Representation in shows is scarce when you look like me. I get maybe one good recognizable main character every 5 years. At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to pull it off because I would have been a great Allura at 25. But I tried it anyways and it still looked pretty good. I just wish I didn’t have to wait 5-7 years to get good characters to cosplay because time marches on while the characters remain 20 years old. 😀
Notes on construction:
Bad procrastinator Gabi is responsible for this one. It took a week to make and I was scrambling the entire time with 2-3 hours of sleep a night. Had I been doing this properly it would have taken 3 weeks to make.
I started with the skirt as that would be the easiest piece to get done. I debated using a mermaid type pattern but determined an A-line would look better on me. So I used a 6 panel dress pattern and just replaced the bodice with a waist band. I already had both white and pink in my fabric stash. The white was from a friend’s wedding tablecloths she gave me. The pink was crepe backed satin from Ohco’s, that fabric sale I go on about.
Up next was corset which was an edit of an unlined ballerina corset. I altered the fit, bottom hem, and lined it. But that gold trim though. It gave me so much trouble. I tried three different methods of applying the gold before I found the trim I used. It was a bit of a nightmare.
The top I was seriously inspired on as I knew exactly what I had in mind for that. I got a tight fitting crew neck shirt from the local used clothing store and lopped off the arms. Then I used that arm as a pattern for the blue sleeves and then used a puff sleeve pattern out of matching fabric I bought. It fits so comfortably.
The cape was a patterning challenge. It’s overlayed, bonded, and satin stiched to within an inch of its life. It was the last thing I made as I ran out of time and I’d like to make it again if I can. But still, not too shabby.
Wig is two wigs from amazon I sewed together and styled. The bangs did sit higher but my husband accidentally crushed them in transport. I’ll be washing and restyling them before I wear it again. Tiara is foam I cut and painted. It attaches with elastic around my head. Ears are from Amazon and took four coats of make up to match.
Kimberly Brooks (Allura’s VA) gave me two huge hugs. Josh Keaton (Shiro’s VA) said I was just like looking at Allura right here in front of him in real life.
Worn at: MomoCon 2018, Atlanta Comic Con 2018, Dragoncon 2018, AWA 2018, MomoCon2019