Captain Dolce
Eternal Sonata

Cosplayer: Amy-Lou

Status: In Progress

Condition: Not Set

This costume has not been worn at any events yet.

2nd August 2010: Dar, here be Gold! After a lot of pinning and marking I eventually jumped in and cut the top skirt to it's slanted shape. With the whole thing trimmed in gold bias it looks really neat! Pleased with the ruffles, the bias has stiffened up the edges so they stick out.

This is the best gold bias I've ever found and I've been told it's discontinued, so once this is gone, no more :( Unless some shop has a hidden stash. Fingers crossed another brand makes it.

1st August 2010: Blunderbuss I cut the main body in layers of foam board, then glued them all together and put filler in the gaps. Hot glue, funky foam and a funnel have made up the barrel end of the blunderbuss. The recess for the pipe barrel is a little too large, I'm hoping I can fill it all out with hot glue.

The dress straps are built on buckram so they won't crease up or give under the weight of the dress, I'm going to join the sleeves to these as much as possible and tack the bottom to the bodice.

I've started the glove cuffs and they look like a pair of small lampshades on the table.

25th July 2010: Wenchy Skirt The skirts exist! The black underskirt is just pinned in place, but it's sewn to shape. The overskirt is sewn to the bodice, loosely tailored to shape and flared at the bottom to get that frilled edge effect without needing another seam. This skirt was really confusing, at one point I replaced one panel with two and still only had the same size skirt! I think I'm losing it XD

The petticoat is a bit low on the dummy, I didn't have time to move it for a photo :)

18th July 2010: Painting The shackle is done! I couldn't find any metallic burgundy paint, so I mixed burgundy and pearlescent medium to get a bit of a glimmer to it and later I'll varnish it up shiny. Found some camping rivets lying around that were perfect for the clasp.

Now to find some plastic garden chain...tried Homebase, but it was all heavy metal or weird shaped.

17th July 2010: Petticoats To get that bluebell shaped skirt I'm bulking it out for support.
I tried out a few options like framed bustles and bum-rolls, but in the end for ability to support all the way round the waist, pack flat and stay light-weight I'm sticking with the petticoat.

I started with an old petticoat purloined from Kat, which I cut to length and then added more gathered netting to the top. I could then rouche each layer up into poofs by stitching vertically down the layer at regular intervals and then pulling on one thread to gather it up to the top before tying the ends off to secure it. This gives it the bulk I need near the top rather than the bottom.

It's a bit of a beast at the moment, but bear in mind the skirt is two fairly heavy layers and it'll weigh it down. For the open front I'm going to sandwich the net between the skirt and the lining so it doesn't poke out the front.

13th July 2010: Props I did some scouting round hardware stores in my lunch break to get an idea of the sizes and types of piping on offer.
I know I want to use layers of foam board for the butt of the blunderbuss and the funnel end will be more secure if I can fix it inside the barrel. This means I need PVC piping to keep it light and hollow (or a narrow cardboard tube, but harder to find in the right strength).

Standard plumbing pipe is only stocked in a few sizes and it seemed like I really want something in between, so I came home and sketched out a blueprint from a combination of my reference pics and real blunderbuss images. I set a maximum length it can be and then filled out the rest to similar proportions. This let me measure off the barrel diameter, so I can go buy the piping that's the closest match.

11th July 2010: Bodice Almost finished the bodice! I spent ages tweaking the shape and matching up the lining and even longer choosing a shape for the front flap (which is always partially obscured in my references). I'm happy with the result; it can blend into the skirt ruffles and hides the zip nicely.

I still need to finish attaching the lining around the zipper and then I can start on the straps.

24th June 2010: Shackles Dolce has a chunky shackle on one ankle. To get the floating effect I'm putting a smaller ring inside as a cushion to hold the shackle up and away from my leg. I was out of upholstery foam, so I just layered up funky foam scraps for this.

The shackle itself is three layers of funky foam, heated with a hair dryer and shaped round before gluing the layers together. I've got some large camping rivets for the chain holes, but it really does up with little poppers on the inside faces.

Currently painting it all in many layers of gesso, then I'll sand it down smooth. Need to find a metallic dark red paint to finish.

19th June 2010: Eyepatch Learning from my Fai costume there is no way I'm having a real eyepatch; the lack of depth perception and other eye over compensating really messes with you for the rest of the day. So there will be an eye hole cut out and covered with fabric.

For this I got to look a bit mental picking up every black fabric in the shop and putting it right up to my face to see through it. Eventually found a sort of fine jersey which looked solid black, but was just thin enough to see through up close.

After drafting up a pattern in newspaper I cut the shape out of buckram as funky foam doesn't breathe so it would get all sweaty; ok for a thin Sailor tiara, but something this covering, eurgh! It was then covered in the black fabric and edged with bias tape. Just need to put elastic round the back.

8th February 2010: Collars Collar is done, I haven't had a white shirt since school, so I drew round the collar of another shirt and made my own. Need to get some thicker red ribbon so I can make the bow which will popper the whole thing closed.

White underskirt is done, complete with ruffles thanks to Silver's fantastic trim finding skills. I went for the easy option and used the left over white swimsuit fabric from Pluto, so it's just a seam each side, stretch to fit deal. Not enough left to make matching stockings, but I'm now thinking of using power mesh...

Still no idea what colour/texture to make the beige stockings and skirt trim, it's so odd.

Planned out the blunderbuss, after a week searching for fluted funnels (and considering destroying toy trumpets) I went back to the references and it's just straight sided like a normal funnel, at least I hadn't bought anything yet.

12th January 2010: Basics I thought about making a black undercoat with a burgandy over layer or a seperate top and skirt and sketched out the possibilities. In the end I've decided to make the black and burgandy bits a one-piece long jacket so I can just pull it on and fasten it at the front. It'll be heavy, but less fussy to get on than lots of layers, it won't shift around through the day and it avoids a lot of problems that only occured with the other designs.

Starting with the base items, I'm currently sewing the collar, bodice and lining. Patterns for the poofy sleeves are underway and I'd like to make some mockups before the real thing as I haven't done this style before.
Once I've got the basic coat I'll work out how to shape the front and add the frills.

Also found the perfect button for her broach. It was a good day to shop.

28th December 2009: Resourcing Stocked up on black cotton drill today and found a lovely satin backed crepe fabric. The subtle sheen and texture will contrast with the plain black cotton without losing that cartoon block colour feel.

We'll have no shiny things here, unless it's gold...mmmm gold.

9th November 2009: Darr Pirates! A dig through the fabric cupboard reveals I have a fair bit of the fabric needed already.
I'm thinking of using something stiffer for the dress so it will keep it's shape without having to structure every little bit and I don't want it to be too shiny. I should just need to buy the burgundy fabric and I'm looking out for a nice symmetrical lace to gather on the underskirt.

I got a hook hand for 99p this weekend, bargain!

3rd November 2009: Darrr, the pirate wench who's too quick for the camera. No seriously there are no reference pictures of this woman anywhere! I had to sit down with the game and take pics of her battle so I could actually get something of a decent resolution. Fastest pause button in the west!

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BlusterSquall - 28th May 2009
Arrrrrrrhhhhh~~!! Piratey lass! Its going to be fun running away from you! XD

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GAINAX - 28th May 2009
DOOO EEEEEET! Need a Jazz? D:

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caylithe - 29th May 2009
We're gonna have such an awesome group :D. You'll look so cool!! <3

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Sillabub - 19th August 2009
Rawr, Dolce is so hawt (I quite liked the idea of cosplaying as her myself, but there aren't even any pieces of key art for her available, boo!). I'm looking forward to seeing this!

Thanks for the comment on Ginrei, too :D

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White Leviathan - 9th November 2009
You found pictures, amazing!!! You'll look so awesome as this, though I may have an urge to hit you as that boss is such a bitch! I'm so getting off my ass and doing Jazz now lol.

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BlusterSquall - 12th January 2010
You used the same pattern for puff sleeves that I used for Falsetto. Teehee!!

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Amy-Lou - 12th January 2010
@Silver - Yay for sleeve pattern instructions, the internet is so good to us.

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Anonymous - 12th January 2010
Amy = sexy pirate! Can't think of anyone who could do this better.

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agi - 22nd January 2010
Thanks for the comment on Salsa :) Well done on getting the screen shots! I look forward to seeing this

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Sephirayne - 9th February 2010
Coolies. Looking forward to seeing Xx

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caylithe - 1st June 2010
Really looking forward to seeing you as a pirate lol!! Will it be done in time for Amecon this year for some lovely (and silly XD) photos? xx

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Amy-Lou - 8th June 2010
@caylithe That's the plan, Dolce will be arriving on the Amecon high seas! Now to find some pirate lackies :D

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GAINAX - 24th June 2010
This is really coming along! I hope I get into Ame to see this D:

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DefineImagineMJ - 1st August 2010
I don't think we got to see Dolce enough in the game. Looking forward to seeing pictures of this as I'm not able to go to Amecon.

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Chibi - 2nd August 2010
Damn I thought I'd already commented on this >.<

Looking awesome though! Yarr you'll be a piratey wench <3

also (replying to your question on Serenade) if I get her finished then yes, most definitely photos will happen! Are you going to the ES meet on sunday or did you mean something else?

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Anonymous - 4th August 2010
This is looking SO good! Sexy!! :D

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goodbyeworld - 30th November 2010
Oh my gosh this is looking SOOOOOOOOO good 8)