Aurora/Briar Rose
Sleeping Beauty

Cosplayer: Pandora-Chi

Variant: Blue dress

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

8th April 2012: Wig revamp I decided yesterday to fix up Aurora's wig - I wasn't very pleased with it cos not only did the side of my hair show but the bangs weren't very volumized. Also, to create that swirl, I used hair benders, clips and a whole load of hair spray which made the swirl look really unnatural, hard and create a lot of nasty spray flakes >< So I decided to brush the bangs out and try again; this time heat setting the bangs and I think it's turned out better.

14th January 2012: Aurora bodice revamp Even though I absolutely HATED making the bodice, I decided to have another bash at it XD It's very rare that I would choose to do this unless I was extremely unhappy about it ¬¬ Anyways, after I finally got a beuauutiful dress making dummy, I began to make the bodice from scratch which only cost me an extra £6-7 cos I had lots of left over from the last time :D Though it went smoother, it was still hellish to make.. The collar cost me so many hours... I still hate it...
After 20 hours of channel 4 tv and 90 episode of Prince of tennis, I have made a new bodice XD though there are imperfections still, I am more pleased with the second attempt :) I corrected the three seams to actually meet, added a pearl trimming along the collar (personal touch), corrected the annoying triangle thing to be flat than poking out, sleeves are not fully sewn to the collar as I found this made my arms huge last time, used satin bias binding cording than plain cotton and it fits a bit better to give me a shape than the last one which made me soo chunky XD The only thing left is to get a fresh set of photos :) x

23rd October 2011: The crown's journey ¬.¬ Literally I'm not kidding you - it has take me ages to get the crown almost right... As you can see from the diagram, I went through 4 different crowns >.<

Crown 1: Craft foam was the cheapest solution and the most managable since I'm damn useless cutting wood or metal ¬¬ This first crown I wasn't too fussed about as it was more of a trial - at first I wanted to copy some of the detailled designs from the crown shown in that famous pic of Aurora asleep but I not only dented the thing too much but it was messy trying to get those designs
Crown 2: Discovering Embossing metal, I wanted to see how it goes when I use it. BUT because it was so thin, it can easily be dented and looked really cheap.. not what I wanted to go for... also, I wanted to adopt the red jewels but I didn't think this worked either ^^;
Crown 3: Getting frustrated at this point, I decided to abandon the detail and just go with a simple crown - I of course stuck with craft foam and spread PVA glue on both sides which took a painful 3 days to dry .. however, just as one end was about to finish drying, my clever mum decided to move the crown thinking it was dry and as a result what wasn't dry got stuck onto something else and therefore made an undried dent when I peeled it away.. I was so miffed off after that >.<#
And Crown 4: after telling my mum to NOT TOUCH IT, everything ran smoothly XD Cut a new one out of craft foam, used PVA glue on both sides, applied a line of glue down the centre to accentuate the fold in the crown and spray painted this gold - also, used a clear spray to make it more shiny and protect the gold from rubbing off :) and TA-DA!!! I have a crown which I also too managed to find a way for it to float on the wig without permanently glueing it on :D

14th October 2011: Dress complete Just an odd entry bout the skirt - I am really happy with how this turned out but still annoyed bout the bodice ¬¬ however, with everything together, it does make me feel more 'Aurora' like ^^
At first, I was going to only have one layer but the dress would look quite flat - then when I analysed the film, Aurora had a white underneath skirt so then I thought perfect I'd do that! so now, I have a trail dress with a bit of volume from the underneath skirt ^o^ Huzzah!

13th October 2011: Samples At first I wasn't sure bout the choice of fabric for Aurora's skirt - I was going to opt for cotton but would make the dress be too plain then thought of using crepe satin but I didn't want this dress to be too shiny - in the end, I decided to use Duchess satin cos of its subtle sheen ^^
I looked round in the stores and internet for the right shade of blue and came across three -
(left to right) Cornflower, Mill blue, turquoise
After ages and ages of debating, I decided to purchase the cornflower shade - not too bright or too dark :D

12th October 2011: Crown wip Since I'm waiting for my dress fabric to arrive, I decided to finally make a start on the crown which somehow magically sits on Aurora's head without sliding off XD It's made from craft foam and gold spray paint. I don't think this will be final as I'm simple testing the length and pattern embellishments - it's a bit messy too - I'll see how it goes though

11th October 2011: Bodice complete Instead of opting for an open ended zip, I used the corset lace fastening method - I think it makes the bodice look prettier too -^^- Also about the triangle at the back, it wasn't physically possible to have it all joined without getting in and out of it easily so in the end I had to separate it at the back... It's super uneven...
Also, in the photo I decided to wear the wig to show off it's colour - I didn't wanna go for a single blond tone; instead got a wig which had two different tones - mainly cos it suited my skin colour and to enthasize Aurora's golden hair better :)
I'm still not 100% happy with it but I neither have the time nor money to make a new better one - this damn bodice really does show how inexperienced I am T^T

11th October 2011: Necklace This was truly a damn lucky find!! I couldn't believe I found something within the highstreet stores that was exactly like Aurora's necklace! :D Best part, it was on sale! 8D

10th October 2011: Collar wip Next hard bit was the collar along the top which I drafted outta lining - making it I sense is going to be a pain too ¬¬

5th October 2011: Bodice wip 1 This damn thing took forever!! everything about this was difficult to get accurate and right - for example, since Aurora has three seams, I wanted to enthasize this so I deicded to put cording within some bias tape to do it - it's so not straight... the other massive problem was the damn triangle at the bottom ... I hate symetrical things for a cosplay ¬¬ It's so not neat DX Even though it's not held together just yet, I have completed the main bit of the bodice but I'm not very happy with it at all ...

26th September 2011: Aurora wig WIP 2 Slightly redid the swirl as I wasn't entirely happy with it and wanted to give the fringe a bit more volume - this wig is about the most I can do for this cosplay for now as I'll be a tad busy for a while til I can get to working on the dress :(

24th September 2011: Aurora wig WIP 1 (reupload) As soon as this arrived, I started thinking of ways to style it! It's super rare for me to feel more excited about the styling of the wig rather than making the dress - I'm badly procrastinating for this one cos the dress is giving me slight head aches DX
Anyways, back to the wig, all I did was cut, trim, gel and hair spray the bangs into a swirl - It's the first time I've ever done this for a wig and it shows my inexperience DX I seriously am not sure about it but I can alter it later if I really don't like it...

Left image: Original wig
Centre image: Styled bangs (clip is holding the swirl in place)
Right image: Me wearing the finished wig(?)

24th September 2011: Blue reference Even though most of the time she was wearing a blue dress, the pink one seems to always be the more popular choice... The blue one suits me more so I'm going with it =b


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DuskatNight - 29th December 2010
I'm sure, whenever you do it, you'll look amazing. 8D

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Pandora-Chi - 29th December 2010
Awww thank you -^^- That's very sweet of you to say *hugs* Hopefully I won't change my mind to do this cosplay cos I seriously love this character -^^-

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LemonPanda - 29th December 2010
agreed!~ whenever you get around to doing this it'll look great ;3

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FuriePhoenix - 29th December 2010
Cant wait to see this!

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InfiniteJester - 29th December 2010
aww awesome :) blue dress then not the pink un? :)

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Pandora-Chi - 30th December 2010
haha even though I do like pink I think the blue one will suit me better - I'm a little worried bout the blond wig for this one but hopefully they'll be a shade that'll suit me ^_~

These comments already are making me feel encouraged to wanna do this cosplay -^^-

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InfiniteJester - 30th December 2010
i think blonde will suit you! just dont go for a bright canary kinda yellow cos that always looks fake.. like a sandyish colour or a really light one?

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FusionRose - 25th July 2011
You're going to be such a pretty aurora, can't wait to see this sweetie x.

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SamanthaKaiba - 26th September 2011
You're going to look amazing...loved the blue dress more than the pink one...can't wait to see this completed

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Holli - 26th September 2011
i love the blue dress! good luck with making it :) i cant wait to see you in it ^_^

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Nomes - 26th September 2011
The wig looks fantastic! How did you swirl the hair so neatly?

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Pandora-Chi - 29th September 2011
@nomes - aww thanks so much - the swirl I created by wrapping the fringe with a curler and securing it with some clips - then I sprayed it with some hair spray to set it - surprisingly it stayed :D

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Manticore Arts - 1st October 2011
Looking really good love, with nomes on this one that swirl is Frabjous- you'd think there was am actual cow lick in the wig

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SamanthaKaiba - 11th October 2011
This is looking amazing...it's so beautiful...you're going to look amazing

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FuriePhoenix - 11th October 2011
this is looking AMAZING! You... inexperienced?? NEVER!!! Your wig looks like the blond wig I have laying around haha

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BabemRoze - 11th October 2011
OMG this is so cute and amazing ahhhh! :D xxx!

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FusionRose - 11th October 2011
so adorable! x.

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Alyx - 11th October 2011
Looking beautiful so far!

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JustPeachy - 14th October 2011
This looks wonderful! I can't wait to see the finished photos :D

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Sephirayne - 14th October 2011
The dress is looking great.

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Pandora-Chi - 15th October 2011
Thank you so much for the wonderful comments everyone - this whole cosplay was such a struggle but reading these kind words makes me so so happy! -^^-
@ Cez, that comment really does mean loads!! *hugs* and really, you have a wig similar to this? 8D x

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SamanthaKaiba - 15th October 2011
The dress is beautiful...it's so beautiful...you're going to look amazing

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FuriePhoenix - 15th October 2011
*hugs* the finished product is absolutely stunning!!! You've done so well on this!! I do indeed!

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CrystalNeko - 15th October 2011
So prettyyyy! I just love how much volume you've given the skirt, it's perfect!
Cannot wait to see this in real life, you will look so gorgeous <333

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ToroSonyCat - 15th October 2011
So beautiful!

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BabemRoze - 15th October 2011
YOU LOOK SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHH!!

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Kacela - 15th October 2011
Beautiful <3 x

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Chain Toxin - 15th October 2011
You look lovely. I am so happy someone finally used the blue dress! Blue is so much better then pink.

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FusionRose - 15th October 2011
It's decided. I will definetly be kidnapping you and forcing you to make all my dresses from now on xD THIS IS SO CUUUTE! x.

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FuriePhoenix - 15th October 2011
you look amazing!!

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Lozzie - 15th October 2011
omg amazing!! no one cosplays her blue dress <3

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Leolarua - 15th October 2011
you look wonderful

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Captain_Marvelous - 16th October 2011
God you look amazing O_o

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Anonymous - 19th October 2011
This looks lovely! So very pretty.

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KhaosKreator - 19th October 2011
This looks great! Love the drape of the skirt.

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Frederica la Noir - 20th October 2011
Wow! that looks absolutely stunning! welldone hun :) xxx

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DuskatNight - 31st October 2011
You look amazing. So pretty. :33

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FusionRose - 31st October 2011
Best.Aurora.EVER!!!!! x.

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Nomes - 1st November 2011
This dress was absolutely gorgeous in person. The wig is perfection and I'm amazed you got the collar to hold that angle!

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j_mercuryuk - 1st November 2011
You look amazing. The wig is perfect and the dress is stunning. It looks so beautiful, I also love the neckline, how you've not left it floppy :D It looks great

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CharlieDoryRose - 1st November 2011
You looked stunning!! It was amazing to talk to you :D <3

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Numta - 1st November 2011
Your Aurora was stunning! go you =D

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KiraraYumi - 1st November 2011
I only saw you in this for a second! I passed by you when I was in a hurry or I would have stopped and said hi! Dx You look really, really amazing in this! The dress is amazing and I am in awe of how you managed to make the swirl in the fringe of your wig so accurate! As always, super awesome job!

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Ichigo-Chan - 1st November 2011
Your Aurora cosplay is so beautiful and so perfect. I WANT your sewing skills!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Angelphie - 1st November 2011
Beautiful dress! I love your fabric choices (and that you chose the blue version!) the piping on the bodice and your swirly fringe.

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Tsuchinoko - 2nd November 2011
This was so pretty and elegant, I'm glad I got to see this cosplay and it was great to see you again, too ^^

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rosieroo - 2nd November 2011
aww so glad i got to meet yooh - huuugs

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Raye-chan - 2nd November 2011
This was so beautiful! It was awesome to see it in person ^_^

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BabemRoze - 2nd November 2011
You look so amazingly beautiful!!!

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lilkimmi27 - 8th November 2011
You looked amazing in this!!

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Natsumi - 17th November 2011
Oh maaan~ I'm so gutted I missed you wearing this! ; n ; You look beautiful! The wig is really nicely styled and the dress look really well made. Kudos!

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Lozzie - 18th November 2011
oh hun you look absolutely stunning!!!! I love that you did the blue dress too! Hardly anyone does that! Love love love!!! <3 <3 <3 xxxxxxx