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I have always loved dressing up, but properly started cosplay when a group of my friends all decided we wanted to dress up for a Lord of the Rings event at our local theatre (the one where I now work) and I volunteered to make us all costumes. I was on a major budget and without a proper sewing machine, but I was hooked. Since then, I've just really made costumes for fancy dress nights out, nothing too serious, until I went to a con last year with some friends. It's something I want to invest some time and effort into, and get some really quality costumes to wear to events.

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North West England

Joined: 27th Jul 2014

Completed costumes: 17

Photos uploaded: 40

Progress journals: 45

Events attended: 5

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Made some good progress this weekend. The sleeves are done, except for the trim (and for understitching the lining but might not get done this week). That should be much simpler than the collar trim because it can lie flat.

I got into a bit of a tizz with the overdress because I couldn't decide how long it should be. I think I've got it sorted now. It's long enough to trip over but not as long as AlleyCatScratch reckoned it should be. I need to take a couple of inches off the front panel and it's ready to sew up. And I have made pockets (of course) so they need sewing in.
The overdress collar is nearly done, too - it's a layer of canvas covered in the paisley fabric. I was going to do it as bias binding, but I decided it's going to be too fiddly. I'll get some binding for the overdress edges then attach the collar, which I think will be sturdier anyway. I'm thinking I might want to sew in some popper fastenings to hold the overdress in the right place, and maybe to hold the sleeves up, too. I can see me doing that bit on the train on Friday!
The final step will be sewing in the sleeves to the underdress. And hemming everything. Bleh. I hate hemming.

I think it's fair to say it's unlikely I'll have this finished for next weekend. I still have the sleeves and the entire overdress to make.

I'm struggling with the sleeve lining. The fabric is very fine, and I didn't quite cut it true. Then I messed up with the off-centre seam at the top of the arms... Still I think I've almost fixed it.

Nil desperandum, though, I'm going to push through and see how I'm doing by Wednesday or Thursday.

I had a fantastic time at LFCC in this dress. One of the best compliments I received was that my Belle was the most screen accurate they'd ever seen! Best compliment ever!

There are a couple of changes I want to make before Glasgow. I need a liner for the corset and I need to close off the ends of the boning in the bodice. Both simple to do - I've already got some fabric for the liner.

I also need to practice at the hair style! I kind of rushed it for London, and I wasn't happy with the result. Using the hair extensions (which don't extend my hair, just thicken it!) was more difficult than I expected, it was difficult to pull it all up into a ponytail, so rather than flip it and create a bun, I just pulled through a top-knot, which mostly slipped out by lunchtime.

So, this weekend I finished stitching on the velvet trim and attached the skirt and bodice. I had to take the bodice in again (I haven't been losing weight so I have no idea why I've had to do so much taking in on this costume!) The trim gapes a little at the top so I'm going to sew some elastic around the top to hold it in place.

I completely failed to find a nice fake rose stem to make the belt, but did find some nice card-making embellishment thingies which I've painted green and gold which will do nicely until I find something better for next time. I need to attach those to the rose broach and sew some ribbon to the waistband to hold them in place.

Then just need to hem the skirts and I'm done!

I ran out of thread last night, with just a little way to go! Grr. So, new thread bought today I hemmed the skirt and the swags, and sewed in the hook and bar for the skirt.

The bodice is complete, and I'm really happy with the shoulders, despite the ton of handsewing I ended up doing to get the chiffon on the elastic and looking the way I want. I sewed on one covered button at the middle; to be screen accurate I need a smaller one on either side but I'm not sure I like how it looks. Maybe it's just a case of getting the positioning right but I might just leave them off.

I've got the swags pinned in place, ready to gather and sew on with the covered buttons and then I'm done!

Bodice is finished, except for one line of stitching and a hook/eye closure on the zip.

Skirt fits and the top edge is bound, poppers attached to keep the layers together.

To do:
Finish attaching velvet trim to the skirt.
Attach bodice to skirt at zip.
Hem skirts.
Make "stem" part of the belt - the rose is attached to the pin badge and I have the ribbon to sew on to the dress, but at a bit of a loss about what to make the stem from. I'm going to pop into a florist today to see if they have a good fake rose stem!

Main body of both the skirt and bodice are done. I'm adding the shoulders to the bodice, attaching them to some elastic to pouf a bit around the arms. Then I'm going to add in a bit of rigelene boning to two seams the back to keep it from bunching.

The skirt needs hemming and a hook/eye closure added to the waistband, then the drapey bits added - I've sewn a length of chiffon into a tube which I'm going to add two seams too, to make it slightly less flat, ruche it and sew it on with buttons.

Then, I need to not forget to check my petticoats don't show!

So despite my worries the skirt has worked out pretty well - although I haven't tried it on with the crinoline yet! The ruching is fairly uneven because I hurried it a bit but overall I think (hope!) the effect works. Maybe after LFCC I'll take it out and neaten it up. The waistband is pinned in ready to sew, so I just need to add the pockets and swags. I've covered some self-cover buttons to attach the swags. I bought a Prym tool to do them properly and I thought it might be a waste of money but it makes a huge difference - when I compare them to the buttons I covered for my Kaylee jacket last year they are so much neater and it was so quick and easy!

I'm not 100% happy with the fit of the bodice, but I don't think I have time to alter it. Hopefully once I add the shoulders/sleeves/straps/trim I'm hoping it will hide a multitude of sins! As well as that, there's a section of binding that's come away and I need to redo. I need to think about how I'm attaching that bit - or at least keeping it from sagging around my arms. I'm thinking elastic will be needed.

Still, I feel like I'm nearly there!

I cut the waist of the skirt today, and I think I've made it way too low. Waaay to low. I forgot to take into account that it will sit lower than I meant it to. I think I can fix it by resewing the side seams, but since I've already bound the top edge it will be a bit of a pain. Probably worth doing though.

I think I also need to take in the back of the bodice, since I cut the v in the back. Again, I think I overshot it a bit and cut it too high and it's lost a wee bit of shape in the process. But again, I've bound the edge already, and with the bodice I've got two layers to get right.

Or, I could use a nude mesh fabric, since I have some lying around, and make a panel for the nude bit and keep my dignity!

Either way, I think I need a good night sleep before I look at it again. I hate feeling like I've messed up!

I've bound my bodice, except for some easing round the bottom of the zip, and tacking down the top binding to the inside layer. It looks better than I expected it to! Once that's done I need to look at the chiffon sleeves (Is sleeves the right word?) and how to shape and attach them.

The basic skirt is sewn up. I need to take a look at my gathering tape and decide the order of gathering seams, inserting zip and pockets, hemming and adding the waistband. I think it goes in pretty much that order, but maybe I want to add the pockets and zip before gathering rather than after. I can't see how that would work, though. Maybe I'm overthinking it.

I have eight skirt panels! I spend far longer than I ought to have drafting them than they maybe warranted and I discovered I was maybe slightly less accurate when I cut my fabric than I could have been but I'm happy overall. There's not a lot of fabric left over for covering buttons and making pockets, so I think the pockets will have to be made of a different fabric, but that's ok; they should be invisible.

Spent a bit of time playing with the bodice binding, too. I think it will work nicely.

Here is a link to the tutorial I found for Belle hair. Mostly so I can find it again!

https://rapunzelsresource.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/beauty-and-the-beast/

I cut the skirt panels last night. The fabric was only 104cm wide, which I'm slightly miffed by as it was sold as 112cm. It might be shrinkage from washing it, but it seems like a lot. It maybe doesn't sound like much but it's an extra 4cm on each of the 8 panels, so 32cm altogether which I think might be the difference between in draping nicely vs being quite tight across the bottom hoop of my crinoline. I'm going to go ahead and make the skirt up anyway as I can't really afford more fabric just now. I'll just have to cross my fingers it works!

I made some good progress on this today, and some steps back! When I sewed in the sleeve caps it became clear the shoulders were too wide so I had to readjust and re-sew them. Then the underarms were too high and I had to redo them, too! I marked and cut the back but misjudged it slightly and I think I may have cut it slightly too high for my bra strap. Hopefully I can lower it enough just by sewing the ribbon trim to lap the edge a bit. I've also sewn in the zip! I'm going to bind the edges with bias tape and sew the ribbon overt the top.

I put the zip in the underskirt, too, and marked up the overskirt for cutting and pinned the two together. I need to cut the two together and will bind then the same way as the top.

I had an epiphany, of a sort, this morning as I was struggling to get my bodice to stop creasing and rolling and bloody well look nice. The two layer thing doesn't work unless both layers are pretty hefty. What I want to do instead is baste each piece together and treat the whole thing as one layer. It makes the inside a bit more messy but a bit of Fray-check will keep it from getting too bad, and the whole think will be much smoother.

It was a bit daunting to rip it all apart, but actually, an hour and a half later I'm nearly back where I started. I've got another hour before work and I think I can get right back there - except perhaps for attaching the zip.

In hindsight, it's a bit obvious and I'm annoyed I didn't think of it from the start. But you live and learn. And now it looks better so I'm going to focus on being pleased.

I've been putting off working on this for a while. The bodice is in two layers, one of yellow-gold taffeta and one of white coutil. The coutil layer was also my mockup so I had to rip it apart and resew it. I did that today and pinned the layers together. Just need to sew top and bottom - so I need to decide how long to make it - probably aiming for just below natural waist with a point at the front. Then for the top, one or two panels of the lining are a bit short - do I compensate or just do the thing and patch it after? Not big decisions but decisions nonetheless. I've got a well matched separating zip for the side seam to finish it off. It sounds so simple when I write it down!

It took forever to sew down the trim on the collar - about a week! - but it's done and it looks pretty good, if I say so myself. I could spend a while longer perfecting it, but it's maybe not worth it.

The next bit to do is the velvet sleeves. I need to cut the top seamline - currently they're both identical and symmetrical, but I need to offset the seam so cut down the back of each sleeve. Then do the same with the lining. I think I messed up with the lining (turns out silk habotai is quite difficult to make lie properly flat) on one side so it might need a bit of rescuing. I need a big space to lie everything out and do all that, and that's currently an issue in my house! I need to sneak into the wardrobe dept at work sometime.

All the separate elements are almost done. I'm putting pockets in the underskirt (because if I've learned anything it's that you need pockets in a costume!) so that needs doing, and I haven't fitted the zip because I need to do that after it's cut to the right height. The overskirt is sewn together except for the back seam where I need to sew in the ribbon. It has come out a bit wider in the waist than the underskirt so I might need to take it in a bit. The actual process of tacking the skirts together, tacking the ribbon on, cutting the skirts down, sewing them together then sewing down the ribbon... feels a bit daunting. But I'm fairly confident it will be simple once I start.

The bodice is all sew up and the lining sewn on, but I need to fit the zip, understitch the lining and then figure out the sleevecaps and ribbon - and then chop out the back! I'm thinking cut and bind the raw edges with bias tape and then sew the ribbon over the top.

Dying the trims had mixed results - the edging one took the dye really well but the main one less so. And I probably wanted it the other way around! I think they look pretty good, though.

I'm hand sewing them onto the collar which is taking forever. So far I've sewn on the edging and have sewn down the outer edge of the wide trim, I have to then figure out how to ease the upper edge to lie flat and that's not going to be simple, since it's actually quite rigid. I think there might be quite a bit of cutting and trimming involved. I hope it works!

I put the collar pieces together today, interfacing fused in and facings sewn together. Next job is sewing on the trims, although I think I'm going to try overdying those with red dye first to add some more accuracy. I'm slightly worried it might ruin them - that or have no effect at all.

I've cut out the sleeves and the lining. Turns out I'd overestimated how much fabric I'd need and they're way too long. But that's better than the other way round. I'm going to make them a bit longer than is maybe completely accurate, because I like the way it looks.

I've lined the upper sleeves with some leftover underdress fabric as I think the velvet might be a bit too heavy to be supported by a single layer of fabric. I've sewn those up and basted them together but I'm going to get the lower sleeves done and sew the full sleeves before adding them to the dress, instead of the other way round like I was thinking.

So my plan for the next steps are
1) dye and sew trims to collar
2) sew sleeves and linings
3) sew trim to sleeves
4) attach sleeves and collar to underdress
5) make overdress mockup
6) make overdress.

QED!

I've changed my mind about the trims I was going to use. I bought some nice, but not very screen accurate, paisley trim for the sleeves and was going to use a different fabric for the collar, without a trim. But I've changed my mind. I discovered there are hundreds of beautiful embroidered sari borders from India on Etsy which are very close to what I wanted and so trawled through them all but none of them were quite right. I eventually found a gold trim on ebay that I think is good. I'm pairing it with a thin braid as an edging as the original has a well defined edge. It's quite a bit more expensive that way than the original plan, but worth it, I think.

This leaves me almost stuck until it arrives. I have cut out the upper sleeves, so the next thing is to do the collar. After that I need to attach the trim before I make up the upper sleeves and sew them all on the underdress.

I still haven't touched my velvet fabric but I'm going to do the sleeves soon. I've been thinking about how to do the lining, since my lining fabric is a touch narrower than the velvet but I don't want to lose any width. I have extra of the lining so it should be doable. I want to finish the underdress and then make a mockup of the overdress to make sure the collars line up properly before I do anything with that fabric.

Have I mentioned yet how much I hate making gathers? I hate it. Either I do it by hand, and get it very uneven, or I do it by machine and end up breaking the threads and getting nowhere. Often I think I've got it pretty even but then as I'm sewing it down I realise that I've failed.

This costume has a lot of gathers - the pantaloons are gathered at the waist and the trim is gathered at the leg. Each tier of the petticoat is gathered and then each panel of the skirt will be gathered down the side, too. I deliberately made box pleats in the waist of the petticoat because I'm so bloody sick of gathers. Today I was trying to sort out attaching the two layers of the petticoat to the top tier. I'm doing it with machine basting but the thread kept breaking. Bleh. I need to decide if I'm going to gather the bottom lace, too. Right now I'm thinking probably not!

My ruffled petticoat is going to look great but it's going to be a bit heavy. My plan is to stabilise the top with some grosgrain ribbon before I sew it to the bottom layer of the petticoat. That way I'll have a bit more control over the length (I hope). That's the plan anyway.

For the skirt itself, I've bought a product from Vena Cava Design - Clover Fuse 'n' Gather which you iron on, pull tight and then sew in place. I don't know if it's actually going to be any better or worse than machine basting, but I'm hoping so!

In my head I'm much further along with this costume than I am in reality. The underdress fabric *finally* arrived yesterday (but the other item I had ordered along with it was missing. I am not pleased about that!) so I'm going to get it washed and dried this afternoon. I don't have a day off now until next week so I may not get started until then but hopefully once I get started I'll be on a roll.

The ruffley fabric for my petticoat is here! The original company I bought it from didn't have enough in stock to replace my "missing" order, so it worked out fine that I'd already bought more from ebay. It's lightweight and flouncy and awesome. How much of a girl am I? I didn't buy enough for a whole petticoat, just the bottom part of one and I'm kind of regretting it, especially since it was only £2.50 per metre. I think I can stretch it out to at least 3/4 of the skirt, though, since it isn't napped - the frills seem just as happy either way up.

I want more to make a whole maxi skirt. They have it in purple. Yes, I'm a big girl.

It should be here tomorrow or Monday!

Yay!

The fabric I bought for the underskirt is much heavier than I imagined. In the show you can see the gold fabric is very light and drapey - probably lightweight silk - and the blue top layer is filmy like chiffon.

However, both layers of my fabric are going to be slightly heavier. I'm thinking with the style of skirt I'm planning it will look better anyway - less chance of it getting caught up in my legs as I'm walking or for the layers to pull on each other.

I'm still trying to figure out how my skirt will open and fasten. I'm thinking invisible down the front of the bodice and top of the top layer of skirt but I don't know if it will work; it would have to be quite short and might not open far enough. The bottom layer I would need to zip at the side and then somehow fasten the top layer over it. Maybe one side could be fixed together -both skirts and the bodice - and at the side the top layer will come away from the bottom at the zip and cross over. I've drawn a picture. I think it makes sense! In fact, yes that makes sense and takes away the need for a zip at the front.

I then need to figure out how that fastens to the bodice - I'm sure they need to fasten together at the front or the whole thing won't sit together properly.

Sometimes I annoy myself with my perfectionist streak. I've spent a good few hours getting the box pleats at the waistband of the petticoat perfect; measuring and pressing and basting and sewing. I'm currently putting in the waistband. I started with the pattern on the Truly Victorian webpage but I decided to pleat it rather than gather it to try to make it less bulky at the waist. I've done the top half, and I'm still waiting for some ruffley fabric for the bottom half. I found some more on ebay and ordered it, so there's a chance I'll end up with twice as much fabric as I need. But I'll either sell on the extra or keep it for another day.

Once I have the top of the petticoat complete I can do a final fitting for the bodice and get started on the final piece, and then I'm keeping the skirt until last. The plan is not to use a pattern just cut up the fabric into eight equal pieces and drape it until it looks the way I want. I'm a bit scared of cutting without a pattern, though. I'm definitely a use-a-pattern-for-everything kind of girl.

The crinoline and pantaloons are complete!

No word on petticoat fabric - if I haven't heard back by Monday I'll be opening a dispute with Paypal and looking at alternative fabrics on ebay. There are none that are quite so perfect in terms of cost and look but a couple that are similar enough to work.

I originally thought the overskirt was just two pieces, and I think it might work as such, but in the reference photo there appears to be side seams so I'm changing my mind and thinking there might be two or three panels each side. That will give more shape to the dress, and make it flow better, so I might go with it.

The underskirt I took to be silver grey, but I've seen it referred to as gold in some places. That will go better with my bodice fabric and since I don't have nearly enough grey silk to make a skirt after all, I may find some gold fabric instead.

Having quite a think about the way this must fasten. It looks like it fastens at the front, where the skirt and the bodice join just under the belt. I was thinking an invisible zip might work but I'd need it to separate and invisible open zips don't seem to be a thing. Hook and eye tape might work instead, if I sew it in just right, but I don't want any chance of it spontaneously opening!

I put together the crinoline at the weekend, but ran out of hoopsteel. I was hoping I could get away with less but alas, no. It's huge, I can't really wear it in my house. Hopefully the extra steel I ordered will arrive in the next day or two and I can get it fully completed.

I'm happy with the bodice pattern and have made a second mockup in coutil which will be the lining for the finished piece once I'm fully happy with it. I'm just waiting until I finish the crinoline to check how it will fit over the skirt.

Today I sewed together the pantaloons. I'm not 100% sure I'll wear them with the costume in the end but they do look cute. Just need to add the trim and ribbons and they'll be done.

The fabric for the petticoat never arrived; it's now a fortnight since I ordered it. I didn't get a reply from the company when I messaged them last week but I'll need to wait a few more days to complain again. I wanted to wait until I'd done the crinoline and petticoat before I start the skirt to make sure it all fits.

I mocked up an underdress that I was pretty happy with and ordered some fabric for it - some navy viscose jersey. And a fortnight later it still hasn't arrived and appears to be lost in the post - that is until I got a garbled email yesterday from the seller which I think suggests it hasn't been posted out since they don't have enough in stock. Fair enough but they could have told me this at the time. Grr.

In the meantime, I could get on with the overdress and sleeves, but I'm a bit scared of cutting into my velvet and so I'm getting on with other projects.

Yesterday was a quiet day at work. The two costumes in working on are a bit held up due to some fabric getting lost in the post (I know have to wait another week before I can get replacements) so I started to look at photos of Margaery. This one costume stood out because 1)it's a bit sexy without showing bits I like to keep costs and 2)I have the fabric I'd need for the skirt already. So I came home from work and mocked up the bodice. So far so awesome!

Today I made up a pattern for the bodice of Belle's dress. I'm starting from a custom corset pattern I commissioned several years ago. It's probably somewhat small, given that I've put on a little weight since then, and I don't want it to tightlace, so I've added some room to it. I'm going to make a mock up and see how it goes from there.

I planned to do the same for the skirt panels today, but ran out of greaseproof paper! I might wait until the crinoline pattern arrives (I bought the Truly Victorian one) and go from there. I think I can pretty much draft the skirt myself - it will be eight panels, each a metre and a half (or less) long and less than half my fabric width wide at the lowest edge (about 50cm, I think, but it might need taking in) to give plenty of room for the gathers to form.

I spent today making some patterns for this dress. I'm cobbling together the two dresses by combining a slip pattern (Butterick 6057) with the Simplicity elf costume (4940) with a bit of guidance from Alley Cat Scratch. Next step is to make a muslin - probably just of the waist up to check fit and get the neckline right.

Found some jersey frill/rara fabric on sale. It will be perfect for a petticoat, simulating all those layers of flounces on Belle's.

Genius.

I found the bodice fabric! It's a polyester taffeta that feels horrible but looks just right. I'm leaning towards cotton sateen instead of poly satin for the skirt, although it is more expensive, but I think it will really pay off in making the costume look better.

Bodice will be backed with some cotton coutil or canvas from my fabric stash, I think. I'm currently thinking no to a corset, but the idea of a simple, single layer underbust for a bit of extra shape is still an option, especially since it's a strapless bra or nothing! I'm planning to use a corset pattern from my collection for the basis of the bodice, but let it out a bit at the waist.

I can't decide about the McCalls hoopskirt, and whether I might be better getting the Truly Victorian crinoline pattern. Or just winging it. Winging it seems doable but I'm a bit unsure.

I'm also on the search for some cheap scalloped trim, since I need quite a bit. I want a petticoat that has layers of scallops to look like Belle's when she lifts up her skirt. But it's quite pricey by the metre. I need to find it by the roll.

My fabric arrived together and, despite the fact it's a bit polyester-tastic,I'm fairly happy with it. I'll be starting on the cutting and sewing soon!

Bought 6m of navy blue velvet, and 3 of red velvet. I'm using Simplicity 4940 as a base, mostly because I already have it! I'll need to modify the sleeves but I might just keep the princess seams of the dress, although I know they aren't accurate. It's more flattering, for one thing.

I have some paisley chenille curtain fabric for the arms and neck, but I'm considering a lighter-weight fabric to make a second collar to make it more like the original two-layer dress.

Still need to purchase a lining fabric for the sleeves, too, before I'm ready to go.

The problem with researching costumes, is that I get caught up in a desire to make them 100% screen accurate. I was silk velvet, dammit, but on a polyester budget. And I know that the poly velvet will make a beautiful dress, so why am I obsessed with the idea of silk?

I'm planning this to be a truly epic costume: crinoline, pantaloons and all.

I have purchased patterns as starting off points, but I suspect I'm going to have to alter quite a bit. The McCalls hoopskirt pattern is, by the sound of things, much bigger than I was planning, so I'll need to slim it down a bit to fit under my skirt pattern. Alternatively, I could make the skirt bigger. The Truly Victorian pattern looks like a great starting point for the swagged ballgown skirt but it's a double layer with a plainer skirt underneath.

I'm researching fabric at the moment. I've got a ton of plain cotton sheeting fabric for the underclothes. At some point I need to decide: to corset or not to corset (I'm leaning towards corset because if you're going all out, go all out. But do I make a new one or wear one of my existing ones?

In terms of the dress fabrics, I've run into an issue I wasn't expecting. I found the Perfect (yes, capital P) yellow satin opera-length gloves in the Black Friday sales, so yay, first real item but I'm really struggling to find matching fabric for the dress bodice and swags. I'm currently plumbing the depths of ebay so hopefully progress on that soon.

So, the Aquacolor arrived, and as a test I painted my arm, fixed it and slept on it and it happily survived without ending up all over my sheets! So that's a go.

I've decided last minute to go with my new black jeans over my vintage grey ones, plus I'm switching my witchy boots for a pair of slouchy black ones with buckles. I think they're a bit more authentic for the costume. I'm bringing my black cord jacket, too, and if I can find a yellow smiley badge (I have a massive collection of badges from when I was a student - I still have my old rucksack which is covered in them. But no yellow smiley) I'll be all set, but I'm not worrying too much if I don't.

I wasn't too taken with the white makeup tester I bought. I suck at applying powder foundation and the liquid one was too shiny. So, I have some Kryolan Aqualcolor and setting spray on order, with the intention of painting my shoulders and arms, too. Hopefully the setting spray will stop too much rub off! I've gone for "TV white" over just plain white, because it sounded good.

The downside to having my costumes complete several weeks before an event is that I become obsessed with detail. For this costume, this means an obsession with makeup and, to a lesser extent, accessories. I need the perfect white makeup. Obviously. So, do I spend a fortune on theatrical stuff, or just get ahold of some Snazaroo and hope for the best.

Right now I'm going the middle road - get some inexpensive trial sizes of mineral makeup - but the Kryolan is a-calling.

This costume is what got me into cosplaying Clara. I saw this dress and wanted it. I picked up a couple of the grey dresses and had a bit of an experiment dyeing them but they were all too small, so, since the dyeing was very successful, I sold them on. I did eventually find a grey dress in my size, but never got around to dyeing it, and to be honest, I love the grey dress too. So, imagine my delight last week when I found the real McCoy, SA colour and the correct size, as an inexpensive Buy it Now on eBay. Hurrah! It arrived yesterday and I am ecstatic. Costume is now complete.


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