This costume was made for Kirayume Cosplay's entry in the World Cosplay Summit USA Preliminary event at Katsucon!! I worked slowly and diligently on this costume for several months so that no detail would be rushed or left to the last minute...!
The corset is steel boned with coutil; the decorative layer is a french beaded lace that was first stay-stitched to pink satin for support. I carefully placed each panel so the pattern of the lace would match up nicely. There is faux lacing in the front, and the corset laces up for realsies in the back ... so many grommets, haha *__*
The skirt was the bulk of the work, with various trims that needed to be hand-applied to 10 yards of hem *__*;;. I dyed the red applique, sequined it, and hand-stitched it to the skirt. I made the ruffles using my serger; I used narrow hem "napkin" stitch on the bottom, then ua gathering stitch to create the ruffles. I sewed a white scallop trim by hand along the top of the ruffles as an accent. The skirt is lined with one layer of organza (for sparkle and body) and one layer of chantilly lace, with horsehair braid in the hem for extra oomph. Lining the skirt was a difficult task just because it is SO HUGE ;;.
The top and pansu I patterned myself and used lingerie-type finishings so they would look really girly and dainty, I'm very proud of them, they're like *real* lingerie <3! The headband was covered with fabric I quilted with silver thread, then accented with hot-fix rhinestones. My butt bouquet and Freya's tulle bustle both have twinkle lights in them that I soldered myself to a mini arduino board that controls the twinkle pattern. Nessa casted the ears, and we worked together to make them open and close happily ... this required quite a bit of trial and error (and magnets 8D).
Overall I'm super happy with how this costume turned out ~ Chiiiiiii ~ :3