Espella Cantabella - Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney


Like everyone else I know who has played this game, I have fallen for Espella! She's adorable c:

Upon discovery that Tatsuro Iwamoto is a guest at Japan Expo, I'm going to aim to make this in time! Hopefully will be cosplaying with CrystalNeko as Maya and her friend as Trucy c:

Marking this as complete as wig styling won't take long and I'm not sure if I'll be using it for something else before Espella!

DRESS: White linen with bias binding details and leather cord ties on the sleeves. The sleeves were a paaaain but when are sleeves ever fun tbh

CORSET: Black cotton with leather cord lacing. I'm annoyed I had to use silver eyelets for it, so I'm hoping to find a way to paint them or something.

BELTS AND BAG: Brown pleather with white vinyl interfacing and floral cotton lining. The beads are attached with as many strands of embroidery thread as possible! The belt ends are milliput, painted silver.

CLOAK: Brown/red cotton drill. I want to remake this out of something more cloak-y in the future. This one is nice and lightweight for summer though!

PENDANT: milliput sculpted around a red bead and more leather cord

InfiniteJester posted on 17 April, 2014 - 20:36
Her design is so cute!

TheStarlightFairy posted on 17 April, 2014 - 20:54
She really is! (Play thiiiiiiiis it's awesome and puzzley and has all the cuties)

leedwood posted on 10 August, 2014 - 20:15
This is super- perfectly captured her!

Spectreon posted on 11 April, 2015 - 22:38
You're such a cute Espella! :3

Belt/bag ensemble

Total cost: £0.00

14th June 2014

Busy busy bee

Got a lot done for this in the past week! The cloak is all done, I just cut a basic hood and cloak out of cotton and sewed them together before making the front ties seperately and attaching them (easiest way to do it!) The bag/belt ensemble was also pretty simple. I made the bag from the same pattern as my Meruru pouch, just making it deeper. Fabric wise I used brown pleather, with white vinyl as interfacing and floral cotton as lining. The belts are just strips of brown pleather. The ends for one belt are sculpted from Milliput. It all fastens around the back of my left hip with poppers c: Aaaand my wig arrived this morning! It's a bit lighter than on the site, but it'll do c:

6th June 2014

Dress finished

For the bodice I used Butterick Pattern B5322, as it had a right-over-left wrap dress, which is exactly what I needed. The skirt is just a biiig doubled-up rectangle of fabric, which I tucked at the waist to make it fit. You can’t see it in the photo, but it’s a wrap-around skirt. I really should have taken the photo a bit earlier in the day! I used bias binding for the patterns around the skirt, and used three strands of embroidery thread for the fine line. The diamonds are also bias. THE SLEEVES OH GOD. I used Simplicity pattern 1728 as a base, but folded it in to make the sleeves shorter and a bit less voluminous (the pattern is based on the dresses in Mirror Mirror, to give some impression of how huge those sleeves are)! I then cut short slits in the bottom of the sleeves and roll-hemmed them, before cutting and hemming the longer slits at the top (Espella’s sleeves cut out at the shoulders and fall down to expose her upper arm wat). My original plan was to use the top of the sleeves to make the shoulder ties, but there wasn’t enough fabric in them to floop appropriately. So my earlier idea to make them shorter was a dud haha! I then stitched a strip of fabric inside the sleeves just above the slits to form a channel, through which I threaded elastic. I had wanted to make the sleeves a drawstring because of the bow, but that didn’t work too well thanks to how the pattern worked, so I just threaded leather cord through two teeny slits above the slit and tied it into bows. Next, I sewed up the seams and fitted the sleeves to the armholes, and finished up by making shoulder ties out of spare fabric. I'm so freaking proud, especially as I winged the sleeves a lot while being struck down with a hell of a cold!

3rd June 2014


Dress progress is going super fast! The bodice is all done, and I'm currently doing all the detail on the skirt. I've used linen as it's lightweight, natural and will be super comfy for the summer heat but dear god I need to iron it soooo bad! Pics will come once the skirt and bodice are attached. And once I've dried my tears over the darn sleeves (HOW)

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