Cosplayer Sumikins > Costume of Rue from Princess Tutu
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
- Starting from the top, and working my way down:
The hat was made by hand, by molding the shape from a fine wire mesh. That was then fabric-mached with layers of thin interfacing, and covered in a heat-formed layer of craft foam. The whole thing was covered in a matte grey-lavender duchess satin. the ruffle was made by hand, and sewn by hand to the hat base. The rose was made by hand using the same custom-dyed polyester shantung that is used on the overskirt and part of the sleeves. It's mounted on a saftey-pin, and pinned into the hat. the whole hat is mounted on a comb, for ease of wear.
The wig is a Derek in 056 from Arda Wigs, and the bun was made by covered a styrofoam ball in felt and matching extensions. It is also mount on a comb, which slides into the base wig.
The collar was made 100% by hand, using 6 yards of grosgrain ribbon and 1/3 yard of satin ribbon, plus some hook-and-eyes. I made a tutorial for it and put it on my youtube channel ( http://www.youtube.com/sumikins )-- the jewel is a small faceted teardrop I bought at a local bead shop, which I painted with metalic green paint, and attached using clear thread.
The bodice is made from a combination of maroon Coat Lining, light pink upholstery fabric with damask floral print, and custom-dyed polyester shantung. The sleeves were a labor of love and required a lot of custom draft work. The sleeve insets are the same grey-lavender satin as on the hat, and the ruffles at the sleeve cuffs are made by box-pleated white crepe. The stripes on the front of the bodice were made by satin-stitching over carefully laid maroon ribbon. The bodice is fully lined in JoAnn's Posh lining, and closes in the back with and upside-down invisible zipper.
the skirts are two full layers, the pink damask underskirt, and the fully-lined polyester-shantung overskirt with hand-sewn white braid trim. Underneith is a 2-hoop skirt that I bought on ebay, and a bridal petticoat which I heavily modified by adding rows of folded, gathered netting.
The shawl is made from hand-dyed polyester chiffon from JoAnn.
- Personal Thoughts:
- Back in October 2011, I decided I wanted to make this dress for my trip to Connichi 2012. In the end, it's not as 'flashy' as I had maybe hoped it would be, but how close it is to the original design in the show, makes up for that. To me at least.
- Styling Notes
- The thing that took the most time on this wig was wrapping the extensions around a styrofoam ball, to create the bun.