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Unread 03-29-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone,

So this is a costume that has a lot of meaning in it to me because not only is a dress I've been dreaming of making since I was very young, it's also go to my wedding gown for my themed winter wedding in the next couple of years.

I fell in love with the gown when I first saw it on tv when I was six and I never forgot it. Then when cosplay became a huge part of my life I set out to complete it. As it stands, it's still a work in progress but I would like feedback on what I have accomplish thus far.

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http://www.moonprincess.com/gallerie...ia/27/ytdc.jpg

Work so far:

Base Gown
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3365442/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3365441/

Sheer Layer
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3365443/

Detail Work
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3365452/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3365453/

Accessories
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3365122/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3365450/ (this crown broke, a new one is in the works)

Completed Gown
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3365113/

In the full gown shot, the wings pictured are not the ones I'm going to use nor is the wig I'm wearing. I'm still working on the staff and the other small props.

If you can give honest, constructive feedback it would be so helpful for me to make this the best cosplay I've ever made.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 01:02 AM   #2
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There seems to be some strange puckering in the back which suggests less than straight seams when sewing. Does it look that way when you put it on? (shiny fabric is so unforgiving! TT.TT)
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Unread 03-31-2013, 01:18 AM   #3
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There seems to be some strange puckering in the back which suggests less than straight seams when sewing. Does it look that way when you put it on? (shiny fabric is so unforgiving! TT.TT)
Unfortunately my dress form doesn't go down to my size and because of this it has a tendency to pull at an odd angle. It doesn't do that when it's on.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 06:04 AM   #4
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The circles on the bodice look a little limp. I think they would look a little better if you stabilized them with a thicker fabric, stabilizer, or some heavy weight fusible interfacing? In my experience, a thick white pleather worked quite well for that part.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 07:05 PM   #5
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I think this is looking really good so far! Can't wait to see it finished.
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Unread 04-10-2013, 01:30 AM   #6
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It looks lovely! I've a couple of concerns though. I'd agree that the bodice circles need a bit more stabilization. As they are, they seem to pull a bit.

My main concern is what sort of support it offers - what's keeping it on? Is there any sort of internal structure? The trims you used are heavy, as is the multi-layered skirt; you're going to need more than a good fit and an invisible zipper to keep it up. You are also well endowed which is not going to help keep you from hiking the dress up all day. Something sturdier needs to be holding the weight. If you don't want to make an internal structure, you should be able to finagle one of those longline corset bras into working with it. Be sure to wear it for a while first to make sure it fits well and doesn't slide around. Attach the top and bottom of the dress' bodice to it as securely as possible to help disperse the weight.
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It looks lovely! I've a couple of concerns though. I'd agree that the bodice circles need a bit more stabilization. As they are, they seem to pull a bit.

My main concern is what sort of support it offers - what's keeping it on? Is there any sort of internal structure? The trims you used are heavy, as is the multi-layered skirt; you're going to need more than a good fit and an invisible zipper to keep it up. You are also well endowed which is not going to help keep you from hiking the dress up all day. Something sturdier needs to be holding the weight. If you don't want to make an internal structure, you should be able to finagle one of those longline corset bras into working with it. Be sure to wear it for a while first to make sure it fits well and doesn't slide around. Attach the top and bottom of the dress' bodice to it as securely as possible to help disperse the weight.
I'm actually wearing a corset underneath the gown which it the bodice is snapped directly to.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 02:06 PM   #8
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It looks great, I'd say definitely reinforce those circles and probably the sleeves as well just for good measure.
I like your details a lot, though I'm used to seeing them in gold, the silver also looks really nice
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