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Cosplayer Lady of the Thread > Costume of Lia de Beaumont from Le Chevalier d'Eon

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02-18-2014
Series
Le Chevalier d'Eon
Character
Lia de Beaumont
Special Variation:
Russian portrait gown
Year Completed:
2012
Construction Difficulty:
Difficult
Costume worn at:
Anime Boston 2012
Katsucon 2013
Katsucon 2012
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
I made the gown as well as all the 18th Century underpinnings. There's a chemise, corset, pocket hoops, and a quilted petticoat underneath the visible petticoat and gown. The dress was made from the JP Ryan Robe a l'Anglaise pattern and is drawn up polanaise style in the back. More detailed construction notes later.
Personal Thoughts:
So glad that I managed to wear this at Katsucon and get some nice photos of it!

This was the most frustrating costume I have worked on in a long time. :-/ I actually bought the fabric and historic patterns and started this back in 2010, figuring it would be a good way to reuse my Ekaterina underpinnings. But it got shelved when it seemed like I would need to make a new corset due to the straps showing. I finally got the inspiration to work on it again about a month before Katsucon and it was one step forwards, two steps back most of the time. It felt like every time I fixed something or solved an issue on the costume, something else broke or came up! The worst was wasting a week's worth of sewing time making a set of strapless stays that turned out to be useless in the end since they caused lumpiness above the neckline. x_x With all the problems, I only got the costume about 90-95% finished for Katsucon; the missing details were added for Anime Boston.
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Arda Wigs
Wig Name
Claudia
Original Color:
Light Blonde
Styling Time
15 minutes
Wig Quality Rating
4 / 5.00
Styling Notes
I just trimmed the bangs on this and added a matching Curly Ponytail Clip on top. The blue ribbon is simply pinned in place around the clip.
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