Costume :Nanoha Takamachi
Variant :Pink ball gown
Source :Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
Progress :Complete
Worn At :FushiCon 2011

Costume Photos


Pink Bride


The brides

Wedding day

The future ahead

Nanoha and Fate wedding dress Reference

The bride

WIP Mirror picture


Costume Information

Cost : £46
Time Taken : 1 month

I am really deperate to have a new ball dress this year due to all my past formal dresses either damaged or no longer fits me, so decided to go on another Nanoha costume spam spree!

It was a difficult choice between Nanoha and Fate because I was leaning towards Fate as she is my most favourite ever character, however Nanoha's dress is more pretty, the character suits me more & most of my friends voted for me to cosplay as Nanoha, so Nanoha it is! I have also got a soft spot for massive formal dresses whichare white or pink, so what more reasons do I need?


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is there a ball at fushi con then ??

by angelic-cat15 on Monday, 3 October, 2011 - 18:42
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Yep, there is a forck night at Fushi which will be the Sunday night ball.
I'm hoping I can get this dress complete before then.

by Ichigo-Chan on Monday, 3 October, 2011 - 23:12
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This'll be gorgeous as always :D

by Solaria on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 07:59
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you made anymore progress on your costume? I managed to finish both Bouquet and Headband for my Fate Costume^__^ gonna get started on the necklace tomorrow.

by Anime_Angel on Friday, 21 October, 2011 - 21:30
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thanks, your more than welcome^__^ I'm looking forward to crossplaying as a rival character to your character aswell^_^

by Anime_Angel on Saturday, 22 October, 2011 - 14:13
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I gots the wig sorted, I need to perfect it but was wondering what you think to my wig for the fate crossplay? I used the wig previously for my Tsumugi crossplay lol

by Anime_Angel on Saturday, 22 October, 2011 - 15:43
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OMG!! That dress is a beautiful -^^- Great progress!! Impressive as usual x

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 21:25
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how epic can you get^__^

by Anime_Angel on Monday, 14 November, 2011 - 00:13
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You look so pretty! Loving all the ruffles! <3

by Lady Bahamut on Monday, 21 November, 2011 - 20:43
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This is gorgeous! I love the ruffles and how the overskirt drapes.

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 21 November, 2011 - 23:03
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Another very impressive and GORGEOUS cosplay!! 8D You look so pretty!! and I love how you did the ruffles and gathering at the skirt!! amazing x

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 22 November, 2011 - 18:02
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Beautifull!! Wow, so much fabric making these big dresses.

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 23 November, 2011 - 14:48
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Gorgeous Nanoha :) Your dress is so beautiful!

by JustPeachy on Wednesday, 23 November, 2011 - 15:12
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your very welcome^__^ I'll look forward to using my fate for the ball in kitacon aswell lol

and your nanoha was really epic seeing it in person^_^

by Anime_Angel on Sunday, 19 February, 2012 - 01:29
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Gorgeous dress! You look wonderful; great job =D

by Kacela on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 21:35
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So much work went into this. But it is worth it, you look beautifull. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 23:45
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Noooo! I'm so annoyed I missed seeing you in your Nanoha ballgown in person, it's simply stunning!

Just wanted to say, I had an awesome time with you and Meg and Bob-I-mean-Chris. Also, I had no idea you had so many lovely costumes until I visited your page.

Take care,

by Kei Lin Sama on Sunday, 19 August, 2012 - 15:06

To-Do List

Under skirtHighComplete
Raising Heart necklaceMediumComplete
Flower hair ribbonsMediumComplete

Shopping List

Red Roses£3.00Bought
Pink satin£40.00Bought
Pink thread£3.56Bought


Additions to the dress (Posted 5th August 2012)

Since there were several things which I hate about this dress, I've spent some time trying the improve the damn thing!

I have added an extra layer inside the bodice to make it more stiff, plus spent hours beading which made me fell asleep hugging the dress at night.

Also re-made the necklace for a similiar match to the artwork and re-made the bow though not sure if I prefer the new or original bow, so I think I'll take both bows and decide which to use on the day.

Still yet to re-make those horrible gloves!!!!!

And the purpose for the close up pic on the left is to show the beading work on the bodice as a new addition.

Ruffles and bow (Posted 13th November 2011)

Last weekend to try to get this dress complete and I've been staying up until 4am and still have no luck in completing this!!!!!!! *starts to panic*

I finished working on the ruffles on the hem of the underskirt and bow is now 100% complete!

Left pic is taken with flash & right is taken without flash. The massive bow is still yet to be sewn on the costume, hence I'm holding it. The right pic shows clearly how the bow will sit on the dress.

Btw, finally got a daylight pic which shows the best colour to eye.

Dress base (Posted 1st November 2011)

I've started to work on the underskirt, by cutting out the pannels and pinning them together. I still yet to hem and sew the skirt together because I wanted to make sure it looked okay before taking a further step.

Btw, the skirt is not sewn onto the bodice yet, hence it does not sit straight onto my waist as of yet.

Base of bodice complete (Posted 11th October 2011)

Base of bodice is now complete and it fits well, so I better not lose to much weight or rather gain the slightest bit of weight. I did not make the bodice too low for obvious reasons and my proportions are very different to Nanoha's, so best to make the bodice to my comfort.

The reason whe there are 3 pictures is because my camera sucks in the dark, so I experniced with different flashes and techniques and still can't get the colours right, then again this is only a progress pic, so I eventually gave up too easy.

Also, ignore the Strike Cannon as it will definitely NOT be used with the ball dress. The only reason why it;s behind me is because my small room is a bomb site at the moment and didn't want my beloved cannon to be ruined so I had to move it to where the largest space in my room.

Random - I like how my Raising Heart necklace is glowing when I took the picture with a flash.

Start of bodice (Posted 2nd October 2011)

I am on some sort of roll!!!
I have started to measure and cut out the fabric patterns for the bodice. The lenght is a little bit too long, so will need to shorten it (this is what happens when I'm a short ass) I was about to hem this today but it's 10pm in the night and my sewing machine makes too much noise & will disturb my neighbours, so I guess I have to wait until Tuesday after work to try to complete this bodice. Also, I need to find/buy a pink invisible zip for the attachment.

Btw, this photo was taken in the night with flash, hence the fabric looks abit more shiny and there is a minor difference in colour.

Hoop Skirt (Posted 2nd October 2011)

Adjusted hoop skirt for Nanoha's dress

This hoop skirt was originally from my Sakura CLAMP in 3d Land dress (ref:- http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/25340) I'm too lazy to make or buy one out of scratch, but the poof is just about right, so no excuses not to re-use.

Fabric and flowers (Posted 2nd October 2011)

Materials gathered to make the dress brought on 1st October 2011

- 8m of pink duchees satin @ £40
- 2 pink spool threads @ £1.79 per spool
- 3 bunches of red roses @ £3

My poor bank balance, but if the dress turns out beautiful, then everything will be worth it.

Also, it was difficult to find the right shade of pink in satin, so I went for baby pink as it suits Nanoha well.