17th November 2011: Garter As I intend on re-wearing Will, one thing I wanted to improve on was the garter - the flowers I used was too small and matched the dress too closely. So I went to my local fabric shop and found larger sized roses - however there weren't any blue ones ¬¬ so what I did was paint them and sew them on an entirely new band =D and s'cuse for the blurry photo but I just wanted one to show the difference between my first one and new one :)
12th October 2011: Wig styled Test shots of me wearing the wig which I cut the front bang shorter so it doesn't block my entire face and used gel to hold some strands in places - I'm not wearing any make up so please ignore my eyebrows and skin imperfections ^^;;
11th October 2011: Wig (needs slight restyling) WIG ARRIVED and it is GORGEOUS!!! At first when I opened the packet I thought it was a bit blue O.o but it's just right for this cosplay :D The one thing I was dreading was that it'll come in a gray colour which I'm happy it did not! I need to cut the bangs slightly and hold some areas in place - also I wanted to show the length - I've never had a wig which was so damn long and heavy before and know it's going to be a pain on the day but so happy it came!! :)
18th September 2011: Leg cage Made out of craft foam but may need to re-make again as it's already coming apart slightly DX - first attempt at the cage until I can figure out a better solution ^^;
14th September 2011: New shoes!! :D Lucked out and found a pair that were more accurate in its shape and plus they're a low heel which means my feet won't die in them! :D Uploaded the comparison photos between the two pairs and also remade the flowers to be smaller so they don't dominant my new pair - They're the closest pair I could get
13th September 2011: Arm warmers Sewed an additional 14 roses using the burning edge technique and glued 7 per arm warmer - I was planning to wear some pearl bracelets too over the wrists :D
10th September 2011: Skirt complete Note one: Ruffles will forever be evil
Note two: Semi transparent fabric as lining is evil
Note three: a big trail skirt with ruffles AND semi transparent lining is just PLAIN EVIL! DX
I practically took four days to do ALL the ruffles (I kid you not)DX BUT OMG OMG OMG I HAVE A SKIRT!!! I finally completed the damn thing which cost me several hours of my life to make!! Now on with the petticoat and arm warmers DX There is just NO rest with this cosplay DX
9th September 2011: Ruffles!! Whoops almost forgot about this journal entry but this is evidence of what I gathered before I pinned everything and sewed onto the skirt DX May not look like much but there is over 3000 cm in length of fabric there ...
5th September 2011: Lace opt So the ref does not show a lace or pearl trimming or down the centre but I added these cos it makes the bodice look prettier and it's also to hide some really terrible blobby glue patches *Fail* XD Not exactly neat but it's the best I can do ^^;;;;
5th September 2011: Shoe flowers Even though they're not accurate in terms or shape or colour, I'm planning on reusing these shoes with the two flowers I made - they're a tad on the big side XD but these are my insurance until I can find anything better - I know I have less than 2 months til expo but I just wanna plan ahead incase ^^;
4th September 2011: Skirt wip Ok, I had a bit of a stupid moment - at first I thought I finished the base of the skirt but then when I saw the art work more closely, I realised that the underneath of the skirt was silver/grey or white .. this meant I had to line the skirt DX I'm pleased with the base of it so far but to still make it all floaty like, I need to use something which is light and I'm gonna opt for Georgette fabric (which means my third trip to the fabric shop for this cosplay *sigh*) - it's both semi transparent giving it an elegant feel and it shouldn't weigh the skirt down - wish me luck! T^T Oh also made a small little garter - I'm not too sure bout it but will decide to change it later if I have time x
2nd September 2011: Bodice roses Today I sat down and hand sewed 14 small roses using some crepe satin remnant of the first metre I used for the corset - Turns out I need more DX Not just for the bodice - as progress stands I still need:
* 2 big roses for the shoes
* 8 for the arm warmers
* 8 more for the the bodice back
....I'm gonna be sitting for a long time XD
Note: roses are not attached yet - it's just to give an idea where they'll sit
1st September 2011: Side rose and Head piece From the ref I noticed the bigger roses on the head and the side of the bodice are slightly more different looking than the previous ones I made so for these, I used the burning edge technique and afterwards ruffle them up into a rose with it opening out. I also stuck a blue nugget in the middle
1st September 2011: Rose band Today I spent the evening making my first ever fabric roses - I decided to start with the band that connects the bodice and neck piece - I made 3 roses and stuck them on the band
31st August 2011: Bodice base complete Used the morning to pretty much sew the damn thing together - There are loads of things wrong with it but I've got to the point where I'm like, "It'll do!" I've lost count the number of times I unpicked the stitching DX
Also, I punched in the eyelets at the back - orginally I was gonna put in a zip but cos of the amount I took in to conceal raw edges, the gap was way too big to sew one in but I'm not fussed as the back looks prettier :D
30th August 2011: Interfacing and boning Along the way, I realised the interfacing (in photo) was far too stiff so I used a more lighter interfacing which didn't make the corset as bulky - I also officially hate boning ¬¬ It never comes out right when I make something with it though it does give the stiffness I needed XD this bodice has taken me longer to sew cos I was constantly unpicking and resewing it >.<
28th August 2011: Neck band wip Made from a strip of bias tape, left over lace trimming and left over ruffled white ribbon - It's fastened by a ribbon after I punched two eyelets - the real horror is sewing this to the ribbon attached to the bodice O.o
24th August 2011: Bodice start I started buying stuff a little while back before Aya hit cos I knew I'd be poor afterwards T^T .. anyways, after I got some rest from the epic weekend, I started constructing the main bit of the corset using yet again crepe satin as I seem to really like this fabric ^^;
23rd August 2011: Reference The beautiful art work version of her :) so much ruffling >.<
InfiniteJester - 7th February 2011
good luckkk! *sooo wants to steal u when u do this as jack*
Pandora-Chi - 7th February 2011
Hehe ^^ I'll be prepared but happy to come away with you xxx I hope I will get to do this version of the abyss x
FusionRose - 13th July 2011
So beautiful <3 Can't wait to see this hun, you'll look gorgeous x.
Darkiekun - 24th August 2011
Be meh Abyss when Im this Jack D8
InfiniteJester - 31st August 2011
oooo for oct expo?? cant wait to see thissss *also now you make me want to bring Jack for it :) what day u thinkin o doin this?
SamanthaKaiba - 31st August 2011
cant wait to see pictures of this...you will look great
street-angel - 31st August 2011
I see you having all the problems I did XD *eyes up fabric for Alice* Hm....I do like that red dress
White Tigress - 31st August 2011
The corset looks really pretty and well made! Very much looking forward to seeing more progress :)
Pandora-Chi - 31st August 2011
Aww thank you so much guys for these comments - I just can't believe the annoyance I'm having with the bodice DX but I'm forever grateful for your words of encouragement to make me keep on going ^_~ x
@ Kila - I was thinking the Sunday as I've got the Disney princess group for the Saturday planned :D And ooh you really coming to Oct Expo?! 8D If u r yes please bring your Jack down!! I so wanna get photos with u and finally be able to meet u at last! xx
@ Charlotte - I share your pain XD Hopefully I'll get through this cosplay unharmed ^^; ... and you know, I would LOVE to get photos with an Alice in a red dress ^_~ *hint hint*
InfiniteJester - 31st August 2011
:P yusss im booked and everything now for expo with sammie and our tickets arrived for the train the other day :) Sunday I mayyyy be free cos I was consdierin Imitation Black but im happy to bring Jack instead. i shall discuss with sammie but shud be ok :)
Anonymous - 1st September 2011
So much shiny fabric for a very pretty costume, I do like the lacing up the back of the bodice.
Kacela - 2nd September 2011
Progress looks fantastic, I adore this outfit. You will look so beautiful!
Darkiekun - 2nd September 2011
o3o And heres me with just two lapels....... looking so stunning D8
gaming_goddess - 4th September 2011
oo looking forward to this - your gonna look so beautiful :)
BladeyCakes - 4th September 2011
Such a pretty version *w*
I'm pretty sure I'm doing my Jack cosplay at expo, with my Glen too, so hope we can nab you for a few photo's at some point <33
Cant wait to see this!
Violet Kestral - 5th September 2011
Looks gorgeous so far!! I'm quite jealous, I'd love to make this cosplay one day xD Can't wait to see it finished ^^
SamanthaKaiba - 6th September 2011
loving the progress...cant wait to see it complete...you will look beautiful
DefineImagineMJ - 11th October 2011
I've not seen the anime yet, but I've seen the interest that's come with it and I've seen lots of pictures of Will of the Abyss. That costume is stunning.
SamanthaKaiba - 22nd October 2011
loving the preview picture...you look great
Kacela - 22nd October 2011
Oh I knew this would be gorgeous! Great job, you look stunning x
KiraraYumi - 31st October 2011
Gah, I missed seeing you in this! D8 You look gorgeous in it too and everything looks so perfect and wow! <3
street-angel - 1st November 2011
It was a pleasure and an honour to cosplay with you <3 As to whether you'd 'dragme down' I direct you to the following for my thoughts on the matter ---> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJxrX42WcjQ
Pandora-Chi - 1st November 2011
Wow I didn't expect such an amazing recpetion with this cosplay but thank you so so much everyone <3 I'v never been so damn proud of myself :D
@ street-angel - awww, that link is so so lovely <3 <3 I feel another tear fest coming T^T
Nomes - 1st November 2011
Stunning cosplay. Congratulations. :)
KiraraYumi - 1st November 2011
AAAH, congrats on winning! 8D You totally deserved it, you both look gorgeous!
Anonymous - 1st November 2011
Very beautiful, and congrats on the award!
Violet Kestral - 1st November 2011
This looked absolutely amazing when finished!! Congrats muchly on the masquerade win =D
DefineImagineMJ - 1st November 2011
I haven't seen Pandora Hearts yet, but you look epic as Will of the Abyss. I have seen a lot of pictures and heard a fair bit about her.
Thanks for the comment on Beatrix.
FuriePhoenix - 1st November 2011
this was epic! and a deserving win!
NoireHu. - 1st November 2011
The pictures look beautiful,I wished I could have seen you guys on stage! You definately deserved the award x3 hehe ~ x3
Ichigo-Chan - 1st November 2011
just wanted to congratulate you for the masquerade. You really deserved it! I was disapointed I never got to see you on Sunday nor get a picture of you, so I hope I will have another opportunity to see this in real life.
Angelphie - 1st November 2011
Such a pretty dress and you looked fantastic on stage! It's so neatly made and all those ruffles and roses are amazing. I really liked your approach with the cord in the hem and the burned edges of the fabric.
Monkey - 2nd November 2011
I caught a glimpse of you and thought you were absolutely beautiful! Congrats on the win! :D
Ranma1-2 - 2nd November 2011
You looked so darn pretty in this. ^^ Congrats on your win, you worked hard on your costume and earned it! :)
Solaria - 3rd November 2011
You guys were so gorgeous and well done on winning i love your cosplays <3
Zelda - 3rd November 2011
Congratuations on your win, you and street-angel deserved it, you two were fantastic together and the costumes were so well made <3
JustPeachy - 4th November 2011
Well done on your win! You look absolutely stunning!
eternal_aranel - 4th November 2011
Congrats! You both looked amazing <3
BladeyCakes - 6th November 2011
YOU! I thought I knew who the awesome Will of the Abyss we ran into was xD (totally stalked this cosplay for updates <3 lol) hi! Your cosplay was amazing, and it was great to get pics of/with you *w*
And thanks so much for your comment on Elliot <3
Eloraborealis - 6th November 2011
Congratulations on your win, you looked gorgeous! Such a pretty dress! :D
BladeyCakes - 6th November 2011
Thank you so much ;w; pics with you in my Jack cosplay (eventually~) plz? I totally want to do his 'black' artwork version, and it would be wonderful to get shots with you in that *A* (or even in his normal version actually! xD) x
Lady Bahamut - 6th November 2011
Ironically, I also think I saw you too! 8D You looked amazing and it must have taken alot of patience to sew all of those frills/ruffles! *_*
BladeyCakes - 6th November 2011
Spacking so much! Doing a shoot with you as Jack would be amazing on levels I cant even express xD (but I didn't mean the black suit version ;D oh no. I meant this one http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/511323 ...we could be ruffly together xD) On that note, what events are you going to...? ^w^ x
CrystalNeko - 12th November 2011
This is probably one of my favourite outfit of yours! So so pretty, love the amount of volume the skirt has. Mega congrats on winning best parade!!
Nomes - 7th January 2012
You look so stunning! I love the pic entitled 'Welcome to my Home'; you look so serene
BladeyCakes - 7th January 2012
So pretty!! <333 You really do make such a fantastic Will of the Abyss *w*
Really, REAAALLY hope I can get pics with you sometime! <3
FuriePhoenix - 8th January 2012
absolutely beautiful new photos!
Pandora-Chi - 8th January 2012
As always, thank you so much for the lovely comments everyone! <3
@ X-Blade-X - Thanks you!! <3 And I'll be happy to get photos with you!!! Kita probably would be the best event (?) cos I was planning to take a Pandora hearts cosplay with me - I don't mind trying to take Will :3 Or Hyper Japan - don't mind x
KiraraYumi - 8th January 2012
Oh WOW, those new photos are fabulous, I especially love the one with the parasol! You both look consistently amazing in these cosplays x3
CrystalNeko - 8th January 2012
The new photos are just so pretty!!!
Sailorette - 9th January 2012
Beautiful shots Ellen <3 you were so inspiring at Expo :3 and congrats again on the masquerade ^^ xx
BladeyCakes - 17th April 2012
This costume was even more gorgeous in person *___* You looked utterly beautiful and I couldn't get over it xD (hence all the stroking of DAT COSPLAY - hope you didn't mind ;D)
Thanks so much for the comment on Jack - I am not worthy of such praise!! xD Cant WAIT to see pics from the shoot! Does your friend know when she can post them up? ^^
Pandora-Chi - 17th April 2012
Awww don't be silly you looked utterly amazing!! You had the figure to pull him off! <3 And no I didn't mind - I found it funny how everyone was stroking the outfit cos I didn't realise how soft it was XD
I'm not sure when she can post them up but should be in a couple of weeks or so :3 I can't wait!! x
Manticore Arts - 22nd April 2012
Looking amazing love, simply stunning, loving the frill detail
xLaviChii - 22nd April 2012
wow. so much love, you look amazing!
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