|Time Taken :||Roughly two or three months on-off|
|I've wanted to cosplay Tinkerbell for a long time, and I have wigs/contacts/make-up that suits her already. I wanted to be a Tinkerbell face character for a while! I'm the right height for her and I think I could pull off her figure. Also, I've wanted to make a costume from scratch for a while now, and I think she will be a good place to start, as her dress is relatively simple and I've done a lot of research into how to make the wings etc. Hopefully it will go well. If I can drag friends into doing other Peter Pan/Fairies characters, all the better! :D|
|Buy new contacts||Low||Complete|
|Wig - find bun that matches||Low||Complete|
|Ribbon for shoulder straps||£0.00||Bought|
|Fur and stuffing for pom-poms||£0.00||Bought|
|Fabric for wings||£0.00||Bought|
|Zipper, hook and eye, hair ribbon||£2.95||Bought|
|Ear prosthetics||£18.00||To Buy|
Sparkles (Posted 18th September 2014)
There are 50 on the front, and 20 on the back, roughly, each hand-stitched.
489 down, another 400 or so to go... (Posted 8th August 2014)
Three days later, half of the wings are complete. Just the other half to go! Having a break though because my leg has been cramping up sitting still in the same place for 3 days straight. Hopefully the dress will be finished tomorrow or maybe the day after, and then it's just the sequins and finding a way to make the wings stay up, maybe investing in better wire. I want to add sequins or glitter to the shoes/dress but this is a bit testing on my sanity so far, so we'll see. I'd love to buy crystals to sew/glue to the dress but they were pricey and I haven't got the budget yet - hopefully at some point!
Wings (Posted 5th August 2014)
Slowly getting there. Need paint, sequins, and to find a way to keep them up :/
Spray paint! (Posted 3rd August 2014)
Well that was terrifying! Only went a little overboard though, overall I’m pleased! I used Tulip Fabric Spray Paint in dark green, which is a bit blotchy but never mind. Doing the back later and maybe starting the wings.
Progress (Posted 2nd August 2014)
The straps have been finished, ready to sew on when I've spray painted the dress. I've done some paint tests, and I'm very nervous because it could go wrong SO easily...ah well. Has to be done at some point. I've also given the shoes a base coat of fabric paint to be detailed over.
Dress is finished! (nearly) (Posted 1st August 2014)
Straps, darts, paint, glitter, sparkly bits. Then wings, then shoes, then wig, then done!
Pom Poms (Posted 24th July 2014)
Bit too messy for my liking, I might re-do them, but these ones are complete!
Progress! (Posted 24th July 2014)
Today my parents bought me the dress fabric as a birthday present! It's not suedette, as I couldn't find anything in the right colour, but this fabric was the perfect colour so I decided to just go for it. We also got ribbon for the shoulder straps and fur and stuffing for the pom poms. Cut all the pattern pieces out together and will hopefully tack them together next week!
Fabricland samples arrived (Posted 5th July 2014)
Whilst the Fabricland service was lovely, sadly their emerald suedette is too dark for Tinkerbell. It would work for the darker shades, but as I'm planning to spray paint it darker, the finished dress would end up way too dark. It also doesn't have the yellow tone I'd like. Ordering another sample from an ebay seller, hopefully that one will be okay. Hopefully also visiting an actual fabric store soon!
Supplies (Posted 25th June 2014)
Went out and bought a few supplies today! The zipper is a tad too long but I'm not worried because it's all one dress piece, it just might go a little bit further down my bum is all. I bought the ribbon for the hair because even though I don't like it, it is accurate to the parks.
Samples ordered! (Posted 24th June 2014)
Placed an order for suedette in Emerald Green and Bottle Green from fabricland.co.uk, they very kindly send small samples free of charge if you only want one or two fabrics. Should arrive at my home address about the time I do!
Progress (Posted 22nd June 2014)
So I've been doing a lot of research for this, and I'm really lucky in that I have Belizma (Teacup_Erinyes) and Hazel (Squiddley) helping me. I'm also using Angelphie's marvellous detailed information on how she made her Tinker Bell costumes, and she's given me advice too! So I've had lots of help.
I bought New Look's pattern in 6468 for this dress as it has lots of panels that are a good guide for editing the hem of the dress. It's going to be quite tight-fitting but that's the look that I want. I'm requesting fabric samples tomorrow from fabricland.co.uk of their suedette in emerald green and bottle green, I think the emerald will work quite nicely.
Angelphie's wing walk-through is very helpful, but I'll also be using JiaJem's wing tutorial for the harness; http://jiajem.com/tutorials/wings/ I may use clear vinyl for the wings, but I'm also thinking about using tights stretched over the frame,or using other fabrics. We'll see what I can get!
I've found this tutorial as well for editing the hem, which should hopefully go well, and hopefully I can use a similar technique for the neckline!