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Cosplayer Dessi_desu > Costume of Elsa from Frozen

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Katsucon 2014
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About this Costume
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This costume drove me up a wall. The patterns are not particularly difficult, but gathering materials and figuring out how to retain the integrity of Elsa's design, while still having my own artistic license was at times frustrating. Needless to say, I grossly underestimated this costume. 3-D characters are hard, guys D:

I really want to re-do my bodice. Unfortunately, with the amount of time before Katsu, I didn't have a ton of time to experiment with different techniques. I think I know how to create it for next time, so I'll be more satisfied. I do think the rhinestones photography lovely, though.

The undershirt was made using illusion mesh and I created templates for the rhinestone designs. The gradient on the bottoms of the sleeves was made using good ol' reliable floral spray.

The skirt had two incarnations. The first one, I just was not happy with how it did not flow and was not made with the fabric I had envisioned. When I first started this costume, I scoured the net for a silk with metallic threads and eventually gave up. One day, I randomly stumbled upon it on Etsy and bought 6 yards for my skirt, along with 4 yards of crepe, and lining. The skirt pattern used Butterick pattern B5325, a lovely pattern that is fitted at the hips and has a train in the back.

The train was created with 9 yards of glitter tulle and is 3 yards in length at its longest point. The snowflakes were painted on with an acrylic mixed with fabric paint, so the paint would be more flexible when dry. After the snowflakes were dry, the glitter was applied on top. I opted for a blue glitter, so the flakes would show up well on light surfaces and for the sake of consistency.

This costume is going to be an ongoing project, so hopefully I'll eventually be satisfied x_x
Personal Thoughts:
I LOVE Elsa to bits. She was one of those characters I was immediately drawn to, when they revealed her backstory and design. Weirdly, I'm a huge Disney fan and had yet to cosplay from a Disney film, until Elsa. I relate so much to Elsa's reserved, introverted, and benevolent characterization, so I'm happy I made the decision for her to be my first Disney gal on my cosplay roster. This project isn't 100% done and I plan to continue improving it throughout the year, particularly my wig and cape.
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