Here’s a photo of part of the costume that I’ve kept under wraps as I worked on it over the last 3 months. The costume is Princess Peach (her classic design). :D She was one of my favourite characters when I was a kid and I’ve always had it at the back of my mind to one day Cosplay her.
I wish I could post a decent preview shot of the costume, but I don’t own a dress form and my house hasn’t really made for a decent background for photos of me in the dress. At this point I might as well wait to wear it at con. (My dress is sort of hiding out in the background as it’s stuffed into a travel bag). XD It’s meant to be worn with a 3-hoop skirt so it takes up a lot of space.
This costume was a total beast to make. I found a pattern that needed only minor alterations to work for Peach that was listed as “easy” but I swear this was one of the hardest things I’ve ever made. I’ve learned that gowns are hard to sew because they become incredibly heavy and cumbersome and that satin is evil! Seriously. The costume has dozens of tiny snags in it and each one made me sad. I almost gave up several times on the costume when I got stuck gathering the skirt to fit in the bodice and it was horrible trying to sew the skirt to the bodice. I did cry working on it then. I also highly doubt I will ever make another ball gown again.
It’s done now, though, and I’m really thrilled. :3 Here you can see what I actually didn’t have much of a hand in. My wonderful friend Pan helped me style the wig (which is an Arda Luthien). She also cut my bangs and sideburns. The bangs are meant to be shaped like Peach’s, but I forgot to brush them together for this quick shot. The side pieces look like an eyebrow mustache. XD It’s pretty cute.
The crown was made by my awesome friend Adrien as a commission. He learned how to resin cast to make it and it’s fantastic! I love how it turned out and I owe him a lot for bailing me out when I made the request a month ago.
After all the blood, sweat and tears I’m super excited to finally wear Princess Peach on Saturday. I’ve never put so much time and effort into a costume before so I hope my vision for the costume will come together when I wear it.
Sorry for the crappy photo. It was taken rather quickly this morning using my iPad before I left for work. I wanted to catch the gems in their glory with daytime light. :3
Also, thanks to Pan, Adrien, Stillvisions and Amber for putting up with me complaining on and off about this costume for the last three months and to my mother for helping me out when I got stuck. <3