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Costume :Sakura
Variant :Artbook
Source :Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
Progress :Complete
Worn At :None


Costume Photos

Feathers

Dance

Farewell speeches!

Refs

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : a lot.

Description
Finals costume for the World Cosplay Summit!
Working alongside Felixize as Syoaran.

You can view more up to date posts and info on our page: https://www.facebook.com/WCSTeamUK


[Will add more in depth notes after construction is complete!]


Comments

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I love those little crystal sakura blossom motifs. Great progress so far. You're going to be a gorgeous Sakura!

by Kei Lin Sama on Tuesday, 25 March, 2014 - 20:35
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so amazing! your performance was beautiful as well!!

by kaasutii on Wednesday, 20 August, 2014 - 18:48
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Such a gorgeous costume. Well done hun ^_^

by Sephirayne on Friday, 22 August, 2014 - 02:57
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Beautiful costume! That pink base fabric has such great movement, the performance really showed it off.

by Amy-Lou on Friday, 22 August, 2014 - 14:33
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So so so amazing! Stunning costumes and beautiful performance <3

by MissColzyChan on Sunday, 24 August, 2014 - 03:52
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Love the artwork! Gorgeous costume.

by Carmina on Wednesday, 27 August, 2014 - 08:19
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This is such a stunning costume, I love how it moves <3 You and Felixize did the UK cosplay community proud!

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 31 August, 2014 - 00:20
 

Journal

90% (Posted 14th July 2014)

The costume was about 90% completed here!
[No wig] Photo taken a couple of days before we flew out to Japan!

The headband is still incomplete here as it lacks some minor details and the 6 longer strands. All the bells have not been attatched here. The hoopskirt was also reinforced once we arrived in japan with a collapasable hula-hoop which was hand sewn into the crinoline to keep the shape under all the layers of material and ensure easy movement on stage!

Headdress (Posted 13th July 2014)

The headress was made using a white headband, covered with matching white satin and padded using stuffing to create a base pillow. The individual flowers were then handsewn into place creating two rows and an inner row to help fill it out. Once completed the headband was garnished with some smaller gems and wire details The knots were hand made and sewn into place with the three longer trails hand sewn into the ends of the band. The headband piece was sewn into the wig to ensure it didn't slip off during the spinning parts of our skit!

Back skirt (Posted 7th July 2014)

The back panel was drafted using pattern fabric and then cut and lined. The traingles were caught between the bias which was stitched in the seam once again to avoid any topstitching. The piece itself was attatched to an elasticated waist band which sits on top of the skirts and panels - hidden underneath the belt piece.

Progress (Posted 27th June 2014)

The inner sleeves were made separately to avoid putting too much weight on the outer sleeves and destroying the shape. The tips were interfaced and covered with the flower motif which followed the usual bondaweb/detailing and satin stitching process that all the others had applied. The sleeves were then sewn onto a vest which is worn underneath the main bulk of the costume. The skirts consisted of two layers of pink - one slightly longer than the other so the layering was noticeable. [On the spin image there is only one pink skirt at the time] The outer white skirt was cut following the same pattern and then trimmed into its unique shape with raised sides. The skirts were elasticated at the hem to achieve a good fit.

Outer top and sleeves (Posted 25th June 2014)

The top pattern was made from scratch. The sleeves were gathered at the seam to allow for the puff sleeve. The rest of the sleeve was then added at the join and lined in pale pink. The bias was hand stitched on the inside to hide the top stitching. The inner sleeve was kept separate from the outer top to avoid it weighing the sleeves down.

Belt (Posted 9th June 2014)

The belt was double layered with a slipstitched gold bias trim along the edges. The panel was lined in gold duchess satin with the details bondawebbed on and then satin stitched. The pieces were then covered in their retrospective swarovski crystals individually by hand.

Bell Triangles (Posted 28th April 2014)

The triangle pieces were the most time consuming part of these costumes - the gemming aside. There were cut from pink cotton and sewed together and turned inside out. Then a lobster clasp was threaded onto some invisible wire with a bead threaded through. The whole thing was threaded onto a needle and pushed through the centre of each triangle and then secured inside with a small plastic bead and layers of knotting. The bells were clipped on using the lobster clasp which made for easy removal for transportation.

There were a total of 95 of these on the entire costume and each one was done by hand! [sob]

Panel Progress (Posted 15th April 2014)

The flowers on the costume were cut from pink cotton and were made up of two layers, bondawebbed together, to remove any transparency while keeping the colours strong.

The individual details were cut and bondawebbed into place and then satin stitched to remove any rough edges. The entire flower was then bondawebbed to the panel with a satin stitch outline in a matching thread. The panels themselves were lined with gold duchess satin and interfaced.

Jingle Bells (Posted 26th March 2014)

Clipping the lobster claps to all the bells~~~~

Pink base (Posted 19th March 2014)

We found a gorgeeeous fabric hidden away in a little sewing shop close to my house. The skirt base is made up of two [overlocked!] half circle skirts. We sewed elastic into the waistband to gather it evenly.
Not the best photo since the petticoat is being pushed by both my butt and the wall but you get the idea!

Sakura panel details~ (Posted 19th March 2014)

For the flowers in the panels of the dress!
We bondaweb joined the fabrics together then applique stitched round each piece to keep it in place. The crystals haven't been attached here but we used SS6 on the outside and SS10 on the inside!
It seems to catch the light nicely =D

Panels / Dress patterning (Posted 17th March 2014)

Today we've been doing some work on the panels for the dress.
Pictured is our patterning fabric with our satin panels pinned into place.
Hopefully later on we'll have some more progress pictures of the applique on the flowers all tidied up with the bias trim~

Bias prep (Posted 14th March 2014)

Cut out loooots of long strips of duchess satin to turn into bias binding...

Good news is we've probably turned about 60 or 70 metres here!
Bad news is we have 3 more metres of fabric to cut up....

Crystals (Posted 10th March 2014)

We're still slowly gathering together pieces for our Championship costumes - last week the batch of 35,000 Swarovski crystals we ordered arrived!

They are SS6 and SS10 in size across a various selection of colours. Pictured here is one packet of Jonquil Yellow in SS6 (approx 1000) - they are TINY.

We decided we needed a few more. This now puts our total bling count up to 48,240 crystals.

Sakura Crown (Posted 19th February 2014)

Sakura's Flower Crown.

We tried a number of techniques including using individual petals and different coloured dyes/amounts and spreads. These are the ones we're most happy with currently!
The flowers were pinched using a small hand stitched circle in the centre.

These are only the bases - there is still much more to be done but it's a small step forward!

You can find our tutorial on how to make your own Cherry Blossom petals [part1] here! http://imgur.com/CdCN0pM

Banana for scale.