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Unread 01-23-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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Question for Sophie Hatter Cosplayers

If you've bought or made one of Sophie's dresses from Howl's Moving Castle, how does it go on and off? Is there a zipper in the back, is it loose enough to fit over your bust and head, or something else? I'm trying to decide what to do if I make one. I'm thinking,

1. An invisible zipper in the back would be simplest, but there are obviously no zippers, seams, etc. on the backs of her dresses in the movie, so it detracts from the look. I'm not sure if it's worth it.

2. I could just make it loose enough to slide on and off, but that would mean making the waist significantly bigger than mine. I want it to fit well, so this the least appealing option.

3. I could make it loose enough to slide off, and sew shut the seam where the bodice would be attached to the skirt, creating a channel, and put a drawstring in it. The downsides are I'm not sure how it would turn out since I've never done it before, and it might be kind of a pain to tie the drawstring.

Thoughts? Other ideas?
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Unread 01-26-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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It would help to have a few reference pictures.

I'm familiar with the character; one thing to keep in mind is that in animation, it's simply not particularly feasible to draw in every seam on every garment flashing by at 18 - 24 frames per second.

That being said, if you really dislike the idea of a center back seam zipper, the easiest thing to do would be to put the zipper in the other likely spot for dress closures: under the arm. That will give you the ability to make the bodice more fitted. Going the draw-string route has the strong possibility of ending up looking like you're wearing a giant bag!
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Unread 01-26-2013, 04:27 PM   #3
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When I made the dress in the past for a commission, I put a zipper down the back. Like Syagria said, in animation you rarely get all the seams because it's just not feasible to draw them in all the time. Also, since most of the time you are being photographed from the front, most people won't even notice a zipper down the back. It's really going to be the best route to add a zipper somewhere because I agree that a drawstring might end up looking like you are wearing a bag.
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Unread 01-29-2013, 12:25 PM   #4
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Okay, thanks. Maybe I will go the zipper route.

Here's a reference picture for anyone else.
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