Originally this costume debuted AX'09 but I have completely redone the entire costume and the new debut date was Sakura-Con 2010!
The dress is a pattern I put together myself and is made from an ivory dutchess satin fabric. The top is made out of a purple taffeta and was embroidered by hand. The designs on the dress and gloves were all machine embroidered. I drew the designs, scanned them into the computer, and let the machine do the rest. I spent hours and hours pinning and sewing those gold ribbons on the bottom of the dress, then afterward I learned of an easier way to go about that, which will be used next time I guess. There were a number of "minor setbacks" but I am very pleased with the costume and I feel as though I learned a lot, so I suppose it's worth it.
The front panel is a silk taffeta. After reading a few tutorials about ombre dyeing I decided to give it a shot and was pleased with my first attempt. I spent two months embroidering the panel designs by hand. I did attempt to machine embroider the panel at first, but the machine was having difficulty with such a large design, so I eventually gave in and did it by hand.
The armor was crafted with fun foam and then Wonderflex was added over the foam. The crown has been redone. I made the base out of fun foam and added a layer of wonderflex over the foam. I then used model magic to create the small details on the front and on the leaves. This new crown was much easier to make and lighter than the last two I have made. On the rest of the armor I used Friendly Plastic to cover over the cheesecloth texture of the wonderflex. It took me a few hours to get the armor to where I was happy with it, but I am pleased with the end result. I doubt I would ever use Friendly plastic on something so detailed again, it was not as "friendly" as described in my opinion.
The jewels were all made of resin (except the drop prisms, I bought those). I think the resin part of this costume was the easiest... Measure, mix, pour, wait, pop out of the mold, how simple. :) The prism gem for the crown was probably the most complex gem to make. I sculpted the prism shape from paperclay and a mold was made from the sculpture for the resin.
The final task was figuring out how to attach all of the armor pieces, the most difficult being the pauldrons (which seems to be where most people struggle).
I also redid the wig again... I like the new color, I think it looks more natural for my skin tone. Rather than extensions like the last wig, I decided on foam inserts for the thick braid pieces. This was so much easier to work with and it makes the wig a lot lighter than it was. (Thank goodness!)
The ears I made myself by making a mold of my own ear and then building a new one with clay. I then covered the clay in latex and once dried, I had my own custom fitting latex ears. I painted over the latex to match my skin color.
Update: Finally made the sword and finished the cloak. The cloak is a black moleskin with grey moleskin appliqued on. The smaller sections like the hourglasses were just done with a zigzag stitch. The scarf is a crepe back satin with gold satin appliques.
Update: Modifications to the dress have been completed! The skirt has been completely redone. I used a Adore Duchess satin (ivory), made eight huge panels and eight pleats so I could finally get the look of the dress right. The pleats took forever to set right, there was so much fabric! Each harp design was stitched on with a zigzag stitch and the trim and chain link patterns were done with applique. I also redid the gloves, they are now a spandex with the design appliqued on. I also refitted the bodice so it sits much better now and turned it from a pullover to a zipper. Photos soon to come!!
Things to be made:
Bow and Arrow
Judges Choice Award Sakura-con 2010