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Sweet as Honey.

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Character: Honey
Source: sakizo's La Perfume Artbook
Seamstress/Model: Tess (cupcake-rufflebutt)
Photography: Sam Lau
Location: Katsucon 2013

Construction Notes:
Honey was one of several projects I made for Katsucon 2013. The costume is based on an illustration from the artbook "La Perfume" by Japanese artist sakizo. (If you're not familiar with this lady's work, please go enlighten yourself!) Having just slaved over one of Sakizou's Terra designs the previous summer, I figured I hadn't tortured my wallet enough and dove right into buying ALL THE THINGS to make Honey. I particularly loved this design's stark contrasts between whites/creams, blacks, and golds, as well as the "beehive" hairdo and adorable honey stick prop. The steel-boned bodice was created using the same pattern that I used for Sakizou Terra, although with quite a few alterations due to differing seams, off-the-shoulder sleeves, etc. "Blinging up" the bodice proved to be just as time-consuming a project as with Terra, what with the lace overlay, ribbon detailing, gazillion yards of trim and ruffles, and crystals handstitched throughout. I worked on the shoes simultaneously, since they have a lot of the same detailing as the bodice. The skirt is several layers: 2 double circle skirts, each hemmed with horsehair to maintain DEM RUFFLES, as well as a shorter "apron" layer that was padded for shape. The striped shorts were altered from a pair of leggings I picked up on eBay, along with the kid leather gloves and petticoat. The honey stick was made from a dowel and craft foam -- nothing high-tech here, but I am stupidly proud of how it turned out since I'm usually rubbish with props. I bought two wigs in the same cut and colour as my Persephone wig (which I ADORE) to combine into Honey, one of which I cut apart into wefts to make the "beehive." Nothing innovative, just wefts glued around a foam ball and hot-glued to the base wig. (I didn't plan to resort to hot glue, but all of my other attempts at attaching the "hive" to a headband or sewing it directly into the wig failed miserably. So it got the "never gonna budge" treatment: hot glue.) That leaves me with the most time-consuming portion of the costume: BOWS AND BOWS AND BOWS AND BOWS AND BOWS. I definitely could never have fathomed the amount of time that I would eventually invest into making those silly bows, all of which were sewn from scratch -- no generic spools of ribbon were sacrificed in the making of them! The large gold/pearl pendants were cobbled together from a number of sources, and are pretty much my favourite part of any Sakizou costume. LOVE THAT BLING, even if it does get expensive!

Other Sakizou Honey Uploads:
fav.me/d61mov5 | HONEY
fav.me/d6qzefm | SUGAR AND SPICE


Special Request:
Please no critiques; I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3
Image details
Image size
588x876px 317.87 KB
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D700
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Aperture
F/2.0
Focal Length
85 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Feb 16, 2013, 8:55:04 AM
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very━v(o´∀`o)v━beautiful━★
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( ´͈ ૢᐜ `͈ૢ)・*♡੭ੇ৸♡੭ੇ৸♡
Toxo's avatar
Your crafting talents never cease to amaze me. o-o; Even though I don't know even half of the characters you cosplay, you always make them look like they could be real people.
cupcake-rufflebutt's avatar
BAWWW, thank you so much! ;____; 
NinDKSketch's avatar
Wow, you look beautiful here. You really worked hard on this costume, and it really shows. 
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