Kendappa Oh
RG Veda

Cosplayer: Amy-Lou

Variant: Art Book

Status: Complete

Condition: Retired

15th December 2008: I wanted a sturdy bodice with a floaty skirt.

From the very beginning I saw the skirt as white satin shining through a blue chiffon overlay. I just couldn't visualise it as a white sheen on blue satin, it seemed too harsh for the character. I managed to find the perfect Caribbean blue chiffon in Shepherds Bush and also a soft, floaty, white satin-esque fabric which actually has a striped texture to it (and very cheap).
The skirt is a fuller-than-circle skirt, maths tells me it's 10-11 metres round the hem. I used such soft, draping fabric, it hangs deceptively flat, which is perfect for dancing :)

The bodice is left over black satin and after failing to find the darker blue for the front panel in a satin I went with overlaying a crinkle chiffon on the black. This turned out to be even better as having the same fabric for the whole base made shaping the bodice easier. The white sections were going to be plain white satin, but when I saw one with butterfly patterns weaved into the fabric I just had to use it even if it was flimsy and frayed like crazy (interfacing solves all).

This costume is the reason I got an overlocker; I couldn't have managed the chiffons and butterfly satin without it, they would have frayed into nothingness and left me trailing threads round the ballroom.

28th November 2008: I used funky foam for the headdress wings and the largest coins in the belt and headdress. I coated them in several layers of PVA glue and then sprayed them chrome silver. I swapped the spikes round the gems for another Kendappa headdress design with a wing/flame effect. I thought the one in this pic looked like knives strapped to the side of her head and that didn't seem to fit the image.

I left the shawl out because realistically it would just hang flat over the dress and hide everything. The only way to have it like in the picture would be to wire the edges and I could see that becoming really annoying in a crowded ballroom with people brushing past. I did consider having it over just one shoulder stitched from the edge of the dress strap and tucked into the belt (like a sari, which she also wears in other art), but none of my skirt fabric leftovers were quite the right shape :)

Most of the bling I already owned, I just needed to buy a matching necklace and a few bangles. The rest is all bellydancing coins and bells sewn to the costume.

24th November 2008: Chemical Fun My first attempt at casting resin for that giant Clamp-gem look :)

The ones in the thick acrylic mold came out perfectly. The ones from the thinner plastic were fine until I tried to demold them when the top layer stuck to the mold and the gem was left cloudy.
I think I will splash out and try making my own rubber based molds next time. It will also be far easier to get them out with a flexible mold, I nearly broke my fingers demolding these!

Note to self: dribbled unmixed resin never dries, no licking fingers!

30th October 2008: The Bells! My workmates think I'm a morris dancer >.<
I had packs of bells and bellydancing coins posted to the office.

I think I now have all the materials I need, so let the bling begin!

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Uni - 1st December 2008
I love this costume!! you looked simply wonderful! :3

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Anonymous - 3rd December 2008
This was a great costume - love the bling!

And btw, thanks for your lovely comment on my Sara Trantoul ^_^
Poor innocent Sara, oblivious to the hungry Dracula behind her ^_-

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HelloKitty - 4th December 2008
Jingle bells of win!!
i wish i could be as jingley as yoooou!!

love this, you neeeeeed to upload piccys!!!

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MangaChild - 5th December 2008
You know how taken back i was with the Headress and Glove :D

You are the queen of all that is headressy and pointy and we are not worthy


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Amy-Lou - 9th December 2008
Thank you for the lovely comments guys :) I had so much fun wearing this!

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nert - 9th December 2008
So. Incredibly. Pretty. <3

I'd say it was worth all the effort, it looked gorgeous even before all the bling, and zomg, the resin :O I will have to thieve details of that stuff from you sometime.

Also going to have to get pictures in daylight or something, the flash doesn't do it justice!

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Anonymous - 9th December 2008
Oh my god, this show was something I watched before I knew what anime was (but really confused me as a kid haha)!! So when I saw it I was in awe! So perfect :)

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BlusterSquall - 21st January 2009
Headdress is oh-so pretty! The costume really suits you and its all so so pretty and sparkly and BLING!
... Pretty. *-*

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Ranma1-2 - 6th March 2009
Wahh I love how it drapes so beautifully.
Very pretty. ^-^

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Angelphie - 19th March 2009
So pretty! I love the skirt fabric effect, and your resin gems!

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goodbyeworld - 26th March 2009
You pull Lady Kendappa off sooo well! *-*

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Chibi - 24th July 2009
Ah I remember seeing you at the ball! I love RG Veda, it's so under appreciated
You make a lovely Kendappa Oh! ^^

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Alias Cosplay - 25th September 2009
Thanks for the comment. This is gorgeous, great job!

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Sephirayne - 19th January 2011
Oh wow! This is beautiful. You look so amazing in it.

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rocksanie - 16th March 2012
So pretty~~and all that detailing is awesome *_*~