Started life as a spiffy version of Peach's "new" dress (the GC era gown with the puffs on the skirt), but I wasn't sure where to go with it.
Then I saw the SSBB updates and knew what I wanted to do with the dress! From there, I put the whole thing together in less than 3 weeks for A-Fest!
There have been continuous improvements to the dress and accessories - including tiny rhinestones all over the dress, fabric paint edging on the white ruffles, etc.
Ms. Peachy is probably my most recognized costume because there just aren't a lot of people who cosplay as her. My intent with this particular dress was to make a very fancy version of Peach, inspired by how the Disneyland parade costumes of the princesses are a whole lot more ornate and fluffy compared to the movie versions. That's why I used sheer fabrics, sparkles, and glitter for the costume, rather than making her look more realistic. I know that's not everyone's tastes, but I wanted a big floofy princess dress. ^^
While the costume can sometimes be difficult to wear (I've had a few minor malfuctions with her, particularly with the crown falling off and the jewels flying off in all directions), she is one of the most well-received costumes I do. Because of this, wearing her for extended periods of time can be difficult. I am always sweet and smiley as Princess Peach (well, aside from the Yule-Con Anime Dating Game!) and that can be exhausting sometimes. I've actually found that switching directly from the sweet and bubble Peach to cranky Franziska is a breath of fresh air - especially since that means I don't have to smile so much!! ^^
Silver Medal - Craftsmanship Division - Yulecon 2009