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Princess Tutu
Special Variation:
Fire Festival
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Costume worn at:
Connichi 2012
Katsucon 2013
Nan Desu Kan 2013
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
The wig is a Derek from Arda Wigs, in their Dark Brown. I created a bun by wrapping matching extensions over a styrofoam ball and attaching it to a comb that slides into the wig for easy wear. I trimmed the side bangs a little, but the wig otherwise required very little styling.

The hat is one of my favorite parts of this costume. I created the base by meticulously bending and shaping sheets of wire mesh, then soaking thin interfacing in glue and more or less fabric-mache-ing the wire mesh. I cut, heated, and formed 2 layers of craft foam over this, to create the base of the hat. The domed shape is covered in a matte pale-lavender satin, and the ruffles were gathered and sewn on by hand. The rose I made from a tutorial I found online, using the same custom-dyed shantung that I used in my sleeves and over-skirt. The edges were cut and burnt, and the whole thing secured to a pin so that I could attach it to the hat cleanly. A comb has been hand-sewn to the inside, so that it stays in the wig, but can be adjusted easily.

The collar I made by hand using grosgrain and satin ribbon, all gathered and sewn by hand, secured in back with hook-and-eyes. The teardrop was a faceted plastic teardrop that I painted in metallic green and stitched to the collar by hand with clear thread. If you'd like to know more about how to make your own Elizabethan style ruffs, I made a tutorial from my experiences! Check it out, here!

The bodice is the piece that took probably the most work. I started with a costume pattern with the right neckline and seam lines, and tore it apart from there. I re-fitted the bodice, as well as extended it to have the point front. The sleeves were COMPLETELY custom, having been made about TWICE the size of the pattern, lengthened, and then split up fro the different colored sections. The holes are faced, and the gathered lavender lace sewn to a lining piece, just immediately around the holes, to reduce bulk and weight. the entire puff sleeve is attached to a fitted sleeve which goes all the way up to the shoulder, and is stuff with soft tulle to help it keep the shape. The darkest burgundy fabric is a 'coat lining' that I picked up, while the lightest pink (used in the very front of the bodice, and the underskirt) was a red-tag home-dec fabric from JoAnn. The medium-colored fabric in the sleeves, as well as the entire overskirt, was original a 'rose' satin-back shantung from JoAnn, which I spent HOURS custom dying using iDye Poly. The cross-lines on the bodice were created by drafting the grid on a piece of paper, tracing that grid to interfacing, and then basting the interfacing using those lines, on the center bodice piece. those stitches were used as the guide-lines to heat-and-bond burgundy ribbon, which was then COMPLETELY covered in a satin stitch. The ruffles on the sleeves were made from box-pleated white casa crepe. The entire bodice is fully lined, with an invisible zipper upside-down in the center back.

The shawl was custom-dyed 'costume sheer' from JoAnn, with the edges finished by zig-zag stitching, trimming, and singeing the remaining threads. The overskirt and Underskirt are separate pieces, which layers over a 2-hoop skirt I bought on Ebay, and a customized petticoat that I sewed extra netting into, to create the shape I wanted. The braid was hand-sewn all around the over-skirt, as well as on the sleeves.
Personal Thoughts:
Back in October 2011, I decided I wanted to make this dress for my trip to Connichi 2012. In the end, it's not as 'flashy' as I had maybe hoped it would be, but how close it is to the original design in the show, makes up for that. To me at least.
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Arda Wigs
Wig Name
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Styling Time
4 hours
Wig Quality Rating
5 / 5.00
Styling Notes
The thing that took the most time on this wig was wrapping the extensions around a styrofoam ball, to create the bun.
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