Yuka
 


Costume :Estelle (Estellise Sidos Heurassein)
Source :Tales of Vesperia
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon III (2011)


Costume Photos

Vesperia: Evening Star

Graceful Moment

Estelle Preview

In-Game Reference

Full Ref.

Reference 1

 


Costume Information

Description
Hitachiin requested that I join her Tales of Vesperia as Estelle. I really like her character design, so I've agreed to join her for her shoots! Personally I think this costume is going to be a bit of a challenge for myself, as I'm not sure if I can make something as shaped as Estelle's dress, but I'm going to give it all I got. I'm going to try to achieve the shape with petticoats and interfacing, and wire as a last resort. Wish me luck!

Comments

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Vesperia! xD

by Plummer on Sunday, 23 January, 2011 - 00:44
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<3 you'll make an amazing Estelle!

by Emzone on Sunday, 23 January, 2011 - 03:41
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That underdress is amazing *3*
Outstanding work as usual you'll be an adorable Estelle x3

by Solaria on Thursday, 27 January, 2011 - 21:26
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I guess this means im your captain for the day :D

by ryaoki on Monday, 31 January, 2011 - 22:36
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the under-dress looks awesome! :D can't wait to see it finished ^_^

by SarahSaiyan on Sunday, 6 February, 2011 - 17:41
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This is looking really really good!

by Pez on Sunday, 6 February, 2011 - 17:49
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Oh wow, looking awesome so far! Good luck with the rest- I know Estelle is quite a scary cosplay!

by Sammykins on Monday, 7 February, 2011 - 15:28
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INSIPID POISON

<3

by Felixize on Tuesday, 8 February, 2011 - 01:52
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Estelle Gaga. XD Major love.

by Pez on Tuesday, 8 February, 2011 - 16:04
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Ooo, this looks like it's going to be fabulous!

by Storme on Thursday, 10 February, 2011 - 13:50
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The progress is looking really good. Can't wait to see this complete.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 14 February, 2011 - 15:08
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Fantastic progress on this ^_^ You make it look so easy.

by ElegantAura on Monday, 14 February, 2011 - 15:52
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Awesome progress! xD

by Plummer on Monday, 14 February, 2011 - 17:30
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Loving the progress! =D

by Emzone on Monday, 14 February, 2011 - 17:32
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*3* This is coming together so well i love watching your construction. The petticoat makes it sit so well too <3

by Solaria on Monday, 14 February, 2011 - 19:53
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You were an adorable Estelle, such a beautiful costume, all your hard work definately paid off ^_^ Thanks muchly for taking photos and I hope the few i took for you weren't too amateurish lol

by ElegantAura on Tuesday, 5 April, 2011 - 19:57
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Very Nice Estelle looks Awesome!!

by Dark_Angel_15 on Wednesday, 27 April, 2011 - 21:26
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loving the cosplay so far. ^_^b

by Mangamad on Wednesday, 11 May, 2011 - 15:27
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very pretty ^_^ I also live in Newcastle It's nice to meet someone who lives here I now know I'm not alone xD

by L4dyPaiNe_X on Saturday, 16 July, 2011 - 18:47
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Aw, your Estelle's so pretty! You did the petals of the dress really nicely, too.

by Storme on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011 - 21:32
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So much WIN! I love the dress detailing!

by Manticore on Saturday, 8 October, 2011 - 14:13
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You suit her so much! Beautiful <3

by Stripeycow on Saturday, 8 October, 2011 - 14:31
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Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments!! I'm so grateful this costume has had such a nice reception because it was very tough to make and it's very uncomfortable to wear. You've all made it worth it for me. :) Thank you everyone!

by Yuka on Saturday, 8 October, 2011 - 16:34
 

To-Do List

PetticoatHighComplete
Pink Under-dressHighComplete
White over-dressHighComplete
GlovesMediumComplete
ShoesMediumIn Progress
Black leggingsLowComplete
WigLowIn Progress
RodLowPlanned
BlastiaLowPlanned
ShieldLowPlanned

Shopping List

White 30cm/12inch concealed zip£3.00Bought
White gogo boots£23.95Bought
1000m yellow thread£1.00Bought
1m elastic (@£0.50p/m)£0.50Bought
2m pink netting (@£1.25p/m)£2.50Bought
1m yellow cotton (@£5p/m)£5.00Bought
4m vilene 305 firm standard iron-on interfacing (@£3p/m)£12.00Bought
2m dark pink cotton£10.00Bought
3m light-pink poly-cotton (@£3.50p/m)£10.50Bought
Yellow 30cm/12inch concealed zip£3.00Bought
3m white cotton drill (@ £7p/m)£21.00Bought
Pink wig£16.99Bought
Total£109.44

Journal

Shoe stretching (Posted 14th February 2011)

I always find that knee-high boots never want to fit me- either girls with size 5 feet are meant to have tiny tiny calves or I just have massively muscular calves. Luckily, the boot material was a kind of stretchy pleather material, so I put to use some Yankee Candles and some kitchen utensil organisers to stretch them out so they could fit on my legs.

The things we do for cosplay... sheesh

Jacket part 5 (Posted 14th February 2011)

I spent a lot of time pinning scrap fabric onto the white jacket and sketching out where I wanted the designs to be. I then cut out this scrap fabric, stitched it together at some joins, and then layed it flat on several pieces of taped-together paper and taped the cloth pattern down. I then taped two marker pens together so I could have an even width for all of the line-designs, and drew around the uneven fabric design to make a paper design.

After all this faff, I cut out the paper design and plonked it on to the yellow fabric, ready to start the whole tedious process of cutting it out again once more.

Jacket part 4 (Posted 14th February 2011)

The white of the jacket finally sewn up and taken in- it looks a lot nicer on me, the mannequin wasn't set to my measurements at the time and just generally is a lot less squishy than I am lol

Jacket Pattern part 3 (Posted 14th February 2011)

...that awkward moment when you realise that you bought 3m of £7p/m fabric when 1m would have done just fine.

Petticoat Complete (Posted 13th February 2011)

Somehow I spent 4 hours finishing this petticoat off. I don't know how I managed to spend so long on it- I think it was a combination of feeling tired, getting distracted by TV and food, and getting pricked by pins every two minutes sewing it.

But it's done. Thank god. It'll need a bit of trimming so it doesn't stick out underneath the jacket and skirt but otherwise it's done.

Jacket Pattern part 2 (Posted 8th February 2011)

And this is what all that newspaper finally boiled down to. Minus the sleeve (which is a separate pattern). There's a definite seam down the back of Estelle's dress, but no seams down the side and front- but in order for it to fit nicely I'm going to need at least one extra seam. I've got a dart down the sides, a seam down the front (which hopefully shouldn't be too noticeable) and a seam down the back (which will actually be a zipper).

Not sure if this weird shape is going to work for Estelle but I'll give it my best shot!

Jacket Pattern part 1 (Posted 8th February 2011)

Spent the best part of 4 hours mocking up this monstrosity... it took me 4 genuine attempts to figure out how to do those weird sleeves but I think I've got them figured out now. It kind of looks like a Lady Gaga outfit at the moment, lol.

Only bothered patterning one side since it's symmetrical, btw.

Petticoat Progress (Posted 8th February 2011)

So I finished sewing the 2m of petticoat fabric I bought, only to find that it definitely doesn't give enough volume to the skirt. I'm going to buy another 3 meters of netting and add a lot more volume to the back, much like a bustle, and then probably a little bit more to the front too.

Bought the boots (Posted 6th February 2011)

Bought these white gogo boots on ebay... I hope they don't actually have an ethereal glow when they arrive, as cool as that might be :P

Finished the Under-dress! (Posted 5th February 2011)

I finished this last night, it feel so good to finally have one thing for Estelle done! I'm getting pretty tight for time if I'm going to get this done for Midlands Expo but I'm going to give it my best shot.

I've also gotten the petticoat 80% complete, so I'll be finishing that off tomorrow and then I can get started on the white over-dress! :D

Under-dress: Interfacing (Posted 31st January 2011)

Spent last night working out the shape I needed for all the interfacing and spent today cutting it out, sewing it into the petal shapes and I started ironing it into the dress. It doesn't hold the shape as well as I was imagining it would (pictures to come later, when I get the rest of the petals in) but once the petticoat is underneath I think it should look right. Hopefully. :)

This project is really exciting and nerve-wracking for me, it's been a long time since I've made something so obscure and "costumey" that I actually have to stop and think about the construction!

Bought the Wig (Posted 31st January 2011)

I bought this wig from cosplaywig2010 on ebay. It should have enough length to shape at the back for Estelle and looks like the right colour too!

Under-dress: Back (Posted 30th January 2011)

Cut out and sewed on the back dark pink petals onto the under-dress today. It looks a bit lumpy but it will flesh out more when the petticoat is in and it will be covered by the over jacket.

Under-dress progress (Posted 23rd January 2011)

I've left all my patterns in Scotland AGAIN so I had to draft this from scratch/memory. As such I messed up the collar a bit so it's not as form-fitting as I'd like, but it's coming along alright otherwise.

Next up I'll be sewing the darker pink petals onto the back, and then I'll be inserting the interfacing and attaching the lining to tidy it all up. I still need to decide how I'm going to do the bias, because I think I should do that before I attach the lining too so it looks all tidy haha.

Once the under-dress is done, I'll be starting on her white coat/dress :D