Ariel (Designer Dress) - The Little Mermaid

StatusComplete
Worn AtLondon MCM Expo October 2012
AwardsBest Performance at Ayacon 2013


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Well I fell in love with Ariel's Designer Dress the moment I saw it and then showed the designs to a couple of friends who also loved them and said they wanted to do other Princesses. Soon enough we had a full group and we've been quietly working on the dresses since. This, along with the Graces group, is easily my favourite group ever. Not just because it's all the Disney Princesses (dream group) in their Designer dresses (so lush) but they're all really good friends of mine. It will be very special 8'D

We also have a masquerade performance for the Sunday which we're hoping others will find funny XD

My Ariel base dress is a custom patterned dress made of duchess satin to help support the weight of the layers which totaled 8lbs. With 4m of duchess satin, 4m of lining and 12m of assorted taffeta colours contributing to the total weight. Each layer is hand stitched onto the main dress. There are four small loops secured to the lining to hook onto clear bra straps. The dress is too heavy to stay up without support.

The wig is made from two wigs and the golden shell ornament is made from air dry clay. One wig is shorter than the other where the front of the cap has been whip stitched to the back and stuffed with wadding around a cardboard tube to help give it the beehive (though I think they structure has taken a bit of a beating). This was then hand stitched onto the crown of the longer wig. This helps give it a cascade of curls without detracting from the initial volume.

For Ayacon I used some small stick on pearl gems and decorated the beehive liberally with them. I also put a few into the fringe and the hair I wore at the front, more at the top and getting less as it went down to look like a cascade of pearls.

The gloves were bought and decorated with diamonte.

The shoes were a lucky find on ebay and were actually the first thing I bought for the costume. I felt they were perfect because of the three colours and criss-cross nature of the straps, to me, echoed the dress.

Group:
Snow White: Bernie
Cinderella: Bexi
Aurora: Louise
Ariel: Charlie
Belle: Scarlett
Jasmine: Jess
Pocahontas: Sophie
Mulan: Ellen
Tiana: Vanessa
Rapunzel: Jen

Comments

MadameLapin posted on 23 October, 2012 - 15:15
Oooooohhh this looks lovely! I can't wait to see photos of you in it.

Pandora-Chi posted on 23 October, 2012 - 16:22
Totally deserves more comments <3 this is truly one of the most stunning dresses I have EVER seen :3

Nocturnal Blossom posted on 23 October, 2012 - 17:21
I can't even get over how beautiful this is *starry eyed*

FuriePhoenix posted on 23 October, 2012 - 19:02
stunning work!

TheStarlightFairy posted on 23 October, 2012 - 23:16
Well, this is ridiculously GORGEOUS GODDAMN IT WOMAN MUST YOU MAKE SO MANY BEAUTIFUL DRESSES <3 No seriously, this is amazing <3

MoonLily posted on 23 October, 2012 - 23:29
Absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to see this group! :D

Solaria posted on 24 October, 2012 - 12:32
Sooooo much lushness in this dress I love it <3

Leonie Heartilly posted on 24 October, 2012 - 21:27
Gosh that must of taken ages, all of the ruffles! You make gorgeous dresses

alienqueen posted on 25 October, 2012 - 14:20
This looks amazing!! Look forward to seeing it at expo!

PasKenPro posted on 10 November, 2012 - 21:42
This is just beautiful. I'm always so amazed by your work! You looked georious in it at Expo, so sad I didn't manage to get pictures in time!

TheStarlightFairy posted on 11 November, 2012 - 21:30
I love everyone in this group ^^ You are a very talented group of beautiful ladies!

Amy-Lou posted on 13 November, 2012 - 11:34
So many ruffles and such beautiful colours! It really looks wonderful :)

Anonymous posted on 3 December, 2012 - 06:32
This is gorgeous and you make a fab Ariel. :D

Freyarule posted on 11 September, 2013 - 09:08
Why have I not commented on this yet Forever traumatised by ribbon coming from Ariel's cleavage Hahaha just kidding ILU <3

Mermaid2love posted on 27 November, 2013 - 09:58
have you joined? ”The Little Mermaid Cosplayers” group on Facebook ? please join in the swim https://www.facebook.com/groups/1482315865327927/1482717358621111/?notif_t=group_comment

Progress Journal

Reference Page 2 (Posted 11th September 2013)

This was the second page which has most of the details of the costume :)

Reference Page 1 (Posted 11th September 2013)

For Aya I had to submit 2 A4 pages of references and progress images and this was the first of the two.