Costume :Tessa Gray
Variant :Wedding dress
Source :The Infernal Devices
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon 2014

Costume Photos

Past meets present

Fond memories



Duck hunting!


Costume Information

I love Tessa and her wedding dress sounded gorgeous!
My friend linked me to this wonderful artwork of her dress, it's beautiful! Not sure if I will even be able to add in all the detail but I'll try!
Art by Palnk.
Hopefully for Kitacon 2014! Infinitxjester said she would happily do Jem with me <3 and we've roped in KiaraYumi as Will! Trio complete :D


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Yessss, you can do it!

by InfiniteJester on Saturday, 20 July, 2013 - 19:33
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I can try! Long term project I think!

by WhiteWraith on Saturday, 20 July, 2013 - 20:11
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Yeees, this is so beautiful! Really excited to see this when you start~!

by KiraraYumi on Sunday, 21 July, 2013 - 20:26
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Thank you lovely :)
You'll know by all the tears!
(And I can't wait for you to do Will!)

by WhiteWraith on Monday, 22 July, 2013 - 07:29
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The fabric looks amazing. Can't wait to see this finished

by naurarwen on Thursday, 6 March, 2014 - 20:56
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Have confidence! It's looking lovely - keep going!

by Kei Lin Sama on Friday, 7 March, 2014 - 22:25
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@naurarwen- I love this fabric, such a lucky find! Thank you, hope we can get some photos together :)
@kei lin sama- Thank you! I think I've managed to sort some of the problems so feeling better about it now :)

by WhiteWraith on Saturday, 8 March, 2014 - 12:05
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We will most definitely be getting some pics at some point on Sunday

by naurarwen on Thursday, 27 March, 2014 - 15:57
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This was a stunning piece of work :) U look gorgeous! x

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 4 April, 2014 - 21:54
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Yessss you looked beautifulllll!

by Getti on Saturday, 5 April, 2014 - 16:11
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Big dresses are for sure your thing and I think this is my favorite. You just suited Tessa so much and everything about this cosplay was amazing and elegant and I'm so happy I got to cosplay with you in it ;w;

by KiraraYumi on Sunday, 6 April, 2014 - 15:09
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OMG you look so amazing as Tessa *swoon*

by sjbonnar on Sunday, 13 April, 2014 - 12:22
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@Getti- thank you so much lovely! Thank you for taking photos for us ^^
@Pandora-Chi - thank you so much!
@kiraraYumi- I think I definitely like big dresses the most! Thank you so much lovely, I had so much fun cosplaying with you, it was great fun ^^ (and perfect Will!)
@sjbonnar- ahh thank you! :D

by WhiteWraith on Saturday, 19 April, 2014 - 18:31
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This is absolutely stunning. Well done~

by yuubalu on Tuesday, 2 September, 2014 - 21:12
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Thankyou so much :)

by WhiteWraith on Wednesday, 3 September, 2014 - 17:47


Bodice (Posted 25th March 2014)

Bodice has been taken in and fits much better now. Really pleased with it. Hoping to get all the lace attached to the costume tonight and its complete :)

Progress (Posted 25th March 2014)

Going to sort out my bodice today, it actually needs taking in a LOT. but hopefully shouldn't take too long!
Lace has been attached to the skirt. I started out hand sewing it (My machine has broken and is unusable) but it was taking a long time because the hem is so big so I ended up cheating and hot gluing it all on which still took a few hours ><
The veil is a simple case of pinning the fabric into my hair clip and making sure it falls right.
After I've take the bodice in, just need to add lace to the bodice sleeves and neckline and add the lace to the bustle and this costume is done!

Nearing completion (Posted 22nd March 2014)

Eyelets have been added to the bodice. The bodice needs taking in slightly which will be done next week.
I've bought lace to edge the bodice and skirt (possibly the bustle too). Once I've done this, I just need to sort out the veil and I am done with this costume :)

Progress (Posted 19th March 2014)

Since my last journal, I have pretty much completed the bodice apart from putting in the eyelets and re-sizing it a little as it's a bit too big. My eyelet pliers arrived this morning so will get to that asap.
I made the bustle as well today, it could be better but for a first attempt it's not bad really.
Just got to add lace to the bodice and bustle and maybe attempt to make a veil and I will be done with this costume.

Bodice progress (Posted 7th March 2014)

Well. Had an absolute nightmare with the bodice, screwed up one part and had to take a panel out and replace it with a new one but it was really awkward and fiddly. The sleeves are both set in now and it looks decent. It's nearly done, the neckline and the back needs neatening and the eyelets added and then it's complete, yay!

Bodice progress (Posted 6th March 2014)

Sleeves are all sewn up and just need setting in. Bodice needs neatening up and then its pretty much done.

Bodice progress (Posted 5th March 2014)

The main part of the bodice is all sewn together. I need to try it on as I think it might be slightly too big which is easy to fix!
Aiming to get it all finished bar the strip where the eyelets will go as I need to get an eyelet plier first.

Bodice progress (Posted 3rd March 2014)

Half of the bodice is sewn together, I think it looks okay, not sure if it's too flimsy or not but it will do for now.

Progress (Posted 2nd March 2014)

Skirt is completely finished and complete. I'm glad I didn't add two more layers to it as I think it would have been too much. Starting the bodice tomorrow, hoping it will be done by the end of the week.

Skirt~ (Posted 24th February 2014)

The skirt has been sewn together. The waist needs taken in loads but better to be too big than too small! The bottom needs taking up hemming too but I am happy with the way it looks. The fabric is gorgeous and really nice to work with which is a relief!

Update (Posted 20th February 2014)

Fabric has arrived and I've cut out the skirt with help from my friend. Hoping to get most of Tessa done next week. I'm going to edit the design to suit my skill level and time limits.

Fabric (Posted 3rd February 2014)

Ordered 10 metres of patterned taffeta, it's been posted so as soon as it's here, I'll start working on the skirt.

Clockwork angel (Posted 17th January 2014)

My necklace arrived today and it is beautiful and better than I expected!

Wig~ (Posted 15th January 2014)

Wig has arrived, I'm not sure if I like it. Need to try it on and pin it into the style I want to see if it will work. I like the colour but I'm not sure if it's a little thin. Will post photo as soon as I get the chance.

Bought some more items~ (Posted 4th January 2014)

Ordered a wig that might be suitable, hoping the quality is good but we'll have to wait and see!
I've also ordered a clockwork angel pendant from etsy, it looks gorgeous so here's hoping it looks just as good in real life!
Hoping to buy the main fabric for her dress soon :)

Start (Posted 6th October 2013)

Bought some nice gold mesh type fabric to use for the arms of the dress and some detail bits on the skirt as I'm changing the design slightly because some bits are out of my skill level.
Also found some nice fabric for the main part of the dress but am waiting to be paid before buying that as I'm going to need quite a lot of it.