|Time Taken :||21hrs approx|
|Not 100% finished but should hopefully be done for Kitacon IV. I'll list it as complete for now though because chances are I won't actually do anything til the Easter break cause I'm pretty lazy XD;|
Updating this now because I am so not procrastinating from programming, nope...
Got a fantastic reception at Hyper Japan! But what made me most happy was when kids came up to me and wanted pictures with me and I just thought it was the sweetest thing ever. Never happened to me before, it was just so adorable!
When I first saw the concept art for this before the movie came out I thought it was pretty cool but never really found it a costume I wanted to wear or make. I dunno why to this day I still wanted to make it but it's more interesting than the TV Diamond Crevasse version and I like long drapey things so thought why not!
The dress was made fairly last minute. As in, I started at 2am on the day of the event, stopped at 5.30am, slept for 3hrs, worked on it more for an hour and it was done. I think it would have been done a lot quicker if I hadn't been faffing about with how to do the detailing, my initial idea was to create pleats, but I knew I wouldn't have time to iron the thing and the fabric is really too heavy and would make it look bulky.
I don't actually know what the fabric is. It was listed on eBay as sari fabric but I can see it as some form of satin, it's not a satin I've used before in the past so I honestly have no idea what it is. All I know is that it melts well as I used offcuts to make a flower pendent, which was inaccurate, but I had no clay.
I started the dress by first sewing together the lining and pinning the zip in place so that I know just how fitted it should be. I also made the length of the lining slightly shorter than the dress should be so that I could create a bubble hem later. Luckily I had like 5m of blue lining fabric from my early days of cosplaying when I thought lining was as thick as satin and didn't realise it was double layered on the roll LOL.
The top layer of the dress fitted the exact same way as the lining but with darts running down the front to make it more fitted and was extended a lot more so that it could be folded up later.
The detailing consisted of pleats which were stitched down at some points. A big bow which was gathered in the centre. And then a fake bow tie thing with some dark blue ribbon tied and stitched in place. I was allowed a lot of artistic licence because it really is very unclear what is going on with her dress, I tried to get the lines to match up as much as possible though.
Once all the detailing was sewn on, I was able to attach the main dress to the lining by folding under the main dress to attach onto the lining on the inside. Then the zip followed by the top band was sewn on so you can no longer see any raw edges even from the inside, yay!
The jacket involved lots of maths, mainly because I didn't have enough to comfortably make a huge jacket as I sort of just bought it without having worked out how much fabric I would need. Lets just say I used circle theorem to work out my circumference, then I used SOHCAHTOA to work out how many triangles I could fit on my pile of fabric. Then circle theorem again to work out the curved edge length and cut it all out equally. It's made with 3 panels overall, the middle panel being the largest. Once the semi circle was cut out and sewn together I made a simple short jacket shape for the top and attached the semicircle onto that. The sleeves are basically a trapezoid shape.
I have the fabric for the detailing at the bottom of the jacket, I just ran out of time in actually cutting it all out, hemming it, and sewing it on. I shall update my journal and description when I actually do this.
All the accessories were all just varying sizes of rectangles, I found that the bracelets were not fitted and looked like they could be slid on and off so I made them quite large so it didn't nee velcro. The anklets and choker needed velcro though. In the reference I had, the accessories seem to have a white lace trim. I couldn't find the perfect lace trim, well I did, after having bought a bulk already, I didn't want to change the lace trim after having sewn most of it though. I managed to find a scallop lace trim and a teardrop lace trim and decided to cut up the teardrop shapes and PVA glue them on the tip of the scallops to achieve the same sort of design as it is in the reference. This was actually quite relaxing.
The flower on the headband was made by using one of my mugs as a template and drew out a circle, then extended them slightly into petal shapes. Cut out several flowers in varying sizes on different fabric and colours. Then I used a little candle and melted the edges slightly just so the raw edges were gone and it curved inwards slightly. All the layers were PVA-glued initially but I tacked it in place with thread too. Then three white beads were glued to the centre, I thought this was a nice touch.
Still need to do more to the headband, I'll post a journal entry and update this description when I do.
The pendant is inaccurate, I need clay and paint to make it accurate. So for the time being I've created a flower. This flower was literally three circles using the same material for the main dress, melted, with a little bead stitched to the middle and the flower was stitched to some black string. Looks alright for the main reference as it's just a blue blob. But in the close up references it's some weird shape that I can't achieve using fabric.
Wig belongs to Special-Pleb. It's actually her Nia (Gurren Lagann) wig! Initially from Fantasy Sheep I think. I hope to get a white/silver wig and sew in some powder blue streaks myself one day though.
Shoes bought from eBay. These need to be modified and potentially dyed.
Tights bought from Dorothy Perkins.
One day I need to make the microphone! I'm happy I've finally cosplayed a version of Sheryl that she wears in a concert... But this now means I need a mic!
I have crazy ideas of making it a real microphone but this is just me being really enthusiastic with electronics. I like circuitry and blowing up components. I mean... I am totally pro...
|Detailing on dress||Medium||Complete|
|Detailing on jacket||Medium||In Progress|
|Modify shoes||Low||In Progress|
|1.5m teardrop lace||£2.99||Bought|
|1m navy blue ribbon||£0.59||Bought|
|1m black string||£0.49||Bought|
|2.4m scallop lace||£3.10||Bought|
|12" concealed zip||£2.99||Bought|
|5m turquoise georgette||£13.25||Bought|
|1.5m pale turquoise cationic chiffon||£5.24||Bought|
|2m Blue sari satin||£4.49||Bought|
|0.2m lime lining||£0.75||Bought|
3 glorious hours later... (Posted 9th April 2012)
THE TOP LAYER OF RUFFLES OF THE HEM OF THE JACKET IS DONE, FOOK YEAAAAH.
Dear Fiona of the future,
Frickin' ruffles, I hate them. Especially with chiffon. Chiffon and ruffles, my two worse nightmares. I didn't even need to do ruffles, but thought it looked too plain and horrible in the fabric choice I chose so I decided to add ruffles AND IT TOOK FOREVER.
That's 20 metres of fabric right there on the hem D':
One day this costume will be finished, one day!!
Time Taken: 3hrs
No pictures again, I am knackered and can't be arsed to get the camera out orz...
Dress 100% (Posted 25th February 2012)
Oh my days, I stopped writing my report around 2am-ish as I was getting tired and couldn't think anymore. Sewing is like a brainless activity for me so I decided to try and finish this cosplay as quick as possible. Even as a rush job though it has taken be 3.75hrs though 8|
BUT THE DRESS IS FINISHED, IT SUCKS, BUT IT'S WEARABLE 8D
I'm going to go to bed and finish the jacket tomorrow if I can be bothered at all... Or in like... 3-4hrs rather, when I wake up XD;
No picture because webcam's not working for some reason...
Time taken will include previous time I haven't logged yet.
Time Taken: 5hrs
SEE YOU ALL AT HYPER JAPAN IN LIKE... A FEW HOURS XD;;
Choker 100% (Posted 19th February 2012)
Choker is done, yay! Actually did this last night, but didn't post pictures because I couldn't be arsed... Re-took the picture in natural light though so you can see the true colour of my wig too!
Wig is actually Special-Pleb's Nia (TTGL) wig. I do have a long white wig but I'd rather a silvery or very pale blue wig. Or I'd rather sew in or dye some blue streaks into my white wig but I don't want to spend any more on cosplay stuff. So Charlie's Nia wig will make do for the time being!
I've hemmed the bracelets as well but as I said, I ran out of white lace! Only got 10cm left!!
At some point I should really start the dress... XD;
Time Taken: 30mins
Better picture of flower (Posted 18th February 2012)
The grip won't be visible on the day. I need a hand needle to sew some grips on the back of the headband!!
My wig is also not that yellow, it's just the lighting.
Headband 95% (Posted 18th February 2012)
I... Don't have enough lace ;____; MORE PVA-ING TEAR DROPS WILL BE NEEDED, NOOOOO ;_____;
But I did have enough lace for the headband and choker, just gotta buy more for the bracelets. This is sad times ;__;
But yeah, here's the headband!
I allowed myself to be pretty messy and random while burning this because in the reference it's not really perfectly shaped. It's very jagged so I just went crazy with the candle!
I lost most of my hand needles, that or they're back at home, so I need to go buy more so that I can sew on the three little dangly jewels. And to tack down the flower and little pearls inside the flower better. It's all held together by PVA glue right now.
I kinda used artistic licence on this flower because the reference pictures are just so unclear!
Lace modification (Posted 18th February 2012)
Oh gosh, it's scary how close Hyper Japan is ;___;
I tried so hard to find the perfect lace and failed. However I found some nice scallop lace and a tear drop/circle shaped lace and so I decided to hybrid them together! I just cut out all the tear drop shaped pieces and stuck them on with PVA glue, seems to hold quite well!
I'm going to be uploading more journal things as I've been working non-stop, I'll just say my time taken so far today.
Time Taken: 3-4hrs
Base jacket 100% (Posted 14th January 2012)
IT'S ALL HEMMED, FYEAAAAH.
I really struggle taking a decent photo of the jacket because it's so big, so I guess it shall be a surprise! Although the first progress of it kinda shows just how big it is anyway... Just that all the seams are finished now.
Just need to buy some more georgette (or chiffon if I have to...) for the detailing on the hem of the jacket, oh my days it drove my back insane hemming the bloody thing, hemming the trim will murder me X_____X
Going to work on the dress now, lalalala~
Time Taken: 30mins
Jacket 75% (Posted 13th January 2012)
Wooooo, everything's attached neatly, now to hem the bloody thing. I think I will do that another day because I'm going to get ready to go out in a sec lolololol, can't be arsed now!
Picture of the back of the jacket! Nice and gathered~
The dress will be easier to photograph, I'll hopefully start progress on it soon after hemming the jacket because I dislike changing the thread on the sewing machine too much...
I found the fabric shop in Guildford! MORE EXPENSIVE THAN TAUNTON, WTFFFFF. Actually that's to be expected... I just dislike it XD Reading will be my new Bristol I think, because there is a FabricLand in Reading and it's only a £6 return away, same as Bristol from Taunton! Wheeeey!
Time Taken: 30mins
Jacket 70% (Posted 13th January 2012)
Another progress shot, this time taken with a webcam because then I can see myself. I guess this is a picture to show how I'm constructing it. It's a short jacket, all hemmed up. Then the massive semi-circle will attach to the end of the shorter jacket. I can't hem the front of the jacket until I attach the huge semi circle but I should be doing that soon, I'm just trying it on so that I can see whether or not it's properly fitted because once the semi circle goes on, it'll be harder to make it fitted properly!
I had to re-sew one of the sleeves three times because I kept sewing it inside out by accident, I ALWAYS do this to all my costumes. And it's ALWAYS just ONE sleeve XD
I've hemmed all the insides of the semi-circle too, but again, can't hem the outside hem until it's attached to the jacket.
Everything is stitched in a way that you can see no raw edges, basically I sewed it on way when flipped it and sewed it again so that the raw edges are on the inside. I don't usually do this because I'm lazy but decided to do it for this costume because you can see the inside of the jacket and thought I'd remove all raw edges for the whole costume, not just for the semi-circle. Mainly because if something's going to be neat, it ALL has to be neat XD
Time Taken: 3-4hrs
Jacket 60% (Posted 12th January 2012)
Yes I am in my PJs, it's late and I want to go to bed but decided to finish basting the rest of this costume just so I can get a general idea of what it'll look like!
SO MUCH FABRIC, 5M OF GLORIOUS GEORGETTE RIGHT THERE.
Blacked out face in second photo because my face was not being a normal face, omg I am too tired for this!! Hyper Japan is in a month though and I have a wee bit of spare time inbetween revision to work on this.
There's only three panels to the jacket, I was originally going to make 4 but I ran out of fabric, although it's already so full already that I don't think I'll need at extra panel! Which is good, because that extra panel will need 2m worth of fabric and I'd rather not spend any more on this costume! :P
Basically the jacket is sort of fitted at the top with just three panels which stops at the waist, then there's a further three panels which is sewn into the jacket which is essentially a giant semi circle. This is so that I can get that lovely flowing effect you see in the movie and so that it looks pretty for photos when I chuck the jacket about or sit down hahaha. I like looooots of volume!!!! Even if it makes me cry to cut all that frickin' fabric out, I hate cutting fabric, it's boring :P
Sleeves are basically trapezium shaped.
Everything is basted or just safety pinned on atm. I left the right coloured thread at home so I have to find a fabric shop in Guildford to find the right colour thread then I can do more work on this...
But yay! 6 months later I have progress!
Most of the time taken was spent doodling plans of how the hell can I get a decent flowing jacket with the limited amount of fabric I had. I wanted a radius of 85", I couldn't get that with just 5m. So I settled with 61". I did a lot of Pythagoras, SOHCAHTOA and general triangle and circle equations to work out all the panel lengths. I think without doing this I would have been screwed and would have wasted all 5m of fabric if I had just went in and started cutting without doing millions of equations to get the exact measurements XD
Time Taken: Not sure, 4-5hrs???
Tights (Posted 26th March 2011)
I love coloured tights, Dorothy Perkins had a sale and they just so happen to have grey ones too! So I picked up a pair... As well as some awesome teal tights, hurrrrr!!
As you can see, they're £2 xD
I know they're slightly darker than in the reference but unless I can find a more accurate pair, I'll stick with these~