|Awards :||CosIsland Showcase 07/09/14|
|Time Taken :||150+hrs|
|I lost track of the time taken/costs completely as I tried to keep this fairly low key, therefore didn't have handy CosIsland journals to keep track of it all! All rough estimates however, I started planning the skit and researching of the costume in November time 2013, started making it around February 2014 and then carried on until Hyper Japan in July 2014.|
Everyone knows I love Princess Tutu, I really wanted to give the ECG qualifiers a shot again and to put on a decent performance so we rattled ideas around and eventually landed on Princess Tutu! I've always wanted to do a performance regardless as I can actually do ballet and strangely enough, I've never worn a pancake tutu before, only ever romantic tutus.
I bought the Russian ballet bodice pattern off tutu.com and luckily I fit the size that I bought perfectly so I didn't have to do any modifications to the pattern whatsoever. I made a mock up out of calico first to check the fit. Then I cut out the panels for the duchess satin top layer and the coutil lining, used the zig zag stitch to go around the edges so that the satin had weight to it for the structure of the bodice. I sewed on boning tape to the seams, inserted boning to the front and side-back panels (leaving the back and side free for ease of movement) and finished it off with hook and eye tape and satin bias binding on the top and bottom.
I drew out the embroidery pattern onto A3 paper, scanned it in and then photoshopped it to make it cleaner ready for the embroidery machine. I used Bernie's embroidery machine to make it, her dad and I programmed it into the machine and then Bernie set the machine running whilst she was working on her own costume and then posted it to me. It took a few tries to program but in the end we managed to get it all satin stitched. Bernie gave it two layers of thread with interfacing on the back, which I peeled off and covered in PVA glue to seal the embroidery. I handstitched it on with metallic thread to give it a slight shine when looking at it close up. When I have time I may go over the edges with beads.
The feathers are rooster feathers I got off eBay and I glued and stitched them on to ensure they won't fall off. I then stitched on the gem that I bought from Tutus and Textiles.
The tutu pattern was bought from Tutu Patterns, it's the pancake tutu. Very easy to follow and really relaxing to make! I watched a lot of anime and TV whilst making this. It's made from 9 layers of tulle with hooping (bought from Tutus and Textiles) in the 7th layer for support. There are optional butt and leg ruffles, I ignored the butt ruffles and just went for the leg ruffles as I felt it was poofy enough. I made the panty from plain cotton with bias binding to finish and the basque was made from duchess satin, medium weight iron on interfacing and cotton as lining. I followed the pattern and used grosgrain ribbon to finish.
The overskirt is a circle skirt with an invisible zip, made from duchess satin. I had to handmake feathers out of satin back dupion by cutting each feather and melting it with a candle. I chose this fabric as I liked the contrast to the duchess satin. I hand stitched each feather with white thread and then tacked each one down with invisible thread. I used white thread first as it's a lot stronger but I didn't want it visible hence why I used both kinds of thread. I then hand stitched the lining to the skirt which was also made from duchess satin, the weight of the duchess satin means I didn't need to use interfacing! I used bias binding to finish off the inner circle.
I hand stitched the overskirt directly onto the bodice where the two pieces of bias binding meet.
The wig was made from two wigs. An orange wig from eBay and a white 'Ash' wig from Coscraft. I cut both wigs in half and sewed the top half of the orange wig onto the bottom half of the white wig. As the orange wig was so long, I trimmed it afterwards. I used a wig over feathers because I honestly really do not like it when I see other cosplayers use feathers. I've always preferred the look of a feathered wig instead and so I purposely chose this method. Although I think I will sew in the remainder of the white wig into this wig because I don't think it's fluffy enough.
I bought a tiara base from FabricLand and used 0.4mm wire to thread beads (with a hole of 1mm diameter) to create the tiara. I bought some trim from FabricLand which had diamond gems in every other pearl which I really liked the look off so I glued this onto the tiara base.
Tights and pointe shoes I already owned.
I'm not going to lie, this costume is boiling! People thought we were really cool in our costumes but I honestly overheated loads in this cosplay. By far not a cooling costume, however still fun to wear. I just can't wear it for long because honestly, I don't have the stamina to wear pointe shoes for long periods of time, even in class we only ever wear them for 30mins and then it's into flats! So I tire really easily, but I like pretending I'm a ballerina for the amount of time I'm in it regardless!
Need to do a proper shoot at some point, at Hyper Japan we all just wanted to get out of the costumes ASAP after our performance :P
Tutu VI (Posted 14th August 2014)
It was a bit of a monster before I tacked it all down. I've also shown a picture of the hooping.
Sadly I took no pictures of the panty or basque, it's not very exciting to look at anyway.
Tutu II (Posted 14th August 2014)
I used two layers of straight stitches and gathered them altogether. Look at how much space it was already taking up and it wasn't even all of them...
Tutu I (Posted 14th August 2014)
12 layers of tulle (although I only used 10), all labelled and ready to use!
Details on bodice (Posted 14th August 2014)
All done - embroidery sewn on with metallic thread. Feathers glued and sewn on, gem sewn on.
Embroidery II (Posted 14th August 2014)
Bernie created the embroidery for me and posted it. I've never done this sort of thing before and she told me to cover the back of it with PVA glue before stitching it on, and so I did.
Embroidery I (Posted 14th August 2014)
Tidied up and then filled in with no gaps so that it's easier for the embroidery software.
Bodice IV (Posted 14th August 2014)
I was so proud of how neat I sewed on the bias binding I decided to take a picture of it...
Bodice II (Posted 14th August 2014)
Drew on the mock up for the embroidery pattern, then I traced over it with A3 paper before scanning it into the computer and editing on photoshop.