11th January 2013: Reference I freakin loved this dress design 8D All the red *drools*
17th November 2012: Bow detail Just to pack a little more detail, I decided to make the bows look a lot more prettier by using ribbons and pearls. This I felt with the pigtails made the wig look more cutesy too ^^ Don't mind the bangs as I gotta still sort them out and I was in a bit of rush to plug the wig base on XD
11th July 2012: Bow back Yes I realise it's been several months since I got back to this ^^; mainly cos I'm just lazy XD) Seeing as how I had quite a bit of detail on the front, I wasn't sure how to create a little bit of this for the back. I took street-angels advice to sew a cascaded bow which I made outta left over wine taffeta and some red lace.
I honestly wasn't sure whether the combination would work until I pinned the completed bow onto the dress itself. I quite liked how the lace looked - it didn't blend in with the dress cos it was sitting on the wine taffeta but at the same time, u could clearly see the pattern :D I may change my mind later if I think of anything else but for now, I'm happy to have completed everything! :D
3rd January 2012: Dress complete Though it is quite hard to see in the photos, I decided to sew red glass beads along the ruffles to give them more of a sparkle :) ... believe it or not but sewing each individual bead by hand took me about 14 hours altogether DX Against an approx. 700cm long ruffle x 2 with more than 220+ pearls, repeating the process of cut thread, thread needle, tie thread, sew in bead and cut thread then tie, it took soooo long DX NEVER will I do this again! >.< But I like the subtle effect :D
28th December 2011: Wig styled Trimmed the wig length a bit and afterwards added the clip ons with a couple of small red bows :D Even though they're not visible in the artwork, I was considering this as an option to go with the theme of the dress and look :)
25th December 2011: Gloves My red gloves arrived!!! to customize them, I sewed ruffled organza, a line of beads and a bow :D
21st December 2011: Skirt (still) wip All parts sewn together with the main fabric, darker lining and ruffles!! :D It took bliming ages but somehow faster than Will's skirt which was shorter in length... It really doesn't make any sense!! DX I am more plesaed with it though as the shape is not only better but it feels very spanishey 8D All I need to do is sew a band and perhaps add a few little touches to the ruffles themselves as I want a little more detail into the dress ^_~
20th December 2011: RUFFLES!!! LOL - Photo self explains title XD Photo on the left shows the amount of ruffles I gathered ALL in a pile and right photo shows all the ruffles sewed together ALSO in a pile XD
19th December 2011: Ruffles start ¬¬ Photo of all the strips of fabric; preparing for the making of the dreaded ruffles .. ¬¬ approx. 7000cm of Taffeta and organza in length... The total of these ruffles I found were even longer than Will's dress DX
17th December 2011: Skirt major wip Cut the panels out using the main red taffeta and sewed them together - the shape may look a bit weird but it's cos I loosely gathered it and it's been held together by a safety pin XD
16th December 2011: Neck tie beads Got some smaller sized beads and sewed it along the ribbon - the little section which you can just about see took me 30 minutes to string XD another 2 more hours to go XD
8th December 2011: Neck tie wip Nothing too bad to make - Just the base of the neck band done using matching velvet ribbon, organza and taffeta before I hand sew in the glass pearls along the edge :) At first I was planning to only use organza for the neck tie but when I sewed the ribbon together without the taffeta, I found it itched the heck outta my neck! >.< but everything worked out fine afterwards :)
6th December 2011: Pearl beads I received the beads today and though I'm happy with them, I have decided to not use them for the bodice after all - I sewed in a line of them at front of the bodice and when I tried on the bodice, the positioning looked a tad odd :/ So at this moment, I'm gonna back off the bead idea on the bodice but instead use it for the accessories instead which is fine really :)
2nd December 2011: Bodice base complete Base top done fully boned with the ruffles, ribbons, sleeves and zip :) My next plan is to add a row of 6mm red glass beads along the top of the ribbon as I wanted to relate it a bit more to Will's design - also, I may wanna add small velvet ribbon bows to the sleeves :D (Me and my bows XD)
1st December 2011: Back detail A close up of the back - used the same ruffles and ribbon as I did at the front - I also plan to sew a string of glass beads too and add a big bow at the back to make it as detailled as the front - I'm so looking forward to the bow! *_*
1st December 2011: Back Photo just to show the back - used an open ended zip for this than the lace back method as I felt it would give the dress a completely different image than what I wanna portray - Also I can get in and out of it more easily XD
29th November 2011: Sleeve wip After altering a puffy sleeve pattern, I created the ruffles by sewing in bias tape and adding the elastic through. Next was a bit of a problem - when I pinned this sleeve to the bodice, it kept slipping down my shoulders and I wasn't sure how to hide the raw edges after I eased them... Then when I read the instructions for the pattern; to my surprise it gave me an idea that I woulda never thought of EVER! Boning! O.o at first I thought what??? It told me to create a strip of bias tape and insert the boding - tried it out, it worked :D but was a little loose still XD
29th November 2011: Bow possibility? As stated before I intend to add a few bows for this - for the front, I'm comtemplating whether to add a small bow at the front for that extra cuteness or leave it - Unsure to sew it yet as I'll see how it goes with the other detail
28th November 2011: Ruffles Dare I make them again ¬¬ After gathering god knows how many metres of fabric from Will, I'm still willing to make them XD Along the top of the bodice, I plan to add the ruffles (including at the back) - I made them outta taffeta and crystal organza to give it that extra sparkle and detail :D For the ribbon I decided to use velvet ribbon (Not cheap) to give it a more 'classy' feel than as opposed to a satin ribbon
28th November 2011: Alice bodice wip Finally got off my lazy butt and started properly sewing the actual garment XD It's also taken time for me to think how to adapt my own spin on the dress (which hopefully isn't too OTT ^^;) since I felt really inspired by the artistic license street angel added to hers :) It looks like a plain dress and there's no back photo so there's plenty of room to add ideas 8D
Anyways, I managed to finish putting the bodice together roughly - For the front, looking closely at the art work, it does have a slight gather - for me to tackle this, I cut a rectangle out roughly gathering the top and bottom of it til it formed creases. Then using an iron I attacked it - I didn't want be straight or neat with it so it was a perfect method XD As for the satin ribbon below; though it doesn't show this, I decide to adapt it for that extra detail
27th November 2011: Alice wig (Yet to be styled) My wig arrived super quick ( and it is so so beautiful!!! 8D Haven't even worn it properly and I've decided it is one of my favourites that I own!! -^^- The photos u see are both of the store I purchased the wig from, uneditted and me pulling semi derp faces with the closest thing I have to a white bunny XD
I spent absolutely ages trying to find a good wig for her - there were two that struck me - One was a longer light brown clip on wig and the other was shorter and in a darker shade - Ideally I would gone for the darker shade for accuracy but it was like £5 more expensive than the other DX
I watched the pair of wigs though and didn't intend to buy it til later - this all changed however when there was only ONE in the lighter brown shade wig and it was reduced by 30% *_* so I thought, HELL I'M GETTING IT!!!
Btw, though it doesn't show on the artwork, I intend to put some bows along the pigtails (as I think it could make the cosplay more cuter) and a few more in places on this dress to make it more cutesy and slightly 'lolita' like in contrast to Will's where it was a more mature pretty with the corset pattern and back lacing (if that makes any sense at all ^^;;)
26th November 2011: Bodice start Whoops I almost missed this entry! Though the photo is a tad dark, this is what I tested before I sewed the bodice together - It shows whether the gathering method would work and whether I should add the ribbon to go under the bust line - I actually spent ages decided whether I should have only the one panel with a ribbon or have the ribbon running all round to the back of the bodice - to avoid more complications, I decided in the end to just have it running through the front panel XD
17th November 2011: Leg cage I know I'm being extremely lazy with this cosplay but I felt it was easier to get the small things outta the way first since Alice's dress is not gonna take me as long as Will's to make XD Just a preview shot of the pair
Note 1: I am aware I don't have the rose and ribbon for one the legs but I'll add that later when I make it :)
Note 2: It may look as though I got the wrong leg but it's a mirror shot so everything's reversed =b
11th November 2011: Leg band LOL I did say I wouldn't make this til much MUCH later on but when I saw the other Alice B rabbit cosplay I wanted to do, this seemed (I say this with much caution) the less time consuming one to do (cos of less accessories and bits) since I do wanna do a Pandora hearts cosplay for Kita in time (hopefully it all goes to plan...)
So, I randomly decided to make this first since it was the easiest thing to do XD Nothing too drastic really - just a cylinder piece of taffeta strapped to the leg with black lace trimming and a red ribbon
Since I haven't made the dress I haven't decided on my ribbon choice yet:
LEFT: Satin ribbon
RIGHT: Velvet ribbon
But the shoes most likely I will be using even though the ref doesn't have a black bow, it goes with the leg thing :) plus the shoes have the right size heel and they're so damn adorable! -^^-
10th November 2011: Fabrics I don't normally add a journal entry about fabrics but I felt for this one I should - for fabric choices based on what I see in the art work, I wanted to either use Poplin, taffeta or velvet - Poplin is a little plain, velvet is nasty to work with so taffeta was the best choice XD
I actually had some red taffeta which I was planning to use for Meiko but since she wasn't gonna be made in a while, I didn't want it to go to waste so that's why I've decided to use it for this ^_~
The red I have chosen is a little bright but I felt it might do as I also got some lovely cranberry colour taffeta for the lining of the trail to contrast the whole thing
street-angel - 1st November 2011
Omg I should totally make the blue WoA edress and we should enter it into the masquerade. Like it's never been done before! XD
Pandora-Chi - 1st November 2011
LOL - you know we totally should XD
SamanthaKaiba - 1st November 2011
Congrats to you both on winning and it would be cool to see you both do it again as opposites ^_^
street-angel - 1st November 2011
I wouldn't make that dress again for love nor money.
Pandora-Chi - 1st November 2011
@ samantha - thank you so much sweetie - I really wasn't expecting it!! but it'll be cool to switch AGAIN - it's like a running thing now XD
@ charlotte - lol I wouldn't make will again if someone asked XD I would really wanna give this dress a go though - NOT as much detail as you - there's no way I can top that but u have inspired me to add some creative touches behind it :) we'll see what I can conjure ... at this rate, this could be an earlier cosplay for me to make XD
BladeyCakes - 11th November 2011
I LOVE this artwork!! *w* Heeee its gonna look so amazing~!!
street-angel - 11th November 2011
Can't wait to see, we'll need pictures together in our respective dresses 8D
Emzone - 11th November 2011
eee this will be amazing :'D
So much Pandora Hearts love!
Can't wait to see it finished =D
KiraraYumi - 15th November 2011
I'm not much of a show person, but those ones you have are CUTE! x3 Can't wait to see this, your dresses just get better and better!
KiraraYumi - 17th November 2011
And by show I meant shoe...damn typos xD (sorry for flooding comments, I can't stand my typos xD)
Pandora-Chi - 17th November 2011
@ x-Blade-x: I LOVE this at work too!! It's an amazing dress!!! Double awesome that red is one of my most favourite colors 8D and aww I hope to do a good job of this - I'm feeling really nervous to make it so progress will be slow ^^;;
@ Charlotte: I just realised whilst you've done 2 Will cosplays and 1 Alice, I have done 2 Alice and 1 Will =D I always actually imagined me to be more of an Alice than a Will but I so wanna make this for photos of yet another Alice switching!! :D
@ Kirarayumi: lol I was kinda wondering what you meant when you wrote show - I thought you meant something about the dress XD and no worries on the flooding comments and typo mistakes :) I leave typos ALL THE TIME and I know right?! those shoes are too cute!! and I really do hope that this dress goes well x
digibrute - 1st December 2011
Ooooh I always love PH cosplay's, they're always so elegent especially some of Alice's .. Can't wait to see this!
SamanthaKaiba - 1st December 2011
Progress is looking amazing...cannot wait for this to be completed
FuriePhoenix - 1st December 2011
love your progress on this! So cute!
Anonymous - 2nd December 2011
This is looking beautiful! Cannot wait to see it finished.
SamanthaKaiba - 21st December 2011
Loving this even more...the skirt is beautiful
FuriePhoenix - 22nd December 2011
loving the progress so much!
BladeyCakes - 28th December 2011
This is looking so very beautiful so far *__* I cant wait to see it completed!
JustPeachy - 29th December 2011
This looks gorgeous! I can't wait to see the finished photos :D
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