Blue Fairy - Pinocchio

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London MCM Expo May 2012

May MCM London Expo Parade winner (Sunday)



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Another of my plans for May. The Blue Fairy is such a beautiful character design and is very rarely seen cosplayed, so I'd love to try and do this justice. Will be nice to get some real classic Disney in the mix.
This was a lot of work, some very tedious long hours with a cocktail stick and some tweasers, but I hope it shows itself as worth it in the end. 14000 hand attached sequins and rhinestones in total went into this costume to give it that magic sparkle that I have been dying to go for in every Disney costume.
I have to say thank you so much to cakey-kelso and sashitea for spotting me on this one, taking care of my walking path, helping sew things onto me that I couldn't reach, and for putting up with my stress crying fits in the morning.
Also a huge thank you to everyone at the Disney meet who waited on me and gathered despite the mis-timing of masquerade pre-judging. You were all fabulous.

Comments

Kyuipo posted on 13 October, 2011 - 23:27
whoa no way. O.O I havent seen a Blue fairy cosplay before! so awsome, good luck! X3 I cant wait to see!!<3

AmericanNia posted on 14 October, 2011 - 02:26
Ooh! That is awesome! I love Pinocchio! I can't wait to see your cosplay of the Blue Fairy! :D

SashiTea posted on 25 October, 2011 - 10:19
Cannot wait to see this :D It's going to look amazing!

Kacela posted on 21 November, 2011 - 16:35
Great work on the dress pattern, I can't wait to see this finished. You will look so beautiful =]

Kyuipo posted on 21 November, 2011 - 16:49
beautiful :3

J-Po posted on 13 December, 2011 - 14:36
your progress is looking good such an underrated character you will do her justice

BabemRoze posted on 13 December, 2011 - 19:34
Brilliant idea! I've never seen her cosplayed before. You'll look amazing!

CrystalNeko posted on 15 January, 2012 - 17:00
Oh gosh, this is just so beautifully draped! Cannot wait to see it with all the embellishments.

Nomes posted on 15 January, 2012 - 17:04
Oh that's beautiful. What gorgeous fabric.

Kestral posted on 15 January, 2012 - 17:14
It looks absolutely beautiful so far =]

Anonymous posted on 15 January, 2012 - 17:20
This looks stunning so far, you will look fabulous in it when you're done. I seriously commend the amount of work, time and patience that's going into this. Well done. :)

eternal_aranel posted on 15 January, 2012 - 18:04
Epic sleeves :O How did you do the ruffling at the neck line/clevage. Its so pretty!

FuriePhoenix posted on 15 January, 2012 - 20:05
wow this is beautiful!!!

Teacup_Erinyes posted on 15 January, 2012 - 22:37
Thank you everyone for such awesome comments. X I'm really looking forward to wearing this one. eternal_aranel - the gathering on the bust is done really simply by running a line of stitching through it and pulling the thread tighter. Super easy to do.

SashiTea posted on 17 January, 2012 - 10:49
This is looking more and more beautiful everytime I see it! I love it :D

lilkimmi27 posted on 18 January, 2012 - 20:58
The dress looks so pretty!!

Phee posted on 27 January, 2012 - 20:53
This looks amazing! i think i love it!

Sephirayne posted on 6 February, 2012 - 14:57
So gorgeous. I love the dress. Looking forward to seeing this complete.

Pandora-Chi posted on 6 February, 2012 - 15:02
The dress is absolutely gorgeous! :D The embeliishments really do give it that extra magic touch ^^

FuriePhoenix posted on 6 February, 2012 - 18:43
wow this is looking stunning and so beautifully coming together!

FlyingMammal posted on 6 February, 2012 - 19:43
absolutely beautiful! The work you are putting into the stars is worth it already :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 6 February, 2012 - 23:26
Exquisiteness ^_^ Progress is looking Fabulous. Does it really take so long to glue on rhinestones? *is slightly worrying now if it does take that long!*

Teacup_Erinyes posted on 7 February, 2012 - 19:25
Thanks for the lovely comments everyone. I hope it goes as well in person. Ranma1-2, it can do. I am being very careful and I do have a rediculous amount of fabric to cover, but the main thing that takes the time is trying not to go mad when doing something so repetitive.

lilkimmi27 posted on 7 February, 2012 - 23:03
8000 rhinestones? wow that's amazing I know how annoying rhinestones can be there so fiddly I got frustrated gluing them onto my crown really is an amazing job your doing!! keep up the good work

Ranma1-2 posted on 8 February, 2012 - 12:22
rhinestones - I guess doing the star shapes so neat means you have to be more carefull. Hope I see this in person at the May Expo. :)

Fizzykat posted on 14 May, 2012 - 18:57
omg! ive never seen this done before and youve made it so beautifully! the bead work is stunning!!

Zedela posted on 14 May, 2012 - 21:53
This is looking so beautiful! *.* Fantastic work! :D

J-Po posted on 16 May, 2012 - 20:30
beautiful XD

FuriePhoenix posted on 16 May, 2012 - 20:58
gorgeous so far! Soooo looking forward to seeing this in person!

Teacup_Erinyes posted on 17 May, 2012 - 11:58
Thanks guys. I hope it doesn't disappoint.x

rosieroo posted on 24 May, 2012 - 13:57
this is beautiful

irkat posted on 28 May, 2012 - 00:11
Super duper mega grats on the masquerade! X

lilkimmi27 posted on 28 May, 2012 - 09:59
Congrats on winning! we was so happy for you all that hard work paid off

Mighty Odango posted on 29 May, 2012 - 09:51
Such a stunning costume, I loved the drape and flow of it all from the bias as well as those impeccably placed rhinestones and sequins. A well deserved win.

Pandora-Chi posted on 29 May, 2012 - 09:52
Congratulations on the parade win - you looked super stunning!! 8D I really do love how the dress drapes in particular! x

FuriePhoenix posted on 29 May, 2012 - 10:59
you looked absolutely stunning in this! You definitely deserved the win!

Teacup_Erinyes posted on 30 May, 2012 - 11:57
Thank you so much everyone. Still hasn't sunk in yet.

springinstep posted on 30 May, 2012 - 18:58
Girl, I adored your costume. And I was so impressed that you had stuck on all those gems by yourself with such great attention to detail. The result was absolutely worth it.

rosieroo posted on 31 May, 2012 - 10:27
i dident know where to say this so i will say it here but could u say thankyou for everyone that was at the photoshoot as it really helped me get a good peice of coursework for my photography gcse and it was alot of fun the disney group was incredible and you looked amazing big hugs

LittlePidgey4 posted on 4 June, 2012 - 22:48
This was so incredibly pretty! *__* Well done on winning parade! <3

TheStarlightFairy posted on 29 July, 2012 - 19:18
This is so pretty, brilliant job!

Siouxsie James posted on 30 July, 2012 - 07:14
Such a cute cosplay!!! ^^

Luminescence posted on 24 November, 2012 - 22:23
Hey! :D Saw you today at Memorabilia, I was one of the girls chatting with you and Ruthie :) You looked so lovely in this, it was amazing to see in person!

Crazedteensie posted on 15 December, 2012 - 11:41
I loved seeing this in person! Can't believe you attached all that sparkly stuff yourself!

Anonymous posted on 19 August, 2013 - 22:02
Needs more sparklies! J/K. You looked as beautiful (and sparkly) in this blue fairy as you did in your Dressphere; fantastic work. :D

Amy-Lou posted on 25 March, 2015 - 20:31
Such a beautiful costume! All the little details are wonderful :)

Progress Journal

23rd May 2012

wing harness

So, I've finished the sparkle on the wings finally and attached a harness section between them to slide into my bodice.
Currently I'm having issues getting them into the bodice so I'm going to re-sew some slightly wider channels to work with. Another issue I'm having is that I can't fully close up the zip without the bust gathering coming out, but I hope that'll be sorted when everything is fastened in place more securely. I will add a satin panel onto the wing harness though in case it won't shut and have spare ribbon around to fix things.
Note: I couldn't see this myself till I looked at the image but the wings weren't sitting flat so there's some creasing, but when I next do them I'll angle them further up so that the bottom half is not crushed against my back.
Dear Kami these things are hard to get on, but at least they stay relatively still once they're on.

16th May 2012

Wings 2

A lot of work on these so far. You can see in the image that there are two main textures, one is the same fabric used for the sleeves (power mesh) and the other is irridescent film. I've also added glitter along the frame and veins to cover where the fabric ends where it's been glue-gunned onto the wire.
One wing is finished on one side, although it still needs glitter on the other side, so tomorrow's job is to cover the other side and then work on the harness.

14th May 2012

Wings

Got the main frame for these done now. One is bigger than the other which is frustrating, but I'm not remaking them with the time I have left. I'm currently in the process of wrapping the frames in floristry tape, which will make the frame all an even white colour before I add glitter to the veins.
So hopefully will have those done in a few days.
Dress also is sewn together all but a few details. Had to re-adjust the shoulders and neckline so it'd fit but hopefully that won't show too much.

22nd April 2012

Phase two

Aprox 2000 sequins now attached and I've almost covered the entire dress... so will use the other 2000 in another layer across the skirt, and across the trail I plan to attach to the back (to cover the wing harness a little). Anything left will go on the wings.
I apologize for the lack of any more progress images on this costume but to be frank, the pretty of it does not show it's best in a static image. If you want to know how it's looking, ask Dare2Shine or CakeyKelso, as they saw it in person over the Kitacon weekend. The sequins look so nice when the dress moves so I'm really looking forward to getting it onto stage.
Speaking of which, I've got a place in the Sunday Masquerade, so yeah, I am quietly panicking. I'm not a very confident person and I've always had my sister to support me, so my brain is telling my that my legs are going to collapse and all the rhinestones are going to fall off my dress and I'm going to start hysterically crying backstage for no reason. I'm sure that'll pass though once the costume is finished and I've run around the house wearing it a few times.
On the bright side though, I have all the supplies I need to finish this now, so when mum goes back to work tomorrow I can take over the house with wings. They should be done by the end of the week, as most of the framework is already finished so it's just a case of glueing the fabric in place.
The wand is on it's way but is taking a lot of work, mostly because I'm insisting on wiring in LED's to the star at the end. I'm making the base wand out of clear plastic tubes to create a hollow middle for SFX usage, and I'll then cover the whole thing in clay to give it an even gold surface. I'm making the star from the same material as the gems on the dress so that hopefully the LED's will glow through the same way.

6th February 2012

Phase one

8000 rhinestones out of 10000 now attached.
Each one is glued on using fabric glue and some fiddly cocktail stick work, in an arrangement to look as if they are forming the stars of light on her dress.
Has taken me about 3 weeks to do that much, and I have 2000 rhinestones and 4000 sequins yet to attach. So halfway there.
All the sewing has been done except for the back seam, hem and bust gathering (currently just bulldog clipped in place so I know where the rhinestones need to go), which will be done once all the embellishment has been finished.
So the dress has aprox 3 weeks left till completion, then I have the gems to construct, the wings to finish wrestling, and the sash to sort. Might be done before May if I'm lucky.
Note for anyone else who might be mad enough to try anything like this: listening to the craftwork special day on 6 music while doing an incredibly tedious and repetitive task is really stupid. I feel like I've kinda lost another level of sanity.

15th January 2012

Getting there

So, the entire dress is now cut out and ready to be sewn up and glammed.
The main dress is made out of Duchess Satin, cut on the bias to give maximum flexibility and to stay true to the inspiration for the character, Jean Harlow. It falls very prettily and reflects the light softly, which hopefully will really enhance the sparkle of it all without blowing up wierd in photos.
The photo to this journal is of my experimentation with spare rhinetones and scrap fabric for the way I will apply them onto the costume. I plan to add the Disney sparkle stars exactly where they were drawn on the costume with blocks of rhinestones and little crosses everywhere, along with the sequins which will be sewn across the entire costume. If this thing doesn't sparkle on stage I will seriously cry.
I'm using Power Mesh for the sleeves, cut out in the style of a half circle skirt for both arms to give plenty of body and movement to them. Each will be attached at the top edge by an armband of clear elastic to keep them in place on my arms when I'm dancing about. The same fabric will be used in the wings, with irridescent paint to show the lines and patterns the way they are drawn in the film.
All I have left to do is to find the darker blue fabric for the hip sash and headband and get hold of the wire I need for the wings. Then actually construct the thing.

13th December 2011

Make-up trial

What do we think? Should I dye my hair that colour?

11th December 2011

Madness

So yeah, I thought I was mad when I was looking at the amount of sparkles this was going to need, but this costume is truly testing my sanity, along with the bounderies of how much I am willing to give to cosplay.
I am really struggling with the idea of the wig, for a few reasons. The first reason is that my hair is naturally dark blonde/light brown, which is not so bad, but it does mean that any stray hair (which I find seriously hard to control even with gel, clips, braiding and wig caps), will show up really badly against the kind of light blonde I'll need for this, so I'm super worried that it's going to look terrible.
Secondly, finding a wig that's right is proving next to impossible. The usual places I buy wigs do not sell any without bangs or with a decent center parting, unless I want one is white or black, which it obviously isn't. I'll probably have to get one which is way longer than it needs to be to account for the waves I need to create, since not many wig sellers sell anything between short and long, but that's fine as long as it's thick enough and has no bangs.
So I'm faced with a problem. I will probably have to lighten my own natural hair to make sure it doesn't show up through the wig, which is already annoying as I've spent the last 2 years getting my hair away from dye and it's only just grown out.
The question now is whether to go completely mad and just go blonde so I can use my own hair for Blue Fairy. Any thoughts anyone?

20th November 2011

Sparkle

Yeah, this is pretty much going to be the basis of this costume. The dress itself I hope will be very simple, though I do plan to have multiple layers for movement and general prettiness, so I do want to embelish this to within an inch of it's life. I can't wait to buy fabrics, and get casting for those gems, but I've promised my mum I won't cosplay until after christmas, so I'm stuck making plans and sketches.
So far I have almost 14000 sequins and rhinestones to attach by hand onto the dress, and glitter aswell. The sparkles are in 3 different shades of blue and also in clear, so they should catch the light beatifully, with any luck making the same sparkle that the original had.
Am I mad? Yes. Have I been watching too much SCD? Yes. In my defence I do want to make this for a masquerade entry so I want it to be truly beautiful, and if it doesn't recreate magic under stage lights there's no point to making it. It's a costume featured in one of Disney's most iconic and beautiful scenes, with all of the 1940's glamour to go with it, so I really want to do it justice.
I'm planning to have electronics in this costume which are better than with Cadie (totally didn't even get turned on), which hopefully will set off all the pretty in the hall. After all, if you can't turn a simple costume into a complicated sparkle-factory with Disney, when can you?