Haine Otomiya (Ball gown) - Gentlemen's Alliance Cross


For Fi's Arina Tanemura heroin group - you are a genius! :D

Ever since I finished reading Gentlemen's Alliance, this was one of the cosplays that was on my mind for ages but didn't really have enough encouragement to be Haine ...until now! :D

I was gonna do the default uniform for Haine but cos I have such a bad habit of choosing the more prettier costumes, I decided to go for the more elaborate, expensive and challenging cosplay DX As well as the group, I also couldn't pass off this chance to wanna do this after when I saw Fi's AMAZING Haine ballgown, I was so inspired! -^^-

Unsure if I'll be able to make it to Kitacon but if I do, I will definitely make a promise to make this and dedicate it to Fi! ^_~ xx

UPDATE 27/01/2012

So so so close to completion and months ahead for Kita!! :D This is one of the most proudest things I have sewn and I hope it holds off for day :3 I cannot wait for the Tanemura group! <3

UPDATE 16/04/2012

Finally got photos of this tedious beauty. Such a shame I looked drained when I wore this but so happy I at least WORE it XD I cannot thank Lemonpanda, Kirarayuki and xXSylentiumXx enough for being my photographer <3

LemonPanda posted on 16 May, 2011 - 17:58
omg omg omg yey omg yey<3<3 83 your srsly going to look freaken amazinngggg<3 also, btw im so going to chuck on ushio and do your hair like in the scene in the manga >'3 lmaooo

InfiniteJester posted on 16 May, 2011 - 18:19
this is gonna look epicccc

KiraraYumi posted on 16 May, 2011 - 19:23
This is going to look so amazing, looking foward to seeing it!^^ Yay for Gentlemen's Alliance! x3

Pandora-Chi posted on 18 May, 2011 - 13:03
Thanks soo so much you guys! ^^ the dress look quite epic and hard but I'll try my best to get around it somehow ^^;; @ lemon panda - thank you so much and hell yeah!! I'm up for it with the hair! should get a photo taken of that lol and I'll be honored for you to be my Ushio! <3!

LemonPanda posted on 29 May, 2011 - 21:37
ahah awesomeee<3<3 eeee~ yey~ that would be like such fun mini photoshoot thinngg :3 like SO want you as my haine :3 can't wait to see your start on this btw >3

gaming_goddess posted on 31 May, 2011 - 22:42
Haine is one of my fab characters - really looking forward to this for the pompoms and roses :D

InfiniteJester posted on 13 June, 2011 - 07:45
finally got around to readin some o this properly and its really good, i love it! can't wait to see it for real! i'd say i'd join u as one o the other charcaters but im tryin to be good and not overload myself with new costumes atm lol

Pandora-Chi posted on 14 June, 2011 - 11:09
Gentlemen's alliance is one of the best mangas outta Arina Tanemura's work I think - I'm especially attracted to the drawing style -^^- and Aww sweetie there's nothing wrong with overloading your page with Cosplays - everyone does it ^^ and my gosh! I'd love for you to be able to join the group ^^ it'll be so fun! I'm excited for this group ^_~ x

InfiniteJester posted on 14 June, 2011 - 13:38
i may consider it nearer the time, once i work out my groups n stuff for kita.. so far im def doin utena, code geass and pandora hearts and im prob gonna do some other stuff wit friends :) il put this down as a maybe for now, i love ushio's design and some o the other characters

Pandora-Chi posted on 16 June, 2011 - 12:11
I really like Ushio's design - she's soo pretty ^^ and aww that's fine - I'm confused what I wanna do myself - so far, I know I will be doing Haine, possibly Code Geass C.C or even Euphie, my friend wanted me to do Athena (Saint saiya, lost canvas) and I am considering to do Pandora hearts since you brought it up earlier -^^- there's so many Alice designs I still wanna do (safe to say she's my favourite character to cosplay lol) or possibly go for Will of the abyss - my choices could still change though x

KiraraYumi posted on 17 June, 2011 - 12:49
Oooh, if you end up using this for a Gentlemen's Alliance group, I'd love to join up as Postman! 8D He needs rewearing xD You guys have awesome Kita line-ups so far! I shall be on the look-out for ya! x3

rosieroo posted on 26 June, 2011 - 08:22
awwwwwwwwww this is gonna b cute

Kacela posted on 30 December, 2011 - 14:28
This is going to be stunning! I can't wait to see this, good luck =]

Nomes posted on 17 January, 2012 - 20:15
This looks so beautiful.

SamanthaKaiba posted on 26 January, 2012 - 23:46
This is beautiful...always amazed with your work...always so detailed

KiraraYumi posted on 26 January, 2012 - 23:51
So gorgeous!! *__*

Nomes posted on 28 January, 2012 - 18:53
This looks so beautiful! And you work fast, girl!

Pandora-Chi posted on 28 January, 2012 - 21:32
Thank you for the commments everyone ^^ It was honestly a dream to sew such a thing <3 @Samanthakaiba - Aww thank you - I try to give it my all with each cosplay that I do and am happy it pays off ^^ @ Nomes - Thank you and lol - people do say I work fast but it felt very slow when making it XD

Solaria posted on 7 February, 2012 - 14:06
Ahh this and you is soooo gorgeous <3333 I love GAC <3

Phee posted on 7 February, 2012 - 14:07
Wow this looks so pretty!

Tsuchinoko posted on 7 February, 2012 - 15:39
I haven't read this series but your progress pics look lovely ^^

BabemRoze posted on 7 February, 2012 - 16:19
This is gorgeous! :D x

Kestral posted on 7 February, 2012 - 16:35
This looks amazing!!

Kacela posted on 7 February, 2012 - 18:11
Absolutely stunning as usual. Wonderful job, it is a really gorgeous piece =]

JustPeachy posted on 7 February, 2012 - 21:16
Oh my gosh, this is absolutely beautiful! Your work is always so amazing!

Ichigo-Chan posted on 11 February, 2012 - 13:50
I am going to steal your sewing skills! The details are so perfect, I especially like the flowers & how the skirt drapes

Marisa-Chan posted on 26 February, 2012 - 19:40
OH this is amazing~~! Haine is such a cute character and I love all of arina tanemura's work :D

XxSylentiumxX posted on 12 March, 2012 - 01:26
This is so stunning *_* blown away by your sewing skillz, Miss Ellen!

Natsumi posted on 16 April, 2012 - 19:52
Gosh. This was so beautiful!! *_* I feel bad because I didn't get a chance to take a snapshot myself!

TheStarlightFairy posted on 16 April, 2012 - 19:58
Aaaah you look so lovely in this! So happy I got to see this in person ^^

CrystalNeko posted on 16 April, 2012 - 20:16
EEEEEE so much love for this costume, it's so well made and you look so pretty and I just love it! Always been one of my favourite dresses she wears so always so so happy to see it being made~ So happy I saw it for real!

KiraraYumi posted on 16 April, 2012 - 20:45
You looked sooo gorgeous in this cosplay! So glad I got to see you in it <3

Nomes posted on 16 April, 2012 - 20:57
Oh honey, you look so so so beautfil! I should have asked you to dance whilst I was dressed as a boy XD

LemonPanda posted on 17 April, 2012 - 08:34
you looked so cute as haine!<3 so glad you did this version! :3

29th January 2012


It's very rare that I wear earrings so I'm reluctant to buy a new cheap pair that I'll hardly wear - Put together in less than half an hour with stuff I already had and though it's not exactly accurate, I think they'll have to do :) .. unless I do change my mind and actually find a perfect pair XD

28th January 2012

Necklace complete

OOOOOH YEAHHHH!! Chained everything together and though the charm does look naff, I've concured the necklace!! >:D So much tedious chaining, hacking and keeping it symmetrical - One of my many enemies in cosplay XD Anyways, I'm COMPLETE ... is what I'll be saying if I hadn't forgotten about the earrings OTL

28th January 2012


LOL to a naff job of the charm XD But I figured since it's so small, all the imperfections won't be that noticeable XD Have to be careful stringing this onto the necklace though .. gah! It woulda been so much more easier if this charm didn't exist on the art work - I think I lost sleep trying to think of a good solution that's cost effective - By cost effective I meant free XD

27th January 2012

The one situation where the pliers become your best friend XD

Seriously, without them I woulda struggled for days lol I still spent a good 2 hours trying to unchain, rechain, hack and string this whole thing together DX It's so pretty as it's tediously annoying ¬.¬ The necklace is made up of left over glass pearls, a dog tag chain and a necklace chain I hardly wear anymore - basically stuff I already had lying around which made a great sacrifice XD It's just the charm I have to sort out - frankly, I prefer the necklace without it but for accuracy sake, I must prevail! >:D Probably will make it outta clay or something since I know I don't have anything remotely similar to it in the house :/

Also, dangling on the weird ribbon across the shoulder spam, I notice there is a cross - I went through a phase collecting nothing but beautifully decorated crosses and I felt that one of the ones I own were perfect for it :D

27th January 2012

Dress 90% done

Tried on the dress today to find that it is slightly hard to get into (but can't do anything about it ^^;), the straps are too loose and the string of pearls are a little long DX Pretty much almost complete except for the fact I have to correct shortening the straps and undo the beading to get a few pearls off DX I honestly thought I was just about finished with this cosplay until I came to that harsh reality that I still have the damn necklace to do >_<

27th January 2012

Bead problem >_<

Crystalneko did warn me about this before hand and I was dreading it - I finished stringing the beads (a good 4ms there) and sewed it onto the dress and just as I anticipated, it weighs the bodice down DX The only solution I can think of is to gamble all that weight onto the chain strap by sewing it - I remember one of the ideas Crystalneko did mention was to sew an invisible strap - I may adopt this idea but I'll need to test it by wearing the bodice first and see how the chain copes ....if it is uncomfortable, I may need to reduce the amount of pearls or buy smaller sized ones DX *fingers crossed* it'll be ok ...

26th January 2012

Fiddly straps

The one bit I have been dreading mostly is the damn annoying shoulder straps for this dress - this dress is a classic example that when a mangaka draws something so beautiful, the logistics of the construction goes outta the window XD There's no way that a strap as thin as a thread can be neatly sewn into the ribbon and expect the whole dress to be held up by them XD To counter this solution, I butchered a couple of dog tag chains and punched eyelets into satin ribbon and had to very patiently attach the chains together... it was so damn tedious!! >.< especially the small line of pearls at the front - I couldn't just simply string the pearls along the chain cos the holes were too small to fit >_< Luckily, I thought of a solution which surprisingly didn't take me long ....

26th January 2012


When I went abroad, I came across a street that specialized in selling haberdashery - I kid you not but there was one entire shop which sold nothing but beads, buttons, embellishments, studs etc. It was amazing!! I coulda stayed there all day if I could have!! and so wish there was a street like that locally ... amongst this area, I passed a shop which had some white glass pearl beads within packets and I imagine each contained about 80 ish beads(?) that were selling for less than 50p each!!! *_* So I thought, well I'm not gonna get this chance again so I brought 6 packets XD They were just perfect for Haine's string of beads! :D

26th January 2012

Dress wip 2

Photo just to show the finished petticoat with the finished blue dress and how the ribbon is all sewn into place and with the roses stuck down - I added a few extra glass pearl to give it that extra 'cinderella' magic :3 I'm happy with it so far but I'm so not looking forward to the neckline bits... ¬¬

24th January 2012

Hand made roses

Entry showing all finished roses different in sizes to balance the roses out a bit on the dress - I'm happy it was only an extra 8 and not the insane number I had to make for Will XD

24th January 2012

Pink roses and handmade flowers

BARGAIN BUY!!! :D The rose on the right is store brought whilst the other is hand made by me :3 At first I was only gonna use the brought ones but when I tested plotting 3 roses at one gathering of the dress, it look too huge O.o so the solution was for me to make some smaller in size to balance it out - fortunately, I had left over pink crepe satin from my Mulan cosplay so I use up all of that to make new ones :D Oh how I love when remnants come useful XD to finish the centre I sewed a glass pearl :)

23rd January 2012

Silver leaves

I notice in the art work that there are some leaves amongst the dress so I decided to use some artificial ones (of course) - greatest bargain ever as I got them along side 9 pink roses for only £1.75 :D Anyways, since I thought green would be a bit harsh against this dress, I painted them silver :) After I finished, the green did still show through but I quite liked the effect as it made it feel quite wintry - like snow glazing the surface of leaves :3

20th January 2012

Skirt wip

Sewed the under skirt together using fabric which I brought originally for Aurora but realised that the shade was too sky blue for her DX But it wasn't a waste cos I remembered that Haine's dress was a lighter blue in colour :D

Photo on the left shows how it looks without any layers underneath whilst the photo on the right shows it with the petticoat - doesn't look like much difference but believe me there is! :D When I tried on the skirt without the extra poofiness it was flat as anything! >< Originally I was planning to sew the 2 things together but then I realised I needed it for my Saint Seiya Athena cosplay :D All I have to do now is sew a waist band and the zip (which I stupidly forgot when I was in the shop DX)

17th January 2012

Base dress complete?

Dress is boned, lined and has one side ruched up :D It didn't go exactly how I wanted it but it does basically what the art work is showing (Where Haine is holding it up - in reality if she held it by the ribbons, they would snap off the dress right away XD) The other little gatherings and the blue ribbon is not sewed it - just pinned to test how it'll sit and I'm happy with it so far :D Without the blue it would just look like a wedding dress XD

15th January 2012

Dress wip

After FINALLY deciding how to make the dress and getting hold of the right pattern, I began making it. I mostly procrastinated so much with this cos it was drawn differently in every art work DX
Anyways, what you see in the photo is of it so far without it being lined. I'm using my skirt that I made for Aurora underneath to test the shape as it has the exact poofiness and shape that I need but it's not the right shade of blue so I shall be aiming to make a new traiil skirt with a lighter shade :D

29th November 2011


I know I shoulda got on with the dress first but it really is giving me headaches on the pattern so I decided to style the wig today ^^;

The wig I have chosen is a double blond highlighted wig - from the art work I never saw Haine having just one colour - I'm happy I got quite a sweet deal on it as I didn't need this wig to be heat resistant and it was on sale :D I wanted it to be a bit longer but meh beggars can't be choosers XD

The wig is pretty much almost done but will need to sort out those ringlets a bit later - I actually had fun styling this and it's super cute with the pom poms -^^-

Took me a whole morning but not much editting done really - just cut the front bangs a bit and gelled strands into place. To make the ringlets, I just loosely curled strands of the wig and secured with hair pins that I attached to the huge pom poms

7th November 2011

Dress pattern wip

Ok this entry's not exactly a 'start start' on the actual dress but it's more of a cry for help!! DX Before beginning to estimate how much fabric I need to buy and what pattern to use, I began by using my Aurora skirt as the under dress (which I could actually get away with using as it's blue and the right pattern for this dress :D) and over it is my Disney Selphie dress to test where it should be pinned - I am so not sure about it and would seriously appreciate any advice and pattern suggestions if you think it looks really odd too? My other option was to use a circle dress but it had way too much volume ... Dear god I dunno what to do!! DX

1st November 2011

Line art

Such a pain in the butt to figure out how to make this dress as each time, it was drawn differently >.<

1st November 2011

Reference colour

Title speaks for itself really XD