Tales of Destiny 2
Last Updated: 10-01-2010
This game does NOT get enough love - IMHO, it's the best Tales of game. I guess partly because it's a romantic Tales game, and the characters and the designs are so cute, colorful, and/or interesting. I love Harold, not only because of her awesome fashion sense and the colors in her attire, but as a character she's pretty amazing - plus, I love a girl who is smart and has spunk. The outfit gives me the opportunity to use fabrics that are normally too gaudy and extravagent, and the colors her outfit consists of are my fave colors, so I really just love the whole effect and the idea of constructing and wearing this costume. Sometimes I feel it's a bit too much even for me, since the fabric is so shiney and the elements so outrageous, but then again I went into this costume knowing these things and it was a major factor in wanting to make this costume.
I ended up having to draft a lot of my own patterns and make mock-ups so I could make sure to figure out the fit and make the strange proportions work for the garments. This was definately one of the hardest costumes I've ever made in terms of making it work off paper, as the character has long twig legs, a short torso, and the outfit itself is fairly outrageous and atypical. I ended up fussing a lot over this costume for some reason.
The shorts were made out of a 2-way stretch vinyl, serged together and top-stitched with a zigzag stitch courtesy of my regular sewing machine. The garters were made out of the same stretch laminated fabric that I used for my boyfriend's D bodysuit, it was the only scrap left and I wanted to put it to good use! They snap directly onto the boots.
The bodice was a lot more difficult than it should have been, but that's how it is with making costumes! I used a nice matte blue satin and made a mock-up so I could be sure it fit right, and I used black piping inserted in the side front seams. The bodice is fully interfaced, lined, and has steel boning inserted into channels in the lining, so it's pretty heavy-duty. The purple ruffles were made by hand and were attached to the bodice directly during the sewing process.
The skirt ended up being one of the biggest pains in the rear because of the angles of the hem, it's so goofy. Also factor in that it's so poofy yet there's no way to simply just put a petticoat under it when it has no center front panel, so I had to do a lot of thinking for this garment. I ended up modifying an organza petti to get the right shape, eventually I'll be making my own mini pancake-style tutu for underneath it but I was pressed for time and had to think fast.
The jacket was very difficult to pattern out because of the tight fit - it had to be conforming because of the bodice that goes over it, and the sleeves are flaring at the bottom, and the neckline and collar are very abnormal, too. I did a lot of tweaking with the mock-up to get it to look right and to translate into reality without looking TOO silly. I used a seafoam green satin fabric for the main part, the cuff accents were done with a black feather boa that was carefully attached to the ends of the sleeves. All the white strips down the sleeves were individually handmade and carefully placed so they would be symmetrical on each sleeve - it ended up being a time-consuming task. The shoulder puffs are stuffed with batting and stitched over in order to achieve the 'raised' look. The collar is heavily interfaced to stay perky.
I casted my own resin gems for the buttons on the corset and the garter snaps. The gems were cast with glitter inside of them to go with the 'over the top' look of the rest of the costume'. The earrings were made out of Paperclay, painted gold, and sealed with glitter sealant to be extra fab. Wig was pretty much purchased as is with minor styling. I adore the color! The original wig I was going to use with Harold ended up being used for Hikaru, so it got put to good use, anyhow. :D
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