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Costume :Light Elf Girl
Variant :Wedding Dress
Source :Lineage II
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Grand Cosplay Ball 2008


Costume Photos

Oxford Circus Opening

black and white 3

black and white 1

Thanks to Nert @ manylemons for the pic

Thanks to Nert @ manylemons for the pic

Thanks to Nert @ manylemons for the pic

please excuse the funny face pulling O_o

in game ref, for back detail

Lineage II Light Elf Wedding

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : too bloody much

Description
i'm going this costume in a pair with my fella Mangachild who has bravely agreed to don a blonde wig and strut his stuff with me

i wanted to have a dress for the up-coming Grand Cosplay Ball that would really raise the standard of the costumes i have been doing previousley and i wanted somthing beautiful that i could put my whole heart into,

i havent actualy played lineage but fell in love with the artwork when i saw it and mike has agreed to wear the counterpart costume for this so i'm really looking forward to it

02/06/08
bought the fabric for the main body of the dress yesterday which i am now thinking may not be quite right :( the colour i got is a cream because i didnt want to be too Bright White, in reflection i may be able to get away with it as i'm doing the main bodice of the dress in a pale gold lace ontop of a cream base with the top floaty layer of the skirt in a crinkle shiffon that i plan to do a lettuce edge on

i just need to decide if i want the chiffon to be white or cream :S


ok, so i decided on cream chiffon and have bought everything i need to get started, i wasnt sure on how the colours would go so i plonked the fabric in a dress shaped heap in the floor to see if the fabrics would suit,

Yay, dress shaped pile of fabrics make me feel happy!

lettuce edging is hard, i put 9 holes in my dress whilst doing it,
the stupid fabric is like tissue paper. :(


extra info on how to sew a lettuce hem found online


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Q: I would like to add a lettuce hem to some lace fabric but I just have a regular sewing machine, not a serger. Can this be done?


To "lettuce" a hem, press the fabric along the hemline and then stretch the fold as you satin stitch along the fold.
Set the machine for a 3 mm to 5 mm wide and a .5 mm to 1 mm long satin stitch. Use an embroidery or satin-stitch presser foot.
Press under the shirt hem allowance.
Holding the fabric in front of and behind the presser foot, stretch as you zigzag along the creased edge letting the needle fall off the edge of the fold on the right-hand swing. The more you stretch the fabric, the greater the lettuce effect.
If greater thread coverage is desired, stitch over the previous stitching, again stretching as you sew.
On the wrong side, trim the hem allowance close to the stitching.

Answer found at:
www.needlepointers.com

Comments

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OMG this is BEAUTIFUL!
it's just gorgeous! i want i want! ^^ I'm going too so i can't WAIT to see this!

by Hexi on Thursday, 29 May, 2008 - 17:23
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OMIGGG GOD MOMMIESS BACKKKKKK !!!! wuuuu

by ryaoki on Thursday, 29 May, 2008 - 17:38
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oh wow! this looks beautiful!! good luck making it, all your hard work will definitely be worth it! ^_^

by Farfle on Friday, 30 May, 2008 - 10:14
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Im REALLY looking forward to doing these costumes with you :)

by MangaChild on Friday, 30 May, 2008 - 13:27
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That is a beautiful dress, the art for Lineage is fantastic!

by stripey_dani on Friday, 30 May, 2008 - 14:02
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oooh...ooohh...amber...this dress is so pretty...you always look so pretty in these type of dresses, like your cat returns one last year...i cant wait until you finish this, its going to be so beautiful!!

by Eatmethoubean on Saturday, 7 June, 2008 - 02:47
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You are going to look beautiful. I wish I could see it in person!

by sjbonnar on Friday, 31 October, 2008 - 11:46

The fabrics definitely do suit *___* its looking amazing already!! Eee :)

by on Friday, 14 November, 2008 - 23:58
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awww amber your looking very beautiful in this i HAVE to get pics of you and mike at the ball

by ryaoki on Monday, 17 November, 2008 - 12:18
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A TENNER!? Wooow you are a lucky duck x3

Gorgeous dress Amber! Youre going to look gooorgeous ^^

by stripey_dani on Monday, 17 November, 2008 - 13:11
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oh your gonna look so pretty XD you and mike are gonna be the best couples there! i cant wait to see the dress finished! its gonna be so gorgous!!!!

by Kaka Extreme on Monday, 17 November, 2008 - 20:21
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You look stunning Amber! I totally wish I could be there!

by sjbonnar on Monday, 17 November, 2008 - 20:24
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dress looks gorgous amber :)

by Defrain on Thursday, 27 November, 2008 - 11:05
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Wow Amber you look soooooo pretty!!!

by Bunni on Thursday, 27 November, 2008 - 13:04
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such a beautiful costume to see in person AND I GOT TO DANCE WITH YOUUU YEY

by ryaoki on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 09:02
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You two looked fantastic!
Especialy loved all those layers in the dress, very pretty.

by Ilpala on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 15:14
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You looked absolutely stunning and such a cute couple! It turned out perfectly, I love all the details down the back of the skirts.

by Amy-Lou on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 16:08
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You look guys look amazing!! I was so gutted I didn't get to see this in person!

by Bunni on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 16:36
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GORGEOUS ^^ I loved it :)

by stripey_dani on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 17:31
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you looked absolutely amazing >w< the dress is so beautiful

by Stefanic on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 18:09
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Holy crap Amber! I knew the costume would look good but...DAMN!

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 3 December, 2008 - 04:11
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wish i could of seen it in person

by Defrain on Wednesday, 3 December, 2008 - 09:43
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Your dress was gorgeous ^^ and your partner perfectly matched. I was very impressed

by Leonie Heartilly on Wednesday, 3 December, 2008 - 20:42
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This dress was lovely and the two outfits suited you and Mike beautifully =^_^= We didn't get to see the salsa version of the dress though? :-p

BTW, thanks for your lovely comment on my Sara Trantoul - we did venture onto the dance floor for a while but then the music changed and we lost interest.

by Lunar_Kitten on Wednesday, 3 December, 2008 - 22:17
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You worked so hard on this and overcame every obstical in your way and its paid off one million percent :D

In the words of James Blunt Your Beautiful

In my words Your Fantastically Wonderfully Beautiful and im lucky to be with you

x

by MangaChild on Thursday, 4 December, 2008 - 12:03
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amber bamber you looked sooooo stunnning in this seriously impressed by you and mike at the ball! your costumes were superbbbb!

i liked it when you twirled around in your dressy =3

by Sands on Monday, 8 December, 2008 - 12:58
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You both look so beautiful! I wish I went to the Ball to see it in person :(

by Manga Girl on Monday, 2 February, 2009 - 21:38
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You were both gorgeous ^^ Sorry photo CD is taking so long, the other Emily's dealing with it but her PC broke down and then her email crashed for some reason DX Should be sent out next week if nothing else goes wrong...

by Orihime on Sunday, 8 February, 2009 - 17:58
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Holy crap!

by Telly on Tuesday, 9 June, 2009 - 11:23
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OMG!!! So beautiful. Great job on the dress.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 8 November, 2009 - 01:59
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Curse you and your ability to make gorgeous cosplays!
*shakes fist... then glomps*
x

by Chibi on Sunday, 8 November, 2009 - 02:01
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You two make such a handsome couple!

-Tab

by KhaosKreator on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 11:03
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This is so wonderful!!

by Ammy on Sunday, 31 October, 2010 - 04:35
 

To-Do List

cut top layer of lace to sit flush with lettuce hemHighComplete
finish/remake tiaraMediumComplete
tack stitch flouncy layer to hold in perfect positionLowComplete
add weird droopy down loin cloth type bitsLowComplete
add edging to lace folds on the back of the dressLowComplete
make glovesLowPlanned

Journal

*SNAP* ahhh crap!! (Posted 24th November 2008)

OK, so this weekend hasn't been overly forward going,
although i did change the fabric I'm using made a completely new skirt,
the new fabric it a bit less see-through and floats beautifully,
i made it like a rock and roll skirt but much longer and kept the front sheer with most of the pleats at the sides,
i added some lace edging at the bottom for a little detail, and kept some back for the detail on some pleats I'll be adding in the top layer of lace at the back

apart from that I've still not decided how I'll be making the gloves, or what I'll be making them out of,
and I'm still pondering on what to do with my headpiece after i accidentally snapped it in half, i still have the old one but am not really keen on it so i may just see if i can bind it back together with wire,

i have made some templates for other bits and have drawn a few pattern ideas but its getting increasingly difficult to work on a dress i have to wear at the same time, I'm thinking i may have to sweet talk my sister into being my mannequin whilst i pin it,

blah blah blah blah blah (Posted 21st November 2008)

ok, in the last few days i've done all the lettuce edging on the middle layer, kinda fixed the tiara ant attempted to make the bottom layer of the skirt

the skirt section i made was a bit too small to go over the crinoline i bought so i need to open the back seam and hide another section in to make it fit properley, i'm hoping that the layers i have will be long enough to hide my errors, tonite i'm hoping to add a section to the dress and add the rose detailing to the front, anything more than that will be a bonus

Update 17/11/08 (Posted 17th November 2008)

OK so because i am a giant lamer i haven't updated this in ages so here goes,

The dress is 3/4 of the way done,
I've made half the skirt and just need to add the detailing to the top,

as my corset making skills are crap at the moment i was originally going to use an old red corset that i had lying around but once i started to work with it i could clearly see it wasn't going to work...

so i decided not to use the red Corset as a base because i didn't think it would give me the sheer shape i was looking for, and after about 4 months i found a seamless moulded Basque that i could use to give me the effect I've been trying to achieve,

because the Basque was white i first covered it in a stretch cream fabric (kudos to my mum for finding it and letting me steal it)
and then i overlaid a pale gold lace to give me the patterned bodice and slightly rouched it between the cups and on the sides to give it a bit more depth,

the middle section (with all the lacy flouncy bits ) was a real swine... i couldn't find anything suitable that would give me a decent lettuce edge, i tried everything from t-shirt fabric to crinkle chiffon and everything in between,

in the end i found an Alexander Mcqueen dress in TK maxx (£300 ticket price)that had the perfect fabric that i was after, it was a couple of layers of really flouncy stretch mesh that looked beautiful, not wanting to dramatically increase my budget i tried as much as i could to find the same fabric anywhere and everywhere.... and failed
i went back into TK to look at the fabric some more and found it semi-distroyed and badly stained on the top half but the lacey section was ok so i convinced the manager to sell it to me as scrap fabric FOR A TENNER!!!

so with my fantastic fabric in hand i made a seperate layer of lacey frills to go between the boddice and skirt

i need to add lace/lettuce edging to the middle layer, depending on what i decide to do...
add lace edge detail to the back and add the weird droppy down bits that look like loin cloths
add rose detail to front of dress
make gloves
finish/remake tiara