Pandora-Chi
 


Costume :Haine Otomiya
Variant :Ball gown
Source :Gentlemen's Alliance Cross
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon IV (2012)


Costume Photos

Stay strong

The feelings locked must be freed

This isn't who I am...

Getting ready for the ball

True smile? Or is it False?

Beyond the door is my fate..

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : Less than £90
Time Taken : 2 weeks on and off

Description
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

Comments

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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

by LemonPanda on Monday, 16 May, 2011 - 18:58
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this is gonna look epicccc

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

by KiraraYumi on Monday, 16 May, 2011 - 20:23
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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!

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 - 14:03
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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

by LemonPanda on Sunday, 29 May, 2011 - 22:37
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Haine is one of my fab characters - really looking forward to this for the pompoms and roses :D

by gaming_goddess on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 23:42
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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

by InfiniteJester on Monday, 13 June, 2011 - 08:45
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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

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 14 June, 2011 - 12:09
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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

by InfiniteJester on Tuesday, 14 June, 2011 - 14:38
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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

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 16 June, 2011 - 13:11
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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

by KiraraYumi on Friday, 17 June, 2011 - 13:49
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awwwwwwwwww this is gonna b cute

by rosieroo on Sunday, 26 June, 2011 - 09:22
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This is going to be stunning! I can't wait to see this, good luck =]

by Kacela on Friday, 30 December, 2011 - 15:28
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This looks so beautiful.

by Nomes on Tuesday, 17 January, 2012 - 21:15
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This is beautiful...always amazed with your work...always so detailed

by SamanthaKaiba on Friday, 27 January, 2012 - 00:46
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So gorgeous!! *__*

by KiraraYumi on Friday, 27 January, 2012 - 00:51
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This looks so beautiful! And you work fast, girl!

by Nomes on Saturday, 28 January, 2012 - 19:53
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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

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 28 January, 2012 - 22:32
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Ahh this and you is soooo gorgeous <3333
I love GAC <3

by Solaria on Tuesday, 7 February, 2012 - 15:06
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Wow this looks so pretty!

by Phee on Tuesday, 7 February, 2012 - 15:07
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I haven't read this series but your progress pics look lovely ^^

by Tsuchinoko on Tuesday, 7 February, 2012 - 16:39
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This is gorgeous! :D x

by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 7 February, 2012 - 17:19
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This looks amazing!!

by Stubbled Grapes on Tuesday, 7 February, 2012 - 17:35
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Absolutely stunning as usual. Wonderful job, it is a really gorgeous piece =]

by Kacela on Tuesday, 7 February, 2012 - 19:11
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Oh my gosh, this is absolutely beautiful! Your work is always so amazing!

by JustPeachy on Tuesday, 7 February, 2012 - 22:16
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I am going to steal your sewing skills! The details are so perfect, I especially like the flowers & how the skirt drapes

by Ichigo-Chan on Saturday, 11 February, 2012 - 14:50
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OH this is amazing~~! Haine is such a cute character and I love all of arina tanemura's work :D

by Marisa-Chan on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 20:40
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This is so stunning *_* blown away by your sewing skillz, Miss Ellen!

by XxSylentiumxX on Monday, 12 March, 2012 - 02:26
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Gosh. This was so beautiful!! *_* I feel bad because I didn't get a chance to take a snapshot myself!

by Natsumi on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 20:52
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Aaaah you look so lovely in this! So happy I got to see this in person ^^

by TheStarlightFairy on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 20:58
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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!

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 21:16
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You looked sooo gorgeous in this cosplay! So glad I got to see you in it <3

by KiraraYumi on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 21:45
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Oh honey, you look so so so beautfil! I should have asked you to dance whilst I was dressed as a boy XD

by Nomes on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 21:57
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you looked so cute as haine!<3 so glad you did this version! :3

by LemonPanda on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 09:34
 

Journal

Earrings (Posted 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

Necklace complete (Posted 28th January 2012)

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

Charm (Posted 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

The one situation where the pliers become your best friend XD (Posted 27th January 2012)

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

Dress 90% done (Posted 27th January 2012)

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 >_<

Bead problem >_< (Posted 27th January 2012)

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 ...

Fiddly straps (Posted 27th January 2012)

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 ....

Beads (Posted 27th 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

Dress wip 2 (Posted 27th January 2012)

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... ¬¬

Hand made roses (Posted 25th January 2012)

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