Tangled ever after

Cosplayer: Pandora-Chi

Variant: Wedding dress

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

24th May 2012: Tangled and Tangled Ever After ref I gathered these before the full video of Ever after came out so I had a minimal amount of screen captures to work with but it was duable - Also the dress that Rapunzel wore at the end of Tangled was exactly the same in terms of detail and shape; only difference was the colour so if I couldn't see the detail on the white wedding dress, I would refer over to the film's.
So many times did I have to keep looking at the refs - I freaked out quite a few times when I embroided the patterns along the skirt and kept thinking, OMG did I draw and embroid them wrong???

24th May 2012: Original concept art I used this as a reference for the shape of the dress as I prefer the outta skirt to have a small trail than what they finally decided on for Tangled ever after :)

24th May 2012: Crown + wig Just to give an idea of the scale of the crown and how it sits without the veil :3

23rd May 2012: My prop - ie DEAD GIVE AWAY XD By showing a photo of this, this character should be very obvious. As expected it was damnnn tough to make... stupid Disney for making it so damn detailled >< I remade this like 3 times before I got this blingy result XD But am happy with it overall as long as you stand far away and not notice the mistakes XD
The first time, I was kinda making it but testing it all at once - I used newspaper round the chandellier pieces to reinforce it but after I painted it, it looked obvious that I used a papier mache technique.
The second time round, the surface was smoother but unfortunetly, I did a really stupid amateur mistake ... the crystals didn't fit the holes XD Why did I not measure them properly was what I kept asking myself DX
And finally, after using craft foam, wire, lots of glue, paint and bling, I has a head piece that sparkles <3

22nd May 2012: Wig Seeing as how I had loads to do on the actual outfit, to save myself a bit of hastle, I scoured so many sellers for almost a perfect wig where it was layered, slightly choppy and had a slight volume flick to it and was delighted when I found one and it arrived ^^ The quality was so nice <3 All I did was literally raise one side of the bangs and taddah! the secret's out XD

21st May 2012: Veil complete To make the veil sparkle a little more, I hand sewed over 70+ glass pearls and that went a lot more faster than anticipated compared to the embroidery XD Though it is hard to see from the close up of the photo, they are there and hopefully will show up better on the day XD

20th May 2012: All the bling :D This is the one part out of a few things on this cosplay that I was dreading to make as I suck at making anything that isn't mainly fabric based XD Normally I don't really put a lot of effort with props but for this it's important .. it was surprisingly more expensive than I thought to make DX

20th May 2012: Corsage Though it's not on the cosplay, for this occasion, I felt it'll be nice to have a small corsage on the wrist (it'll become clearer later) Ahh how I love reusing left over stuff from previous cosplays :D

20th May 2012: Prop For those who are still a little unclear on what this cosplay is, this might just give it away - this was a last minute thing so I'm not sure if I'm gonna be carrying them all day - I know the flowers are only one colour but I couldn't afford to get another bunch T^T But eh! it's not too important compared to the garment XD

19th May 2012: Outta skirt wip My hands ached, my arms were tired, my thumb hurt and my arse was so numb after all that embroidery which consisted of about 34 flosses used lol
Seriously, it was tough doing all those patterns to look almost identical to each other and at times, the needle was so hard to pass through the fabric cos it'll be caught amongst the other threads DX But I mostly couldn't believe I had patience to endure it all; though wise to say I don't wanna touch anything that involves that mass amount of hand embroidery for a LOOOOG while XD

10th May 2012: Outta skirt start This was the one bit that I was dreading most as I knew how long it was gonna take me T^T ... 4 glorious metres of patterns to be embroided *cries*

10th May 2012: Skirt wip Underskirt sewn together - just need to insert the zip. I was debating back and forth whether to choose purple or pink as the base fabric cos I couldn't tell from the short preview clip which colour it was. In the end I chose pink as I prefered it with the buttercream overlay :D Have to say this was slightly annoying to sew as the overlay kept moving ¬.¬

7th May 2012: Skirt fabric When I squinted really hard on the bottom half and looking at the doll, there is this flowery leaf design on both the outta white skirt and under skirt so I went and tried to find fabric that had a similar feel and not resort to any painting (as much as it pains me not to be completely accurate I think it's safe not to be for this particular cosplay)
And so after I searched long and hard, the fabric on the left is what I'm planning to use for the outta skirt(I was lucky as I got the last few metres and thank the stars it was enough :D)
And on the right, is the underskirt fabric I'm planning to use. Dusty pink duchess satin with an velvety buttercream overlay :D

6th May 2012: Veil wip For the veil there is this sun like pattern along the seam which I honestly did wanna paint for accuracy sake but alas my chibi self said, "NO! no hand painting on a 'wedding' veil!" XD So to solve this I found a really lovely trimming which had this open flower design that could almost pass as a sun :)

Furthermore, on the veil there are a set of complicated swirly designs which too was tempting to paint but to make it a little easier on myself, I found some fabric which already had embroidered swirls so I purchased 5ms (which I felt was long enough... I wasn't gonna be insane and get what 20ms???)

3rd May 2012: Bodice complete Raw edges concealled, sleeves sewn together and back cleaned up with eyelets punched in for the lace back, I was quite pleased :D Though I so wanted to throw this to the other side of the room during the makin so many damn times ><

30th April 2012: Bias tape Along the neck line line of the bodice there is this gold bit - it woulda been stupid to hand embroid that so bias tape was the best option... You would not believe how freakin long this part took me! No kidding it was one of the most fiddly and frustrating parts cos of the added trimming and the way it has to curve into a sweet heart neckline >< It's so messy but my god, I was glad when I finished sewing it in...

24th April 2012: Under corset After I boned the main top and sewed the lining, I struggled for days on how to make the strange undertop - it was either I try combining it into one top or it IS two tops - the easier option for me was make 2 tops (also boned). I had so many precision issues with this as it had to sit just right when I wore the main bodice so it did take a while to achieve -_-

5th April 2012: Bodice wip After both the front and back patterns were painfully embroided, I pinned everything on the dummy in place - during this process, I had so many Death the kid moments as I kept moaning at how it wasn't symmetrical ¬¬ I have learnt, hand embroiding a symmetrical pattern is hard... either that, it's just my amateur self XD

31st March 2012: Bodice start And so, my painful journey started ^^;; after sewing the bodice together, I traced out the stencil design (provided by the amazing Malinda-chan on deviant art and she seriously is an absolute angel for sharing <3 It really did save me time from drawing it from scratch - the next hard part was blowing it up to scale to fit on the bodice ^^;) and afterwards started hand embroiding with so many packets of gold embroidery floss... I lost count how many days...

25th March 2012: Practice embroidery From this design you are most likely aware of what my project is - the costume title will give it away anyways XD For this, I did not wish to do any hand painting and force myself to do something as insane as embroidering DX But seeing as how I've NEVER done it before I had to practice and it as expected, the first test run was naff XD

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InfiniteJester - 3rd February 2012
ooo im intrigued!!

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Pandora-Chi - 3rd February 2012
Haha as much as I do wanna mention more hints, I promised myself to keep this as a secret until I finish it or am doing progress :D I just hope it isn't disappointing when I reveal what it is though as far as I know, it's quite popular with a lot of people ^_~

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LemonPanda - 22nd May 2012
fff! totaly know what this issss!<3 haha annnd your def THE person to pull this of perfectly<3 can't wait to see more progress :3

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PopcornKuma - 22nd May 2012
Oh my gosh! Your progress is just stunning *_______* I want to see it all complete!!!

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Nomes - 22nd May 2012
Beautiful! The bodice is absolutely stunning!

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Leolarua - 22nd May 2012
oh wow that bodice is stunning, i cant wait to see this :D

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SamanthaKaiba - 22nd May 2012
I really want to know what it is now...it looks fantastic

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eternal_aranel - 22nd May 2012
Omg this is looking so wow

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Sephirayne - 22nd May 2012
The progress is looking gorgeous. Really like the bodice.

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Karakulz - 22nd May 2012
This looks Beautiful so far!
And I think I know what it is >w<

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KiraraYumi - 22nd May 2012
Looks amazingly gorgeous so far, can't wait to see it completed! <3 All that detail...just wow!

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FusionRose - 23rd May 2012
I've worked out who it is xD And wow, this is amazing and the detail is beautiful <3 x.

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SamanthaKaiba - 23rd May 2012
Me too and the detail is amazing ^_^ this is going to be so beautiful

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Karakulz - 23rd May 2012
I just HAVE to comment again x3

I Definately know who it is now, and I must say everything looks AMAZING and that wig is just PERFECT! ^0^

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FuriePhoenix - 23rd May 2012

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CrystalNeko - 23rd May 2012
HNNNG I just love all the embroidery, the progress is just beautiful! You're going to look stunning <3

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BabemRoze - 23rd May 2012

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Leonie Heartilly - 24th May 2012
<3 Gorgeous! I hope I see you

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Freyarule - 24th May 2012
OMG!! This is looking amazing, everything is perfect :D Can't wait to see this!!

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InfiniteJester - 24th May 2012
Finally worked out what this was from seeing the prop :P You're gonna look fab hun!

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Hannah-Kiwii - 24th May 2012
This is simply beautiful! Incredible job!

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Phee - 24th May 2012
Awww! this is amazing!

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FuriePhoenix - 24th May 2012
omg you made me gush!!!! You look absolutely stunning and like the perfect disney princess bride!! I HAVE to see this in person on Sunday and take photos! *huggles*

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SamanthaKaiba - 24th May 2012

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Teacup_Erinyes - 24th May 2012
This looks stunning. I hope you'll come along to the Disney meet on Sunday so we can all get some photos. x

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Pandora-Chi - 24th May 2012
Thank you so much for all your wonderful words everyone - through all that painful work and bad luck with this cosplay, I'm so happy to read all this amazing feedback <3

@ Furiephoenix - Aww thank you lovely That;s very sweet of you to say - I just hope I'll pull it off as well as you on the day :) I'm so excited to see your Vidia! I must get photos of you too! Those wings look amazing <3
@ teacup_erinyes - Thank you ^^ I'll see how time goes on Sunday but I'll be happy to join the group nevertheless x

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Athora.x - 24th May 2012
WOW! that is so amazing! :D <3

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Holli - 24th May 2012
omg this is stunning ! BEAUTIFUL <3 what day are you wearing this? x

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Lozzie - 24th May 2012
OH MY GOD!!!!! 0_0 wowsers!!!

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KiraraYumi - 24th May 2012
DAMN GIRL, you look simply amazing! <3 Top-notch, once again!
Ugh, I can't believe I'm not gonna see this. Have a great time in it! x3

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InfiniteJester - 25th May 2012
I was right about what the surprise costume was :P You look stunning hun!

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Nomes - 25th May 2012
Absolutely stunning. I only wish I could see it in person but I shall have to satisfy myself with post-expo pictures.

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Pandora-Chi - 25th May 2012
Again thank you everyone ^^

@ Holli - I'll be there on the Sunday x
@ kirarayumi - Thank you very much I wish u were going to expo but hopefully I'll have a great time and won't completely bake in this! ^^;; x

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Siouxsie James - 27th May 2012
This looks so well made! Well done, you look great!!

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rosieroo - 28th May 2012
this was great u looked really pretty at expo x

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lilkimmi27 - 28th May 2012
You looked stunning

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Tsuchinoko - 29th May 2012
Awesome job on this, I was so impressed when you told me that you had done the embroidery by hand - all those little details looked machine-embroidered it was so neatly done.

I wish I'd had more time to chat to you this time.
It's a shame that the couple of times I ran into you was when I was in a hurry to catch my ride home.

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Kaerith - 30th May 2012
I squealed when I saw you come on stage... PUNZIEEEE!!! You looked GORGEOUS lovely!!! <3

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Ichigo-Chan - 31st May 2012
How many times did I say I want to steal your sewing skills? This is so pretty and I admire how you manage to hand sew the embroidery so well.

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TheEmoEmu - 1st June 2012
Ahhh you were so pretty! <3

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LittlePidgey4 - 5th June 2012
I saw you on masquerade! So pretty! *w*

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JustPeachy - 9th June 2012
You were stunning in the masquerade! I'm so glad I got to see this up close, the amount of detail is amazing! <3

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Emzone - 19th September 2012
So, so, so gorgeous <3