|Awards :||Best Group @ Hyper Japan Christmas 2012|
|Time Taken :||24hrs|
|I can't seem to embed the video D;|
For now, check out this link to see me dancing to "Marionette no Kokoro" at Gemucon!
I love Miki, she's just too cute! Definitely my favourite idol from the series, with Makoto closely behind. Was a group cosplay with people from "Star Drops", an iDOLM@STER cosplay group, and so we wanted something really cute and flashy as our first group cosplay together. We decided on the floral designs as they're iconic and recognisable. Ended up choosing the pink designs because of its simplicity of gathering fabrics.
The pink fabrics were sourced by NixieThePixie, Angel Tear and InsanityFish.
Started off making a batch of bias binding out of the dark pink suiting and white duchess satin in various sizes as I knew a lot would be needed. Sadly we don't have a proper functioning iron so it was literally just cutting everything out on the bias and worrying about pinning and carefully sewing everything in place after.
The top a basic bodice pattern which I have made over and over by now. Made from the matte side of duchess satin to match the group and lined in cotton which I had lying around. The lace trim was sourced by Angel Tear again which was just bought off eBay. Managed to very carefully sew the lace between the lining and satin as I wanted only one seam line showing. The bodice fastens via velcro and hook and eyes. The pom pom is just glued on.
The pencil skirt was just a pattern I made up with a few darts at the back and an invisible zip.
The petal skirt was most definitely what I feared most in the costume, but actually turned out to be really straight forward to make. I started off cutting out shapes using newspaper, then transferring them to heavyweight sew in interfacing. I quickly realised after cutting out one petal that it really wasn't stiff enough, so I quickly bought some heavyweight iron on interfacing. Worked like a charm, sewed the interfacing into two other layers of pink cotton and then turned them inside out so that no seams would be shown. Thanks to some really helpful tweets from Amy, Kat and Odangochan, I was able to iron the interfacing on without a properly functioning iron \o/. I need a new iron... But apparently sheer heat alone melts the glue of the interfacing, I did not know this, I've always relied on steam!
Then the white bias binding was sewn on the bottom petals, the cabochons were coloured in using a pink sharpie, giving a very marbled look, and glued on. I counted the number on Miki's skirt, I actually have the exact number of cabochons! Later everything was sewn in place, trimmed and sewed in some pink bias binding to hold it altogether.
The sticky up bit was weird, I made it to perfectly fit at first, with some sew in interfacing to keep it held upright and bias binded together. The original plan was to have that as a point to take the skirt on and off which is why there's an invisible zip in it, turned out I still couldn't get the thing on. So the whole skirt just does up by taking away the bow and it has a hook and eye to go underneath one of the petals and it stays up fine that way. The invisible zip now has no purpose but I just left it there for the time being because I sewed all the zips in this cosplay neatly for once and it's actually invisible. The bow has some crin trim in it to keep its shape.
The glove was made from heavyweight cotton lycra twill - lovely fabric that was easy to sew and gives the small amount of stretch needed for that fitted look. I just sewed two panels together in the shape of my arm, cut out the holes, hemmed it and glued on the cabochons.
The boot covers need remaking as I made them the morning of the event. They were cut to shape and just standard boot covers with chopped up gogo boots as a base. I'd like to make the hole at the back fully functional so that it's better fitted, I had to make it slightly baggier as I ran out of time to make the buttons fully functional.
I bought some rectangular beads off eBay and threaded it altogether and was tied in place. I need to sort out a better fastening system for the future though.
Wig is made from two Panty (Panty & Stocking) wigs. I stripped one of all its wefts and sewed it to the second wig. Took me about 6hrs altogether but the result was well worth it because I now have a lovely thick wig. I cut in a choppy fringe and feathered bangs and hairsprayed the whole thing like mad because the wig has to be able to endure dancing so the wig is fairly solid to remain its style.
Overall I really liked wearing this costume despite the accessories being a bit last minute. I'm quite proud that after getting crushed in crowds, the petal skirt holds its shape very well.
Didn't get any pictures at the event but hoping to rewear for nice pictures soon. For now most of the pictures were taken by randomners as I was eating... Well I'm somewhat staying in character? :x
|Make petal skirt||High||Complete|
|Make pencil skirt||High||Complete|
|Boot covers||Medium||In Progress|
|Detail on skirts||Low||Complete|
|1.5m dark pink suiting||£2.70||Bought|
|3m heavyweight interfacing||£11.07||Bought|
|30 x Rectangular beads||£4.79||Bought|
|1m crin trim||£1.85||Bought|
|3m pink cotton||£9.00||Bought|
|White gogo boots||£23.94||Bought|
|2m heavyweight iron on interfacing||£2.65||Bought|
|1m stretch jewellery thread||£0.25||Bought|
Ahh damn... (Posted 4th April 2013)
I made the glove for the wrong arm... XD
Too late to take things in now. My left arm is slightly skinnier than my right arm so it will just have to be a bit baggier and the holes will look funny.
Damn me and my tired/ill state...
Glove remake (Posted 3rd April 2013)
I remade the glove out of some heavy cotton lycra twill I bought by accident. Works like a charm, fits so nicely now! I was going to remake the boot covers out of the same fabric but I ran out of time. Didn't plan on being in bed literally all day yesterday, oops...
Sorry for my incredibly tired state, I should really be in bed by now but I was so disappointed with my first attempt at the glove that that was the one thing I just had to remake from this costume if I had to do anything.
Wig 90% (Posted 1st April 2013)
Awwww yeah, the wig took me around 6-8hrs to sew together but it's finally done! I quickly cut in a fringe and took a test photo.
I'll hairspray it to death when I get to Gemu probably, I don't think my lungs can cope with the solvents right now ;o;
I couldn't be assed to do a proper make up test which is why I used the webcam. I just put some false lashes on because with such a voluminous wig - I looked awful without /something/ to make my eyes look bigger!
I am in love with this wig so much *O*
Wig 40% (Posted 31st March 2013)
Everything is now pinned, it's nearly 4am and I want to go to bed but I thought I'd take a quick picture of how it will eventually look like when it's all sewn down. Thickest wig eveeeeer!!
It's quite nice actually, the two wigs weren't completely identical, probably because I bought the first one exactly a year ago. The first one (that was chopped up) was slightly more yellow than the brand new one. So it has a blended blonde effect going on, quite subtle but it gives it more colour depth.
I'm gonna have fun styling this beast...
Basically when I'm bored and wanting to watch more TV, I'll be hand sewing the rest of the wefts. My neck and back are killing me...
Wig 30% (Posted 31st March 2013)
Hi, I'm ill and trying to recover by spending the past 4.5hrs sewing a wig together. It's not helping me recover...
I've only done the bottom wefts ;;____;;
I would fall asleep, but as I decided to sew the wig on my bed whilst watching many episodes of Once Upon a Time, I can't just fall asleep without fear of there being a needle /somewhere/ on my bed and if I move everything then I may get the wefts mixed up. Therefore I must stay up and do as much as I can... I'll at least try and pin everything together before bed.
Petal skirt 80% (Posted 24th November 2012)
Hi, I have a big petal butt.
Ironed it all yesterday, already needs a re-iron. I hate cotton... All the gems are painted with an accidental (nice, but accidental) marble effect and glued on using "SERIOUS GLUE"... They ran out of super glue. So I bought "SERIOUS GLUE", I found it rather amusing.
Made some bias binding from white duchess satin and sewed it all on. Everything is currently pinned in place ready for sewing together, trimming and then sewing on the bias binding. The bias binding is all cut out, I'm literally waiting for my housemates to wake up (i.e. I'll do all this tomorrow morning before rehearsals) so that I can do more on this costume. Damn early sleeping housemates!
Excuse my horrendously messy room. When even I say a room is messy then that's saying something, I've just been very incredibly busy lately orz.
Time Taken: 3hrs
Petal skirt 10% (Posted 20th November 2012)
I started off cutting patterns out of newspaper but gave up quickly because it didn't hold its shape any way. Then I started just cutting out pieces of sew in heavyweight interfacing however it didn't hold its shape either. So I quickly ordered some iron on heavyweight interfacing on eBay and it arrived today, cut out each petal to what I thought would be the correct shape (and horray, I can still work out shapes from scratch!) and pinned it altogether and voila. I have a flower butt.
Now that I know the shapes are fine I'm going to proceed to cut out the fabric pieces. No point in posting pictures of that though. I can't actually sew them together until tomorrow because one of my housemate is asleep and I don't want to wake him... Damn.
Made some white bias binding ready though. Going to town tomorrow to buy some superglue ready to glue on the cabochons. With any luck, my pink sharpie should be arriving tomorrow to colour the cabochons in. I still have some dark pink bias binding I made the other day ready for the petal skirt so hopefully fast-ish progress approaching. I sadly have a crazy amount of Uni work this week as well so can only work on cosplay around that work.
Time Taken: 2hrs
Top finished (Posted 19th November 2012)
Made some really wide bias binding out of the same suiting material as the skirt. Took a lot of patience again because our iron is rubbish so I just had to cut the fabric on the bias and pin everything in place carefully.
Held together with hooks and eyes and velcro, because I can't find an open ended zip short enough for the top.
The little pom pom is just placed there for the time being, I need to go out and buy some glue!
Ignore colours, I couldn't be arsed to shoot in manual mode so I couldn't change the white balance.
I haven't been keeping track of the time like I usually do. I'd say overall so far I've spent roughly 5-6hrs? A lot of it was patterning the petals which I will post progress of once my interfacing arrives... Because apparently sew in interfacing is useless for this kind of job.
Detail on top (Posted 19th November 2012)
I decided I wanted to be neat for a change, so I sewed in the trim at the same time of sewing the two layers together. Cue lots of patience and stabbing myself with pins.
I used the matte side of duchess satin and lined it in cotton.
Trim was bought on eBay. Founded by Stephi (Angel Tear), whom is also being Haruka!
Back of skirt (Posted 19th November 2012)
I don't know why I took a photo, I just put in the invisible zip rather neatly and I was quite proud of that. Still needs to be pressed although nobody will ever witness the neatness because it is hidden by petals.
Ignore colours, I couldn't be arsed to shoot in manual mode so I couldn't change the white balance.