|Cost :||Net tulle £6, Streatch Velor fabric £13, wig £15, Ballet shoes £10, black ribbon £2|
|Awards :||Best performance - Midlands Expo Feb 2009|
|Time Taken :||Lots|
|I'm going to try to cosplay Kraehe for Midlands Expo in Feb 2009. I watched the anime recently and just love her character so I have to try. |
- progress is in costume journal
Costume completed for the Midlands expo and I won 'Best Performance' for my lil Kraehe dance performance in the masquerade. So happy. ^-^
Still don't have any pictures yet. I'm gonna have to do a home photoshoot to get some good pics for the gallery.
...for each tutu frill layer I used 4 widths of 56' net joined end to end and gathered - and there are four of these layers in the tutu. The pattern said 6 layers but I found 4 was plenty. It's like a giant puff ball until you sew the layers all together and flatten them into the pancake tutu..it's a magical moment when you do that part. ..Thats what makes it strong enough to be gravity defying. ^^
Also, I couldn't get diamond net tulle in black even at our famous rag market, so I used the normal hexagon stuff but it is holding up fine so far.
I made it halter neck because I sewed an underwired bra into the costume bodice and so I just cut the bra straps and joined them around the neck. At least it had a strapless appearence from the back. There is a zipper down the back and the bra clasps for fastening. The zipper has some nylon boning added because it was buckling.
The tutu top skirt was made out of 8 pie sections because the fabric had a grain pattern running down its length and I wanted the top skirt to have the grain stripes radiating out from the centre.
The ballet shoes are "SoDanca" soft leather ballet soft shoes, I sewed in some black ribbon and made some toe block inserts to make them look like pointe shoes. They were very comfy. I wore them all afternoon and my feet were fine.
Incase anyone was wondering about the addition of feather armbands...I thought my arms were looking a bit too developed (wish I hadn't worked out now!) to pass for a ballerina so I had to slightly hide the bicep definition. A cunning plan..I think it worked. ^^ But I also loved the way the feathers accentuated the soft graceful movemovements of my dance routine and added a lil ballet magic. (Plus I love soft feathers)
Head dress. I used a spring clam type hair thingy and glued the feathers on to this.
Tiara - I just love my Tiara ..and Kraehe is a princess afer all.. ^^
Oh anything else, just ask. ^-^
Pointe shoe - making toe box inserts (Posted 5th January 2013)
I have been asked how did I make the toe boxes which go inside my soft dance shoes to give them a pointe shoe appearance, so here is the explanantion...
What I did for my pointe shoe lookalikes was first I bought practice dance shoes - these look like point shoes but have no stiffeners inside at all. But the shape and general appearence is just like pointe shoes. So what I did was cut some thick cardboard shapes to fit over the top of my toes and bent the outer edges over at the edges. Then I PVA glued a few layers of normal printer paper over these wrapping all around my toes, forming the box shape. I added some more paper layers around the sides and top. The glue helps to stiffen and hold the box shape - a bit like real ones.. The toe boxe were formed over my toes and held in place until the glue dried sufficiently to hold the shape. (I wrapped masking tape around my toes first so the glue wouldnt stick to me.) Then when the toe boxes were glued enough to hold their shape I took them off and left them to dry completely. When they were completely dried I slid them up into the front of the dance shoes - the appearence is like pointe shoes with real toe boxes. The only thing was because the PVA glue dries hard the toe boxes feel a little hard and rough on the inside (just like the real ones) so when I put them on I first wrap a bit of kitchen towel around toes - this also helps prevent tights snagging on hard rough edges inside the toe boxes.
I have taken a pic of what the cardboard toe boxes look like in case it helps..
mking the tutu - step 5 (Posted 24th February 2009)
Final step of turning the puffball into a classic pancake tutu is to sew through the 4 layers by hand. This pulls all the layers together and is what gives the tutu its firmness and is how it manages to defy gravity ^-^
- attatched pic shows the complete tutu, next stage to fix it to the bodice.
making the tutu -step 4 (Posted 24th February 2009)
I made up the second frill layer and fixed it to the same bias so it overlaped the first layer and faced the opposite way..this adds support to the top layer.
Then I made up frill layers 3 and 4 and secured them to another strip of bias.
- attatched pic shows all the frill layers now joined to the net waistband. The fril layers are all splaying out at this point.
making the tutu - step 3 (Posted 24th February 2009)
With the frill layer held in tight gathers by the strong cotton thread I then fixed it to a strip of bias binding through the sewing machine.
- attatched pic shows the gathered first layer now fixed to the bias.
making the tutu - step 2 (Posted 24th February 2009)
Each very long strip of net tulle has to be gathered right down to the hip measurement.
I simply passed an embroidery needle with some heavy cotton in/out - in/out the net tulle close to the edge, gathering the net tulle as I went ... It worked.
attatched pic shows threading the needle along the long edge of the net tulle in order to pull the gathers.
making the tutu - step 1 (Posted 24th February 2009)
For each frill layer I cut 4 strips of 56 inch wide net tulle and joined them end to end - it is awfully long to start with but all this is eventually gathered down tightly to fit my hip measurement of 35 inches.
- attatched pic shows just a plain zigzag through the machine to join the 4 pieces end to end into one long piece.
19 feb - 2 days left!! (Posted 19th February 2009)
Oh no's..the market didn't have any black interfacing..darn there goes my idea for the feathers around the tutu!
Tutu frills are done. Wow, battling with the net tulle under the machine - it really wasn't happy with it, especially when it is double layered and gathered. Most of the time I had to slowly hand turn the machine to get it through! 4 widths of 56' net joined end to end to make one layer! Suprising how it gathers up though. I think I may stick with 4 layers - I held them around my waist and looked in the mirror last night, ..magical moment! *Yay I have a tutu* ^-^
One thing I did find in the market was some large black feathers for the head-dress. I need to fix them onto the hair spring clip somehow..
Lots to do still.
16 Feb - bodice done! (Posted 17th February 2009)
Phew, bodice is now joined successfully to knickers at last, it's starting to look like a costume. Zipper and fasteners also done, and I had to put boning up the back to stop the zipper buckling. :/
(Forgot to mention that the material I bought is a streatch velor fabric rather than stiff material, just cos I liked the look of this stuff when I saw it. :)Working with streatch fabric has its problems though, and I've got to use shoulder straps because the bodice won't stay up on its own. Ah well..
Now on to the tutu frills (looking forward to this part). That will leave just detailing.
Oh, wig has come, and I fitted some hair slides to the Tiara. Tested it all on, woohoo! I'm pleased how it looks. :)
Shopping tomorrow in the city market for the 'Feathers'. I have a few cunning plans to try for the main feathers on the tutu. ;)
12 Feb - still working on main bodice (Posted 12th February 2009)
The main bodice of the costume has been Reeeeally difficult with me. I have unpicked,trimmed re-stitched it 5 times now! Finally, it is lying across my bewbs nicely now and the front seams are where they should be ..running diagonally across the nipple.
Ballet shoes done. (Posted 23rd January 2009)
The ribbon ties kept going slack after wearing the shoes for a while. So I took them off then re-attatched them to some black elastic which I fixed too the insole. So now there is a little give when the ribbon needs it and it doesn't go slack anymore.
Pointe Shoe lookalikes (Posted 16th January 2009)
The soft dance shoes look similar to pointe shoes but have no stiffening. So I made up some toeboxes which fit inside and make the shoes look stiffer. I also added some black ribbon ties.
One last thing - I used normal black ribbon and it looks good but seems to undo itself and become slack even when the knot is tied very tight! Maybe ballet shoe ribbon needs to be a special kind..need to check this out.
11 Jan 2009 (Posted 11th January 2009)
I'm going to try to cosplay Kraehe for Midlands Expo in Feb 2009. I watched the anime recently and just love her character so I have to try.
- progressing with making a 'rough' preliminary costume to experiment on. I found a pattern for a tutu in one of my ballet books and enlarged it on my PC. Some of the info is missing however. Still, enough to make a start and make something that looks like a tutu.
Experimented with addition of Nylon boning up the side seams. Looks like I might get away with having the bodice strapless. :)
- I decided not to use my pointe shoes for the Expo. 1)because they are pink, and 2)because there is lots of advice from real dancers against using them for cosplay.