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30 May 2012 - 10:5184936
Looking for some help with a cosplay
Just to start me off really. I've never made a cosplay before, but I really am willing to make this one...even if it does kill me xD;

For october expo 2012, I'm going to be cosplaying as Irene Adler from the movie Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows.

I've studied her outfit for the last three days and come to the conclusion that I will need the following things;
dark blue silk for the dress, pink to line the bodice/fitted jacket, velvet for the overcoat.

As I said before, I have never made a cosplay in my life. I'm just looking for patterns and tutorials to help. I am going to get my mother to help me, and hopefully some friends too, but I am a little clueless as to what I need to do to start off.

Here are some reference pictures of Irene in her dress;
Ref 1
Ref 2
Ref 3

I was thinking of wearing a corset underneath the fitted jacket and attaching a pillow to the back of it so the dress puffs out?

If anyone can find me a tutorial or pattern that is similar to this dress, I will love you forever! Or even if you just give me an idea of what to do, that'd be brilliant!

Oh! Before I forget, does anyone know if I can buy the hat she has anywhere? Or at least one that is similar?

Thanks everyone!


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Last edited by QwertyViolinist (30 May 2012 - 11:14)
30 May 2012 - 11:0584937
For patterns, all I can suggest is searching for period-clothing patterns, or altering more regular skirt and jacket patterns. As this is your first costume I would suggest actually buying a pattern as it makes it a lot easier (especially if you can find a kwik-sew pattern, as they're easy to understand).
I just though I'd brind up a couple of things that struck me as odd - the overcoat you mention, if that's the one in reference 3, looks more like velvet to me. As for making the skirt go out at the back (and thus also making the jacket follow it) you'll want a bustle underneath your skirt, so look into them. Then you'll just need the skirt and jacket large enough to fit over it properly, so make your underlayers first.
If you end up having to try and make the hat, try things such as wire to form the shape, felt, or fosshape.
Best of luck with your costume


30 May 2012 - 11:1484939
Quote Zelvyne:
For patterns, all I can suggest is searching for period-clothing patterns, or altering more regular skirt and jacket patterns. As this is your first costume I would suggest actually buying a pattern as it makes it a lot easier (especially if you can find a kwik-sew pattern, as they're easy to understand).
I just though I'd brind up a couple of things that struck me as odd - the overcoat you mention, if that's the one in reference 3, looks more like velvet to me. As for making the skirt go out at the back (and thus also making the jacket follow it) you'll want a bustle underneath your skirt, so look into them. Then you'll just need the skirt and jacket large enough to fit over it properly, so make your underlayers first.
If you end up having to try and make the hat, try things such as wire to form the shape, felt, or fosshape.
Best of luck with your costume


Wow, thank you so very much for the help!
VELVET! Of course! Bugger, haha, thank you for clearing up my mistake there! C:
I shall look up bustles and period-clothing patterns then, thank you.
And thank you for the luck, I will definitely be needing it!


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30 May 2012 - 11:3984944
I can't find anything exactly the same, but there are a few similar patterns around at the moment:

Misses Steampunk Costume Simplicity Sewing Pattern No. 2207
http://www.sewessential.co.uk/Category.asp?CategoryID=1580&NumPerPage=5&page=1

Misses Petite Early 20th Century Costume Butterick Pattern No 4954
http://www.sewessential.co.uk/Category.asp?CategoryID=1651&NumPerPage=5&page=1

Misses Historical Dress Costume Burda Sewing Pattern No. 7880
http://www.sewessential.co.uk/Category.asp?CategoryID=2407&NumPerPage=5&page=1


You can get genuine vintage pattern copies here:
http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/Products/browse/cat/Historical_Clothing_Patterns_(Women%27s).html

Only problem with these is that they generally need a lot of adjusting as sizes were very different back then.

Wearing a corset under the jacket sounds like a good idea and if you want to keep things simple a pillow under the skirt will work, but a proper bustle will be much lighter as it's just a frame. There are also bustle patterns on that last link.

I'll second the overcoat being velvet. Remember when working with velvet to make sure all your panels stroke the same way or they'll catch the light differently.


30 May 2012 - 19:2385014
Quote Amy-Lou:
I can't find anything exactly the same, but there are a few similar patterns around at the moment:

Misses Steampunk Costume Simplicity Sewing Pattern No. 2207
http://www.sewessential.co.uk/Category.asp?CategoryID=1580&NumPerPage=5&page=1

Misses Petite Early 20th Century Costume Butterick Pattern No 4954
http://www.sewessential.co.uk/Category.asp?CategoryID=1651&NumPerPage=5&page=1

Misses Historical Dress Costume Burda Sewing Pattern No. 7880
http://www.sewessential.co.uk/Category.asp?CategoryID=2407&NumPerPage=5&page=1


You can get genuine vintage pattern copies here:
http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/Products/browse/cat/Historical_Clothing_Patterns_(Women%27s).html

Only problem with these is that they generally need a lot of adjusting as sizes were very different back then.

Wearing a corset under the jacket sounds like a good idea and if you want to keep things simple a pillow under the skirt will work, but a proper bustle will be much lighter as it's just a frame. There are also bustle patterns on that last link.

I'll second the overcoat being velvet. Remember when working with velvet to make sure all your panels stroke the same way or they'll catch the light differently.

Oh wow! Thank you very much for those links; they're extremely useful! the first link especially I feel is very similar to her dress! c:

With the bustle, would it be complicated to make? I admit, I do lack money thanks to no job, so a pillow seems like a cheap and easy option, but I would like this dress to be as perfect as I can possibly make it; so maybe the bustle would be a better idea?

Oh! Thank you for that tip- I shall definitely remember that!


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31 May 2012 - 13:0685082
Use Chapter 4 of this for the sleeves:

http://sewingforlife.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/modern-pattern-design-1942.pdf

and if the sleeves are still driving you insane, use this:

http://web.archive.org/web/20101106023301/http://photos.ladybrooke.com/sca/gowns/bluegown/sleeves.htm

make it fuller at the top so you have some puff to play with, and pin it into submission XD

Google 'set-in sleeves' for other tutorials! You may need several different sets of instructions before you find a method you're happy with - make sure you do plenty of mockups before cutting up your nice stuff

Also for the bustle, there are these kinds of tutorials:

http://www.elizabethancostume.net/bumroll.html



Last edited by madmazda86 (31 May 2012 - 13:07)
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