Sakura Hime (Prologue) - Tsubasa REservoir Chronicles


-- Sticking this up to complete --
Pfft, too ill to make wings in time so will have to wait till next time I wear Sakura! And they -will- be made because I already have the fabric, and I very much doubt I can use the fabric for anything else! oTL
Sooo rather than keeping this in-progress for aaaages I've stuck it up in complete XD

To be perfectly honest, this was a rather dull costume to make! Nothing technically challenging, it was a PAIN because while it was simple, it was still rather detailed and therefore, time consuming. However now that I've completed the costume I'm glad I stuck through it, the dress tails are so much fun to spin around with 8D

I'll be making the wings as well, whether or not I can actually do it for MCM Expo May I don't know, wish me luck to cram it in one week's work! D: (Because the actual week before Expo I will shoot myself if I have to work on cosplay, it's exam season so no costume work for me!)

Medium brown wig £16.50
2-3m white cotton £4-6
4m gold cord £2
2m Hi Multi Chiffon £6.50
1m Crepe back satin £3.75
2m Crushed chiffon £8.98

I started off with the bodice which is your average fitted bodice with a zip down the side. The skirt was then pleated on and because the fabric is rather stiff, it makes the skirt have lots of volume!

The front panel of gold on the bodice was hand stitched on, then the gold trim around it was also hand stitched on (which took ages!! I'm rubbish at hand sewing D: ).

The rest of the gold trim was then cut out and sewn on from the inside first then over the top and around the front for a neat finish. And I must say, it's my neatest trim ever 8D *proud face*. The gold trim at the joint from the bodice and skirt is one strip of fabric with a seam down the middle - because I was too lazy to sew on two strips of fabric (in other words, I'm a cheat!)

The straps were kind of messy... Good thing the dress tails and wig covers the messiness, so the bit at the front is the neatest bit :'D

The gold gems were all made from model magic and painted with gold acrylic. This was attached onto cord.
The gems on the front panel were hot glued on! I was originally going to use velcro so that I could take it on and off easily... But then there'd be this white gap if you looked up close and I didn't like that look!

The dress tails are sewn into the dress at the back and then the straps are sewn over it.

The wig was layered and styled using TRESemme hairspray and a hairdryer.

Lady Bahamut posted on 10 July, 2009 - 15:29
If you could actually do the wings, you'd be the most epic person ever XD

FrankieEstee posted on 31 December, 2009 - 21:37
D'awww, the dress looks amazing *O*~ Can't wait to see this completed!

NatalieNoodles posted on 1 January, 2010 - 15:15
Dress looks pretty so far! :D

Ichigo-Chan posted on 16 May, 2010 - 20:09
Can't wait to see this completed. The dress looks pretty and I like the shapes of the gold gems. This is my future cosplay and if my gold gems fail, then I will steal yours lol!

Charles Sauvage posted on 16 May, 2010 - 22:21
I really love the shape to the dress and I love the way the skirt drapes. Excited to see this finished, I will hassle you for many many photos >:]

Freyarule posted on 18 May, 2010 - 08:49
Eeeee I love the finished dress :3 so pretty!

MoonLily posted on 18 May, 2010 - 10:06
Wow it looks stunning! You're the dress making queen! 8D

goodbyeworld posted on 18 May, 2010 - 11:08
This is soooo pretty! Can't wait to see it 8D

Lady Bahamut posted on 18 May, 2010 - 11:23
Ahhhh! Why are so you prety?! XD It looks fantastic! ^^

Captain_Marvelous posted on 31 May, 2010 - 01:39
You look Beautiful! Well done!

Anonymous posted on 31 May, 2010 - 09:42
Hay saw you guys at the parad yestaday =^.^= from chii

Amy-Lou posted on 31 May, 2010 - 10:38
I spotted you on Sunday! Such a pretty costume :D How do you get all your hair under a wig, I'm astounded.

Lady Bahamut posted on 31 May, 2010 - 10:54
You know you looked great! XD I should have gotten a pic with yu 8D I only remember these things when I get home!!

Dusttee posted on 31 May, 2010 - 14:38
You looked so awesome~ I just wanted to pick you up and carry you home XD

Ichigo-Chan posted on 31 May, 2010 - 17:31
You looked so pretty as Sakura. I wished I got more pics of our Tsubasa group T_T I loved all those gold gems *coughwhichIwillstealwhenI finallygetroundtomakingdreamdressSakuracough*

caylithe posted on 1 June, 2010 - 20:31
You look so pretty in this :D. Wish I had seen it in person >_<.

phalor posted on 8 June, 2010 - 15:13
You look stunning in this, the wig really suits you. :)

FrankieEstee posted on 12 June, 2010 - 21:40
SAKURAAAAAAAA~ *reaches hand out dramaticly* Lovely taking pictures with you >w<~ <3 You made such an amazing Sakura ;3;~

goodbyeworld posted on 12 June, 2010 - 22:19
You look so lovely in this!! <3

TheEmoEmu posted on 20 June, 2010 - 21:05
I HAS FINALLY FOUND YOU!!! (the other Sakura from our botched masquerade group) :D

Buy fabric
Make base dress
Gold detailing
Gold gems
Dress tails
Make wings

Total cost: £0.00

17th May 2010


Lol, my hair! My Sakura wig will make me look less of a spacktard when spinning because it's shorter, much much shorter than my real hair! (And thank God! XD If I had a wig as long as my hair and I span round then that poor wig would be tangled within minutes...) So I sewed on all the gold detailing. All made from crepe back satin, the shiny side is used for the random gold panel with the gems on. And the matte side is used for all the trim! It looks so neat in the pictures... Shame it doesn't look so neat IRL LOL. I did think about hemming the chiffon... However I found it would have look weird and worse if I had hemmed it... I'm thinking of burning the edges but I'm not too sure because it's white? Or I might just leave it because it looks fine in the photos :'D And yes, the chiffon is actually attached on now, rather than shoved down the back! I'm fully aware I don't have the line of gems on yet... I need to figure out a way on how to attach them on xD; Time Taken: 5hrs

16th May 2010

16/05/2010 - All hemmed!

Okay, so I decided to get a full body shot after all. Because I decided to hem the dress once and for all and I had to try it on because I took in the bodice a bit as well at the back. So I thought "Meh - may as well take a photo!" Time Taken: 30mins

16th May 2010

16/05/2010 - Gold gems done!

I've painted every gold gem now! Waheeey! Also painted the gems on the front bodice ^_^ I'm tempted to paint the cord itself gold as well because I was messy with the painting. But not today because I've already washed the paint brush loool *lazy* I also cut the white chiffon in half for the random dress tails she has. I can't sew them onto the dress until I do the gold detailing though. And I can't do the gold detailing till I buy the right colour thread lol! XD; Time Taken: 1hr 40mins Apologies for webcam photo once again. Really cannot be bothered to go get changed into costume and so there's no point in getting a full body shot. Excuse the unflattering enormous hoodie as well :P

15th May 2010

15/05/2010 - Necklace!

Woohoo! Got the necklace done and painted 8D It's made from cord, model magic and acrylic paints. I have to hold it in place because I haven't made any sort of snap for this yet. Time Taken: 20mins Excuse the webcam picture, I can't be bothered to get the camera out just to take a picture of a necklace...

8th May 2010

08/05/2010 - Gems

Uuuurgh, reason why I haven't worked on this costume for ages? Because it's so boring to make!!! It's driving me insane, I want a more exciting costume to work on =3= So here's all the little gem things, all hand made out of model magic. I did try looking on eBay to see if they had anything to save time but they didn't... So hand-making it is =3= I gotta wait for them to dry then I can paint them. And to the right of the picture you can see the gold cord I'm using - which I will be wrapping around in fabric to make the gem string thing and the necklace. Costs: 5m gold cord - I can't remember, I'll estimate £2.50, seems logical xD Time Taken: 3hrs =3= You can tell I love using =3= a lot now, it's so cute :'D

2nd March 2010

02/03/2010 - Fabric all bought!

Yeees, I just did an order on www.cheapfabrics.co.uk for the remainder of my Sakura cosplay! Now I can start my wings! 8D *shot* I mean... finish the base dress of course.... *shifty eyes*.... Costs: 2m Crushed Chiffon £7.98 (for wings!) 2m Hi-Multi Chiffon £5.50 1m Crepe Back Satin £2.75 I'll add on £3 to the costs as well because of P&P =_= (Yes it's £3.95, but part of the fabric bulk was Princess Tutu wings. So I'll spread out the total costs to her~~)

31st December 2009

31/12/2009 - Dress

This took forever to do Q.Q I kinda half like it and half don't. I like how BIG it is! However I cut the sides too short so it doesn't drape as nice at the back, but I don't want to waste any more fabric because it takes a LOT of fabric do I'll just put up with it :'D It's not hemmed yet because... there's too much fabric and I want to do something else xD But here's what it looks like so far anyway~ Time Taken - 2hrs

6th December 2009

Sometime in October... - Start of the dress

Oops! I started the dress ages ago but didn't actually log my progress in! (I logged it in my LiveJournal though which is likely why I forgot to type it up here as well) I haven't actually made much, I've been busy. But it is enough progress to write about :'D I've made the bodice, added the zip in as well. It's a bit longer than it needs to be but that's just so that I don't have panic attacks when I sew on the skirt part which is also in progress - I've cut out a couple of panels thus far and need to cut out more, that's just me being too lazy to do so xD; I think the bodice can be made even more fitted but otherwise that's the bodice done. I am still contemplating on fabric choices, particularly for her tail things that come off her straps and for the wings. I've got some fabric softener though so I'll see how floaty the cotton becomes once I soften it up and if it's still rather sturdy then I'll just go with chiffon because the tails really do need to be floaty! I've also been working out proportions... I'm going to make it slightly inaccurate because for one thing the length of her dress and tails changes in every picture! It doesn't look good when it's like Wedding Yuna length so I'm making it slightly shorter xD; Pictures to come when I've done more than just a shoddy little bodice and panels 8'D Time Taken: 1hr Costs: 6m gold cord - £3 10m white cotton - £20 (LOL I'm not using it all. But I did buy 10m so I'll work out the real costs once I figure out just how much I'm using xD; )

12th September 2009

12/09/2009 - Wig

I quite like the colour of this wig, and it's -really- thick too. Perhaps a bit too thick at the front but ah well. I'm glad I went for a longer wig because I like being able to cut wigs to suit me, so I've added slight layers at the back, the longest reaching about shoulder length (Which is actually accurate, it's my personal touch and it's accurate - wahey!) and the rest of the hair was pretty much the same. The raised bangs were blasted with TRESeme freeze spray as were the antennae, although I kinda failed there... Closer the time I may give the front a feathered frame for prettiness because it looks a bit too thick. We'll see :) Time Taken - 30mins Cost - £16.50 P.S. Excuse dirty mirror xD;

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