9th February 2010: Staff complete I finished making the staff yesterday and just in time for Midlands Expo without rushing too much.
I am not 100% happy because there are some things which I can improve if I re-make it again (did I mention I can never make anything symmetric?), then again this is not a bad attempt from a person who sucks at making props so I'm not totally disapointed with myself. However the staff will NEVER be re-made as I only plan to wear this cosplay for Midlands Expo 2010 only and have no other plans to re-wear.
7th February 2010: More staff progress I took a break from the cosplay, but since Midlands Expo is only 2 weeks away, I definitely MUST work on the staff otherwise I will not be able to finish in time. Also, since there are no future plans to re-wear this costume, I will miss my opportunity to wear this costume with an awesome staff.
I worked on making the shapes of the head of the staff and although it is not 100% accurate, I am fairly pleased with the result so far. Anyways I suck at making props and the only prop I ever made was the Romeo x Juliet swords, so there is no surprise that I can only make inccurate props.
Staff costs less then £4 to make because I'm cheap! Handle was a mop broom brought from Wilkinsons for £0.67, cardbaord came from previous parcels arriving through the post which costs nothing, newspaper which came through my post costs nothing, A3 foam was brought from Hobby Craft for £0.66 each and finally I used hot glue glue, PVA glue and masking tape which I already own.
Hopefully I will beable to finish this before Midlands Expo, then the diaster will be carrying it on the trian!
28th December 2009: Staff progress Since the actual dress was completed last week, the final part of this cosplay is to make the staff. I was really looking forward to making the staff until I realised how difficult it was to make the shapes into a 3D object.
I started off with a metal mop handle brought from Wilkinsons for £0.69 which was covered in paper marche such that when I start painting, the arcylic paints will not flaking off the metal parts. Next thing I did was the top of the staff made with cardboard and foam. I had a load of parcels through the post over Christmas which means I'm cheap as I paid nothing for the cardboards.
20th December 2009: Accessories *Excitment* The costume is almost complete! though still need a lot of work on the staff because have not started and I'm not good at props. I have brought a mop for £0.69 from Wilkinsons and have plently of paint, foam, cardboard, hemp, PVA glue, hot glue gun sticks etc... so should be able to start soon.
As for progress, I have finished making the head piece and choker made out of foam, ribbon, hemp, velcro, clear comb and constructed with a hot glue gun. Also the accessory which goes on the waist line is completed expect I need to wait for the paint to dry, then I can attach it to the dress and say this dress is COMPLETED!
pictures were taken during the night, so colours are bit dark and dull.
12th December 2009: Cape progress All of a sudden I'm working so slow and I greatly blame this on work for making me very tired and ill for almost a whole month!!!! gah!!! been sleeping at 10:00pm and waking up at 1pm to catch up with all the sleep I lost during weekdays (OMG! 13 hours sleep 0.o)
Anyways, I started to work on the cape which was the next hardest task after the gloves. I thought the cape would be simple, however cutting and hemming in a funny shape at the front was fairly difficult. I'm definitely NOT happy with the result, but can't afford to dish out more money to buy another 2 metres of duchees satin to re-make. The most annoying thing was the cape was very heavy that it started to pull my bodice down though good news is that I'm not paranoid that my bodice will slide right down as I made it stiff from the shoulder line.
Things to do.
~ Finish hemming the cape
~ Add buttons to the bodice
~ Accessories and headpiece
15th November 2009: Dress base ~90% I can't believe I'm making so much progress within the 2 weeks even though I had to work 40 hours this week. Also it is hard to believe that this costume might be completed 3 months before Midlands Expo which is a big shock as my other costumes are always complete on or before the day which is due to debut, but shhhhh!!!... I need to keep quiet otherwise I will fall into the lazy mode.
I've been working on the bodice and gloves. I can not stress how much I HATE making gloves! They are the most EVIL thing to make in cosplay! There is ALWAYS something wrong with every single glove I make as it is extremely difficult to get it fitted perfectly around my fingers. I'm not too happy with one of the gloves, but will not remake unless I can find some free time. I've have to make 2 costumes for a skit in May's Expo, so I need to put those costumes into priority. The important thing is that I can move and bend my fingers and that no one will notice the gloves are not perfect unless they look and stare closely enough, so I'll guess I'll leave the gloves as they are.
The bodice was a pain to make (but not as much as the gloves) I wanted to use a paper pattern which I already own, however the pattern did not work so I made it by guess work! haha! I'm insane, then again my Garnet dress was made by guess work too, so it was not impossible. Unlike my Garnet bodice, I used interfacing to make it more perfect fitting and to reduce the wrinkling. Overall I'm fairly happy with the bodice even though the invisible zip is hard to pull up as I need to bend my arms in a funny angle (I will need some help from my friends)
8th November 2009: Big Skirt Took almost a full week to make the skirt, but then again my daily routine from Mon-Fri is almost work, sleep, work and sleep again, plus my sewing machine broke so these days all of my cosplays are hand sewn. Will definitely consider buying a new sewing machine once I have the money and space in my room.
Anyways for once, I'm proud of how big and poofy the skirt looks! I think I am improving my skills on making big poofy skirts. The bodice is currently in progress and will attach the skirt onto the bodice once it's 100% complete. I'm so glad I choose to make this nice and simple costume, definitely a good break from Sakura's pink ball dress.
You'll have to ignore the mess in my room and picture lighting. My room space is only 2x2metres and as usual it's always in a mess whlie working on cosplays. Since I don't have anyone to help me take cosplay pictures, I had to use the timer which failed! At least you get an idea of the outcome of the costume.
1st November 2009: A good start... I can't believe I have started on this costume even though Midlands Expo is 4 months away! Anyways, starting way too early is better then leaving everything last minute & bearing in mind I will need to make at least 2 costumes which are complex-ish in time for May.
Thanks to my previous experinces in making a big skirt, I measured and cutted the fabric. I will need to hem and then sew the skirt pannels together, then voila! I love simple skirts, they are so much fun to make unlike Sakura's *coughpinkballdresscough*
31st October 2009: Fabric I went out into Birmingham, so I thought I should make use of the journey to get some fabric from Fancy Silk Store. It has become one of my favourite places for fabrics. There were loads of thick, yet lovely white satin from chiffon, polyster, countess etc... The fabric I went for was Duchess satin because I can not resist the price of £4.99 per meter.
In total I brought.......
~ 12 meters white duchees satin (£59.88)
~ 1 meter gold duchees satin (£4.99)
~ 1 meter brown duchees satin (£4.99)
~ 22" white invisible zip (£4.95)
*sigh* my poor bank balance T_T
Hopefully 12 meters of white will be enough, though I am a short person afterall. Also I only needed 1/5 meter of gold and brown, but the minimum is a meter, so hopefully I can make use of the left over fabric for future cosplays.
Random off topic :- On my shopping trip I met a group of cosplayers & I did stare at them. Hehe! they must have thought I was a member of public who knew nothing about cosplaying. Even cosplayers can stare at cosplayers!
InfiniteJester - 19th December 2009
wow i cant believe u made this all from scratch it looks amazinnnnggg! hope to see u there!
Ichigo-Chan - 20th December 2009
It was really fun making this costume from scratch, maybe because the costume is fairly simple and a lot less messier then some of my other costumes.
Hope to see you at the Expo too, what will you be cosplaying?
Lady Bahamut - 20th December 2009
Wooow! Progress is looking amazing!! *_*
Tsuchinoko - 18th January 2010
Ooh, this is looking nice.
I like the detail around the top ^_^
(and how are you always so immune to snow???) XD
Enchanting_ELK - 8th February 2010
n_n' I'm not familiar with the anime, but this looks amazing :D and I hope to see u at the expo~!
Ichigo-Chan - 8th February 2010
@ Lady Bahamut
Thanks and glad you like the details on the top because it was the most painful thing to make. Sewing 4 layers of fabric together by hand = painful red fingers!
Hmmmm.... I am pretty much used to the snow and freezing weather. At work, I always have to walk around a freezing warehouse and freezer without a coat T_T
Thanks and hope to see you at the Expo too! Will you be cosplaying as Amu?
Enchanting_ELK - 8th February 2010
:D you're welcome~!
Yep i will be ^_^
Hannah-Kiwii - 8th February 2010
This is so simple and beautiful! It suits you really well. It looks so clean and sharp and and...I LOVE IT!
Solaria - 8th February 2010
Looking very beautiful x3
phalor - 22nd February 2010
This is absolutely gorgeous. *A*
Solaria - 22nd February 2010
Awwh i missed you but this looks ABSOLUTELY beautiful x3 Another amazing cosplay of yours 8D
Lady Bahamut - 22nd February 2010
Wow, you look so pretty! And that staff in so shiney! :D
Enchanting_ELK - 24th February 2010
OMG you looked so pretty in this cosplay! ^^
That staff is AMAZING! ^D^
Here's a photo I took of you~ http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v292/dancegirl/Conventions%20and%20Expos/S7307975.jpg
Ichigo-Chan - 24th February 2010
Thanks everyone and glad I got some positive comments on my staff because I'm very inexperinced at making props & was worried how it will turn out.
Thanks for the photo and it was great to meet you at Midlands
I got a photo of you too, I will give you the link once I upload it on my computer.
Enchanting_ELK - 25th February 2010
^_^ you're welcome, it was great meeting you too! ^D^
Ooh yay xD thanks, I'd appreciate that! ^^
Littlerascal92 - 1st March 2010
I can't believe how beautiful you looked in that dress *.* Completely wonderful! x
Anime_Angel - 6th March 2010
that sure was a legendary costume you had there^_^ sorry I didn't have much time to speak to yer as one of my friends wanted to speak to me about somat while in line for the cash machines lol
ProbablyHeather - 13th April 2010
I saw this at Midlands~! <3 I really wanted a photo but I had no hands so I couldn't get one D8 You looked absolutely gorgeous in this costume! xx
Yukito - 25th April 2010
(late response to your comment ^_^;;)
Thnx, your costume is awesome, too. ^_^ Hope ta see you at future cons/expos :)
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