Meiko Sakine

Cosplayer: Pandora-Chi

Variant: Alice in Musicland

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

24th October 2012: Beads Originally I was planning on stringing beads along a silver chain to get that beaded effect for the red ruffle dress but as soon as I wore it, the chain snapped in no less than 5 minutes DX ...
So to lessen my worry with his happening at expo, I decided to hand sew (God knows how many) beads all round the two layers which took me quite a few hours but I'm so glad it was done! I was getting bored when it got to the end and I kept countung how many beads I had left to do when I clearly know it's 'X' number lol
But it's worth it as I found it was a much better solution cos the beads r least likely to come off and I don't have to keep adjusting the position of them :)

21st September 2012: Bottom tier / skirt complete This took me about 4-5 days to make and yes it is the ruffles fault for taking longer! >< But I can't blame them entirely since I spent about a day to alter and cut out the trail skirt.
The back panels were fine but the front ones I had problems with! DX I just couldn't get it to flow right. The first set of patterns I tested exposed the under skirt way too much and looked weird so I had to correct this - luckily I had plenty of red fabric left over :3
I also made the bow too afterwards but couldn't be arsed to photograph this with the skirt XD The only thing left to do with this is to add a beaded chain to the dress and I think I should be done garment wise ^_~

16th September 2012: First tier complete Spent the entire day making this - feckin ruffles! I never learn! Why do I always continue to go for things with ruffles?! They're so annoying to make!! I even added another layer of organza ruffles to puff the taffeta ones out more *wacks head on table* I blame my stupid sense for adding extra detail DX

And yet, here I am ranting about the first tier of ruffles when I know I still got the longer set to go *cries and sigh* ah well - back to the pattern cutting of the trail dress I go *grabs scissors and pattern. AFK*

11th September 2012: Bodice complete Those bloody sleeves have taken me what felt like forever! (In reality it has taken me a week XD) They are officially the most complicated and most irritating pair of sleeves I have ever sewn! Tell me what kind of sleeve have you heard of that's in 9 parts (and more if you include the lace overlays)??!! I was seriously sitting there getting so impatient trying to piece ONE damn sleeve together and this took blooming hours! >_<# so please do not ask me to make something like this again cos I would cry ;_; but despite all the frustration, I like how the bodice looks (even if the sleeves are weighing down DX)

26th August 2012: Flower remake Been so busy lately that this costume has to be put on hold a tad (Bit annoying seeing as how I've got the most time consuming things to make still DX)
The only thing I could manage to do was to redo the flower thing on the sash - probably a waste of time but you can actually see it now XD it's practically 3 bows stuck together and way bigger than the orignal flower :) I also redid the club so that the shape is better and I used smaller sized gems to give it that tinby bit sparkle :D

20th August 2012: Complete under skirt To make the dress look more prettier I decided to purchase some lace and sew it on top of the black taffeta and I quite like how it turned out - ok it is a bit hard to see the pattern but if you see this in day light it's there!

One thing I hate about this was trying to sew the two things together - the lace kept sliding and I would carefully have to unpick and sew it again! urgh it was so annoying! >< But it's not as evil as organza or chiffon (thank god) ¬_¬
I put the dress over the big petticoat and I not only like the volume but how it maintains that 'ruffly' effect all the way to the bottom ^_~ A part of me thinks it could be bigger though XD

10th August 2012: Bodice wip The base so far. It took a while to figure out how to get in and out of it cos of the added complication of the lace back. In the end I managed to find a solution though it's a bit awkward to get in it still. I'm happy with it though so far. I just hope the sleeves will look ok...

8th August 2012: Necklace As I was squinting at the little Meiko chibi, I found that she wore a red necklace of some sort but the shape was quite hard to identify. At first I was gonna find any kinda red charm that would be appropriate like a red heart for instance. But then to my miracle, my cousin had this high res picture of chibi Meiko that was clear enough to show me she was weaing a musical note! 8D And on top of this discovery, I found amongst my necklaces that I actually had a musical note pendant that I could get away with using!! LUUUUCKY! <3

7th August 2012: Crown scale and wig I brought the wig ages ago cos it was on deal and it has a really nice tinge of red in the strands :) I basically didn't do much but cut a few little bits and use gel to create bit of volume.

And as promised just to show you how big the crown is, I sat it on top of the wig head - I haven't sewn in the combs as I need to still buy them which is why the crown isn't tilting ... I would cry if the heart bit snapped off as it's the most vulnerable bit to the design! >< I dropped it once and I freaked out but luckily it was ok... lord help me transport it safely in my small suitcase XD

From the reference I know all the frame bits r white but it looks strange white which is why I went with making it silver in the end with pearl strings :3 (there is some white yay! :D) I was considering to bling it up a lot more but I thought, lets not get carried away XD

7th August 2012: Crown 95% complete Pieced it altogether and added some decoration - just have to sew some combs underneath so that it will attach to the wig :3 This crown was tougher than expected to make - in some ways harder than Rapunzel cos of those blasted frames ¬.¬

Not exactly 100% happy with it but it will have to do for the time being. I do like how it sits on my head though :D Will perhaps post some photos later to give u an idea of the scale of this :3

6th August 2012: Crown wip Er.. it's in pieces lol (An obvious analysis but it's evidence to say I've stopped procrastinating... for now Xb) Doesn't look much like a crown but I promise you it will come together eventually to hopefully resemble a crown XD

This thing actually took me a week to plan but nearly a whole day to make all the parts - The toughest bit was to figure out what to use that would be easy to work with and ultimately cheap =b In the end, I ended up using quite a few things including fabrics, craft foam, newspaper, card, wire, clay, glue and acrylic paint - the crafting tools I used in the process I swear beats the amount of things I had to pull out to use for Punzie's crown!! (and that was a huge ass list!) There were so many things to pack away!

Not much more to do with this except paint over some areas and oh yeah, glue the whole thing together (doi!) But then after all that, comes the bling which I am so looking forward to =b

2nd August 2012: Petticoat complete As much as the dress is huge, I didn't wanna use a hoop skirt for this. One reason is due to the patterns I'll be using for the bottom half and how I feel it'll volumize the entire bottom half of the dress too much that it'll lose the shape I'm aiming for. And the other reason is I won't be able to fit through doors XD Soo, being a real cheap ass I decided to make my own hoopless petticoat rather than buy one (The price of a black hoopless petticoat is scary!!)
(photo on the left finished petticoat) Made from organza and broadcloth (lost count of the metres I gathered btw) and took about 8 hours or so (cos I'm slow like that ><) I wasn't being too precious about it as I'm wearing it under everything but happy with the volume (photo of the right demonstrates it's volume when applied to a circle skirt :3) If I still feel it's not huge enough after I've made everything, I can just add another layer so it'll be even more big ass XD

20th July 2012: Sash complete - flower pleh! Before I begun this the one bit I wasn't looking forward to sewing was the purple bit lining all around the sash ¬.¬ I HATE with a passion using bias tape round sharp corners!! >< But luckily when I looked closer to the sprite, I found the purple only lines before the points so I was like THANK GOD! So I completed the sash quickly but am happy with it.

I may redo the purple flower and the centre club. I'm not really happy with it at all ¬.¬ The club I made too big and is so not symmetrical! and the flower is just too dark of a shade which means I'll have to go out to find a lighter purple fabric -_- Apart from that, it's an easy fix really.

Well finished sewing up the sash to begin this whic as easy

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LemonPanda - 21st June 2012
omg yes<3 If anyone can make a dress like this it'd definitely be youuu!

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BladeyCakes - 30th July 2012
Ooooh! This is going to be gorgeous! I just know it 8D

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InfiniteJester - 2nd August 2012
ahh so pretty! I'm planning Len or Luka's version from this sometime with a group :)

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Pandora-Chi - 4th August 2012
Thank you guys :3 I hope it'll turn out as pretty as I pictured it XD

@ Infinitejester - oooh when I get this completed, I'll love to join u for a photo shoot <3 I love everyones design in AIM <3

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SamanthaKaiba - 6th August 2012
Just watched Alice In Musicland and I love it. I'm torn between cosplaying Miku or Luka...I may do both ^_^ can't wait to see this

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WhiteWraith - 6th August 2012
Ahh I love Alice in Musicland :) Can't wait to see this completed!

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SamanthaKaiba - 7th August 2012
love the looks so well made...cannot wait for all this to be put together ^_^

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Pandora-Chi - 7th August 2012
@ samnathakaiba - aww thank you so much lovely - it was seriously a challenge! and ikr?! The video is just so darling -^^- I would love to see you attempt both Milku and Luka 8D
@ whitewrath - who wouldn't right!? XD I just gotta keep pushing myself to actually make the dress now XD

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Viola - 20th August 2012
Aww Meiko *_*
Very nice character choice, can´t wait to see this (:

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LemonPanda - 21st August 2012
ffff<3 i love how much detail you go into costumes!<3 this is looking great so farrr!~ i might have to hit you up for tip-sys for making crowns and stuff ;D do you have a full group for this? would be so amazinggg<3

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XxSylentiumxX - 3rd September 2012
eeeee!!!so excited for this group, miss Queeie XD The crown details look splendid - I will definitely have to pick your brain one day on how you make such awesome props <3

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KiraraYumi - 5th September 2012
I've finally watched this video and wow, it's so cuuute! x3
Everything looks perfect so far, I really adore the sash! Cannot wait to see this completed! 8D

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CrystalNeko - 21st September 2012
GUUUUURL THIS IS LOOKING AMAZING. Can't wait to see it for reaaaaal~
So excited man :B

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SamanthaKaiba - 21st September 2012
The bottom tier looks's looking fantastic

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Koiice - 22nd October 2012
oh wow, that looks amazing D8 -ish gobsmacked- Luff et!!

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Alouette - 22nd October 2012
Lovely work on the dress and the crown is gorgeous :)

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Sammymisa - 24th October 2012
hey! im going to be with a mad hatter and white rabbit on the sunday if you want to meet and do photos?

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Kacela - 31st October 2012
Another beauty! Well done honey =]

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Limegreenjelly - 1st November 2012
so so cute ^^ Love this in real life too :) Love it

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Ayame - 5th November 2012
This dress is so gorgeous. You looked so pretty ^_^