TheEmoEmu
 


Costume :Miku Hatsune
Variant :Blue Ice Castle
Source :Vocaloid 02
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2011


Costume Photos

Cryyyy

Wedding Shoot

3D Miku

Bouquet Throw

WIIIIIND 8D

Kneeling

DISASTER

Veiled (and laughing)

Water side Beauty

Full Wedding Attire

Nice day for a white wedding...

Don't look Back

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £150
Time Taken : 5 months

Description
As soon as I listened to the song, I fell in love with it. Listening to (or reading) the lyrics is really heart-breaking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6Y-hEC2fME

My interpretation is that she has been forced into marriage and sees suicide as her only means of escape.
Because of this, I want to make the dress into as much of a romantic wedding dress as possible and then burn/singe (sp?) it at the bottom to create the holes.
For this, I will make an underskirt/dress and have a floaty fabric over the top. As for the ribbon, velvet ribbon will add to the romance. With the ribbon standing out that much, I think that using satin would just make it look cheap.
I am also thinking of adding a veil on the back of her head as you never see her back in the video.

As for the ice: I AM MAKING THE LEFT ICE ARM AND THE LEFT ARM ONLY. On my right arm I will have an 'ice' wristband/gauntlet to hide my expo wristband. I will also be either making 'ice' slippers/boots or going barefoot like I did for wetsuit Lara.

The dagger is already pretty much done. It's shorter than the one in the video, but that's because I'll already have one arm caked in chunky, heavy 'ice', I don't want another over sized, stupidly weighted thing to carry!


EDIT:

I am NOT burning or ripping any part of this dress! Instead, I am making it look as beautiful a wedding dress as possible.

GAVE UP ON THE DAGGER, HAND MAKING A BOUQUET INSTEAD.

AFTER EXPO EDIT:

So, I decided to wear different versions of the outfit throughout expo to reflect the passing of time and Miku's anticipation of getting married to the unexpected disaster later. Friday was the dress and bouquet alone, showing Miku's dress fitting/trying on the dress. During the day on Saturday was Miku in her entire wedding attire emphasizing that it was her (and mine) big day. And for the masquerade, her arm had turned to ice and her wedding was ruined.

Not many people noticed this but ah well, it all made sense in my head xD

EDIT:

OMG IT WAS MENTIONED IN THE METRO ARTICLE ABOUT THE MASQUERADE 8DDDDD I FEEL SO HONOURED


Comments

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FFFFFFFFFF that tiara looks amazing, I thought you'd bought it but it looks even more awesome since you've made it yourself *____*

by Freyarule on Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 - 23:51
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^_^ Thanks so much! It took forever! >.<

by TheEmoEmu on Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 - 23:59
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this looks really interesting i look forward to seeing it at Expo :D

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Wednesday, 16 February, 2011 - 01:01
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Oh god. That tiara. <3 WOW! :'D
I can not wait to see this finished, you're going to look bloody amazing in it ^_^ good luck hun~!

by Enchanting_ELK on Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 - 14:23
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this looks awesome!!!
the tiara is mindblowing. i thought you brought it when i read that you'd made it i was in awe.
cant wait to see it in person XD

by blackorcid on Tuesday, 17 May, 2011 - 18:19

MUUUch details :0 WOW

by liljapanesegirl on Sunday, 29 May, 2011 - 15:03
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Just saw your masq entry on Youtube, you did great! You looked lovely in this, well done!^^

by KiraraYumi on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 20:38
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Great stage presence..the story telling was really emotional. Well done being brave and doing something with strong emotion.
It was lovely meeting you at Expo too. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 4 June, 2011 - 14:35
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Thisdress is so pretty -^^- wonderful x

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 5 June, 2011 - 22:20
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Eeeee, this dress is so pretty!!! I just love how much volume there is and how floaty it is! :)

by CrystalNeko on Sunday, 5 June, 2011 - 22:41
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I saw your performance at the masquerade! It was really good, great cosplay ^-^

by Rain on Monday, 6 June, 2011 - 01:34
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it was nice meeting you and doing your make up ;D

by angel aiko on Monday, 6 June, 2011 - 12:18
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:'D Oh gosh, it came out so beautifully~!! I love this outfit~
I also adore how when you walked away from us the dress flowed with you x'D

by Enchanting_ELK on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 00:32
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Beautiful. Absolutely stunning..
I'm at a loss for words.

by Drachryn on Saturday, 16 July, 2011 - 01:42
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Ah, I remember chatting with you when we were at the Vocaloid photoshoot! You looked lovely! ^-^

by Clover-tan on Friday, 22 July, 2011 - 19:41
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I saw this and loved it!!! You looked so pretty sweetie.

by NightmareWings on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 - 18:54
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remember you wearing this at thought bubble
amazing dress and i know for a fact you made it yourself
any who say otherwise are just jelous

by zabuza89 on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 - 18:59
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You looked so pretty and I'm glad I got to see you in person wearing it! It was really well made! :D

by Lady Bahamut on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 - 19:00
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Saw it from afar at Expo. It was very pretty, and you looked great. :)

by PandoraCaitiff on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 - 19:03

This is the best Vocaloid variant i've ever seen,very well done

by Jeansybaby on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 - 19:17
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Your dress is so beautiful and well made. I love how the wind captures the floaty dress in some of the pictures.

by Ichigo-Chan on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 - 22:15

So cool *0*

by Warpy on Tuesday, 20 September, 2011 - 23:14
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I really like this, and there's only two versions of Vocaliod I actually approve of: Sandplay and Ice Castle good job

by Manticore on Friday, 13 January, 2012 - 14:25
 

To-Do List

Add floaty skirtHighComplete
Edit PatternHighComplete
Buy patternHighComplete
Make Ice ArmHighComplete
Make JacketHighComplete
Make UnderdressHighComplete
Make PetticoatMediumComplete
Bead the DressLowComplete
Make BouquetLowComplete
Style WigLowComplete
Make VeilLowComplete
Add liningLowComplete
MakeupLowComplete

Shopping List

White Silk£45.00Bought
White Chiffon£30.00Bought
Velvet Ribbon (2m)£1.60Bought
Cardboard (free from supermarket :3)£0.00Bought
Veil Netting (free old curtain from my mum)£0.00Bought
Lining£30.00Bought
Beads£2.00Bought
Pattern£7.75Bought
Embroidery Thread£5.00Bought
Total£121.35

Journal

Bouquet - How I did it (Posted 6th June 2011)

Lots of people asked me about the bouquet, so I'll tell you how I did it here so I can just link people in the future xD

First off, I got some insulation foam and cut some 3D teardrop shapes and wrapped them in craft foam. Then, I rolled out craft foam on the hob (on a low heat and it STILL stunk the place out!) and cut out the petals and curled the edges by hand whilst it was still warm. If they cooled down, I just held them over the hob again until they were warm enough to mold. After that, I glued the petals to the insulation foam core and repeated until I had a full rose! I then stuck some florists wire through the bottom of the rose and wrapped it in green 'stem tape' (florist's stuff) and added premade leaves and wrapped more tape around it all. That's one rose, so I repeated MANYMANYMANY times to get a full bouquet. On some of the stems, I also attatched some chiffon ribbon for decoration. I then added thicker wire to the roses and wrapped it in stem tape. I slowly built the bouquet wrapping with stem tape all the time until I had a reasonable bouquet shape (it WAS meant to be a heart but that failed >.<) To finish it off, I got some more chiffon ribbon and wrapped it around the handle and tied a bow at the top. All that was left to do was position the roses, chiffon and leaves until I was happy (I never was xD)

I SWEAR TO GOD, I SHOULD HAVE JUST MADE THAT F***ING DAGGER!!!

I am never making another bouquet again. EVER.

SHOVE THE DAGGER (Posted 30th April 2011)

It is FAR too heavy to carry aswell as the ice arm, so I'm gonna have an artificial wedding bouquet instead. :3

What? A teenager with a knife NOT trying to kill people? (Posted 31st March 2011)

Yup, sawing off the bits sticking out of the ice arm base. Is mah bamboo handle :B

This was taken ages ago xD Thought I might wanna upload some progress.

Pattern Times (Posted 25th February 2011)

Welllll, this is new for me, I'm actually using a proper pattern instead of guessing...
Seriously though, since I've never used patterns, I had no idea how expensive patterns were, so when I found out this bugger was almost £8, I had a FRIKIN HEART ATTACK D:

Since I got home, I've been cutting the pattern to my measurements and editing it to be shorter at the front and to have a nice slope down to the train at the back. Hopefully it'll look pretty :3

Wig Styled (Posted 17th February 2011)

Yaaay, I managed to style the short wig, even without a wig head/stand. Instead, I screwed up a ball of newspaper and stuck it in the end of one of my tall boots and stuck the wig on top and bravely (and slowly) snipped away...

I think I did pretty well, I've also given the pigtails a wash and am waiting to comb them out.

Veil and Tiara finally done! ^^ (Posted 15th February 2011)

After FAR too long glueing and clipping wire AND dabbing glitter into net, I've finally done my tiara and veil.

The veil itself is an old net curtain of my mum's that she gave me. I layered it and dabbed teal glitter into the bottom (longest) layer, which was messy as well as time consuming >.< It's gathered at the top and siply tied onto the tiara.

The tiara was a right bugger aswell. I looked in some bridal shops for tiaras and they were SO damn expensive! O.O
In the end, I decided to make my own. I took a thickish piece of wire and doubled it back on itself and moulded it around my head. Then, I glued some card decorations from my good old craft box onto some thinner pieces of wire and wrapped them around the thicker piece until I got something that looked...nice.
Time consuming, stabbed myself god knows how many times and listened to more Metallica than ever before, but I'm so pleased with the result! It looks so pretty!

OH SWEET JESUS HELP MEH (Posted 6th December 2010)

Well...I've decided to use silk and chiffon and bloody bead the dress. Seriously, I must be insane. And that's just the dress...
Tha jacket will most likely be silk as well with possibly a little beading too.
WTF BEADING, I SWORE NEVER TO BEAD AGAIN AFTER THAT BLOODY PRINCESS SAKURA OUTFIT!!! >.< Beading 9 metres of ribbon is not fun...
Debating whether to add lace ruffles to the skirt and jacket...I'll probably see when I get the silk as to whether it will look right.

As for the ice arm, I have the base, gonna start building soon. My god it's gonna be heavy. I think I'll only be wearing it at certain times in the day...

I HAVE DECIDED!!! (Posted 30th November 2010)

After MONTHS of ummming and errrring and thinking, I have finally decided to go for Eurocosplay with this outfit! ^^

So, with that in mind, I will NOT be ripping or burning this dress, I want it to look purdy :3 Sequins are a distinct possibility...

Eurocosplay is a big step, but hey, it doesn't hurt to try...