on holiday D: Really starting to panic on time for this cosplay.
Also I CANNOT FIND ENOUGH FAKE ROSES CHEAPLY TO SATISFY MY NEEDS. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET BUNCHES OF WHITE PLASTIC ROSES CHEAP? Poundland have GORGEOUS ones but theyre a pound for a single rose and I need like 50!! D :
Wig Styling (Posted 30th July 2010)
I had a lovely suprise this morning - my wig arrived :'D!
So I proceeded to attach my wig head to my camera tripod lol and pinned the wig into place, Ive made a few small braids, then I pinned the fringe back into a kind of quiff. I then french plaited the main bulk of hair, REALLY diffucult considering the wig is so long it tangled at the bottom but I prevented it from getting too bad, I then detangled the bottom bit.
I need some more extension for the smaller plaits, and then I'm going to decorate with alot of roses. So until I next go into town this will have to stay the way it is.
Good start is good I think!
Welcome Strangerrrrr (Posted 29th July 2010)
Last night I stitched together the white underskirt, I just need to add a waistband and to hem it then start adding lots of ruffles. Ive bougth a new zip so I can hopefully finish with the bodice adjusting and start to bead it soon.
Anyway the netting was just scrunched up and pushed under the foot of my sewing machine. Currently pinned to my hoopskirt and I will probably sew it when I get back from holiday :3 I will have a very very big bum in this! Well alot bigger than normal anyway.
My sister has also given me permission to steal her shoes to customise for Caroline. Score!
Oh yeah! 9 more bags of beads arrived (aka 4500) so I think I really do have enough. It kinda looks like little bags of drugs xD I'll be stood on a street corner selling them in a large overcoat later. Welcome strangerrrr ;P
Huzzah! (Posted 21st July 2010)
First finished beaded flower :'D Its nowhere near perfect, but seeing as its my first one I didnt expect it to be, I realise what I need to do on the rest to make them better :3
I'm really pleased with how this has turned out. But owww my neck damnit D: I'm really enjoying making this though!
Remade Ring (Posted 19th July 2010)
And its aaaaall finished :'D
Its so big <3 I have to be careful as its only wire and beads but its pretty sturdy. I changed the wire to something more sturdy and its silver too so if any does poke out its not as obvious as the copper one.
I've also started making two mini butterflies which will go on Caroline's shoes. I'm going to need alot more beads...
Adjustments (Posted 18th July 2010)
I think I may of finally got the bodice the right shape, I just need to take it in more and get a open ended zip. I have the lining and boning on stand by ready for it. I also need alot more thread...
The skirt however is all sewn and beautifully hemmed if I do say so myself :B I spend a long time pinning the hem and slowly putting it through the machine. Waistband has been added and might need tightening.
You can see the hoopskirt hoops because I've yet to make the petticoat and I havent got the white overskirt on just yet. I have all that to come. As you can see I've started to add ruffles on the seams of the skirt. I might need to take the skirt panels in but im not touching it until I have the petticoat and the whiteoverskirt in place.
The bodice top is pinned hence looking a bit rough, some cutting and pinning is coming for that. Otherwise, here is my progress so far :'D
More Stuff (Posted 17th July 2010)
Since my last journal I've broken the ring butterfly and bought stronger silver wire to use from my local fabric shop. I've also sewn the bodice together and removed the chest parts and plan to redo them.
The bodice is irritating me but I'm going to have another crack at it tomorrow.
Skirt progress (Posted 8th July 2010)
I started cutting out the panels for the main skirt, I've cut out six (The same as the white underskirt) But I have enough to get another four panels should I need them lolz.
I might have enough to remake part of the bodice them, hrmmm....
Photos of the skirt panels, I've extended it at the bottom for the bit which gets gathered up. I'm hoping tomorrow to sew all the skirt panels along with the bodice.
And many, many more beads.
Sleeves (Posted 8th July 2010)
Today I cut out the fabric for my sleeves, using a piece of elastic I had floating around I marked out where I want the seams for the elastic to go into. I then folded the fabric over and pinned it in place. Once that was done I marked out some of the flower patterns onto the fabric. This took a little while for me to get happy with the drawings.
Once that was done I started to bead the first flower, after about 2 hours on it I decided it was looking crap so unpicked it and started over again, hence why I havent got so far XD
Beading is soooo time consuming, I pray I can get this done for Oct ;w;
White underskirt (Posted 8th July 2010)
I drafted the first pattern panel from polycotton, I just pinned part of my big roll of it to the hoopskirt and cut the length and shape correctly, then using the draft pattern made 6 copies of it for the white underskirt.
I'm using polycotton because white duchess satin although would match would push the cost up even more and you dont see too much of the under bit anyway. Besides many satin ruffles would make the skirt so heavy x_X
I've also started to pin the bodice a bit more, im not happy with the front seams, I might remake part of it if I have enough satin, if not then I can live with them :/
Bodice part three (Posted 7th July 2010)
I've now cut the pieces out onto duchess satin, oooo its so pretty the fabric! <3
Ive had to take it alot, but I still need to get a zip. The left side has puckered a bit due to my shitty pinning skills. Will unpin and redo later, have a photo of my base bodice without boning, lining and many many beads :D
[Photo with flash]
Pattern Drafting two (Posted 7th July 2010)
You must think WTF IS SHE DOINGGG?
I never draft patterns, but Caroline is going to be a big special cosplay, so I'm taking precautions and not just hacking mindlessly. Besides I want it to be constructed well.
Heres all the pattern pieces cut out and marked with left/rights~
Pattern Drafting - Bodice (Posted 7th July 2010)
So I used an old fitted blouse which was already on my dummy which I had previously been playing around with. I started by marking out where the bra strapes are on the back of the blouse and the top bits of the bra on the front. (As I dont want to cut it too small so its on show!)
I then went over it in a dark pen and marked front and side seams.
Possible Shoes (Posted 7th July 2010)
Found in my sisters bag of fancy heeled shoes which I've 'borrowed' I do have a black pair in mind which arent as pointy but I need them for Magnet luka, Dont say Lazy Mugi and other costumes so theyre out the window. I'm going to ask my sister if she minds if I cover this and bead them. Fingers crossed! :'D
Colour is almost perfect but theyre well worn and they need to match my fabric.
Fabric ordered~ (Posted 3rd July 2010)
I've just bought seven meters of satin and five of the chiffon. I pray I wont need more and christ I'm so excited but so nervous now!!
I found a pair of shoes from my sister's shoe collection which are perfect for this, I need to ask her though if I may pimp them for Caroline >_>
Bankbalance, i am so sorry for the pain I cause you >:
I only need to buy a wig, extensions and roses now, methinks the wig and extensions can wait until next month after pay day~
Fabric Samples (Posted 1st July 2010)
Yaaay my samples arrived! I'm so chuffed with them, I honestly believe the color is spot on :'D! Its the perfect mix between blue and green :3
On top is the kingfisher blue I bought but decided it was too blue, below is the samples I ordered.
I think I should just go ahead and order my fabric? :D
[Photos with flash]
Oversized bling bling ring! (Posted 30th June 2010)
My beads arrived today, though I was missing three packets (Ive emailed the seller to complain grr)Using the two packets I do have I started the ring!
Heres the base butterfly, just need to make the ring part and attach it to each other. I think it looks ok so far?
Two more to make for the shoes >_< I keep dropping the beads! D':
Say hello to my little friend... (Posted 29th June 2010)
...BUT IT AINT LITTLE. ITS A MAHOOSIVE HOOPSKIRT AND ITS GONNA EAT YOUR SOUL OM NOM NOM NOM NOM
I'm done being immature. As you can see, hoopskirt arrived this morning. Its huge :B I feel like a queen jellyfish or something its so swishy! This skirt is going to be huuuge :'D
Choices choices~ (Posted 27th June 2010)
Actually its not a case of choice, its a case of finding the PERFECT FABRICCCC
I went to fabric land today with the intention of buying all the fabric I needed for Caroline. To which I came away with alot of white polycotton for the underskirt, a meter of kingfisher blue satin and some matching chiffon. I've decided since then its much too blue. I want a teal/turquoise color and I will be picky about this because I want it as close to perfect as I can do >:
I've ordered a sample of duchess satin and chiffon from http://www.abakhan.co.uk and I am praying its the right colors. Because my local fabric shop has terrible choice and is very expensive, fabric land failed me so I'm running out of option and I want the fabric soon so I can start this!
Oh the drama, why am I doing this to myself? T^T
Stealing Stuff (Posted 24th June 2010)
So Ive bought 2000 white 4mm glass beads from ebay. I'm assuming I might need more at some point but fingers crossed I wont LOL!
I stole lots of wire from college today for the ring, shoe decoration and I might use some one the roses to embed them into the wig. Time shall tell.
FML Nearly £40 gone and I haven't even bought the fabric/wig!!!! D: CAROLINE YOU MONEY EATING BEASTTTTT
Buying Stuff (Posted 23rd June 2010)
No backing out now, Ive bought a beast of a hoopskirt!
I've also bought some lace gloves, I went for white incase I chose to dye them or leave them white. Either way white is a good base color. I would make them but my priority is on the dress, and gloves will really stress me out. Its just easier and cheaper to buy them :'D!
As was it cheaper and easier to buy a hoopskirt. Its still expensive but not as pricey as making it. Thats my logic anyways >:
Here have ebay stolen photos of my purchased goods! :'D