Anemone (Sundress) - Eureka Seven.

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AmeCon 2008



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I’ve always liked her dress design, and since I’ve had the wig sitting around for a while, I finally got around to making it (somewhat last-minute) for AmeCon 2008.

The dress is a poly-blend twill, flatlined to cheap polycotton just in case it was see-through, and to add weight (the polycotton was my mock-up anyway). I followed Butterick 3020 for the top of the dress, and increased the volume skirt a lot. I only flared it out at the side seams, I think with more time to experiment, I would have been better spreading the volume over several panels, or having a seam at the waist for a separate skirt. But for a quick costume, the basic drafting I did worked out alright!

I used hoopsteel in the hem of the skirt, and I left an opening on the inside to allow the hoop to be removed for washing the dress. There’s also batting inside the red hem for padding. I used an invisible zip down the back, white so that it wouldn’t show through the dress fabric, so I painted the zip pull orange to match the top of the dress. (I was really picky about getting the back neat, matching the stripes, getting the zip invisible…even although it’s all hidden by the wig.

The orange and red is polycotton, I also used red bias tape for the thinner stripe, and topstitched everything to death. I think interfacing the straps and stripes might have produced a better result, but in general I think it all worked out well enough. Making the little rectangle shapes where the straps cross over was fiddly, and getting the stripes placed correctly and neat was a real nuisance. I had to redo so many as I went along…

My wig is from Maple Wigs, I bought it over a year ago at Japan Expo in Paris! Because of its quality, it doesn’t tangle toooo much even being very long, and I absolutely love it! The hair ornament things are gold ribbon covered hair slides. I used matching gold fabric for the necklace, which is sewn into a tube, padded out with batting, and snaps closed at the back (the buttons on the red dress strap are buttons covered with the same fabric as the necklace). My neck injection thingy is made from craft foam and stays on with double-sided tape.

The shoes were an ebay find. I bought them because they had the right covered toe, a chunky heel, and a suitable ankle strap which I could cover. The downsides being that the back of the shoe wasn’t open like Anemone’s, and they were black. Firstly, I cut away some of the back, and I then made a fabric section to create the correct shaped ankle strap bit, with the bow on the front. The cover is stitched and glued to the shoes, and snaps closed at the front - the shoe straps still buckle closed normally underneath. They’re all painted using red enamel model paint. They’re not entirely perfect, due to the original shape of the shoes themselves, but I’m glad I had a shot at accuracy. I do need to work on preventing the paint chipping in future though.

Comments

ryaoki posted on 16 August, 2008 - 20:22
WAA HOW COULD I HAVE NOT SEEN THIS im a big fan of eureka seven, and i hope you met anemones voice actor who was there hehe, im planning to do renton some time and get a big group together, you interested ^_^

Angelphie posted on 16 August, 2008 - 20:47
Thank you, I did meet her! There was a distinct lack of Eureka Seven cosplayers about at Ame...

ryaoki posted on 17 August, 2008 - 17:53
sadly only eureka seven cosplays ive seen in england is anemones, but i hope to get a group going as i said, itll be awsome

Uni posted on 17 August, 2008 - 19:46
haha i sooo need to watch more of the series! love it so far! But yea nice work here! that could'nt of been too easy to make ^^' Plus Pink always wins! :3

Amy-Lou posted on 25 August, 2008 - 22:35
I haven't seen the series, but it looks really cute and comfy. I love all the stripes and the puffy dress hem and necklace :)

moonbunny27 posted on 7 February, 2009 - 20:45
wow your coaplay is amazin i will be cosplaying as eureka and am tryin to do a eureka seven group for either expo or ayacon if you wanted to join :)

Angelphie posted on 8 February, 2009 - 12:20
I do want to rewear this sometime, but I really don't know what my plans are this far in advance!

mandi-taichou posted on 12 December, 2010 - 21:27
AH! Awesome Anemone!!!! Brilliant to see Eureka 7 cosplayers!

Progress Journal

26th August 2009

Shoes 5

Complete! The bow was sewn on the front, and it hides where the fabric cover snaps closed. The shoes fasten with their buckle as normal, and the cover doesn’t interfere with that.

Everything was painted with the same enamel point. The fabric takes it differently from the rest of the shoe, but that’s not usually so noticeable.

26th August 2009

Shoes 4

Fabric added to alter the shape. I glued down the fabric cover, and also hand sewed it to the shoe (after punching holes with a compass point in the shoe leather first, to make it easier!)

26th August 2009

Shoes 3

The soles painted

26th August 2009

Shoes 2

The back cut away, with my dad’s help.

26th August 2009

Shoes 1

The original shoes I started out with.