|Cost :||I have no idea XD|
|Time Taken :||around 2 days... I think|
|I put this up on my FB, so I thought I'd put this up on here too as I have an event planned to actually wear/make it to. ^__^|
Basically, I know Meg has begun to get real popular in the cosplay world, but I love her and I adore her song greatly. I've been in two minds whether to cosplay her for quite some time now, but after seeing some of my friends and other people do a really good cosplay of Meg, I got inspired. ^___^
Also, when I was happily singing along to 'i wont say(im in love)' one morning, mom commented how much I sound like Meg and got her song really in tune, so that was it- I had to put her up!!!
I'm going to make this for Kita4 2012, either for one of the parties or on my friend's birthday as she's hoping to come to Kita as it is being held that same weekend as her birthday!
I just hope I can do her justice because she's so damn teeny!!
UPDATE: MOVING INTO 'IN PROGRESS' AS I HAVE THE BASE DRESS TO START WORKING ON AND I'M LOOKING AT WIGS
UPDATE: Will be debuted at Hyper Japan next week as I now have the last remaining bits to get it complete in time as I can't do Re-L. ^_____^!!!!
FINISHED IT IN HALF A DAY ALL READY FOR HYPER JAPAN! WOOOOO!
UPDATE: GONNA GIVE IT A BRIEF RE WEAR AT EXPO WHILST I MEET DANNY DEVITO cough *philosetes* cough XD
UPDATE: Gonna move back into 'IN PROGRESS' as I'm going to alter it and add to it and just generally touch it up for LFCC this year. I'm DYING to re-wear Meg and really miss being her.
|make new dress as original one fecked-up XD||High||In Progress|
|wig with extension||£20.23||Bought|
|more fimo modelling clay||£1.79||Bought|
Just wig WIP (Posted 24th June 2013)
Today I managed to re-curl the sides of the my wig, tidy up the stray fly away hairs in the back, and managed to straight out the ends a bit of the base wig's ponytail.
I've also clipped in place the headband. See photo.
Not much of an update but its something. I may or may not upload a finished photo of the dress once I've done the last bit on it. Not sure yet. But basically, Megara is definitely going to be ready in plenty of time for LFCC! Looking forward to bringing out this costume again and have the chance to be sassy again.
Progress update (Posted 22nd June 2013)
So, the dress has been altered pretty much, it just need darting putting into it, and it will be complete.
The hairband has been revamped and made to resemble the parks version, just with my own personal touch to it. Instead of detailing being a different shade to the main band, I've made it all the same, so it has that more "embossed" feel to it, rather than that bland yellowy look, the parks went for. Now it's back in the wig, it looks MUCH better and stands out against the the gorgeous richness of the wig's coloring.
New sandals were bought a while ago, so no worries there.
New medallion was made for the wist sash, it's now slightly bigger and the safety pin is a lot firmer into the back of it, and it sits a lot better than before.
Lastly, my violet contact lenses showed up this morning! I had work today, so I only got to try them on when I got in, when I was very tired, but I love them, and I just know it will make ALL the difference to this costume and I can finally feel not annoyed when I wear the costume XD! See photo for contacts.
WIP on alterations (Posted 15th June 2013)
So I had to buy more fimo clay to remake the third medallion which I did yesterday, so that's now all remade and has a safety pin firmly hot glued into place.
For the headband, I decided to just use my current one, but what I have done is to add to it. So yesterday I put several layers of pva glue and newspaper (papier mache basically). Then I put a coat of black paint over it to use as a primer before painting it gold again this morning. It's had a couple of really good thick coats of gold paint and now looks A LOT better than it did previously. It's also still flexible but a lot firmer than before. I've also decided to go down the park route with the band and will put some design (like in the parks - see photo) onto it, just give it more detail so it's less plain.
Hopefull it will make the band pop against the dark red wig and the plain colors of the dress. Really looking forward to be Meg again.
working on improvements (Posted 7th June 2013)
So after I spent a couple of days of not finding the underbust band and waist sash, I finally found them today. Only to find the sash's "medallion" has come off of it, and is nowhere to be seen, so I've bought another block of metallic gold fimo modelling clay to remake it.
I managed to get the stains out of the dress luckily, and as I initially thought LFCC was the middle of July I was going to buy chiffon to make an overlay, but I now dont have the time to do that, not with some business bookings happening in June. Soooooo as the stains came out of my dress, for LFCC I'm going to leave it as the one layer, then in the future I'll get the chiffon and make an overlay.
I've sewn the underbust band onto the dress along the top, and I just need to now take the zip out, cut the dress behind the band and just under the sewn line. I will then shift the main dress fabric down and sew it back onto the bottom of the underbust band. Then I'll put in the zip again. This will give me at least an extra inch to the length, and make the banding stay in place and flat all the time. Win win if you ask me.
Then when the fimo arrives (which has already been despatched!) I'll make the third medallion again and attach it to the waist sash again. I'm also going to iron flat the dangly part of the sash down flat, so it stops from curling up on itself like it currently is.
Still gotta remake the hairband, and I'm unsure on how to go about this this time round, as I don't strictly wanna go for the craft foam technique again. I was wondering if I have enough fimo clay left, use the remaining amount for it, but have a feeling it'd be too heavy on my already heavy wig.
Back to work (Posted 28th May 2013)
So I'm going to be working on improving and altering the little bits on this costume to make it better. I also dug it out of storage today and it's somehow got stains on it which weren't there when I last wore it! GAH! So.. the things I need/want to do:
- Change the current zip for an invisible one
That's it! I'm looking at the Disney parks versions for ideas and inspiration as well, so it will probably turn into a mix of park and film accurate. Haha!
COMPLETE! (Posted 20th February 2012)
So I decided to get this finished in time for the Friday of Hyper Japan which is THIS FRIDAY! EEP! I must be mad i thought, but low and behold, I started sewing this together around midday and by half 5 this evening it was COMPLETE!!!
It really helped that mom had sewn the zip in for me, shortened one of the armpit holes, and hemmed up the one side of the slit that I forgot to do ages ago lol. She did all that whilst I was working on the hip sash, tightly sewing in 3 pieces of craft foam into it as I didnt have a sheet of craft foam long enough lol, so it was three short pieces lol. I'm so darn proud of that hip sash you would not believe!! lol!!
Talking of sashes, the under bust sash I'm not going to sew onto the dress for Hyper Japan as I'm going to have it as a seperate piece so I can wrap it round in the right place, then either pin on the under side together or use poppers to close it, but I'll probably just use a safety pin on the under side to attach it for HJ. This way, I can wrap it over the zip to hide the zip some more, and it saves me sewing time on it so I can focus on braiding my Rapunzel wig.
The hip sash will be pinned in place too and the broach on it pins the dangly bit in place securely too ^_^.
All I have to do before HJ is hem up the bottom some more so it really drags on the floor a bit too much on the right side for my liking. I dont want it to get dirty!! So apart from that, it's officially complete!
None of this sewn together apart from the bottom and one side of the slit, so I technically got this entire cosplay done in half a day with the help I got! I'm so so proud of this costume.. like REALLY proud! I can' wait to wear it now and become the most kick ass woman in Disney!
I alo got sandals the other day, but I have posted up a photo and probably wont lol
Wig WIP (Posted 26th January 2012)
So I've started work on the main wig! Woohoo!! I dont think I'll bother with the ponytail extension even though she has slight curls in the very bottom of her ponytail, going by the thickness of my one I dont think it will make much difference to be honest.
So I'm starting to curl to the sides and bottom of the fringe though, and I have put in volumizing inserts and teased the front bangs and used extra hold hairspray on the bangs to really lift them high and make them look thicker, even though the bangs aren't that thick.
The photo the bangs from behind so you can see just how much I have actually managed to lift it. I'm really pleased with the outcome, and just hope the curls will work as I've never used those curling things before and have no idea how to do it lol! *fingers crossed*
Once I'e finished the front of the wig I will put the extension in and I might tease the top of the ponytail extension to make it look thicker, but if i do anything to the extension that is all I'll do. ^_^
Make up Ref (Posted 24th January 2012)
i've been browsing through a disney screen cap site most of the evening now, to find decent photos of Meg's make up. As in high quality images of her make up. I found some gorgeous images of her actually. yay!
On Thursday I'll be doing a wig and make up test for Meg as tomorrow I'll be busy.... meeting Glen Keane! So yeah... cant wait!
Wig arrival (Posted 24th January 2012)
So my wig arrived this morning! I got woken up by the postie this morning, signed for my parcels (my other stuff like rikku skirt also turned up!), got it out the parcel and tried it on roughly. I didn't put it on properly at all but I was too eager to try it on haha!
The hallway light is ridiculously yellow (as yellow as it is in the photo- no jokes!) so it makes the wig look a lot redder than it actually is. My above statement also explains why i look moody in the picture haha. But I will take proper ones after I've sewn up my dress!
I love this wig its as gorgeous to touch as it is to stare at (XD) and feels like your natural hair when its been washed and styled by a hair stylist at a hair salon! Best £20 I've ever spent I think! I just have to style it as its heat resistant and then the wig is complete! YAAAY!
I just roughly parted the bangs, so i dont think they are on the right side. Aslo the angle i took the pic at makes the bangs look weird in general lol
Dress mark 2 progress (Posted 20th January 2012)
So, the progress of dress mark 2 is well on its way and I have to say, i think this the best dress I've made so far (yes.. i like it more than my ariel wedding dress atm XD 0_0!!!) I've decided I love making simple but elegant dresses haha!
Everything you see in the images is just all the material is just pinned together on the mannequin at the moment, but I intend to start the actual sewing process rather soon, but right now I need a break and enjoying a cup of earl grey tea haha.
The cowl neck and sleeves are all one piece of fabric, as when I looked closely at the ref images of the park dress AND the actual dress form the film, I noticed that, thats how it does on her dress, which made making the cowl neckline sooooooooooooooooo much easier!!!
At the back I had to add a second piece of material though, as I didn't cut it long enough and I managed to make it look like one piece without having to re cut a mega long piece of material XD! The acctual dress itself needs pulling in by quite a bit looking at it, but the under bust sash does that, and I'm going to be putting an invisible zip into the back which by the time thats done will also yank in the fabric a lot.
So now all that is left to do is sew the dress together and make that second sash, which I will put some craft foam interfacing into it, so it stands away from the right hip like Meg's does in the film XD Gordo's Meg dress really has inspired me with this!
Now I'm still waiting on my wig to arrive, which is probably why I'm working so quickly on this dress, as I want it mostly done by the time my wig arrives so I can do test wears with the wig hehehe!
dress = disaster and silver lining (Posted 17th January 2012)
Soooooooo a few people know of this on my FB but when I went to dye my dress everything was going well, until I took the dress out of the dye..... oh my.... what a disaster! See photo if you dont believe me lol
Sooooooooo I freaked and got disheartened for like.... the whole day. XD! Next day I go out grocery shopping with mom and what do I come across for £8.99? A KING SIZE FITTED SHEET THE EXACT PUNKY PURPLE COLOR AS MEGS DRESS!!!!!!!
Oh my... I couldn't believe my luck! So I got it, spent the next 4 hours ripping the stitches out of the hemming and removing the elastic of the sheet. Thread went everywhere.... it was crazy but it was soooo worth it in the end, so now I have this amazing amount of fabric that is microfibre that will hang beautifully once turned into a dress!
Turns out I'll be making this dress completely from scratch after all haha!! So I guess there really is a silver lining in every black cloud!
wig purchased but (Posted 4th January 2012)
So I finally purchased the wig for Meg YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! BUT I had to buy a slightly different wig for Meg as the one i reaaaaaaaally wanted had a full set of bangs, instead of being a side fringe. Yet I found this other one that is basically the same but has the side fringe and it looks quite thick in the finge, so I can easily pull it over to the right side, and try and 'volumise' the bangs into the right style as Meg's.
Over all I'm really happy with this wig i did purchase and it was £3 cheaper than the other one. ^_^ Pic shows the length of the ponytail extension that comes with it. The top part should be easily fixed once I make the hair bangle to sit round the top of the ponytail and with a bit of styling. Its also heat resistant so i can curl the side bits of hair and end of fringe to be accurate.
fabric dye (Posted 28th December 2011)
I bought the fabric dye this morning. I got 2 of the 50g packets of dylon's french lavender fabric dye and I'll be going to dye the dress in a bowl like I know how to do.
I'm really looking forward to this costume. ^_^ I'll be getting some dark purple fabric for the sashes, but right now I wanna focus on the dying process of the base dress and altering the back and neckline so its accurate.
UPDATE: The fabric dye arrived in the post this morning!!! So will have to get some latex gloves so i get dying the dress!
better wig (Posted 23rd December 2011)
So I was on ebay for something to do and I found a fantastic wig the right colour with the ponytail tail extension and rest of wig pulled back already! I think I'll have to mod the bangs as it looks like a full fringe...cant really tell but the overall wig is great, so I dont mind looking for a short side banged wig of the same colour to change the fringe slightly.
I just LOVE this wig!
I just spotted basically the same wig (same description) just slightly lighter in colour and the bangs look alright for styling into meg's- happy days! Will buy after christmas before it sells out
found wig (Posted 25th November 2011)
Ok so I found a proper wig to use. I'm gonna get the red ponytail extension I think, and then use this wig to pull back into the ponytail, wrapping it over the extension. I'm hoping this will work anyway! In theory it should do as I'll do it layer by layer instead of just grabbing the whole wig and pulling it back.
Also, this colour is more accurate to Meg's, so once I place it over the ponytail extension ( the red one) it will hopefully look like an even colour or at least the lighter extension will create highlights through the hair.
hair (Posted 25th November 2011)
Ok... Meg's hair seems to change from pic to pic... sometimes it looks a reddy brown, others it looks more brown, others it looks a dark red.
Soooo Because of tight budget I'm going to go for this great thick long hair extension I found on ebay for 8.99 its heat resistance and what not and looks great. Only problem is.... their browns are really browns, and the burgandy red looks a bit too red.. so which should I go for?
Base dress (Posted 25th November 2011)
Ok, so I was gonna seriously think about making this from scratch BUT I remembered that I had a greek style white dress that is great material for Meg. It need dying lilac, and the neckline altering and then the dark purple sashes added and whatnot, but it will save me so much money that I'll need to save up for so many other costumes and the wig of this costume, that I'm going with this idea! ^_^
I originally had this dress to do an original design of Queen Tatiana from A midsummer nights dream, but that isnt going to get made now. So why not use it for Meg!?
Pic coming up soon! ^_^
Pattern (Posted 18th November 2011)
I found my old wrongly done Ariel blue dress, so I'm gonna use that for my pattern to do Meg's dress now I figured out how I can do the swoopy neckline etc.
Hopefully soon I can start looking at fabric and get started on Meg.