|In 2010 I made my first Giselle cosplay, which was her pink dress that she wears when she is still in animated form. I've had good fun every time I've worn that cosplay, so I knew I definitely wanted to do more of her outfits in the future. Enchanted is one of my favourite Disney films, and Giselle is such a fun character!|
So, in 2011 when I was in the process of making my Belle (ballgown version) cosplay, I saw a shade of blue/green fabric that I fell in love with, and knew I could use for Giselle's blue dress that she wears when she sings "How Does She Know?" in the movie - I had actually looked for something suitable a couple of times before, but never found anything I was happy with, so I took that as a sign and snapped it up! After that, everything else was easy to find. I already had the wig, and all of the decorations I needed to make the dress were available in my local craft store.
The dress is made out of three different fabrics - the top layers are a blue/green polycotton that I mentioned earlier, and I hand-painted all of the designs on it myself. It didn't take as long as I thought it would, to my surprise, as I'd enlisted friends to help out on the off-chance that it got too close to the deadline and I was still frantically painting! Fortunately though, I got it all done, but I'm still grateful that they offered to help out. <3
As for the other decorations on the dress, I pleated the blue ribbon on the bust myself, which was done while blabbing to MadameLapin about Transformers (she's a very good listener). :P The pink flowers in the middle of the bust are sewn on, and were left over from my pink Giselle cosplay. The trims around the waist and down the sides of the skirt were handsewn by me over the course of watching three different movies. The zip was also handsewn into the back, because there was no way I was going to make my machine sew through eight layers of fabric doubled over!
Underneath the blue/green fabric there are four underskirts - two white ones, made out of poly-satin, and two pink ones, made out of cotton. They're kinda heavy, but I refused to go without. I'm wearing white tights and white Victorian-style boots underneath all of this, like Giselle, as well as bloomers for comfort's sake.
The hair decorations were made out of some fake flowers, ribbon and various hair combs/grips. I like the left one over the right one, and feel I could improve the right one in the future. The wig is the same one that I used for my first Giselle costume.
So, that's my second Giselle costume done and dusted! Wedding dress next, perhaps...? :P
|4 metres pink cotton||£8.44||Bought|
|12 inch zip||£0.58||Bought|
|2 small flowers (for dress)||£0.15||Bought|
|4 metres blue ribbon (thin)||£1.64||Bought|
|4 metres blue ribbon (thick)||£2.52||Bought|
|4 metres pink ribbon||£1.64||Bought|
|1 metre elastic||£0.18||Bought|
|4 metres white lace||£3.40||Bought|
|4 pots of fabric paint (various colours)||£8.72||Bought|
|7 metres turquoise polycotton||£24.22||Bought|
|4 metres white poly-satin||£11.68||Bought|
Nearly there! (Posted 8th July 2012)
The dress is all sewn together now, but I still need to sew on the ribbon around the waist. I might also need to shorten the underskirts as well, but I need someone else's help for that to see if they are longer than my overskirt (after all, I can't dislocate my spine and look at the back of my dress while I'm walking along :P).
Progress (Posted 3rd July 2012)
Tights have been ordered and have arrived, hair accessories are done, and I've decided to forgo the earrings because my ears will probably be covered by the wig anyway (and also, I refuse to pay over £5 for a pair of tiny earrings that I'll probably only wear with this costume!).
So that's 3 out of now 6 jobs done, halfway there!
Painting is done! (Posted 1st July 2012)
I've now finished all of the painting that I need to do for this costume, and I'm happy with how it's turned out :D Here's a photo of the overskirt, so now I just need to attach it to the lining and get the pink/lace trims on and such.
One job down...six to go :D
Moar progress (Posted 30th June 2012)
Last night I hemmed all four underskirts, as I figured that'd save me a job later on, and today I re-laced my boots so they are ready to go :D I've also been looking into getting some white tights, as Giselle wears them underneath her dress, and I'll probably be buying those on Monday along with the earrings, hopefully.
As for right now, though, the painting on the overskirt has begun! I think this is the most complicated job I have left to do, and then hopefully it'll all be plain sailing from here until completion.
So, things left to do are:
And all of these have to be done in the three weeks I have left until Manchester Expo!
Progress (Posted 29th June 2012)
The top half of the dress is now complete, save for the ribbon ties around the middle and the need for a zip in the back. I'm not putting the zip in yet though, as I will need to sew the skirts to the top half of the dress first :B
Yay! (Posted 11th June 2012)
I think I've finally cut all of the blue pieces that I need for this costume, so hopefully they'll all go together easily! From here on out, it's sewing and painting, and a minor bit of wig work.
That's how you knoooooow (Posted 7th June 2012)
So in a bid to get this finished for Manchester Expo 2012, I started painting the flower patterns on my blue fabric last night. So far I've got one sleeve done, and it's not going as badly as I thought it would! I've also got some friends who are willing to help me out soon, so yay <3
Dress! (Posted 13th August 2011)
I cut out the four underskirts (two pink and two white) last night, and started tacking them together. I finished today :D So now I need to run them through the sewing machine.
Shoes! (Posted 21st June 2011)
Originally, I was just going to wear the shoes that I made boot covers for when I cosplayed Black Cat - they were a pair of white heels that I attached white lycra knee-high covers to.
However, the lovely Holli posted a pair of white Victorian-style boots for sale, and they were perfect - and in my size, which is a rare thing when it comes to shoes! I couldn't pass up on the opportunity so I snapped them up :D Can't wait to receive them! <3