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Unread 08-17-2011, 01:36 AM   #1
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Ice Queen Dress Pattern/Fabric

Hey there! I am planning a cosplay of Ice Queen from the gender bend episodes of Adventure Time

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I was wondering if anyone could suggest a pattern I could use for the dress portion of the cosplay and if anyone had any idea what kind of fabric I could possibly use for the dress and if anyone know where I could buy a petticoat for the size of the dress I am making for it. This is the first time I have ever made a ball gown kind of dress so I would love any help anyone could give me on constructing it.

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Unread 08-17-2011, 08:20 AM   #2
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Eeee, ballgowns! My favorite thing.

For the support structure, you're going to want a hoopskirt (and probably a petticoat over it, but a petticoat on its own wouldn't give you quite that much volume). You can find these on eBay, usually marketed for bridal use, but they're actually quite easy to make! I made one using this tutorial in about three hours for under thirty bucks and I absolutely swear by it.

For fabric, it depends a lot on how you want the finished dress to look. Ballgowns are one of the few things that can look excellent in satin (as long as it's nice satin - you don't have to break the bank, but if it's $2/yd, that's a bad sign) or if you wanted flatter colors and textures you could try cotton sateen (similar weave, different material, not quite as shiny) or gabardine. Basically, print out a picture of the costume and then walk around a fabric store with an eye to texture. Decide what feels right for the way you want to do the costume.

Patterns are where you're going to hit the snag, I'm afraid. There aren't a whole lot of commercial patterns for dresses like this, and if you find one that'll work at all, it might work only for the sleeves, or the bodice, and you'll have to combine them or alter them to get the look right. Wish I could help you more there.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 08:32 AM   #3
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since your in Canada HareyuNanami I recommended buying on from ANGEL'S BRIDAL SHOP on ebay. It will be cheaper then making one up here.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 10:17 AM   #4
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Hm patterns patterns...

This one might be good, without the bustle of course. The sleeves would need to be done differently, though.
http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m609...hp?page_id=915

This one would need the neckline changed to sit lower. And the lower sleeve turned into a bell sleeve. http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m642...hp?page_id=915

Again sleeves changed. Shorten the overlayers to the skirt to the rounded ones the ice queen has. http://www.simplicity.com/p-1547-costumes.aspx

Skip faux lacing detail, add belled lower sleeve, lower neckline.
http://www.simplicity.com/p-1748-costumes.aspx

Add belled lower sleeve, use larger snow white sleeve puff.
http://www.simplicity.com/p-1736-costumes.aspx

You will also want 4-6 hoops in a hoopskirt for support. Anything less won't give you the shape you want.
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If you make a basic hoop and wear it in a dress with more weight on the back than the front (like the Ice Queen's), the hoop will push forward. You can fix that by making the hoopskirt a little shorter and adding some weight to the front to balance things out again--I stitch washers to the inside near the bottom, but anything will do. Beanbags, fishing weights, a length of rope or even chain...just grab what's lying around.
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For the skirt I was thinking of just making a bit circle skirt with some gatherings, would that work for this kind of dress?
And which hoop skirt would be the best? 2 or 3? maybe 4? I kinda want it poofy but not too big XD And should I make the skirt first before i buy the petticoat for should I get that first?
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Unread 08-18-2011, 12:22 PM   #7
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For the skirt I was thinking of just making a bit circle skirt with some gatherings, would that work for this kind of dress?
And which hoop skirt would be the best? 2 or 3? maybe 4? I kinda want it poofy but not too big XD And should I make the skirt first before i buy the petticoat for should I get that first?
I've not made a hoop skirt before, so I can't speak to how many hoops you should use (keep in mind more hoops = heavier... taking a stab in the dark I'd say gor for 3), but I would advise to make all your undergarments before making the dress and other outerwear. If you don't have undergarments (hoop skirt, petticoats, corset) in place first, how will you know how to tailor your dress? You don't want to put a lot of effort into making a dress and then find that when you put on the hoop skirt, the dress skirt is too short, or doesn't fit over the hoop at all. Always work from the layer closest to the body and go out.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 07:44 PM   #8
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A big circle skirt will likely not work. First, to cover your hoops and petticoats, you'd need a HUGE circle skirt. Second, even if you made it big enough, it just wouldn't hang right, and would have too much ruffle in the top and possibly be too tight around the bottom hoops. you'll need skirt panels, so I'd seriously go with a pattern for this one.
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Hm patterns patterns...

This one might be good, without the bustle of course. The sleeves would need to be done differently, though.
http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m609...hp?page_id=915

This one would need the neckline changed to sit lower. And the lower sleeve turned into a bell sleeve. http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m642...hp?page_id=915

Again sleeves changed. Shorten the overlayers to the skirt to the rounded ones the ice queen has. http://www.simplicity.com/p-1547-costumes.aspx

Skip faux lacing detail, add belled lower sleeve, lower neckline.
http://www.simplicity.com/p-1748-costumes.aspx

Add belled lower sleeve, use larger snow white sleeve puff.
http://www.simplicity.com/p-1736-costumes.aspx

You will also want 4-6 hoops in a hoopskirt for support. Anything less won't give you the shape you want.
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