Kendappa Oh (Art Book) - RG Veda


Kendappa has beautiful costume designs, and this was the perfect chance to go Supah Bling :)

I'm really happy with how this turned out. I wanted to try different fabrics to my previous Kendappa costume which was all duchess satin. Sewing chiffon is possibly the most hellish thing in the world, it moves and changes shape whilst you're cutting, but it looks so good if you beat it!

The skirt is a fuller-than-circle skirt, maths tells me it's 10-11 metres round the hem. I used such soft, draping fabric, it hangs deceptively flat, which is perfect for dancing :)

I used resin to make the gems (see journal) and funky foam for the wings and largest coins in the belt and headdress. I coated them in several layers of PVA glue and then sprayed them chrome silver. I swapped the spikes round the gems for another Kendappa headdress design with a wing/flame effect. I thought the one in this pic looked like knives strapped to the side of her head and that didn't seem to fit the image.

I left the shawl out because realistically it would just hang flat over the dress and hide everything. The only way to have it like in the picture would be to wire the edges and I could see that becoming really annoying in a crowded ballroom with people brushing past. I did consider having it over just one shoulder stitched from the edge of the dress strap and tucked into the belt (like a sari, which she also wears in other art), but none of my skirt fabric leftovers were quite the right shape :)

Most of the bling I already owned, I just needed to buy a matching necklace and a few bangles. The rest is all bellydancing coins and bells sewn to the costume.

Uni posted on 1 December, 2008 - 17:44
I love this costume!! you looked simply wonderful! :3

Anonymous posted on 3 December, 2008 - 22:13
This was a great costume - love the bling! And btw, thanks for your lovely comment on my Sara Trantoul ^_^ Poor innocent Sara, oblivious to the hungry Dracula behind her ^_-

HelloKitty posted on 4 December, 2008 - 19:29
Jingle bells of win!! i wish i could be as jingley as yoooou!! love this, you neeeeeed to upload piccys!!!

MangaChild posted on 5 December, 2008 - 21:26
You know how taken back i was with the Headress and Glove :D You are the queen of all that is headressy and pointy and we are not worthy >#BOWS#<

Amy-Lou posted on 9 December, 2008 - 16:14
Thank you for the lovely comments guys :) I had so much fun wearing this!

nert posted on 9 December, 2008 - 18:12
So. Incredibly. Pretty. <3 I'd say it was worth all the effort, it looked gorgeous even before all the bling, and zomg, the resin :O I will have to thieve details of that stuff from you sometime. Also going to have to get pictures in daylight or something, the flash doesn't do it justice!

Anonymous posted on 9 December, 2008 - 20:16
Oh my god, this show was something I watched before I knew what anime was (but really confused me as a kid haha)!! So when I saw it I was in awe! So perfect :)

BlusterSquall posted on 21 January, 2009 - 12:58
Headdress is oh-so pretty! The costume really suits you and its all so so pretty and sparkly and BLING! ... Pretty. *-*

Ranma1-2 posted on 6 March, 2009 - 00:30
Wahh I love how it drapes so beautifully. Very pretty. ^-^

Angelphie posted on 19 March, 2009 - 22:41
So pretty! I love the skirt fabric effect, and your resin gems!

goodbyeworld posted on 26 March, 2009 - 20:06
ASDF!! RG VEDAA!! You pull Lady Kendappa off sooo well! *-*

Chibi posted on 24 July, 2009 - 00:13
Ah I remember seeing you at the ball! I love RG Veda, it's so under appreciated You make a lovely Kendappa Oh! ^^

Alias Cosplay posted on 25 September, 2009 - 18:08
Thanks for the comment. This is gorgeous, great job!

Sephirayne posted on 19 January, 2011 - 03:29
Oh wow! This is beautiful. You look so amazing in it.

rocksanie posted on 16 March, 2012 - 16:12
So pretty~~and all that detailing is awesome *_*~

2nd November 2010

Lets Travel Back in Time!

With little time left before the 2010 Grand Cosplay Ball I've decided that instead of making a new costume I should improve Kendappa as I wasn't able to finish her properly the first time round. I've also just finished reading the RG Veda manga so I love her more than ever. She's not just a pretty piece of art to me anymore so I can add a bit of character. Time Travel... In the original construction I wanted a sturdy bodice with a floaty skirt. From the very beginning I saw the skirt as white satin shining through a blue chiffon overlay. I just couldn't visualise it as a white sheen on blue satin, it seemed too harsh for the character. I managed to find the perfect Caribbean blue chiffon in Shephards Bush and also a soft, floaty, white satin-esque fabric which actually has a striped texture to it (and very cheap). The bodice is left over black satin and after failing to find the darker blue for the front panel in a satin I went with overlaying a crinkle chiffon on the black. This turned out to be even better as having the same fabric for the whole base made shaping the bodice easier. The white sections were going to be plain white satin, but when I saw one with butterfly patterns weaved into the fabric I just had to use it even if it was flimsy and frayed like crazy (interfacing solves all). This costume is the reason I got an overlocker; I couldn't have managed the chiffons and butterfly satin without it, they would have frayed into nothingness and left me trailing threads round the ballroom. In hind-sight, now I've made a few evening dresses, I'd overlay the butterfly fabric on a stronger satin to keep the whole bodice sturdier and neater, but the interfacing does it's job. So there you have the construction of the base dress which will only be having a few minor tweaks in the overhaul :)

24th November 2008

Chemical Fun

My first attempt at casting resin for that giant Clamp-gem look :) The ones in the thick acrylic mold came out perfectly. The ones from the thinner plastic were fine until I tried to demold them when the top layer stuck to the mold and the gem was left cloudy. I think I will splash out and try making my own rubber based molds next time. It will also be far easier to get them out with a flexible mold, I nearly broke my fingers demolding these! Note to self: dribbled unmixed resin never dries, no licking fingers!

30th October 2008

The Bells!

My workmates think I'm a morris dancer >.< I had packs of bells and bellydancing coins posted to the office. I think I now have all the materials I need, so let the bling begin!

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