17th April 2015: Amechibi! Somehow managed to get tutu majoritly finished for amechibi. I think overall I'm happy with the bodice, I might add some decoration around the bust and the zip needs fixing. I like how the Feather headpiece looks but yes it needs a crown, might experiment using foam to make it. The skirt although I love the look of it was far too big. Im going to cut the layers down and hopefully shift some of the weight off the hoop so it sits more upright. I love the fabric, all it needs is some trim around the hem :-)
5th April 2015: Tutu construction I've spent a good 6 hours today sewing together the tutu. I gathered each layer, ironed it flat then pinned it to the panty before sewing. Managed to get 4 out of 10 layers done! The next layer will have a channel sewn in to hold the hoop which will make the whole thing stand up, like a pancake hopefully. My sewing machine currently looks like it's sporting it's own tutu lol
3rd April 2015: Necklace Made the necklace today. I used bright pink sculpt, gold wire and coloured plastic sheets. I'm not completely happy with it since its messy with glue but it will do considering the time I hv left. I'll remake it at a later date
31st March 2015: Bodice progress Cut out 2 layers of cotton drill for each of my bodice pieces and I've now started joining them together with a basting stich. I've used 2 layers of cotton drill not only to make the bodice stiff but to allow channels to be sewn to slot the boning into. I've chosen plastic boning so the bodice is more comfortable.
22nd March 2015: Bodice pattern I've sewn the elastic onto the panty now but what I've really spent all day doing is creating the bodice pattern from scratch. I used the most recent measurements of myself and recreated a basic bodice block. The bodice needs to be super close fitting so I can't use past blocks or old measurements incase I've gained or lost even the tiniest bit of weight. From the basic block I created my own bodice pattern which was inspired by a 6 piece classic bodice pattern on tutu.com. I still have some adjustments to make. After I created the bodice pattern I suddenly found I needed to lose a couple of inches off the back panel even though the basic block fitted me great lol but I can't wait to finish!
21st March 2015: Ballet shoes Got my ballet shoes and ribbon yesterday, I'm so happy! I've got a little confession that I've always wanted to be a ballerina. I decided to go for slippers instead of point shoes, this is because I've never danced before and attempting to go on point could be dangerous.
20th March 2015: Wig Cut the fringe of the wig I brought from coscraft
8th March 2015: Making the panty Started work on the panty today. The back piece looks really big lol but once the 2 pieces are together it looks much more in proportion. Next step is to sew on the elastic and start drawing on where I'm going to attach the 10 layers of tulle!
Kitri du Lac - 23rd March 2015
Looking very good and I can't wait to see the progress. Also, thank you for choosing to not go on pointe. It always terrifies me when I see people attempting it for cosplay. A small suggestion though; you could always consider a pair of demi-pointe shoes. These are entirely soft but contain the block of the pointe shoe. They're training shoes designed as a stepping stone from soft shoes to pointe shoes; they are softer and much more comfortable than pointe shoes, but look like the real thing. As long as you make no attempt to go up on pointe (they're so soft they wouldn't support it anyway) you won't injure yourself in them. It's a great way to get the full pointe shoe look without risking injury to yourself :)
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