Photo by Ljinto
Sarah wig styled by:
Cosplays from the movie Labyrinth
Journal about cosplay: [link]
~making of part 1~ Fabric [link]
~making of part 2~ Details [link]
~making of part 3~ Wig [link]
~making of part 4~ Necklace [link]
~making of part 5~ Sleeves [link]
~making of part 6~ Bodice [link]
Making of Part 7 Skirt
The skirt was fun and challenging at the same time. If examined closely the original dress skirt has a lot of texture, like crinkled fabric. I spoke with a friend about it and she believed it was done using elastic thread. The first thing was to calculate how much the elastic thread would scrunch up the fabric so that I could get the skirt length correct. I made a practice piece and measured the before and after. Making a scaling factor, before length/after length, I calculated how long the pattern pieces would need to be compared to the dress pattern I had for hoop skirt bottoms. I folded the dress pattern into a quarter so that I could use the fabric edge as a guide for where to sew in the elastic thread instead of drawing lines down the fabric which could easily get messed up.
To the left side of the dress the fabric is pulled up. So in addition to the ruched skirt there was one with flat fabric that could be seen. After all the pieces had been cut out and sewn together, I spent an evening laying the fabric down, pulling it up, hand stitching down, to give just the right curve to the opened part of the dress. Then on the top is a fancy large broach I found on Ebay. The original is near impossible to see in the film so I decided to simply get a nice one.
Under the skirt is a hoop skirt I made from a standard pattern along with a giant tulle petti-coat. The petti-coat serves 3 functions. First it gives the dress extra volume. There is a lot a lot of tulle. The second thing it does is fine tune the shape the dress makes. The last thing is does it keep the hoops from showing through the fabric. no one want to see awkward hoop rings showing through the dress!