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Cosplayer Sylphy > Costume of Utena Tenjou from Revolutionary Girl Utena

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Revolutionary Girl Utena
Utena Tenjou
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Rose Bride
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About this Costume
Construction Details:

My first dress! I wanted to challenge myself and to expand my sewing skills by stepping outside of my comfort zone.

For the top, I took the coat pattern I used to make my Movie Utena jacket and altered it for a much closer fit. It's fully lined and closes with snaps as opposed to functional buttons, which need to be re-sewn, as they are not evenly spaced. Whoops.

The top and dress are white Duchess Satin and pink Casa Satin. Surprisingly, the most difficult part was probably the skirt. I'm not particularly happy with the way the pink panels turned out- my attempts to pleat them failed spectacularly- and the overall appearance of the skirt was less full than I anticipated. I plan to remake the skirt and wear it over a hoop instead of a petticoat.

The accents were another area where I had to backpedal. I originally purchased navy Casa Satin and used it to make my own bias tape, covered buttons, and pockets so that everything matched. However, after trying to miter the tape multiple times and being dissatisfied with the results, I ended up using the packaged stuff instead. C'est la vie.

As with my last Utena costume, the decorative pieces are cast from resin, except for the epaulettes, which were made of wood and craft foam. I had to paint the lanyard gold and dye the epaulettes' tassels, since I could not find either item in the correct color.

The crown was made by Volko-Dav, and the sword was made by Mike of Fantasy Props. Envel was a doll and cut and styled my wig. She did a lovely job.

Personal Thoughts:

I will never forget the bizarre experience of driving while wearing this costume. It was like cramming a marshmallow into the seat of a Micro Machine.
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