Pants - See Nausicaa
Top - Jasmine's top was completely improvised as I went along. From the extra cut parts from the pants I created a double layered band first. It was too wide for me so I cut it but I accidentally cut it too small to be closed by hook and eye closures. My solution was to have eyelets and a ribbon to tie it shut. I also figured that I would add an elastic to the bottom of the top so there wouldn't be any "accidents". For the shoulder loopies I sewed two layered bands and attached them so they were loose on my shoulders. To make to front of the top pretty I added in some runching in the center.
|Wig and headpiece test|
Jewelry - I bought the necklace at Ardenes. I am most likely not going to bother with doing earrings as I don't have pierced ears and my ears are covered by the wig anyways.
Shoes - I had bought a pair of cheap black slipper shoes from Ardenes figuring that I would either wear them with the costume as they were or I would turn them into blue genie shoes. In the end I was able to turn them into genie shoes! I started out with analyzing the shape of the shoe itself and analyzing the shape of a curly toed shoe. I came up with a rough sketch of what the pattern would look like and decided which measurements I would need to take and how much seam allowance I would give myself. The shoes curled when they were standing on their own so I had to wear one while taking the measurements to get the right numbers for the pattern I was drafting. I drafted the pattern for the shoe on some newspaper and used that to cut out the four pieces I needed.
I sewed the two endpoints for both shoes together then fit the fabric over the shoe, pinning it in close to the sole of the shoe. Both fabric pieces fit perfectly on the shoes which was awesome as that way I didn't have to do the whole thing over again! Sewing the material to the shoe was the hardest part. The shoe material was quite thick and so I couldn't put the pins in properly. The pins were all pointing in towards the shoe which meant that I had to be very careful when sewing or else I would get poked. This was the first time I ever used a thimble and by the end of the first shoe I had developed a method of sewing (as well as many wounds from the mistakes I made). The second shoe went by so much faster and with a lot less pricks from the pins.
|Sewing the top down|
Jasmine was so much fun to wear! It was a great Halloween costume, everyone recognized me and I wasn't dying of the heat! When I wore it to Anime Boston I got so many people asking for my photo. My favourite part of wearing this costume was when little girls came up to me and said that I must be a real princess!
|Completed Jasmine Cosplay|