Blue Fairy

Cosplayer: Teacup_Erinyes

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

May MCM London Expo Parade winner (Sunday)

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?

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Kyuipo - 14th October 2011
whoa no way. O.O
I havent seen a Blue fairy cosplay before! so awsome, good luck! X3
I cant wait to see!!<3

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Anonymous - 14th October 2011
Ooh! That is awesome! I love Pinocchio! I can't wait to see your cosplay of the Blue Fairy! :D

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Anonymous - 25th October 2011
Cannot wait to see this :D It's going to look amazing!

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

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Kyuipo - 21st November 2011
beautiful :3

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J-Po - 13th December 2011
your progress is looking good such an underrated character you will do her justice

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BabemRoze - 13th December 2011
Brilliant idea! I've never seen her cosplayed before. You'll look amazing!

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

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Nomes - 15th January 2012
Oh that's beautiful. What gorgeous fabric.

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Violet Kestral - 15th January 2012
It looks absolutely beautiful so far =]

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Anonymous - 15th January 2012
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. :)

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

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FuriePhoenix - 15th January 2012
wow this is beautiful!!!

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Teacup_Erinyes - 15th January 2012
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.

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Anonymous - 17th January 2012
This is looking more and more beautiful everytime I see it! I love it :D

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lilkimmi27 - 18th January 2012
The dress looks so pretty!!

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Phee - 27th January 2012
This looks amazing! i think i love it!

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Sephirayne - 6th February 2012
So gorgeous. I love the dress. Looking forward to seeing this complete.

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

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FuriePhoenix - 6th February 2012
wow this is looking stunning and so beautifully coming together!

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FlyingMammal - 6th February 2012
absolutely beautiful! The work you are putting into the stars is worth it already :)

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Ranma1-2 - 7th February 2012
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!*

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Teacup_Erinyes - 7th February 2012
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.

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lilkimmi27 - 8th February 2012
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

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Ranma1-2 - 8th February 2012
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. :)

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Fizzykat - 14th May 2012
omg! ive never seen this done before and youve made it so beautifully! the bead work is stunning!!

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Zedela - 14th May 2012
This is looking so beautiful! *.* Fantastic work! :D

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J-Po - 16th May 2012
beautiful XD

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FuriePhoenix - 16th May 2012
gorgeous so far! Soooo looking forward to seeing this in person!

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Teacup_Erinyes - 17th May 2012
Thanks guys. I hope it doesn't disappoint.x

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rosieroo - 24th May 2012
this is beautiful

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irkat - 28th May 2012
Super duper mega grats on the masquerade! X

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lilkimmi27 - 28th May 2012
Congrats on winning! we was so happy for you all that hard work paid off

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Mighty Odango - 29th May 2012
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.

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

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FuriePhoenix - 29th May 2012
you looked absolutely stunning in this! You definitely deserved the win!

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Teacup_Erinyes - 30th May 2012
Thank you so much everyone. Still hasn't sunk in yet.

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springinstep - 30th May 2012
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.

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rosieroo - 31st May 2012
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

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LittlePidgey4 - 5th June 2012
This was so incredibly pretty! *__* Well done on winning parade! <3

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TheStarlightFairy - 29th July 2012
This is so pretty, brilliant job!

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Siouxsie James - 30th July 2012
Such a cute cosplay!!! ^^

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Luminescence - 24th November 2012
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!

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Anonymous - 15th December 2012
I loved seeing this in person! Can't believe you attached all that sparkly stuff yourself!

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Anonymous - 20th August 2013
Needs more sparklies!

J/K. You looked as beautiful (and sparkly) in this blue fairy as you did in your Dressphere; fantastic work. :D

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Amy-Lou - 25th March 2015
Such a beautiful costume! All the little details are wonderful :)