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Unread 12-03-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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Dead Master dress help, please?!

My friend and I are planning to cosplay as Dead Master & Black Rock Shooter for a convention in a few months. I'm cosplaying as Dead Master, (the OVA version) and I'm planning to make the dress myself.
The thing is, it's the only part of the costume I'm worried about doing..

The reason why is that I have some experience with sewing, but not much. I do think I'll be fine if I can just find some sort of pattern to work with & just a general idea of how to go about making it, maybe from someone who has cosplayed her before & had to do the costume, too?

Feedback would be greatly appreciated.

For the sake of accuracy, here are some reference pictures I've gathered:
(These were the ones that seemed closest to the dress to me..)



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Unread 12-04-2012, 01:17 PM   #2
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My inclination regarding the second link is that the dress pattern comes from one source, and the sleeves come from another, or have been modified to add the poof at the top. The godets may have been added as well.
The second cosplayer's (third link) dress looks bought.

Here's a Simplicity pattern that has the correct seams and long sleeves. You would have to decide where to add a zipper if you use a non-stretch fabric, like satin. Shorten the skirt length, add godets front and back (for a total of 4), modify the sleeves, and decide how you want the back of the dress to look.

For making something that looks just like the animation, some one who has experience making this can help more.
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Unread 12-04-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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The open back is what takes this from 'beginner' to 'intermediate' sewing.

While I agree that zippers are a serious p.i.t.a., in this particular case I'd go with non-stretch fabric & a side zip dress pattern. Why? because of that open back. If you have a non-stretch fabric nicely fitted, you can use the really light plastic boning along the edges of the opening to make it look really sharp. No matter how well it's assembled, a stretch fabric with that open back is going to gape in the back & cause unwanted ruching in the front across your belly. If you put boning in a stretch fabric, it can flip, bow & otherwise just not work.
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