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