I was drawn to this particular outfit due to its blue hues and icicle designs! I love cosplaying as Chi, and this outfit looked challenging.
I pretty much made all of the patterns from scratch. The bodice portion of the main dress was remotely adapted from a prom dress pattern, but even then it was changed so much that I don't really consider the pattern to have been used, except for maybe getting the sizing/measurements accurate. The skirt portion of the main dress was drafted as a circle skirt at first, then segmented into 3 parts - two skirt panels in the front, with one in the back. It is fully lined in ice blue lining, so all of the scallops are cleanly finished with no rough edges. There is also plastic boning in the bodice portion.
The under skirt was drafted as two layers of circle skirts. The bottom layer is cotton broadcloth, while the top layer is crepon sheer (which has a nice sparkle to it). Both of the skirt layers were gradient dyed in a mixture of Royal Blue and Turquoise Rit dyes. Also, the crepon layer has approximately 500 rhinestones glued on - half are clear/diamond, the other half are light blue, to match the downward gradient.
I strung a ton of seed beads along various parts of the costume, and then the icicles ... those babies are made of clear polyester resin. I made those from the ground up, starting with 4 different sculpey icicles which I made molds from, and then casted the resin mixture into. The larger snowflake icicles were made from this method, too. There are approximately 75 little icicles in total.
All of the wrist and ankle cuffs are also lined and have snap closures, and are made of a fluffier white fur. The dress was made of polar fleece, which gave it a winter-y texture.
Finally, the ears started as craft foam, which I then glued the cream colored fur onto. the inside is lined with pink satin, and has part of a miraboa boa inside for the inner-ear fluff. These bad-boys were then glued to a headband which rests over the wig for a secure fit.
Megacon 2011 - Judge's Award