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Full view of the costume, plus a detail shot. Photos by Stuart Townsley
Costume made by me, based on Nene Thomas's artwork [link]
Construction info: I used a thick red brocade intended for home decor and set it off against a lightweight black brocade in a tighter matte pattern. The corset I made is strong enough to support the wings without me having to use any shoulder straps which was yay. I hand cut black venetian floral lace into the right width and shape and stitched them onto the corset as trim. I also sewed the creamy white floral trim onto the bottom hem according to the reference. Then I began hand-beading fire polished glass beads and white pearls all over the trims on the corset, the billowy sleeves which I patterned myself, and the skirt. I also hand made venetian lace gauntlets and spent quite a long while sewing scattered beads onto them. I think I love those the most! I made the necklace by centering it around a red jewel, stringing many rows of black and fire polished beads together. I made the black wings out of turkey and coque feathers - originally I thought about doing fabric style bat wings, but the feathers gave them so much more texture and created the tattered effect beautifully. The wig in these photos is from China, and I styled it in a partial up-do. I created the headpiece by butchering two fabric roses and combining them into one big flower, and adding multiple strands of hand-beaded pearls. The feathers are pheasant. They are one of the signature elements of Nene's paintings, and one of my favorites.
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I was looking through my galleries for Halloween costume ideas and remembered that I made this PVC Kimono 5 years ago! I was invited to perform at a goth industrial club in Atlanta on New Year's Eve and the theme was Asian for the night. I had a ton of black PVC vinyl and red brocade at home so I designed and made this Kimono. The underbust corset replacing a traditional Obi was also already around, so I altered it and added the tassles and strings.
This is a simple but cute outfit that I have used for multiple promotions and events. At least 4 different models have worn this at one point. I love kimono sleeves and their double function as giant pockets.
I am uploading a few more photos of Lulu to for the Blue Print article by Myana. Please follow the link for a detailed interview on how I made this costume! [link]
Photos by Meg Hanson
Note: This was the first version of Lulu, where I still had a white fur trim on the corset. I soon replaced it with a more accurate brownish fur trim, as seen in my other photos. Also note the awesome Moogle plushie, made by my friend Cat www.sewinggoddess.com and given to me as a gift. I had clear strings attached to him and would stand him up in front of me for pics at cons lol. And he also had a hidden pouch on his back! Cat is so awesome.
This is a picture of my Belle costume from Beauty and the Beast.
The costume was made by me, the hair was styled by me, and the person in the photo is me.
Before my skirt was all blahh and weird looking at the bottom because I'm too tall and the petticoat I wore was too short X_X; so I did some altering of the petticoat and I think it came out looking a little better this time. Also I decided to corset myself so that I could have a little "umph" up top!
-yellow satin-back polyester shantung
-yellow satin acetate (bodice)
-wonderflex (hair accessory!)
-brown contact lenses
-gloves were hand dyed to match (kinda got them the right color!)
Photography was done by Kyle Johnsen from Cosplay.com. Photoshoot was in Balboa Park, San Diego.
Character: Yuuko - XXXholic Costume made and modeled by me Photos by Mario Vargas
I made this costume in March 2008 - as a long term CLAMP fan, I suppose it was only a matter of time before I cosplayed Yuuko XD. I loved this design specifically for the butterflies.
The photo location is a historical hotel in Mexico City, during my guest appearance at TNT 15.
Construction: I got a heavy black poly/wool blend for the kimono, and a beautiful burgundy silk for the lining and ruffles. After sewing the outer layer but before putting in the lining, I appliquéd about 14 or 15 butterfly shapes onto it. The pattern for the butterflies was just free drafted - I cut them out of a yellow fabric and after spending a few hours stitching down the edges neatly, I got to paint the details onto the appliqués for the next night and part of the morning lol. I remember watching a whole season of CSI while painting the butterflies, and it became quite the surreal experience. O_O As the butterflies dried, I made many yards of ruffles and also did my own gold trim for the costume. Stitched it all together with the lining and a big part of the costume was done. I love the fabrics I scored because they are almost wrinkle free, no matter how much I shove the costume into a suitcase. The waist cincher is made of a burgundy pleather and I plan on remaking it soon. The material was bought in a rush and is not very sturdy. The cincher has a fake lace up front. Lastly I worked on the wig, which took some engineering. The main problem was balancing the weight of the extension loops on my head, but in the end it worked out great and I can bend over and sway my head without things shifting. The bat crown and hairpieces are made of styrene plastic that's been heat formed.
This is the Dawn costume (based on Joseph Michael Linsner's artwork) I've been working on for a few weeks, for the debut at Dragoncon 2009. I made the costume from scratch, as well as the wings, and that large egg prop I am sitting in. A huge Thank You to the Dawn Lookalike contest staff for allowing me to bring that near 7 foot tall egg on a rolling platform into the competition.
Construction notes: Well, until I do a real photo shoot with this costume, you won't be able to really see the details, so just take my word for it lol. I decided to enter the Dawn contest this year because I had the idea for a concept, a theme if you will, and because I had the time/money to actually make everything. Also, since I am local to Dragoncon this year, I was able to make multiple trips from/to home in order to bring the prop/costume/wings. My concept was "The Birth of the Goddess", and I really wanted to make this ancient fantastical looking egg which could fit a person + wings. Three awesome friends of mine helped me with the construction of the egg - Brian, Tigger, and Tise. We built a wooden 3-D form first and then painstakingly cast a shell over it with fiberglass and plastic. After cutting and sanding the edges, I covered the egg in felt on both sides and hand painted it for shading and texture. Tise and I spent hours gluing vines and leaves and all sorts of adornments on it, making the shell look all sparkly and magical. Brian and Tigger devised a platform which has a Lazy Susan built in so that the egg could be turned around and rolled, even with me in it. I helped cutting the wood and covering it in green velveteen.
The costume was based around the theme, and I thought a newly born Goddess would be pure and white, with no discernable armor or weapons. I made a steel boned corset with white faux leather, with a bust line that was inspired by many of Linsner's drawings. The trims and lace were all hand sewn on, and dyed/cut/embellished. I drafted patterns for the front tier pieces, choker and arm bands, all of which were made with the matching faux leather. I also draped the skirt. I cast ornament pieces in plastic and painted them silver, antiqued them, and attached them to various pieces on the costume, such as the corset, front 3-tier pieces, choker and arm bands. Much of the time went into attaching matching lengths of chains to the skirts, choker, arm bands and wristlet. I used 4 different sizes of chains. In keeping with classic Dawn imagery, I also used o-rings and o-ring chains. Even my shoes have o-rings on them, lol. I made my wings based on how Linsner often drew Dawn's wings, with the defined arch, spread position, but long trailing feathers at the bottom as well. Lastly, I also created the signature rose on Dawn's right arm. For the day of, I used puffy paint to make the tears, and as usual, I did my own makeup/wig styling for this costume.
It was definitely interesting to try and move in this outfit. The wings had quite a wing span and I felt so bad for taking up space as well as accidentally brushing into people. I also could hardly see anything due to double staked contacts and the hair over my right eye. Not to mention the tight corset and wing harness shoved underneath. But the contest ran so smoothly and I am so grateful for all the help I received backstage. I ended up winning Third Place, thank you, Judges, and congratulations to all the winners. I really loved seeing the different beautiful costumes backstage and only wish that I had been mobile enough to chat more with the girls.
* ABOUT THIS COSTUME: I commissioned this Belle costume from my talented & lovely friend JoEllen "Lillyxandra" Elam. The dress is custom made & I cherish it. A huge hoop & petticoat must be worn to give the skirt proper fullness. Sorry, but this costume is not for sale ~ as a Disney's "Beauty & The Beast" fan, it's very special to me. Any other questions about the dress or custom costume commissions can be answered by Lillyxandra at her official site Firefly Path. Thank you so much for all of your kind words & inquiries! <3