The Butterflies Are Watching~

The Butterflies Are Watching~ - Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney - Dahlia Hawthorne
My finished umbrella for a Dahlia Hawthorne costume. Made this thing all by myself. Initially I used a plastic-polymer blend lining with the intent of painting it. But that turned into a giant mess and looked horrible. I decided to cover the entire umbrella over the plastic with cotton, so that the umbrella kept it's shape. I ended up making a pattern into the cotton to give it a little more life. It looked dull to keep it just white.

The pink lace around the edge was all thanks to my computer printer. I used a silk lining, created the pattern with paintshop, and let my printer go to town. Down the road I will make it out of real lace, but for now, this is pretty good. It looks just like the pattern from the game and it's holding up quite well. Because it's printed on fabric, it was a million times easier to work with then lace and looks quite real.

The butterflies are made from craft foam and feathers, held on by fishing line. They flutter in the wind, or the AC in this case, and it's amusing to watch.

Comments: 4

Morpher posted on 03-02-2013 at 11:09 AM:

Thank you for your response! I have one more question! (If you don't mind answering). The way you covered your umbrella are you able to open and close it like a normal umbrella? (Should've asked it when I wrote my other one but, didn't think of it at the time!) My apologies! And thanks in advanced! :-)

tifaia replied on 03-03-2013 at 04:50 PM:

I am able to open and close it, yes. That's also why I wanted to keep the plastic in, just in case I goofed up, at least I could still close the umbrella for storage. XD Make sure to pull the cover on tightly when you're attaching it. ^^

Morpher posted on 03-01-2013 at 04:51 PM:

This came out very nice! Your description you left for covering the umbrella is quite helpful! (I plan on recovering an umbrella for a future cosplay of mine). Though, I'm alittle confused on one thing, did you just take some other fabric and cover over the plastic or did you remove the plastic completly and put the fabric on it? (I know you wrote in you description that you covered over it but, Idk, maybe I'm over thinking this and that's leading me to my confusion. xD) But, if you could answer this to clear up my confusion it would be much appreciated! :-)

tifaia replied on 03-01-2013 at 06:53 PM:

Haha, no problem! I'll help clear it up. I ended up covering the plastic so that it maintained the shape without me having to add additional pieces, like extra steel wire or interfacing to keep the fabric stiff. And that allowed me to use the fabric I wanted too instead of sacrificing the look for a sports Nylon or something that looked wonky.

Also, recovering an umbrella is a painnnnnnn in the butt. I did it with another costume, a parasol, and that's easy in comparison to a fully functional umbrella. So yes. Cover the plastic with the fabric. Way easier. lol

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Character Dahlia Hawthorne
Series Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
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Upload Date 08-02-2010
Photographer tifaia  

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