Cosplayer: Pandora-Chi

Variant: Disney Designer Princess Doll

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

24th October 2012: Complete dress detail From the moment I saw the design, the first thing that came to mind was there's not enough of an oriental feel towards it. So as I was searching for fabric, I came across a stunner! Light pink brocade with cherry blossom branches 8D This fabric alone injected the very thing that was missing from the illustration and doll <3
However though it's gorgeous from the outside working with it is another story altogether... ¬.¬ It is truly one of the most horrid fabrics that I've ever dealt with cos of the way it madly frays DX When I finished working with it, I swear it looked like someone dumped a group of cats on me if they had italic fur! Pain in the ass to get off the carpet too ¬.¬
Not only was the fabric terrible to work with at times but it was tough in how I had to learn about pleating the proper way and insert godets (both of which r alien techniques to me). In addition I started with a really odd pattern to begin with so the dress shape wasn't as 'custom' fitted as I wanted it to be :/ But it fits and I have a dress! :D

15th October 2012: Dress info For absolutely ages I was so so stuck on how to do that flary bit at the bottom. I did find a pattern which was perfect but it worried me that the finished dress would be really tightly fitted around the hips all the way down to the knees which not only would restrict a lot of movement but show of all those unnecessary rolls of fat on me DX

Then street angel gave me some advice to not make it ridiculously tight round the hips and to get that flare effect I should insert godets ... Sheer brilliance!! I couldn't believe I NEVER thought about that! Resolving this, the dress was given the green light ^_~

(Illustration drawn and demonstrated by the lovely street-angel <3) Diagram on left is the restrictive idea and on the right is what I feel more comfortable with :D

14th October 2012: Fan trail complete As expected I was frustrated with this ... the fan ended up lying really flat with not enough gathers (which I funnily am tempted to go back to correct) and the trail wasn't an easy journey either...

Excuse me whilst I prepare for another rant *Clears throat*
I decided to use the same fabric I was planning to use for my dress to match so I knew the trail would be heavy if I also chose to line it in that fabric. So instead of doing that I opted for something light - seeing as how I couldn't find any pink georgette, chiffon was the next best thing... *shudders*

U can guess that I stressed out using it - the fabric kept moving hence the panels didn't line up and I didn't wanna treck to the fabric store to get anymore metres of this cursed fabric >< Luckily I JUST had enough to correct a couple of panels .. NEVER again do I wanna do this was awful to sew..

It looks so weird overall but depending on my attitude, I may or make not remake the fan bit (the trail in the end I'm happy with cos of how it drapes)

11th October 2012: Fan test I one thing I knew about this cosplay before I started was how much of a nuisance this bit was! DX I mean I could see that they were trying to do the whole obi decoraion which don't get me wrong is really lovely to add on Mulan but WHY??!! WHY did it have to be both a fan and a big ass trail?! DX If it was one or the other my life would be so much more easier! So before I did anything roughly drafted out the fan pattern.

The fan on the right responds more to how the doll is done and on the left that one is how I'm planning to make it since it opens out like an actual fan. Still so unhappy about the pattern and I can see it going so wrong...

9th October 2012: Corset complete Unable to figure out how to do the bottom of the dress I made the corset to begin with - this proved a little tricky but I actually ended up being quite proud of it :3
I'm aware that Mulan is wearing something that looks like a red string ribbon and I was plannin to twist fabric to mimic it but I found that making the strap wider worked better. Also, I don't do small bows XD

23rd September 2012: Pleat calculations I know nothing about how to 'math' out pleats (hence the white paper with all those random scribbles) XD U wouldn't believe how long I spent trying to figure out the formula for it - to this day I don't even think the calculations I made was even correct XD I'm that dumb! OTL

20th September 2012: Bodice Pleats test Note: Ignore the corset as it was used to test ^^;

In order for the pleats to stay up my best best was using organza (like the doll) but I wasn't sure what method to use so I tested to ruffle it, knife and box pleat it. After some trial I found that box pleating worked best (which is the method I was MOST fearing DX

25th July 2012: Wig wip (Truthfully I coulda used my own hair to save the trouble but whenever it gets too long, I always get it cut XD) *ahem*

Though there was nothing wrong with the first wig I had for Mulan, it was rather awkward to put into a bun (ie. I needed to be wearing (and aggressively gripping onto) it whilst Sylentium twirled, brushed and secured the wig into a bun DX) Wanting to avoid this scenario again, I decided to invest in a new wig where the method for styling this was way easier! XD
The new wig originally had pretty long bangs so I cut them down but not off altogether. I'm aware the doll and illustration does not show her having any bangs but I decided to include it cos it has that slight 'dynasty princess' feel which I preferred and not the god awful beehive which I hate. Seriously who the hell was in charge of the Mulan doll production cos the more I analyse the thing the more I wanna go 'what were u thinking?! XD
Wig is still in working progress cos I need to try to neaten it up and sort out those chopsticks but other than that I'm quite happy with it :3

18th July 2012: Hair clips I decided to get started on this with the small little hair clips - Since the clips weren't visible on the illustration I had to look at the doll. Like a lot of things I do not agree with the doll. I just didn't like the shape of the hair clips ¬.¬ so I decided to try and make them similar to a lotus flower (refering back to her original flower comb)
I was planning to make them outta craft foam but I wasn't sure if it'll look right. In the end I chose to make them outta organza and Duchess satin whilst sealing the edges with a candle - The organza was terrible to work with cos not only does it burn quick but I had a few mishaps of accidently dropping the fabric and seeing it shrivel into nothingness courtesy of the open flame XD
To finish it, I used some pearls :3

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SamanthaKaiba - 27th October 2011
This is a beautiful will suit you very much ^_^

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FuriePhoenix - 27th October 2011
this is going to be beautiful!

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Tsuchinoko - 27th October 2011
Nice, I'd love to see this interpretation of her =D

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j_mercuryuk - 28th October 2011
Really cool design. Can't wait to see you do this

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Anonymous - 28th October 2011
I do like this design, and I very much like your ideas to elaborate on it. Looking forward to see it some day :)

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lilkimmi27 - 8th November 2011
Id love to see this!!!

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Street-Angel - 25th November 2011
Eeeeek can't wait for this, so exciting <3

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Pandora-Chi - 27th November 2011
Thanks for all the lovely words on this everyone - I hope to do a good job on this when I get to it <3 and Charlotte yeah I know! I'm so damn excited!! <3

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eternal_aranel - 5th May 2012
Ffffffffffffff <3 This design! Can't waiiiiit~

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puzzledpenguin - 18th July 2012
Such a beautiful design! With the extra work you've put in on the details (the flower clips), I'm sure you're going to make this look amazing.

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Kacela - 23rd July 2012
I can't wait to see this! It is going to be so beautiful <3

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MissAriel - 26th July 2012
Really looking forward to seeing this :D

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SamanthaKaiba - 26th July 2012
loving the look of the wig ^_^

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Nomes - 27th July 2012
Nice wig! Really neat up do.

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FuriePhoenix - 27th July 2012
love the wig and the hair clips! I love how you made them instead of going with store bought ones! So looking forward to seeing the progress of the actual dress!

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Pandora-Chi - 30th July 2012
Thank you so much everyone ^^
@ Furiephoenix - Hehe thank u lovely ^^ I felt it would be a cheaper option to make them rather than go out and find some which would probaly cost me £3 or more XD For the dress, I wanna try and be as creative as I can with it and hope I won't disappoint x

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gaming_goddess - 19th August 2012
This design is super cute and progress is looking really good.

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InfiniteJester - 28th August 2012
you'll look lovely in this i'm sure!

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SamanthaKaiba - 17th October 2012
Loving all the progress on this...cannot wait to see it suit Mulan very well

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BabemRoze - 18th October 2012
Looking awesome so far!

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FuriePhoenix - 18th October 2012
the progress is looking gorgeous!

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SamanthaKaiba - 19th October 2012
The trail looks amazing but I can see how it would be annoying...cant wait to see the completed look ^_^

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Phee - 19th October 2012
omg this looks friggin' gorgeous already :O

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Numta - 23rd October 2012
I just want to point out that I AM a straight married man but all I can think of the new preview is 'so pretty 0.0'


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FuriePhoenix - 23rd October 2012
oh my...... so gorgeous! You out do yourself every time I swear! Which day are you wearing this? I'd love to see it in person if it's Sunday!

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Kacela - 23rd October 2012
You are beautiful! This is stunning <3

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Pandora-Chi - 24th October 2012
Thank you so much everyone for your comments <3 Can't wait to wear it now :3

@ Furiephoehix - Aww thank you so so much lovely -^^- I'm wearing this for the Sunday :3 If I don't run into you then u can see it at the masquerade as I'll be entering with a group xx

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KiraraYumi - 24th October 2012
I can't even words at how gorgeous this is. So amazing ;u;

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TheStarlightFairy - 25th October 2012
Gorgeous gorgeous GORGEOUS
I love your fabric choices! So perfect ;_;

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rosieroo - 25th October 2012
thats beautiful

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JustPeachy - 30th October 2012
You look so beautiful! Glad I got to see this up close :) Absolutely stunning!!

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Tsuchinoko - 30th October 2012
This has turned out just as pretty as your previous Mulan.
I wish I'd been able to see this =)

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Emzone - 30th October 2012
So gorgeous <3

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xLaviChii - 30th October 2012
You look stunning <3

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Ichigo-Chan - 30th October 2012
Can't believe I never commented on this!!
I really like the fabric choices, the pattern on the pink fabric is a perfect choice. You really suit Mulan well and the dress looks really pretty.

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eternal_aranel - 31st October 2012
So sososo prettty!

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CharlieDoryRose - 8th November 2012
You looked incredible in this. The dress was amazing and you suit her so much. I'm really glad I got to see this in real life! <3

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Speckles - 12th November 2012
This was amazing in person, it's been sewn beautifully and you look great in it! Nice job.