30th September 2015: Beading I decided to rewear this cosplay for the EGX Cosplay Grand Championship because I liked the 1st place prize and this was my best costume that I had readily available as I didn't have the funds for anything new (nor the time!). I'm usually very against doing anything anime related at a gaming event and so I wore this for a grand total of less than 2hrs, haha! (It's also incredibly uncomfortable and I can't pee in it, sorry not sorry for the TMI ;P)
I decided to fix up the things that required improvements from Hyper Japan. This included adding even more sparkle to the bodice with some beading! This was my first time beading, please forgive me if it looks terrible in parts but I'd like to think I got better as I went along!
Not in the photo I also glued on more feathers to the bodice as the glue I used discoloured, I used hot glue this time as I know that does not discolour (I don't think I owned a hot glue gun back when I first started the costume, I rarely use it, ever).
I also re-tacked down the top layer of the tutu as I took it off as I did it too tight originally but forgot to re-tack it for Hyper Japan, oops xD
Unfortunately, I lost an incredible amount of weight and I have no idea how (I guess it's because I was preparing for Rikku from FFX-2, but I then stopped dieting and thought I gained the weight back...) and so the bodice and tutu are a little too big. I had a /massive/ breakfast before wearing it which helped, but it's still a little too big xD;;
I think this costume needs a photoshoot and then needs to be retired unless I can put the weight back on again v.v;;;
14th August 2014: Overskirt II All hand stitched on with white and nylon thread.
14th August 2014: Overskirt I I cut out over 200+ feathers...
14th August 2014: Tutu VI It was a bit of a monster before I tacked it all down. I've also shown a picture of the hooping.
Sadly I took no pictures of the panty or basque, it's not very exciting to look at anyway.
14th August 2014: Tutu V So much poof the sewing machine sported a fetching tulle scarf.
14th August 2014: Tutu IV The layers, the layers!
14th August 2014: Tutu III Look at all the poof!
14th August 2014: Tutu II I used two layers of straight stitches and gathered them altogether. Look at how much space it was already taking up and it wasn't even all of them...
14th August 2014: Tutu I 12 layers of tulle (although I only used 10), all labelled and ready to use!
14th August 2014: Details on bodice All done - embroidery sewn on with metallic thread. Feathers glued and sewn on, gem sewn on.
14th August 2014: Embroidery II Bernie created the embroidery for me and posted it. I've never done this sort of thing before and she told me to cover the back of it with PVA glue before stitching it on, and so I did.
14th August 2014: Embroidery I Tidied up and then filled in with no gaps so that it's easier for the embroidery software.
14th August 2014: Bodice IV I was so proud of how neat I sewed on the bias binding I decided to take a picture of it...
14th August 2014: Bodice III Final version with hook and eye tape.
14th August 2014: Bodice II Drew on the mock up for the embroidery pattern, then I traced over it with A3 paper before scanning it into the computer and editing on photoshop.
14th August 2014: Bodice I Made a mock up out of calico to test the fitting of the pattern. The pattern is from tutu.com and is the Russian bodice style.
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