|Time Taken :||A month|
|I really wasn't gonna put this up but it's been on my mind since FuriePhoenix first showed the dolls and Street-angel pitched the idea |
Out of the dolls, I actually really liked Jasmine's design best but problem was, her wig style wouldn't suit me - with the hair style being pulled back, it makes my face look wider ^^; if the wig wasn't the problem, I woulda put that her up here and she woulda been my 4th Disney female with black hair and red lipstick (I dunno why I always seem to go for the ones with red lips! XD)
Also, I liked Rapunzel's design - I woulda considered her but problem is it's a little plain in detail and I can't think of anything creative to add on that won't be too over the top ^^;
So then this is how Mulan came to be my choice - the design is a little simple I admit but I've got some ideas that'll give it that more 'far eastern' feel - my territory yay! >:D Ideas perhaps adding some lotus flowers or cherry blossoms or prints of the flowers to some areas and may wanna adapt the clear blue wrap from her match maker robes :) - but again, I'll need to sort out the wig as I've taken out the bun from the wig and would need help putting it back up XD
Since putting this up I've actually got myself a new wig to avoid all the trouble of wrapping the hair into a bun :3 But that's hardly a major revelation towards this cosplay - I've got a long way to go...
Hurrah I actually finished this blimming cosplay! :D And will be excited to wear this at expo on the SUNDAY for the masquerade x
Complete dress detail (Posted 24th October 2012)
From the moment I saw the design, the first thing that came to mind was there's not enough of an oriental feel towards it. So as I was searching for fabric, I came across a stunner! Light pink brocade with cherry blossom branches 8D This fabric alone injected the very thing that was missing from the illustration and doll <3
Dress info (Posted 15th October 2012)
For absolutely ages I was so so stuck on how to do that flary bit at the bottom. I did find a pattern which was perfect but it worried me that the finished dress would be really tightly fitted around the hips all the way down to the knees which not only would restrict a lot of movement but show of all those unnecessary rolls of fat on me DX
Then street angel gave me some advice to not make it ridiculously tight round the hips and to get that flare effect I should insert godets ... Sheer brilliance!! I couldn't believe I NEVER thought about that! Resolving this, the dress was given the green light ^_~
(Illustration drawn and demonstrated by the lovely street-angel <3) Diagram on left is the restrictive idea and on the right is what I feel more comfortable with :D
Fan trail complete (Posted 14th October 2012)
As expected I was frustrated with this ... the fan ended up lying really flat with not enough gathers (which I funnily am tempted to go back to correct) and the trail wasn't an easy journey either...
Excuse me whilst I prepare for another rant *Clears throat*
U can guess that I stressed out using it - the fabric kept moving hence the panels didn't line up and I didn't wanna treck to the fabric store to get anymore metres of this cursed fabric >< Luckily I JUST had enough to correct a couple of panels .. NEVER again do I wanna do this thing...it was awful to sew..
It looks so weird overall but depending on my attitude, I may or make not remake the fan bit (the trail in the end I'm happy with cos of how it drapes)
Fan test (Posted 11th October 2012)
I one thing I knew about this cosplay before I started was how much of a nuisance this bit was! DX I mean I could see that they were trying to do the whole obi decoraion which don't get me wrong is really lovely to add on Mulan but WHY??!! WHY did it have to be both a fan and a big ass trail?! DX If it was one or the other my life would be so much more easier! So before I did anything roughly drafted out the fan pattern.
The fan on the right responds more to how the doll is done and on the left that one is how I'm planning to make it since it opens out like an actual fan. Still so unhappy about the pattern and I can see it going so wrong...
Corset complete (Posted 9th October 2012)
Unable to figure out how to do the bottom of the dress I made the corset to begin with - this proved a little tricky but I actually ended up being quite proud of it :3
Pleat calculations (Posted 23rd September 2012)
I know nothing about how to 'math' out pleats (hence the white paper with all those random scribbles) XD U wouldn't believe how long I spent trying to figure out the formula for it - to this day I don't even think the calculations I made was even correct XD I'm that dumb! OTL
Bodice Pleats test (Posted 20th September 2012)
Note: Ignore the corset as it was used to test ^^;
In order for the pleats to stay up my best best was using organza (like the doll) but I wasn't sure what method to use so I tested to ruffle it, knife and box pleat it. After some trial I found that box pleating worked best (which is the method I was MOST fearing DX
Wig wip (Posted 25th July 2012)
(Truthfully I coulda used my own hair to save the trouble but whenever it gets too long, I always get it cut XD) *ahem*
Though there was nothing wrong with the first wig I had for Mulan, it was rather awkward to put into a bun (ie. I needed to be wearing (and aggressively gripping onto) it whilst Sylentium twirled, brushed and secured the wig into a bun DX) Wanting to avoid this scenario again, I decided to invest in a new wig where the method for styling this was way easier! XD
Hair clips (Posted 18th July 2012)
I decided to get started on this with the small little hair clips - Since the clips weren't visible on the illustration I had to look at the doll. Like a lot of things I do not agree with the doll. I just didn't like the shape of the hair clips ¬.¬ so I decided to try and make them similar to a lotus flower (refering back to her original flower comb)