TheStarlightFairy
 


Costume :Merurulince "Meruru" Rede Arls
Source :Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon 2014


Costume Photos

Cosplay Chess

Everyone just calls me Meruru!

Crown

Collar done

Dress complete

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Costume Information

Description
The second I saw this outfit, I fell in love with it. The pastel hair, the flowery collar and cuffs and DAT MINI CAPE! It's so cute!
Having played some of the game, I can safely say I love Meruru, she's such an idiot c:

This was a surprisingly difficult costume to do! As I was unable to find all the necessary trims in matching colours, I had to resort to making my own! I also ended up editing patterns. It was very time-consuming and a LOT of trial and error but I'm really pleased with how it all ended up!

-CROWN: The crown is a gathered strip of pink velvet and stuffed to form a donut. The details are craft foam painted gold, with blue gems glued on. The star is more craft foam and blue gems, and is attached with a chain of necklace/pendant hoops.

-COLLAR: Floral fabric with lilac and gold duchess satin trims and pink velvet ribbon.

- DRESS: Fully lined with two shades of lilac dress lining (I'm an idiot and didn't buy enough of either). The lilac parts are a boned front section made of duchess satin, and a bra covered in the same fabric. The rest is yellow duchess satin, with floral cotton cuffs and gold bias binding. The lilac strip on the skirt is just ribbon. All bias binding and trims were made by me.

-CAPE: Pink velvet with two layers of iridescent chiffon. Lilac trims made from duchess satin. Flowers are cotton coloured with Letraset marker pens, with yellow buttons for the centres.

-BLOOMERS: Lilac duchess satin (I bought a LOT of this stuff!)

-BOOTS: Brown pleather boots painted gold. I had intended to build up boot-covers to make the boots completely accurate, but I just didn't have the skills to do it, so I bought a cute pair and painted them.

Icon by Decultures on LJ.

KITACON INVASION: Despite the crown getting a little crushed in transit and my front panel warping outwards a bit, I love how this costume looks. I feel like cuteness personified haha! My only niggles were the warping panel (fixable with patience) and my bloomers slipping about so much. I'm going to take in the elastic a bit for rewears so they behave c: The boots also need a little bit of repainting to fix up a couple of chips and scuffs.
I got to do a quick shoot with Slimdefinition as Rufus, and we're hoping to have more Atelier times in October c:

Comments

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Yes yes yes <3 if/when you do this, I'd love to get photos with you as Totori!! Meruru's design is adorable and you'll suit her so much~

by Exelia on Thursday, 30 May, 2013 - 22:23
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Really looking forward to seeing this!

by Einmyria on Tuesday, 3 December, 2013 - 23:46
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I'd love to do Rufus!

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 9 January, 2014 - 23:47
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This looks amazing so far!! *__* SO EXCITED to see this finished <3

by Exelia on Friday, 7 February, 2014 - 10:12
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This looks amazing! So professional looking!

by InfiniteJester on Friday, 7 February, 2014 - 10:49
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Your costume is soo cute

by otakugirl on Friday, 7 February, 2014 - 14:43
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Thank you everyone <3 Hopefully now the hardest part is over, the rest will be quick and smooth sailing!

by TheStarlightFairy on Friday, 7 February, 2014 - 18:33
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What a sweet and beautiful character.. You're going to be perfect!
That's some serious tailoring skill on the bodice. Everything you make seems to fit like a second skin.

by Kei Lin Sama on Saturday, 22 February, 2014 - 00:33
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This is looking epic! :-D

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 23 February, 2014 - 16:51
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Progress on this looks so good! <3

by Emzone on Friday, 28 March, 2014 - 20:21
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Loved this costume! looked absolutely adorable on you ^^

by Einmyria on Tuesday, 1 April, 2014 - 23:09
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This is such a great costume and you look adorable!!!! :)

by Afireinsidegirl on Wednesday, 2 April, 2014 - 07:41
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This is the cutest costume ever oh my gosh ;;

by MadameLapin on Wednesday, 2 April, 2014 - 13:49
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Ahhh this is so cute <3<3<3

by Emzone on Thursday, 3 April, 2014 - 14:58
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Cuteness personified! This outfit is so lovely~!

by KiraraYumi on Sunday, 6 April, 2014 - 15:20
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You were awesome as Meruru!

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 6 April, 2014 - 17:33
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Thank you everyone <3

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 6 April, 2014 - 21:12
 

To-Do List

FlowersLowComplete
BootsLowComplete
BloomersLowComplete
BagLowComplete
CapeLowComplete
DressLowComplete
CollarLowComplete
WigLowComplete
CrownLowComplete
StaffLowPlanned

Journal

Nearly there! (Posted 20th February 2014)

The boots have just been given another coat of paint but I think they'll be done once they're dry!
The collar is almost done, I'm just finishing off the last segment of triangle trim, so I just need to make more bias and add ribbon.
The hearts for the crown have been cut out, and I've made templates for the flowers c:
So close now!

Top 2 (Posted 2nd February 2014)

2. (8/1/2014) Much experimentation and trial/error later, I have a top I can work with! Currently in the process of fitting it, but I'm quite happy with how it's turned out. It's not going to be accurate unfortunately as my figure is very different to Meruru's, but I'll do my best!
3. Much making and sewing of bias binding and I'm almost there! Trying to attach the skirt is proving to be an utter pain though! The sleeves are all done and attached with relative ease.

Wig (Posted 19th December 2013)

I ordered a wig about a week ago, not expecting it to arrive til 2014, but it turned up today and I love it!
It's a bit curlier than I was expecting, so I'll brush it out a bit to make it look wavy instead.

Top (Posted 16th December 2013)

1. (15/12) The past few weeks have been various stages of (figurative) sobbing over the top of the dress. It started out simple enough: cover a bra in lilac satin. Simple? Ha! I ended up using two pieces for each cup, carefully smoothing, pinning and re-pinning satin until I'd created a smooth surface with the curved seam down the middle. Then I had to sew it on without my curved needle :/
Next, I did the front panel which actually was simple. I just measured the centre length of it, half the base curve of the bra, the width I wanted the bottom to be and the side length. I then cut this pattern in half, and cut two of each piece, and sewed them all together to form the seams in the ref. I stitched boning into the seams after opening them out, and then cut another piece of satin in the shape of the front panel and tacked it together to make the front panel thicker. I then pinned it to the bra (not sewn yet)
Now comes the tricky bit. Using Simplicity pattern 3629 I've started off by cutting out my lining, using 'vest back' 'vest side back' and vest side front'. With the pieces all pinned together and pinned to the bra/panel. From here, I've cut a curve from the front side piece around the bra. My next step is to sew all my lining together and see how it works...

Bag! (Posted 24th November 2013)

I had a lot of fun making this!
I used the pink satin/velvet that I have for the cape and crown, though as this wasn't sturdy enough, I doubled it with white pleather. The lining is pale lilac, the same as what I will use for the dress lining! Hooray for fabric consistency!
The detail is the gold duchess satin I was going to use for the dress. Sadly I realised it's not yellow enough, so I'm going to use it for all the gold details in the costume instead.

Bloomers WIP (Posted 16th November 2013)

I'm trying to document how I make everything in this costume, so here's how I did the bloomers:
I measured and cut out 4 pattern pieces (1). These are deliberately big for maximum poof. I used one front and one back piece for each leg. With 'right' sides together, I backstitched each outside leg seam. I then turned and folded over the bottom edge , backstitching it in place (2). Next I sewed a line parallel to this one to form a channel which I threaded through elastic before stitching the inside leg.
The next step was stitching both legs together (3). I left a section of the back seam free, so I could turn and fold over the top edge to form the waistband (4). After threading though more elastic, I sewed up the rest of the back seam and voila!

Bloomers (Posted 14th November 2013)

Bloomers all done! They were really simple to make and I'm really happy with how they turned out. So poofy!

Fabric! (Posted 20th July 2013)

I didn't intend to start this for a while but then I found some gorgeous fabrics where my friend works!
I have pale gold duchess satin for the bodice and skirt, and lilac duchess satin for the bloomers and bodice front! Oh, and I found a lovely cerise satin/velvet mix for the cape, crown and bag! I wanted to use velvet for these but I though it would be too heavy for the cape so the satin-backed velevet stuff hopefully will be perfect c:

EDIT:
Found some gorgeous floral fabric in my local fabric shop yesterday while buying stuff for James' Locke cosplay. It even had red and yellow flowers on it! All I need now is the iridescent chiffon for the cape lining....
and to buy the game!