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Cosplayer: TheStarlightFairy

Variant: Default

Status: Complete

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Kitacon 2014

28th June 2014: Wig #2! I finally finished fixing up the wig. The ponytails are still a bit horizontal for my liking buuut at least they don;t droop any more!
I achieved it by wrapping wire around the hairband to form a sort of shrek look for want of a better term. I poked the wires through the wig (and tried it on to make sure they were okay!) and then proceeded to brush and fix the ponytails around them. One of the tube things needs glueing down/wedging in place but other than that, I'm so much happier with it!
I hope it survives the trip to Paris and back!

20th March 2014: Gloves Surprisingly easy to do! I started out by measuring and cutting out 4 rings of sofa foam, and then doubling up these rings to make the thick section at the tops of the gloves. I covered these in blue lycra. They look like arm swimming bands! Or donuts!
Next, I measured the length I wanted the gloves and drew around my hand to make a pattern. I cut around this 4 times, leaving plenty of room around the edges (to account for my hand being 3D) and sewed 2 pieces together to make each glove. After checking they fit, I then cut a grey jersey zigzag and sewed one around each glove, before attaching the glove to the arm-band/donuts. To finish off, I stitched a strip of pink lyrca around the glove/donut join.

I love my donut gloves <3

14th March 2014: Adventures in wig wefting I hate everything that resembles a 110cm lilac wig. Especially ones with pigtails!
Okay so it's not THAT traumatic, but my god I have spent 3 full days working on this thing and most of it was pure frustration.

The back parting was done with wefts taken from clip-in ponytails. Next time I'm just going to buy a pack of wefts, because all the ones from the clips were too narrow and I had to sew them together to get the right lengths! I followed a tutorial from the internet to do the parting, so the process itself was fairly simple, I just had to keep brushing the wig to keep it neat.
Somewhere along the lines, one of the ponytails has slipped out of place slightly, but honestly I don't care enough any more to fix it haha. For a first attempt at anything like this, I didn't do too badly. My mum kindly cut the bangs for me once I tried the wig on c:

Photo was taken with flash, so naturally it looks shiny as hell and for some reason the teeny gap at the back decided it was going to look hella obvious.

12th March 2014: Body suits I was dreading making these because I've never done anything like them before! But they're going much better than planned! I bought Kwiksew pattern 2722 and it's the best decision I've made in cosplay ever, I swear! All I had to do was cut straight on the back section rather than follow the curve for the 'hole' in the back and include a zip c:
The grey suit is double knit jersey. The sleeves were done with my beloved straight sleeve pattern, and then fitted to my arms.

The pink one is taking a little more work. I cut the pieces, but then sewed only the lengths I wanted, leaving the rest loose for editing. I then tried it on inside out and roughly pinned where I wanted the cut-out sections to be. I then neatened them up and made them symmetrical before cutting them out and hemming the legs. Now I just need to make and add all the bias binding (I'm using leftover fabric from PB for this as it's a great shade of hot pink!). I'm cheating a bit and am going to attach the pink suit to the grey one for ease of getting it off and on. Sadly this means I'm going to have a seam up the back of the pink suit buuuut it's an accuracy sacrifice I'm willing to make if I want to be able to go to the bathroom in this costume!

The wig is not behaving itself :/ I'm going to spend my next day off shouting at it.

6th March 2014: Leg thingies and suspender belt All done and dusted!
The leg thingies (this is the technical term) are white bodycon. I cut lengths long and wide enough for each leg, and then used a lot of trial and error to position the rings and make the legs fitted. The rings are attached by a strip of fabric on each side. I then folded the excess fabric around my feet/ankles to create a sort of stirrup strap so they don't ride up.
Next, I cut out the shape for the things at the top of each leg in bodycon, so I had double for each leg. I sewed them together and turned them inside out. I then side the same but slightly smaller in black cotton and attached it to the white part, and sewed a gold button on each. Using more small strips of white bodycon, I attached them to gold rings, and then attached them to the top of each leg thingy.

The belt was a similar process. I first of all measured out and pinned a doubled-over strip of bodycon but didn't cut it out. Next, I positioned a diamond shaped paper pattern on each side to create the suspenders. With these in place, I cut the whole shape out. This way, I didn't have any visible seams. To reinforce the suspenders, I cut out another diamond for each side and sewed them to the attached ones before turning them inside out. I then rolled the belt part over and folded the edges in, so the seam was on the underneath edge.
For the black part, I pinned the whole bodycon belt/suspender combo to black cotton and cut around it. I unpinned it and then carefully folded over all the edges of the black piece and pinned it in place (so it was smaller than the white piece), before stitching it down. To finish off, I cut smaller diamonds out of white bodycon and sewed them to each suspender.
Before attaching this to the leg thingies, I carefully folded up one side of the belt, and slid a round buckle (with the centre pin removed) into the centre of the belt.
The last task was to attach the suspenders to the rings on the leg thingies, which I did with more strips of bodycon.

This was a very awkward explanation of how I did things... at some point I will take a photo of the whole ensemble!

2nd March 2014: Progress I've finished the boots (see pic). I bought a pair of ugg-style boots in the sales for £5 and folded down the top to get the right height. I covered the folded over bit in white bodycon and cut a hole (with great difficulty!) for the eyelet. Next, I cut out the necessary shapes and covered the rest of the boot in lilac jersey. Finally I tied lengths of ribbon into bows and stitched them onto the back of each boot, and put a shower curtain eyelet into the hole in the right boot. Not shown in the picture is the chain, because I only just realised I don't have enough beads for it. Luckily I've just found some big rectangular beads online for just over £2 that should do the trick!

The wig has been prepped for wefting, in that I've tied as much as I could into bunches and taken the wefts off the clips.

The leg thingies are well underway! I've painted curtain rings gold, and I'm in the process of cutting white bodycon into shape.

21st January 2014: Wig 1 My plan to make a back parted wig is underway! I have acquired, on the recommendation of Kirarayumi, a twin tail wig. I intend to remove the wefts from the clip-on tails and sew them into the base wig. Luckily, the wig was quite cheap so if all goes to hell, it's okay. I also still have time to order a new wig!

5th December 2013: Adventures with fabric After a 5 and a half hour round trip to the fabric shop (this one is really awkward to get to OTL), I have acquired some fabrics for this!
I have double knit jersey for the bodysuit and pink jersey for the playsuit. Luckily I have some bodycon for the legs, collar and shoes, lilac jersey for the boots and black stiff cotton for the belt from other costumes!
So many stretchy fabrics... with such a form fitting costume though I don't really have a choice!

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KiraraYumi - 7th December 2013
Yay! <33 We must find trees and write on them. And we need to race and you must twirl on command!
AAAH srsly. I cannot wait for this, this is going to be adorable.

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TheStarlightFairy - 8th December 2013
I'm so excited for this group <3

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InfiniteJester - 10th December 2013
SO looking forward to this - you're gonna look great as Sophie!

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Natsumi - 12th December 2013
Sophie really is an adorable character! I can't wait to see this it's always great to see Tales of cosplay <3

I look forward to seeing you and your group!! ^__^

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J-Po - 22nd January 2014
you are gonna look cute :)

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Sammykins - 2nd March 2014
Looking forward to seeing this! Such a cute character!

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InfiniteJester - 7th March 2014
Ahhh, can't wait to see this! The harness thing sounded like it was so confusing to make! *bows to your skillz*

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WhiteWraith - 13th March 2014
Looking forward to seeing this, you'll look great :D

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DefineImagineMJ - 14th March 2014
Looking forward to this! :-D

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TheStarlightFairy - 14th March 2014
Aaah thank you so much <3 I'm so excited for the group!

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DefineImagineMJ - 15th March 2014
Same. It'll be great! ^^'

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Siouxsie James - 15th March 2014
Looking great Lou!! :)

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Emzone - 28th March 2014
You will be so adorbs in this ermahgerd <3
Looking forward to the photos!

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KiraraYumi - 6th April 2014
Cutest Sophie in the world <33 You were so perfect! ;w; We must do this group again!! (and in the future, adult frienship trio!)

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WhiteWraith - 7th April 2014
You made such a good Sophie! I loved your costume, it was so well made :)

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InfiniteJester - 7th April 2014
You looked so great as Sophie <3

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CrystalNeko - 9th April 2014
You look so cute as Sophie! Really like how you've made the wig stick out instead of twintails, nice touch!

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Origin - 25th April 2014
Not too familiar with the Tales games, but some awesome work nonetheless. Especially the wig; it's making me thankful that styling -my- lilac/purple wig's gonna be nearly zero work. Nice touch using sofa foam for the arm bands, too! :D

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Toptom-kun924 - 6th April 2015
Absolutely fantastic :D