Costume :Cesia
Variant :Fairy Dress
Source :Dragon Knights
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :Minamicon 18 (2012)

Costume Photos

Cesia and Lim


Cesia and Lim


Cesia Ref


Costume Information

Despite the dodgy art on the first few volume covers I picked up Dragon Knights and realised not only is the art inside much better, but the story is great! If I'd known it would be in every book sale in the country for £1 a volume now, I would have waited XD

Sort of matching costumes with Delusional as Lim and Cesia after Lim has turned style guru on the group. Costumes from very near the end of the series, not quite finale ones.

Pimping the Dragon Knights love to Minami :3


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Eee! Can't wait to see this! Been re-reading lots of the manga recently and so psyched to get Rath done! Will be so nice to see lot's of lovely DK cosplay

by kirokitsune on Tuesday, 14 June, 2011 - 12:44
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Very cool. Can't wait to see.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 3 July, 2011 - 03:38
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THE RIDICULOUS HAIR! Which colour way did you decide to go for??
Also loving that you're doing the Battle Makeover dress...Lim is such a pimp!

by Nocturnal Blossom on Thursday, 4 August, 2011 - 16:00

Amy I really must thank you for taking the time to write journal entries. I find yours and Lex's so useful, there is so much to be learnt from the doing process. I'm also happy at how popular Dragon Knights seems to be with cosplayers this year (I do love my old anime!)

by Donna on Friday, 16 September, 2011 - 11:49
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Gorgeous costume Amy. I read all your journal entries - full of very interesting and helpfull stuff and great to see the details up close to appreciate them. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 20:22

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Staff Begins (Posted 12th August 2012)

If the staff didn't need such a huge ball I'd consider resin casting it, but hollow is best in this case, so I bought a wooden pole and two part acrylic sphere. Using the dremel I drilled a hole in the bottom of the sphere for the pole and any electronics to fit into.

I did a lot of testers on smaller spheres with combinations of sanding and glass paints to get a nice glow, but in the end I've decided to leave it un-sanded and glass paint the inside in layers.
Bonus of this is that the paint can't be scratched off, it'll be protected inside the sphere and the outside will have a perfectly smooth surface.

Things I learnt from the testers:
-Glass paint crazes (bubbles up) if you try to paint another layer on later no matter how long you leave it to dry, so get it right first time. Bubbling is worst on areas of thicker paint.

-Though sanding the acrylic looks rough and cloudy, glass paint fills in the ruts and can make it clear and transparent again (defeating the point), so best to sand inside, paint outside if you want to keep it opaque.

-Glass paint can be cleaned off with white spirit, but this also clouds up the acrylic plastic, damaging the surface, BEWARE. The surfacing effect of glass paint mentioned above can also make this damage transparent again, but that's when you realise there are white spirit fingerprints on the outside too...

First Outing (Posted 21st March 2012)

Had everything wearable in time for Minami, but there's still more work to be done.

I made a place holder front panel for the skirt on the evening before the con as I only have exactly enough grey fabric left to do this once and I was running out of time. I ended up wrapping the string fabric like a scarf on the day, so that needs finishing properly and I'd also like to poof up and shorten the fringe, so I can see!

I might finish the boot covers, but I really like those patterned tights Kat found for us... Should make them and see what it looks like at least :)

Lastly I really want to have her staff for the next outing, so looking into methods for that!

Finished Top (Posted 13th March 2012)


I pinned the outer layer down to the lining and trimmed it off to the same shape around the bottom. Then instead of hemming it up, I sewed them flat together and covered the rough edges with thin bias binding.

The neckline has an irregular scalloped edge, so I found a nice lace trim with flowers and leaves that would give a similar outline and tacked it on top.

Wig Splicing (Posted 28th February 2012)

I hand sewed a section of fringe from Kat's Lim wig leftovers into the purple curly wig I'd bought, they fit pretty neatly thanks to the layout of the base wig wefts. I didn't even have to remove any purple from the front, it's bulking out the new fringe.

Just need to trim it up to a length I can see through.

Cowl (Posted 27th February 2012)

I was always planning to peel the shredded jersey off the net backing, but Kat suggested shredding the backing to get a two tone look. I tried using a craft knife but the net was so stretchy it was actually easier and cleaner to use scissors in the end.
I love the effect, but now I'm not sure which way up matches best - lighter or darker topside?

Top Second Layer (Posted 24th February 2012)

Once the base was finished I could make the outer layer of the top to fit.
The bust is made of the same fabric as the skirt double layered over plain black cotton to stabilise it. The body is a washed satin that Kat has made her Lim dress from, we thought it would be nice to link the two costumes with little similarities. Sadly creases stay as marks in this fabric, should come with a warning to only ever store on a roll.

In the pic the straps aren't secured yet, I need to fix them in place and then trim up the bottom to match the hemline of the lining underneath. May have to tack the top down to the lining along the seams to keep everything lying neatly.

The Top Returns (Posted 18th February 2012)

So Cesia failed to make it to Aya (as did all planned costumes) as the organisation for the event itself took priority. Now over 6 months later it's time to continue, don't worry I still love you Cesia :D

Moving on from the original mockup I've made the interfaced and boned lining for the top with hook and eye fastening up the back. In the picture I've marked off where the bottom hemline will be and ironed it in. Because the lining and top fabrics are very different types I think with this pointed front shape it will be best to hem this now, trim it off and tack the top layer down to it later, rather than sewing the two layers together top and bottom and turning inside out.

I also need to tweak the side seams a little as shortening the bodice has revealed that the waist was a little big, though it sat nicely on the hips when it was longer.

Skirt Continued (Posted 28th July 2011)

Back on the skirt I used inch wide elastic as the waistband for easy gathering. Stretching the elastic I sewed on the patterned top layer and then the plain base layer.

Once it was all anchored I made the corners pointier by cutting curves into the straight edges before bias binding the whole lot. I've found the tiniest petticoat on eBay to poof it out and I'm so happy with how smart the bias looks!

More Sleeves (Posted 22nd July 2011)

The sleeves and linings are joined and pressed. Annoyingly I changed my hem size to suit the frills and this means my half circles to sit in the sleeve split don't fit anymore. I'll have to do another set (argh, circular rolled hems are a pain).

Despite that I like how they're turning out. I've got white silicone tape to put in the top so they grip my arm and some really pretty silver/black buttons for the cuffs.

Frilly Sleeves (Posted 18th July 2011)

The sleeve linings are plain cotton with the crepe frills gathered onto the end using my overlocker's gathering attachment. These are the times I appreciate my rolled hem foot as it makes edging long strips like these so neat and much quicker!

My ref image contains two different designs for the sleeve frills and I spent a long time deciding which I preferred. One falls long in the split like an under sleeve, the other continues the short frills up the forearm. I'm not keen on the exposed arm look when you don't have your arms bent, so I'm going to insert a half circle of crepe fabric in the sleeve split to fill that gap.