The first time I wore it, I realized that I had not made the hoop skirt strong enough, as it kept collapsing every time I moved, and I had to keep fluffing it out again. I also discovered I had to be very careful wearing it outside, as the fur on the hem is basically a dust mop and picks up any and all dirt/mulch/grossness it comes in contact with. I spent several hours after Katsucon picking bits of cedar mulch out of it. The design for Fairy Godmother comes from the art book Witch and Princess by the Japanese artist Sakizo. The design spoke to me immediately because it was so fluffy and exuberant, and I knew I had to make it.
Cosplay helped me to find my passion and my purpose. My background is in theatrical performance and fashion/costume design, so when I discovered this art form that allowed me to combine the two, everything just clicked. It opened up so many opportunities for me, including the ability to travel to so many places I may never have gone otherwise, and to meet so many amazing people with similar interests. It also helped me to find an amazing group of friends who share my craziness and who I wouldn’t trade for anything. ☺️
The costume uses a number of different construction techniques including both modern and classical. The undergarments are all based on period-accurate patterns, although the design itself does not reference any one specific period in fashion history. The hoop skirt is triple-reinforced with flat hoop steel boning, and has a total of 6 boning channels, so it weighs a good bit. All of the flowers are handmade from ribbon that was colored with alcohol markers. The corset is embellished with hand embroidery that utilizes both metallic embroidery thread and silk ribbon. There are also hand embroidered pockets hidden under the skirt folds with a design that pays homage to the original reference art while still calling back to 18th-century pocket designs. The skirt is 4 yards in circumference and 9 layers in total, including the petticoat. The outer skirt is fully quilted and closes at the waist with a parachute buckle (one of my favorite secrets of the costume).
Photo : Felix Wong Photography