CrystalNeko
 


Costume :Princess Tutu / Ahiru
Source :Princess Tutu
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minamicon 16 (2010)


Costume Photos

Pirourette!

Masquerade

DANCE!

Princess Tutu

Reference Picture

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £58.70
Time Taken : 23hrs

Description
About the masquerade video - Please note I was veeery tired after walking around in pointe shoes all day which caused my technique to be absolutely terrible XD

Princess Tutu is amazing, I like ballet, I actually do ballet, why not cosplay a ballerina? This probably confuses a lot of people, BECAUSE I AM SO CLUMSY AND HAVE NO SENSE OF BALANCE WHATSOEVER LOL. I intend to cosplay Ahiru in the future though, she's probably more appropriate for me :'D

Costs:
Long pink/orange wig £22
11m pink ballet tulle £21.45
2m white cotton £4
1m lemon chiffon £2.75
3m pale blue ribbon £1.50
2 bracelets £4
75cm gold ribbon 50p

Firstly, that tutu. It was... hell to make. I've angsted so much over that tutu, I've had to stop and start at least 3 times now and I'm still not happy with it because it doesn't exactly look professional. But I was running out of both time and money! It sticks out, that's all I care about XD

It was made by double pleating each layer and then sewing each layer together. Then I tacked them all together so that it wasn't a giant puffball. It holds together using a combination of hooks and eyes and poppers.

The bodice was made as a normal bodice would - I had to insert boning into it because it had a very low back so the boning supported it. The skirt was later sewn on, it's just your average circle skirt. There's a little zip at the back however I was stupid and bought the wrong type of zip, so it's a nightmare putting this on and off xD

The armbands is a rectangle of fabric with elastic around the hem to create the puffy effect and to stay on my arms!

The tights and pointe shoes I already had from ballet.

The wig was originally around 40" long (it didn't specify on the website), obviously neither Tutu nor Ahiru has hair like this so I had to cut it to around shoulder length and flick it out so that I could use it as Ahiru. To do this I used a mixture of a round brush, TRESeme freeze spray and a hairdryer.
I've kept the cut offs so that whenever I do Ahiru I can turn them into a clip on extension for the braid she has!

The feather head thing is made using wadding as the base with marabou feathers hot glued on. The top layer was hand shaped by myself! This was hot glued onto a pair of hair clips so that it's detachable.

The little egg crown was made purely from model magic and acrylic paints! Then hot glued onto a hair clip.

The bracelets were bought from Primark and painted with 3-4 layers of acrylic paint.

The necklace was made using a mixture of craft foam, model magic, acetate and acrylic! I've used ribbon to attach it. Not accurate, but at least it's secure!

For the wings I used wire as the frame. Then I traced the shape onto the chiffon and sewed it together. The wings attach onto my body using thick white elastic, as if I'm wearing a belt! And the blue ribbon is simply tied onto the harness of the wings (I got lazy at this point xD).

PHEW! I think that's all there is to know about this costume.

Overall, lots of improvements is needed in this costume. Perhaps when I'm much more knowledgeable of the anatomy of the tutu will I attempt to fix this up, but for now... It will live XD. I just enjoy prancing about and posing en pointe pretending I have a good sense of balance LOL.


Comments

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the pendant looks great for a cheap immatation :) thumbs up

by Combustible Lime on Sunday, 22 March, 2009 - 02:12
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Your pendant looks really good!
I wish all cosplay things were that cheap to make... Haha X3

by Mangafan2000 on Sunday, 22 March, 2009 - 10:22
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i shall write this in the words of fakir; pwaoorrrrr!!

by angel aiko on Tuesday, 16 June, 2009 - 17:40
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O hai Tutu showdown tiem plz?
You're gonna be such a cutie *_* I'm gonna be totally out of character and huggle you <3

by Charlie-Bear on Saturday, 29 August, 2009 - 21:23
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Tip Toes *o* looks painful >.<
The bodice is looking fanastic >w<
I'm so excited to see this finished <333

by Dusttee on Tuesday, 12 January, 2010 - 00:11
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Looking fantastic so far

by Psychoelle on Tuesday, 12 January, 2010 - 00:26
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This looks so pretty so faaar~ *O*

by Charlie-Bear on Wednesday, 13 January, 2010 - 01:07
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Wow. The wig looks awesome *_*
May I ask where you got it from? :o

by WhaleInTheSky on Friday, 5 February, 2010 - 01:41
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Thank you! ^_^
I got it from a seller called professionalonlyplus on eBay. It's this one right here:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PH045-Long-Pink-Straight-Cosplay-Party-Wig-Free-Sh...
Mind their wigs are pretty thin so probably not suitable for things like updos or anything. But I was aware of that so I'm happy :) (Bought it for the colour only)

by CrystalNeko on Friday, 5 February, 2010 - 18:06
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You're welcome 8D
Ohhhhhhhh I heard of that seller! Thank you <3

by WhaleInTheSky on Friday, 5 February, 2010 - 19:38
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cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee <3

by angel aiko on Saturday, 6 March, 2010 - 22:46
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It looks really nice! You look veyr pretty! ^_^

what is wadding? XD

by NatalieNoodles on Monday, 12 April, 2010 - 18:22
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@Natalie: Wadding is... erm... The stuff used in quilts xD Also known as cotton batting. *useless at explaining things*

@Everyone else: Thank you for the wonderful compliments :'D

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 12 April, 2010 - 18:36
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EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE IT LOOKS SO COOOOOL!!!!!

by Freyarule on Monday, 12 April, 2010 - 19:29

Oh my gosh this turned out SOOOO WELLLL!!! You look amazing! *w*

by goodbyeworld on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 00:15
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This was really lovely, nice job ^_^

by Tsuchinoko on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 00:40
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OMG FIIIII <3 I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS ON YOU. IT SUITS YOU SO MUCH AND IT'S JUST SO AWESOME OMG. STUCK IN PERMACAPS you are too adorable in this 8D

by Mungojerrie on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 00:44
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omg this sooo adorable x3

by Wildeth on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 07:18
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SOCUTESOCUTESOCUTESOCUTESOCUTESOCUTESOCUTESOCUTESOCUTE!
This looks fantastic on you! Lovely cosplay <3

by MadameLapin on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 08:42
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Omg you look so perfectly cute! It really suits you, especially since you have epic ballet skills 8D

by Crazedteensie on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 10:49
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This is so cute! *A* You look absolutely amazing!

by phalor on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 11:02
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I LOVE Princess Tutu and your cosplay was so beautiful.

by Ichigo-Chan on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 19:13
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This looked sooooo Pretty. It was fun chatting with you in the masquerade line ^_^

by Ayame on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 23:58
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I loved that you went on point in the masquerade! So very elegant :)

by kiichan on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 00:37
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FFFF *o* You look incredible, the dress is just...love <3

by Dusttee on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 20:55
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You look fantastic o3o~ <3 Looking forward to seeing more pictures~

by FrankieEstee on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 21:53
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This looks absolutely stunning 8D <3

by WhaleInTheSky on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 22:19
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Aww that is really cute XD

by yami-no-neko on Saturday, 1 May, 2010 - 05:10
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You looked really great!

-Tab

by KhaosKreator on Saturday, 1 May, 2010 - 22:52
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You looked lovely. Great to meet you in the masq queue.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 4 May, 2010 - 21:32
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wow u look amazing!! how the hell did u make it!!

by vampiresan on Saturday, 8 May, 2010 - 13:49
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@Rachel: By selling my soul to the cosplay Gods!
... Okay maybe not XD (But it was a lot of hard work ;A; )

But thank you very much, and to everyone else as well <3

by CrystalNeko on Saturday, 8 May, 2010 - 14:13
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D'awwwww hunny you look amazing!

I hope to do Mytho one day in his Prince costume. Or maybe the evil raven one, I'm not sure yet x3

But either way, we'll totally have to get pics together :3

by PapercutPerfect on Sunday, 25 July, 2010 - 20:58
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You did a great job ^^b

Your costume look excellent ^^b

by seawaterwitch on Friday, 15 April, 2011 - 10:30
 

To-Do List

Buy tulleHighComplete
Make tutuHighComplete
Make leotardHighComplete
Buy/Style wigMediumComplete
Make armbandsMediumComplete
Break in -new- pointe shoesLowComplete
Make crownLowComplete
Make wingsLowComplete
Make pendantLowComplete
Buy/Modify braceletsLowComplete

Journal

12/04/2010 - RAAAWR (Posted 12th April 2010)

TUTU IS DONE! I DO NOT CARE IF IT'S NOT A PERFECT PROFESSIONAL PANCAKE TUTU, I'M CALLING IT DONE RIGHT NOW!

... The dress however, isn't *flails*
I decided to wear the whole costume to see if anything needed fixing up. And a lot needs fixing up, but I'm only going to concentrate on the bodice because I'm lazy and running out of time xD.

POSING LIKE THAT ON AN UNEVEN CARPET... IS HARD!
I hope to flooring at Minami is level ;___;

Time Taken: 2hrs

Still gotta make the armbands, make belt loops to attach the wings and make that blue ribbon thingy she has, then I'm doooone~

11/04/2010 - Tutu (Posted 12th April 2010)

Laaaa, still working on this! Cutting it reeeeal close though, it's taken so long to work on this tutu!!

It looks done in the picture... But when I tried it on it was waaay too big, beyond ridiculously big on me LOL. So I've cut into a section and will be sewing it together... Some other time xD

The line through the circle is the tacking thread... You won't see it though because the over skirt will be... Over it.

I'm nearly there with the bodice and overskirt too, will post pictures of it... some other time xD

Costs: 6m pink ballet tulle £11.70
Time Taken: 5-6hrs

02/04/2010 - Picture dump xD (Posted 2nd April 2010)

Decided to take a picture with it on my wig head so that you can see what it looks like on the wig rather than my black hair looool.

Here you go xD

02/04/2010 - Feather thingy! (Posted 2nd April 2010)

I'm actually really proud of this feather headdress thing. I was really worried it'd look stupid and would look like I'm wearing a big ball of feathers on my head, but it turned out really cute! 8'D

I started off with a strip of wadding, hot glued long feathers faced down first then over the top I used cut feathers the other way up so that it sticks out. It's then hot glued onto two clips at the side. All the feathers are marabou feathers which were leftover from my Arina wings!

They're so cute x) I love faffing about with them!!
I'm a bit worried about the gold crown though, I'll keep this one for photoshoots but I -might- either take it off for my skit OR make a substitute crown for dancing around in in case it falls off, I'll see whether it's stable or not but prancing about in it 8D LOL

Time Taken: 1hr

Apologies for rubbish focus in the picture xD;;;

06/03/2010 - Winnnngs~~ (Posted 6th March 2010)

I love making wings, it's so much fun! But so very tedious when you're working with non-stretch fabric I've just discovered >_<;

It's made out of wire, so I can bend it into any shape I want and it can be raised if I want it to. If I made it out of something sturdier then I wouldn't be able to bend it into my suitcase ROFL!

The fabric I used is chiffon, I traced the shape of the wings and then sewed it together (stupidly the second wing is very ill-fitting. Why is it that the first time I do things it's often great, but when I try to do it again it fails miserably!? XD I should get better not worse!!!)

Costs: 1m Chiffon £2.75
Time Taken: 1hr approx

04/02/2010 - BEAST IS STYLED (Posted 4th February 2010)

Took a before, after and wig in action photo to show how it looks. I know you wouldn't be able to see it flicky underneath the feathers but I wanted to save myself styling it again, so it's like a 2-in-1 wig! : D Needs the extension if I want to do Ahiru, I have all the wefts saved, I'll make the extension a clip-on when I actually come to do Ahiru in the future!

Have to say this was a beast to style.
At first I cut it terribly and I was really worried because I kept cutting it shorter and shorter because I kept faffing about with the layers too much. In the end I gave up, bought myself a circular brush from Poundland and began flicking it then neatened it up with the scissors afterwards. It worked! ^___^

I used TRESeme freeze spray and a hairdryer on cool setting to achieve the flicky look. As well as using a downwards action when cutting the wig. I have to say I'm pretty proud of this, it's not perfect, but nothing is ever perfect when it comes to my costumes so it's the best I can do :'D

Costs: £22 for long pink wig
Time Taken: 2hrs

25/01/2010 - Tutu progress (Posted 25th January 2010)

This tutu is slowly killing me I swear. Which must be true because I think I've said it a zillion times already.

I've finished double pleating three of the skirts. Didn't do the fourth one because it wasn't as long as the others so I'm using that as spare fabric. And I am so glad I did that because my new method meant more fabric. And so I'm likely going to need another 5m of tulle :| DAMN YOU TUTU!

As you can see I've tacked it down at the edges to make a good pleated shape, I did this because the tulle is just so stiff that it refuses to do it on its own. And I've only just researched a bit more (I'm slowly learning more and more about the anatomy of tutus the more mistakes I make LOL) and found out that if I want to make a classical bell tutu it's okay to have the softer tulle. ... ... Shoot me now, please :| Now to go for the pancake tutu look or just deal with it I don't know. I'm now giving up on authenticity and I'm just going with the flow now XD

I won't actually buy more fabric for a while, because we're suppose to be wearing tutus for our dance show in May and if I happen to get a pink tutu then I could just use that rather than forking out on more EXPENSIVE tulle :'D *CHEAT* Though it does depend when my teacher plans on adding the embellishments to the tutu... Seeing as Minamicon and the show in May are VERY close together. So I may have to end up buying more tulle anyway, that or prance around in a professional glammed up tutu ROFL.

I shall stop rambling now because I'm done angsting lolol~

Time Taken: 2hrs

15/01/2010 - Accessories (Posted 16th January 2010)

Wahey! Did more work, realized I had seen all the episodes of Got to Dance before so it was safe to do something at the same time... I chose painting xD

I bought two bracelets from Primark today which I personally thought were the PERFECT size <3 (I was looking for hairclips not bracelets, so it was a lucky find!). Took a while to paint actually because it needed at least two layers to cover comnpletely and it was hard getting the smooth texture, didn't help that I dropped one of them on the carpet by accident xD;;
Bought them and painted them gold (same gold paint as the necklace) and decided to paint the egg crown I made a while ago from Model Magic.

Costs: 2 bracelets £4
Time Taken: 1hr

12/01/2010 - Tutu V3 (Posted 13th January 2010)

Third time lucky? xD

I took apart the tutu and it's now in 4 long strips once again. I went for a different method this time and the strips aren't as wide so hopefully it'll give me the nice bell or pancake shape I want!

Rather than gathering it into a 4:1 ratio I decided to double pleat it instead as advised by other Tutu cosplayers! And I have to say I much prefer the double pleats look <3 Now in the long boring process of hand tacking the pleats in place, and this is just one layer! *flail*

Time Taken - 1-2hrs

11/01/2010 - Bodice (Posted 11th January 2010)

Before you say anything about the tutu, it is not finished yet!! I still need to trim it to neaten it up and sew it together which is why it's still in a puffball state and rather untidy!
Pictures is to show the bodice and skirt and it just looks weird without the tutu so I wore that as well! (And my pointe shoes loool)

But yeah, I've managed to get the shape of the bodice, just need to buy an open end zip, all I have are dress zips and they're not suitable @___@ (Not to mention it's for another cosplay so I can't use it xD). I'm awaiting to buy more boning because I don't have enough which is why nothing is hemmed yet and the skirt isn't attached to the bodice. But hey, you get the general idea!
Yes there is a low back, yes the bodice does stay up on its own... with great difficulty xD (That's what the boning is for though!) I'll also be sewing in loops once I hem it for clear bra straps so that I can turn it into a halter-neck if I need to, nya ha, initiative!

And why the srs bzns face? Because I am feeling the pain of not having worn my pointe shoes for over 3 weeks and wearing the wrong socks at the same time! Oh the paaain. (It's actually more painful with thicker socks, because it makes them feel even tighter! They're tight enough already X_X)

I will fix the tutu once my exams are over xD (I have however, added elastic to it. I broke 2 needles in the process... So I decided to hand sew it instead loool)

Time Taken - 1-2hrs

15/11/2009 - Tutu V2 (Posted 15th November 2009)

I don't know what brought me to making a second tutu, because I didn't actually mind the first one. But I couldn't remember what colour tulle I had actually used to I just went ahead and bought 5m of BALLET tulle and the colour turned out to be much more accurate. So hurray! 8D

I cut the fabric into thirds and then cut out a metre from each third and sewed them together, so altogether I had 4 pieces of tulle altogether.
I started off with the shorter layer and gathered it using a ratio of 3:1 (so every 3 inches would be gathered into 1 inch).
The longer layers were gathered using a ratio of 4:1. Reason behind the different ratios is simply because I didn't have enough tulle!

Progress pictures (2): I sewed the layers the right way, then wrong way, right way, etc as demonstrated in the photos (I don't know what word to use, good thing I took pictures!)
This was all sewed into a strip of white cotton, because I didn't have any pink cotton and found it pointless buying pink cotton specifically when nobody is going to see the waistband of the tutu itself!

The final progress picture shows what it looked like before I tacked the tulle down and completing the waistband. At the moment I've sewn the tulle together near the waistband and I'm likely going to pin it down part way as well because it still doesn't stick up enough. I mean invest in a hoop for it too.
It's not a perfect pancake tutu but it'll do for COSPLAY.
I need to make two more layers anyway but need to go back to Bristol to buy the tulle I need xD;;;;
Oh yes, and I need to buy elastic so that I can easily slip it on and off. I also need to make a basque (i.e. tutu panties lolol).

Time Taken: 5hrs
Costs: 5m pink ballet tulle - £9.75

31/07/2009 - Tutu 25% (Posted 31st July 2009)

Photographic proof that I'm actually working on it [and killing my neck at the same time orz]

Unfortunately I've pretty much run out of tulle. So I decided to take a photo! The first layer I half machined it and half hand gathered it and in the second photo you can tell the difference - part of it isn't gathered as well. The part that isn't gathered as well is the machine bit >_<;

The second layer will be strictly hand-gathered, so this will be a long and tiresome costume to make >_<

I'm contemplating on using proper ballet tulle for the 3rd and 4th layer so that it gives it the strength it needs and so I don't have to gather as much. We'll see when I buy more normal tulle to finish off the second layer =P

Once again watching more episodes of Bleach is the only thing keeping me sane xD;

Time Taken: 1hr+

28/07/2009 - Tutu 20% (Posted 29th July 2009)

Geeeeesh gathering this tutu is making my neck cane more than sewing ruffles on my Meroko costume! I am very very thankful for the Bleach DUB for keeping me sane. [Bleach seems to be the one anime that keeps me sane when cosplaying <3]

I somehow think that 5m is no where near enough tulle to make this tutu - so I'll be buying 5 more metres at a later date. For now I still have quite a bit left to make a second layer!!

I started off doing a straight stitch on the sewing machine but found that it was more effective to hand sew half way through... Which is why it so freakin' long >_<;

Time Taken - 2hrs [it was more like 3hrs altogether but I got distracted constantly lol!]

3 more layers to go, Cosplay Lord help me X_X

P.S. Will probably have to remake leotard... it sucks so bad xD Luckily I still have some of that white stretched cotton drill left over! [Although I will need more fabric for the circle skirt in that case >_<;]
P.S.S. Getting used to my new pointe shoes now <3 They haven't soften up yet though but I can at least couru en pointe~ [But I was always able to do that... shhhh!]

08/07/2009 - Leotard 70% (Posted 8th July 2009)

Who wins most awkward bodice of the year? Well Kraehe however I'm not doing her, so I'm going to say Tutu!

The leotard is made out of stretched cotton drill. I needed a stuff durable fabric and so I thought this was the best choice. Me being me I decided to go for accuracy therefore the leotard is pretty much backless! AWKWARD! The front panels are held up with boning [I need to buy more sew-in boning =_=;] and on the day I wear it, zillion amount of body tape for extra security!!

Lolz, stick on bra. I could just cut up a bra and sew it into the leotard however I feel much safer with the stick on bras! So I'm going with them~

I bought some tulle at the wonderful Fabric Land~ The normal dress netting tulle, they DID have some proper ballet tulle but I decided to be cheap instead hurrrr. It IS much stiffer however the dress netting tulle was fairly stiff so I went with that instead. Will get to work once the leotard is 100% complete [I'm lost the will to do anymore tonight!]

Cost: 1m white stretched cotton drill £4
5m pink tulle £4.80

On other news, my pointe shoes have broken. TYPICAL! I've bought some new ones though so hopefully they will break in before Minami. On the other hand I can use my old pointe shoes as soft/flat shoes yet they will still look like pointe shoes hurrr >8D

21/03/09 - Pendant made! (Posted 22nd March 2009)

Yaaay, this took me ages I swear but I'm glad I'm finally complete! 8D I had some leftover Model Magic from making my Garnet crown so I decided to make random props/accessories, one being Princess Tutu's pendant ^-^

It's not the neatest in the world but for my first, cheap, method I'm pretty proud.

The red parts are model magic, gold is craft foam and the blue is a plastic wallet sheet thing haha! CHEAP!! [12p! 8D] Because I was being cheap it's the most accurate colour in the world, but it'll do, it's a pretty blue though - it makes up for the inaccuracy! I've learnt that if you sand model magic it fails badly, DO NOT USE SAND PAPER ON MODEL MAGIC! Everything is hot glued on, I did try using PVA but it didn't work as well...

I haven't attached it to my gold ribbon yet, will do so later as soon as I figure out how to attach it safely without making it fragile 8D;

Price breakdown:
Model Magic - For this... I'll estimate 50p since it's only a small fraction!
Plastic sheet - 1p [The whole A4 wallet was 12p, I only used a teeny tiny fraction though!]
Craft foam - I estimate 15p since I didn't use much.
Ribbon - 50p

Time Taken - AGES! [With procrastination] Probably around 2hrs, I could not figure out the gold bits LOL! [Okay that might be a very unrealistic time, I'm too tired to think anymore xD]