Charlie-Bear
 


Costume :Yukari "Caroline" Hayasaka
Variant :Runway Dress
Source :Paradise Kiss
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2010


Costume Photos

Welcome to Parakiss

George and Yukari

Huggles~8D

LULWHUT

Caroline and Miwako

Lonely in Gorgeous~

I'll take everyone in this room to paradise~

Ref~

Ref~

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £200+
Time Taken : 200 hours +

Description
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

Comments

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do i see a university portfolio costume

by ryaoki on Sunday, 20 June, 2010 - 19:57
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8D YAY Caroline <3 I cant wait for our group <3

by Solaria on Sunday, 20 June, 2010 - 20:31
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this so beautiful! whoop for more paradise kiss cosplay :)

by gaming_goddess on Wednesday, 23 June, 2010 - 07:02
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Woahhh that hoop skirt looks so amazing *3*~ I can't wait to see this completed 8D

by FrankieEstee on Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 - 16:59
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That hoop skirt is incredible *O*
I'm so excited to see this, you'll look fantastic <3

by Dusttee on Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 - 20:07
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OMFG its looking so beautiful Caroline *3*
Cant wait for it to be finished {remind me again on my Miwako costume what day we're doing it xDD;;;;;; and i'll be making a new Miwako for Oct :3}

by Solaria on Thursday, 8 July, 2010 - 10:18
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Thought it was Sunday x3 I'll let everyone know =D Cant wait
And i am thinking of doing the white one with angel wings dress I showed you or the pink one i also showed you x3
Cant wait 8D

by Solaria on Thursday, 8 July, 2010 - 10:33
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You can do it Caroline :3 looks amazing! Hows that Doctor trip doing? xDDDD

by Solaria on Thursday, 8 July, 2010 - 19:02
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Doctors has declared me not clinically insane but just slightly mad. He wishes me the best of luck with this project though LOL ;D

by Charlie-Bear on Thursday, 8 July, 2010 - 19:06
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Looking good on the progress ^^ You can do it... I have faith in you

by Limegreenjelly on Thursday, 8 July, 2010 - 19:17
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Uwahh!!! This is going to be amazing, I know it~
Super love for ParaKiss cosplay <3

by Illulyn on Saturday, 17 July, 2010 - 16:57
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Gosh the dress is looking stunning so far *O*

by Dusttee on Sunday, 18 July, 2010 - 21:25
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this dress is looking gorgeous so far - can't wait to see it finished :D

by gaming_goddess on Sunday, 18 July, 2010 - 21:33

I AM LOVING THIS <3

by goodbyeworld on Sunday, 18 July, 2010 - 21:42
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This just looks absolutely brilliant so far. I cannot WAIT to see it finished. I wish I had the bravery to tackle such a big task.

by Kan-chan on Sunday, 18 July, 2010 - 23:07
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WOW the dress looks wonderful~! great job, love it.

by SachikoYumi on Monday, 19 July, 2010 - 00:25
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gawd its just getting better and better <3
You can do it Carolineeee~<3
I love your ring too *3* tempted to steal it =D

by Solaria on Monday, 19 July, 2010 - 13:18
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you're insane O____O for doing this dress~
but what we can see so far looks just great <3 <3

by Kouji on Monday, 19 July, 2010 - 18:05
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Haha only over 9000 more flowers to go =D looking lovely Caroline :3
You can do itttt <3 Wish i could be in character and help D8

by Solaria on Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 - 12:44
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I need my George, Miwako, Isabella and Arashi here to help me bead D':

But thankyou everybody :3 I'll get there eventually :'D!!!

by Charlie-Bear on Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 - 12:47
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Oh my goodness, I can't believe you're taking on this dress!!
It's looking really beautiful so far, I can't wait to see it finished~ I hope I'm lucky enough to catch it in person!!

by Felixize on Monday, 26 July, 2010 - 23:28
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LEWKING GOOOOOD

by ryaoki on Friday, 30 July, 2010 - 08:28

This is looking incredible! I can't wait to see it AND TAKE PICTURES 8DDD

by goodbyeworld on Friday, 30 July, 2010 - 12:37
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Beautiful progress so far! I love the fabric choice, looks so perfect for the dress.

by Ichigo-Chan on Friday, 30 July, 2010 - 17:46
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This is stunning, SHOW ME YOUR SKILLZ

by ryaoki on Saturday, 14 August, 2010 - 21:49
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your skills are amazing, that dress is just so beautiful <3 i love it and can't wait to see it

by SachikoYumi on Saturday, 14 August, 2010 - 23:07
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Have ya tried ebay for the roses? Emi bought LOADS of there for her Red coat Oz. So maybe ask her when shes back from Ame?
Its soooooo gorgeous Caroline x3 I saw Isa and George at Ame too and they look good as them 8D Cant wait for October <3

by Solaria on Sunday, 15 August, 2010 - 12:24
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This is absolutely incredible! You'll look stunning I'm sure :D

by GAINAX on Monday, 23 August, 2010 - 13:17
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love love love it!

by ryaoki on Thursday, 26 August, 2010 - 08:15
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o wow lookng so beautiful so far!

by InfiniteJester on Wednesday, 1 September, 2010 - 15:01
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My god this is incredible! <3

by MoonLily on Wednesday, 1 September, 2010 - 15:01
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you have no idea how happy i get when i see you've updated this XD
Its looking incredible so far! Loving the ruffles~

by Dusttee on Wednesday, 1 September, 2010 - 17:10
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wooo this shit is trippin man

by ryaoki on Thursday, 2 September, 2010 - 09:37
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This is looking really great!

-Tab

by KhaosKreator on Thursday, 2 September, 2010 - 10:05
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This is looking amazing! That dress...I adore it! I love the roses too. You're going to look so pretty in this <3

by Freyarule on Thursday, 2 September, 2010 - 16:38
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Looking fabulous ^^ Cant wait to see it all together :)

by Limegreenjelly on Thursday, 2 September, 2010 - 17:11
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This is looking so amazing! I hope i get to see it at expo.

by Zelda on Thursday, 2 September, 2010 - 17:41
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WOW. This looks SOOO AMAZING! <3

by Uni on Thursday, 2 September, 2010 - 20:29
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wow omg this loooks sooo amazing XD <333

by CGOPbleachbabe on Thursday, 2 September, 2010 - 21:35
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HOMG it's so beautiful ;3;
The thing for teh wig looks relly nice~~And that underskirt o3o
I can't wait for the complete costume! >w<

by rocksanie on Tuesday, 7 September, 2010 - 15:21
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Wow that dress is breathtaking :D It's going to look completely amazing once its finished!!!

by Littlerascal92 on Thursday, 9 September, 2010 - 11:57
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*3* Stunning gawd stop amazing me not that Im complaining haha :3
i NEED to start Miwako ASAP Now x3

by Solaria on Sunday, 12 September, 2010 - 14:34
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Everything looks so gorgeous @__@ I'll keeping an eye out for you guys, I love Parakiss :3

by Fables on Sunday, 12 September, 2010 - 19:20
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The wig is gorgeous *O*
I'm so excited to see this!

by Dusttee on Sunday, 12 September, 2010 - 20:33
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This is looking amazing *w* its gonna be such a stunning cosplay <3

by x-Blade-x on Tuesday, 14 September, 2010 - 16:10
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I adore that wig! It must have taken you so long *___* congrats!!!

by Freyarule on Tuesday, 14 September, 2010 - 17:16
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Yikes, that has to be the most epic skirt in the world EVER. And the same for the wig :S Thats crazy skillz you have XD

by Lady Bahamut on Tuesday, 14 September, 2010 - 17:54
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This is amazing. ^_^

by RebaSephiroth2 on Tuesday, 14 September, 2010 - 18:27
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Great work on the beading ^^ Words can not describe how amazing your progress really is!

by Ichigo-Chan on Monday, 4 October, 2010 - 21:04
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You're speeding along with this costume! I swear every time I talk to you and ask you what's up you always say you're beading :P Keep up the good work! It's looking awesomesauce Charliebear~ <3 8D

Dibs on first under the skirt.

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 6 October, 2010 - 23:55
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Dibs on second!!! With Fifi with me of course |3 hohohoho

by Freyarule on Thursday, 7 October, 2010 - 09:12
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this is seriously amazing. Kudos to you <3

by tinygreenturkeyeyes on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 15:18
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This is amazing *o* Yukari's runway dress was just so gorgeous <3

by Clover-tan on Monday, 18 October, 2010 - 15:44
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Looking fabulous ^^

by Limegreenjelly on Monday, 18 October, 2010 - 17:16
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Im gonna cry ;-;
(in happiness of course)
You can do it 8D <33333

by Solaria on Wednesday, 20 October, 2010 - 11:58
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OMG wow this looks STUNNING. I was going to bring Arashi to expo, I might have to grab you for a bit 8DD ~~~~

by yukioto on Wednesday, 20 October, 2010 - 20:44
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Your dress is BEAUTIFUL!

by Pez on Sunday, 24 October, 2010 - 09:00
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I want one ]:

Also I'm going to be in despair FOREVER that I won't be at Expo on Sunday to see this! I can't wait to see all the pictures you'll inevitably get of this stunning dress all together~ Asdfghjkl; Yeah, words don't even, this entire costume is just wonderful and you must be so proud of yourself XDD

by Felixize on Thursday, 28 October, 2010 - 22:04

I JUST HAPPYGASPED AND FANGIRLED ALL OVER MY DESK <3333

by goodbyeworld on Thursday, 28 October, 2010 - 22:39
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wowww end result is amazing!

by InfiniteJester on Thursday, 28 October, 2010 - 22:50
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You were AMAZING in the masquerade <3

by tinygreenturkeyeyes on Monday, 1 November, 2010 - 22:36
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I'm so glad that I got to see this, you looked fantastic. I'm so jealous of that dress!

by phalor on Tuesday, 2 November, 2010 - 18:26
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Should have won in my opinion...

by ryaoki on Tuesday, 2 November, 2010 - 23:23
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Caroline <333333333
Your comment made me cry <333 You were ... theres no word for how much... just gawd i loved it ;-;
I cant wait for our piccys back thank you soooooooo much for doing Caroline with me <3

by Solaria on Wednesday, 3 November, 2010 - 07:38
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I STOLE YOUR SKIRT VIRGINITY >8D

This was amazing and should have won a prize -^- but here's to more masqs and hopefully they will be drowning in a pool of fangasms :3

by Freyarule on Wednesday, 3 November, 2010 - 08:21
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This is so pretty! I especially love all the beading. I'm impressed with all the work you put into this - right down to those shoes!

by Angelphie on Wednesday, 3 November, 2010 - 13:41
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OH HEY, LOVING IT UNDER THE SKIRT, WE'LL BRING THE PARTY STUFF NEXT TIME AND BE EVEN MERRIER!
You looked awesomesauceeeeee, everything was made really well and was very very pretty!

by CrystalNeko on Sunday, 7 November, 2010 - 19:03
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This dress is absolutely beautiful! The colours are amazing! :)
Really really awesome job!

by Bambi. on Thursday, 2 December, 2010 - 11:22
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Wow! Just Wow!

by Limegreenjelly on Thursday, 2 December, 2010 - 11:30
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o 3o carolineee!~ you look amazing!<3 serisoulyyy~
the beading looks so great and DAT HAIR!~ 8D

by LemonPanda on Thursday, 23 December, 2010 - 08:01
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Dress is amazing! *_*

by Yes-My-Lord on Saturday, 25 June, 2011 - 12:42
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This is sooo beautiful! and so detailed ^^

by Strawberry_Sprite on Thursday, 14 July, 2011 - 14:01
 

To-Do List

Buy HoopskirtHighComplete
Buy Wig + ExtensionsHighComplete
Purchase materialsHighComplete
Purchase beads~HighComplete
Get my head checked by a doctorHighComplete
Make many, many rosesHighComplete
Try not to go insane whilst doing all the beadingHighIn Progress
Style WigMediumComplete
Chalk out flower pattern - BodiceMediumComplete
Chalk out flower pattern - SkirtMediumComplete
Chalk out flower pattern - SleevesMediumComplete
Make SkirtMediumComplete
Make Waistband + Overlay SkirtMediumComplete
Petticoat (For Hoopskirt)MediumComplete
Modify ShoesMediumComplete
White overskirt (For Hoopskirt)MediumComplete
Bodice BeadingMediumComplete
Skirt BeadingMediumComplete
Make SleevesMediumComplete
Sleeve BeadingMediumComplete
Make BodiceMediumComplete
Stupid amount of ruffles on whiteoverskirt MediumComplete
Makeup TestLowComplete
BloomersLowComplete
ChokerLowComplete
Make/Buy Lace GlovesLowComplete
EarringsLowComplete
Add many, many roses to wigLowComplete
Make very big blingy ringLowComplete
Find/Buy suitable shoesLowComplete
WristbandsLowComplete

Shopping List

White polycotton£21.50Bought
More dress netting£12.00Bought
Lining Material£11.91Bought
Base earrings£2.00Bought
Hook and Eyes£1.23Bought
Wig Cap£1.49To Buy
Black kirby grips£0.00To Buy
Total£50.13

Journal

FUCK YEAHHHHH (Posted 28th October 2010)

IT IS DONE.
NOTHING MORE NEEDS TO BE BEADED OR HAND SEWN.
I AM SO SO SO HAPPY AND PLEASED AND EXCITED AND PROUD.

I'll take you all to paradise this expo. ~<3
PARAKISS GROUP YES!

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.
Instead I used a pair of white court shoes I already owned [See Listen!! Mugi for the ones I mean]
I covered them in duchess satin leftovers, then beaded more beads onto them, then stictched the big butterflies to the front. Finally made a huge string on bead which wraps around my ankle three times. These shoes took so many beads! XD

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
I've marked out all the patterns on the skirt and I've started beading on that too.
I'm so scared I'm not going to get this done on time...

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 think the makeup came out alright too :'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.
I've been gluing the plaits then sewing them into the wig, then with some weaving and clips and alot of hairspray I'd say we're finally done. I really need some black kirby grips and a wigcap to keep this beast on my head lol.
I'm just slowly adding the roses now :3

Wigging (Posted 12th September 2010)

I hate burning myself with glue guns D:
I've been making the plaits for the wig, stupid amount of extensions its nuts!
Heres a progress shot of it all so far, I still have so many to do. Fml money eating, time consuming, soul destroying, space absorbing cosplay...

Bodice! (Posted 2nd September 2010)

Yaaay I've nearly finished the bodice too!
Its lovely and fitted and what have you, the zip is sewn in and ive put some fabric either side to HIDE THE UGLY WHITE ZIP. WHY IS MY FABRIC SHOP SO CRAP WITH ZIP COLOURS?!? *rage*

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:
http://duhbe.com/blog/?p=807

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.
I hae to be careful when burning the edges though I'e burnt a few holes in some of the petals but you cant notice them/I got rid of those ones. I've also managed to burn my fingers a few times.

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.
I've also bougth a new zip for the bodice and removed the two back panels and replaced them. Also taken it in alot and hemmed the whole thing. Just need to sew the zip in, sew gathered chiffon to it and start beading then line it.

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 think I might have to add one more line of them though, but other than that THE WHITE OVERSKIRT IS NEARLY DONE WOOO! \o/

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!
Now to start the second one =.=

Long time no progress + ROSE HELP D: (Posted 14th August 2010)

Still work in progress
You can see i've finished sewing the white underskirt and started pinning ruffles to. Which to my horror, IVE RAN OUT OF FABRIC FOR D:
The bluey skirt im considering adding more fabric to so I can get the drapes longer like in the reference.
I've pinned a total of 56 meters of gathered dress netting to my hoopskirt, now the fun part. Sewing it =.=' Its really bulked it out nicely though.
I just need to trim some of the net so it wont peak out under the dress!
You can also see the start of the chiffon waistband aswell :3

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 :
Ohsweet george help me ;w;

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.
Also started to add dress netting to the hoopskirt, I bought 8 meters for now, then cut it into thirds so I got 24 meters of netting from the original 8. Its covered hoop 2 and 4 really well but I think I need to get some more to cover 3 and 5?

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.
I also used the left over fabric to make 10 skirt panels (as seen in the ref) and made them smaller, these have now been sewn together. Next step is to add a waistband, hem the bottom and start sewing the ruffles.

The bodice is irritating me but I'm going to have another crack at it tomorrow.
I also bought my wig tonight, I went for the 51" so I can steal some bits for braids should I need to. Also Caroline has silly long hair.

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.
As you can kinda tell nothings sewn, just pinned to show what I'm up to, once sewn I need to add a waistband and many ruffles.

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!
The wire i 'borrowed' from college is too thick for the beads so I'm using some thinner stuff I already own. Downside is its not as sturdy but it does the job :3

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)

;D!

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!
If im doing this, im going to do it properly. Hellooooo 6 hooper beast. (Someone might need to push my arse through doors in this O_o)

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