maanantai 30. kesäkuuta 2014

Rainbow Dash's himation fabric open for sale!

I opened the rainbow patterned cotton voilé on Spoonflower for sale.
I did not alter the colors, because I need to order more of the same fabric for my project. I might do it later.
PLEASE NOTE that the orange and the red are REALLY close to each other, mearly a few shades appart so in bad light the colors blend and look like one shade of red.

lauantai 28. kesäkuuta 2014

Rainbow Dash's himation fabric arrived!

And of course I had to make a test try.

Mostly I'm happy with the fabric. Only things that bother me are a) the red is not very bright, but rather dull brick red and b) I ordered too little. So when my pay comes next month, I need to order a few more yards to actually get it trailing.

maanantai 23. kesäkuuta 2014

Oi, it's Twilight time

Just giving an update.

- Rainbow Dash's tiara has arrived.

- Still waiting for my fabric from Spoonflower.

- Rarity's purple dress fabric has been purchased.

- Corset pattern for Rarity arrived today from Mantua Maker on Etsy.

And the biggest update:


Another cosplayer wants dibs into our pony party, and picked Twilight, so it's time for the designing again. Oh joy!

lauantai 14. kesäkuuta 2014

Finally, Rarity's Grand Galloping Gala gown

I found this one rather hard to pinpoint the style I wanted. I wanted a bustle dress, but how big a bustle?

I found this cuirass dress in one of my fashion history books and the pleated back reminded the pleating on Rarity's dress, so that sealed it. I wanted a fishtailed dress with a little to medium bustle. Also the apron front works for Rarity.

I also like the shoulder revealing look of Empress Elizabeth of Austria's style.

Also the use of jewels and pearls fits and the hairstyle is something I can use for Rarity.
At first I drew the dress with sleeves, but lately I've been feeling wether or not to include them. Even thought they are in the dress Rarity wears in the show. But I will be the hostess, and I need to use my hands, so I need to figure out how to involve sleeves without losing the movement of my arms. Because that was fitted sleeves do, they restrict movement. But I will figure out something.

Here is the final plan. It's a little rought on the details, but it involves beadery and lace on the bodice and I thought about sitting cabochon settings on the skirt to get those big jewels. I'm also thinking of getting velvet for the details, so I get a nice textured look in the fishtail in the same way as in the blue on the first image. I have already gotten bright blue linen for the petticoat and the bustle and lovely purple for the dress. I first thought I thought about making the whole dress in velvet, but that proved to be a little too pricy. Silk was also too pricy. But I found a lovely cotton polyester that has a sating weave that makes it shine. There will be velvet in there, but in smaller quantities.

sunnuntai 1. kesäkuuta 2014

Rainbow Dash's headband

Yesterday I was doing some searching and came across this:
Image from seperwar.

It's pretty close to what I wanted with Rainbow Dash's headpiece to be, except that it's silver. Bronze or copper would have been my choices, but you get what you find. I'm still waiting for it to ship, so I'll make another post of it once it comes.

And yes, I know that in the show Dash wears a laurel, but I just couldn't find a laurel that would please my eyes, so I'm taking an artistic liberty on this. And I did draw the costume plan with her wearing a stephane instead of a laurel. But it has leaves in it? So maybe it could be just said I'm bending the rule a little bit? Yes?

And every girl wants to be a princess in a tiara.