Costume :Katy Perry
Variant :MTV and Youtube live Awards
Source :MTV Awards
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Midlands MCM Expo 2011

Costume Photos

Masquerade 2011 by Pouncy

Masquerade 2011 by Pouncy

Masquerade 2011 by Pouncy

Masquerade 2011 by Pouncy

Masquerade 2011 by Pouncy

Masquerade 2011 by Pouncy

Masquerade 2011 by Pouncy

Masquerade 2011 by AngelBless

Masquerae 2011 by fortelling

Shoes ref

Ref pics - Side detail

Ref pic - front detail


Costume Information

Cost : Approx £40
Awards : Best Performance - Midlans Expo masquerade 2011
Time Taken : 6 weeks

Gotta love Katy - she's so colourfull and happy. I LOVE this black sequin and hot pink costume she wears for the Youtube live performance.
But I'm gonna use the hair makeup she has other times. ie Medium length black bob hair, and diamonte lashes.

Cosplay planned for Midlands Expo 2011. If I can get a performance slot in masquerade there will be a Stage performance of 'Hot N Cold' :)
main video ref -


Update: Completed in time for Expo (Thats really good for me ^_^)
Performed in the masquerade show and won Best Performance! :P This was total fun to do on stage, and the audience response was fantastic - allways blows me away how much people cheer me when Im up there on stage. Thank you everyone ^_^

Cost Breakdown:
Diamante lashes £5
Base swimsuit £5
Black sequin fabric £14
Pink satin £3
Pink netting £2
Nude fishnets £3
Nude satin sheer tights £3
Pink glitter shoes £5
Total £40


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This will totally suit you!! Your performances are always great too :D

by Inuyoku on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 01:36
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Thank you, baby. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 01:40
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This'll be totally hot 8D

by HystericalDame on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 01:40
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diphenhydramine - Thanks honey. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 12:40
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Steve your finnaly doing a costume that I dont like XD it had to happen one day :P

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 12:41
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Oh! The costume? ..or the person? ..or both? :)

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 14:47
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Both, since the costume is linked to the person XD

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 14:56
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Oh. Just forget it's Katy Perry when I do the cosplay then..pretend it's just Visual Kei or something. ^_^ I really wanna do this short Kimono.

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 15:05
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agh visual kei that would make me feel even worse, I like visual kei XD naww im sure you will look wicked! :) im just being a silly!

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 15:10
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You Tease! ^^
Hey that reminds me another I want to look into ...Dita Von Teese :P

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 15:23
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*grin* I'm looking forward to this!

by Pez on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 16:11
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I really want to do Betty Page one day XD one day... XD

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 16:29
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Pez - LEGS GIRL! :P :P :P

ryuk - YES DO IT *__* How about a burlesque group? :P ha ha ha ha

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 17:50
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lol you always choose costumes like that lol, I bet you'd make a great drag queen since your a great performer aswell^_^

by Anime_Angel on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 22:20
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Costumes like this are a challenge, but are immensely worth all the effort. Drag queen? You may be right. My mates already call me Priscilla. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 22:40
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Cannot wait to see this~ Srsly *---* xxx

by ProbablyHeather on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 22:54
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Cheetooooooos ^_^ I can't wait either.

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 23:06
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wooooow, good luck with this <3 it will suit you loads!!

by Saffron on Thursday, 11 November, 2010 - 00:07
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Osakaaaa, where have you been?? haven't seen you in ages.
Thanks honey, I'm really looking forward to it. ^_^ On the hunt for pink heels and black sequins already. :P

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 11 November, 2010 - 00:13
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XD haha yeah Burlesque is french for posh stripper with a fan XD

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 11 November, 2010 - 12:02
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FANS! - I like it. Keep the ideas coming. :P :P

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 11 November, 2010 - 12:28

I like your train of thought haha Im a Katy fan so seriously im gunna come running up to u ask u to sign my Katy poster =) *hugs

by redheadgirl on Thursday, 11 November, 2010 - 13:34
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Aww thanks Redheadgirl, you're such an encouragement. ^_^ When I get a slot at an Expo I will let you know, ..I So wanna do a routine on stage with this. :D

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 11 November, 2010 - 16:02
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Hellooooo! I don't really know where I've been but I'm back and I have real time for cosplay now >_< Seriously impressed with all you've been doing!

by Saffron on Thursday, 11 November, 2010 - 17:39
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Ah damn! I was SO hoping this would be her cupcake bikini set from California Grls video :(
Still I like Katy Perry!

by Ninodog on Thursday, 11 November, 2010 - 23:40
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Osaka - I'm glad your back! ^_^
Ninodog - I was Reeeeally tempted by the cupcake California Girls ..until the squirting cream part put me off :S

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 00:33
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I don't actually know who she is, ( google search required I guess) but she fits your bill, if you get my meaning :p Good luck with this, not that you'll need much of that

by Wyrdsister on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 01:04

SO looking foward to this!

by No thanks on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 01:05
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Wyrdsister - she is a pop singer, often wears outlandish costumes for performance. Checkout the two YT vid links in the information. Those are the performances my cosplay will be based, taking elements from both.

CharlotteLuna - Charrrlooootte ^_^ I know, is exciting. Am just ordering the sequin fabric now.

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 01:17
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Oh my goshelles 8D I love her outfits in the references; everything she wears is pretty x3! Most of the time anyway 8D from what I've seen it is, haha. LOVE Katy ^_^!
Goodluck with the boobs ;D I'm sure you can do it ^^!

by Enchanting_ELK on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 11:28
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EmosLastKiss - I'm friendly with the charity shop mamanger now, cuz I'm always in there looking for stuff, fabric, shoes etc. She suggested I would look good Katy and I thought.. Yeah I'll do it!
If my large boobs idea doesn't work I will be a small boob version Katy. ^^
I can't wait to make the tail ruffles thingy. I have no idea how - yet - but I'm seeing my mum on the weekend and she is FAB at dressmaking - she has taught me so much. I LOVE her. ^_^ I know she will know Exactly how to make it.

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 12:07
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If you're looking for a serious sequin fabric there's one here:


I recently went on a sequin hunting mission for another costume. It turns out if you're looking for proper sequin fabric it's called "fishscale".

And yes, it's expensive. But there are thousands of sequins per metre.

by KhaosKreator on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 12:30
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Thanks Tab that is REALLY usefull. Cheers!

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 12:48
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Yeah my artist is really good, he works in a reputable store so I know am in good hands^__^

by Anime_Angel on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 22:12
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Really really looking forward to seeing this. The outfit is so beautiful ^_^ x.

by FusionRose on Friday, 26 November, 2010 - 01:49
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FusionRose - Yeah it's so sparkly. ^_^ I love the design of the pink and black which makes a beautifull feminine shape. And hot pink and black go so well together.
Thanks to Tab (for info) I now have some fishscale sequin fabric on its way. Wow this stuff is expensive! ..good job only need 1 metre for this costume.
Should be arriving any day now. :)

Now if I can only figure out what sort of fabric her sparkly pink bustle is made out of... :S

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 26 November, 2010 - 10:13
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the material looks fabulous c:

by Saffron on Monday, 29 November, 2010 - 16:52
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Yes.. I will sparkle ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 29 November, 2010 - 17:25
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Another Epic win ^^ I don't know why but when i saw this i thought why haven't you done Betty Boop yet XD

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Saturday, 4 December, 2010 - 16:35
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Ha ha Betty Boop..there's an idea ^^ yeah I'd love to do her.
I am also considering Jessica Rabbit cuz these pink glitter shoes will also work well for her too. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 4 December, 2010 - 18:04
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OMG you must do her O_O that would be awesome :D

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Sunday, 5 December, 2010 - 03:09
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^^ Ok I will. So many nice cosplays we can do!! ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 5 December, 2010 - 14:43
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Looking forward to seeing this, I love Katy Perry. Best of luck ;)

by Sephirayne on Monday, 6 December, 2010 - 23:18
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Aww thanks Sephy, I shall try to do her justice. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 6 December, 2010 - 23:33
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Looking good so far! I absolutely cannot wait to see this finished!

by Pez on Monday, 6 December, 2010 - 23:43
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Thanks Pez, hopefully will worth the wait. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 - 00:01
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aww this is going to look so sparkly ^_^
Just looking at how the shoes used to look .... they look so much better without the ribbon!!

by alytheluvly on Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 - 12:32
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Looks so sparkly!

by Storme on Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 - 12:53
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I love sparkly ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 - 13:07
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Gaaaah those shoes are to die for! What size are you? I must steal them... :P
The fabric is delicious as well, it's coming along so nicely for you. I know what you mean about feeling relaxed once you have the footwear for a costume, it's something I find the hardest to do and it's reassuring once you've got the right one :3

by Saffron on Sunday, 19 December, 2010 - 13:08
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^_^ ..Im size 7 ..is that any use to you? :P
Yep hopefully start putting this together very soon. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 19 December, 2010 - 20:04
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seems like you are prepeared this time^__^ you have till Febuary to complete before Expo lol

by Anime_Angel on Thursday, 30 December, 2010 - 10:40
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Yep..a whole two months. That, and my new resolution - to not leave things to the last minute anymore. 2011 is a new me! ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 30 December, 2010 - 13:08
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Yeah I need a mountain to climb since I been lacking so I thought I should go with the make up aswell.

I been looking up a few tutorials on youtube which am gonna try out. also gonna do what the actor who played the joker from dark knight did and book a hotel so I won't have distractions with practice and everything^_^

by Anime_Angel on Thursday, 30 December, 2010 - 15:00
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I can't wait to see the photos for this one!

by Hanbeat on Wednesday, 19 January, 2011 - 15:15
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eyelashes looks really nice, I gots a pack of 4 of normal ones for £4 including glue^_^

by Anime_Angel on Thursday, 20 January, 2011 - 12:33
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lol you sure so as much resaurch as I do with my characters lol you should see how much resaurch I did with my Belle lol

by Anime_Angel on Thursday, 10 February, 2011 - 00:30
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Yeah cosplay is one of the few things I'm good at, so I may aswell be a perfectionist with it lol

Yeah I do hope I can crossplay as Belle in Telford expo but thats if I can book a hotel if I gots Sunday off work, otherwise I'll have to crossplay as Haruhi and Save Belle for Either Memorabilia or May Expo, takes alot of preperation for Belle and that is something I cannot do on the train lol

and as for the shoes, I need to find them first lol, I don't like the idea on painting em to make em look like the real thing lol

by Anime_Angel on Thursday, 10 February, 2011 - 18:07
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well I booked my hotel so I shall be crossplaying as Belle in midlands expo, my hotel is located next door to the expo^__^

by Anime_Angel on Sunday, 13 February, 2011 - 10:03
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A good way to finish steel bone ends is a dremel tool (or metal file like you planned!) then wrap them in PTFE tape (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thread_seal_tape).

by KhaosKreator on Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 - 18:34
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Thanks Tab. PTFE..Im sure I have a couple reels in my plumbing toolbox. :P

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 - 21:11
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I'm really excited to see this c': Like, really really XD
Defo must get pics with you! 8D

by ProbablyHeather on Wednesday, 16 February, 2011 - 00:40
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Gooood. Im glad to hear that. I got a performance slot in masquerade too so look out for Katy Perry Live! :P
Expo is gonna be fun! :D

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 16 February, 2011 - 00:46
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Yessss! I rly look forward to that 8D

by ProbablyHeather on Wednesday, 16 February, 2011 - 10:52
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:o <3 That's her favourite outfit of mine. Brilliant cosplay choice! I hope to see it at Midlands. ^^

by HarryKurt on Wednesday, 16 February, 2011 - 18:32
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Glad you like ^_^ ..I must admit though, it hasnt been easy to make! :S but its getting there now the hard bits are over.

If you are going to Midlands you should see it..Defo in masquerade show (performance of Hot n Cold ). If you see me walking around before the masquerade likely I will be wearing the short kimono with it. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 16 February, 2011 - 19:44

OMG OMG! Awesome idea! X3

by CherushiiBun on Wednesday, 16 February, 2011 - 22:07
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I will try my best to do this justice, though I dont have Katys amazing curves. ;)

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 17 February, 2011 - 12:14
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Shh, you will look awesome! Can't wait to see this finished :D

by Member-XI on Thursday, 17 February, 2011 - 16:51
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I shouldnt worry Dude Katy Perry dosent have Katy Perries amazing curves :P

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 17 February, 2011 - 23:57
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Aww thanks guys. Didnt have time to work on prosthetic for this cosplay so cleavage will have to be via eyeshadow..

Not far to the finish line now..basic cossie all sequinned up and fitted. Tomorrow I will take some pics in the daylight.
Then to add the pink stripes and bustle.
I think this will be the first time I actually bring a costume in on time before the day of the show! It is the new me. :P

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 18 February, 2011 - 00:53
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Loving the new photo! Don't think it matters if there's no "real" cleavage, you'll still look smoking. ^_^

by Telly on Friday, 18 February, 2011 - 15:30
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As much as I'm really not a Katy Perry fan, I think you're gonna look absolutely freeekin awesome in this!!!!

Will have to take loadsa piccys tommorrow!!

by DrunkleyCP on Friday, 18 February, 2011 - 16:20
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hmmm didn't see yer at the Expo, did you just arrive intime for the compotition? I left at 4ish to get changed and then returned but no re-entry lol

by Anime_Angel on Sunday, 20 February, 2011 - 13:19
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You looked absolutely fantastic!!! Had a lovely time talking to you before the masquerade and my group was cheering for you from backstage :D

by White Tigress on Sunday, 20 February, 2011 - 20:33
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well re-entry is 4:30pm but I didn't know that till the last minuit lol, I had a problem with fake eyelashes myself, don't think I'll be doing that again so I know what you went threw with the eyelashes lol

one thing for sure, I'll be Belle again in May Expo so I'm sure you'll notice me straight away lol

by Anime_Angel on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 00:42
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You looked amazing! <3 I'm gutted that I didn't get any photos D8
I only saw you when you were on stage (and I was trying to jump and see over crowds) I was like "OH THERE HE IS 8D" -After looking around for you since I got there ( which was really only from 3pm onwards XD )
If I had spotted you backstage I would've come over ><; /I'm blind :'D

by ProbablyHeather on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 11:55
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I'm soooooo gutted I missed you at expo :-(

by DrunkleyCP on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 12:03
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I heard that you were amazing from my friend! REALLY wish I was there to see you!! From your what I can see it you look amazing! Hoping to see a full picture of you soon!! *glomps*

by Hoshi Raito on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 13:30
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I didnt watch much of the masquerade after our entry.. but I made SURE we were back to see you.. SOOO glad you won, you deserved it.. you looked amazing!! Best Midlands performer ever!!!

by Inuyoku on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 13:36
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Saw it on stage dude! looked great but didnt see you before to help you :( kinda lost sight of you :( sorry man!

by Captain_Marvelous on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 14:32
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STEVE!!! You were so epic at midlands expo winning 3 times in a row now :D congratulations!!

by Ros3ify on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 14:43
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Gutted I missed this babes.
You look FAB! <3

by Bambi. on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 14:56
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You were beautiful c': <3

by Saffron on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 15:00
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You looked soooo stunning as always and it was nice to meet you properly in person and have a SM related chat haha 8D

by Solaria on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 15:03
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Love the photo's! You looked great! ^_^

by alytheluvly on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 21:36
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Performance was fantastic as usual ^^ It was nice to chat to you behind stage

by Limegreenjelly on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 23:22
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Thanks everyone for your lovely comments ^_^ More pics to come as soon as I get them from friends. :)

If anyone missed this and is going to Kitacon I will probs be re-wearing the costume again with a few extra accessories to perform as one of the dancing girls in a skit for omake. ;)

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 23:25
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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! I can't wait to see it!! 8D I'm really happy now :3

by Hoshi Raito on Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 - 00:41
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You were wonderful in the masquerade, I'm not surprised you've won best performance.... congrats!!!

by Ichigo-Chan on Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 - 01:05
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Ffffffffffffff legs!

by kiichan on Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 - 18:42
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Christ, your legs are to die for ;A;

Looks amazing hun, yet again!

by Chibi on Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 - 21:33
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Looks amazing! so jealous of your legs! :D

by GraceyDarling on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 00:59
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:O I want your legs!
This looks amazing, great work!

by Quinzel on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 02:54
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So glad you got some cool pics of the masquerade, the ones we took were blurry and so far away!
I've been taking your advice and studying GaGa vids...you never know, I might bite the bullet one day!

by Wyrdsister on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 03:38
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I aint gonna lie, I really dont like Katie perry. But I do really like your cosplay, you designed it very well and you look really good in it! Your legs are amazing too lol ^//_//^

by Rain on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 05:42
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Wow, this looks awesome. :D Sorry I didn't get to see it--hope someone sticks a video of it up at some point!

by Storme on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 09:21
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I'm so jealous of your legs :( I wish mine were that good! This looks awesome :D x

by BabemRoze on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 12:57
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This turned out amazing hun x.

by FusionRose on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 13:17
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Dem legs always shock me. You have such amazing legs to be able to pull of a woman so well ;w;

I lOVVED how this truned out, you never cease to amaze me~

by isamiaella on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 15:31
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Aww thanks guys, they are lovely comments. You are all so nice. ^_^

Legs - I do leg toning exercises to keep in shape. Basically like ballet barr exercises. ;) Ballet is great for legs.

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 15:38
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This is absolutely amazing!
And I must join in with the fact your legs are also amazing o.o <3

by My__RoadOfBlood on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 17:58
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This turned out sooo well! :D I heard you performing on stage, unfortunately don't think I saw you anywhere else in the expo though D:!
Those legs, srsly xD I'm also amazed at how they look like a woman's! ^^ You have better legs than I do! Haha xD
You got some fabulous photos aswell :D

by Enchanting_ELK on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 19:15

Holy moly! Well dont you look as stunning as EVER sweetheart! I'm jelly! haha. LOVELOVELOVE this!

by No thanks on Saturday, 26 February, 2011 - 21:12
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Aww thanks guys. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 27 February, 2011 - 00:29
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This turned out so great. A joy to watch. Well done ;).

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 1 March, 2011 - 21:58
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Thanks Sephy. Im glad you had the best seats in the house for this. :P
I did notice during the performance a big smile on your face shining back at me. The whole thing was such a lot of fun to do, despite being told I must have proverbials of steel. But when the audience is having the same amount of fun it seems easy. And I also felt very confident and gorgeous in my costume. :)

I think the cossie might make a reappearence at Kita but not as Katy..I have been invited to be a dancing girl in a Chicago skit. :P

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 1 March, 2011 - 23:51
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nailed it, steve! was so impressed at midlands expo.... great job!

by callmemilo on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 02:10
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Cheers mate. :) Sometime I wanna try latex prosthetics like you. Some Reeeally amazing cosplays could open up with prosthetics skills. ;)

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 12:20
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This is beautiful!

by FairyPorchQueen on Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 - 21:56
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You and your legs once again look AMAZING :D xxx

by OrgXIII-Namine on Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 - 22:31
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Wow! love it :) so sparkly ^_^ x

by Frederica la Noir on Thursday, 10 March, 2011 - 12:22
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Frederica_la_Noir - Thank you. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 10 March, 2011 - 13:53
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Hey, looking fantastic :D real shame the prosthetics didn't get underway for Midlands, but I look forward to seeing it in the future! (Trying to find a video of your performance at the moment - sadly, the person who's uploading the masquerade vids has you at the very end of one, cut off, and then the next one hasn't been uploaded yet : / I shall wait! )

by HystericalDame on Wednesday, 30 March, 2011 - 01:43
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diphenhydramine - ..do you know how hard it is typing that name! :P ..

Thanks :) Yes, shame I havent been able to make my boob prosthetic yet. It will happen ^_^
I will be surprised to see a vid of the masquerade performance. I kind of lost hope because Tonyo wasnt there, he usually gets all of the masquerade. But if you do come find a vid of the performance Please let me know. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 30 March, 2011 - 10:28
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by tripletriad on Wednesday, 13 April, 2011 - 19:55
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Thanks r0cket. Dem legs are coming out again at May Expo. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 14 April, 2011 - 18:38


Finished Mic prop (Posted 25th February 2011)

Finished prop, and the ref.

Mic prop (Posted 25th February 2011)

Materials for mic prop,

- actually same mic I used for Florence.. from pound shop, just snipped the lead off and it becomes a radio mic :P
- Pink craft paper
- Sellotape

Sequins (Posted 18th February 2011)

Cossie now covered in sequin fabric. This was harder than it sounds! The sequin fabric is only two way stetch, so I had cut and tailor to fit around my curves, esp the around the back. This involved lots of pinning whilst wearing it and then sew a bit, test fit, sew a bit, test fit etc.
Well its done now.
Pink stripes and bustle next. Still an afternoon and evening left. I can do this! ^_^

Final fix (Posted 17th February 2011)

The boning idea didnt exactly work out. :S
I finished making the boning parts and tacked one against the long side seam, then tried the costume on. That was when I discovered I would not be able to bend at the waist, ha ha ha ha. Duhhhh. Now I know why corset boning stops at the waist!
So, next I cut the boning in half so it finished at the waist, tried it on...hmm it did hold the cossie stretched but was poking out at the waist now. This is why corsets are NOT made using thin stretch lycra! Boy, fast learning curve with this one!

Finally it dawned on me the pulling down problem started only after the swimsuit back was sewed onto to the elastic back strap. So I unpicked the back seam and tried the costume on. The swimsuit back sprang down leaving a gap, but it wasnt pulling on the whole costume any more. *Huzzah*

Final fix - so I cut a fill in piece of black lycra and sewed over the gap between swimsuit and elastic strap. ..problem solved. Phew. Back on course..

Pic - the grey area shows the gap between the back elastic and swimsuit. I tried to photo the lycra patch but since they are both black doesnt show up well, so heres a sketch.

Steel boning to the rescue! (Posted 15th February 2011)

Dayum. Hit a snag..the costume keeps riding down and I keep having to pull it back up. The elastic halterneck is doing its best but is not winning, the swimsuit lycra is just too elasticy and the bra top ends up slipping down and exposing my serious lack of boobage. Not good. :S

So, Rescue plan - I am going to put in some boning up the side seams to hold the costume stretched lengthways.. Fortunately I have a small length of Steel boning in my goodie bag which my mom gave me. I have just made up some bone casings out of thick linen fabric. I didnt have a pattern or anything so I just ran some stright parallel lines with a bit of allowance. But the edges frayed badly, so I turned them inward, ironed flat, and then sewed them shut that way ..did I do a flat-felled seam?? Anyway Im pretty pleased with them. Looks pretty functional. Now to cut the steel and round the ends off with a metal file. Then sew em into the costume and hope it works..

under structure (Posted 13th February 2011)

Bra top and swimsuit now joined together. Also a new halter neck strap has been added.. it is 1 1/2 inch black eleastic strip which I joined onto the end of the swimsuit. Im really impressed with the new Stretch needle, the machine joined the pieces together on stretch stitch very happily.

Next stage - to cover with the sequin fabric. Hope this goes smoothly. I noticed my sequin fabric is only 2 way stretch. Obv that will work ok width ways around the body. But the bra cups could be awkward.. :S

under structure (Posted 12th February 2011)

As mentioned the bra cup shapes of the swimsuit are not right for this costume. So I took this base bra and sewed in a cuple of foam bra cups (white) to fill out the semi circles and make the topline look as it should. Also removed the bra straps totally. This base bra will be sewn onto the swimsuit. Fortunately there is enough stretch in everything that I wont need a back opening. I can squeeze my hips through ok. So the bra hook-eye clasp is now sewn shut.

pic left - bra unmodified
pic right - bra after mods

Base swinsuit (Posted 12th February 2011)

This is the swimsuit I am using as a base. eBay cheap ;)
I bought size 12..for the extra body length - in hopes that the top will stay up easier. But it meant I have had to really tailor in the waist to get a nice fit. Took off about 2 inches from each side seam! The leg holes were a tad loose too so I took the leg seams in by an inch.

Still..on the plus side - I did get to use my new Stretch needle in the machine. *__* Wow! what can I say! Swithched machine to stretch stitch with this needle and not one complaint from the machine. I may have finally mastered sewing Lycra. *___*

Oh..note that the bra cups shapes are no good for this costume. :/ And neither are the shoulder straps. So they need modding...

Costume pattern (Posted 9th February 2011)

I did lots of screen grabs from Katys music vid on YT. So today I spent some time looking at these freeze frames of different angles and sketched the costume details. I spent time re-drawing the sketches until they looked pretty accurate.

So this is mainly what I will be working from to make my costume.

Diamante lashes (Posted 17th January 2011)

Found these on eBy. Diamante lashes you are MINE!
umm 5 quid..on their way. ^_^

Hair and Makeup (Posted 17th January 2011)

Some close ups of Katys hair and makeup - taken from Japan awards interview on YouTube, screen grabed and enlarged ..Shows enough detail for me to have a good go at the makeup.. :)

Pink sequins (Posted 30th December 2010)

Not much done yet!
But I picked up this bag of mixed pink and cerise coloured sequins from Poundland. They will go around the outer edges of the bustle frills. I looked at various add-on trimmings, but they would all work out very expensive - from experience of doing a tutu I know that the frill layers take veeeeery long lenghts of tulle, so they would swallw up lots of metres of trimming. Anywho all I want is some extra sparkle on the outer edges of the bustle, which you can see if you look at screen captures or vid playback. I imagine Katys costume bustle was made using net which already came with sparkle along the edges, but I think if I sew the sequins along the outer edges of my bustle frills it will appear like it should. Thats the plan anyway. :)

Fabrics (Posted 18th December 2010)

At last! I has fabrics.
I went to the market today and selected my fabrics, a medium weight Pink Satin for the side panels and some Neon Pink floppy netting which has sparkly bits, to make the bustle tail thingy out of.

Shoes progress (Posted 6th December 2010)

Original Bows and Ribbon details - removed. The ribbony strips seemed to be glued inside the shoe fabric layers so they wouldnt just pull out of the slits like I expected. So I had to cut each piece off. The remaining slits in the shoe fabric are visible only if you look for them..but to be on the safe side I will glue them down tight, then and sprinkle some more pink glitter all over.

Hot pink glitter shoes ^^ (Posted 3rd December 2010)

I snapped these up, eBay £1.04! ^^ the postage was more, at £4.50

They need a lil work.. the glitter colour has faded slightly different on one shoe, maybe in a shop window too long?? so I need to add another layer of pink glitter to make them match identically. And I do like the bows but they're not needed for this costume so I will carefully take them off. Then I think the shoes will be a good match for this costume.
I don't know why but I always relax about a cosplay once the footwear is sorted. ^_^

Black Sequin Fabric! (Posted 27th November 2010)

Thanks to Tab for helping me with the info..this fabric is called Fishscale Sequin Fabric.
I found this in an eBy shop. £11.99 plus postage of £1.99 for 1 metre It comes on stretch black jersey, Fabulous! Arived today.

Now to find the hot pink stuff... ^_^

Black Sequin fabric (Posted 12th November 2010)

Struck out on eBy for Black Sequin fabric. They are all like manufactured dots on streatch backing, too regular. No No NO! I want proper sequins!

Next stop charity shop - see if I can find a proper sequined dress to cut up. I want this costume to SPARKLE!. ^_^

Will start working on a pattern rough (loads of spare fabric). ..Between the playboy bunny cos pattern and a med leg swimsuit I have, should be able to make up the pattern rough for the main bodice pretty easily.