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puyo_pop
08-12-2009, 10:42 PM
I was wondering if anyone can give me advice as to how to construct the giant flaring collar around Esther's neck (just the collar, not the heart shaped wing thing behind it) like what kind of material to use and how/where to attach it to.

picture here (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a235/FuuKyuu/collar.png)

As far as material goes, I'm not too familiar with the different types but I was planning to use something really light so it won't be too heavy and just flop. I assume I'd also have to do some kind of piping but what kind of material is used for piping? As to where to attach it to on the costume, I have no clue o.o

Any help is greatly appreciated :)

Mangochutney
08-13-2009, 01:17 AM
That thing is what happens to a Medici ruff (http://www.renaissancetailor.com/store/galleries.php) after Thores (infamously fancy and inconsistent Trinity Blood artbook artist) gets her hands on it. For a quick guide on how to make a real one, check this out (http://www.renaissancetailor.com/demos_ruffs.htm). I'm using a variant on that tutorial for a Medici ruff of my own and I can vouch that it's a gem.

Of course, you're not making a real one. You're making a THORES one. :)

You could make a real ruff and rig up 'spokes' along the creases (I recommend thin wooden dowels) or you could make a wire armature in the round shape you need, and make a cover for that out of a thin, stiff fabric like organza. Using multiple layers will make organza more opaque--it tends to be sheer. The dowel spokes would still work for this. Iron-on interfacing would be handy to give the fabric more stiffness and help it all stick together.

Either way, though, that thing is huge and you're probably going to need to rig up a stiff crescent-shaped support to go behind it. The tutorial I linked to above might help, but if it doesn't then feel free to ask the talented folks in the Trinity Blood thread here (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=55516&page=418).

puyo_pop
08-13-2009, 03:05 AM
wow! these are awesome links/tips. thanks so much! :D