The Queen
Snow White

Cosplayer: Storme

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Showcased 6th November 2011

30th May 2011: Expo! Wore this to May Expo on Saturday. It was epic! I only found one tiny Snow White (seriously, I think she was about 4 or 5 years old at most) and her mother was so happy to have me take a photo with her daughter.

Since someone asked me: to cover up my eyebrows, we first trimmed them short (I've felt eyebrow-nude all week!) and then on the day Pez used prittstick (seriously; it's nontoxic and it works) to glue my brow hair down flat against my forehead. Then a layer of white snazeroo dabbed on; translucent powder to set it; then greasepaint over the top to make the areas more skin-coloured. Then normal foundation/powder, so they blended with the rest of my makeup. That meant we could draw in the new scary brows instead. :P Tutorials on this sort of thing are on youtube, and are totally worth checking out if you want to try.

Pez did most my makeup on the day in the loos at Expo, and Zombiemama stepped it to help with the eyeshadow and fake lashes; in an ideal world we'd do the makeup in a better place but hey, it turned out pretty well!

27th May 2011: Done! Sewing the collar on was nightmareish, but it's done. And Pez helped sew on the necklace, and so... it's ALL READY. Expo, here I come.

25th May 2011: Collar 2 Well.

It took rather a high heat setting to press the wadding down this thin; I was quite worried I'd scorch the fabric. Whee.

The fabric sits looser on it than I'd like; I'dreally love it to have a crisper curve and top edge, but I suspect I'd have to sacrifice having fabric on it to achieve that.

It's only loosely pinned into place for this picture. It needs to be stitched on; then the pendant (which Pez has made <3) can be attached.

25th May 2011: Crown, again Ta-da!

I love the tiny pearl on the tip. :P Colour looks a bit weird in the pic; it's actually a very Disneyish yellow gold.

(The foam taped around the head is Pez's fault.)

23rd May 2011: Collar 1 Pez raised some potential issues with making the collar from fabric-covered fosshape; she was worried about the fabric drooping from the lower side. Which is a damned good point; I'd entirely disregarded that.

So! After a little experimenting, I'll probably end up using fusible web to secure the fabric to the collar base. And instead of fosshape I think I'm going to use plain old wadding; it will iron down nice and slim and stiff, but doesn't set as fast (or as hard, but that's the trade-off) as fosshape. Which gives me the time I need to iron it with the fabric and fusible web, and bend it into shape before it sets stiff.

Mmm, plan adjustments.

23rd May 2011: Crown 1 So far: made a paper template, then cut the shape out of foam and have since adjusted the size a little so it sits in the right place and is the right height etc.

Already it looks like a crown! Need to hot-glue the ends of the foam together, add the raised edges, then MAKE IT ALL GOLD muahaha.

23rd May 2011: Fur trim... All done, on both sleeves and cloak. I actually unpicked the sleeves and redid them, as my first pass was kind of shoddy.


But that trim is looking *good* now. Aw yeah.

So that's the cloak and dress totally finished. Pez has made the base of the necklace. Tomorrow is crown-and-collar day. :)

17th May 2011: Cloak, moar Measured the edge of the cloak for the fur trim. 4.2 metres of fur has now been cut. No wonder the cloak is so swishy. :D

(Fluff everywhere. And I have to handsew the trim along the top and bottom edges and there will be more shed fur everywhere. MY LIFE.)

17th May 2011: And still to do: Currently left to do:

* Make the crown (as before)

* Make the necklace (Pez is stepping in on this, since her sculpture skills are better and I asked. :P The red acrylic gem is sitting nicely in a disc of paper-clay at the moment. And I found a nice thick gold chain.)

* Make the collar (As before)

* Finish the dress (neaten up the raw edges on the inside. :P And I also need to stitch down the last of the fur trim on one sleeve; haven't quite finished that.)

* Finish the cloak (neaten the raw edges inside the hood a bit, trim the lower edge with fur.)

The fur trim, oh god. That lower cloak edge is VERY LONG and I have to hand-stitch and augh.

17th May 2011: Cloak/hood The right-hand side is what the cloak+hood looks like at the moment, the left-hand side is earlier today, before I'd hemmed the edges and the base of the central panel (and reshaped the fosshape peak of the hood).

There is SO MUCH CLOAK and it's all velvety and silky and feels very luxurious. And now I have to add a fur trim along the immensely long hem. Whee!

14th May 2011: Left to do I need to:

* Make the crown (EVA foam, and a gold wax buff to colour it. And I bought a big fake pearl earring stud to stick on the front spike, too. :D)

* Make the necklace (Pez found me a red acrylic crystal of suitable size, and I'll make the rest of the pendant out of... something. We have lots of sculpty materials, I'll see what works. And more goldfinger/rub 'n' buff to colour it. I have gold chain to attach it to the collar, also.)

* Make the collar (fosshape! And then white taffeta over the top of that. I've some vague schemes to keep it in the right place, too.)

* Finish the dress (hem it.)

* Finish the cloak (line it, do some more adjustments to the snood shape, attach snood to cloak, add the panel at the front, trim the lower edge with fur.)

At some point I need to do a makeup test, and if I have the time I do want to make the little hand-cover things. And then I'll put everything on, and will be SO WEIGHED DOWN BY COSTUME OMG.

14th May 2011: Dress, continued Fur trim added to sleeves, dressing gown cord (thanks to lovely facebook peeps for the suggestion) on top. I need to sew the hem, obviously, but it's looking pretty good I think!

The fur is really heavy. And the velvet is really thick. I may die of heat exhaustion at expo despite no wig. :D

14th May 2011: Cloak+hood The black velvet cloak is sewn together from the neck down, and part of the red lining is ready to be added. And it'll look good, I think - lots of fabric, lots of swoosh, and the fur I have for the trim (which is soft and thick and beautiful) will add quite a bit of weight too. Though it also sheds like a git, so I'm kind of not looking forward to sewing it on.

The really awkward bit is the snood around her face.

I'm using stretch velvet for the actual snood, because otherwise it will not go over my head. :D And to make the point on her forehead, I decided to sew fosshape in to provide stiffness.

Fosshape + stretch fabric is a recipe for sadness. My widow's peak is a bit lopsided, and I can't unstitch/redo it without wrecking the hood. Ugh. I'll figure something out.

Need to put a panel in the front of the cloak, as her cloak doesn't close fully; sewing that so it integrates with the neck of the snood and with the rest of the cloak will be... challenging. :D

I'll be fosshaping the collar, too, but I don't think that'll be as awkward; the fabric that's going to cover it is taffeta, and it's stiff enough that it shouldn't pucker like the stretch velvet did.

8th May 2011: Dress progress Well, that's the dress - I need to hem it at the base, obviously, but otherwise it's more or less done. I've started putting the white fur trim on the sleeves. Good god, so much fluff everywhere. :D

27th December 2010: Moving forward I now have a pattern I can adapt for the dress (one with sleeves of the right style), and a pattern I can re-use for the cloak--I just need to work out how to do that tight hood-with-widows-peak.

I need to source the velvet soon--the black isn't likely to be hard to get even if I leave it late, but those purples aren't going to be quite so easy...

2nd December 2010: Checking outfit This needs to be done for May Expo!

* A dark blue-purple gown with wrist-length sleeves in a slightly lighter shade. Looks like a rich, heavy fabric--not necessarily a velvet, but similarly expensive-feeling. The sleeves are a bit like kimono sleeves; they drape all the way down to floor length, but are gathered around the wrist and closed on that front edge. On the leading edge, they're trimmed with white from floor to wrist and back down.
* Triangular back-of-hand covering--in the same darkish blue purple--looks like it might be the edge of an undersleeve, really? Extends halfway along each back-of-palm.
* Black heavy velvet cloak with a rich, blood-red silk lining. The base is trimmed with a white edge in what is probably supposed to be ermine. Hmm. Cloak continues up into tightly-fitted hood ending in widow's peak, concealing all of hair.
* white, very high collar. Probably satin; quite flat in profile (compared to most collars). front points of collar lead into white (white-goldish?) necklace/clasp with a large gold circular pendant/closure. Large red gem in centre of gold pendant.
* dress is belted with a heavy red braided cord. some official versions have a gold braided cord belt instead, but this isn't visible anywhere in the film.
* gold mid-heeled court shoes (seem to have a red gem set in the front of each shoe, where a buckle would be)
* spiky gold crown with a little pearly knob on the front peak!

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KiraraYumi - 10th November 2010
Whoooa, this is going to be so cool to see! Epic cape swish is a must, haha^^

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Pez - 10th November 2010
I second the cape swish!

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Storme - 15th November 2010
Thanks guys! I'm looking forward to having a plush cape and the justification to swirl it around haughtily. :D

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Metamorphica Cosplay - 19th November 2010
hehe there might be 2 of us at next Expo..if so i hope we meet and can have a photo together!

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Storme - 19th November 2010
Sakara: cool! I'll be part of (scarily huge at this point) group of Disney characters, so I should be easy enough to find. :)

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Sammykins - 30th November 2010
Yes!! Extra points if you carry an apple :D And don't worry about the collar - it sounds super odd, but watered down PVA glue is awesome for making fabric stiff - for my final art project at GCSE I made a ballerina dress, and some of the tutu and shoulder puff bits were net curtain scrunched up and dipped into watered PVA - those babies weren't moving an inch afterwards :D

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Storme - 30th November 2010
Sammykins: Heh, there will certainly be an apple (and possibly a mirror. :P) And huh, yeah, that's an option--we use a lot of PVA in this house to seal foam, and I've seen it used for wig-styling before--hmmm...

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Sasashie - 6th December 2010
wow awesum cant wait to see this xx

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Storme - 6th December 2010
Sasashie: Heh, thanks. I'm looking forward to being able to laugh evilly and swish my cape menacingly. :)

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Ranma1-2 - 7th December 2010
Love the costume choice - she is really dramatic looking. I think you will have a lot of fun with this. I look forward to seeing it come together. :)

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Storme - 7th December 2010
Thanks! I'll be buying a lot of velvet soon, I think!

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Sephirayne - 7th January 2011
Love you for doing this. She is awesome

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Uni - 3rd May 2011
This will be FABULOUS! <3 Can't wait to see.

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Storme - 3rd May 2011
Uni: Heh, thanks - I really need to get back to sewing this!

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Debbie Ella - 14th May 2011
Awesome! Such an underated character! :D

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Storme - 17th May 2011
Telly: Thanks! I'm looking forward to menacing small children. :D

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KiraraYumi - 17th May 2011
Ohmaigooood, everything looks perfect so far! 8D
It all looks so comfy and elegant~!

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Storme - 17th May 2011
Thanks! It's actually quite comfortable, but it weighs a LOT and is really thick fabric. I'm going to be very warm if I go inside for long!

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Freyarule - 24th May 2011
*enormous giggles* THIS is looking SO AWESOME already XDDD I can't wait!!!!

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Storme - 25th May 2011
Thanks guys! I will be the chibiest of disney villainesses!

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Alyx - 25th May 2011
wow! this is looks beautiful!! Can't wai to see you and get a pic! <3

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Newdles - 25th May 2011
Looks incredible! Love how that gown hangs! It's gorgeous!

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Storme - 26th May 2011
Thanks guys! Hope it actually looks as good on me when it's all put together. :)

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Loxes - 27th May 2011
*goes to front page of CI*

*scrolls down*

....I don't know whether to be intensely happy about this, or scared witless.

either way, GO YOU.

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Loxes - 27th May 2011
Also, you need her chair :3

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Berserk667 - 27th May 2011
Loving it your evilness

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Storme - 27th May 2011
Heh, thanks! I definitely want that chair, and I'm hoping I get to terrify some small children at Expo. :)

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Anonymous - 29th May 2011
PHAHAHAHA! This i one badass cosplay XD

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Pandora-Chi - 30th May 2011
So glad I got of photo of you in this - You looked so fantastic as the Queen - everything looked perfect!!

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Nomes - 30th May 2011
Wow, hun, that is amazing! It's, well, perfect!

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SamanthaKaiba - 30th May 2011
You look amazing...nice work on it

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Storme - 30th May 2011
Thanks all!

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Freyarule - 31st May 2011
Mwahaha this was awesome my dear >8D

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Amy-Lou - 31st May 2011
This is brilliant! I caught a brief glimpse as the big Disney group went past. Those are truly evil eyebrows :D

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Storme - 31st May 2011

Amy-Lou: Pez's eyebrow work was truly epic. Every time I saw my reflection it startled me.

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Mighty Odango - 2nd June 2011
You look like you've walked straight off the screen! Marvellous job, really good fabric choices as well.

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rosieroo - 2nd June 2011
this is a amazing cosplay - well done x

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Eloraborealis - 2nd June 2011
Absolutely flawless, you've done a brilliant job! :D

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Storme - 2nd June 2011
Thanks guys!

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KiraraYumi - 6th June 2011
This is absolutely perfect! *___* Such amazing work, I can't even find words for it! Wow! >w<

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Storme - 7th June 2011
Thanks :D I'm looking forward to wearing it again.

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Uni - 3rd July 2011
Amazing, amazing, AMAZING! Fabulous work my dear!

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Storme - 7th July 2011
Thanks! :D I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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KiraraYumi - 23rd August 2011
OHMYGOD! The epic cape swish, you did it! It's so epic! 8DD

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TheStarlightFairy - 23rd August 2011
I saw you in the masquerade! You look amazing!

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Storme - 23rd August 2011
Heh, thanks! I'm kind of glad the photographers were all down so low compared to the stage; my crown got knocked back on my head but it's not really very visible in the masq pics I've seen so far. :P

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j_mercuryuk - 24th August 2011
This is so cool, it's so perfect. I don't think there is anything you could have done better, from craftmenship to choice of material. Love the photo with the cape swoosh.

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j_mercuryuk - 24th August 2011
This is so cool, it's so perfect. I don't think there is anything you could have done better, from craftmenship to choice of material. Love the photo with the cape swoosh.

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Storme - 24th August 2011
*blushes* Thank you! I'm delighted Foxy got that pic. :)

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Ino - 1st September 2011
I was so super impressed by this at Ayacon! I was glad I was before you guys in the Masquerade so I got to watch you XD The make-up and outfit were out of this world. I actually thought to myself; this could be Disneyland, I'm actually there. That's how good you were! And yes I agree, cape swoosh is epic~! <3

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Debbie Ella - 2nd September 2011
Absolutely gorgeous!

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Storme - 2nd September 2011
Thanks! It's amazing what a difference the makeup makes; it doesn't look half as convincing without those eyebrows. :P

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Sephirayne - 7th November 2011
Amazing costume. Well done on the showcase ;)

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Alyx - 7th November 2011
Congrats on the showcase sweetheart, you look fantastic <3

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Congrats on the showcase
WOW this hits it dead on. Perfect cosplay is utterly perfect!

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Anonymous - 7th November 2011
Bloody fantastic, well done on the showcase!

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Plasticsharkattack - 7th November 2011
This really is flawless, VERY well deserved showcase!!!

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Storme - 7th November 2011
Thanks everyone! ^///^

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Manticore Arts - 8th November 2011
This tickles me greatly. I absolutely adore your characterisation of her. And that Cloak is fabulously made. Attention to the headress is amazing as well, but what particularly strikes out is the fur and inner cape lining contrast.

Just stunning, although I'd love to have seen the gold shoes

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Storme - 8th November 2011
Thanks! Sewing on all the fur was VERY TIRING.

(I'm actually wearing gold shoes, but yeah, hard to see them in most of the pics.)

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jaks-kingdom-dwarf - 9th November 2011
This is Awesome i love it :D

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g123 - 18th January 2014
This is just amazing! I love it

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Storme - 21st January 2014
Thank you! :)

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Shinigami_ky - 20th December 2014
Just stumbled across this via the random pics but oh my goodness this is absolutely stunning! it looks amazing, beautifully well made, super effective - even better than something you'd find in the parks! Wonderful!