Neo Queen Serenity Help

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#1 Jigouku Chou on 5 years ago

I'm cosplaying Neo Queen Serenity and I'm a little lost about how to do the gold rings she has on the top of her bodice.

I bought this gorgeous crepe back satin for the rings, and it's the perfect color and a great texture, but it does look like it has the potential to fray. Anyone who's cosplayed Serenity, I'm curious as to how you tackled them.

Also, if anyone has any ideas on how to make her tiara, that would be helpful as well. I've been brainstorming the easiest way to take that on and I'm not sure which one would be best.

#2 fancy_duckie on 5 years ago

Crepe back satin frays like all get out, so hit it with fray check or clear nail polish as you cut it out. I'm planning on embroidering mine onto some white casa satin and then embellishing the donut holes with rhinestones.

Here's a link to a tutorial for NQS' tiaras, both anime & manga: [url][/url]

Hope this helps!

#3 Jigouku Chou on 5 years ago

Thank you so much! You helped a ton, I've finished everything now but these and I've been fretting about how to do them for what seems like forever.

#4 Emrys on 5 years ago

When I made my Fionna ballgown (which is based on Serenity's dress and has the same gold circles) I first added iron-on stabilizer to the gold satin, then cut it out like normal, and then hand stitched around the edges using a satin stitch in gold thread. It's kind of plain, but the satin stitches give it some dimension. The satin fabric can still fray a little even with the stabilizer so you'd want to cover it with a satin stitch or lace edging or beading or something.

Another option, assuming your fabric is polyester, is you can use a hot knife or soldering iron to cut out the shapes (without the stabilizer though) - it will melt the edges as you cut, like you do for cutting ribbon. The only drawback is you can only cut one layer at a time, cutting two layers at once will melt the two edges together. You can also cut the hems of the dress this way to keep it flowy (this is actually how I hem my fuku skirts).

Sorry I don't have any ideas for the tiara...