Princess Allura

Why?
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.

Bonus:
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, AWA 2018, MomoCon2019


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