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Cosplayer Holly Gloha > Costume of Red Hearts from Nene Thomas Artwork

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07-22-2014
Series
Nene Thomas Artwork
Character
Red Hearts
Year Completed:
2011
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
Model/Costumer: Me!
Photographer: Brian Kuragiman (http://kuragiman.deviantart.com/)
Red Hearts Fairy Costume: For the corset, I managed to get my hands on a Burda corset pattern (style number 8601)and re-did the corset so that it was more feminine and fluid looking (and it didn't look like I had a large "M" on my chest) The corset is all satin, with the exception of the silver material used in the front of the corset. I modified a Simplicity pattern (#2832) for the petaled dress, and handstitched Swarovski crystals on the black skirt instead of using a polka-dot patterned fabric. The red skirt with a white stripe is reversed on the underside (white skirt with a red stripe), not that I'll be flashing that part of the outfit. The wings were my first attempt at such a thing, and what a learning experience it was! I referenced Lillyxandra's tutorial page (http://www.firefly-path.net/?p=898) to learn how to make the wings and harness, as well as JiaJem's tutorial page (http://jiajem.com/tutorials/wings/) to modify the harness so that it fit into the back of my corset. I added on steel wires with butterflies attached to give the wings an ethereal look. The tights were bought online, and I'll definitely stock up on those, they're so adorable! I drafted and made a detachable shawl/sleeve combination that is depicted on one of the two Red Hearts Fairy paintings.
Personal Thoughts:

Nene Thomas...how I truly ADORE your artwork! I had the Red Hearts Fairy tee shirt for YEARS, working on getting my sewing skills strong enough to do this costume. Earlier shots, the corset was tragic and I used my natural hair. Recent shots, I fixed the corset *hooray* and got a PERFECT wig! The wings were heavily inspired by a Victoria's Secret Runway Show model's wings....

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