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Topic: Sea Witch! A cecaelia costume.  (Read 9786 times)
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« on: November 01, 2009 04:49:24 PM »

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A cecaelia (pronounced /sɨˈseɪliə/ sə-SAY-lee-ə; unrelated to Cecilia or caecilian) is a composite mythical being, appearing occasionally in art (notably from Japan), literature, and multimedia; combining the head, arms and torso of a woman (more rarely a man) and, from the lower torso down, the tentacles of an octopus or squid as a form of mermaid or sea demon.




Actually this costume is based on Ursula the Sea Witch but I thought a younger version of her might be nice so I omitted the wig.
The dress is basically my own pattern. I did copy the bodice part from a bubble dress that I have but the bottom I drew up. The purple shirt is of store bought.


The tentacles were stuffed with poly-fil and had a wire running through. I could curl them up or extend them all the way out. There were also strings attached from the waist to the tentacle to help keep them upright. When I was wearing it people kept coming up and squeezing my tentacles. The had in the picture is from some random guy that wouldn't let go.



Thanks for looking! It was a lot of fun to make and wear. I'm really excited as well to see everyone else's entries!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2009 05:25:58 PM »

oh man, that is fantastic - i love how your tentacles are posable Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2009 06:59:29 PM »

ha! I love your train station pic! they look confused & amused....
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2009 07:02:33 PM »

Those are the best Ursula tentacles I've seen in my life!!! Awesome, awesome work.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2009 08:29:41 PM »

That's really interesting to hear the background of your costume. I love the irridescent purple on the tentacles and that you could pose them - awesome. How long did it take you to plan/make your costume? It's really beautiful.
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2009 02:49:31 AM »

Thanks guys!

@ Raincity- it too me about 1 week total. I spent one Sunday drawing up the pattern and drawing it out on the fabric. The cutting took another day and I did all of the sewing in the evenings after work.
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2009 12:44:10 PM »

That. is. AWESOME! And you used the perfect fabrics!
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2009 04:17:03 PM »

I was Ursula for Halloween this year as well (and entered it in this contest!).  Great minds....  Wink

I love that the tentacles were poseable too.  I left mine free flowing (except the front ones so I could walk), but stuffed them with recycled materials (tulles, blank newsprint, plastic bags) so they wouldn't be too heavy.  What kind of wire did you use?

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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2009 06:41:29 PM »

great job!
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2009 11:10:12 PM »

@msfitts13- I liked your costume a lot as well as your Ariel. She's super cute.
I think the wire was an aluminum wire. I'm not exactly sure but it was very light weight.
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