31st May 2011: Hair extensions I was originally going to turn these into actual pigtails but the clips I bought were too small so it didn't work. I actually had no money and couldn't afford larger clips, so instead I just shoved them all between my hair and tied them up normally to create larger and thicker pigtails.
It worked well actually 8'D
They're basically lots of offcuts from my Ash Ketchum cosplay (the original wig was mid-back length) which was sewn onto some black tulle.
I think these took about an hour to make. Can't remember anymore, I forgot to upload this that's all!
27th May 2011: Necklace When I wore this costume to Bunkasai I completely forgot to attach the star onto the necklace! So I wore it without. So here's a picture with it attached now! :3
Can no longer be bothered to get out my camera every time I want to take a photo, so all progress pictures from now on will be via my webcam :P
27th May 2011: Improvements I've sewn on the circles on the PVC dress finally so that it looks neater overall. I also sewed on all the bows and redid the boot covers so that they were better fitted and I gave them different base shoes because the old pair I used were old school shoes. They were too bulky and looked very unattractive with this style. So I used a pair of shoes I wore to orchestra concerts (not any more I can't XD) that had 2" heels (so I could still dance in them easily with added height) and they give the boots a much slimmer look. Had to sew on the bows too.
As I was sewing all of this the needle went through my thumb instead of the fabric 8'D FUN TIMES. I HATE HAND SEWING.
Reason why the time taken is so bloody long is because all these improvements were done via hand sewing because it was more neatness than actual construction .____.
Time Taken: 2hrs
22nd May 2011: SO... DAMN... BORED... Making wefts for pigtails because clearly my real hair doesn't work very well so mixing wig hairs with my real hair to add volume.
I SHOULD JUST BUY WEFTS BUT I CAN'T ACTUALLY AFFORD IT SO GOTTA MAKE THEM USING LEFTOVERS FROM... WHATEVER WIG I ROBBED THE HAIR FROM. I think it was Ash Ketchum...
No pictures, cba and I need to buy some grips to glue the wefts onto. Just here to clock my time.
I've only done one ponytail so far and I'm running out of hair .____. May have to be thin pigtails or cut another black wig I have D;
Time Taken: 1hr
6th March 2011: What have I learnt? Hot glue and PVC don't mix. NEVER AGAIN.
5th March 2011: NEARLY THERE Note to self: NEVER, EVER, MAKE A COSTUME LIKE THIS IN 3 WEEKS EVER AGAIN. I FORBID IT.
I'm not even done, but you know what, I'm tired, got an early morning tomorrow and it's a bit insensitive to my mum who's sleeping right now to blast away at the sewing machine this late at night LOL. So I'm just doing the final painting/hot gluing.
Only thing I have left to do, sewing wise, is the shorts and I just can't be bothered anymore XD
Doing my final bits of hot gluing now then after this journal entry (should be my last before tomorrow) is the white painting details. Saved that for last because it's quiet XD
I tried out my new glue gun today and it's still a mini one but dayummmm does it hurt X____x It's hotter than my old one, which is good... But bad for my skin LOL.
Time Taken: 3hrs
5th March 2011: Hat progress 4 triangular panels sewn together (spotty fabric is lined with cotton) and then I attached the bow on. Just need to hot glue it onto a grip and paint on the detailing.
I curled my hair, woooo! Only some of it curled, cause my hair is gay like that.
Time Taken: 1hr (Not just on the hat, I've been doing other stuff xD)
I normally resize my webcam pictures but I'm just too lazy and busy right now, more sneak peaks to come... maybe!
4th March 2011: IT TRANSFORMS AWWWWWWWWWWH YEAAAAAAAAAAAH.
I'd take photos but I look like a mess right now cause I'm attempting to curl my hair for tomorrow. It's not working out very well XD
Anyway, I still have looooads left to do and I can't find my scissors (I was using them just now, short term memory much!?) so any updates will be mainly text journals rather than pictured journals which I normally do!
I've done most of the bows except the ones on the white dress and for the hat. I can't do any progress on the hat until I find those scissors, pah!
Time Taken: 3hrs
3rd March 2011: Wig test Picture of me with the wig on as Kirari~~
I'm being Koharu for Bunkasai so am using my real hair, but just wanted to see how hard it was to style it as Kirari. It took 30mins to style and it was bloody hard to keep those pigtails in place without chopping them off and creating fake pigtails, paaah. I got there in the end though!
Reason why I'm being Koharu for Bunkasai is mainly because Hello!Project is more popular than Kirarin Revolution over here -shrug-. Plus means I don't have to safely transport the wig.
Although, the wig stays in place better than my hair does X____X I did the full dance with the wig on and it stayed in place, this is why I love wigs ;A;
Yes that is my Haine wig. Kirari has annoying hair that changes colour in every ref (and in the Chance! ref, it's more proper brown than whatever colour you call this) but I'd like to think it's around this colour in the anime itself :'D
Still experimenting with my real hair, pictures to coooome~
P.S. I know it looks blonde in the pic but that's just my webcam changing the colours. See my Haine cosplays for the real colour!
3rd March 2011: Detailing 60% I'm getting there, mark my words I'm getting there X_x
All the pink spots and the bigger red and white circles are just temporary. The red spots are all sewn on and so is the larger rectangle like detailing with the black strips down.
I can't find my pink thread hence why I haven't stitched them down yet. Can't be bothered to find it today either so that's all the sewing I'm doing for today!
Time Taken: 2hrs
26th February 2011: Start of detailing on white dress Began the detailing, but I got a bit fed up with the foot sticking to the fabric so I googled it. Only to find I was using the wrong type of foot so I've ordered a cheap "Teflon foot". Should arrive sometime next week?
It's really set me back though. Maybe I'll do the detailing for the other stuff like the bows and hat for the time being. I'll make a start on boot covers next week, I hate boot covers XD
Time Taken: 1hr
P.S. Probably not going to use the black circle, I'm probably going to embroider that on once I get my new sewing foot because it's easier. I realise I'm being a bit of a douche and should have piled the fabric on top of each other rather than attempting to sew the black on top. Shup :P
After making the boot covers, if I find I have enough black fabric then I'll go back and redo the circle!
26th February 2011: White dress base All done! Took a bit of pinning and re-pinning in order to get it nicely fitted. Maaaaan it's fat.
Time Taken: 2hrs
26th February 2011: UPSIDE DOWN MUSHROOM :'D
Charlie and I were just messing around...
We had to do this so that we could get the measurements right for the white dress. It amused us.
It was hell trying to get the dress onto the mannequin ;A;
21st February 2011: Red base dress done! YEEEEES, completed hemming all those ruffles. All it took was two episodes of Top Gear to get me through.
I rather like the lighting in our conservatory, although it was rather annoying when I found that you could actually tell the difference between the two reds, so I've changed the top layer now so the skirt all matches and the bodice and bow are different.
Now onwards, to the white dress!
Time Taken: 2hrs
21st February 2011: Waist bow It's so cute, I love it :3 I think it's a bit bigger than the original but I like big bows anyway...
I had to hand stitch the waist band in place before gunning it through the machine because there was just toooo many layers of fabric to sew through. My dad suggested using a leather needle, we have quite a few... I wish he had come home sooner when he suggested that to me because I had just finished all the heavy duty work T_____T.
The bow isn't actually sewn on yet because I was going to do it by hand (that would be too much fabric even for a leather needle). But I lost the needle. I'm great XD
My cock up with the white panel is very well hidden with the bow, you will never find out about my horrible cock up!
Next up, hemming all those ruffles. I don't like changing the thread too often, so am going through all the red stuff now. This is going to be hell T____T
Time Taken: 1hr
20th February 2011: Ruffles 100% Yeaaaaah finally finished all the ruffles and did all the chiffon ruffles, ribbon and white panel across the front of the dress.
I kinda mucked up the white panel because I was being careless, but this will be hidden by the hugeass waist bow which I'll sew on... when I can be bothered XD.
Now I have the mammouth task of hemming all those frickin' ruffles. The chiffon was bad enough, I hate chiffon. But some of those ruffles have a circumference of over 6m, buuuuuuu ;______; So what, 6x5 is 30m of ruffles to hem ;____; I'm going to have to reel up several bobbins for when I come to hem it. Might do it tonight if I can be bothered, I want to get to work on the white dress but I don't have enough velcro am going to town tomorrow to get some (I would've gone in today but they're shut on Sundays!).
I've got it all measured out though.
THIS COSTUME IS TAKING ME FOREVEEEEER.
Time Taken: 3hrs
19th February 2011: Ruffles 60% I would have continued on but I ran out of thread, boo!
Still got the final layer to go and I need to take apart the top layer and sew on the new fabric because they're different shades! Damn you Fabric Land, they're both polycotton sheeting, just ever so slightly different shades of red! The skirt fabric and the bodice fabric are different fabrics in different pictures anyway so I think I can get away with it. It's just annoying that I have to redo the top layer, thankfully it's smaller than the lower ones!
Time Taken: 2-3hrs
19th February 2011: Before sewing on all the ruffles Here's a picture to show the underskirt, just so you can see how it works.
I wasn't originally going to do this and was going to attach each ruffle together by sewing them together under each layer so you can't see the joints. But that takes up too much red fabric and after pausing and rewatching her spin in the dress over and over I think there is some form of underskirt in there rather than a concentric circle of ruffles XD.
16th February 2011: Fabric! Went to Fabric Land today in Bristol after college because Wednesdays are my half days. Dad had a customer who needed to go to Bristol so he let me come along because we know them quite well and they don't mind. Had to buy £40 worth of fabric, FFFFFFF.
Reason why the PVC are varying prices is because the black PVC is a big thicker and higher quality than the cerise and red, because I'm still contemplating on making boot covers (don't really need to but just for continuity sake!) and I'd rather have the thicker fabric rather than having to buy interfacing to iron on.
Random note, the black spotty stuff was called "Spotty dotty fabric", what a random name XD. I'm so mature...
So yeah, here's the PVC, more sheeting, chiffon and spotty fabric I'm going to use. Bought some sequined elastic to make the accessories too! TIME TO GET SEWING... AFTER FINISHING COLLEGE WORK orz.
15th February 2011: Base necklace! Stars at Fabric Land were like, massive. Around 2x2 inches which was way too big. So I decided to look in Azuri especially because they were having a sale, and I found this necklace! Perfect size, just gotta find the wire cutters, or something to unclip the silver star from the necklace. It's a shame though, I rather like this necklace (I love stars), so am wearing it for as much as possible until I have to take it apart XD.
Use to be £3, reduced to £2, woop woop 8'D
14th February 2011: First layer done I would have uploaded this picture sooner but Cosplay Island was being really temperamental with me.
As you can see I have two layers here, both with different patterns. Top layer is what was left over from the circle skirt and I like this more. The bottom layer is pleated and it's not very nice looking so I've taken it apart and will re-sew it as a circle skirt.
This costume is going to be more expensive than I first anticipated, I wasn't expecting to have to buy tons more cotton sheeting X_x Gotta get it from Bristol too because that's where I got it from, fml.
Oh yeah, in this picture you can see I've taken in the bodice so it's much better fitted now. I've also lowered the back because it was very uncomfortable to wear when I first made it! Folds everywhere and it was just very ill-fitting!
I forgot to mention earlier but the original design was a Queen of Hearts costume, just thought I'd throw that in there!
Time Taken: 2hrs so far.
13th February 2011: Under layer modified Basically... I chopped off half the skirt XD. I will modify the underskirt once I get the over dress done so that I can get the measurements right. But basically I'm going to sew the waist of the white dress onto this underskirt to make it transform.
13th February 2011: Base dress I made this dress for my birthday last year, it was a rush job, hence the awful quality XD. I was wearing an underskirt and a waistcoat over it so it didn't matter too much about the overall shape of the dress itself.
Pandora-Chi - 15th February 2011
Oh my god the dress is sooo cute -^^- - absolutely perfect for the event ^^
Will look really pretty when your finished. Best of luckw ith it <3
Limegreenjelly - 16th February 2011
You going to try and transform it aswell?? that would be awesome XD Good luck *thumbs up* you shall do well :3
Pandora-Chi - 21st February 2011
OMG the red dress is absolutely GORGEOUS and so so cute -^^- I gotta steal this dress off you and man I would have mucked up the chiffon ruffles for sure ^^;; it's so well done xx
CrystalNeko - 22nd February 2011
Thank you so much everyone~~
@Steph: Yes I'm going to make it transform! Am going to borrow a friend's dress form to help out with that process though because it is hell marking out where to stitch it together!!
@Ellen: I was rage posting non stop on Twitter about those chiffon ruffles, seriously, I hate chiffon and always try to avoid it wherever possible - I did muck up a bit but cause they're ruffles it's easier to hide XD
Pandora-Chi - 24th February 2011
LOL I hate chiffon as well - I seriously need to invest in an overlocker in order to use it - but it's very well done though - I can't see any flaws on the dress x
FrankieEstee - 3rd March 2011
ibhhgroeige I'M LOVING THE PROGRESS! AND I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THIS! FIEONBGREGRE *A*~ <3 <3 <3 Great job so far, it's so epic ;3;
Pandora-Chi - 5th March 2011
It sucks that I can't see this costume for real but seriously wish you the best of luck with this entry - you'll do so well ^^ xxxxx
gaming_goddess - 5th March 2011
This was such amazing dress! I don't know how you managed to hide all that fabric under such a short dress! Amazing and stunning!
Frederica la Noir - 5th March 2011
I can't believe I didn't know it was you *face palm* stunning dress btw ^_^ xxx
Moonchild - 6th March 2011
This was so awesome!! I had no idea it was gona transform!!
Congrats on winning the ECG UK selections!! x
Freyarule - 6th March 2011
EEEEEEEEEEEEE X3 You were so awesome!!!! And totally deserved the award, honey! *squees*
macaronic - 6th March 2011
Congratulations!! I forgot to get anybody's details/names at the masquerade but I'm glad you found me XD Well done! You totally deserved it- I had no idea the dress transformed OTL; Have fun in Paris!
Lady Bahamut - 6th March 2011
I had no idea that dress changed like that untill I watched the video! That is seriously epic *_* You totally deserved to win! Well done :D
Pandora-Chi - 6th March 2011
When I kept looking at the reference picture I was so dumb to not know that it was two costumes in one ^^ ;;; - saw a youtube video of your performance and it was so - WOW O.O !!!! It was so awesome and original!! You seriously deserved to win and represent us in the UK - creativity, skill and personality wise ^_~ congratulations again! xxxx
PinkCharlieBear - 7th March 2011
I am so proud of you and Im so glad you decided to make this ;w;
I only wish I could of got the day off work to see it for myself T^T
YOU DID SO WELL AND SO DESERVED IT REALLY WELL DONE~<33333
I think you should of just wore it as the mushroom though.
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