The making of Art Nouveau Belle cosplay 

I am a huge fan of Hannah Alexander art work, eapecially her art nouveau art work. I’ve always wanted to bring one of her works to life. It’s a big challenge to undertake making a pattern, dying fabric and hand beading ,but I was up to the challenge. 

 I decided on tackling the Art Nouveau Belle! 
I bought 7 yards of poly blend satin and 7 yards of poly blend chiffon. I had two yards of yellow broadcloth already.  

 

Now to figure how to make the dress. I found a pattern that worked well and would just need a little modifying. 

I just had to modify the goudets, the insets between the seams that create a flowey almost mermaid like feel. Making them longer and wider to create a sillouet similar to the drawing.  Also I would need to make sleeves and add ruffles. 

  
I constructed the skirt and cut out the pieces of the top. The top consists  of 5 layers of fabric. Two layers of cotton broad cloth, with interfacing In between,  satin and chiffon. The bodice will be boned. The boning channels will be between the cotton fabrics. I constructed the cotton section fist and left the piece of chiffon and satin as pieces to be dyed. 

To dye the skirt, it is best to have the satin lining constructed and the chiffon top layer constructed. 

Now to dye the fabric. When using poly blend you have to use dye formulated to work for that. Rit dye more  Daffodil yellow  is the dye I used for the project, regular Rit will not work. Also when dying polyester blends you have to use the stove top method. With ombré you have to dye the fabric in section. The fabric you want darkest has to stay in the dye longer. The fabric you want lightest remove from the pot first.  I dumped everything in the pot after 10 minutes I pulled a section out. After another 15 minutes I pulled another chunck of a section. I left the remainder in to soak for another 15 Minutes. Repeat the same process for the chiffon.  Also don’t use the pot for cooking after. This pot should only be used for dying and not for food. 

   
  

 Be sure to follow the bottle instruction. 

Now that everything is dyed it’s time to sew everything together.  

I made the belt pattern that was going to be embellished with embroidered beaded lace. 

   

The sleeves I drafted a pattern myself and drafted the pattern for the ruffles on the bodice and the sleeves.    

    

    

I hand sewed the belt to the dress. Machine sewing it could possibly damage the beading and the chiffon. 

Now to work on the grommets. With cosplays I like to have stuff that laces up. I unfortunately  fluctuate in weight about 5 to 10 lbs so lacing is a must especially with cosplays that take such a long time and effort to create. 
    

It’s a painful process and I have a hand held grommet press so elbow grease is a must. 
Now to finish the beading. I bought these gold beads at Joann’s fabric. You have to hand sew them. Work in tiny sections so they don’t break apart easily. 

    

The jeweled Rose was hand sewn to the center. I was so lucky to have found this piece. 

  

For the top I divided the strands with two white pearl beads it added a nice touch.        

Now to do the beading on the hip. This was the biggest pain and the beads would break. Work in small sections and knot often. My cat was in charge of quality control and inspection lol 

    

The rhinestones on the godets were glued with E6000.       

For the head piece I used fake roses, leaves, a wide head band, and a few fake pearls. I cut the heads, laid the leaves on the head band, glued, and hot glued the Rose heads to the leaves. I added a few pearls to the leaves.   

   
 
Here is the dress completed. You can tell in the video how beautifully the ombre turned out.  

     

  

   

  
I hope this inspires you to create your own Art nouveau princess. Thanks for reading! 

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Elsa visits the Wizarding World of Harry Potter 

On April 7th the Wizard World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood is set to finally open. I was fortunate enough to have a preview and my friends and I of course dressed up. We all represented each house and one of my friends dressed up as Professor Umbridge. I decided to do a disney mashup doing Elsa/Ravenclaw. I always felt if Elsa was sent to Hogwarts she would have learned to have mastered her powers.

Walking through the gates is a magical experience.

The minute you walk into you see part of the  train station and of course the Hogwarts express. Here is a photo of all of us with the train conductor.

Elsa is ready to do the magic!

Walking through Hogsmead is amazing. It really feels like you’re in the movie. All the shops are perfectly depicted.

 

Of course you can’t forget the butter beer. Don’t worry kids it’s non alcoholic so you can definitely have some and the adults will enjoy it too. As for the adults there is some great beers and cocktails served in the park. Three beers are exclusively sold at the park.

 

One of the cool experiences in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is checking out Ollivander’s  wand shop. If you are lucky a special wand may choose you. My friend Kaitlyn got chosen.

 

It was a cool experience to say the least. With all this exploring of Hogsmeade one does get pretty hungry and we definitely satisfied our hunger at the Three Broom Sticks. The food is very good. So many different options, from fish and chips, bangers and mash, and sunday roast. I went with the Sunday Roast.

 

After lunch we checked out the 3D Harry Potter Forbidden Journey ride. Walking through the line is like walking through Hogwarts. It’s so cool.

I loved the ride, it is intense. You fly around with Harry and have to fight off dementors and whomping willows. Some people may feel nauseated after it, just a fair warning. I wasn’t.  I felt fine.

We also went on the flight of the Hippogriff ride. You get to see Hagrid’s cottage as you walk through line. This ride is very short, I almost wish the small roller coaster would go around twice to make it worth while. It’s a small coaster and perfect for little kids.

 

We did more walking, checked out some singing , and did some magic. The cool thing if you buy one of the interactive wands you can do some magic at the different stores.

Everyone was friendly and loved our outfits. The employees were all so helpful and super nice. We spent time talking to them about the parks and our costumes. They loved how we were in character the whole time.

 

 

At one point in the day we had fun playing students and following Professor Umbridge around like little ducks following their mama. Though mama wasn’t always happy with us. We had fun taking photos where Umbridge was scolding us as only Umbridge could do so well.

 

But then we also had fun making fun of her too.

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It really was an awesome time and we had to capture the moment.

 

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I can’t wait to go back. It was a wonderful experience and having friends to dress up with was what made the experience even more magical. In truth that’s the real message of Harry Potter, that friendships is what gets you through the darkest times and that’s the real magic after all.

 

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Thanks for reading. I hope you get to experience this wonderful place at some point or if not, hope  you pick up one of the  books or movies and find some magic in your life. Have a magical day.

Avengers half marathon weekend-packet pickup. 

It’s that time again. Another Disney race is happening this weekend.   I went to Disney for Packet pickup and the Health Expo on Thursday. 

They were already setting out the Finish line.  So excited about this weekends race. I’m doing the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge (10k and half)

  
The line wasn’t too bad on Thursday.  Waiting in the official merchandise line. 

  

In the official merchandise section you had so much options from jackets, shirts, caps, sports bras (that was random), glasses, water bottles, and ornaments. I love the RunDisney tennis shoe ornament, picked that one up. Slightly disappointed they had no pins for the Challenge and the 10k. They only had the half marathon pins. 

  
  
And the Dooney and Burke bags had a great design. I didn’t get any, but really  was tempted. The smaller one was $188 while the backback was over $300. 

   
 

After merchadise I picked up my shirts. They have a nice design this year.  I especially love the 10k one with the Captain Anerica Shield. 

    

I wandered through the expo. You’ll find a lot of great stuff from running shirts, to geektastic head phones to medal sport hooks to display your medals and more.  I love SportHooks, I have one of their displays and picked up an extender cause the medals are over flowing now.

   
    
 Along with cool merchadise there were tons of photo opportunities and a cool video shoot of you becoming Ant Man. 

 
I wore my Black Widow jacket from Hot Topic just for this.  Feeling pretty super.
 Who else is doing the race this weekend? Anyone dressing up? I’ll be a USO girl for the 10k, maybe I’ll find Captain along the course and Captain America on Sunday. I was hoping to make a Loki costume, but didn’t have time. If you see me, say hi. Thanks for reading and just keep running. 

D23 expo recap

D23 expo was this past weekend at the Anaheim convention center. It comes ever other year and it was my first time going. 

I decided to go as Vanessa, Ursuala’s alter ego on land. The costume I made turned out great.   

I got in line about 7 am the convention opened at 10 am.  

  
  
  
The nice thing is that D23 expo had stage pass for some panels. It’s basically like a fast pass so you don’t have to wait in line for hours and hours. I was able to stag a pass for the shorts panel. 

The short panel discussed the different shorts featured in the new DVD. The coolest thing was a sketch book they gave to all audience members. 

  
Another cool thing about the expo was a chance to visit the Disneyland archives.  It featured props from rides, photos, badges, and costumes.  I took a ton of photos. 

 

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This was the end of the collection. Amazing!!!

There were tons of phot opportunities and amazing cosplays. I was lucky to take some photos with some amazing cosplayers. 

 
  
  

Sven let’s go save Anna
 My favorite had to be this one with Flynn Rider. Move Eric I have my eye on Flynn, Maximus doesn’t approve. Can’t help it Flynn stole my heart.   
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I really was a fan of cosplayers that cosplayed less popular characters, Mr. and Mrs. Darling (Wendy’s parents) Olivia (Great Mouse Detective) King Steffan and the Queen (Aurora’s parents) and the Haunted Mansion (Amber Arden’s tightrope girl was amazing)

  

There was another great opportunity to take a photo on a Star Wars speed racer. It was pretty awesome.  


I attended an artist signing of Jasmine Becket Griffith. I love her art work. Picket up a Snow White postcard.    

Disney Infinity has a booth too. Uou had an opportunity to choose one of six figurines after their interactive experience. I was one of the last in line to get this opportunity, the line was two hours long but for a free infinity figure so worth it. 

  I picked up Sadness. She’s so cute.  

  

Got to get a sneak peak of Disney Shanghai. 

 
And another sneak peek of Pandora at Animal Kingdom 

   

Plus there will be a lot of exciting with the announcement of Star Wars land in Disneyland and DisneyWorld. So much exciting new developments and expansions. It’s an amazing era for Disney. Can’t wait to see all the developments completed. 

Plus all the cute products that will come out soon for Disney style at the Disney store. 

  
 It was an amazing day and I ended the day sailing back to the sea. After all Vanessa can’t remain on land forever.     
I did buy a few things and scored some free stuff. I loved my Aristocats prints I bought and my Disney Vans. I loved the Ariel ones. Ironic that Vanessa bought Ariel shoes but it was the only way to get a little mermaid. 

  
It was a fabulous day can’t wait for 2017. Thanks for reading, have a magical day. 

D23 expo is approaching. So excited!!!

This Sunday I will be at the D23expo in Anaheim, CA. If you don’t know what D23 expo is, it’s basically a convention for Disney fanatics by Disney. Lots of great panels and legendary artists will be there. 

I’ll be Cosplaying as Vanessa (Ursuala’s human form). So if you see me, say hi. I’m pretty proud of my costume. I made it myself. First time making a bodice with boning and thankful I had a friend that gave me some step by step instruction. In the end it turned out great. I’ll be posting a tutorial on what patterns I used to create it later on.  

  
Who else is going to D23 expo? What are you dressing up as? 

Thanks for reading! Have a magical day!

Marie – the purrfect Disney Bound.

I was so happy to be in Florida during the Flower and Garden Festival and for the Everest Expedition. It was so beautiful to see all the topiaries. I’m finally sorting through all my pictures and thought I would do a couple posts about it. While there I Disney Bounded as Snow White, Marie from the Aristocats, and Belle.

If you aren’t familiar with what Disney Bounding is it’s basically wearing regular clothes and accessories to represent something Disney. It could be a character or even a ride or a land in the park. You can get some ideas also on the disney bound

Marie is one of my favorites and I decided to Disney Bound as her, also because Marie is in Disney World so I wanted my picture with her.

I wore a white dress, used a pink scarf for my neck and a pink ribbon around my waist. I bought the loveliest fascinator from the hat and mouse
Her work is amazing. I have four fascinators I’ve purchased and I will be doing a post on my Peter Pan bounding as well.

I got to Main Street and waited patiently for Marie. Minnie was doing the photo opt and I honestly let people go before me so I could have my turn with Marie instead. I have Minnie in Disneyland and even have a picture with her while bounding as Minnie. Finally Marie came!

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After that I took more photo opportunities with more characters.

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And then even took some more by the topiaries in Epcot.

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Ahhah tick tock is going to eat me!!!

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Cats and dogs!

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Marie and Marie!

It was such a fun day of Disney bounding. Have you even Disney bounded? What are some of your favorite characters? Please stay tune for my next post of Disney bounds and my recap of the Tinkerbell 10k. Have a magical day!

Everest Challenge the final Expedition 2015.

Last weekend I ran through Animal Kingdom in search of the Yeti for the final Expedition Everest Challenge. It was a dream for many years to do this race and I was super lucky I was one of the few that was able to sign up for it.

The race itself is a 5k obstacle race with three obstacle challenges. After the 5k you are given a series of clues (5 clues in total) you have to solve in order to receive your final medal.

For this race I decided to dress up as village Belle, because I want adventure in the great wide Animal Kingdom.

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In my corral I made a new friend, who happened to also be a fellow cosplayer, and we decided to team up to take on this challenge. Glad we did because we were able to help each other during the clues. The 5k was a good run and the obstacles consisted of jumping over hay bails, crawling under a mesh netting, and running through tires.

The clues weren’t too bad a bit challenging but as a team it was easier. The last clue required us to find the words of all the answers from the previous clues in a word search. The remaining letters would spell out what to do. “Go find the Yeti at the finish” well we went to the finish and said that but it wasn’t correct. We figured out that the Yeti was in one of the clues. Sure enough a picture of the Yeti was on the front of clue number 2. Yay finished the Everest Challenge and got my beautiful medal.

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Here is a picture with my new friend. Yay team cosplay. LILO and BELLE

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At the post party they had Dinoland open for rides and photo opportunities

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Here is a photo of my beautiful medal

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Glad I ran Everest looking forward to the Tinkerbell 10k. Anyone running the Tinkerbell half weekend? What are you dressing up as?