Like 99% of my costumes, this one was done over night.
I intended to start early though! I cut the cloth about 2 weeks or so before the event I had to wear it. But things happened (work) and I was left with no choice but to nitro sew things.
I thought I wasn’t going to make it too, since I had work in the morning :( I had a client call hours before the event and I seriously though I wasn’t going to make it. Which was a pity because I was invited by the event organizers themselves.
ANYWAY! Here’s how I processed things.
I had a hard time looking for the perfect shade of blue needed for Elizabeth’s dress side panels. What I did was, since I have no time to look for the one true shade was layer a blue klopman with black organza (the NOT frosted type, God I hate the frosted ones).
See the difference in the photo below? Left one is with organza, right one with no organza. (Though this is shot with artificial light so it appears a bit brighter in this photo)
For the middle panels I used crepe. It’s a really lovely textured , rich fabric. It’s one of my favorites :3
Crepe costs 300Php per yard, 45”, Klopman is 60-100 Php, organza depends on where you buy. If you buy from Carolina’s it’s 600 per yard XD But in lower quality stores it’s just 100-200 php.
I placed the zipper on the back because I was in a hurry. Otherwise I would’ve made a more discreet closure for this dress.
Back side panel right attached to center panel
Left panel attached. That completes the back part.
Center front panel with markings. You can barely see it here though.
The whole front part.
Front and back pieces attached together.
MY GODS this was the hardest part. FARKING CIRCLES. Do you have any idea how hard it is to mark and cut one on something as flowy as crepe?!?! SKAJSKAJSKAJS. This is the step in the whole process the took most time! GAH!
I discovered trick though in cutting circles with flimsy materials like silk, satin chiffon and the likes : Fuse it with an iron on interfacing first so it’ll have a more solid body. Mark then cut. :P
Here’s the finished product.
…which I already disassembled because i’m redoing it. Because I’m not happy with it. At all.
-The neck part should’ve been cut narrower. The collar should not be straight too.
-The day I wore this dress, I saw a freaking circle cutter for sale at Cosshope’s in event store.
It cuts perfect circles. In seconds.
I was so pissed that I bought one. It’s a really lovely product which I’ve been using both for work and for cosplay. :3 I’ll write a review next time.
This is not a sponsored post btw. I bought that with my own money :P
My next post is a tutorial and it’s about an angsty royal blood with blue hair ehehehehe. I’ve been following this manga for a while now (I think the anime is meh) And I have a huge crush on him and I don’t know why my reaction to that is COSPLAY DAT BOY.
I swear I have a thing for nobles with blue hair.
Till the next post! :3