Eternal Sonata | Trusty Bell

Cosplayer: BlusterSquall

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

10th April 2010: FINISHED! Pretty much!
The wig needs touching up, and I need to glue the belt buckle to the belt, but aside from that - SHE'S DONE. OMG. SO HAPPY.

This was a labour of love and I cannot wait to wear her out! <3

23rd March 2010: Delivery! Got up today to find some bits and pieces had arrived for me in the post.

Firstly - another two pairs of the stockings, in case the one pair I already have get laddered or anything. Spares!

Secondly - my gloves. They're made of lycra and come all the way up to about my shoulder give or take about three inches. So yay!

Thirdly - my second wig for this costume. Its a less platinum blonde and suits a bit better. However, needs shit loads of styling so will be getting on with that after Kita.

Also - I got started on my little back pouch thing. Thats now painted blue, I need to start doing all the detailing to it and then attach it to my belt. Haven't got any craft foam for the buckle yet. I need to go into town and stock up on things all in one go.

21st March 2010: Getting my arse in gear So I have about a month left to get this finished for Minamicon, so I decided to actually get some work done on it today.

I've hemmed the shorts at long last and I've started painting the white rim around the base. So far one coat on the front of either leg which I have to wait for to dry before adding anohter coat, drying, turning over and painting the back.

As they're drying near a radiator, they should dry fairly quickly, so hopefully I'll be able to do the criss-cross white pattern on the side of the leg tomorrow.

I have two wigs on the way now for this costume, that will hopefully be much better than my original wig. I really need to clear out my wig collection!

I've also started making the back pouch out of a spun paper ball and that's been painted dark blue. I'll be adding the details as I go along, and gluing in some embroidery string, so it sits nicely on the belt.

Will be making my way into town tomorrow to pick up some supplies for Kitacon, and some craft foam to get started on the belt buckle. I'm hoping to make it the way it appear in game - 3D.

19th March 2010: Progress Well, I decided to try Falsetto on today mainly because I've been loosing a lot of weight lately, and I wanted to see if there was anything that would need taking in.

That's okay, nothing much to take in, though one of the sleeves some repair work already. Haha.

Putting everything together made me realise what I have left to get finished on this costume:
- Belt buckle
- Wig
- Gloves
- Gaunlets
- Frills
- Belt pouch

Which doesn't seem like a lot, but its all the fiddly bits that no one likes doing. Y'know?

I tried working the wig I have at the moment, which is a Scruffy wig from cosworx in platinum blonde (because Falsetto's hair is so hard to find the right colour for, because depending on the artwork or game area, her hair changes colour!) anyway, the wig I have, I coloured with a marker to make it darker, but it didn't really work, and the wig just didn't sit right, so I've ordered another one from a UK seller on ebay so work with. Its less platinum, so might not be 100% colour accurate.

Additionally ordered a few extra pairs of stockings in case the one pair I have get damaged or anything.

I will get my arse in gear and make sure this is finished for Minamicon. I'm going to wait until Kitacon is out of the way first.

29th January 2010: Belt Well I have an early shift today, so hopefully if I ignore my desire to sleep I will get my material for my belt and get that started. I'll probably make it the same way I made Celine' cape rail. I just have to hope Fabric Land has its power back so I can go in.

If not, its to the dreaded C&H Fabrics.

I'll try and get a polystyrene ball too to do the pouch... thing on the back of Falsetto's belt. I have no idea what else to call it. Pouch. Honestly, it looks like a grenade.

Somehow I think colouring the wig will be one of the last jobs I do.

But I'm really happy with the progress I've been making on this costume.

27th January 2010: Wig and stuff Well - I got my Wig in the post this morning.

And boy do I not suit a platinum blonde look.

The wig is actually too bright for Falsetto, so I'm thinking I'm going to have to colour it to get some depth and change to the colour to something more suitable. This is what I mean about Falsetto's hair colour being annoying.


Anyway... I also got my stockings. Which have rubbery bits on the inside to keep them up. Its handy.

The next bits that I need to do is all the frilly detailling on the collar and the sleeves. I'm thinking of re-doing the front of the white section with hooks and eyes and sewing the buttons on for decoration... I think it'll look better.

19th January 2010: Painstaking painting; finished jacket So I finished the jacket today. Whoo - two pieces of this costume done! Finishing it just required sewing the velcro into the inside of the jacket to keep it in place and also sewing the other crossing ribbons on the back. Nice and easy.

I've started painting the detail on the front of the suit section of the costume.

I ended up using the concept art for the basic shape and I took bits (basically the dots) from the in game renders cause I think they're a really nice touch. I'm waiting for them to dry at the moment.

It was actually hard to do, I sketched them out first on the material with dress makers pencil (which was sucky) and couldn't figure out the pattern very well because its quite fiddly. But I like the way it looks. :]

16th January 2010: Shoe Progress So I decided to get my least favourite job out of the way and make the shoe covers.

Drew very roughly around the shoe and made a front seam, kept taking this in until it sat snuggly around the shoe itself. Glued the shoe cover into place above where the platform sole it is.

Then for the section that folds over the top I glued some buckram there to keep it sturdy. And I cut the straps that actually do up the shoe as it stays on fine just as a slip on.

I need to make the ribbon that ties up the shoe, attach ribbon and do the frontal decoration but the worst bit is done!

16th January 2010: Shoes Well I had 2 options open to me. Either steal myself against my own problems and the cold and go into town to buy shoes. Or buy them off ebay, be charged twice as much and wait 3 weeks for shoes possibly the wrong size.

I went with the former.

The shoes I found weren't perfect. The best ones didn't have a heel, they were just one big platform. So I'm improvising. Bought a pair of patent red and white sweet lolita shoes that have now been sprayed white. Once that's dry I'll be moving on to the construction of the shoe cover (I hate making shoe covers). And then anything that needs painting by hand will be painted and detailed.

14th January 2010: Back detailing Started painting the back of the jacket tonight. Sadly ran out of paint so I'll need to stock up for over the weekend.

Anyway, basically marked out where I needed to paint with masking tape to keep the edges (relatively) straight. Painted and then stripped the tape of. Voila, nice lines.

I need to paint the bottom hem next, then turn over the jacket and paint the edges of the inside. Hopefully I'll get that done tomorrow night after work. That's the plan at least.

14th January 2010: Back and more painting I'm finding Shugo Chara a very good thing to watch/listen to while I'm painting.

So far the seams on the sleeves have been painted and the seam between the white and blue sections of the body suit. I'm going to get onto painting the back tomorrow. After buying some ribbon to make the other crossing sections on the back of the jacket.

I've done the first bit, with the straps fitted with hooks and eyes so it keeps the jacket up better. I'll also be fitting a large snap fastener to the back for safety!

UHM... Once the back is done I'll be chalking out the pattern on the front and painting it

12th January 2010: Detailing begins So I've started detailing. I'm starting on the sleeves, painting on the seams of the different colours to mark them out and all y'know.

I'm going to do the sleeves first and then the front of the suit. I'll have to mark out the pattern with dress chalk first for that, because the suit pattern is waaaay more detailed.
I do need to make a move on getting the white criss-cross pattern on the shorts and also the white hem on the shorts.

I'm going to make a start on the belt next week probably.

I also changed the way the shite section does up. I didn't like the zip. It didn't look or feel right, so I unpicked it and sewed in some buttons and button holes.

That was fun. My machine doesn't like doing button holes, so I improvised.

It worked though!

11th January 2010: Wiggage and beginning of detailing Well I've ordered a wig I think will be suitable from Cosworx. Is a Lesley wig in 613A (platinum blonde).
I was at odds about what colour to go for as in artwork Falsetto's hair is blonde and sometimes in game it appears dirty blonde and sometimes grey. But I'm using the artwork as ref mostly, so I'm sticking with the artwork.

So I'll get that styled when it gets here.

I've also got some butterscotchy-embroidery thread to do the goldy strans between the different colours on the puff sleeves. So I'm going to try and get started on that tomorrow.

The patterns on the bodice and jacket I'm going to paint on. I'm going to draw the patterns on first with dressmakers chalk and then paint them on with some gold dylon fabric paint.
I did consider using ribbon, but as the material for the suit is stretchy and ribbon is not, they wouldn't compliment each other. Plus the ribbon is shiny and the pattern isn't SUPER shiny in game.

9th January 2010: Jacket and Suit together Well the jacket is well on the way to completion! :D

The bottom sections are lined with vilene. And I've put some wires in the bottom. the vilene helps keep the shape of the jacket and the wire also keeps it grounded and allows me to change the shape to the nice curve. :]

I've yet to sew the top shut. I was lining up snap fasteners first. I have the fasteners attached to the jacket, I need to realign the ones on the suit though to keep them in place to get the hugging look. I'm still considering how to keep he jacket attached to suit down to the hips where it flares.

I think its going to velcro through...

Anyway. I'm going to add another fastener to the centre back; and then add the straps to the back, with a hook and eye on either shoulder and either strap to keep them up!

I love working on this costume. It really is a labour of love. I've been agonising over it so much and planning it for so long, actually making it is unbelievably enjoyable!

9th January 2010: Jacket Start Today has been a good sewing day.

I did some more work on the sleeves by adding the cuffs. Made out of white elastine, I need to take them in a little, but aside from that they're alll good.

I made a start on the jacket too, which is teo lengths of the cotton jersey sewn together. I also cut a section out of the back and sewed in the same section but in light blue!
I'm going to fit the bottom of the jacket with some wire and some vilene to help it keep its shape. :]

I'm hoping to get the rest of the main bits of the costume done so I can start on the detailing!

8th January 2010: Puff sleeves I've started the puff sleeves today.

Originally I had no idea how I was going to get the sleeves right because her sleeves are striped. Y'know?

Then I was looking at my material and was hit by an idea.

To cut lots of strips of material and sew them together in a big rectangle/square and then cut the pattern piece out of my own constructed material!

So I started with 6 strips of light blue and 6 strips of dark blue, pinned them together. Sewn together and now I'm going to cut the sleeve section. Adjusting the pattern to make it puffy!

Sleeves have been attaced, sewn on and gathered to get the puff puff.
I need to make the cuff, and also the sleeve/gloves.

I am hoping to make a start or try the jacket tomorrow.

5th January 2010: Started Sewing After talking to Amy-Lou today I got some inspiration to actually start sewing. It felt good to sit down at my sewing machine and run something through. I had missed it a bit.

It took me a long time to figure out how to do the bodysuit. I had to alter three different patterns to make it look suitable and similar to Falsetto's in game costume. See, her bodysuit has no frontal seam. So I couldn't use a pattern that had a front seam.

I ended up using a KwikSew 2932 (ice skating costume) for the main blue section as it has side seams. The left seam is fitted with a zip to help with shape and getting it on etc.
The white section is the top segment of another Kwiksew pattern 3052 (a unitard with a frontal seam). I decided to use this for the white section so I could pull the suit on over my hips. I'm going to add another panel over the front to cover a white zip and that will then be covered with frills galore to hide that. :D

The shorts are yet amother Kwiksew (I love Kwiksew!) pattern 3239. I lengthened the shorts so they weren't hot pants and have a bit more length. They're pretty much the right length for Falsetto. Need hemming etc. Eventually the belt will hide the seam between the suit and the shorts.

The blue sections are made out of blue cotton jersey, and the white section is a cotton/elastine mix. Nice and comfortable!

14th December 2009: Fabric and Plans I'm mainly typing this up so I don't forget.

I have 4 metres of navy jersey fabric.
3 metres of ocean blue jersey and
2 metres of white cotton/elastaine mix.

I'm going to make the costume in 2 parts.
A catsuit with the ocean blue fabric and then a jacket. I'll be using the elastaine mix for the top segment of the cat suit. As the ocean blue is a bit too light I'm going to dye it before sewing the white section on.

The white section will be open at the front and do up with hooks and eyes. And there will be a zip going up the side of the catsuit so I can step in and pull the rest on over my head (the usefulness of jersey - it is STRETCHY!).

The giant puff sleeves I have a part of a pattern which is perfect actually for their size and puffiness so that's good.
I hope to start on this this month, but with the fact my house is currently over-run, it doesn't look likely unless I can steal this weekend to get started.

13th December 2009: Reference So... while playing Eternal Sonata today I was trying to concentrate on Falsetto's costume to really get a good view of the details. I'm getting quite good at having her do the finishing moves etc, so she's the one in the victory shot so I can get a good look.
It only occoured to me after playing for about 5 hours I could take a photo.

I don't know how you can take a clear screenshot by hooking up your TV to your camera or whatever, so I went with what I had on hand. I left Falsetto standing in a victory shot - as it ws more a decent back view I was looking for and snapped away.

Its helped a lot because its uncovered a lot of detail on her costume I didn't notice before like the darker blue diamond pattern on her top/jacket. And the same pattern in white down the side of her shorts.
Also means I have a fairly decent view of her ball thing she keeps on the back of her belt.

I'm planning on getting my material tomorrow so I can start on this while I'm off work over the Christmas period. I know this costume is going to take me a lot of time. Maybe not the base of it, but all the detailing will.

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Limegreenjelly - 19th April 2009
Ah wicked I'm planning on doing Claves, ^^ if you like we can set up a Eternal Sonata group sometime in the future good luck *thumbs up*

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caylithe - 19th April 2009
yay *dances* can't wait to do these cosplays :D

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Sillabub - 20th April 2009
Awesome! I loved Falsetto, can't wait to see your costume!

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GunstarVixen - 8th May 2009

Looks like I'm not retiring Polka anytime soon!!!!! I can't wait for epic group shots!!!

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Odd-One-Out - 28th May 2009
It looks like a corset with a seperate small jacket with billowing cape.

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Monkey - 31st October 2009
I'ma gonna be in yo group yo! :P BTW! I've finally met Falsetto in the game! She's so SRS BZNS! But I love it! Her outfit is gooooorgeous! I can't wait to see you do this! :D

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perfectly_purple - 3rd November 2009
Awww she's cute but kinda fierce... just like you ^_^

Fingers crossed I get to be part of this awesome group with you!!!

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Sasashie - 13th December 2009
good choice for u! i loved her she was my fave character

cant wait to see this x

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Anonymous - 14th December 2009
What a lovely costume - look forward to seeing it, you'll look great I'm sure :-)

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Zelda - 6th January 2010
The progress is looking awesome ^^, I can't wait to see this finished, and i can't wait to see the whole group.

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Mighty Odango - 6th January 2010
KwikSew are the best ^__^ I'm looking forward to seeing this, I love her design!

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Uni - 9th January 2010
This is going to be so amazingly cute!!! <3

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goodbyeworld - 9th January 2010
:O This is looking amazing!

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Limegreenjelly - 9th January 2010
Prgress is looking A! Ok :) Cant wait to see more progress on this :D

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Sillabub - 9th January 2010
Oh wow, it looks amazing so far!

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letmelive - 10th January 2010
This looks amazing so far!

Well done with the amazing fast progress :|!


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Amy-Lou - 11th January 2010
It's starting to take shape :)

I'm really impressed with the coat-tails, using interfacing and wire has nailed the free standing shape. It's a great sillouette.

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nanahara - 15th January 2010
this looks amazing so far, your progress is really coming along great ^^

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CrystalNeko - 17th January 2010
Have to say you're on fire with this costume!! It looks fantastic so far, looking forward to seeing this with the whole ES group :D

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perfectly_purple - 17th January 2010
Wow! Just...wow! It's looking freaking awesome so far!

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Moonchild - 18th January 2010
This is looking really nice :) Can't wait to see it finished and in person! :D

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Bambi. - 20th January 2010
This is looking great! :) xxx

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Sephirayne - 20th January 2010
Wow! Looking great. Loving the details. Can't wait to see this. XX

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MoonLily - 20th January 2010
I love how you put so many progress pictures up, it's great to see how a costume develops. :D This is looking awesome so far, can't wait to see it all come together. ^_^

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Limegreenjelly - 19th March 2010
Looking good *thumbs up* I have Claves nearly all ready to go for Minamicon if you want some photos together ^^

I love you Falsetto it looks great, can't wait to see the finished article :)

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sjbonnar - 19th March 2010
Looking fantastic so far!

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BlusterSquall - 19th March 2010
@Lime: Squee! I love your Claves! I can't wait to see it, and we'll totally have to get some photos together at Minami!

@sjbonnar: Thanks muchlies! I'm really happy with how its turning out. :]

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sjbonnar - 19th March 2010
You're doing a fantastic job hun ^_^

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nanahara - 20th March 2010
youare sertainly doing awsome with this

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BlusterSquall - 20th March 2010
:D Thankies~! I reeeeally hope it turns out well! X.x

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PinkCharlieBear - 23rd March 2010
I really love how you've made this. The fabric is a great choice and I am in love with those shoes *O*
You'll make an awesome Falsetto, I can't wait to see in person!

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BlusterSquall - 23rd March 2010
<3 Thank you so much! I'm so glad this is getting a good reception!
I love my shoes too. They're turning into one of my favourite parts of the costume! So comfy! :D

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Mungojerrie - 24th March 2010
This looks awesome! 8D

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Anonymous - 24th March 2010
Whoops, signed in as the wrong account 8D;; Mungojerrie's comment was from me!

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BlusterSquall - 24th March 2010
Lol! No worries! Thank you for the comment~! I'm glad you think so. x3

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KuroStylr - 10th April 2010
Looking amazing hun! Well done! Can't wait to see this for reals!

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Littlerascal92 - 10th April 2010
I really hope I see this in person *.* You look seriously amazing as Falsetto!!

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Shenny - 20th April 2010
This looked so epic. Seriously loved it :D

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Wildeth - 20th April 2010
this is brilliant! x3

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Freyarule - 20th April 2010
This looked amazing! Well done!!! 8D

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street-angel - 20th April 2010
When in doubt...do a silver :D

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Anonymous - 20th April 2010
You looked great as Falsetto :-)

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Amy-Lou - 20th April 2010
Great Falsetto! This suits you so well and the shoes are utterly lush.

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Limegreenjelly - 20th April 2010
Looked fantastic ^^ Great detail work

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Sephirayne - 20th April 2010
Fantastic Falsetto. Great job on all of it. You looked so stunning in it.

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perfectly_purple - 22nd April 2010
You looked so cute! I loved the hair. And the shoes...and the coat...dammit I loved it all!

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Ilpala - 22nd April 2010
I thought this really suited you. very cute costume :)

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NightmareWings - 24th April 2010
You do her so well Silver! Shes amazing.

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AmethystEyes - 25th April 2010
This is one of your best cosplays (of course all of them are great)! The detailing on the top looks like it must have taken ages!

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Uni - 27th April 2010
Loved this cosplay! Especially your shooooessss! *steals*

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Anime_Angel - 16th May 2010
That costume is great, even better than great lol

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Adamoluna - 17th May 2010
dang that hairdo is made for you. I presume it would be a bit of a hassle to style your hair like that every day, otherwise I'd semi-force you into dying your hair blonde and cut it short. XD cus dang.
Great work on the costume, probably one of my favs from your gallery.

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Komapsunida - 2nd June 2010
Found you lovely! <3 I adored every single one of your group's outfits that day you all looked fantastical! :3 You've made me really want to play this now! T_T

It was great meeting you this weekend! You look so pretty here!

..wait that sounds like I don't mean you do anyway which I didn't mean atall! ToT xxxx

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Chibi - 12th August 2011
So pretty~ :D