So, I’m jumping on the “sled”- and am doing an Elsa cosplay! I’m super excited!! I’m just going to do it slowly and sort of shoot to be finished it by April (Zenkaikon). They’re doing a Disney group and I just HAD to do something from Frozen (I’ve fallen in love with it)~
The hardest part about Elsa is the detail work. I managed to get base fabrics that all feel and look exactly how I want them to- lucky~ The sequined fabric is going to be the base for my “corset”, and then all of the larger sequins and stones and jewels are going to go ON TOP of it. Disney Park’s Elsa seems to color change a lot in photos… and I’m beginning to think it’s because the sequins are showing color through them, and therefore changing in different lighting? Either way, I’m just going to trial and error until I can get it right. XD I managed to get almost 4 yards of this 60” sheer blue, silver sequined fabric. It really looks like her icy cape in person!!
Guys- I’m so excited.
TODAY WAS A VERY BIG DAY! Today was costume day at school! I had classes all day (as Rapunzel), and then there was a Halloween party tonight and and I had a chance to hang with all these really cool people- as Ariel~! And (wow!) I got voted as “Best Costume” which honestly means a lot and I felt like crying when I was announced. ;3;
Ariel’s been a costuming/cosplaying dream of mine for a long, long while- but I never felt secure enough in my own skin to do her. After going from 210lbs to 136lbs over the past year and a half, I finally felt ready to “bear it all” as the Little Mermaid. I felt beautiful and sassy and pure princess~!! I think I’ll alter the tail to be even more awesome at some point- but as of right now I’m beyond happy with how it turned out.
So I doodled Ariel today in class and inked it during a class video (I’d already seen that movie before). I colored it while chilling and watching telly at home. I kind of love it. :)
Still a work in progress- but Ariel’s looking more like Ariel!! The bra, hair clip, earrings and bracelet are all finished. The earrings and bracelet look like bubbles : )
The tail is still unfinished- I was working on it and the sequins broke my sewing machine needle! I’m fresh out of spares, so I’ll have to wait until I can catch a ride to Joann’s to get a new one.
Originally I wanted to do legging fins like Ariel wears in the Ice Shows- but with the small amount of time I have (a few hours every day, and only until Friday) and the limited amount of funds- this just seemed an easier route for me? While I’m still sad it’s not as originally planned- it’s gonna work better for what I need to wear if for (school, party, etc). I’ll make legging fins for the next convention I think?
One of my projects for class was to create a photo-manipulation piece for “fun”.
I made myself the Ariel FC. I have never felt more fulfilled.
(It’s now my sidebar image on my tumblr)
So- pretty much everyone and their brother has done mermaid Ariel. Admittedly- I wasn’t sure I wanted to do her (even though oMFG LVOE) because, well… overdone is STILL overdone, ya know?
But then I was thinking back to my childhood and Ariel being “new” and “popular”… and I remembered going to TLM on Ice. It was amazing and inspiring - and hell- I’ve never seen anyone do Ariel from TLM on Ice. Or actually- from any of the ice shows, even though all their costumes are good (most of the time, that one pink dress with the teal starfish from this year’s is killing me).
So- here’s my mock up of Mermaid Ariel. Hopefully I can do this justice. Because HECK those are some cool ass tights.
ALSO- PLEASE DON’T USE MY DESIGN. THE WATERMARK IS THERE FOR A REASON. Don’t be a copycat or a thief.
So my Parks Ariel (redesigned version) base wig arrived today- My opinion? Simply Spot ON. The color is EXACTLY right (thank god, I’m not fond of neon red wigs) and it looks and feels real. It needs some styling and some more fluffing- it’s still got that “I came out of a box feel”. So I’m going to lay it out and air it for the weekend and it should be ready for styling next week! YAY!! Now to sew the dress~