1st November 2018: Boots These started out life as a £3 pair of black velvet boots from Primark. They were actually really cute so altering them was a bit saddening xD
For some wild reason I have an endless supply of white stretch pleather so I used that to cover the boots (including the heel) and make the ankle cuffs. The ankle cuffs are separate to make it easier to use the side zip, they attach with Velcro to the inside of the boot.
Originally I painted on the floral designs but they got washed off at Amecon (that rain was horrendous). At some point I'll repaint them, but I'm going to test out some other types of paint on scrap fabric to find something a little more sturdy.
31st October 2018: Apron and belt Like the bodice, I hand-embroidered the flower design with DMC cottons. I made the apron from green linen (sob all that ironing), and it simply safety-pins onto the skirt c: it has no visible attachment in the art and I was admittedly being lazy but it works and saves the bulk of knotting a waist-tie!
The belt and pouch were made from faux suede. The pouch has a coutil interlining to help it stay in shape, and it slips onto the belt c: both are lined with more striped fabric!
30th October 2018: Bodice I altered my old Rapunzel pattern for this to get the general aesthetic of a dirndl, and made it out of spare dark green velvet from Eiko. I put ribbon loops in the back seams so I could lace it up a bit and to add to the overall look.
The embroidery was designed by myself based off the artwork and done entirely by hand. I used satin stitch, fishtail stitch and woven circles c: The lacing at the front is just carefully layed-out ribbon, and the sides hidden by the lace. The red lace was dyed with sharpie ink.
There's plastic boning in the lining, to give it a bit of structure.
I wasn;t sure how to do the frill around the top as to do it with more of the fabric was either too bulky (pleated) or looked awkward (cut in a wave), so I looked at various dirdls and decided to use pleated ribbon to match the back lacing, then put very thin lace around the collar. Measuring each pleat out was an absolute nightmare, but I really like the effect! It might not be accurate to the art, but it does resemble IRL dirndls so still works for the design.
It fastens at the side with an open-ended zipper.
29th October 2018: Shirt I had some left over cotton sateen from Sakura so I botched together this poof-sleeved shirt quite quickly for Japan Expo from a mis-match of old patterns, but it does the job well enough that I haven't been bothered to fix it yet! It has enclosed seams, and fastens up the front with poppers (the buttons at the top are entirely decorative as I had them spare). I really like the sleeves on this so even if I remake it, I'll salvage the sleeves at least!
29th October 2018: Skirt Why do I suck at keeping journals? I should probably post some stuff about how I made this!
I have such a love-hatred with this circus tent I call a skirt. Sourcing the fabric was a nightmare, but I finally found some printed cotton, which I used for lining the bodice and bag as well as for the skirt c:
The skirt is a big pleated tube! The stripes made my eyes burn but at least they were useful for making sure my pleats were even and the seams were perfectly straight (I'm very proud of how sneaky the seams are). It was hemmed with horsehair braid to help it stick out a bit. I also gathered some tulle to help it keep shape, as it's quite poofy in the few references I have. It fastens in the back with a red zipper.
AlexleStar - 20th May 2018
Which con are you planning on wearing Tsu at?
TheStarlightFairy - 30th May 2018
Hi! I'm hoping to debut/test run her at Japan Expo in Paris in July, then wear her to Amecon, and probably October MCM c:
AlexleStar - 29th October 2018
I did see you on the Sunday at Ame (you gave me 2 frogs you made so I could give one to my partner). Great meeting you even if it were just for a moment.
TheStarlightFairy - 29th October 2018
It was lovely to meet you! I hope you like your froggy friends c:
Mr. Sat-Ash - 2nd July 2018
Well, I can't blame you. It is a very cute outfit. It'll be nice seeing it.
TheStarlightFairy - 23rd July 2018
It's so cute! And my test-run at JE was successful, so I know it's a comfy outfit too c:
Cosplay Island is a news, portfolio and resource site for UK cosplayers. Join for free today, create your cosplay profile and share your photos with other cosplayers, or browse thousands of costumes by our members. Stay updated with all the latest news from the costuming world and cosplay events.