Costume :Esmeralda
Variant :Default/Gypsy
Source :Hunchback of Notre Dame
Progress :Complete
Worn At :None

Costume Photos

My wish to you

Esmeralda preview

Esmeralda ref


Costume Information

Cost : Less than £40 (wig and accesorries not included)
Time Taken : More than two weeks (lots of waiting and procrastination inlcuded XD)

"I don't know if you can hear me, or if you're even there - I don't know if you'd listen to a gypsy's prayer. Yes I know I'm an outcast, I shouldn't speak to you but still I see your face and wonder, were u once an outcast too?"

I never thought I'd put this up but I cracked after hearing the soundtrack (which is one of the most amazing Disney soundtracks ever) and I really did enjoy making her red dress and wearing it as her -^^- She is still one of my most favourites heroins so I wanna give this cosplay a shot ^_~ A part of me thinks I will enjoy making her dress but the underbust corset will probably be the most annoying bit ¬.¬ Also, one of my biggest dreams would be to actually hire out a church just to take photos inside with all the candles XD

UPDATE 23/01/12

Started making this for Cez's Disney birthday bash ^^ Hopefully I can push myself to get it finished on time :) x

UPDATE 10/02/12

I DID IT!! ESMERALDA'S FINISHED!!!! 8D After the patience I went through with the shirt and it's sleeve, waiting for things to dry, having money to go out to buy the fabrics and practically a week later of sitting on my butt sewing, it's just in time for Cez's birthday bash as I promised :) Bring on the madness that is Disney bowling XD "God help the outcast"

UPDATE 15/12/12

After a long year, I realised I hadn't got any photos for this cosplay ^^; (Mainly cos I didn't wear it out to anything OTL) So being a bit bored I decided to put on the cosplay and attmept to take a few photos so that I could finally move this cosplay to 'Complete') - I ended up liking one shot when I was playing around with some lights :D That'll do for now until I have the chance to take some decent shots XD


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The church would be lovely if you did but cannot wait to see this. You're going to look great

by SamanthaKaiba on Sunday, 27 November, 2011 - 22:00
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this is gonna look amazing! I love seeing you as Esmeralda!

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 27 November, 2011 - 22:23
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I don't think you'd have to hire a church. There are churches that allow photography. I'm sure you could find a touristy one in London and then head up them during a quiet part of the day. I'm looking forward to watching the progress.

by Nomes on Monday, 28 November, 2011 - 01:06
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@ samantha - A church with candles would seriously make me so happy and thank you so much sweetie x
@ cez - aww thank you lovely that really does mean alot -^^- Hope I can do as good of a job with this outfit x
@ Nomes - Oooh really?? I always assumed I couldn't take photos without permission cos since it's 'god's house', people who go there to pray wouldn't appreciated it XD I never thought about a tourist church though! Thanks so much for the idea! And I hope this cosplay won't be too hard to tackle x

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 28 November, 2011 - 22:47
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This will look wonderful, and the idea for the photos is lovely. :)

by messengercat on Tuesday, 29 November, 2011 - 14:42
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loving the progress on this...the corset looks beautiful

by SamanthaKaiba on Monday, 23 January, 2012 - 22:35
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Loving this!! I love looking at your pictures when you're making something! You're so talented!! ah!

by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 24 January, 2012 - 08:10
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loving the progress on this! Its looking so darn pretty!!!!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 6 February, 2012 - 15:38
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can't wait to see!

by InfiniteJester on Monday, 6 February, 2012 - 20:25
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Looks perfect so far!!

by lilkimmi27 on Tuesday, 7 February, 2012 - 23:59
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by FlyingMammal on Thursday, 9 February, 2012 - 22:35
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it looks amazing!!!! Our bowling time is gonna be so funny in our disney costumes!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 9 February, 2012 - 22:36

This looks perfect. Really great job ^^

by Creative-Stitches on Thursday, 9 February, 2012 - 22:48
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Perfect! Looks gorgeous =]

by Kacela on Thursday, 9 February, 2012 - 22:50
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you look perfect...great work ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Thursday, 9 February, 2012 - 23:54
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A-mazing. What fabric did you use for the underskirt?

by Nomes on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 01:28
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Choose me...or the fire!


Muahaha XD

Looks fantastic <3

by street-angel on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 02:40
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THIS IS AMAZING! YOU look so beautiful! :D

by BabemRoze on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 08:16
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ohhh my godd!! you look soooo pretty!! you put me to shame ;; stunning <3

by Lozzie on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 08:53
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looks brill!

by InfiniteJester on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 10:18
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Stop being so good at cosplay and give us others a chance!!! lol, love this babe. You look great <3 x.

by FusionRose on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 13:19
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Truely amazing - I concur with FusionRose! =P

by Numta on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 13:35
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@ Furiephoenix - thank you and haha hell yeah!! It's a brilliant idea! I can't wait lovely! It's gonna be such laugh! XD
@ nomes - Thanks and I used plain white poly cotton - it surprisingly does the job ^^
@ street-angel - LOL I will bat away any evil lords >:D I still cringe at that scene with the fire especially when he starts rubbing the scarf all over his decrepit face *Shudders* Thanks lovely ^^
@ babemroze - I love the comment you left last time <3 I still have loads more to learn but thank you so much lovely!! <3
@ lozzie - Aww don't say that - I'm sure a lot of people will agree with me that you made a gorgeous Esmeralda and I so hope that I'll be able to pull her off as well as you x
@ fushionrose - give me a chance to look as beautiful and talented as you any day! ^^ Thank you!
@ numta - Aww thank you for the comment and it's also really really sweet how you side with Emz <3

And thank you so much everyone for your kind words! :D This was seriously done in a bit of a rush but glad u all like it - hope to get some decent photos for this soon x

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 10 February, 2012 - 21:58
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Your Esmeralda is so beautiful, but I'm not surprised because you are always a beautiful Disney princess.

by Ichigo-Chan on Saturday, 11 February, 2012 - 14:48
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Aww Such a beautiful Esmeralda <3

by Manticore on Saturday, 15 December, 2012 - 16:42


Skirt complete (Posted 9th February 2012)

I actually had fun maing this skirt after the shirt stress :D Like I did with her red dress, I too made this skirt to be a circle skirt with two layers as you can see from the photos :) Not only for accuracy sake but to give volume :D

skirt trimming (Posted 7th February 2012)

In some references Esmeralda has a small scallop edge trimming sewed along an inner white dress - so I brought this :D

Shirt complete - cosplay wip (Posted 7th February 2012)

FINALLY finished this stupid shirt and u guessed it, I'm still not that pleased with it ... I shoulda been fearing that at the beginning than the corset XD But it's lined, has the folded down collar and has a zip - it may look a bit loose but it does fit to my shoulder spam :D
The photo shows everything so far together including the pink wrap around her head - all that's left to do is the skirt which I'm looking forward to after the stress of the shirt XD

Corset wip 3 + Wrap complete (Posted 5th February 2012)

Finally got to lace the corset today but when I tried it on, the lacing felt a bit odd so I may need to add more eyelets at the back, therefore the corset is still in working progress :/ As for the wrap, I've finished sewing it together with the fake gold coins :D In the end I opted to use taffeta for the wrap instead of a satin or cotton based fabric as it gives a nice 2 tone sheen :D

Gold coins (Posted 4th February 2012)

Been incredibly lazy with the progress of this lately cos it was pretty much a waiting game with this outfit XD before I got into making the purple wrap I prepared the gold 'coins' that hung from it :) Took a few days to dry and to figure out what to use as I refused to use sequins XD From what is shown in the film, I could see that there are 7 coins altogether but in some references there were 9 so I prepared more incase XD

Shirt wip (Posted 1st February 2012)

I actually started construting this before the wrap but it was going so so wrong - this is a pic of one layer of the shirt - cos I was low on funds I didn't wanna buy a new pattern so I had to alter it from something I already owned - The shirt became a challenge cos of this ¬.¬
First was the shaping of main bit - when I finished pinning the pattern together, it was tent to begin with >< - then I altered a shirt pattern which had a couple of darts in place so it was a little better...
Then the second problem was the sleeves ... I kid u not that I went through 4 different sleeve alterations to get it right and fit, not loose ¬¬ ... it was so annoying!! DX

Corset wip 2 (Posted 23rd January 2012)

Finished sewing all the layers together - a bit naff at the front with the split ¬.¬ but I habe no more fabric to make another one >_< The corset is yet to be completed cos it's been held together with pins atm XD Since there is no open ended zip that short, I may need to punch eyelets at the back to do a lacing :) But I will need to get some more since I've made so many things that need lacing lately ^^;; The image on the right is to give a rough idea of what it'll look like with the wrap and skirt fabric - happy with the colour and fabric choice for the skirt but not too sure if I'll use the same purple wrap fabric as I may wanna opt for something shiny - I'll see :)

Corset wip 1 (Posted 22nd January 2012)

Spent the day cutting the pattern for this and sewing the panels together for the main fabric - seams are just pressed down and basted with gold ribbon