Hi lovely people,
So, I've loved Jessica Rabbit since I was a kid (mainly because I have red hair and the same face shape and lips-yes, I know she's a cartoon, still) and have always wanted to cosplay her. I see lots of people do it and think 'hell, I can do that without a wig, it shouldn't be too hard'.
And it isn't. Except for the fact that I want to make it as acurate as possible, which means modifying a dress I have to make it backless and strapless AND stay up (I don't have Jessica Rabbit's breasts! Though I may sew padding in or something to make it acurate that way).
I bought a dress from a fancy dress company because I'm not good enough to make it from scratch, and it's perfect except for the fact that it's got straps and isn't backless. Lots of cosplayers I've seen have just settled for a dress with straps or replaced them with clear ones but not gone for the backless thing. I want to try... I just have no idea if it's possible without ruining the line of the dress.
The fabric of the dress is kind of odd, it's slightly shiney and stretchy but not like lycra so it SHOULD hold when cutting it and re-hemming it, I'm just not sure about how to do it without ruining the dress. I mean, should I just go for it and mark the line of how much I want to cut out when it's on me then cut that panel out or is there a more careful way of doing that? I don't want it to bellow after I've cut it, so maybe I need to use body/tit-tape to hold the edges of the cut-out bit to my back/sides and keep that skin-tight look?
Also, if I cut the straps off there is literally no way for it to stay up, so it's either replace them with clear straps, which I'd prefer not to do, though I could then criss-cross them over my back and keep the backless part supported. OR I could find some kind of skin-coloured sheer fabric (I'm very pale though, being a rehead, it's hard to find things in my skin-tone) and replace the entrie back panel that I cut out with that. So it has that fake-backless look and is still skin-tight.
I'm stuck on what I should do, sorry for my rambling, but any help and ideas would be appriciated.