The headpiece and armbands are just two layers of craft foam sealed with Mod Podge, painted with a mixture of metallic acrylics and then sealed again. The "gems" are Paper Clay, also sealed with Mod Podge, painted with a mixture of metallic acrylics and re-sealed. The dress is built as a single unit with a center back zipper, due in part to having to quick change from one show to the next. To obtain the right shade of teal and greenish-grey, I used Rit Dye in Teal, Dark Green and Pearl Grey.
The staff was the most difficult part for me, but in the end something I was very pleased with. I will go into the building process for it in my next post.
|Reay for battle!|
|BT's cheeky side.|
I have always wanted to make this costume, and getting to play Sailor Venus in a skit was the perfect excuse. The uniform is based off a leotard; to get the hip roll and skirt to lay right, I added a seam into the outer layer The skirt is knife pleated with the center right pleat being box pleated, as it is in the anime pictures. The sailor collar is pretty basic as are the chest and back bows (same with the hair bow). The gloves are from a Vogue pattern, to which I added the orange rolls. The shoulders, glove rolls and hip roll are filled with upholstery cording. The tiara is craft foam sealed and painted same as BT's and the gem is made of resin (I did a mixture of yellow with a drop of red coloring to get the color). They're not pictured here, but I did also paint a pair of high heels to match the orange of the uniform. My only issue with how this costume turned out is that I should have angled the sides of the skirt up more at the hem, but that's any easy fix for future conventions.
|Venus Crescent Beam!|