Prince George - Blackadder III

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AyaCon 2013



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My personal costume for the year! To be worn at Ayacon- I hope : O I'll be joined by the beautiful Christian as my charming Blackadder.

There are THREE things a costume must be before I consider it for a personal costume:

1) It must be a new challenge. (I’ve made so much armour that all I want to do now is sew. SEW I TELL YOU)

2) It must cost less than £200 in materials to make (Because anything more and my costume business is a farce)

3) I must have the ability to have FUN in it. (I.E. Can I sit down/move about/ spend the day not having to pull a bitch face)

Comments

TheStarlightFairy posted on 23 July, 2013 - 19:05
This is going to be amazing!

Sephirayne posted on 24 July, 2013 - 01:26
Awesome. Looking forward to seeing.

Eatmethoubean posted on 28 July, 2013 - 12:56
this is going to be brilliant, you are a detail master!

J-Po posted on 28 July, 2013 - 18:47
loving the detail

Sephirayne posted on 29 July, 2013 - 02:18
Wow! The details are stunning. Great work.

Freyarule posted on 29 July, 2013 - 07:24
I know I squealed all over the photos on FB but dayyyummm I'm just going to squeal again

ArcaneArchery posted on 3 August, 2013 - 20:26
The amount of detail in this costume is fantastic

KhaosKreator posted on 3 August, 2013 - 20:58
Aw, cheers everyone, I'm coming to the end pretty soon!

Ranma1-2 posted on 4 August, 2013 - 22:22
Magnificant! Wow this is already looking so good. :)

MoonLily posted on 5 August, 2013 - 20:55
This looks totally stunning! *_*

Immy posted on 5 August, 2013 - 21:29
Wow this cosplay and the embroidery are absolutely beautiful!

InfiniteJester posted on 5 August, 2013 - 21:44
Best Idea Ever. Also this is looking amazing!

Kei Lin Sama posted on 5 August, 2013 - 21:59
Wow.. Just wow... Will you be performing and/or competing in this costume? I hope I get to see another of your legendary performances at Aya

TheStarlightFairy posted on 5 August, 2013 - 22:41
Oh sweet jesus this is incredible!

Angelphie posted on 7 August, 2013 - 19:15
Amazing, love all the embroidery and bead work - looking forward to seeing it finished!

KhaosKreator posted on 11 August, 2013 - 09:03
Kei- I'll be doing the masquerade and sunday night live with Christian as my faithful blackadder! Are you doing something this year? Looking forward to catching up with you!

madmazda86 posted on 21 August, 2013 - 23:12
This was so damn fabulous. You and Christian were awesome :D Was great to see all that embroidery and beading up close, what a fiddle but so worth it, it looks amazing!

Amy-Lou posted on 22 August, 2013 - 10:01
Epic! You guys were on top form on stage and the detail on this costume is so inspiring, it's a work of art.

Nesproxy posted on 22 August, 2013 - 16:38
Waaah! You were superb, I saw you in SNL! :D

MoonLily posted on 26 August, 2013 - 18:40
You were just perfect in this and it was lovely to meet you! ^^

puzzledpenguin posted on 27 August, 2013 - 13:02
Amazing!

Progress Journal

26th August 2013

The Path to Princedom Part 6- The Chronicles of Coat.

And now the most complex part of the costume broken down- the COAT.

http://khaoskostumes.com/?p=1013

13th August 2013

Shirt!

Made from an old bedsheet and lace I had hanging around. Realised in this photo that I need some beige underwear for this costume...

Full shirt making pictures over here: http://khaoskostumes.com/?p=801

11th August 2013

Final wig!

Used a lace front blonde wig, back combed the top and slowly made it into a beehive shape. Total time about 8 hours- had a real task with the curls on the side and had to use bobby pins to secure them into place.

11th August 2013

Wig mark one

First attempt at wig failed. It got so far then I tried it on and found it too heavy at the back. I wanted this costume to be comfortable and to be able to wear it while working so I decided (after a 3am stare at the ceiling session) to order a new wig and start again.

3rd August 2013

Waistcoat done.

I'm awful at getting selfies in costume.

3rd August 2013

Waistcoat before bias binding and beads

Had real trouble lining up the button holes on the lining with the outside. Next time I'd add the button holes last.

3rd August 2013

HERD U LIEK BEADS.

About 200 on the pocket flaps alone. Sads.

3rd August 2013

Waistcoat embroidery finished

46 designs, most of them the little swirls on the body of the coat. If I had to redo this I'd leave out the button holes and do those separately towards the end of the costume.

26th July 2013

ENORMOUS TROUSER detail

Buttons are embroidery on the taffeta with a felt backing. Cute little pearl clusters that NO ONE WILL SEE BUT I CARE.

26th July 2013

Path to Princedom part 2- ENORMOUS TROUSERS

Total work time on trousers- 9 hours. Made from 2m of taffeta, which is annoyingly see through. Embroidery was designed then applied to the marked out areas on the fabric before being cut out. Trousers were then self lined before the front flap welts added for that authentic crotch feel.

20th July 2013

The path to Princedom Part 1- References and Materials

I spent a good few hours going through the series and screen shotting the costume. Unfortunately I couldn’t track down where the costumes ended up, though the costume maker in the series is billed as Annie Hardinge. I spent far too long finding out what the hell a watch/seal fob was.

Patterns I’ve taken from my pattern store and include the basic coat from burda 2471 and the trousers, waistcoat and shirt from simplicity 4923

Most of the materials in this costume are recycled or taken from my fabric stores. The hardest thing to track down was a suitable pink for the coat. In the show it is clearly a silk, but I went for an upholstery fabric in a dusky pink, the only fabric I could find with a tessellating pattern on it.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330656561933?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=...

I have an embroidery machine which I’ll be putting to full use in this costume. Best source for embroidery thread I find is this store:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140718043837?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=...

I ordered two 1000m spools and a big cone of white for the underneath.

Beads I decided on 3mm glass pearls to make it look less cheap, but also be dainty. I ordered 4000 over here:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261021051089?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=...

For shoes I’m the same height as Christian, so we decided to put me in heels and him in flats to attempt to make me look like the tower of manhood that is Hugh Laurie. I spent a very long time looking for the right colour shoes before deciding it was impossible and buying the lightest suede ones I could find. Suede is fantastic for cosplaying because you can paint suede and it doesn’t flake.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281088799002?var=580190307894&ssPageName=STRK:...

These will be cut up to the correct shape, then these beautiful buckles added:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160868752009?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=...

Wig stuff I bought this book:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wig-Making-Styling-Complete-Theatre/dp/0240813200

And bought a bunch of wefts from coscraft

http://www.coscraft.co.uk/wefts/456-straight-weft-white.html

Total cost of materials (including buying white taffetta and a butt tonne of interfacing): £135.90