Stellvia of the Universe
Last Updated: 01-12-2007
Although I didn't enjoy the series much, I got addicted to the idea of making the uniform! Itís bright, cute, and has some odd quirks like the random tails at the back that I just love. It's also not cosplayed that often, so it was interesting to wear something more unusual, yet still recognisable.
I didn't find great fabric since the choices for orange were very limited. I thus have a more fluorescent look than I'd like...The skirt was nice and simple, and I'm very pleased with how it came out. I went with a circle skirt since it seemed gathered/flouced from the references as opposed to pleated.
The jacket, and everything about it was a real challenge though. It was my first attempt at anything like that, and consequently, it's far from perfect. It was one of the first garments I made from scratch and not really a sensible choice! The puffed sleeves and close-fitting nature of the whole thing was tricky, and then lots of bias tape to deal with. The patches on the sleeves are t-shirt transfers, so at least that was easy. I am proud of managing to produce something half way decent in the end, but I know I could do better now. I don't have much inclination to completely remake the costume though!
I had trouble finding references for the shoes, and when I finally did, I realised my original attempt was inaccurate. The leggings go over the shoes and clip on, so I had to make a new pair, as well as redoing bits of my shoes. My new leggings stay up better, and really do snap on to the shoes. The shoes were old trainers which I sprayed white, and used white fabric to hide where the laces are. I then painted the red detail. The black detail is permanent marker.
For Auchinawa (two years after originally making the costume) I redid a lot of the stitching on the jacket, notably the puffy sleeves, and I also bought extensions for the ponytails and a clip-in fringe so had a more accurate hairstyle. It was interesting returning to the costume - it was the last thing I made using my old sewing machine, when I was just getting into making more of my costumes completely from scratch, so strange to look back on my work from almost two years ago! I also happened to first wear the costume in the same hotel Auchinawa was held in, so it really was like revisiting the past wearing the costume there again!
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