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Princess Jellyfish
Kuranosuke Koibuchi
Special Variation:
jellyfish dress
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
Best in Show at Pacific Media Expo 2011
Costume worn at:
FanimeCon 2012
Pacific Media Expo 2011
Featured in 2 Videos
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
I made all the jewelry for this one, and I'm mostly pleased with how that turned out! The crown isn't quite as stable as I'd like, but I like the beads I found for it, and the shape it has.

The necklace was made using the biggest gem I could find for the center. I used clear elastic to string the pearls, figuring that would be the most comfortable for a choker.

The earrings were probably the easiest; I made the pearl sprays from a beaded curtain I found, and attached those to a pair of earrings I'd already had that fortunately matched the wig.

I worked on the petticoat next, shortening a square dance petticoat I'd had for years. That wasn't quite voluminous enough, so I added another, made from two layers of stiff net and a soft dotted mesh. I tea-dyed that crinoline to match the square dance one, then strung the rest of that beaded curtain through the ruffle on the bottom.
The skirt pattern was mostly dictated by the scallop edging on the fabric I was using. I lined that up as best I could, and I'm mostly pleased with it, though I do wish the beaded pattern related better to the scallops (it doesn't). I then sewed some ruffles of the dotted mesh around the triangular pieces. To incorporate more of the flower hat jellyfish the dress is supposed to be based on, I added lines of purple decorative stitching down the vertical seams and the triangular pieces, in addition to the strings of pearls on the hem that are actually in the reference. There are also two pockets, one of which holds the battery packs for the two strings of lights sewn into the skirt, so I could switch them on easily.

For the bodice, (and this will haunt me) I'd temporarily misplaced my favorite strapless dress pattern and used another one I'd had. It doesn't fit me as well, and it's too late to fix it, and oh man will that bother me forever. I then added a whole bunch of pearls to the bottom, using leftovers from the jewelry, from the fabric, from Yuuko, and from a box of random beads I've had for ages. I really love that part.

The umbrellas were a fun little foray into rewiring (they came pre-wired with a battery pack and switch in the handle, and a krypton bulb at the top, but with a little help, I swapped that out for 10 LED lights each umbrella). And while I love how nuts the shoes are, they are some of the most uncomfortable shoes I've worn for cosplay (they squish my toes pretty bad).
Personal Thoughts:
I think I look a bit like a purple Kathy Griffin.

Also, BLOOP.
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Arda Wigs
Wig Name
Original Color:
Styling Time
1 hour
Wig Quality Rating
3 / 5.00
Styling Notes
The wig comes in spiral curls, so I just finger-combed the wig to get the volume I wanted, then cut the bangs to be shorter and blunter, and evened out the length in back.
Wig Review
I love the color of this wig.
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