Character: Princess Serenity Source: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Seamstress/Model: Tess [~cupcake-rufflebutt] Photography: Jack Liu [*alucardleashed] Location: Katsucon 2013
Construction Notes: Serenity was one of several projects I made for Katsucon 2013. Like so many folks my age, Sailor Moon was my gateway into the wonderful world of Japanese animation. (I still remember rushing home from school to watch it on TV and saving up money to purchase the silly VHS tapes.) Making this costume was a bit of a long-time dream of mine and one that I continually talked myself out of for years, so I'm very happy that I finally went ahead with it and that the whole thing turned out okay!
The dress, which I based off of multiple artbook images, is made from 30 yards of bridal satin and silk chiffon. I began with a strapless dress pattern, to which I added 3 double circle skirts -- one of bridal satin and two of chiffon. I intentionally attached the skirts at the natural waist line (rather than at the bust, as the artwork dictates) for the sake of a more flattering fit. The back bow and chiffon skirts were finished with a lettuce hem -- my first time getting to use that hem, yay! -- and the satin skirt was finished with horsehair braid so that the skirt would billow and maintain its fullness as I moved. The circular ornaments on the bust were made from large grommets with a domed craft foam backing, and the gazillion yards of trim and pearls were hand-stitched. The sleeves were a source of great consternation for me, I'll admit. I've seen them done many different ways and for a long while I was determined to construct them as literally as possible using craft foam, but as the costume came together and I started collecting silk flowers for the hair and straps, I started mulling over the possibility of using a floral arrangement for the sleeves, seeing as their design already had a bit of a floral motif. In the end I created a base for the sleeves using craft foam and clear elastic straps, then attached the flowers in an arrangement that emulated the shape of the illustrated sleeves. I know it's a huge deviation from the original artwork, but I really like how they turned out -- light and delicate, and complimentary toward the other organic elements of the costume. C: The wig was constructed using a Chibi wig and matching Long Ponytail Clip from Arda Wigs, and the pearls and flowers were sewn in afterward. There are a lot of other little details here and there that I won't go into now, but if you have any questions about something I didn't mention here, feel free to ask!
One thing I realized as I worked on this costume is that I had never before made a huge gown. The only costume that came remotely close was my Wedding Yuna, and that didn't have near the same level of "poof." It was a strange revelation for me since I'm such a girly-girl and love pretty, fluffy, sparkly dresses. Now that I've realized I'm deficient in the pretty, fluffy, sparkly dress department, I'm going to have to seek out new pretty, fluffy, sparkly projects. Any suggestions?
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---- Tumblr Post here! Another pic of Super Sailor Jupiter. I pretty much remade everything on the costume except for the front bow, boots and tiara, and I will remake those as well. Everything was patterned myself, even made the boots (eyelets and all). I'm wearing green circle lenses, but not sure if I like them with this look, so I'll just wear normal ones next time.
Group photo of our Eternal Sailor senshi group at Fanime 2013! I'm the Mercury. For the most part, each girl made her own costume~ it was quite a feat! Don't you love all the bright colors? I was super picky so I dyed one of my blues!
---- Tumblr Post here! Another pic of Super Sailor Jupiter. I pretty much remade everything on the costume except for the front bow, boots and tiara, and I will remake those as well. I also hate the material of my gloves, it's too shiny I think and it's very smooth. Can't grab anything with them lol. I want them to stretch more, so I will probably remake them out of the same material I used on the suit. Everything was patterned myself, even made the boots (eyelets and all). I'm wearing green circle lenses, but not sure if I like them with this look, so I'll just wear normal ones next time.