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|Awards :||UK Solo Representative for ECG 2011 (1st place Solo @ Bunkasai); Best Performance @ London MCM Expo May 2011|
|Time Taken :||24hrs|
|This was my secret Kirari costume that I uploaded a while back! It's so damn girly and very unlike me, I hate ruffles, and chiffon... Yeah...|
HNNNNNG, FIRST WON A PLACE TO GO TO PERFORM AT JAPAN EXPO, THEN WON BEST PERFORMANCE AT LONDON EXPO *_____*
I love this costume :'D
My first London Expo award *A*
I did the performance much better (but I still mucked up the timing at the beginning LOL OTLLLL, THE REST WAS FINE THOUGH) at London Expo. You can see me dance from 3.40 onwards! x)
Onwards to how I made the costume...
For my 18th I made an original Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland) costume and I took apart the red overlay to use as a base for Kirari's red dress. The bodice was a bit poorly made at the time so I took it in and lowered the back so that it was a bit better fitted. I then cut out two trapezium like shapes and sewed them together to create an underskirt for all the ruffles to sit on.
The ruffles on the skirt are all concentric circles because I think this makes it shape much better than pleating a long rectangle, this took up much more fabric but I think it was worth it! They're each about 10" long except the top layer which is around 6-7" long so that it hides the join from each ruffle.
I hemmed numerous rows of chiffon ready to gather into the bodice. I started off with the white panel by sewing it on with the chiffon at the same time. Once this was done I gathered chiffon onto the top hem of the bodice. I then stitched on the black ribbon and glued on the sequins due to lack of time - they look good anyway XD
The waistband was tacked on by hand then gone over with the machine because it was just too much fabric for the machine to cope first time round! The bow was made by sewing two rectangles together, turning it inside out and gathering it in the middle with the two stripes sewn on. I left a gap in the middle of the waistband so that I could stitch on the centre rectangular panel and pull it through and stitching it in place so that it looks like a real bow. Cheating but to be honest, I can't tie real bows that nicely LOL!
The little black bows get smaller in size and is lined with cotton because the spotty fabric is really thin. This is glued onto the bodice because again, was running out of time.
The white dress was made of two PVC panels. For this I really needed a dress form to make life a lot easier so Charlie (Special-Pleb) came over and laughed at the alien beast. We basically fiddled around with it until it looked okay then I stitched the velcro on to join it altogether.
All the details were stitched on and the white detailing at the front was painted on with acrylic. Black PVC bows were added to the shoulder seams as well.
The whole dress transforms by folding. I sewed the black detailing of the white dress part way down the skirt of the red dress.
I used a pair of shoes from Clark's Village for the base shoes... They're suppose to be my concert shoes for orchestra but uhmmm, not any more 8'D
I took two pieces of PVC and traced around my leg and shoes to make the boot covers which were hemmed and sewn on. The bows were hand sewed on afterwards.
The hat was made with 4 curved triangular panels (much like a fleece hat) and is lined with cotton. The bow was stitched on and the white detailing is acrylic. This was hot glued onto a comb type thing.
Bracelet and choker is made from different sets of rows of sequins. The choker has black spotty fabric to tie it in place, could have done without it really but Koharu seems to have it! The star is from Azuri, it was originally from a necklace.
As Koharu, I used my own hair. Honestly - styling my own hair was the hardest part LOL orz. My hair hates curls. I made some wefts using off-cuts from a black wig and sewed them onto tulle and cotton to make my pigtails thicker.
As Kirari, I used my Haine wig because her hair is roughly that colour in the anime. I put the wig in low pigtails, plaited it, then put in 4 clips for each pigtail to hold it up. Kirari doesn't have poofy pigtails but it's hard to put it up as normal pigtails without buying extensions and creating a middle parting - I don't want to destroy my wig anyway because I still have plenty of Haine cosplays to do!
If only Kirari and Koharu would swap hair styles, would make my life so much easier!
Costume isn't actually complete yet, I still have to do the shorts and really, repair a lot of it! But I will dump this back in progress when I next rewear this.
|Make red dress||High||Complete|
|Make white dress||High||Complete|
|Detailing on white dress||Medium||Complete|
|Detailing on red dress||Medium||Complete|
|Style wig/Practise styling hair||Low||Complete|
|Star necklace (base)||£2.00||Bought|
|0.5m 3 row sequin elastic||£1.43||Bought|
|0.5m 6 row sequin elastic||£1.65||Bought|
|0.25m black 'spotty dotty' fabric||£0.31||Bought|
|0.25 red chiffon||£0.75||Bought|
|0.5m red PVC||£2.50||Bought|
|0.75m black PVC||£5.24||Bought|
|1m cerise PVC||£4.99||Bought|
|1m white PVC||£6.99||Bought|
|6m red polycotton sheeting||£19.74||Bought|
|2m black ribbon||£0.86||Bought|
Hair extensions (Posted 31st May 2011)
I was originally going to turn these into actual pigtails but the clips I bought were too small so it didn't work. I actually had no money and couldn't afford larger clips, so instead I just shoved them all between my hair and tied them up normally to create larger and thicker pigtails.
It worked well actually 8'D
They're basically lots of offcuts from my Ash Ketchum cosplay (the original wig was mid-back length) which was sewn onto some black tulle.
I think these took about an hour to make. Can't remember anymore, I forgot to upload this that's all!
Necklace (Posted 26th May 2011)
When I wore this costume to Bunkasai I completely forgot to attach the star onto the necklace! So I wore it without. So here's a picture with it attached now! :3
Can no longer be bothered to get out my camera every time I want to take a photo, so all progress pictures from now on will be via my webcam :P
Improvements (Posted 26th May 2011)
I've sewn on the circles on the PVC dress finally so that it looks neater overall. I also sewed on all the bows and redid the boot covers so that they were better fitted and I gave them different base shoes because the old pair I used were old school shoes. They were too bulky and looked very unattractive with this style. So I used a pair of shoes I wore to orchestra concerts (not any more I can't XD) that had 2" heels (so I could still dance in them easily with added height) and they give the boots a much slimmer look. Had to sew on the bows too.
As I was sewing all of this the needle went through my thumb instead of the fabric 8'D FUN TIMES. I HATE HAND SEWING.
Reason why the time taken is so bloody long is because all these improvements were done via hand sewing because it was more neatness than actual construction .____.
Time Taken: 2hrs
SO... DAMN... BORED... (Posted 22nd May 2011)
Making wefts for pigtails because clearly my real hair doesn't work very well so mixing wig hairs with my real hair to add volume.
I SHOULD JUST BUY WEFTS BUT I CAN'T ACTUALLY AFFORD IT SO GOTTA MAKE THEM USING LEFTOVERS FROM... WHATEVER WIG I ROBBED THE HAIR FROM. I think it was Ash Ketchum...
No pictures, cba and I need to buy some grips to glue the wefts onto. Just here to clock my time.
Time Taken: 1hr
What have I learnt? (Posted 6th March 2011)
Hot glue and PVC don't mix. NEVER AGAIN.
NEARLY THERE (Posted 5th March 2011)
Note to self: NEVER, EVER, MAKE A COSTUME LIKE THIS IN 3 WEEKS EVER AGAIN. I FORBID IT.
I'm not even done, but you know what, I'm tired, got an early morning tomorrow and it's a bit insensitive to my mum who's sleeping right now to blast away at the sewing machine this late at night LOL. So I'm just doing the final painting/hot gluing.
Doing my final bits of hot gluing now then after this journal entry (should be my last before tomorrow) is the white painting details. Saved that for last because it's quiet XD
I tried out my new glue gun today and it's still a mini one but dayummmm does it hurt X____x It's hotter than my old one, which is good... But bad for my skin LOL.
Time Taken: 3hrs
Hat progress (Posted 5th March 2011)
4 triangular panels sewn together (spotty fabric is lined with cotton) and then I attached the bow on. Just need to hot glue it onto a grip and paint on the detailing.
I curled my hair, woooo! Only some of it curled, cause my hair is gay like that.
Time Taken: 1hr (Not just on the hat, I've been doing other stuff xD)
I normally resize my webcam pictures but I'm just too lazy and busy right now, more sneak peaks to come... maybe!
IT TRANSFORMS (Posted 4th March 2011)
I'd take photos but I look like a mess right now cause I'm attempting to curl my hair for tomorrow. It's not working out very well XD
Anyway, I still have looooads left to do and I can't find my scissors (I was using them just now, short term memory much!?) so any updates will be mainly text journals rather than pictured journals which I normally do!
I've done most of the bows except the ones on the white dress and for the hat. I can't do any progress on the hat until I find those scissors, pah!
Time Taken: 3hrs
Wig test (Posted 3rd March 2011)
Picture of me with the wig on as Kirari~~
I'm being Koharu for Bunkasai so am using my real hair, but just wanted to see how hard it was to style it as Kirari. It took 30mins to style and it was bloody hard to keep those pigtails in place without chopping them off and creating fake pigtails, paaah. I got there in the end though!
Reason why I'm being Koharu for Bunkasai is mainly because Hello!Project is more popular than Kirarin Revolution over here -shrug-. Plus means I don't have to safely transport the wig.
Although, the wig stays in place better than my hair does X____X I did the full dance with the wig on and it stayed in place, this is why I love wigs ;A;
Yes that is my Haine wig. Kirari has annoying hair that changes colour in every ref (and in the Chance! ref, it's more proper brown than whatever colour you call this) but I'd like to think it's around this colour in the anime itself :'D
Still experimenting with my real hair, pictures to coooome~
P.S. I know it looks blonde in the pic but that's just my webcam changing the colours. See my Haine cosplays for the real colour!
Detailing 60% (Posted 3rd March 2011)
I'm getting there, mark my words I'm getting there X_x
All the pink spots and the bigger red and white circles are just temporary. The red spots are all sewn on and so is the larger rectangle like detailing with the black strips down.
I can't find my pink thread hence why I haven't stitched them down yet. Can't be bothered to find it today either so that's all the sewing I'm doing for today!
Time Taken: 2hrs
Start of detailing on white dress (Posted 26th February 2011)
Began the detailing, but I got a bit fed up with the foot sticking to the fabric so I googled it. Only to find I was using the wrong type of foot so I've ordered a cheap "Teflon foot". Should arrive sometime next week?
It's really set me back though. Maybe I'll do the detailing for the other stuff like the bows and hat for the time being. I'll make a start on boot covers next week, I hate boot covers XD
Time Taken: 1hr
P.S. Probably not going to use the black circle, I'm probably going to embroider that on once I get my new sewing foot because it's easier. I realise I'm being a bit of a douche and should have piled the fabric on top of each other rather than attempting to sew the black on top. Shup :P
White dress base (Posted 26th February 2011)
All done! Took a bit of pinning and re-pinning in order to get it nicely fitted. Maaaaan it's fat.
Time Taken: 2hrs
UPSIDE DOWN MUSHROOM (Posted 26th February 2011)
Charlie and I were just messing around...
It was hell trying to get the dress onto the mannequin ;A;
Red base dress done! (Posted 21st February 2011)
YEEEEES, completed hemming all those ruffles. All it took was two episodes of Top Gear to get me through.
I rather like the lighting in our conservatory, although it was rather annoying when I found that you could actually tell the difference between the two reds, so I've changed the top layer now so the skirt all matches and the bodice and bow are different.
Now onwards, to the white dress!
Time Taken: 2hrs
Waist bow (Posted 21st February 2011)
It's so cute, I love it :3 I think it's a bit bigger than the original but I like big bows anyway...
I had to hand stitch the waist band in place before gunning it through the machine because there was just toooo many layers of fabric to sew through. My dad suggested using a leather needle, we have quite a few... I wish he had come home sooner when he suggested that to me because I had just finished all the heavy duty work T_____T.
The bow isn't actually sewn on yet because I was going to do it by hand (that would be too much fabric even for a leather needle). But I lost the needle. I'm great XD
My cock up with the white panel is very well hidden with the bow, you will never find out about my horrible cock up!
Next up, hemming all those ruffles. I don't like changing the thread too often, so am going through all the red stuff now. This is going to be hell T____T
Time Taken: 1hr
Ruffles 100% (Posted 20th February 2011)
Yeaaaaah finally finished all the ruffles and did all the chiffon ruffles, ribbon and white panel across the front of the dress.
I kinda mucked up the white panel because I was being careless, but this will be hidden by the hugeass waist bow which I'll sew on... when I can be bothered XD.
Now I have the mammouth task of hemming all those frickin' ruffles. The chiffon was bad enough, I hate chiffon. But some of those ruffles have a circumference of over 6m, buuuuuuu ;______; So what, 6x5 is 30m of ruffles to hem ;____; I'm going to have to reel up several bobbins for when I come to hem it. Might do it tonight if I can be bothered, I want to get to work on the white dress but I don't have enough velcro am going to town tomorrow to get some (I would've gone in today but they're shut on Sundays!).
THIS COSTUME IS TAKING ME FOREVEEEEER.
Time Taken: 3hrs
Ruffles 60% (Posted 19th February 2011)
I would have continued on but I ran out of thread, boo!
Still got the final layer to go and I need to take apart the top layer and sew on the new fabric because they're different shades! Damn you Fabric Land, they're both polycotton sheeting, just ever so slightly different shades of red! The skirt fabric and the bodice fabric are different fabrics in different pictures anyway so I think I can get away with it. It's just annoying that I have to redo the top layer, thankfully it's smaller than the lower ones!
Time Taken: 2-3hrs
Before sewing on all the ruffles (Posted 19th February 2011)
Here's a picture to show the underskirt, just so you can see how it works.
I wasn't originally going to do this and was going to attach each ruffle together by sewing them together under each layer so you can't see the joints. But that takes up too much red fabric and after pausing and rewatching her spin in the dress over and over I think there is some form of underskirt in there rather than a concentric circle of ruffles XD.
Fabric! (Posted 16th February 2011)
Went to Fabric Land today in Bristol after college because Wednesdays are my half days. Dad had a customer who needed to go to Bristol so he let me come along because we know them quite well and they don't mind. Had to buy £40 worth of fabric, FFFFFFF.
Reason why the PVC are varying prices is because the black PVC is a big thicker and higher quality than the cerise and red, because I'm still contemplating on making boot covers (don't really need to but just for continuity sake!) and I'd rather have the thicker fabric rather than having to buy interfacing to iron on.
Random note, the black spotty stuff was called "Spotty dotty fabric", what a random name XD. I'm so mature...
So yeah, here's the PVC, more sheeting, chiffon and spotty fabric I'm going to use. Bought some sequined elastic to make the accessories too! TIME TO GET SEWING... AFTER FINISHING COLLEGE WORK orz.
Base necklace! (Posted 15th February 2011)
Stars at Fabric Land were like, massive. Around 2x2 inches which was way too big. So I decided to look in Azuri especially because they were having a sale, and I found this necklace! Perfect size, just gotta find the wire cutters, or something to unclip the silver star from the necklace. It's a shame though, I rather like this necklace (I love stars), so am wearing it for as much as possible until I have to take it apart XD.
Use to be £3, reduced to £2, woop woop 8'D
First layer done (Posted 14th February 2011)
I would have uploaded this picture sooner but Cosplay Island was being really temperamental with me.
As you can see I have two layers here, both with different patterns. Top layer is what was left over from the circle skirt and I like this more. The bottom layer is pleated and it's not very nice looking so I've taken it apart and will re-sew it as a circle skirt.
This costume is going to be more expensive than I first anticipated, I wasn't expecting to have to buy tons more cotton sheeting X_x Gotta get it from Bristol too because that's where I got it from, fml.
Oh yeah, in this picture you can see I've taken in the bodice so it's much better fitted now. I've also lowered the back because it was very uncomfortable to wear when I first made it! Folds everywhere and it was just very ill-fitting!
I forgot to mention earlier but the original design was a Queen of Hearts costume, just thought I'd throw that in there!
Time Taken: 2hrs so far.
Under layer modified (Posted 13th February 2011)
Basically... I chopped off half the skirt XD. I will modify the underskirt once I get the over dress done so that I can get the measurements right. But basically I'm going to sew the waist of the white dress onto this underskirt to make it transform.