Galaxy Express 999
Last Updated: 11-18-2012
This costume was fairly easy, aside from working with fabrics I'm not very well-accustomed to! I made a mock-up of the dress to get it fitted towards the top and flared a bit more towards the bottom. I didn't want too much flare though because I wanted to give the illusion that I'm taller than I actually am - let's face it, Maetel looks pretty tall and I'm just 4'11", so I had to be really careful with fit and proportions for this costume! I used velvet (the Premiere quality at JoAnn) for the main dress. The dress and mantle are both fully lined in a gorgeous satin lining. Since the fabricated figures of Maetel show her hat being made of a shorter pile of fur than the trim on her garment, I went with two different fur fabrics for the hat and trims. The hat was flat-lined with a stiffer fabric except for the top piece of the hat - this way it kept its shape without looking TOO stiff. It took a while for me to find a fur I was happy with for the trim! I finally settled on a nice long pile fur that is very soft and doesn't have too much of a synthetic feel, which I can't stand. All of the trim was hand-made from this fur and applied to the dress and mantle by hand, which took forever to make sure it was nice and even and the velvet was kinda slippery to work with. The boots are a stretchy velvet, which is a personal touch I rather like because it matches the dress material. The fluffy balls on the mantle are made of rabbit fur, and I used cording from an old con badge (ah, ingenuity) to attach them to the mantle. I was happy with the pair of lashes I found, they work so perfectly for Maetel and add a lot to the overall look of this costume and portraying her character.
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