So I've decided that sometime in the future--not sure which con I want to do it for yet--I want to cosplay as the character Ashlotte, from Soul Calibur IV. I know how to sew (not machine sew, so I expect this to be great fun...yay, making a big costume purely with hand-sewing...), but I'm not accustomed to making my own costumes...thus the sewing books sitting in my bedroom.
Anyway, I think I can figure out how to make it for the most part with patterns, but I have a few questions:
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1) What kind of pattern should i use for her outfit? Like, how her skirt has two layers and neither of them are quite whole...would I go with just a pattern for a sort of bell-skirt (if you know what I mean) and cut out the areas that are necessary? And should I sew the layers together, or leave them loose?
2) Her skirt is out-poofyish, but there's nowhere to hide a petticoat under there to make it do that. What other methods are available to me?
3) How would I do the tights--like, what kind of fabric and all?
4) And the sleeves--what's the best method for those?
Thank you to those of you who know far more about costume-making than I do!