|I remade pretty much all of Princess Celestia since my debut at Ayacon, the only thing I kept was the wig XD and the false eyelashes lmao!|
I'm editing and revamping some bits for May Expo, where I will wear it again with GoldieNeko as my NightmareMoon. Once that's out of the way I'll put up details on how I made stuff :)
|sew in wig clips and glue grips into crown||High||Complete|
|do dress trim details||Medium||Complete|
|fix up wings||Medium||Complete|
|add feathers to wings||Low||Complete|
Completed adjustments! (Posted 23rd May 2012)
I've finished all I wanted to adjust with Celestia for Expo! I've made a new horn out of FIMO air light, which now attaches onto wire wrapped round a headband which is hidden under my wig. I've worn the wig (with the sewn in wig clips to anchor into the hair on my forehead to prevent slipping) along with the new horn and the crown (with glued on hair grips to also prevent slipping) and it all works well, we'll have to see for sure on Saturday!
I've done any repairs needed on the dress, and also added a beaded trim using leftover beads from the collar-cape. It looks more consistent with the rest of the outfit even though most people won't see it at all XDDD
I've adjusted the cape so it is now attached to the collar in a smaller section. Hopefully this should aid it draping better over the wing harness. What I will do on the day is put on the collar FIRST rather then the wings first - then I can safety pin all around the collar to my dress and it should hopefully not budge throughout the day. Fingers crossed!
I've also added the marabou feathers to the outer part of the harness. Didn't add any to the inner part as it would rub on my back and get matted, plus while people may see the outer part they won't neccessarily see the inner part.
Mkay think that's everything! Look out for Celestia and Nightmare Moon at Expo!
What needs to be sorted out for Expo! (Posted 20th April 2012)
Ok so after giving her a good run at Kitacon, there's a list of things I need to improve for May Expo, as me and Goldie are entering the sisters competitively in the masquerade (also for fun but we want to see how far we'd go XD) which means I must make sure nothing goes bad!
This means I will be remaking or rethinking the horn. It worked generally but it kept falling down my forehead during the day, causing me to push it back up a lot. This caused a lot of readjusting to be done during the day and there are photos were I wasn't aware of it.
Funnily enough the wig got more tangled wearing it normally in the evening than how I had it during the day!! I will need to detangle it, and the ends have gotten a bit frizzy again ¬__¬ hopefully it should be ok, might need to give it a quick hot water treatment. The amount of combing I gave it has made the dye at the ends fade a bit though :( I'm hoping this should be alright as I don't really want to have to dye it all again!!! It should be ok though as Celestia does have a gradient effect in her hair.
Ok onto the main dress and stuff. The wings will need marabou feathers stuck onto the harness for added fluffiness, even though it wasn't really seen it would look nice anyways. there's a hole in one of the dress's seams so a quick sew together will fix that up - I need to remember not to yank on the dress when getting up as I imagine that's how it happened.
I think that's everything, don't think there's anything I need to add. If I find some gold pearl trim for the bottom of the dress to go with the gold trim I'll use that (to match with Goldie's silver trim)
But yeah, time to sort that out and I also need to work on my reference - since it's an original design of an existing character I need to make them epic so I can be awarded points on accuracy XDD
THUUUS the costume is now back In Progess XD
Celestia is now complete! (Posted 10th April 2012)
I've fixed up the wings, added a couple of feathers here and there and a WHOLE lot of white ribbon and white marabou feather trim (hence the mess in my lounge *cough*) but they look decent now :) The harness, I've covered with white ribbon but for May Expo I'll mimic Goldie Neko's Nightmare Moon wings and cover the harness bit with white marabou feathers :) (yes I'm rewearing Celestia for May Expo :D)
I've tried most of it on and it fits fine, just will need some safety pins here and there to keep the collar/cape from slipping back (the cape is heavy!!!) and I would have taken a photo but noo it's all a surprise for you ;D
Dying the wig WIP! (Posted 25th March 2012)
3 of 4 colours done - waiting for the pink to stew for an hour or two before doing that bit. I used a different ink for the purple and it really shows - last time the ink I got was metallic and so the colour didn't show up very much - this is a standard purple (mixed in with some blue to make it more indigo) and it's such a big improvement! Still undecided on how to style it once it's done - whether to keep it straight or curl it a bit or even just a wave. I don't want to curl it so much that it gets damaged and frizzy again >__<
Start of collar necklace thingymabob (Posted 10th March 2012)
So instead of making a necklace out of foam like last time, I'm implementing it into the dress. So this is the base, made of gold crepe-back satin, and I'll be detailing it with sequins and beads. lovely jubbly
Base dress (Posted 10th March 2012)
Main dress has been sewn! It's made of white crepe, which is lovely and drapey but very see through! So I have a few options of what to wear underneath. Possibly another shorter dress or a camisole. I've done the armhole hems (which are pretty shite so never look at them EVER) but have yet to hem the bottom of the skirt.
Adjustments (Posted 30th January 2012)
My wig has gone uber frizzy since I last wore it (Ayacon - almost a year ago, yikes) and so will need to calm the frizz using the hot water treament. It shouldn't affect the dye too much, it needs rubbing alcohol to strip the ink away. If it does look a bit faded I still have the ink from last time so I can redo it. I recently bought a new purple ink since the purple ink last time was metallic and had shimmery bits in it which of course meant there wasn't as much pigment to dye the wig with, which is why the purple section looks faded compared to the other sections!
I'm redoing the dress, want to go for a more mediterranean/greek goddess feel this time like I've seen in many gijinka designs, I will be adding a cape to the dress with the cutie mark on. I'm also making gauntlets out of pringle tubes and foam |D
Since I am now poor I can't buy much more to go with this cosplay, but I managed to snag some beautiful gold pearl beads - rather than make a new necklace I'm embedding the necklace into the dress so it's more an applique with the beads and some purple sequins for the gem. I'm remaking the crown (after RIP first crown at Coventry station) with a proper sideways headband this time and foam. I've also been experimenting with glitter glue and glitter paint to create the 3d effects (I used hot glue last time but I want MOAR SPARKLE)