9th April 2012: 3 glorious hours later... THE TOP LAYER OF RUFFLES OF THE HEM OF THE JACKET IS DONE, FOOK YEAAAAH.
Dear Fiona of the future,
Please never follow your initiative ever again. Follow the design, you have no qualifications in fashion so you're suppose to know nothing about what looks good. Never add ruffles on a long piece of hem if you don't need to ever again. IT JUST CAUSES YOU PAIN.
Fiona of the present/soon to be past.
Frickin' ruffles, I hate them. Especially with chiffon. Chiffon and ruffles, my two worse nightmares. I didn't even need to do ruffles, but thought it looked too plain and horrible in the fabric choice I chose so I decided to add ruffles AND IT TOOK FOREVER.
That's 20 metres of fabric right there on the hem D':
I'll need another layer in the future too orz. Lucky for me the fabric I wanted to use was out of stock when I bought all the fabric so it is postponed until I make it to Fabric Land or some place.
One day this costume will be finished, one day!!
Time Taken: 3hrs
No pictures again, I am knackered and can't be arsed to get the camera out orz...
25th February 2012: Dress 100% Oh my days, I stopped writing my report around 2am-ish as I was getting tired and couldn't think anymore. Sewing is like a brainless activity for me so I decided to try and finish this cosplay as quick as possible. Even as a rush job though it has taken be 3.75hrs though 8|
BUT THE DRESS IS FINISHED, IT SUCKS, BUT IT'S WEARABLE 8D
I'm going to go to bed and finish the jacket tomorrow if I can be bothered at all... Or in like... 3-4hrs rather, when I wake up XD;
No picture because webcam's not working for some reason...
And I'm in my cool Disney pyjamas.
Time taken will include previous time I haven't logged yet.
Time Taken: 5hrs
SEE YOU ALL AT HYPER JAPAN IN LIKE... A FEW HOURS XD;;
(Sewing all night, this is pretty familiar orz...)
19th February 2012: Choker 100% Choker is done, yay! Actually did this last night, but didn't post pictures because I couldn't be arsed... Re-took the picture in natural light though so you can see the true colour of my wig too!
Wig is actually Special-Pleb's Nia (TTGL) wig. I do have a long white wig but I'd rather a silvery or very pale blue wig. Or I'd rather sew in or dye some blue streaks into my white wig but I don't want to spend any more on cosplay stuff. So Charlie's Nia wig will make do for the time being!
I've hemmed the bracelets as well but as I said, I ran out of white lace! Only got 10cm left!!
At some point I should really start the dress... XD;
Time Taken: 30mins
18th February 2012: Better picture of flower The grip won't be visible on the day. I need a hand needle to sew some grips on the back of the headband!!
My wig is also not that yellow, it's just the lighting.
18th February 2012: Headband 95% I... Don't have enough lace ;____; MORE PVA-ING TEAR DROPS WILL BE NEEDED, NOOOOO ;_____;
But I did have enough lace for the headband and choker, just gotta buy more for the bracelets. This is sad times ;__;
But yeah, here's the headband!
I allowed myself to be pretty messy and random while burning this because in the reference it's not really perfectly shaped. It's very jagged so I just went crazy with the candle!
I lost most of my hand needles, that or they're back at home, so I need to go buy more so that I can sew on the three little dangly jewels. And to tack down the flower and little pearls inside the flower better. It's all held together by PVA glue right now.
I kinda used artistic licence on this flower because the reference pictures are just so unclear!
18th February 2012: Lace modification Oh gosh, it's scary how close Hyper Japan is ;___;
I haven't actually done any more work until today. Partly because I've been busy, partly because I'm a lazy arse XD
Prepare yourselves for a stream of progress!
I tried so hard to find the perfect lace and failed. However I found some nice scallop lace and a tear drop/circle shaped lace and so I decided to hybrid them together! I just cut out all the tear drop shaped pieces and stuck them on with PVA glue, seems to hold quite well!
I'm going to be uploading more journal things as I've been working non-stop, I'll just say my time taken so far today.
Time Taken: 3-4hrs
14th January 2012: Base jacket 100% IT'S ALL HEMMED, FYEAAAAH.
I really struggle taking a decent photo of the jacket because it's so big, so I guess it shall be a surprise! Although the first progress of it kinda shows just how big it is anyway... Just that all the seams are finished now.
Just need to buy some more georgette (or chiffon if I have to...) for the detailing on the hem of the jacket, oh my days it drove my back insane hemming the bloody thing, hemming the trim will murder me X_____X
Going to work on the dress now, lalalala~
But another time, I cba right now!!
If I keep going at this rate I might -actually- get this done in time for Hyper Japan, woooo!
Time Taken: 30mins
13th January 2012: Jacket 75% Wooooo, everything's attached neatly, now to hem the bloody thing. I think I will do that another day because I'm going to get ready to go out in a sec lolololol, can't be arsed now!
Picture of the back of the jacket! Nice and gathered~
It is so so hard to photograph because it won't actually fit in my room!!!! I mean the bottom hem of the jacket is just over 5.5m... I seriously hope this photographs pretty otherwise I will be gutted with how much volume there is XD;;
The dress will be easier to photograph, I'll hopefully start progress on it soon after hemming the jacket because I dislike changing the thread on the sewing machine too much...
I found the fabric shop in Guildford! MORE EXPENSIVE THAN TAUNTON, WTFFFFF. Actually that's to be expected... I just dislike it XD Reading will be my new Bristol I think, because there is a FabricLand in Reading and it's only a £6 return away, same as Bristol from Taunton! Wheeeey!
Seriously, at Uni it's like I never left Taunton OTLLL!!!
I bought a concealed zip for the dress.
Need to buy some more ribbon because I forgot to bring it from Taunton...
Time Taken: 30mins
13th January 2012: Jacket 70% Another progress shot, this time taken with a webcam because then I can see myself. I guess this is a picture to show how I'm constructing it. It's a short jacket, all hemmed up. Then the massive semi-circle will attach to the end of the shorter jacket. I can't hem the front of the jacket until I attach the huge semi circle but I should be doing that soon, I'm just trying it on so that I can see whether or not it's properly fitted because once the semi circle goes on, it'll be harder to make it fitted properly!
I had to re-sew one of the sleeves three times because I kept sewing it inside out by accident, I ALWAYS do this to all my costumes. And it's ALWAYS just ONE sleeve XD
I've hemmed all the insides of the semi-circle too, but again, can't hem the outside hem until it's attached to the jacket.
Everything is stitched in a way that you can see no raw edges, basically I sewed it on way when flipped it and sewed it again so that the raw edges are on the inside. I don't usually do this because I'm lazy but decided to do it for this costume because you can see the inside of the jacket and thought I'd remove all raw edges for the whole costume, not just for the semi-circle. Mainly because if something's going to be neat, it ALL has to be neat XD
Time Taken: 3-4hrs
There's a lot of fabric to this costume... It's taking me ages to sew!!
12th January 2012: Jacket 60% Yes I am in my PJs, it's late and I want to go to bed but decided to finish basting the rest of this costume just so I can get a general idea of what it'll look like!
SO MUCH FABRIC, 5M OF GLORIOUS GEORGETTE RIGHT THERE.
Blacked out face in second photo because my face was not being a normal face, omg I am too tired for this!! Hyper Japan is in a month though and I have a wee bit of spare time inbetween revision to work on this.
There's only three panels to the jacket, I was originally going to make 4 but I ran out of fabric, although it's already so full already that I don't think I'll need at extra panel! Which is good, because that extra panel will need 2m worth of fabric and I'd rather not spend any more on this costume! :P
Basically the jacket is sort of fitted at the top with just three panels which stops at the waist, then there's a further three panels which is sewn into the jacket which is essentially a giant semi circle. This is so that I can get that lovely flowing effect you see in the movie and so that it looks pretty for photos when I chuck the jacket about or sit down hahaha. I like looooots of volume!!!! Even if it makes me cry to cut all that frickin' fabric out, I hate cutting fabric, it's boring :P
Sleeves are basically trapezium shaped.
Everything is basted or just safety pinned on atm. I left the right coloured thread at home so I have to find a fabric shop in Guildford to find the right colour thread then I can do more work on this...
But yay! 6 months later I have progress!
I started the dress months ago, just not worth taking pictures just yet!
Most of the time taken was spent doodling plans of how the hell can I get a decent flowing jacket with the limited amount of fabric I had. I wanted a radius of 85", I couldn't get that with just 5m. So I settled with 61". I did a lot of Pythagoras, SOHCAHTOA and general triangle and circle equations to work out all the panel lengths. I think without doing this I would have been screwed and would have wasted all 5m of fabric if I had just went in and started cutting without doing millions of equations to get the exact measurements XD
(TOO MUCH MATHS IN THIS COSPLAY, IF YOU DON'T LIKE MATHS, BUY MORE FABRIC XD)
Then again, normal people might be alright with the maths. I was just being incredibly stupid and kept forgetting my BIDMAS rules and so it kept screwing up my measurements :'D (Why am I doing a heavily maths oriented course...)
Time Taken: Not sure, 4-5hrs???
26th March 2011: Tights I love coloured tights, Dorothy Perkins had a sale and they just so happen to have grey ones too! So I picked up a pair... As well as some awesome teal tights, hurrrrr!!
As you can see, they're £2 xD
I know they're slightly darker than in the reference but unless I can find a more accurate pair, I'll stick with these~
6th February 2011: Base shoes Won these shoes cheap on eBay! I love the texture 8D
JustPeachy - 12th December 2011
This is one of my fav outfits of hers! I can't wait to see :D
MollyMon - 9th January 2012
Ahh, this looks so beautiful!!
I wish I could make fabricy stuff half as well as you. <3
- - 15th January 2012
This design is utterly stunning!
I wish i was at hyper japan to see this <3
Pandora-Chi - 20th February 2012
I adore the progress of this <3 I love that you used georgette for the over cape and really like the detail on the accessories <3 plus the wig is so so perfect and beautiful!! *_* Hope to see this at Hyper Japan <3
Natsumi - 26th February 2012
Jackets looking brilliant. Must be such a pain to work on something so HUGE! X__X' The progress is looking great though. <3
Amy-Lou - 26th February 2012
You looked beautiful! It billowed so nicely on stage too :D
Marisa-Chan - 26th February 2012
This was such a cute outfit~ was lovely to meet yuou :D
Ichigo-Chan - 27th February 2012
The costume is so beautiful and really suited you. Blue is a colour made for you ^^
Pandora-Chi - 27th February 2012
This is truly one of my most favoruite cosplays of yours and looks even more stunning in person! :D I adore your choice of fabrics and colour and was so impressed with how you sewed the dress cos I think it looks a lot more nicer than the art work XD The most gorgeous Sheryl hands down! x
Kacela - 27th February 2012
You looked lovely in this cosplay; really beautiful =]
KiraraYumi - 27th February 2012
You looked amazing in this cosplay! 8D Everything's gorgeous, especially love the epic jacket!
sarmander - 27th February 2012
You looked stunning up on the HJ stage and it really showed how much effort you've put into this! ^__^ Lovely~
street-angel - 27th February 2012
You make such a pretty Sheryl and so lovely in this dress <3 <3
Zelda - 27th February 2012
This was stunning to see in person :) <3
JustPeachy - 27th February 2012
You look so gorgeous! I'm so glad I got to see this in person. One of my fav costumes from Hyper Japan :D
Leolarua - 27th February 2012
you looked wonderful at HJ!
Dusttee - 27th February 2012
*o* This looks amazing, the dress and jacket and just everything is lush <3 Wish i could of seen it in person
Limegreenjelly - 27th February 2012
Beautiful, absolutely stunning Fi :) I love this costume on you :D
Solaria - 29th February 2012
because i forgot to comment here...
GORGEOUSSSS Fi you suit this soooo damn much and made it sooooo well love it <333333
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