|Cost :||About £30|
|Time Taken :||Quite a few months|
|After I completed the Ace Attorney series, and was looking for cosplay ideas, I decided on Franny Von Karma. This is probably the most complicated costume I've made so far, surprisingly - her waistcoat caused me no end of grief. This is partly because the material I decided on turned out to be completely unsuitable, crushed velvet. It took me 5 attempts to get a waistcoat that was passable, thanks to me not owning a dress form at the time. I'd have to take a stab at the right size, sew it together and hope for the best, without being able to easily pin it into shape. This is something I have thankfully now rectified - my dress form arrived a couple of days ago :)|
The previous incarnation of the waistcoat had yellow ribbon as trim, but for this version I decided to change that. As Franny is most likely incredibly rich, she would certainly have something more luxurious, so I bought some gold braid, and used that instead. I far prefer the look.
The shirt was made from 3 other shirts, and some off-white material (possibly its biggest drawback. The different tone of the off-white in the puffy shoulders was noticeable at times, but sadly was all I had on hand. Other than that, I liked how it came out, although just now I thought of a better way to make the shoulders, which I shall use for next time.
The buttons were passable. The cuff ones looked nice, but were attatched at the last minute with hot glue, and I lost one or two as the day went on, and had to sew the others on with the black cotton that I had in my briefcase. The brooch on the cravat came out nicely actually, although was not totally accurate to the description. It was made from the backing of a necklace I had, which I painted gold, and the middle was a large turquoise bead. The buttons on the waistcoat were made at the last minute from painted wood, and are one of my least favourite parts of the costume.
I shall definitely be remaking this costume in the future - I will use black suiting material for the waistcoat and skirt, along with more of that gold trim. For the buttons, I am going to grit my teeth and go for the very expensive but perfect option. At the bead fair where I bought the beads for the brooch and cuffs, they had the perfect stone, which was unfortunately expensive. I don't know what it is called, sadly, I should have asked. They even had a brooch of this stone, set in gold-plated metal, for about £20 (yes, ouch.) I shall see.