TheStarlightFairy
 


Costume :Sophie
Variant :Default
Source :Tales of Graces f
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon 2014


Costume Photos

Asbel....

Copy Me, Sophie!

Wild Girl

Named for a Flower

Childhood Friends

The Meaning of Friendship

A Bright Shining Star

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Costume Information

Description
As I play more and more of Graces, I adore Sophie more and more!
I was originally going to be babby Cheria for the childhood group at Kitacon, but I think I like Sophie more, and Sophie is a costume I'll be willing to wear again with or without the group.

Not sure if I'll do the gauntlets yet, I guess I'll leave them til last.

What an adventure this cosplay has been! I've tried a bunch of new things and I'm so happy with how it's all turned out c:

-WIG:
The wig gets a special mention here because it's my most adventurous wig to date! I wanted to have the actual ponytails rather than clip-on twin-tails, so I used the wefts from my twin-tail wig to make a back-parting. It didn't turn out symmetrical but for a first attempt, it's not too bad! The bands are just craft foam coloured in with marker. I may redo the whole thing for re-wears...

-GLOVES:
My favourite bit! Blue lycra, with pink and grey detailing made from scraps from the other parts of the costume. The bits at the top are sofa foam.

-PINK BODYSUIT:
Pink jersey fabric with dark pink lycra bias binding and a white bodycon collar. The collar is detatched so I can take the pink suit off with the grey one for using the bathroom haha!

-GREY BODYSUIT:
Grey double knit jersey. I may add the lines in the future but I'm happy with it as it is. I put an invisible zipper down the back for ease of getting in/out.

-HARNESS/LEG THINGIES
The belt is white bodycon and black cotton. The leg things are white bodycon, and the rings are just curtain rings painted gold. See my journal for an excellent and not poorly-worded account of how I made them!

-BOOTS
-Ugg-style boots folded down and covered in white bodycon and lilac jersey. I used a shower curtain ring/eyelet for the hole, and painted beads for the chain.

To be worn with
Kirarayumi as Asbel Lhant
Infinitejester as Richard Windor
Slimdefinition as Richard Windor (adult)

KITACON INVASION: I regret changing into this while I was still hot and bothered from travelling and carting around my luggage, as I was really warm and uncomfortable for the entire time haha! Sadly my wig collapsed en-route so my twintails were droopy, but I have a plan to fix it for Japan Expo. I may remake the grey suit out of a thinner material too, just so I won't boil in the summer heat c:
The costume was really well recieved though and I'm so happy with it <3 Just that darn wig ahaha!

Comments

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Yay! <33 We must find trees and write on them. And we need to race and you must twirl on command!
AAAH srsly. I cannot wait for this, this is going to be adorable.

by KiraraYumi on Saturday, 7 December, 2013 - 14:41
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I'm so excited for this group <3

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 8 December, 2013 - 02:03
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SO looking forward to this - you're gonna look great as Sophie!

by InfiniteJester on Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 - 21:13
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Sophie really is an adorable character! I can't wait to see this it's always great to see Tales of cosplay <3

I look forward to seeing you and your group!! ^__^

by Natsumi on Thursday, 12 December, 2013 - 23:39
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you are gonna look cute :)

by J-Po on Wednesday, 22 January, 2014 - 00:14
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Looking forward to seeing this! Such a cute character!

by Sammykins on Sunday, 2 March, 2014 - 20:52
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Ahhh, can't wait to see this! The harness thing sounded like it was so confusing to make! *bows to your skillz*

by InfiniteJester on Friday, 7 March, 2014 - 10:52
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Looking forward to seeing this, you'll look great :D

by WhiteWraith on Thursday, 13 March, 2014 - 09:46
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Agghhhh! EPIC PROGRESS!
Looking forward to this! :-D

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 14 March, 2014 - 22:22
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Aaah thank you so much <3 I'm so excited for the group!

by TheStarlightFairy on Friday, 14 March, 2014 - 22:25
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Same. It'll be great! ^^'

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 15 March, 2014 - 18:15
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Looking great Lou!! :)

by Afireinsidegirl on Saturday, 15 March, 2014 - 21:22
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You will be so adorbs in this ermahgerd <3
Looking forward to the photos!

by Emzone on Friday, 28 March, 2014 - 20:19
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Cutest Sophie in the world <33 You were so perfect! ;w; We must do this group again!! (and in the future, adult frienship trio!)

by KiraraYumi on Sunday, 6 April, 2014 - 15:18
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You made such a good Sophie! I loved your costume, it was so well made :)

by WhiteWraith on Monday, 7 April, 2014 - 10:35
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You looked so great as Sophie <3

by InfiniteJester on Monday, 7 April, 2014 - 13:15
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You look so cute as Sophie! Really like how you've made the wig stick out instead of twintails, nice touch!

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 9 April, 2014 - 21:05
 

To-Do List

GlovesLowComplete
BootsLowComplete
BeltLowComplete
Leg thingiesLowComplete
Pink playsuitLowComplete
Grey bodysuitLowComplete
WigLowComplete

Journal

Gloves (Posted 20th March 2014)

Surprisingly easy to do! I started out by measuring and cutting out 4 rings of sofa foam, and then doubling up these rings to make the thick section at the tops of the gloves. I covered these in blue lycra. They look like arm swimming bands! Or donuts!
Next, I measured the length I wanted the gloves and drew around my hand to make a pattern. I cut around this 4 times, leaving plenty of room around the edges (to account for my hand being 3D) and sewed 2 pieces together to make each glove. After checking they fit, I then cut a grey jersey zigzag and sewed one around each glove, before attaching the glove to the arm-band/donuts. To finish off, I stitched a strip of pink lyrca around the glove/donut join.

I love my donut gloves <3

Adventures in wig wefting (Posted 14th March 2014)

I hate everything that resembles a 110cm lilac wig. Especially ones with pigtails!
Okay so it's not THAT traumatic, but my god I have spent 3 full days working on this thing and most of it was pure frustration.

The back parting was done with wefts taken from clip-in ponytails. Next time I'm just going to buy a pack of wefts, because all the ones from the clips were too narrow and I had to sew them together to get the right lengths! I followed a tutorial from the internet to do the parting, so the process itself was fairly simple, I just had to keep brushing the wig to keep it neat.
Somewhere along the lines, one of the ponytails has slipped out of place slightly, but honestly I don't care enough any more to fix it haha. For a first attempt at anything like this, I didn't do too badly. My mum kindly cut the bangs for me once I tried the wig on c:

Photo was taken with flash, so naturally it looks shiny as hell and for some reason the teeny gap at the back decided it was going to look hella obvious.

Body suits (Posted 12th March 2014)

I was dreading making these because I've never done anything like them before! But they're going much better than planned! I bought Kwiksew pattern 2722 and it's the best decision I've made in cosplay ever, I swear! All I had to do was cut straight on the back section rather than follow the curve for the 'hole' in the back and include a zip c:
The grey suit is double knit jersey. The sleeves were done with my beloved straight sleeve pattern, and then fitted to my arms.

The pink one is taking a little more work. I cut the pieces, but then sewed only the lengths I wanted, leaving the rest loose for editing. I then tried it on inside out and roughly pinned where I wanted the cut-out sections to be. I then neatened them up and made them symmetrical before cutting them out and hemming the legs. Now I just need to make and add all the bias binding (I'm using leftover fabric from PB for this as it's a great shade of hot pink!). I'm cheating a bit and am going to attach the pink suit to the grey one for ease of getting it off and on. Sadly this means I'm going to have a seam up the back of the pink suit buuuut it's an accuracy sacrifice I'm willing to make if I want to be able to go to the bathroom in this costume!

The wig is not behaving itself :/ I'm going to spend my next day off shouting at it.

Leg thingies and suspender belt (Posted 6th March 2014)

All done and dusted!
The leg thingies (this is the technical term) are white bodycon. I cut lengths long and wide enough for each leg, and then used a lot of trial and error to position the rings and make the legs fitted. The rings are attached by a strip of fabric on each side. I then folded the excess fabric around my feet/ankles to create a sort of stirrup strap so they don't ride up.
Next, I cut out the shape for the things at the top of each leg in bodycon, so I had double for each leg. I sewed them together and turned them inside out. I then side the same but slightly smaller in black cotton and attached it to the white part, and sewed a gold button on each. Using more small strips of white bodycon, I attached them to gold rings, and then attached them to the top of each leg thingy.

The belt was a similar process. I first of all measured out and pinned a doubled-over strip of bodycon but didn't cut it out. Next, I positioned a diamond shaped paper pattern on each side to create the suspenders. With these in place, I cut the whole shape out. This way, I didn't have any visible seams. To reinforce the suspenders, I cut out another diamond for each side and sewed them to the attached ones before turning them inside out. I then rolled the belt part over and folded the edges in, so the seam was on the underneath edge.
For the black part, I pinned the whole bodycon belt/suspender combo to black cotton and cut around it. I unpinned it and then carefully folded over all the edges of the black piece and pinned it in place (so it was smaller than the white piece), before stitching it down. To finish off, I cut smaller diamonds out of white bodycon and sewed them to each suspender.
Before attaching this to the leg thingies, I carefully folded up one side of the belt, and slid a round buckle (with the centre pin removed) into the centre of the belt.
The last task was to attach the suspenders to the rings on the leg thingies, which I did with more strips of bodycon.

This was a very awkward explanation of how I did things... at some point I will take a photo of the whole ensemble!

Progress (Posted 2nd March 2014)

I've finished the boots (see pic). I bought a pair of ugg-style boots in the sales for £5 and folded down the top to get the right height. I covered the folded over bit in white bodycon and cut a hole (with great difficulty!) for the eyelet. Next, I cut out the necessary shapes and covered the rest of the boot in lilac jersey. Finally I tied lengths of ribbon into bows and stitched them onto the back of each boot, and put a shower curtain eyelet into the hole in the right boot. Not shown in the picture is the chain, because I only just realised I don't have enough beads for it. Luckily I've just found some big rectangular beads online for just over £2 that should do the trick!

The wig has been prepped for wefting, in that I've tied as much as I could into bunches and taken the wefts off the clips.

The leg thingies are well underway! I've painted curtain rings gold, and I'm in the process of cutting white bodycon into shape.

Wig 1 (Posted 21st January 2014)

My plan to make a back parted wig is underway! I have acquired, on the recommendation of Kirarayumi, a twin tail wig. I intend to remove the wefts from the clip-on tails and sew them into the base wig. Luckily, the wig was quite cheap so if all goes to hell, it's okay. I also still have time to order a new wig!

Adventures with fabric (Posted 5th December 2013)

After a 5 and a half hour round trip to the fabric shop (this one is really awkward to get to OTL), I have acquired some fabrics for this!
I have double knit jersey for the bodysuit and pink jersey for the playsuit. Luckily I have some bodycon for the legs, collar and shoes, lilac jersey for the boots and black stiff cotton for the belt from other costumes!
So many stretchy fabrics... with such a form fitting costume though I don't really have a choice!