a little more Ciel

All’s quiet on the blogging front, eh?  I haven’t really done any sewing since finishing my last project.  I’ve been out of town for the most part of the last three weeks.  I did have some sewing to do last week, but due to an unexpected eye injury that left me unable to do anything but sit in a dark room with blankets over my head for four days, I didn’t get to it.  I’m going to try to this week, though.

anywho, I got a chance to take my Ciel costume for a test drive a few weeks ago, during a rare stretch of nice weather in the Chicago area.  my sister and I went to a nearby park and snapped some photos, a few serious, but mostly for the lols.  so I’ll share a few of my photos with you.

this is the complete costume, minus only the hat, which I naturally forgot at home.  I have such a problem with hats!

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some nice full-body shots, wherein you can see the bustle effect of the gown nicely.  the back is not laced completely shut because I can’t do it by myself.  I’m going to need someone to help me into this outfit the next time I put it on.

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my “glamour shot”, I suppose.  I’m wearing Super Pinky Blue lenses from PinkyParadise.com.  I feel like they really bring up the effect of the costume as a whole, so I’m glad I went for them.  this is my first experience with costume contact lenses, and I’m really pleased with the look of them, and the ease of wearing them.  I think my make-up could use some improvement, so I’m going to play with looks a little more before the convention.  I’d like to achieve a little more of an “anime-y” look if I can.  any tips from cosplayers out there?

now for the silly photos:

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the first one is a really becoming pic of me about to sneeze.  I guess that’s what I get for taking pictures in the brush!  the second one is me wearing my sister’s little frilly maid hat.  then we did a bunch of pictures doing really ridiculous poses.  on the whole, it was a lot of fun!  I wouldn’t consider myself a “cosplayer” – that is, I like to make costumes and dress up, but I don’t get into character and I can’t act or model for the life of me.  in fact, I was hard put to get a handful of pictures with a straight face, because I’m so bad in front of a camera.  I guess that’s something else to work on…!

Alois Trancy’s “maid” costume

So, you know that I am going to Anime Central as Ciel Phantomhive in his girl getup.  my little sis wanted to go as Alois Trancy in his girl getup.  I think it’s a cute idea, the both of us dressed up as boys dressing up as girls!

anyhow, I’m just about finished with her costume – just some hand-sewing finishing touches to put on.   this project took much longer than it should have.  I’ve been feeling crummy all week and I just did not have the motivation to get this done.  but I’ve got so much other stuff I need to start on, that I had no choice!

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here he is in his lovely maid outfit.  there are not a lot of (reliable) good pictures of what this costume actually looks like, but it’s pretty simple.  I made my version a little more period-accurate, as I did with the Ciel gown.

the bodice and skirt are made of cotton sateen – the only thing I bought for this costume besides the pattern.  I used Simplicity 1558 for the bodice pattern, mainly because I won’t have a chance to fit this costume on my sis before the event and I didn’t want to fuss with drafting a pattern.  instead of making the gown one-piece, I did a bodice and a skirt, which has a more period look.

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I made a little petticoat so the skirt would have some volume.  yes, the petticoat is cockeyed – no, I don’t care much.  it doesn’t affect the look of the skirt so I’ll fix it if I have time, but otherwise, I’m not bothered.  it’s made from a thrifted sheet, and it’s actually really soft and luxurious, I think it’s Egyptian cotton.

(edit: while disassembling this outfit from my dress form, I discovered that I put the petticoat on sideways.  that’s why it’s cockeyed.  durh!)

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bodice and skirt together.  I used some vintage lace from my stash on the cuffs and the collar.  I haven’t put the hooks on yet; it’s pinned up the front on my dress form.

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the whole shebang, front and back.  (ignore all my pins; tacking the trim on the bodice is one of the three things I still have to do on this costume.)  I took a little liberty with the apron for a more period look.  it’s also made from a thrifted sheet that’s quite soft and sleek.  I just love thrifty costumes!

 

and there it is!  a project that should have taken me less than a day somehow took me the better part of three, but it’s done now and I’m satisfied.  I have to make the little hat thingy, too, but that’s the last of the things that need to be finished.  the only thing I wish was different was I should have made the apron a little longer.  oh, in case anyone wonders, the total cost for this costume was less than $50, including the pattern that I bought not on sale.  of course, my Ciel costume cost a bit more than I projected, because I ran out of stuff, so it balances out.