This costume was a small part of a FABULOUS group cosplay, which included myself and my fellow Underground Cosplayers as Can-Can Dancing Pokemon!! Yes, it was about as ridiculous as it sounds... but it was also one of the most fun things I've ever done in my little ol' life ^^.
This project was a year in the making, and started when my friend, Lith, suggested first suggested the idea of making Moulin Rouge style Can-Can dresses inspired by our favorite Pokemon. The idea quickly escalated into an elaborate masquerade skit, which required weekly dance practices and plenty of all night sewing parties!
The dress that I made was inspired by my personal favorite Pokemon, Togepi! I made an eggshell styled bodice, much like the Togepi girl costume I did before, except this one was made of satin, laced up the back like a corset and had hand-sequined Togepi triangles! I used a really nice New Look pattern for the bodice, and it fit like a glove ^^.
The skirt was a simple yellow satin with lace lined up and down, but under the skirt... oh... UNDER the skirt... were the petticoats. THAT was the toughest part of this costume, hands down. I sewed over 200 yards of lace onto them there petticoats... *___*! I used 3 alternating colors of satin, red, blue and white (the white was lined with yellow lace for an "eggy" look ^^). Each layer of petticoat took hours to complete... but after it was all done, to wear them felt SOOO satisfying xD! We all used a Moulin Rouge inspired McCalls Pattern for the petticoats.
Other things... The crown I made with pearls strung onto a thick wire that I shaped to be like Togepi's head. The gloves were store bought and lined with lace... and of course I wore fishnets and garters in true Moulin Rouge fashion!!
I love this costume so much, but it can only be viewed to it's full effect when I'm with the entire group of Pokemon Can-Can Dancers!! All of my friends put so much hard work and love into these costumes... we helped each other out and supported each other through the whole ordeal, and I think it all truly paid off! *sniffle* ... I love you guys ;______;
Runner-up Best Group Performance at Anime Expo Masquerade 2005 :D!