Pandora-Chi
 


Costume :Meiko Sakine
Variant :Alice in Musicland
Source :Vocaloid
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2012


Costume Photos

Vocaloid group

Meiko preview

Chibi Meiko ref

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : Far too much DX
Time Taken : Less than a month...

Description
Always the princess NEVER the queen XD

I just can't get enough of red dress cosplays and this is yet another one to add to my list XD The video is so so kawaii and I just fell in love with Meiko's big dress - everything's chibified but there's so much potential to play with in this cosplay <3

I hope I do a good job on this cos honesty, big poofy volumised dresses aren't my specialty - I can only do semi poofy dresses and I've actually never done a dress this huge before ^^;; I am looking forward to the decoration and making that crown however - I really do wanna attempt the staff too cos it'll make me feel almighty XD

Gah!! Everything's just too cute!! <3

Hopefully gonna be able to make this for a group ^_~

UPDATE 20/06/12

It's a start but I'm gonna be very slow with this cosplay ^^;; I pray I'll pull it :/

UPDATE 22/10/12

I'm so close to finishing I swear but already I have found a few small problems with my cosplay which I will attempt to fix in the next few days - hopefully I'll repair the problems than make more new ones DX

UPDATE 31/10/12

Before I wore this for expo I had a feeling I would get really fed up in it .. and I did ^^;; This was on a Sat so I stayed in the quieter areas most of the time ... There were quite a few costume failures - for one thing I lost the gold spade in the crowd which means I'll have to make it again and the most annoying thing was my bloody crown falling off >< I woulda wanted more photos outside but it was not only cold; expo isn't quite suited for these cosplays.

So I'm hoping in the future we'll be able to arrange a private photo shoot. Plus I would have my staff by then :) I didn't have time to make one and neither did xXSylentiumXx (Who was gonna make it for me but I'm not bothered that I didn't have it as the dress was a pain in itself to move in ¬.¬)

Comments

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omg yes<3 If anyone can make a dress like this it'd definitely be youuu!

by LemonPanda on Thursday, 21 June, 2012 - 16:49
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Ooooh! This is going to be gorgeous! I just know it 8D

by x-Blade-x on Monday, 30 July, 2012 - 21:12
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ahh so pretty! I'm planning Len or Luka's version from this sometime with a group :)

by InfiniteJester on Thursday, 2 August, 2012 - 14:51
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Thank you guys :3 I hope it'll turn out as pretty as I pictured it XD

@ Infinitejester - oooh when I get this completed, I'll love to join u for a photo shoot <3 I love everyones design in AIM <3

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 4 August, 2012 - 22:43
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Just watched Alice In Musicland and I love it. I'm torn between cosplaying Miku or Luka...I may do both ^_^ can't wait to see this

by SamanthaKaiba on Monday, 6 August, 2012 - 00:16
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Ahh I love Alice in Musicland :) Can't wait to see this completed!

by WhiteWraith on Monday, 6 August, 2012 - 01:04
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love the crown...it looks so well made...cannot wait for all this to be put together ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 7 August, 2012 - 22:38
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@ samnathakaiba - aww thank you so much lovely - it was seriously a challenge! and ikr?! The video is just so darling -^^- I would love to see you attempt both Milku and Luka 8D
@ whitewrath - who wouldn't right!? XD I just gotta keep pushing myself to actually make the dress now XD

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 7 August, 2012 - 22:53
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Aww Meiko *_*
Very nice character choice, can´t wait to see this (:

by Viola on Monday, 20 August, 2012 - 16:52
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ffff<3 i love how much detail you go into costumes!<3 this is looking great so farrr!~ i might have to hit you up for tip-sys for making crowns and stuff ;D do you have a full group for this? would be so amazinggg<3

by LemonPanda on Monday, 20 August, 2012 - 23:42
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eeeee!!!so excited for this group, miss Queeie XD The crown details look splendid - I will definitely have to pick your brain one day on how you make such awesome props <3

by XxSylentiumxX on Monday, 3 September, 2012 - 09:49
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I've finally watched this video and wow, it's so cuuute! x3
Everything looks perfect so far, I really adore the sash! Cannot wait to see this completed! 8D

by KiraraYumi on Wednesday, 5 September, 2012 - 13:38
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GUUUUURL THIS IS LOOKING AMAZING. Can't wait to see it for reaaaaal~
So excited man :B

by CrystalNeko on Friday, 21 September, 2012 - 11:53
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The bottom tier looks amazing...it's looking fantastic

by SamanthaKaiba on Friday, 21 September, 2012 - 22:22
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oh wow, that looks amazing D8 -ish gobsmacked- Luff et!!

by Koiice on Monday, 22 October, 2012 - 20:09
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Lovely work on the dress and the crown is gorgeous :)

by Alouette on Monday, 22 October, 2012 - 21:19
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hey! im going to be with a mad hatter and white rabbit on the sunday if you want to meet and do photos?

by Sammymisa on Wednesday, 24 October, 2012 - 15:48
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Another beauty! Well done honey =]

by Kacela on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 - 21:35
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so so cute ^^ Love this in real life too :) Love it

by Combustible Lime on Thursday, 1 November, 2012 - 18:47
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This dress is so gorgeous. You looked so pretty ^_^

by Ayame on Monday, 5 November, 2012 - 17:36
 

Journal

Beads (Posted 24th October 2012)

Originally I was planning on stringing beads along a silver chain to get that beaded effect for the red ruffle dress but as soon as I wore it, the chain snapped in no less than 5 minutes DX ...
So to lessen my worry with his happening at expo, I decided to hand sew (God knows how many) beads all round the two layers which took me quite a few hours but I'm so glad it was done! I was getting bored when it got to the end and I kept countung how many beads I had left to do when I clearly know it's 'X' number lol
But it's worth it as I found it was a much better solution cos the beads r least likely to come off and I don't have to keep adjusting the position of them :)

Bottom tier / skirt complete (Posted 21st September 2012)

This took me about 4-5 days to make and yes it is the ruffles fault for taking longer! >< But I can't blame them entirely since I spent about a day to alter and cut out the trail skirt.
The back panels were fine but the front ones I had problems with! DX I just couldn't get it to flow right. The first set of patterns I tested exposed the under skirt way too much and looked weird so I had to correct this - luckily I had plenty of red fabric left over :3
I also made the bow too afterwards but couldn't be arsed to photograph this with the skirt XD The only thing left to do with this is to add a beaded chain to the dress and I think I should be done garment wise ^_~

First tier complete (Posted 16th September 2012)

Spent the entire day making this - feckin ruffles! I never learn! Why do I always continue to go for things with ruffles?! They're so annoying to make!! I even added another layer of organza ruffles to puff the taffeta ones out more *wacks head on table* I blame my stupid sense for adding extra detail DX

And yet, here I am ranting about the first tier of ruffles when I know I still got the longer set to go *cries and sigh* ah well - back to the pattern cutting of the trail dress I go *grabs scissors and pattern. AFK*

Bodice complete (Posted 11th September 2012)

Those bloody sleeves have taken me what felt like forever! (In reality it has taken me a week XD) They are officially the most complicated and most irritating pair of sleeves I have ever sewn! Tell me what kind of sleeve have you heard of that's in 9 parts (and more if you include the lace overlays)??!! I was seriously sitting there getting so impatient trying to piece ONE damn sleeve together and this took blooming hours! >_<# so please do not ask me to make something like this again cos I would cry ;_; but despite all the frustration, I like how the bodice looks (even if the sleeves are weighing down DX)

Flower remake (Posted 26th August 2012)

Been so busy lately that this costume has to be put on hold a tad (Bit annoying seeing as how I've got the most time consuming things to make still DX)
The only thing I could manage to do was to redo the flower thing on the sash - probably a waste of time but you can actually see it now XD it's practically 3 bows stuck together and way bigger than the orignal flower :) I also redid the club so that the shape is better and I used smaller sized gems to give it that tinby bit sparkle :D

Complete under skirt (Posted 20th August 2012)

To make the dress look more prettier I decided to purchase some lace and sew it on top of the black taffeta and I quite like how it turned out - ok it is a bit hard to see the pattern but if you see this in day light it's there!

One thing I hate about this was trying to sew the two things together - the lace kept sliding and I would carefully have to unpick and sew it again! urgh it was so annoying! >< But it's not as evil as organza or chiffon (thank god) ¬_¬
I put the dress over the big petticoat and I not only like the volume but how it maintains that 'ruffly' effect all the way to the bottom ^_~ A part of me thinks it could be bigger though XD

Bodice wip (Posted 10th August 2012)

The base so far. It took a while to figure out how to get in and out of it cos of the added complication of the lace back. In the end I managed to find a solution though it's a bit awkward to get in it still. I'm happy with it though so far. I just hope the sleeves will look ok...

Necklace (Posted 8th August 2012)

As I was squinting at the little Meiko chibi, I found that she wore a red necklace of some sort but the shape was quite hard to identify. At first I was gonna find any kinda red charm that would be appropriate like a red heart for instance. But then to my miracle, my cousin had this high res picture of chibi Meiko that was clear enough to show me she was weaing a musical note! 8D And on top of this discovery, I found amongst my necklaces that I actually had a musical note pendant that I could get away with using!! LUUUUCKY! <3

Crown scale and wig (Posted 7th August 2012)

I brought the wig ages ago cos it was on deal and it has a really nice tinge of red in the strands :) I basically didn't do much but cut a few little bits and use gel to create bit of volume.

And as promised just to show you how big the crown is, I sat it on top of the wig head - I haven't sewn in the combs as I need to still buy them which is why the crown isn't tilting ... I would cry if the heart bit snapped off as it's the most vulnerable bit to the design! >< I dropped it once and I freaked out but luckily it was ok... lord help me transport it safely in my small suitcase XD

From the reference I know all the frame bits r white but it looks strange white which is why I went with making it silver in the end with pearl strings :3 (there is some white yay! :D) I was considering to bling it up a lot more but I thought, lets not get carried away XD

Crown 95% complete (Posted 6th August 2012)

Pieced it altogether and added some decoration - just have to sew some combs underneath so that it will attach to the wig :3 This crown was tougher than expected to make - in some ways harder than Rapunzel cos of those blasted frames ¬.¬

Not exactly 100% happy with it but it will have to do for the time being. I do like how it sits on my head though :D Will perhaps post some photos later to give u an idea of the scale of this :3

Crown wip (Posted 5th August 2012)

Er.. it's in pieces lol (An obvious analysis but it's evidence to say I've stopped procrastinating... for now Xb) Doesn't look much like a crown but I promise you it will come together eventually to hopefully resemble a crown XD

This thing actually took me a week to plan but nearly a whole day to make all the parts - The toughest bit was to figure out what to use that would be easy to work with and ultimately cheap =b In the end, I ended up using quite a few things including fabrics, craft foam, newspaper, card, wire, clay, glue and acrylic paint - the crafting tools I used in the process I swear beats the amount of things I had to pull out to use for Punzie's crown!! (and that was a huge ass list!) There were so many things to pack away!

Not much more to do with this except paint over some areas and oh yeah, glue the whole thing together (doi!) But then after all that, comes the bling which I am so looking forward to =b

Petticoat complete (Posted 2nd August 2012)

As much as the dress is huge, I didn't wanna use a hoop skirt for this. One reason is due to the patterns I'll be using for the bottom half and how I feel it'll volumize the entire bottom half of the dress too much that it'll lose the shape I'm aiming for. And the other reason is I won't be able to fit through doors XD Soo, being a real cheap ass I decided to make my own hoopless petticoat rather than buy one (The price of a black hoopless petticoat is scary!!)
(photo on the left finished petticoat) Made from organza and broadcloth (lost count of the metres I gathered btw) and took about 8 hours or so (cos I'm slow like that ><) I wasn't being too precious about it as I'm wearing it under everything but happy with the volume (photo of the right demonstrates it's volume when applied to a circle skirt :3) If I still feel it's not huge enough after I've made everything, I can just add another layer so it'll be even more big ass XD

Sash complete - flower pleh! (Posted 20th July 2012)

Before I begun this the one bit I wasn't looking forward to sewing was the purple bit lining all around the sash ¬.¬ I HATE with a passion using bias tape round sharp corners!! >< But luckily when I looked closer to the sprite, I found the purple only lines before the points so I was like THANK GOD! So I completed the sash quickly but am happy with it.

I may redo the purple flower and the centre club. I'm not really happy with it at all ¬.¬ The club I made too big and is so not symmetrical! and the flower is just too dark of a shade which means I'll have to go out to find a lighter purple fabric -_- Apart from that, it's an easy fix really.

Well finished sewing up the sash to begin this whic as easy