|Character: Eclair from Kiddy Grade|
Costume made by: Speckles
Kiddy Grade is one of my all time favorite animes to date. It has such little love in the cosplay world so I couldn't deny myself from cosplaying from it. Worn for the first time at Amecon 2012. Most likely will be remaking the costume since after the first test run I found the dress was too short! Also I may have thought of a better way for the skin panel at the front to be stabilized so with any luck a new and improved Eclair costume will be done in the future. I need to replace the bra, my boobs were too much for those multiway bras with the clear straps in the middle, broke whilst in the hotel room and had to use invisible string to repair it briefly. Also want to get a new wig with a widows peak.
The whole dress is red 4way stretch lycra, with yellow ribbon sewn as bias binding, in the future, will use actual bias binding since sewing it onto lycra is a nuisance. The sleeves took the longest to pattern, just made a bunch of paper mockups til I got the shape right. The final is lycra sewn onto structural foam to keep it's shape.
Boots are simple boot covers, there are some wonderful lycra boot cover tutorials online, check them out!
Oops! (Posted 14th June 2012)
Well I managed to miss the deadling of May expo, too much was going on with university and thus eclair ended up very last minute and never got finished. Then at 5am I kinda blundered and ruined the original so the dress has to be made again. But at least the patterning is out the way so it shouldn't take long to re-make. Here is a progress picture of it all pinned together before I totally screwed it up!