Alias Cosplay
 


Costume :Daenerys Targaryen
Variant :Qarth dress
Source :Game of Thrones
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2013


Costume Photos

Breaker of Shackles

Silver Lady

The Dragon Queen

Qarth gardens

Daenerys, Portrait

Dany, AyaCon 2013

Daenerys Stormborn, Qarth

Qarth

 


Comments

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Really looking forward to seeing this.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 14 February, 2013 - 18:05
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You will do this so well! I can't wait to see it at Aya :) I love you're Daenerys cosplays! xxx

by Frederica la Noir on Friday, 1 March, 2013 - 16:13
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Can't wait to see this!

by sjbonnar on Friday, 8 March, 2013 - 13:31
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Looks amazing! How have you done it? They look laser cut!

by LewaKyser on Saturday, 9 March, 2013 - 17:09
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Loving the progress on this! really looking forward to seeing it finished ^^

by Einmyria on Saturday, 9 March, 2013 - 19:41
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Looking forward to seeing the finished costume - those acrylic pieces look amazing!

by Angelphie on Saturday, 9 March, 2013 - 19:59
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The more I see what people are doing for Aya, the more I wish it were August already! I can't wait to see this, you've done such an amazing job so far and asdfghjkl. Major fangirling right now. You're always such a lovely Dany! ^^

by Nymphie on Sunday, 7 April, 2013 - 09:05
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the details are amazing *_* ~I hope I get to see this outfit for aya con

by XxSylentiumxX on Tuesday, 7 May, 2013 - 17:18
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Beautiful progress. <3

by HarryKurt on Tuesday, 7 May, 2013 - 17:36
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The bronze effect is impressive. Great progress.

by Odd-One-Out on Friday, 14 June, 2013 - 16:07
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The bronze effect is impressive. Great progress.

by Odd-One-Out on Friday, 14 June, 2013 - 16:07
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The bronze effect is impressive. Great progress.

by Odd-One-Out on Friday, 14 June, 2013 - 16:07
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Looking fantastic!

by KhaosKreator on Friday, 14 June, 2013 - 19:41
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Progress looks so perfect!! Really excited to see the finished result =)

by MissColzyChan on Sunday, 16 June, 2013 - 16:00
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That corset/belt is amazing. It's so intricate and so neat - what materials did you use and how did you make it? I love your little shoes too!

by Kei Lin Sama on Sunday, 16 June, 2013 - 23:20
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Thank you - those pieces are made from laser cut acrylic :)

by Alias Cosplay on Monday, 17 June, 2013 - 17:35
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Love the bead work!

by KhaosKreator on Sunday, 23 June, 2013 - 14:34
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V nice!

by Leadmill on Sunday, 23 June, 2013 - 18:15
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This looks amazing so far!

by InfiniteJester on Sunday, 30 June, 2013 - 17:28
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I need to get my hands on your laser cut acrylic technique.. Looks soooo good!

Will your three baby dragons be making another appearance?

by Kei Lin Sama on Sunday, 30 June, 2013 - 21:19
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Can't wait to see this! Looking amazing thus far!

by sjbonnar on Thursday, 4 July, 2013 - 13:14
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Thanks guy and no dragons this weekend as I need to carry the dress to walk!

by Alias Cosplay on Thursday, 4 July, 2013 - 13:36
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Looks absolutely beautiful, I hope I get to see this in person! You've put so much effort into the little details and it really shows :)

by Squiddley on Thursday, 4 July, 2013 - 13:59
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Simply stunning! can't wait to see you at LFCC this is really a piece of majesty :)

by Frederica la Noir on Thursday, 4 July, 2013 - 17:43
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Looked wonderful!

by sjbonnar on Monday, 8 July, 2013 - 09:13
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You looked amazing!

by Leadmill on Monday, 8 July, 2013 - 22:34
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I remember you! :)

by silenced on Tuesday, 9 July, 2013 - 20:12
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So glad I got to see this in person, you looked stunning <3

by MissColzyChan on Wednesday, 17 July, 2013 - 11:43
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Beautiful!!

by ToroSonyCat on Wednesday, 18 September, 2013 - 19:39
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Such a beautiful costume!

by Littlegeeky on Sunday, 29 September, 2013 - 12:47
 

To-Do List

WigLowComplete
Beads and threadLowComplete
Screen used fabric, silk chiffon with metallic thread - The Berwick Street Cloth ShopLowComplete
Aladdin style slippers/sandalsLowComplete
RingLowComplete
Gold fabric paintLowComplete
Laser cut corset/shoulder piecesLowComplete

Journal

Curled sandels (Posted 7th September 2013)

Closest I could find - she wears curled gold coloured clogs tied with fabric.
Moroccan styled sandals with a maharaja curl painted with leather spray paint.

Test (Posted 4th July 2013)

Preview

Dress progress (Posted 30th June 2013)

I added the lower back panel (being held by the corset pieces) to the double layered front panel. I'm wearing nude underwear here, but the second photo shows how much fabric is at the back.
Her hair covers the back detail, so I used the other dresses they wear in Qarth as reference.
I split the back/train piece in the centre like I did with the front, adding a small dart near the base of the 'V' to catch the raw edges. It's not as deep as the front neckline as I didn't want the top of the corset piece seen.
The top edges were pleated again and hand sewn to the other edge of the shoulder pieces.
The back/train panel isn't loose - it's attached within the side seams beneath where the corset piece fastens.
I marked out when the back piece would hang from before finishing with french seams down the sides.

Corset piece (Posted 30th June 2013)

Final strands added to the corset piece.

Slippers - to be replaced with sandals (Posted 30th June 2013)

After getting a closer look at the episodes, it look's like she wears sandals rather than slippers as I can see her toes. I've finished these now and will use them for LFCC as the curled toe give's the effect I wanted when I move around.
I've ordered a pair of Moroccan styled sandals with a maharaja curl at the front to use in future.

Front dress progress (Posted 23rd June 2013)

This isn't finished - it's only the two front panels sewn together and attached to the shoulder pieces to show how it look's so far and to mark out where the lower back panel will attach at the sides.
The lower back panel will be a single piece of fabric since the back panel hanging from the shoulders will also be a single piece.
Also the edges need trimming down coming down from the shoulder pieces here, as there is a little too much fabric on the sides.

Corset pieces (Posted 23rd June 2013)

To make sure all the beads would fit I used a piece of string first to get the correct length - they roughly end around the knee.
I used bronze plated head and eyepins and small jump rings to make connectors on each bead before painstakingly attaching the bronze chain and linking them altogether.
On a piece of scrap fabric I checked the links wouldn't catch on the delicate dress and sanded some of the wooden beads a little. I also added some tiny beads behind the bottom bronze pieces as I can see something like that in the episode when she walks around.
The chains loop around the corset piece at the top and close with a small lobster clasp for easy removable.

Shoulder pieces attached (Posted 22nd June 2013)

I used a similar weight fabric first to check the depth of the front opening - it end's near the top of the corset piece.
I carefully cut the front split into the two pieces of fabric layered for the front, sewed them together and pleated the edges at the top - matching them to the width of the shoulder pieces before hand stitching them to the fabric.
Before I heat formed and painted the acrylic pieces, I had already made sure one of my fine needles could easily thread through the tiny holes - I also needed to open these holes up using a dremel first where the laser machine had first cut.

Slipper progress (Posted 21st June 2013)

Using a basic paper template based on the original stitch design before I altered them, I hand stitched pattern with the thread to the top of the slipper.

Fabric painting (Posted 16th June 2013)

I used a soft metallic fabric paint, dabbing it on delicately with a sea sponge.
I used a test piece to get the effect right first - too much paint looked too blotchy and bold, pressing the paint into the fabric meant the gold metallic effect was lost and it looked brown instead.
So I used a very light handed touch which also meant I used less fabric paint.
Note: fabric looks really light here because I've laid it on a white sheet for painting.

End pieces (Posted 16th June 2013)

If you look closely during the one episode where she's walking into shot - you can see the large gold pieces on the end on the stringed beads. I searched for something similar but decided to make them from scratch.
I made a paper template using some earrings I'd found which were the size I wanted, transferred them to worbla, put a hole near the top of each, heat molded them a little, sanded the edges to protect the dress fabric, painted gold then aged them slightly to make them look like brass pieces.

Beads (Posted 16th June 2013)

Here's the selection of beads I've chosen, looking carefully at the reference material.
I'm going to be using chain links to string the beads together that hang from the waist piece, which will also save me trying to knot them individually onto thread so they don't slide.

Slippers (Posted 14th June 2013)

So on closer inspection the footwear seems to be those Aladdin style slippers. I managed to find a pair to modify that weren't the cheap looking curly toe fancy dress or pixie type. They seem to be gold in the one scene you glimpse them, so I covered the slippers in fabric and painted the soles - first with fabric spray which rubbed off too easily, so now I'm going to use a couple of layers of gold leather paint instead.
The gold fabric looked too plain so with some artistic license, I added stitch detail with gold embroidery thread. So far I've stitched around the edges and top but will also be adding a simple design on the sides too.
And because they are actually slippers - they are the most comfy footwear I've used for cosplay!

Dyed fabric (Posted 14th May 2013)

So the screen used fabric changes a LOT in different light. Top shows it as a pale almost green tint (this is the closest IRL), second shows a close up (a lot more blue depending on lighting!) and thirdly is what it is now after I dyed it.
I first hand dyed it using turquoise, darkening it in the process - finally I carefully used RIT colour remover. This removed just enough of the turquoise dye leaving the pale blue colour.
I tested this technique on a piece first and the bright turquoise hand dye was the only blue that took to the fabric and left the right amount of colour after the whole process. Next to add the gold paint print.

Detail (Posted 7th May 2013)

Clearer photo of the pieces.

Corset/shoulder pieces complete (Posted 7th May 2013)

Two set's of strong magnets for the corset pieces were too powerful and wouldn't set after being glued, so I used a weaker magnetic strip on one side and attached four of the strong magnets on the other which were fixed to strips of clear plastic - which provided a larger surface area to glue it in place.
Now I can snap the two pieces closed at the back without assistance and the magnets stay in place.

Corset progress (Posted 27th April 2013)

This is how the corset piece will sit, no matter what type of glue I used the magnets were too strong and kept snapping off stuck together. So my last resort will be to use gold cord but this will require help to tie it, which I'd rather not need all the time.
I'm going to try magnetic strip that isn't as strong as the magnets but hopefully strong enough to keep it closed at the back.

Corset progress (Posted 9th March 2013)

Heat formed the two separate pieces for the waist and decided it was no good gluing them together at the front as the whole piece needed to open like a hinge to wrap tightly around. So I've used invisible string to keep the pieces flush together at the front whilst still being flexible. The pieces overlap at the back so I'm planning to attach small strong magnets to keep the end's level where they cross over.
I've been priming the shoulder pieces before I spray paint them in gold leaf.

Shoulder pieces (Posted 7th March 2013)

Finally got around to heat forming the acrylic shoulder pieces, pretty easy and fun to do. Need to remove the backing paper on the one piece but for now it helps me identify which is right/left.

Corset/shoulder pieces (Posted 14th February 2013)

I had these pieces laser cut out of 1/8" acrylic following the designs I drafted, I'm very happy with them. I made a paper template first to get the size, shape and angle of the waist piece and using multiple references - not just from Dany's costume in the show.
They were scanned in and converted into a vector. Small holes were added to the shoulder pieces where they will be stitched to the dress. The waist piece had to be two pieces to be the correct sizing and will be fixed together at the front after heat forming using acrylic cement - I've tested the glue and it seems to be really strong but I'll still be reinforcing the front section.

Screen used fabric - The Berwick Street Cloth Shop (Posted 14th February 2013)

It will need to made slightly lighter, I'll be adding more blue to match the on screen reference. I've bought a cheaper, similar weighted fabric to make a draft version first.