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Unread 03-06-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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Madam Red Costume Help?

I want to cosplay as Madam Red but I am having trouble find free/cheap patterns. I would prefer for the patterns to be free but if they aren't please still share them, I will most likely use them if I can't find free ones. Thank you.
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Unread 03-06-2011, 05:54 PM   #2
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I can suggest the patterns I used...but they won't be free OR cheap. But they were amazing to work with. And I know many other people that love the company they are from. They are Truly Victorian patterns and I felt they were worth the money.
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Unread 03-06-2011, 06:18 PM   #3
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That would be fine, thank you. I would really appreciate it.
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Unread 03-06-2011, 08:13 PM   #4
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Note that I did modifications to all three patterns I used for the main part of the outfit. I will try to include them with each pattern I link.

Jacket: http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/464.html I kept the double lapel to keep my sanity. Nothing I did gave me that single point properly, but part of my fluffy cravat, jabot, whatever you want to call it, covered one of the points at times. I also cut the back to point instead of square, and cut the front to be a straight line instead of going a bit square at the center front.

Overskirt: http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/368.html I did the front, but then cut long pieces to be the tails that tied into the bow in the back instead of the drape.

Underskirt: http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/221.html Now this is NOT made to go over a bustle pillow, but I did it anyway. What I was going for was the straight shape. Once I fit it over my pillow, I cut the hem even, then did the pleats at the bottom.

Along with all that, I used a Burda pattern to make the shirt. I also made a petticoat with just a bit of netting at the bottom to flare the pleats, and I made a steel boned corset to go under it all. The jacket is made to fit over a corset, so I would suggest using one. It also just makes it all look nice and smooth to me. The cravat/jabot I just drafted up myself. The hat is one I covered with matching fabric. Gloves were bought.

My final results: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2590030/

Back: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2581748/
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Unread 03-06-2011, 08:28 PM   #5
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Thank you, that is fantastic. I'll have to save a bit of money for these patterns, but your dress was beautiful. Hopefully mine will turn out just a nicely.
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Unread 03-06-2011, 08:40 PM   #6
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The patterns are very easy to use, and when you get them, you can always PM me and I will give you some pointers on what I did. And thanks for the compliment. My Madam Red took me nearly 75 hours to complete. The only things I didn't do on my costume were my wig (my friend who I made the Ciel cosplay for cut it) and the bow on my hat. I suck and bows and my mom doesn't since she's made them for floral arrangements most her life. So she did that.
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Unread 03-07-2011, 08:17 PM   #7
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I'm going to try and make the costume, and my mom said she would cut a wig for me since she's a cosmetologist. But its going to take me a bit. I'm not even sure I'll have it done in time.
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Unread 03-08-2011, 01:20 PM   #8
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It is a time consuming costume if you want to do it really well. But if you don't have a convention coming up too soon, you should be able to finish it. I did mine while working full time and sewing at least five or six other costumes. Though, I rarely work on just one costume at a time.
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