|To be worn at Midlands Expo 2012 with my Gakupo.|
Costume is far from perfect.
Blue fabric was a gift, and is lighter than I would have liked it to be.
Light purple or light blue trim would have looked wrong on the blue fabric I used, so I have left it off.
Sleeves aren't puffed out a bit- this is because I used a pattern for a jacket and extended it into a coat. I already have huge arms and didn't want them to look even worse.
I did make a sash/belt thing out of more accurate fabric but between the dryer and the cats, that has been destroyed. The second one was made from much less accurate fabric. -_______-
Most challenging part: Ironing everything!
;-; I can cook, clean, and do all the housework, but I never usually iron/press things- that's the one thing I don't do.
|Buy blue fabric||Low||Complete|
|Buy white fabric||Low||Complete|
|Buy blonde wig||Low||Complete|
|Buy blue wig.||Low||Complete|
|Raid charity shops for costume jewelry to pull apart.||Low||Planned|
|Blue fabric (for coat)||£12.50||Bought|
|Blue fabric (stretchy, for a bag/other things)||£1.00||Bought|
|Striped ribbon||£0.00||To Buy|
Nearly complete (Posted 7th January 2012)
I've been lazy, and my sewing machine keeps jamming. All that I have left to do is finish the sash/belt part and to make the cuffs.
I've sacrificed the trim and in place have embroidered using chain stitch- two straight lines on either side of the opening, and the same stitch in scroll shapes on the hem at the bottom. It's pretty, and since overall the whole costume is still mostly accurate, and I've seen other people do things like beadwork instead.. I'm not beating myself up over it. It's the first time I've ever made an outfit like this, so I guess it's to be expected that I wouldn't be great at it.
Point is, this will be done before the end of January. Just waiting for relatives to bring the spare machine.
WIP (Posted 10th July 2011)
All the white part of the dress is done- modified it to suit me. Skirt is.. Ah, well, I'll write up a full entry next week when I'm home. For now, I've made a jacket and my priority is extending it to the floor to have the length of the 'coat'. A bolero and.. Stay(?) would not suit me so I've modified that to suit me too.. It will still look mostly accurate, but I am an amateur and do not want to push my luck.. So far it's all going very well.
Wig update (Posted 3rd July 2011)
It arrived a while ago, I just never got around to updating.
The blue wig sits under the blonde one fine, I've tested them out together. Am happy with the result. I just need to style both a little now.
I think when I actually do this for Midlands I'll colour my eyebrows and eyelashes blue, because like Kaila (my Gakupo) says, it's unlikely Kaito would go to so much detail. Plus, in the video they magically change colour.
I'll try to get some proper pictures sometime soon, at which point I'll delete the two I've uploaded. Only another week or two before I start the main dress/coat! Can't wait!
Blonde wig (Posted 19th June 2011)
I've ordered the blonde wig today. I think it's perfect.
I need to buy new make up when I have money, because I bought a book instead this weekend.
I have two exams next week, afterwards I'll be waiting a week or two, then I will start the main dress and will have progress pictures.
Minor progress (Posted 30th May 2011)
I finished one poofy petticoat on the 21st of April.
I've bought a prop knife for stabbing Gakupo.
New target (Posted 19th April 2011)
Progress: As of today, all fabric and patterns for the main parts of this costume are now ready for me to use in the summer. I'll taking parts from various patterns and modifying them to fit. I have nothing left to buy at this point except for the blonde wig.
Since the fabric and patterns for the main dress/jacket-thing are all ready for this summer, I plan to start on small things such as the broach and the thing around his waist. No pictures of the main dress fabric yet. The blue colour is beautiful though.
I found some stretchy blue fabric in a £1 bin. There's a lot of it, so I couldn't pass it up!
Target: I aim to get the bag and one petticoat finished by the 21st.