I say 75% done because this summer I will be making prosthetic stitches to replace the ones drawn on with eyeliner so I can wear it to SDCC '10. LOL
Okay, so this was my Halloween costume, Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas
. The dress was the trickiest thing I've ever constructed (I seem to say that about all of my cosplays, don't I? lol). I found a very course, off-white cotton fabric and bought twice as much as I needed to make the dress. Then, I made a "mock-up" dress which looked pretty much like this
but without the frillies and color. Then, I mapped and cut out all the pieces and used those as patterns for the actual pieces I would be sewing together. Each piece was marked with a number or a letter so I would be able to keep track of them. Then, I made a list of all the colors I would need and which pieces had to be dyed with each color. At the suggestion of ~ajazzydancer
, I went to Blick and bought some natural fabric dyes. The dying process took two nights (a Monday and a Thursday) in which I measured and mixed the colors myself, then boiled them in large pots at the fabrics studio at my school. After the pieces were dyed, I used markers and paint to draw the designs. Then I sewed everything together, including a zipper in the back. The big black stitches that are clearly visible are not holding the dress together, they are more like decor (and not finished yet....lol). I had the socks for quite a long time, and the shoes were a lucky find at a local thrift store....only $1.50!!!!
The wig will probably end up getting straightened this summer. Makeup will NOT be that awful baby blue that everyone who dresses up as Sally uses, instead I'm opting for a color called "Cadaver Grey". I've noticed that Tim Burton uses blue for dead skin-especially in Corpse Bride
-so I figured I'd make my own skin look ashen grey like a corpse. (When I cosplay, I want the character to look as least cartoony as possible) I still have to practice with it a bit. The Jack Skellington doll was a gift from my parents for my birthday. <3
Did I mention I watched the movie, like, 20 times because there aren't any decent Sally references on the internet? There really aren't. >_< I won't be watching it again for quite a long time.
Oh! And this costume won best overall costume at the Halloween party I wore it to.
's Jasmine costume won the prize for prettiest costume.
Cosplay made and worn by
Photo and drawn-on stitches by