|I finally made the costume I've wanted to make since I was 13! Now that I actually have the sewing skills to make it properly and have the body proportions to carry it off, I decided to do it.|
The dress was made using two separate patterns. The dress (with modifications) is based on McCall's pattern M4369, and the sleeves are taken from Butterick pattern 6630. The sleeves were a lot of fun to make, actually, and were a new experience for me - they involved making sleeve stays, which I'd never even heard of before, let alone made. They were fiddly but I love the way they've made the sleeves nice and puffy, and they're now my favourite part of the costume.
Let's talk fixes first, cos there are always a few. There's one big fix this costume needs making and that's on the embellishments. Fortunately it doesn't show up too much in the photos, but the interfacing didn't quite bind to the fabric as well as I had hoped and it frayed throughout the day. So I need to unpick them and attach some new ones. One of my sleeves also began to tear thanks to an over-enthusiastic Para Para session, so although I'm told it's barely noticeable, that will need to be restitched. And when I reattach the sleeve embellishments, I'll make sure to do it in such a way that I'm not sewing through the sleeve stays (this was something I meant to fix before Amecon but didn't get the chance to sort out). Oh, and I need a pair of blue bikini pants.
In the end I bought an officially licensed Chun Li costume simply so I wouldn't have to make the bun covers or bracelets (yeah, I know it's lazy, but it's not like I was wearing the costume competitively or anything). I'd planned to use the sash from that costume too, but it was rubbish, so I just bought a white waist cincher and put it on back to front. I did end up buying some patent boots in the end, simply cos it was that or no costume at all, but they looked a lot better than I thought they would!
The costume actually turned out to be a bit of a hassle to wear - it was a really tight fit, so it was a two-person job putting it on or taking it off (and if I ever put on any weight I'll never fit into it again!), the backs of the boots rubbed on my Achilles tendons and hurt like mad, and the bracelets severely restrict your arm mobility in a way you don't imagine until you're wearing them! But it was my most popular costume to date (in that I had more photo requests in this one than in any other) and I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. Plus, I found a Player Two Chun Li at the con and many photos were taken!