Princess Kraehe - Princess Tutu


Midlands MCM Expo Feb 2009

Best performance - Midlands Expo Feb 2009




I'm going to try to cosplay Kraehe for Midlands Expo in Feb 2009. I watched the anime recently and just love her character so I have to try.

- progress is in costume journal

Costume completed for the Midlands expo and I won 'Best Performance' for my lil Kraehe dance performance in the masquerade. So happy. ^-^
Still don't have any pictures yet. I'm gonna have to do a home photoshoot to get some good pics for the gallery.

...for each tutu frill layer I used 4 widths of 56' net joined end to end and gathered - and there are four of these layers in the tutu. The pattern said 6 layers but I found 4 was plenty. It's like a giant puff ball until you sew the layers all together and flatten them into the pancake's a magical moment when you do that part. ..Thats what makes it strong enough to be gravity defying. ^^
Also, I couldn't get diamond net tulle in black even at our famous rag market, so I used the normal hexagon stuff but it is holding up fine so far.

I made it halter neck because I sewed an underwired bra into the costume bodice and so I just cut the bra straps and joined them around the neck. At least it had a strapless appearence from the back. There is a zipper down the back and the bra clasps for fastening. The zipper has some nylon boning added because it was buckling.
The tutu top skirt was made out of 8 pie sections because the fabric had a grain pattern running down its length and I wanted the top skirt to have the grain stripes radiating out from the centre.
The ballet shoes are "SoDanca" soft leather ballet soft shoes, I sewed in some black ribbon and made some toe block inserts to make them look like pointe shoes. They were very comfy. I wore them all afternoon and my feet were fine.

Incase anyone was wondering about the addition of feather armbands...I thought my arms were looking a bit too developed (wish I hadn't worked out now!) to pass for a ballerina so I had to slightly hide the bicep definition. A cunning plan..I think it worked. ^^ But I also loved the way the feathers accentuated the soft graceful movemovements of my dance routine and added a lil ballet magic. (Plus I love soft feathers)

Head dress. I used a spring clam type hair thingy and glued the feathers on to this.
Tiara - I just love my Tiara ..and Kraehe is a princess afer all.. ^^
Oh anything else, just ask. ^-^


Captain_Marvelous posted on 15 January, 2009 - 13:21
isnt the least bit ashamed to say that I have first disc of this anime ^.^ this will look cool, cant wait to see progress *needs more crossplay ideas but dont know what would look good* lol

Ranma1-2 posted on 15 January, 2009 - 23:45
Wish I could find it on UK DVD. The tutu is still at the 'constructing a rough' stage. I'll add some wip soon though.. :) *more crossplay ideas - just go with the female characters you like because of their persona, or their costume. Then just make it happen. :) *

Captain_Marvelous posted on 16 January, 2009 - 09:47
Yeah I dont think its set for uk release any time soon O_o I got mine over statestide ^.^ and thank you its not a difficult outfit but its easy to get wrong ^.^ Ive tried the makeup and it looks ok ^.^ I just dont want it to be mega-jokey-drag O_o

stripey_dani posted on 16 January, 2009 - 21:27
Princess Tutu <3 I want to do a costume from it now too xD I miss my ballet dancing days ;_;

Ranma1-2 posted on 16 January, 2009 - 23:49
Yeah Tutu is great. Which character would you most like to do?

stripey_dani posted on 17 January, 2009 - 00:00
Id so do the Princess ^^ Or DUCK! x3

Ranma1-2 posted on 17 January, 2009 - 03:12
I so love Ahiru! She's so adorable and kind hearted, and Tutu's costume is beautiful. Hmmm hard to choose. :) If there's time I might just make a plushie of Ahiru to carry around with me at Midland Expo (now that we've made up). I can imagine it now "...AAAAAAH, so KAWAIII!"

angel aiko posted on 17 January, 2009 - 18:17
ooooooooooooooooo i always loved Kraehe!! cant wait to see it ^^

Ranma1-2 posted on 17 January, 2009 - 23:09
Weeeell just over a month to wait now. ..aiming for Midlands Expo in Feb. :)

Adamoluna posted on 16 February, 2009 - 20:27
omfg excellent!!! I can't wait to see this! <3

Ranma1-2 posted on 17 February, 2009 - 00:16
^^ Thanks Adamoluna. The costume is coming on nicely, ..will def be ready for Expo in a few days time. (got a confirmed place in the masquerade so it had better be..) Oh but I have gone for the DVD cover version of Kraehe's costume rather than tackle her more familiar 'bodice of doom'. (Didn't want to use flesh coloured leotard). So the bodice is more like a classic ballet tutu, (which I have a pattern for..) and there are some extra gold and feather details.. So yeah, it's not the standard costume, but I hope people will like this version too. ^-^ ..I'll add the DVD cover pic in the photo's section..

angel aiko posted on 17 February, 2009 - 11:48
aww pretty i think the dvd cover is nicer ^^ shall see you on saturday, i shall be super sailor mars for it!

Ranma1-2 posted on 18 February, 2009 - 00:15
Thanks, yep see you Sat, looking forward to seeing your Mars. I WANT pics. ^_^ This time I have a conscript with me..I'm bringing my neice..she doesn't know it yet but she is going to be my bag lady and chief photographer.. :p ha ha ha CU there. :)

goodbyeworld posted on 22 February, 2009 - 17:03
OH MAN YOU WERE AWESOME!! Congrats on winning best performance!

Ranma1-2 posted on 22 February, 2009 - 23:24
Aw thanks Lucy, I'm glad you enjoyed it. ^-^ I dont have any pics yet! My neice had the camera and has to upload them to me - and also her batteries died just before my performance! *how annoying is that!* I'm gonna have to do the same as Mars and get into the costume for a home photoshoot to upload into the gallery here.

Anime_Angel posted on 23 February, 2009 - 00:09
Yeah unfortanatly I wasn't feeling very well to join the masquerade as I got up at 5am and didn't get sleep attall so I thought I'd duck out as they have yer waiting for a while so you can go on stage, I was wearing the same boots as last time so I didn't want to remain standing for all that time aswell, yup they wear painfull at the end of the day lol but Yeah I will be at the memarobilia event as the same character but in a different costume, so I hope to seeyou there^__^ Yer performance was dramiticly interesting aswell, you are probobly the first guy to crossplay as that character in the UK lol

Ranma1-2 posted on 23 February, 2009 - 01:18
"dramatically interesting" ..thanks. ^^ cos I was going for a real ballet feel. I also wanted it to be interesting so I tried something a bit took a lot of rehearsing and developing to get to that stage. The music was also moody because Kraehes story is quite moving there was a chance people would just turn off and think "boooriiiing". I'm glad it went down so well. In truth there was a lot more to come in my rehearsed routine but I had problems with the stage surface (carpet this time). The ballet shoes I had are proper dance shoes with a full suede sole which is meant for smooth surfaces, on carpet they grip like glue! - so I couldn't perform any of the pirouettes and ended the routine about half way in fact. You could be right aout first UK Kraehe crossplay. ..making tutu's is really HARD though! (I know now..) So maybe that's why. ^^ See ya at Memro then. I might have my neice again cos she had such a good time seeing all the cosplays.

Uber-Nerd posted on 24 February, 2009 - 15:27
I love the journal entries on the tutu- thank you so much for sharing! Tab

Ranma1-2 posted on 24 February, 2009 - 16:53
Yeah I hope it will help others wanting to make a tutu. :) I'm still trying to get some pics of the full costume. I desperately want to show everybody how it turned out..I'm so pleased with it. ^^

Manga Girl posted on 24 February, 2009 - 21:49
I'm really looking forward to seeing photos of your Kraehe cosplay :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 27 February, 2009 - 19:52
I'm still waiting for the photo's. But Tonyo has put his vids of the masquerade up now. Here is the actual performance (which is a bit embarrassing from this very low camera angle! ^^) I assume the judges saw a much more elegant version :P - Here is the awards, straight after junior award or jump to 1:30 -

Sephirayne posted on 27 February, 2009 - 20:30
Stuning cosplay. You've done an excellent job. I'm gutted that I didn't get to see this in person.

Ranma1-2 posted on 27 February, 2009 - 22:16
Thanks Sephy. I hope your audition went well. :)

Wildeth posted on 28 February, 2009 - 11:40
Gorgeous! ^^

Ranma1-2 posted on 28 February, 2009 - 12:15
Thankies. ^^

PandaaPaws posted on 28 February, 2009 - 22:49
Wow, I saw you haha~ you were awesome and totally deserved that award! I'm glad you liked my cosplay btw :3 thank you very much! <3

Ranma1-2 posted on 1 March, 2009 - 00:29
Awww thanks for saying, PandaaPaws. I'm really encouraged. ^-^ Yeah your Miku Hatsune looked FAB! And I've seen your cosplay plans so I'm looking forward to seeing your next ones too.

Captain_Marvelous posted on 1 March, 2009 - 14:11
I really want to see ^.^ when are you posting pictures up of it, im afraid i missed the convention ^.-

Ranma1-2 posted on 1 March, 2009 - 23:45
Just got these pics sent. There should be a few more coming.

Sephirayne posted on 2 March, 2009 - 00:08
Love the new photos. You look great. Love the poses as well. The audition was okay. I'm not sure I got it. I will know soon. XX

Uni posted on 2 March, 2009 - 09:22
wow looking wonderful! Congrads on winning the performance! you rock!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 2 March, 2009 - 10:06
Love the photos ^.^ I love masquerades there so much fun :)

GunstarVixen posted on 2 March, 2009 - 11:25
awww pretty!!! wish I could have been there to see this!

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 March, 2009 - 12:12
You're all very kind, Thank you. ^-^

Uber-Nerd posted on 2 March, 2009 - 12:14
I love it! Any chance I'll get to see it in real life? I'm going to minami and may expo and ayacon this year. Tab

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 March, 2009 - 12:55
Awww Tab, ^-^ ..truth is I wanted to wear it again for May London Expo. But if I get a place in the masquerade I have to be something new. Sun I'm down to do a group skit and Sat I was planning on a new cosplay for the masquerade. I wonder if I could cosplay Kraehe around the expo and then quickly change into my new costume for the masquerade performance. I didn't actually finish the tutu costume like I originally wanted (the Gold details and feathers are still missing). It'd be nice to add the extra's and wear it again. ^-^ Plus! I had an idea to cosplay Raven-Mytho (under Kraehe's spell) because I still have some dnace elements I'd love to perform. That would be a very warm costume to wear all day cos it is a whole head covering and lots of feathers! So this might be a good plan. What say you? ^^

Uber-Nerd posted on 2 March, 2009 - 13:15
I'm sure you'd be able to change- though don't do it in the men's loos! They tend to look at you odd if you come in as a guy, then go out as a girl... And anything with more feathers sounds fabulous. I'd love to see some extra sparkle put on this. Tab

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 March, 2009 - 16:25
You're right! Talk about running the gauntlet. Especially at Excel - the toilets down stairs are so far away from the Expo hall and last time they were full of non cosplay public visiting other events... Hopefully there will be cosplay changing rooms in the Expo hall, I'll use them again. Looks like you might get your wish. ^^

Lunar_Kitten posted on 2 March, 2009 - 16:29
That's so cool - wish I could have been there to see it in person. YouTube isn't the same - but thanks for the links.

CrystalNeko posted on 2 March, 2009 - 18:28
Love your Kraehe cosplay!! It looks so elegant, the poses look great as well! If you do wear Kraehe to May again I'm definitely gonna have to get pictures of you =]

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 March, 2009 - 19:17
Thanks Lunar Kitten. Yeah when I first saw it on Youtube I was dissapointed. At eye level it looks better. Well it looks like you will have another chance to see the costume at May Expo, (but not in the masquerade because of the rules). CrystalNeko, thanks. Just look above heads in the crowd for a bunch of black feathers sticking up and that should be me. ^^

Silantre posted on 4 March, 2009 - 01:42
I'm not sure if you remember me, we spoke a little after he masquerade (I had white hair and a red scarf). Even though we spoke before I didn't have enough time to say all I wanted,, when you walked on that stage with the music you were so gracefull, (I know you were worried about the carpet)your arms moved sooo smoothly,, and DOn't you dare ever stop cosplaying!! *hug*

Ranma1-2 posted on 4 March, 2009 - 10:09
Thanks Silantre *needed that hug* ^-^ *hugs back* Nooo, I'm not quitting yet. The day I feel no loving will be the day I quit - *dear God hopes that never happens* Cosplayers are so nice to me I kinda never want it to end.. ^-^

Fables posted on 5 March, 2009 - 11:33
Ahh I only just noticed you had all the photos of this! You look great! And Congrats on Best Performance- I'm sure it was well earned! (I'd check the vid if darn yuotube werent blocked hehe!) Can't wait to see what you're trying next ^^, PS. And Thanks for the commment on my Refia! THe encouragement is a major confidence boost!

Amy-Lou posted on 5 March, 2009 - 16:26
You look so lovely! I'm glad you'll wear it again, I would have loved to see the performance in person. I must check out you-tube :D

Adamoluna posted on 5 March, 2009 - 19:36
congrats on the win, you look great :D I was just thinking, looking over these photos, you should do a Cammy cosplay! If not that, then Chun Li. I think those two would look really good on you :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 6 March, 2009 - 00:02
Thanks for the compliments. Cammy! Hmmm yes I'd consider it definitely, ..and Chun Li. Oh gosh I think if I did all the cosplays I wanted there aren't enough Expo's in the year. I might have to do some just as photoshoots..

Manga Girl posted on 7 March, 2009 - 23:28
You look so wonderful as Kraehe, I saw the masquerade performance was amazing. Congrats on winning! :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 8 March, 2009 - 00:13
Thanks. ^-^

Fishyfins posted on 8 March, 2009 - 20:09
just finished this anime myself, both series, and i must say this cosplay is most magnificent! was a little upset i couldnt find many cosplays from this fantastic series on here. but this more than makes up for it. sterling work ^^ im hoping to cosplay as Mute-senpai's Prince Seigfried form soon :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 11 March, 2009 - 14:30
Thanks Fishyfins. I think its still a bit new to UK. I still haven't been able to buy a copy that plays on UK DVD. The only way I was able to watch it was on Youtube, and it's so scary when you think there is an episode missing. If you are going to London Expo in May you will have another chance to see this costume, I said I'd cosplay Kraehe again for all those who missed out. I might have added the extra Gold details and feathers like I wanted so it will be more like the artwork. Prince Seigfried sounds COOL. *is slightly jealous now cos you are gonna get extreeeeemely Fangirled for that!* :P (only jkg about the jealous bit ;) ) SUPERB! I'll keep a lookin on your gallery to see how he's comin.

Nathan_Dorian posted on 17 May, 2009 - 17:06
Ahh this is so cute! Just watched the video too, absolutely awesome.

Ranma1-2 posted on 17 May, 2009 - 22:22
Thanks Nathan_Dorian. I see you are going to be at London Expo on Saturday..I will be wearing this again during the morning. Well, it's been revamped a little, I added some gold detailing ..and since it isn't being judged this time I'm a be wearin heels with the costume - actually these high heels go nicely with the tutu. So if I see you I want some piccies together. ^__^ I hope you will also be watching the masquerade competiton in the afternoon. My Raven Mytho costume is nearly finished, and I'm booked in a place to do a performance. It'll be like a dance drama. I hope it goes down well.

Nathan_Dorian posted on 18 May, 2009 - 14:56
Awesome! X3 You're going to look amazing, I'll be keeping an eye out for you.

Relion posted on 30 May, 2009 - 21:31
Loved seeing this on stage! Also my original plan with the plugsuit was to have a long zipper down the back -- but i currently get into it now because the arm straps at the top aren't sewn together. I think im just going to keep it that way and have them attach with snaps or velcro or something, because there's another part of the suit that goes on the back, haha.

Ranma1-2 posted on 30 May, 2009 - 22:51
Thanks Relion ^_^ Yes your plugsuit is looking really nice. :) Nathan_Dorian - sorry I didn't make it to Expo on Saturday, especially as you were looking out for me. :( ..Horrid traffic! I still want to wear this again sometime..

Saffron posted on 21 August, 2009 - 00:33
So lovely <3

Ranma1-2 posted on 21 August, 2009 - 21:44
Thank yoooh ^_^

Bambi. posted on 14 January, 2010 - 14:26
Yay Princess Tutu! So cute :) hehe xxx

Ranma1-2 posted on 14 January, 2010 - 17:26
Thanks Bambi. ^_^

Progress Journal

5th January 2013

Pointe shoe - making toe box inserts

I have been asked how did I make the toe boxes which go inside my soft dance shoes to give them a pointe shoe appearance, so here is the explanantion...

What I did for my pointe shoe lookalikes was first I bought practice dance shoes - these look like point shoes but have no stiffeners inside at all. But the shape and general appearence is just like pointe shoes. So what I did was cut some thick cardboard shapes to fit over the top of my toes and bent the outer edges over at the edges. Then I PVA glued a few layers of normal printer paper over these wrapping all around my toes, forming the box shape. I added some more paper layers around the sides and top. The glue helps to stiffen and hold the box shape - a bit like real ones.. The toe boxe were formed over my toes and held in place until the glue dried sufficiently to hold the shape. (I wrapped masking tape around my toes first so the glue wouldnt stick to me.) Then when the toe boxes were glued enough to hold their shape I took them off and left them to dry completely. When they were completely dried I slid them up into the front of the dance shoes - the appearence is like pointe shoes with real toe boxes. The only thing was because the PVA glue dries hard the toe boxes feel a little hard and rough on the inside (just like the real ones) so when I put them on I first wrap a bit of kitchen towel around toes - this also helps prevent tights snagging on hard rough edges inside the toe boxes.

I have taken a pic of what the cardboard toe boxes look like in case it helps..

24th February 2009

mking the tutu - step 5

Final step of turning the puffball into a classic pancake tutu is to sew through the 4 layers by hand. This pulls all the layers together and is what gives the tutu its firmness and is how it manages to defy gravity ^-^
It was a magical moment to slip the tutu around my waist - I have a Tutu!! ^-^

- attatched pic shows the complete tutu, next stage to fix it to the bodice.

24th February 2009

making the tutu -step 4

I made up the second frill layer and fixed it to the same bias so it overlaped the first layer and faced the opposite way..this adds support to the top layer.

Then I made up frill layers 3 and 4 and secured them to another strip of bias.
Now..if my bodice had been made out of stong fabric I would have sewn the frill layers straight on, but I was using streatch velor for the bodice and I was worried the weight would simply pull and streatch the fabric, so I added an extra waist band of doubled over net tulle (incorporating a short strip of wide elastic for a bit of give) and fixed all the layers to this.
Note: getting this lot through the sewing machine was REALLY difficult. In fact I had to turn the machine slowly by hand most of the way!

- attatched pic shows all the frill layers now joined to the net waistband. The fril layers are all splaying out at this point.

24th February 2009

making the tutu - step 3

With the frill layer held in tight gathers by the strong cotton thread I then fixed it to a strip of bias binding through the sewing machine.

- attatched pic shows the gathered first layer now fixed to the bias.

24th February 2009

making the tutu - step 2

Each very long strip of net tulle has to be gathered right down to the hip measurement.

I simply passed an embroidery needle with some heavy cotton in/out - in/out the net tulle close to the edge, gathering the net tulle as I went ... It worked.

attatched pic shows threading the needle along the long edge of the net tulle in order to pull the gathers.

24th February 2009

making the tutu - step 1

For each frill layer I cut 4 strips of 56 inch wide net tulle and joined them end to end - it is awfully long to start with but all this is eventually gathered down tightly to fit my hip measurement of 35 inches.
1st frill layer - 15 inches by 56 inches net tulle x 4 strips joined together
2nd frill layer - 14 inches by 56 inches net tulle x 4 strips joined together
3rd frill layer - 13 inches by 56 inches net tulle x 4 strips joined together
4th frill layer - 12 inches by 56 inches net tulle x 4 strips joined together

- attatched pic shows just a plain zigzag through the machine to join the 4 pieces end to end into one long piece.

19th February 2009

19 feb - 2 days left!!

Oh no's..the market didn't have any black interfacing..darn there goes my idea for the feathers around the tutu!
I experimented painting white interfacing with black fabric paint but it is soaking it up like a sponge. I'll have to try something else..
2 days to go - Ok mild panic is setting in now. @_@

Tutu frills are done. Wow, battling with the net tulle under the machine - it really wasn't happy with it, especially when it is double layered and gathered. Most of the time I had to slowly hand turn the machine to get it through! 4 widths of 56' net joined end to end to make one layer! Suprising how it gathers up though. I think I may stick with 4 layers - I held them around my waist and looked in the mirror last night, ..magical moment! *Yay I have a tutu* ^-^
Ok now to sew the tutu frills onto the bodice and I will have a workable costume...

One thing I did find in the market was some large black feathers for the head-dress. I need to fix them onto the hair spring clip somehow..

Lots to do still.

16th February 2009

16 Feb - bodice done!

Phew, bodice is now joined successfully to knickers at last, it's starting to look like a costume. Zipper and fasteners also done, and I had to put boning up the back to stop the zipper buckling. :/

(Forgot to mention that the material I bought is a streatch velor fabric rather than stiff material, just cos I liked the look of this stuff when I saw it. :)Working with streatch fabric has its problems though, and I've got to use shoulder straps because the bodice won't stay up on its own. Ah well..

Now on to the tutu frills (looking forward to this part). That will leave just detailing.
Running out of time quickly, but I'm confident it will all be finished in time.

Oh, wig has come, and I fitted some hair slides to the Tiara. Tested it all on, woohoo! I'm pleased how it looks. :)

Shopping tomorrow in the city market for the 'Feathers'. I have a few cunning plans to try for the main feathers on the tutu. ;)

12th February 2009

12 Feb - still working on main bodice

The main bodice of the costume has been Reeeeally difficult with me. I have unpicked,trimmed re-stitched it 5 times now! Finally, it is lying across my bewbs nicely now and the front seams are where they should be ..running diagonally across the nipple.
New dilemma - since I am sewing a bra into the costume should I also follow the bra strap height around the back?? It's higher than where the back of the tutu should be.. hmmmm, *is running out of time fast....*
aaargh, tutu bodices are HARD!
Aha! - how long is my zip? that will settle it. ^^

23rd January 2009

Ballet shoes done.

The ribbon ties kept going slack after wearing the shoes for a while. So I took them off then re-attatched them to some black elastic which I fixed too the insole. So now there is a little give when the ribbon needs it and it doesn't go slack anymore.

16th January 2009

Pointe Shoe lookalikes

The soft dance shoes look similar to pointe shoes but have no stiffening. So I made up some toeboxes which fit inside and make the shoes look stiffer. I also added some black ribbon ties.
I'm happy how they look, and I think it's a good compromise between real pointe shoes and something more functional.

One last thing - I used normal black ribbon and it looks good but seems to undo itself and become slack even when the knot is tied very tight! Maybe ballet shoe ribbon needs to be a special kind..need to check this out.

11th January 2009

11 Jan 2009

I'm going to try to cosplay Kraehe for Midlands Expo in Feb 2009. I watched the anime recently and just love her character so I have to try.

- progressing with making a 'rough' preliminary costume to experiment on. I found a pattern for a tutu in one of my ballet books and enlarged it on my PC. Some of the info is missing however. Still, enough to make a start and make something that looks like a tutu.

Experimented with addition of Nylon boning up the side seams. Looks like I might get away with having the bodice strapless. :)

- I decided not to use my pointe shoes for the Expo. 1)because they are pink, and 2)because there is lots of advice from real dancers against using them for cosplay.
Instead I have bought some ballet 'soft dance shoes'. They are made of soft black leather, have a full suede sole and they look like pointe shoes except without any of the stiffening. I bought some black ribbon and am sewing them on to complete the illusion that they are proper pointe shoes. :P