Last Updated: 02-23-2010
Fanime 2009 (Saturday)
Being a ballet dancer myself, of course I couldn't wait to do Princess Tutu! In addition, Swan Lake has always been my very favorite ballet, so Tutu's Swan Lake variant was my obvious choice.
NOTE: Due to the shape of my foot, along with an older, faulty shoe, the box angles inward, giving the appearance of a sickled foot. My foot is NOT sickled. The shoes were based off the Capezio Aerial model, and were actually custom made for a pre-professional dancer. When that dancer was accepted into a company, where she would be provided with her own shoes, that last pair remained in the store for 6 years with no one to fit into them. Because I have difficult feet to fit, they happened to be the only pair in the store that fit me. However, they don't fit me terribly well, and I'm quite disappointed with the resulting line and the box.
I did not go for perfect accuracy - indeed, the reference image is only a simple cell, devoid of any fine details - and I wanted to create a costume with a little more resemblance to an actual Odette tutu. The biggest difference is the tutu overlay. I wasn't impressed with some of the more 'accurate' overlays that past cosplayers had done, so I improvised and went for something more elegant. At the time of its debut at Fanime 2009, the overlay was not finished, so instead the tutu was dusted with glitter.
The tutu is a pre-made, bought tutu from Sansha. Making a good pancake tutu can be quite difficult, so I went the easy route. I do hope to make my very own tutu some day, however!
The bodice is a McCalls bridal pattern, and the bodice design was entirely hand painted and studded with crystals and glitter. Because of time constraints, my mother and I opted to use a cheaper boning, which ended up almost ruining the entire bodice.
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