I'm planning on making all FIVE outfits from this (http://static.minitokyo.net/downloads/10/32/266610.jpg
) image. I'm self-taught and relatively new to making my own cosplay and I'm just really struggling to figure out how everything is put together.
I have a few hangups though. One is the slits in Himawari's (black pigtails) dress; the seams do this kind of cascade-y thing and I'm not sure what the proper terminology is for it or how to make it. On the same dress, I'm wondering if I should do a mini-circle skirt for the part where the bodice flares out above the hips or if it should just be all one piece without the extra seam. I'm also debating making the underskirt completely out of lace or if it should just be casa satin with lace sewn on over it.
With Sakura's dress (brown hair), I don't know if the stomacher/waist cincher should be a separate piece that actually laces up, or if the ribbon should just be sewn onto the bodice in a zig-zag pattern. For the fleur-de-lis designs, I was planning on either painting them or cutting out red casa satin and then sewing tiny beads onto them to give the dresses a little more pizzazz.
With Yuuko's dress (black hair) my main concern is getting her sleeves to stay up. I'm going to make them super tight in the upper arm and probably use fashion tape, but I'm worried that it might not work out. Also, I have no idea what the deal is with her butt-bow; is it just circular or is it more of a bustle?
For Maru and Moro's (pink and blue hair) dresses, I have no idea what the "bib" pieces are formally called or how to make them. Also, it seems like there is lace about halfway down their skirts, but I'm not sure how that would look.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!!