Mulan (Matchmaker robes) - Mulan

StatusComplete
Worn AtMinami Con 17 (2011)
AwardsHistorically accurate use of aerosols and waterpistols in China Award


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Worn also at: MCM expo May 2011, London Film Festival con July 2011, Minamicon 19 March 2013

This is a crazy but typical cosplay (for myself) which I'm considering to try but I'm serious bout this character! she's one of my favorite Disney heroins ^^ and I feel as though I can relate to her in some aspects (aside from the obvious culture =b); such as being super clumsy - Ok hopefully not SO clumsy that I'd set my match maker on fire, but clumsy nevertheless XD

UPDATE 28/12/10

Ok it has been decided I will go through with the match maker dress as this is a bit more challenging and prettier than the green one ^_~ only thing is I'm gonna plan to not have a very white face as it might look a little strange on me and am gonna incorporate oriental aspects (ie chinese brocade patterns) to the cosplay rather than do an 'accurate' interpretation but still make it know that it's still Mulan (if that makes any sense at all... hopefully my plan doesn't fail ^^;;;) ... I realized I'm gonna be putting a bit more work on myself but what the heck - for the sake of the china! XD

UPDATE 1/3/11

Finally, I have most of the outfit done! I'm still waiting for my wig to come through (my actual hair length is too short for this cosplay at the moment) hopefully when the wig does, it is going to Minamicon, making an early appearance as I planned this for the May expo '11 originally! ^o^ this outfit was difficult in the sense how I had to use quite a few pattern pieces and I've never worked with crepe satin or brocade before - don't think it turned out too bad though ^^;;
Oh that note, I did intend to make an obi bow back for this but I think I'm gonna put that on hold til I finish Mai's outfit as she is in desperate need of priority and attention atm - I'm determined to take her to Minamicon! >:D

Hopefully I'm gonna wear this at LFCC too - BUT one huge problem ... it's gonna be so so warm and am gonna find difficulties sitting down with the corset boning T^T ... I literally paid a price for this outfit LOL

UPDATE 20/3/11

It was amazing to be in the shoes of Mulan for this day at Minamicon - I was almost collapsing at the amount of nice comments I got from people bout my cosplay ^_~ There's one I'll never forget -

"Too Skinny!" XD (Courtesy of the wonderful Street-angel who made this weekend enjoyably hilarious) lol

Oh yeah! and I give my thanks also to Crystalneko for telling me bout the bench at the back - it was a great little spot to take photos - THANK YOU! XX

UPDATE 30/06/11

Wearing it for the last time this year as part of a Disney group masquerade at LFCC - GODAMN I'M NERVOUS!! but so excited! <3

UPDATE 04/03/13

Less than 2 years has this cosplay been sitting in my cupboard, I decided to slightly revive it when Street-angel said, wouldn't it be funny if I was the matchmaker? and well I bursted out laughin cos I could c it XD soon this idea became a real live skit and OMG! I actually got an award for it 8D The skit actually came out quite ridiculous cos the props we used was so modern and I did screw up the timing in places but I believe it worked XD

Skit vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54rkf9qdFoM

Comments

Komapsunida posted on 28 July, 2010 - 00:05
aa!!! My brother and I are obsessed with this film right now for some reason;; then again, it is very very awesome! I LOVE Mulan my dear! She's also such a good role model no> <3 You'll look amazing as her!! btw I had no idea we weren't on friends lists;; I'm sorry!! OTL

Pandora-Chi posted on 28 July, 2010 - 12:29
LOL it's ok ^^ Thank you!! I love this film to bits! I just watched it recently and it's sparked my liking towards the film and I was like - I should try this.... even though it seems very typical this cosplay... ^^;;

Lolita Hime posted on 28 July, 2010 - 14:13
wow awesome! best film eva XD

InfiniteJester posted on 30 July, 2010 - 20:54
aww love this film, cant wait to see this!

AnimeWarrior posted on 23 October, 2010 - 02:05
OMG NO WAY :=O your doing mulan :O ???

Pandora-Chi posted on 23 October, 2010 - 12:52
lol it won't be for a while but my friends kinda convinced me to cosplay as her - they'll say I'll pull it off - they also suggested Snow white for me ^^;;

AnimeWarrior posted on 24 October, 2010 - 01:50
Ok so i nominate YOU for the best cosplay =0 No1 ever does mulan i aint seen no1 do it so thats unique !!! :) and also the film is a childhood memory ^_^

Pandora-Chi posted on 24 October, 2010 - 14:24
Aww thank you! I will do my best when that time comes ^^ and yeah same here - it was one of my childhood favourites ^^

Kacela posted on 29 December, 2010 - 16:17
You are going to make a beautiful Mulan! I can't wait to see it ^^

Hanbeat posted on 19 January, 2011 - 15:09
I love Mulan!

KiraraYumi posted on 1 February, 2011 - 19:50
Wow, progress looks great! I love the make-up, you did it perfectly!^^

J-Po posted on 4 February, 2011 - 22:46
that is beautiful material and so well crafted, the matchmaker will be pleased lol

Pandora-Chi posted on 4 February, 2011 - 22:47
@kirarayumi - Haha thank you - admittedly I can't take much credit for the make up though cos my friend is more of an 'expert' at applying - I simply suggested how I wanted it and made sure it wasn't 'white'

InfiniteJester posted on 7 February, 2011 - 21:18
lookin great so far - def go for the obi!

CrystalNeko posted on 7 February, 2011 - 21:52
Really love how you used patterned fabric instead of just the plain colours, it looks lovely! Can't wait to see this complete, you'll make an amazing Mulan! Now go save China :'D

Kouji posted on 7 February, 2011 - 22:17
love the fabric <3 and it looks great so far <3!

Pandora-Chi posted on 7 February, 2011 - 22:24
@justthewaydrmade me - Thank you ^^ and yeah I had this idea for a long time to include the obi - may not be the right culture but it does make it prettier ^^ @crystalneko - Thank you so so much ^^ - didn't really fancy making the outfit plain - and HELL YEAH I'LL FIGHT FOR CHINA WHEN MY TRIBE'S AT STAKE!! XD

Kacela posted on 7 February, 2011 - 22:33
Everything is looking beautiful! Looking like the perfect Mulan =]

tinygreenturkeyeyes posted on 8 February, 2011 - 19:45
Wow! This is looking beautiful~

Pandora-Chi posted on 8 February, 2011 - 19:49
@kacela - Aww thank you so so much - that's too kind ^^ I will try and do my best with this cosplay ^_~ still got a way to go...^^;

jaks-kingdom-dwarf posted on 17 February, 2011 - 18:19
This look absolutely beautiful i love it already <3

Sailorette posted on 21 February, 2011 - 19:19
Ooooh looks lovely so far! Can't wait to see you as Mulan in person xD you should have a Mushu on your shoulder hehe Mulan was always one of my favourite old Disney films :3

Pandora-Chi posted on 21 February, 2011 - 19:30
aww thank you Jay ^^ I have actually got a Mushu toy lying around somewhere cos I too loved the movie that much when I was a child ^^ though I'm unsure if I'll wear this for the expo - there's another outfit I wanna see if I can make, if not then Mulan is going to the expo!

FusionRose posted on 23 February, 2011 - 22:59
Progress is absolutely stunning x.

FuriePhoenix posted on 24 February, 2011 - 21:46
oh my gosh!!! Your progress is absolutely stunning!! I love your choice of fabrics too! I also like the idea of doing a proper obi bow at the back ^_^ You're going to look amazing as Mulan!

Pandora-Chi posted on 24 February, 2011 - 21:50
Wow these comments are way too much guys but each and everyone of them are so special to me - I want to thank you all as it's just the kind of boost I need to complete this x

BabemRoze posted on 28 February, 2011 - 19:17
I watched this last night =D Are you doing the make up as well? :D It's looking awesome so far @.@ jealoussss

Pandora-Chi posted on 28 February, 2011 - 19:33
haha not the full 'geisha' look - I don't think I'll have the confidence to walk around with a white face lol it's more of a 'contemporary' make up for Mulan =b and aww thank you so much sweetie - I'm delaying this so badly - gotta get this finished quick! DX

TheEmoEmu posted on 1 March, 2011 - 16:07
It looks simply beautiful!

BabemRoze posted on 1 March, 2011 - 16:08
WOW absolutely stunning!!!

Frederica la Noir posted on 8 March, 2011 - 22:32
Sqwee! That looks so lovely! :3 x

InfiniteJester posted on 9 March, 2011 - 00:04
omg this looks gorgeousss, u wont need a matchmaker hunni!

Pandora-Chi posted on 9 March, 2011 - 11:48
Thanks so so much guys and aww that's very sweet of you to say Kila *hugs* I'll be my own matchmaker lol

Kacela posted on 9 March, 2011 - 12:14
Omg Omg omg!!! You look so beautiful, absolutely stunning =D

SamanthaKaiba posted on 9 March, 2011 - 12:32
you look great nice work

KiraraYumi posted on 9 March, 2011 - 17:21
Oh wow, absolutely gorgeous! You look fantastic and the dress is so pretty! x3

LemonPanda posted on 10 March, 2011 - 08:17
so cute!~ great make-up test :3 i love your fabric choices as well, works really good :]

animekid3000 posted on 12 March, 2011 - 16:49
Absolutely AMAZING :D I cant wait to see it comppleted at the LFCC at the disney group :D

Kerhys posted on 14 March, 2011 - 00:34
Oooh wowowo this looks fantastic! I love how you've added your own little style to it, you make a very pretty Mulan :)

CrystalNeko posted on 14 March, 2011 - 17:47
You make a beautiful Mulan! I love what you've done with the wig and as I said before - the dress is lovely!

Pandora-Chi posted on 14 March, 2011 - 18:33
Thanks so much guys for the lovely comments everyone - these comments really make me feel excited to wear this next week! ^_~ @ animekid - hehe if this cosplay is not worn out after its first appearance in Minamicon then I can't wait to wear it again at LFCC - I'm also expecting to wear this at May expo too making three appearances during the year - hopefully that isn't too much ^^;;; @ crystalneko - I may need to get my friend to restyle the wig - the bangs hanging at the front may need to be pulled back and plus the bun needs to be retied again... hopefully it'll still look ok and stay up ^o^ xx

FusionRose posted on 17 March, 2011 - 19:38
This is utterly gorgeous. I love how you put your own unique touch to it by the choice of fabrics, it works really well. Can't wait to see this at LFCC! x.

FuriePhoenix posted on 17 March, 2011 - 20:22
oh...my...god! This is utterly BEAUTIFUL!!!! So looking forward to seeing this in person at LFCC!!

zabuza89 posted on 20 March, 2011 - 23:58
WOW awesome dress ^^

DuskatNight posted on 20 March, 2011 - 23:58
Aww that is so beautiful. ;-; I'm actually jealous about how wonderfully you can pull this off.

CrystalNeko posted on 21 March, 2011 - 00:00
You look beautiful~~~ I love the photos!

BabemRoze posted on 21 March, 2011 - 00:17
You look soooooo goooood! omg :D stunnniiinggg!!! <3

SamanthaKaiba posted on 21 March, 2011 - 00:21
The photos are beautiful and you look amazing

Monkey posted on 21 March, 2011 - 12:17
Hello lovely! It was so nice to meet you at Minami! You looked so cute and pretty both days! (I loved your Mai Valentine too!) It was really nice to have met you! I hope you had a wonderful time and perhaps we can plan a Disney collective soon!~<3

street-angel posted on 21 March, 2011 - 13:22
Too skinny :D But truly gorgeous all the same :3

j_mercuryuk posted on 21 March, 2011 - 15:51
I loved this costume on you. You looked great and so did the costume :D Loved the material you used as well

WildArms_Rudy posted on 21 March, 2011 - 18:01
Wow your costum looks great and so do you inside it. Also impressed how closely you have made it to the picture and it was a delight to see it for real.

Tsuchinoko posted on 21 March, 2011 - 18:47
This was such a pretty cosplay, I really loved the colours and shimmer of the fabrics. It was nice meeting you at MinamiCon (I was the Fai cosplayer).

Ichigo-Chan posted on 21 March, 2011 - 19:00
This is absolutely beautiful, I like the fabirc choices and you really suit the character. I really wished I said this in person and really wanted a picture of you, but I was holding a massive prop at the time which make it kinda akward to approach people.

phalor posted on 21 March, 2011 - 19:48
You look absolutely stunning! The outfit looks gorgeous nd I love how vibrant the colours are.

Pandora-Chi posted on 21 March, 2011 - 20:13
Man there's a lot I have to reply to lol so I'll try and make it short ^^;; First of all thank you to all of you for the comments - words cannot describe how thankful I am to receive them ^_~ @duskanight - aww don't be silly - your fairy Mulan cosplay is soo adorable :3 x @ monkey - it was lovely meeting you too sweetie and yes lets definitely plan a huge Disney group together for one of the cons! >:D your Rapunzel was soo soo cute! ^^ @ street-angel - LOL I'm gonna remember that line for the rest of my life XD @ J-mercuryuk - I was hoping my fabric choice would work and glad you like it :3 loved talking to you ^_~ @ wildarms_rudy - aww that's one of the sweetest comments I ever got :3 thank u 4 being awesome too ^_~ @ tsuchinoko - thank u ^^ your photograph skills are amazing! lovely meeting u x @ ichigo-chan - aww no worries, I understand ^_~ I was planning to rewear Mulan at May expo anyways :3 and that prop did look heavy but very well done ^^ Shame we couldn't talk more though but it was a lovely first encounter x

mizunotohru posted on 22 March, 2011 - 14:48
You where one of the highlights for me on Sunday! I love Mulan, she's my favourite Disney princess and you did a wonderful job with the costume! Sorry for making you dig out your cosplay bits after the closing ceremony, but I really wanted a picture of your costume, as I simply loved it!

Pandora-Chi posted on 22 March, 2011 - 15:32
Aww, you're too kind and no worries - it makes me smile so much when people ask for my photo :3 thank you so much x

Spirit Of The Stage posted on 22 March, 2011 - 16:29
Yep, this was stunning, no doubt...*hides his blush* :)

FuriePhoenix posted on 23 March, 2011 - 22:55
STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING!!! That's all I can say! You are absolutely adorable as Mulan! Perfect! Cant wait to see it at LFCC for our disney group!

Strawberry_Sprite posted on 26 March, 2011 - 00:23
Wow this is really pretty!! :3

Captain_Marvelous posted on 27 March, 2011 - 17:21
I just love it!

LittleRecordGirl posted on 28 March, 2011 - 18:56
Love it! The fabrics you chose are gorgeous! You make a beautiful Mulan!

Hannah-Kiwii posted on 25 April, 2011 - 15:26
This is one of the most beautiful costumes I have ever seen, your fabric choices are spot on and you look stunning!

Sailorette posted on 6 May, 2011 - 16:33
Such a beautiful perfect Mulan *_* love love <3

Frederica la Noir posted on 12 May, 2011 - 16:10
*__* so stunning! You look gorgeous!! x

JustPeachy posted on 23 May, 2011 - 22:55
This is beautiful!! You look lovely :D

ZOMBIEfurby posted on 26 May, 2011 - 16:52
This is absolutely stunning! I can't wait to see this!

KiraraYumi posted on 29 May, 2011 - 23:22
I'm so happy I got to see you in this! >w< You make such a perfect Mulan, so beautiful!

Kacela posted on 30 May, 2011 - 18:54
I am so glad I got to see you at Expo! This cosplay is one of the most beautiful and elegant creations I have seen! Can't wait for the Disney group!

FusionRose posted on 30 May, 2011 - 21:01
This was even more beautiful in person! Was awesome finally getting to meet you at expo hun. You made such an amazing mulan <3 x.

Lozzie posted on 1 June, 2011 - 21:42
oh my gosh this is absolutely stunning!! <3

Neverforever posted on 2 June, 2011 - 10:45
You look so amazing ~ very happy I got to see at expo ^^

rosieroo posted on 16 June, 2011 - 17:44
this looks beautiful

BabemRoze posted on 10 July, 2011 - 17:41
I can never get over how beautiful you look as Mulan! And I love seeing it in person even more so! :D Can't wait to see you again! ^_^

SamanthaKaiba posted on 17 July, 2011 - 15:29
These new pictures are simply beautiful...the Disney group looks amazing You really suit Mulan...you look beautiful

ToroSonyCat posted on 17 July, 2011 - 18:07
Lovely cosplay! You make a wonderful Mulan ^^

Pandora-Chi posted on 17 July, 2011 - 20:59
O.o WOW thank you thank you thank you!!! I never expected to get this many comments even after my Mulan debut ^///^ I'm speechless with these comments - really guys, thank you so so much my lovelys! *bows* I give honour to you all :D

FuriePhoenix posted on 25 July, 2011 - 21:44
ive said it before and ill say it again... BEST EVER MULAN! You just ARE Mulan! Love it love it love it!!

Tsuchinoko posted on 5 March, 2013 - 23:40
I had to comment again just to say how much I enjoyed your Match-maker skit. It was nice to see you wearing this cosplay again ^^

CrystalNeko posted on 7 March, 2013 - 20:21
That latest picture with the Matchmaker is just perfection! You don't know how much watching your skit made me smile, I was cracking up!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 8 March, 2013 - 00:20
Gah I thought I had already commented on this doh. Anywhoo.. You make an amazing Mulan <3 And I freakin' love the face you pulled in your Matchmaker skit when Charlotte get's her moustache XD

Leolarua posted on 8 March, 2013 - 15:44
perfect mulan!

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Progress Journal

Obi inspired bow (Posted 13th March 2011)

To give this cosplay more of an original and contemporary twist, I decided to make a bow for the back as from behind, the cosplay looked kinda plain - I just hope I didn&#039;t over do it &gt;.&lt; but I really like my bow ^_~

Bodice progress (Posted 1st March 2011)

Been putting this cosplay on hold for like a month now but seriously wanted to finish this! ... one thing that is certain - wrong pattern = wrong look ... this is what happened - the top has taken me longer than expected due to this pattern problem. Anyways, it&#039;s done - all I have to do to hold it together is sew some snap fasteners to the garment and have to remember it's left over right - if I did it the other way round, it will mean something very unpleasant to the oriental culture ^^;;

Epic sleeves (Posted 28th February 2011)

Last night I stayed up sewing the sleeve pattern together - I wanted to create a cascade effect but due to my inexperience, I had to result to creating &amp;#039;bell, wizard&amp;#039; sleeves instead - they&amp;#039;re so huge but I don&amp;#039;t think they turned out too bad ^^; the inside is cotton lining breaking the whole satin run I&#039;ve got going on with the outfit - I fear if I used satin for the lining of the sleeves I&#039;d be sweating even more buckets ... I should really consider this more as a winter cosplay... what am I thinking wearing this for the summer???

sketch of back (Posted 7th February 2011)

Wasn't gonna upload this but need some suggestions - to make the cosplay more 'oriental' I wanted to make an obi butterfly bow back - nothing special just two bows ^^

Band - hemming in progress (Posted 7th February 2011)

Cut a strip of red fabric, zigzag stitched the edges and pinned the thing over the annoying and ugly edges

Red dress hemming (Posted 7th February 2011)

If there's one thing I learnt as a cosplayer is that we HATE raw edges... ¬¬ so what I've first done is made the red and white dress out of crepe satin and chinese brocade (red fabric same as band on corset to match. Then to reduce the bulk, I'm combining both the white and red together to form one (hopefully) lovely dress ^^;;

Corset (Posted 4th February 2011)

Whoo! I have curves! XD Like to see the matchmaker say "Too skinny" to my face now lol - first time making a corset too ^0^ then again there was really no magic to it - interfacing combined with boning, cotton lining and some gorgeous butterfly printed chinese brocade ^_~

Beads (Posted 1st February 2011)

Got them through! :D

Make up test trial 1 (Posted 30th January 2011)

As well as the wig, the make up is just as important - I'm definitely not going for the whole white "geisha" look cos I don't really want my face to stand out like a light bulb but instead I'm gonna try and bring out a more contemporary feel to Mulan - I've cropped half my face as I don't do very well on full face shots XD

Wig test trial 1.. (Posted 30th January 2011)

The first of a wig tests (courtesy of my friend helping me -^^-) .. as I couldn't get on with my actual outfit cos of pattern piece construction issues, I asked my friend to aid me with this instead ... wig is a mess but as stated before - it's the first of many trials... but hopefully you get the basic idea .. t

Comb (Posted 12th January 2011)

Feeling a little drained of energy today, I decided to also begin the comb as it was another &#039;simple&#039; part of the outfit. Researching into how existing Mulan cosplayers made the comb, (Some used sculpey, some missed it out and some with an artificial lilly) - I chose to use this last method to make the flower stand out - however, a lilly consists of 6 petals so I changed it to five - I&#039;m not entirely sure if Mulan&#039;s flower is a lilly; some say it&#039;s a lotus instead - literally all I did was add a bit of fray check and gold paint to the the edges - til I get the comb piece, I'm debating which sized lilly to use

Start! (Posted 12th January 2011)

FINALLY getting some free time to myself after much 'education based work', I began by doing a simple thing - the scarf. Brought some organdy and hemmed it like mad.. not difficult or much but it's start ^^;; The hardest stuff is yet to come...

Robe ref (Posted 11th January 2011)

Not a full figure but you get the basic idea of the outfit construction...