Pandora-Chi
 


Costume :Athena/Sasha
Source :Saint Saiya: The lost canvas
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minamicon 19 (2013)


Costume Photos

The godesses' wish

Reflection

Dress 1 with corset

Dress 1 ref

Reference

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : Less than £60
Time Taken : 2 weeks on and off

Description
Me and XxSylentiumxX decided to try this anime out one day and unexpectedly got totally addicted! The funniest thing was we ended up laughing at parts that weren't meant (at least we think not) to come out as being hilarious or campy XD But we coudn't believe how good it was and how unppopular of a series it is - for those who love your fighting action based shonen, I recommend it! It truely does have some unique things about it :)
Anyways I'm choosing to do Athena as one, I really like her gentle character and two xxXSylentiumxX wanted to do this other character called Pandora (:D) to match me ^_~ and if all goes well, we could be wearing them to Kita next 2012 :) x

UPDATE 28/04/12

Ok so I decided not to make this for Kita cos I had a huge lack of funds ... I'm instead gonna aim to make this next year as Sylentium inspired me with her Pandora and I really wanna get photos together in this - it's all so very tempting if I don't do this cosplay, opt to do Alone or Hades instead XD x

UPDATE 05/02/13

I has started! :D

UPDATE 05/03/13

Ok so a few things didn't work out with this cosplay... I had dress and wig malfunctions, Sylentium couldn't find parts of her Pandora so we couldn't have photos together and she also couldn't complete the staff in time but it's cool cos these things happen really. Hoping to rewear this later in the year when I will actually have a staff and my evil partner :)

Comments

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This will be incredibly pretty to see :D

by j_mercuryuk on Monday, 10 October, 2011 - 11:07
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I've only heard of the series in passing, but that looks like a pretty dress. And I'm loving that staff.

by messengercat on Monday, 10 October, 2011 - 11:49
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This looks really nice...you will look amazing

by SamanthaKaiba on Monday, 10 October, 2011 - 16:54
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Can't wait till you do this someday^-^ - If you want a staff made let me know ;)

by XxSylentiumxX on Saturday, 28 April, 2012 - 21:48
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@ J_mercuryuk: I hope so too - The dress does look really tricky but fingers crossed it'll be alright ^^;
@ messengercat: u should check out this series in your free time cos it's awesome! The dress is really pretty and I do like the idea of holding a prop as it makes u feel all powerful XD
@ samanthakaiba: Thank you so much ^^ Will do my best when the time comes ^_~ x
@ Sylentium: Your Pandora had really inspired me so I feel more influenced to make this just so I can join u ^o^ I may have to take up on your offer with the staff if I get too damn annoyed with the dress (which I know I will XD) Thank you though lovely x

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 29 April, 2012 - 23:52
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Ah Saint Seiya. It's a classic though weirdly I never saw much of it growing up. The dress looks right up your alley.

by Nomes on Monday, 30 April, 2012 - 13:20
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I cannot wait to see you do this...it looks like an great cosplay and the art style is beautiful

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 5 February, 2013 - 21:18
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Omg this makes me really happy and you look great and I plan to do Pegasus Tenma at some point hopefully this year.

by soibro on Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 - 00:34
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Thank you for your comments everyone <3

@samanthakaiba: Bit late replying but u should try this series out! It's great fun to watch and quite pretty!!

@soibro: OMG!! That makes me freakin happy to hear you say you're planning Tenma!! My friend is doing Pandora with me so if u can cosplay him that'll be great! <3 <3

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 - 12:31
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You look amazing...this really suits you and love the photos ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 - 18:22
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This looks absolutely perfect

by Nomes on Tuesday, 14 May, 2013 - 16:48
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So pretty at expo! *^* you've now made me start a re-watch~ you really suite Athena :3

by Neverforever on Friday, 1 November, 2013 - 19:13
 

Journal

Staff wip (Posted 24th March 2013)

Right... so Sylentium was in the process of making the head but ran out of time to finish it for Minami. She however gave me what she did of the staff head and then I went ahead and lost it OTL

BUT cos of her staff, I had an idea how to make it. It's not as smooth as I wanted it but it'll do for the time being :)

Process:
1. Draw template
2. Cut templates and 'embossed' pieces from cardboard twice
3. Line wrong side with newspaper and secure down with masking tape
4. Tape both head templates together
5. Hot glue down embossed details both sides
6. Papier mache
7. 'Clay' papier mache
8. Polyfill
9. Sanding....
10. White acrylic paint
11. Spray paint gold
12. Mod podge
13. Weather

Progress so far... (Posted 15th February 2013)

Heated and shaped the corset like mad just to get in a few curves XD

Choaker wip (Posted 15th February 2013)

Made from the same method as the corset:

1. Drafted a pattern
2. Drew around pattern on craft foam
3. Cut out all the fancy detail and separate pieces
4. Glue everything together

All that's left to do is to add the red gems :)

Metal corset wip (Posted 14th February 2013)

After a hell of a lot of time of trial and error pattern making, I basically stepped up and tried making the golden corset. The research would have been incredibly long and daunting had it not been for this brilliant tutorial I found on Deviant art by FireLily :D Seriously much love to her tutorial on vinyl and craft foam.

Ok I coulda made a corset with all the fancy panels but I wanted it to be accurate which meant it had to be seamless. After I made the basic structure, it was a tad shapeless and the patterns weren't shown quite deep enough but I don't think I did too bad .. either way twas a learning experience in 'armour-ish ' making I guess =b

Dress complete (Posted 7th February 2013)

Running outta time, I decided to make this much easier dress than the other variant. However, I didn't want it to look like a plain cotton dress so instead I did an extra bit of research into the fabric choices. I evetually came across some beautiful white print taffeta which I thought was so pretty and would make the dress have that subtle but extra bit of detail :D

For the construction however I had to sacrifice accuracy over volume. No matter how I saw the bottom of dress, I concluded that it had to be a large circle skirt to get all that poofiness. To add extra volume I used a hoop skirt and a petticoat I had made from another cosplay and am pleased with how it turned out. :)

Flower braid (Posted 4th February 2013)

I honestly kept forgetting about this cos it wasn't a huge priority compared to everything else but god I had to include this cos this tiny object is actually really significant in the series. The ending song for the series was based on it and whenever I listen to it, it makes me kinda sad ;_;

Left photo: My poor first attempt using pipe cleaners, tissue paper and acrylic paint... this made the braid too heavy and chunky looking!! ><
Right photo: The actual final braid made entirely outta twisted and scrunched up paper :D

Wig complete (Posted 3rd February 2013)

Again the base wig had a bloody long fringe so a lot had to be hacked off! XD I chose a light misty violet than a deep lavender for her as the colour seemed more accurate ( so many different shades to choose from it was unbelievable!!)