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Cosplayer Ashley > Costume of Tsukimi Kurashita (Princess Jellyfish)

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Princess Jellyfish
Tsukimi Kurashita
Special Variation:
Jellyfish dress
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Best in Show, PMX 2011
Costume worn at:
Anime LA 2012
Katsucon 2012
Pacific Media Expo 2011
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
Where to start! I really wanted to make a dress that looked more like a jellyfish than the reference for Tsukimi's dress, so I started by looking at jellyfish pictures. Her dress is supposed to be based off of a mauve stinger jelly, but in looking at pictures I became really enamoured of the fried egg jellyfish, and so I decided to do the underskirt as sort of a combination of the fringe on a fried egg jelly and a crown jelly.
The overskirt is two layers to make sort of a bubble skirt effect. The under layer has a pattern of red sequins to imitate the spots on the mauve stinger jellyfish, and on the top layer (the chiffon) I used a stamp to create a lighter layer of the spotted pattern. The trim on the bottom is a very nice pearled trim I tracked down in the fabric district.
The petticoats are taffeta and organza, made with the help of my ruffler foot and trimmed with some fantastic sequined lace that I found. I added pearl drops to the bottom layer of the ruffles on the petticoat to really try and give the whole thing the look of being beaded.
Because this dress was designed as a quick change, the skirt and the bodice are separate pieces. The skirt sits on its own waistband and attaches in the back with a snap and magnets. I wanted the bodice to feel like it tied in with the skirt,so I made bias trim out of the leftover chiffon and used it in the seams down the front of the bodice. Ali cut a bunch of the pearls off of my leftover trim and beaded them onto the neckline for me.

I spent several hours wandering around the fabric district until I finally came across this cute/ugly pink shag for the wrap and leg warmers. I like the fringe because it feels very jellyfish-y to me, but from a distance still reads a little bit like fur. I lined the wrap with the same synthetic dupioni I used for the dress, to give it some weight and structure. The lights are glow-bys fiberoptic hair clips that I've just clipped to the underside of the fringe fabric. Because the leggings needed to be secure and stay in place when I stripped my sweats off, I just sewed them straight onto my dance tights.
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