Pandora-Chi
 


Costume :'Alice B Rabbit'
Variant :Odds and Ends
Source :Pandora Hearts
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Ayacon 2011


Costume Photos

Light and darkness rest in sleep

The one wish we give

The two sides

Between the abyss and life

Pandora hearts skit group :3

Something's coming

The secret

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : lost count but it's my most expensive cosplay so far DX
Time Taken : 2 months on and off atm ...

Description
I was browsing through the Pandora hearts art book one day and came across this beauty of a dress ^^ I kept debating back and forth bout this cosplay whether to wanna go through with it or not (It doesn't help that I'm still unsure now ^^;)
I'm happy that I can reuse my lovely wig from my previous Alice cosplay but the thing that's holding me back with this cosplay is mainly due to the array of roses, resistant spend on a bird cage I'm hardly gonna find much use for afterwards and complications with the front dress ... (Ok that's a lot of problems not just one XD)
I did some research however to how other cosplayers have tackled this problem and it looks like it's either gonna have to be a full ball gown or a short black skirt with something like chiffon or organdy over it.. unsure yet which route I'll take but hopefully when that time comes for me to make this cosplay I'll figure it all out! ^^;;;

UPDATE 16/03/11

After figuring out some construction issues, money it'll take to make it and time, I started this cosplay and hoping that perhaps I can have this worn for the May expo than Oct - it's still a 'what if' at the moment as I'm gonna be seriously busy with work for the next three months but I'll see how it goes - even if I don't finish this cosplay in time for May expo, I am at least assured that I can have this done for Oct :D

UPDATE 23/04/11

After such a HUGE delay I have finally finished the 'base' of the outfit - now all I literally have to do is wait for all the roses to come. If they do come then I'll be taking this to the May MCM expo this year but if not, I am DOOMED!! DX


UPDATE 05/04/11

So the postman has answered my prayers and I now have in possession the roses to complete the outfit - I'm so sure if I can shift my work outta the way first, then I am almost confident that this will be worn at the expo on Sunday as planned ^_~ only problem is... I'm unsure bout the bird cage and the plushie ... I'm a bit tight for money this month and can't really afford to spend it on a bird cage, neither may I have time to try and make the plushie so there's a chance, I might not be with a bird cage when wearing this and I apologise for any disappointment in advance DX

UPDATE 01/06/11

So this is a pre expo report - first of all, very annoying to travel with but I like how it was fairly floaty and the way the trail flared out as I walked - I honestly felt like a bride - need to get more photos of this cosplay though on perhaps another location later

UPDATE 22/08/11

Even though I was baking in this cosplay I had the most amazing time being part of a wonderful skit with the Pandora hearts group at Ayacon! Loved working with you all!! And yay my first cosplay video upload!!! -^^- Love you guys xxx

UPDATE 31/08/11

Thanks to the awesome pouncy got these amazing photos of the Pandora gang and photos with will of the abyss as a dream shot!! <3


Comments

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I love this one *3* its sooooo gorgeous i cannot wait to see :3

Sorry if im ruining it if youre not far but that isnt Alice >< I was tricked too~

by Solaria on Tuesday, 25 January, 2011 - 22:32
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such a pretty costume!

by InfiniteJester on Tuesday, 25 January, 2011 - 22:33
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@ Navigator nami - It is very pretty ^^ and OMG that isn't Alice??? I haven't read too far within the manga so I didn't know :( Regardless I'll go through with this cosplay as 'Alice' and thanks so much for telling me! ^^

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 25 January, 2011 - 22:59
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Im sorry i feel so rude now D8 But yes it is pretty you'l do it justice *3*

by Solaria on Tuesday, 25 January, 2011 - 23:02
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No worries it's all fine -^^- I'm so glad you told me cos this means I should read much further into the manga til I know the 'mystery' behind this cosplay and thanks for being so thoughtful *hugs* I really hope I will be able to do my best with this x

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 25 January, 2011 - 23:18
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O wow one of my fave Alice Artworks Looking forward to seeing this 8D

by CGOPbleachbabe on Tuesday, 25 January, 2011 - 23:46
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Soooo pretty. you will look really lovely ^_^

by Ayame on Monday, 31 January, 2011 - 23:23
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Oh I hope I get to see you when I am Will of the Abyss D8

by Darkiekun on Wednesday, 16 March, 2011 - 17:51
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@ Sora - oooh I hope to catch you as Will of the abyss and would be cool to get a photo with you ^^ - that's an extra push for me to finish making this outfit x

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 16 March, 2011 - 21:26
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Pretty. Shame I can't see the whole costum.

by WildArms_Rudy on Friday, 8 April, 2011 - 23:14
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This is going to look so pretty, can't wait to see it finished.

by messengercat on Saturday, 9 April, 2011 - 15:20
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wow lookin so amazin so far! wish i cud be there to see this!

by InfiniteJester on Saturday, 16 April, 2011 - 22:30
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this is looking amazinggg >3< i knew you'd do this justice tbh :3
can;t wait to see it completeeddd<3

by LemonPanda on Sunday, 17 April, 2011 - 21:01
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Wonderful progress, looks so pretty & can't wait to see this completed.

by Ichigo-Chan on Tuesday, 3 May, 2011 - 22:04
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the progress is looking really good on this...cant wait to see it completed

by SamanthaKaiba on Thursday, 5 May, 2011 - 19:42
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it looks sooooo prettttty i wish i cud be there to see thiss!

by InfiniteJester on Thursday, 5 May, 2011 - 19:53
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Thanks so much guys for these wonderful comments as they keep me going -^^- and Kila, provided it doesn't get destroyed when I wear it at the expo, one day when I hopefully meet you at a cosplay event, I wouldn't mind re-wearing this - it would be awesome to arrange a Pandora hearts group and I would love to get photos of you as Jack xx

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 5 May, 2011 - 20:06
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wow!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 5 May, 2011 - 21:14
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Oh wow, it's beautiful! Amazing, can't wait to see it all finished!
I love the roses! x3

by KiraraYumi on Monday, 9 May, 2011 - 17:34
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This is such a beautiful cosplay - I really do love all the blue flowers - so cute! It was really lovely meeting you - hope to see you at future events :) x

by gaming_goddess on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 08:36
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You look amazing....I love it

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 11:39
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Wow, this is beautiful. I just love the look of it....grrrr, why are you so good at making pretty cosplays.... :P

by j_mercuryuk on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 12:55
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This was really beautiful such a lovely costume :) It was lovely getting to meet you at expo :) Can't wait til LFCC for the Princess Group :)! xxx

by Frederica la Noir on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 18:41
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Thank you so much everyone <3 but I'm planning to take some better photos to show it off a bit better - it was so windy that day XD

@gaming goddess - aww you're too kind ^^ it was lovely to meet you too my dear - u were one of the cutest Chis I've ever seen <3 and I look foward to our next meeting x
@samantha - thank you my dear ^^
@jmercuryuk - haha I'm insane for choosing the more prettier outfits but I could never have the patience to do fine detailling like hand embroid everything like you - I think THAT'S amzing!! but thanks so mmuch my lovely x
@ fredirica - eeeeee!! <3 I can't wait til I see you again for the Disney group!!!It's gonna be epic! <3 <3 x

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 17:19
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OH WOW!! this dress is GORGEOUS! You suit her so perfectly xD

by PintSized_13 on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 22:42
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amazing as alwaysss :) u make such a lovely Alice!

by InfiniteJester on Sunday, 5 June, 2011 - 12:03
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I'm sad I missed you in this, you look amazing! (And I always love your lying down shots XD!) Such a pretty costume!

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 8 June, 2011 - 00:56
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Thank you so much guys :) and Fi I dunno why but I love doing lying down shots ^^;; hope to take some more photos with this cosplay cos I'm really proud of it <3 I swear I really am too obsessed with this character ^^;; There's so many other variants I wanna do of Alice its unbelievable ... It's almost like I wanna change my user name to 'pandora_alice' or something lol

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 8 June, 2011 - 22:17
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you looked so beautiful <3 you did an amazing job, and so happy i saw you both days. Hope to see more of your amazing work at LFCC or japanese arts festival? xx

by Sailorette on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 21:09
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Ooo Wow. You look so pretty. :3

by DuskatNight on Friday, 22 July, 2011 - 22:20
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Oh Aliceu! XD Awesome seeing you this weekend sexy dress you have there 8D

by Darkiekun on Monday, 22 August, 2011 - 22:03
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This is sooooo pretty, you suite her so well ^^ And I love the sparkly flowers <3

by Neverforever on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 12:07
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Amazing Alice hun, our fight scene was so epic we stunned the entire audience, Teddie is so floppy and holey from the epicness xD Till next time ;)

by Koiice on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 22:55
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You look so gorgeous! I love you dress its perfect!

by KP on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 - 21:30
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I don't think I saw this at aya in person but the photos look fab! Beautiful work<3

by Natsumi on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 - 21:30
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I love the new photos for this, you look lovely!

by messengercat on Thursday, 1 September, 2011 - 10:43
 

Journal

Bunch of roses... (Posted 9th May 2011)

For this bit, I needed my friend's advice on how I should arrange the roses trailing down on the side to not make it look weird... after we both arranged the roses and felt leaves, we stuck them down and I tested how it would look when worn(apologies for blurry photo >.<)
On one hand makes the cosplay look pretty but on the other, may need to add a few more roses or leaves in some places to cover up 'empty spaces'

Gloves completed (Posted 6th May 2011)

It's a bit messy but I think they look ok - the roses may look a little small but when I compared the scale of the roses on the gloves to the ones on the entire outfit, I think it's kinda accurate :3

Gloves (Posted 6th May 2011)

Today my tiny roses came through the post :D Now the black gloves that I purchased can be edited!! to start, I cut out small leaves out of felt and glued and hand sewed the roses on the edges

Roses veil - before and after (Posted 4th May 2011)

Title self explains itself - After I went on bit of a glitter painting rampage, I repainted the roses I used for my veil as I felt they looked a bit 'dead' and I think they look so much more better now (even if it's a shade darker XD)

Left image - Original roses
Right image - New and Painted roses

Side roses (Posted 4th May 2011)

Stuck roses and felt down to side although I kinda miscalculated ... the roses can be seen best when I'm viewed from the side but not from the front... I think it should be ok for now - I'll adjust it later if it does bother me more nearer to the time XD

Leaves (Posted 4th May 2011)

Stayed up painting some more roses to stick on the side of the dress - as an extra decided to cut some string of felt leaves to add to this

Roses (Posted 3rd May 2011)

THEY FINALLY CAME!!! This now means I have a chance to finish the cosplay for May *finger crossed* However, the colour was slightly lighter than I wanted them to be but with a bit of a glitter paint job, I darkened them - now they're all dark and sparkly :D

Arm bands complete (Posted 3rd May 2011)

After painting a few roses, I cut some felt leaves out and hot glued them at the top of the band - the glitter rubs off them but they look so much more prettier now ^^ I didn't cover the entire ring with roses cos I need room to put my arms down to the side XD - please let me be able to finish this, please!!

Under dress (Posted 24th April 2011)

Finished making the dress from taffeta and I added a couple layers of navy blue chiffon over to get that transparency affect - it looks a tad black but it is BLUE!!! I kinda over estimated the shade a bit with the chiffon ^^;;;

Image on the left is without a petticoat
Image on right is with the petticoat (not much difference but eh I think it's got enough of the right boost)

Ignore the blue hoody as I'm too lazy to put on the entire outfit (looking back at my design for it, I haven't quite stuck to the drawing but I still think it looks fine)

Petticoat (Posted 23rd April 2011)

Just a quickly made petticoat to give the outfit a bit more volume - made from one layer of organdy and two layers of tulle netting - since it's obviously see through I wore shorts underneath - I won't be wearing this with the cosplay on the day

Arm bands - better photo (Posted 23rd April 2011)

Just to show the arm bands a bit better - made two of them now and all I gotta do is stick the roses and felt leaves on the top

Arm band - half done (Posted 16th April 2011)

Been feeling a tad ill all this week, I unfortunately haven't done much progress :( - so I hurried on with the 'arm bands' today - I Notice from the art work that they're puffy so what I simply did was cut two rectangular pieces out, sew them together with one end open, sew the elastic in both ends and then before closing the opening, stuff it - still looks kinda weird atm and hoping that it can be rescued with the rose and leaves at the top (GOD I SO HOPE TO GOD THE ROSES ARRIVE &gt;.&lt;) I also added one row of ruffled taffeta and two rows of ruffled Organza at the top

Wrap test (Posted 8th April 2011)

Before going to sleep last night, I was roughly thinking about the pattern and construction of this - when I tested it, it was just as I suspected ^^ all I had to do was hem all edges of a rectangle and sew two rows with a wide straight stitch on one end and about 2 3rds down the fabric do another two rows of stitching and afterwards begin to gather the fabric ^^ I tucked this into my leggings to test how it will be hung on the garment

Trail test (Posted 8th April 2011)

Testing the trail today by pinning onto the bodice to see how it drapes and I like it ^^ - just gotta test the black wrap thing and sew them together - yay progress!!

Black drape (Posted 7th April 2011)

URGH!! Why do I torture myself with adding ruffles to the bottom of the black cape thing >.< This line of ruffles is over 7ms long and took blimey ages to hem and create! nevertheless glad I finished with the ruffles and sewed together the drape thing using a dress pattern .. but still need to alter the shape a bit as it looks quite frumpy at the bottom when I wear it..

Bodice (Posted 6th April 2011)

Used a chinese shirt top pattern and finished the bodice - bit plain though - was thinking of adding a corset or underbust one for more detail but that decision is gonna be left til the end - still got a long way to go -_-

Veil - rose close up (Posted 16th March 2011)

Only took a few hours to make - anyways this is a close up of the roses I'm using - I'm thinking of buying a few more packs to do all the roses on the dress as I'm too lazy to make them XD (maybe a few but not all, as there are tons of roses on the cosplay) As a nice touch, I cut out small leaves out of felt - best part is it saves on hemming and it's cheap 8D

Veil hemming (Posted 16th March 2011)

As the veil is one of the easiest part of the outfit, I have made a start on it - made with organdy, I hemmed one end first with bias tape and gathered the other end - then I hemmed that - as stated before I can't stand seeing raw ugly eges

Roses (Posted 16th March 2011)

As I really do wanna make a start on this dress as it's so gorgeous, about a month ago, I ordered some blue roses as testers for this cosplay - as it was a very pale blue, I glittered it up with some dark blue glitter glue (you have no idea how hard I had to look to find this colour ¬¬)I'm a little unsure bout it but I think it's just because I haven't made the entire outfit yet

Sketch (please ignore the construction stuff round it) ^^;; (Posted 16th March 2011)

As the art work is a little bit odd upon the bottom of the dress, I decided to redraw it to a version which I'll be happy to make - from the sketch it looks like it going to be a long ball gown for me as I think it works better than to have a short skirt with something see through draped over.

Odds and ends art work reference (Posted 15th March 2011)

Again, I have to try and make up the back for this and can't see the front detail but can use this to my advantage later on =b