Will be adding more info as time permits.
I actually found hair bun attachments at a beauty supply store. Burgandy cording bought from JoAnns, and decorated with golden wood balls. The balls are 1" in diameter and were initially stained mahogany. Then I coated them in 3 layers of paint (acrylic gold with a small mix of bronze), and many layers of glossy finish.
Wooden ball button studs from Michaels, painted with the same gold/bronze mixture as the wooden balls and pyramid studs. Used same glossy finish, as well. Earring backings just attached via hot glue.
To start, the fabric was what I had bought initially for a traditional Chun Li outfit. It's a stretch satin and I felt it was too thin to use without lining and too indigo for traditional Chun Li once I started thinking about it. That's when I went with pink instead (my second Chun Li costume) and just packed the satin away. Once I saw the previews of SF4 and Chun Li's alternate outfit, I started plotting since I had all that lovely dark blue stretch satin just waiting to be used.
The top portion is the only incorrect part of the costume. I didn't have reference images of her back, so I used a halter bikini top pattern and modified it to criss-cross in the back. The front portion is gathered under the boobs and attached to the respective panels of the skirts. I didn't have any 4" zippers on hand, so I decided to put in eyelets along the sides, so it just laces up both sides of the skirt panels from the edge of the bodice to my lower ribs, then the panels angle in and cut straight down from my hip bones. The dress is fully lined and very slinky. Without the cincher it looks like a naughty nightgown...
The most time-consuming costume piece!!! I probably put around 30+ hours into this bit and I'm very happy with the result. I took a corset top pattern, cut off the bust line and made a few adjustments to the back to tighten it all up. I started with a tan twill as a base and since I was using plastic boning, I doubled all the boning for extra stiffness. I made a second matching layer in the same twill and no boning and pinned that to my dress form. On top of that came the 46 individual strips of gold taffeta and interfacing. Each strip is initially 2 inches wide, cut the width of the taffeta, then a 1" strip of iron-on interfacing attached, with the edges finally ironed over. I toyed with top stitching it for more security, but since I didn't like my test of that and I WAS already going to do some massive amounts of hand-embroidery to connect the strips, I skipped that particular annoyance. From the center out, I wove the strips in a criss-cross pattern, pinning and constantly re-pinning as I added all the strips onto the second twill layer. The cinch crosses at the waist and both sides.
Once all pieces were pinned, I ran a quick zigzag stitch across the edge to hold the strips in place, then started tackling the hand-sewing. I used a basic catch-stitch on alternating strips in a brown embroidery floss to draw out the lines of the strips. On the remaining lines, I used the same stitch, just with gold seed beads. It's my first beading project and I REALLY like the look of it all.
Underwear (not visible):
Unfortunately, the cut of the dress goes up to my ribs and none of my underwear could stretch that high up without pinning and warping, so I had to custom design a bit of cover to wear under this dress. Time was of the essence, so I yanked out a Kwik Sew bikini pattern, copied the front part twice, elongated it by an extra 5-6 inches to start the waistband at my ribs, and luckily had a spandex remnant that matched the stretch satin dress material. I used a 2-inch band of elastic for the waist, attaching the bikini portion to the front and back, covering the elastic band with the same spandex. On it's own, the panties look REALLY weird and create the ultimate wedgie without dance tights. Dance tights are a MUST with the costume.
Bought from Target...
Craftsmanship Honorable Mention for Best Reference (Journeyman Division @ Costume Con 27), Presentation Honorable Mention: Kick Ass Award (Journeyman division @ Costume Con 27)