Pandora-Chi
 


Costume :Mulan
Variant :Matchmaker robes
Source :Mulan
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minami Con 17 (2011)


Costume Photos

.. you must demonstate a sense of dignity

Mulan photoshoot 4

Mulan photoshoot 3

Disney group

Mulan Photoshoot 2

Mulan Photoshoot 1

Proud Smile

Catching the sun

Why must I conceal how I think? how I feel?

Match maker expectations

Reflection

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £60 -80 ish.. I think ... T-T
Awards : Historically accurate use of aerosols and waterpistols in China Award
Time Taken : a month on and off - theoretically 2 weeks ...

Description
Worn also at: MCM expo May 2011, London Film Festival con July 2011, Minamicon 19 March 2013

This is a crazy but typical cosplay (for myself) which I'm considering to try but I'm serious bout this character! she's one of my favorite Disney heroins ^^ and I feel as though I can relate to her in some aspects (aside from the obvious culture =b); such as being super clumsy - Ok hopefully not SO clumsy that I'd set my match maker on fire, but clumsy nevertheless XD

UPDATE 28/12/10

Ok it has been decided I will go through with the match maker dress as this is a bit more challenging and prettier than the green one ^_~ only thing is I'm gonna plan to not have a very white face as it might look a little strange on me and am gonna incorporate oriental aspects (ie chinese brocade patterns) to the cosplay rather than do an 'accurate' interpretation but still make it know that it's still Mulan (if that makes any sense at all... hopefully my plan doesn't fail ^^;;;) ... I realized I'm gonna be putting a bit more work on myself but what the heck - for the sake of the china! XD

UPDATE 1/3/11

Finally, I have most of the outfit done! I'm still waiting for my wig to come through (my actual hair length is too short for this cosplay at the moment) hopefully when the wig does, it is going to Minamicon, making an early appearance as I planned this for the May expo '11 originally! ^o^ this outfit was difficult in the sense how I had to use quite a few pattern pieces and I've never worked with crepe satin or brocade before - don't think it turned out too bad though ^^;;
Oh that note, I did intend to make an obi bow back for this but I think I'm gonna put that on hold til I finish Mai's outfit as she is in desperate need of priority and attention atm - I'm determined to take her to Minamicon! >:D

Hopefully I'm gonna wear this at LFCC too - BUT one huge problem ... it's gonna be so so warm and am gonna find difficulties sitting down with the corset boning T^T ... I literally paid a price for this outfit LOL

UPDATE 20/3/11

It was amazing to be in the shoes of Mulan for this day at Minamicon - I was almost collapsing at the amount of nice comments I got from people bout my cosplay ^_~ There's one I'll never forget -

"Too Skinny!" XD (Courtesy of the wonderful Street-angel who made this weekend enjoyably hilarious) lol

Oh yeah! and I give my thanks also to Crystalneko for telling me bout the bench at the back - it was a great little spot to take photos - THANK YOU! XX

UPDATE 30/06/11

Wearing it for the last time this year as part of a Disney group masquerade at LFCC - GODAMN I'M NERVOUS!! but so excited! <3

UPDATE 04/03/13

Less than 2 years has this cosplay been sitting in my cupboard, I decided to slightly revive it when Street-angel said, wouldn't it be funny if I was the matchmaker? and well I bursted out laughin cos I could c it XD soon this idea became a real live skit and OMG! I actually got an award for it 8D The skit actually came out quite ridiculous cos the props we used was so modern and I did screw up the timing in places but I believe it worked XD

Skit vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54rkf9qdFoM

Comments

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aa!!! My brother and I are obsessed with this film right now for some reason;; then again, it is very very awesome!
I LOVE Mulan my dear! She's also such a good role model no> <3 You'll look amazing as her!!

btw I had no idea we weren't on friends lists;; I'm sorry!! OTL

by Komapsunida on Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 - 23:05
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LOL it's ok ^^ Thank you!! I love this film to bits! I just watched it recently and it's sparked my liking towards the film and I was like - I should try this.... even though it seems very typical this cosplay... ^^;;

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 - 11:29
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wow awesome! best film eva XD

by Lolita Hime on Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 - 13:13
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aww love this film, cant wait to see this!

by InfiniteJester on Friday, 30 July, 2010 - 19:54
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OMG NO WAY :=O your doing mulan :O ???

by AnimeWarrior on Saturday, 23 October, 2010 - 01:05
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lol it won't be for a while but my friends kinda convinced me to cosplay as her - they'll say I'll pull it off - they also suggested Snow white for me ^^;;

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 23 October, 2010 - 11:52
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Ok so i nominate YOU for the best cosplay =0 No1 ever does mulan i aint seen no1 do it so thats unique !!! :) and also the film is a childhood memory ^_^

by AnimeWarrior on Sunday, 24 October, 2010 - 00:50
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Aww thank you! I will do my best when that time comes ^^ and yeah same here - it was one of my childhood favourites ^^

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 24 October, 2010 - 13:24
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You are going to make a beautiful Mulan! I can't wait to see it ^^

by Kacela on Wednesday, 29 December, 2010 - 15:17
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I love Mulan!

by Hanbeat on Wednesday, 19 January, 2011 - 14:09
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Wow, progress looks great! I love the make-up, you did it perfectly!^^

by KiraraYumi on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 18:50
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that is beautiful material and so well crafted, the matchmaker will be pleased lol

by J-Po on Friday, 4 February, 2011 - 21:46
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@kirarayumi - Haha thank you - admittedly I can't take much credit for the make up though cos my friend is more of an 'expert' at applying - I simply suggested how I wanted it and made sure it wasn't 'white'

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 4 February, 2011 - 21:47
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lookin great so far - def go for the obi!

by InfiniteJester on Monday, 7 February, 2011 - 20:18
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Really love how you used patterned fabric instead of just the plain colours, it looks lovely! Can't wait to see this complete, you'll make an amazing Mulan!
Now go save China :'D

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 7 February, 2011 - 20:52
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love the fabric <3

and it looks great so far <3!

by Kouji on Monday, 7 February, 2011 - 21:17
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@justthewaydrmade me - Thank you ^^ and yeah I had this idea for a long time to include the obi - may not be the right culture but it does make it prettier ^^

@crystalneko - Thank you so so much ^^ - didn't really fancy making the outfit plain - and HELL YEAH I'LL FIGHT FOR CHINA WHEN MY TRIBE'S AT STAKE!! XD

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 7 February, 2011 - 21:24
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Everything is looking beautiful! Looking like the perfect Mulan =]

by Kacela on Monday, 7 February, 2011 - 21:33
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Wow!
This is looking beautiful~

by tinygreenturkeyeyes on Tuesday, 8 February, 2011 - 18:45
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@kacela - Aww thank you so so much - that's too kind ^^ I will try and do my best with this cosplay ^_~ still got a way to go...^^;

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 8 February, 2011 - 18:49
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This look absolutely beautiful i love it already <3

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Thursday, 17 February, 2011 - 17:19
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Ooooh looks lovely so far! Can't wait to see you as Mulan in person xD you should have a Mushu on your shoulder hehe Mulan was always one of my favourite old Disney films :3

by Sailorette on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 18:19
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aww thank you Jay ^^ I have actually got a Mushu toy lying around somewhere cos I too loved the movie that much when I was a child ^^ though I'm unsure if I'll wear this for the expo - there's another outfit I wanna see if I can make, if not then Mulan is going to the expo!

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 18:30
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Progress is absolutely stunning x.

by FusionRose on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 21:59
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oh my gosh!!! Your progress is absolutely stunning!! I love your choice of fabrics too! I also like the idea of doing a proper obi bow at the back ^_^ You're going to look amazing as Mulan!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 24 February, 2011 - 20:46
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Wow these comments are way too much guys but each and everyone of them are so special to me - I want to thank you all as it's just the kind of boost I need to complete this x

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 24 February, 2011 - 20:50
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I watched this last night =D Are you doing the make up as well? :D It's looking awesome so far @.@ jealoussss

by BabemRoze on Monday, 28 February, 2011 - 18:17
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haha not the full 'geisha' look - I don't think I'll have the confidence to walk around with a white face lol it's more of a 'contemporary' make up for Mulan =b and aww thank you so much sweetie - I'm delaying this so badly - gotta get this finished quick! DX

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 28 February, 2011 - 18:33
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It looks simply beautiful!

by TheEmoEmu on Tuesday, 1 March, 2011 - 15:07
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WOW absolutely stunning!!!

by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 1 March, 2011 - 15:08
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Sqwee! That looks so lovely! :3 x

by Frederica la Noir on Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 - 21:32
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omg this looks gorgeousss, u wont need a matchmaker hunni!

by InfiniteJester on Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 - 23:04
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Thanks so so much guys and aww that's very sweet of you to say Kila *hugs* I'll be my own matchmaker lol

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 - 10:48
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Omg Omg omg!!! You look so beautiful, absolutely stunning =D

by Kacela on Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 - 11:14
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you look great nice work

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 - 11:32
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Oh wow, absolutely gorgeous! You look fantastic and the dress is so pretty! x3

by KiraraYumi on Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 - 16:21
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so cute!~ great make-up test :3
i love your fabric choices as well, works really good :]

by LemonPanda on Thursday, 10 March, 2011 - 07:17
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Absolutely AMAZING :D I cant wait to see it comppleted at the LFCC at the disney group :D

by animekid3000 on Saturday, 12 March, 2011 - 15:49
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Oooh wowowo this looks fantastic! I love how you've added your own little style to it, you make a very pretty Mulan :)

by Kerhys on Sunday, 13 March, 2011 - 23:34
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You make a beautiful Mulan! I love what you've done with the wig and as I said before - the dress is lovely!

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 14 March, 2011 - 16:47
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Thanks so much guys for the lovely comments everyone - these comments really make me feel excited to wear this next week! ^_~

@ animekid - hehe if this cosplay is not worn out after its first appearance in Minamicon then I can't wait to wear it again at LFCC - I'm also expecting to wear this at May expo too making three appearances during the year - hopefully that isn't too much ^^;;;
@ crystalneko - I may need to get my friend to restyle the wig - the bangs hanging at the front may need to be pulled back and plus the bun needs to be retied again... hopefully it'll still look ok and stay up ^o^ xx

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 14 March, 2011 - 17:33
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This is utterly gorgeous. I love how you put your own unique touch to it by the choice of fabrics, it works really well.
Can't wait to see this at LFCC! x.

by FusionRose on Thursday, 17 March, 2011 - 18:38
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oh...my...god! This is utterly BEAUTIFUL!!!! So looking forward to seeing this in person at LFCC!!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 17 March, 2011 - 19:22
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WOW
awesome dress ^^

by zabuza89 on Sunday, 20 March, 2011 - 22:58
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Aww that is so beautiful. ;-;
I'm actually jealous about how wonderfully you can pull this off.

by DuskatNight on Sunday, 20 March, 2011 - 22:58
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You look beautiful~~~ I love the photos!

by CrystalNeko on Sunday, 20 March, 2011 - 23:00
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You look soooooo goooood! omg :D stunnniiinggg!!! <3

by BabemRoze on Sunday, 20 March, 2011 - 23:17
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The photos are beautiful and you look amazing

by SamanthaKaiba on Sunday, 20 March, 2011 - 23:21
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Hello lovely! It was so nice to meet you at Minami! You looked so cute and pretty both days! (I loved your Mai Valentine too!) It was really nice to have met you! I hope you had a wonderful time and perhaps we can plan a Disney collective soon!~<3

by Monkey on Monday, 21 March, 2011 - 11:17
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Too skinny :D But truly gorgeous all the same :3

by street-angel on Monday, 21 March, 2011 - 12:22
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I loved this costume on you. You looked great and so did the costume :D Loved the material you used as well

by j_mercuryuk on Monday, 21 March, 2011 - 14:51
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Wow your costum looks great and so do you inside it. Also impressed how closely you have made it to the picture and it was a delight to see it for real.

by WildArms_Rudy on Monday, 21 March, 2011 - 17:01
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This was such a pretty cosplay, I really loved the colours and shimmer of the fabrics. It was nice meeting you at MinamiCon (I was the Fai cosplayer).

by Tsuchinoko on Monday, 21 March, 2011 - 17:47
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This is absolutely beautiful, I like the fabirc choices and you really suit the character.
I really wished I said this in person and really wanted a picture of you, but I was holding a massive prop at the time which make it kinda akward to approach people.

by Ichigo-Chan on Monday, 21 March, 2011 - 18:00
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You look absolutely stunning! The outfit looks gorgeous nd I love how vibrant the colours are.

by phalor on Monday, 21 March, 2011 - 18:48
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Man there's a lot I have to reply to lol so I'll try and make it short ^^;;
First of all thank you to all of you for the comments - words cannot describe how thankful I am to receive them ^_~

@duskanight - aww don't be silly - your fairy Mulan cosplay is soo adorable :3 x
@ monkey - it was lovely meeting you too sweetie and yes lets definitely plan a huge Disney group together for one of the cons! >:D your Rapunzel was soo soo cute! ^^
@ street-angel - LOL I'm gonna remember that line for the rest of my life XD
@ J-mercuryuk - I was hoping my fabric choice would work and glad you like it :3 loved talking to you ^_~
@ wildarms_rudy - aww that's one of the sweetest comments I ever got :3 thank u 4 being awesome too ^_~
@ tsuchinoko - thank u ^^ your photograph skills are amazing! lovely meeting u x
@ ichigo-chan - aww no worries, I understand ^_~ I was planning to rewear Mulan at May expo anyways :3 and that prop did look heavy but very well done ^^ Shame we couldn't talk more though but it was a lovely first encounter x

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 21 March, 2011 - 19:13
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You where one of the highlights for me on Sunday! I love Mulan, she's my favourite Disney princess and you did a wonderful job with the costume! Sorry for making you dig out your cosplay bits after the closing ceremony, but I really wanted a picture of your costume, as I simply loved it!

by mizunotohru on Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 - 13:48
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Aww, you're too kind and no worries - it makes me smile so much when people ask for my photo :3 thank you so much x

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 - 14:32
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Yep, this was stunning, no doubt...*hides his blush* :)

by Spirit Of The Stage on Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 - 15:29
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STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING!!! That's all I can say! You are absolutely adorable as Mulan! Perfect! Cant wait to see it at LFCC for our disney group!

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 23 March, 2011 - 21:55
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Wow this is really pretty!! :3

by Strawberry_Sprite on Friday, 25 March, 2011 - 23:23
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I just love it!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 27 March, 2011 - 16:21
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Love it!
The fabrics you chose are gorgeous!
You make a beautiful Mulan!

by NakedSalad on Monday, 28 March, 2011 - 17:56

This is one of the most beautiful costumes I have ever seen, your fabric choices are spot on and you look stunning!

by Hannah-Kiwii on Monday, 25 April, 2011 - 14:26
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Such a beautiful perfect Mulan *_* love love <3

by Sailorette on Friday, 6 May, 2011 - 15:33
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*__* so stunning! You look gorgeous!! x

by Frederica la Noir on Thursday, 12 May, 2011 - 15:10
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This is beautiful!! You look lovely :D

by JustPeachy on Monday, 23 May, 2011 - 21:55
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This is absolutely stunning!
I can't wait to see this!

by ZOMBIEfurby on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 15:52
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I'm so happy I got to see you in this! >w<
You make such a perfect Mulan, so beautiful!

by KiraraYumi on Sunday, 29 May, 2011 - 22:22
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I am so glad I got to see you at Expo! This cosplay is one of the most beautiful and elegant creations I have seen! Can't wait for the Disney group!

by Kacela on Monday, 30 May, 2011 - 17:54
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This was even more beautiful in person! Was awesome finally getting to meet you at expo hun. You made such an amazing mulan <3 x.

by FusionRose on Monday, 30 May, 2011 - 20:01
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oh my gosh this is absolutely stunning!! <3

by Lozzie on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 20:42
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You look so amazing ~ very happy I got to see at expo ^^

by Neverforever on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 09:45
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this looks beautiful

by rosieroo on Thursday, 16 June, 2011 - 16:44
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I can never get over how beautiful you look as Mulan! And I love seeing it in person even more so! :D Can't wait to see you again! ^_^

by BabemRoze on Sunday, 10 July, 2011 - 16:41
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These new pictures are simply beautiful...the Disney group looks amazing
You really suit Mulan...you look beautiful

by SamanthaKaiba on Sunday, 17 July, 2011 - 14:29
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Lovely cosplay! You make a wonderful Mulan ^^

by ToroSonyCat on Sunday, 17 July, 2011 - 17:07
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O.o WOW thank you thank you thank you!!! I never expected to get this many comments even after my Mulan debut ^///^ I'm speechless with these comments - really guys, thank you so so much my lovelys! *bows* I give honour to you all :D

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 17 July, 2011 - 19:59
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ive said it before and ill say it again... BEST EVER MULAN! You just ARE Mulan! Love it love it love it!!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 25 July, 2011 - 20:44
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I had to comment again just to say how much I enjoyed your Match-maker skit.
It was nice to see you wearing this cosplay again ^^

by Tsuchinoko on Tuesday, 5 March, 2013 - 22:40
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That latest picture with the Matchmaker is just perfection! You don't know how much watching your skit made me smile, I was cracking up!

by CrystalNeko on Thursday, 7 March, 2013 - 19:21
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Gah I thought I had already commented on this doh.
Anywhoo.. You make an amazing Mulan <3 And I freakin' love the face you pulled in your Matchmaker skit when Charlotte get's her moustache XD

by Leonie Heartilly on Thursday, 7 March, 2013 - 23:20
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perfect mulan!

by Leolarua on Friday, 8 March, 2013 - 14:44
 

To-Do List

Pink robeHighComplete
Blue corsetHighComplete
Red sashHighComplete
White dressHighComplete
Blue wrap aroundMediumComplete
Red dressLowComplete
CombLowIn Progress
Obi bowLowPlanned

Journal

Obi inspired bow (Posted 13th March 2011)

To give this cosplay more of an original and contemporary twist, I decided to make a bow for the back as from behind, the cosplay looked kinda plain - I just hope I didn't over do it &gt;.&lt; but I really like my bow ^_~

Bodice progress (Posted 1st March 2011)

Been putting this cosplay on hold for like a month now but seriously wanted to finish this! ... one thing that is certain - wrong pattern = wrong look ... this is what happened - the top has taken me longer than expected due to this pattern problem. Anyways, it's done - all I have to do to hold it together is sew some snap fasteners to the garment and have to remember it's left over right - if I did it the other way round, it will mean something very unpleasant to the oriental culture ^^;;

Epic sleeves (Posted 28th February 2011)

Last night I stayed up sewing the sleeve pattern together - I wanted to create a cascade effect but due to my inexperience, I had to result to creating &amp;#039;bell, wizard&amp;#039; sleeves instead - they&amp;#039;re so huge but I don&amp;#039;t think they turned out too bad ^^; the inside is cotton lining breaking the whole satin run I've got going on with the outfit - I fear if I used satin for the lining of the sleeves I'd be sweating even more buckets ... I should really consider this more as a winter cosplay... what am I thinking wearing this for the summer???

sketch of back (Posted 7th February 2011)

Wasn't gonna upload this but need some suggestions - to make the cosplay more 'oriental' I wanted to make an obi butterfly bow back - nothing special just two bows ^^

Band - hemming in progress (Posted 7th February 2011)

Cut a strip of red fabric, zigzag stitched the edges and pinned the thing over the annoying and ugly edges

Red dress hemming (Posted 7th February 2011)

If there's one thing I learnt as a cosplayer is that we HATE raw edges... ¬¬ so what I've first done is made the red and white dress out of crepe satin and chinese brocade (red fabric same as band on corset to match. Then to reduce the bulk, I'm combining both the white and red together to form one (hopefully) lovely dress ^^;;

Corset (Posted 4th February 2011)

Whoo! I have curves! XD Like to see the matchmaker say "Too skinny" to my face now lol - first time making a corset too ^0^ then again there was really no magic to it - interfacing combined with boning, cotton lining and some gorgeous butterfly printed chinese brocade ^_~

Beads (Posted 1st February 2011)

Got them through! :D

Make up test trial 1 (Posted 30th January 2011)

As well as the wig, the make up is just as important - I'm definitely not going for the whole white "geisha" look cos I don't really want my face to stand out like a light bulb but instead I'm gonna try and bring out a more contemporary feel to Mulan - I've cropped half my face as I don't do very well on full face shots XD

Wig test trial 1.. (Posted 30th January 2011)

The first of a wig tests (courtesy of my friend helping me -^^-) .. as I couldn't get on with my actual outfit cos of pattern piece construction issues, I asked my friend to aid me with this instead ... wig is a mess but as stated before - it's the first of many trials... but hopefully you get the basic idea .. t

Comb (Posted 11th January 2011)

Feeling a little drained of energy today, I decided to also begin the comb as it was another 'simple' part of the outfit. Researching into how existing Mulan cosplayers made the comb, (Some used sculpey, some missed it out and some with an artificial lilly) - I chose to use this last method to make the flower stand out - however, a lilly consists of 6 petals so I changed it to five - I'm not entirely sure if Mulan's flower is a lilly; some say it's a lotus instead - literally all I did was add a bit of fray check and gold paint to the the edges - til I get the comb piece, I'm debating which sized lilly to use

Start! (Posted 11th January 2011)

FINALLY getting some free time to myself after much 'education based work', I began by doing a simple thing - the scarf. Brought some organdy and hemmed it like mad.. not difficult or much but it's start ^^;; The hardest stuff is yet to come...

Robe ref (Posted 10th January 2011)

Not a full figure but you get the basic idea of the outfit construction...