Hehe yaay!!! Thanks everyone, I'm glad it looks good to someone other than myself XD
@LeMieux - It's for the Neko Neko Maid and Hostess Club, and we're performing at Mechacon ^.^ I worked on it on and off for about a week to complete the entire set... so probably totalling around 12~ish hours?
@monkeystuffer - Not for Otakon, unfortunately... it's just too far away XD I hope to go one day, but it'll have to wait until I have the travel funds!
@cursive_queen - Mechacon!! That's the con I'm going to ^.^ Will you be there?
I'm performing with a maid cafe group at an anime convention this month, and decided to sew my own outfit instead of buying one. This is only the second time I've made anything with a bodice, so I was really nervous about it XD
I made the ruffled underskirt, the black overdress, the apron, the ribbon choker, and the maid headdress.
And a bonus pic, from my photoshoot for making our maid "photocards":
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, although the bodice fit came out a little wonky. Having the apron tied help though, so it's definitely usable for my performance
marypoppins was the craftster who suggested you go to a dry-cleaners and ask them if they know any tailors or seamstresses. I think you should try that then, if you don't know of anyone yet. that way at least you have a starting place.
i looked around on the simplicity website, simplicity.com, and i found one of their costume patterns. it's number 4015, so just use their search function and search by pattern number. the shape of the dress is basically like all of the dresses that chii wears (on a basic level). you could take that pattern and then change up the neckline for whatever dress you're trying to make. i think for some of her outfits you might need to make the back a little different too, but at least you have a basic shape to start with. you'll probably also want to make the skirt longer. let me know if that pattern is about the shape of the dress you want. it covers most of her anime dresses, but her manga dresses go all over the place.
what i meant with the fabric amount suggestion was that if you're smaller than a 42" bust, you're going to need at MOST 3 yards of dress fabric and maybe one of lining.
what sort of fabric was the one that's too small for you made from? that would probably be a good place to start. otherwise... it's hard to tell from the anime what sort of fabric her dresses are made of, but i know none of them are supershiny, so try to find something that's not really reflective. a lot of girls i've seen cosplay chii have the typical white costume (from the manga picture where she's sitting facing to freya) and it's made from satin, and it looks really pretty. if you're trying to replicate like her bakery uniform or her first dress, though, you might want to use a less shiny material.
and i'll pm you with my email address, if i have a picture to look at i might be able to come up with a better pattern suggestion.
Yay Chii cosplayers!! I don't have suggestions about where to go in your area either, but is your current situation that you know of at least one person who does sewing but charges a lot, or that you don't know of anyone at all? If you don't know of anyone at all, you could try marypoppins' suggestion. Once you've found somebody, then you could discuss relative pricing/difficulty/speed of either making a new dress or altering the one you already have. I think if it's just one size too small, it might be able to be altered.
Also, how complicated of a dress are you thinking of? As in, is it more like Chii's dresses from the manga (which are ridiculously complicated) or from the anime? Some of her anime dresses are fairly simple, and as this is your first con, maybe you could settle for a pretty, but not as complicated dress? Then it would be faster to make and probably cost less to make too. I couldn't get your picture to work. Could you just like go to the picture page, and then cut and paste the URL?
As for how much fabric... Well, I looked at the fabric suggestions for a pattern I have that's sort of the same shape as Chii's dresses, and it calls for about 3 yards of dress material and 1 yard of lining material for the biggest size my pattern goes up to (42" bust).
I received from Ithinktomuch at the beginning of this week, but haven't had time to post pics until now. Everything's really cute, and I got so much yummy tea!!
She sent me a wooden tea chest, a tea pouch, and a rose candle, as well as Stash green tea and Lipton black teas. She also sent a huge collection of tea quotes on slips of paper with everything. My favorite is "A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. ~Nancy Reagan"