Cosplayer: Pandora-Chi

Variant: Gijinka

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

14th December 2013: Shell overtop The next hardest piece to get right was the shell. In some ways drafting this was trickier cos there was no back view so I had no idea how low or high it sat...

Once again, after making a mock up of the shape using a jacket pattern as a base, I sewed all the panels together to ensure it'll be form fitting and started working out where Squirtle's signature shell lines were.

To make the lines stand out, I at first was gonna sew a single line of wide stitches. However, this did not make the lines stand out so I settled for satin stitching instead which worked out better :)

To form the white bits of the shell, I at first was gonna opt for cording encased in strips of polycotton. The cord was not thick enough so I used wadding.

5th December 2013: Top THIS. THIS was BY FAR the HARDEST part of the entire cosplay which I was dreading the most to make and once I got started on it, I had every right to be annoyed with it ¬_¬# (Ignore the animal print sheet btw cos I had nothing else to use XD)

The patterning was hellish! The shape was annoying, lining it was annoying, drafting out the swirly patterns to applique on was annoying and the overall precision, yep you guessed it was annoyingly gay ><

BUT managed to get there in the end even though the bust area bugs me!

24th November 2013: Skirt To make the skirt all nice and floaty I used chiffon for the top with a layer of georgette for the bottom. Both of which are circle skirts (Which wasn't very easy to construct as the fabrics kept sliding ¬.¬#) Got there though and I'm pleased with it :)

Plus, to give it a little more boost in volume, I made a small petticoat which consisted of 2 more circle skirts :3

23rd November 2013: And Walla! I have a wig which resembles Squirtle (Only shorter plait and has layers) and if the colour was darker, it could even used as an Aladdin Magi wig ;D

23rd November 2013: Wig styling part two Continuing from the last entry: (Photos left to right)

Photos 6-8 show the wig from side, front and back view after I cut all the top set of fibres in layers :)
Photo 9 shows the remaining fibres first being brushed out straight and divided into 3 equal parts ready to plait. It was rather to tricky to do this without any strands escaping! (But luckily it wasn't noticeable XD

21st November 2013: Wig styling part one There was two ways I could have tackled this wig:

Method 1: Buy two really long wigs of similar style and colour, weft together and style
Method 2: Buy one short base wig whilst adding separate wefts and style

In the end I of course chose the 2nd one. Though the weft length wasn't as long as I wanted them to be, by far it was much easier to sew separate packs of wefts in than to take one row apart at a time from another wig. Plus, the longer the length of a wig, the harder and irritating it is to handle! DX

Anywho just gonna explain how I started 'part 1' of this process. (Photos from left to right)

1. Base wig I started with (It's a seriously GORGEOUS shade of blue -I'm in love with it!!)
2. Used clips to hold the upper layers and pinned the loose weft in position before sewing in. I traditionally start from the 'bottom' of a wig and work up.
3. As the wefts were fairly long, I loosely plaited each one when I was finished sewing, so they don't get in the way of the later wefts.
4. Finished wefting completely, I then undid one plait at a time and brushed it straight. I then separated it in 3 sections.
5. Now came the fun part... Hacking and styling! :D Though it may have seemed tedious to repeat steps 4 and 5 over and over, I was having an unbelievable enjoyable time with this wig <3

19th November 2013: Shoes complete Feeling that the shoes would be a little bit plain leaving them as it is even with the sparkly paint job, I decided to add an extra little detail to them using a pearl trimming; appropriate to the theme of the 'aquatic'.

19th November 2013: Pantaloons!! This was probably easier than the arm things to sew XD Honest! The 'hardest' part about it was really inserting the elastic lol
My only complaint is that I think I cut it a little short but ah well, it does the job of protecting my decency should it come to one of those accidental embarrassing moments of flashing people XD

18th November 2013: Arm band thingys In the midst of waiting for paint to dry, I decided to make those arm bands which were very easy and quick to put together and kinda remind of sweet wrappers....

Simply these are made from a rectangle gathered on both ends using elastic. To give that puffiness, there's a bit of wadding inside each. Ideally I did want to make them more 'round' than squished but they do hold the overall shape and size I'm after so sticking with them :)

18th November 2013: Pearl wrist/ankle bracelets I knew those extra packs of glass beads I brought ages ago were good for something :D Yay bracelets!

17th November 2013: Shoes progress So instead of buying a whole new pair of shoes, I decided to upcycle a pair of flats I hardly wear anymore and if I destroyed them, it's no big loss ;b

To start, I took off the bows on both pairs and then covered them in blue chiffon using mod podge. After leaving them to dry, I cut the excess fabric off and folded the loose pieces ready to hot glue down.

Feeling the shoes were a little bit odd in colour, I decided to paint over the chiffon with some metallic fabric paint which gives it a subtle sheen :)

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Neverforever - 18th November 2013
Such a pretty desgin <3 cant wait to see~ your going to do it so well :3

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InfiniteJester - 19th November 2013
Design is so cute, can't wait to see!

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Pandora-Chi - 21st November 2013
Thank you guys!! <3 I'm actually quite excited to put this together and will do my best! :D

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SamanthaKaiba - 3rd January 2014
Loving the progress...cant wait to see this completed

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KiraraYumi - 5th January 2014
This is looking so incredible, how do you do it o___o Cannot wait to see this completed, it's going to be amazing ;w; (and hopefully have that starters group! 8D)

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Pandora-Chi - 5th January 2014
@SamanthaKaiba - Thank you and neither can I XD
@KiraraYumi - Aww you're too kind! And omg yes! I'm still looking forward to that group! Cannot wait to see u do Bulbasaur!! <3

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RebaSephiroth2 - 23rd March 2014
Wow! That looks good. ^____^

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KiraraYumi - 5th April 2014
So happy I saw this in person, this is honestly a perfect cosplay!! You look so cute in it too ahh and the details *u*

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Nesproxy - 5th April 2014
Absolutely superb design. You've done a great job on this (as always)! :)

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Kei Lin Sama - 6th April 2014
This is the sweetest squirtle I have ever seen!