|Cost :||Well over £100, I lost count.|
|My girlfriend and I started polaying through Eternal Sonata in coop, we fell in love with the character designs and world and being ourselves costumes were an inevitable result! We eventually decided on Chopin and Beat and worked on the costumes over a 2-3 month period following May Expo.|
No particular section of the costume was incredibly difficult, it was more an issue of the ammount of detail and time required to properly finish eack part. I was particularly proud of the tailoring on the coat, which I feel was very well fitted. The jacket and cloak were made from anavy blue suedette, as I felt a suede was an appropriate material for the period and use of the outfit (a gentlemans traeling outfit.) The white details were in a matte duchess satin, both because it provided a great contrast to the more hardwearing suede material of the jacket and because I had some left over following a previous costume. The jacket and shirts are actually a single piece, to allow the outfit to look better tailored and the gradient dye on the lower shirt area was done using acrylic paint and a spray bottle, many thanks to the fantastic Sephnoir for her suggestion there. The trousers were a navy blue suiting, with the details picked out in gold cord.
For the details and props, the majority of them were aluminium or steel wire and foamboard, with details created from Fimo or Sculpey with able assistance from the perennial favourite Funky Foam, one gold spray can and many hot glue sticks died to bring us this creation. The batton edges were blunted using hot glue and it was approved for use on the floor. The Top Hat was mostly created fom stiff interfacing and covered with the same suedette used for the jacket, with the band made from the trouser suiting to maintain a sense of continuity across the outfit. The feathers were dies in a similar manner to the shirt.
Looking at what photos were available at time of writing, I do feel this is my best costume to date, I have learned a lot especialy on the construction of props and on proper tailoring techniques which I intend to carry over to future costumes.
Of note, I was especialy happy to be able to get photos in the beautiful Keele Hall stately home, which I feel complimented the costumes very well.