Hi I was thinking about cosplaying Eclipsa, I wanted to try and make the cosplay from scratch but I don’t know what style of dress she wears(to look up patterns), I’m also kinda stumped on what kind of hair style to do. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Thank you, much appreciated!

Hello there!

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The costume appears to be inspired heavily by the (late) Victorian era, but doesn’t fit into any particular style from that era. I’m seeing puffed sleeves, a full skirt (likely based on a circle), and a high-necked bodice with a bib. Due to the very simplified and stylized artwork, you have a lot of leeway when it comes to exact details, which you can use to your advantage.

Here are a few ideas, though all of these will need modification of some sort:

This Edwardian pattern, without the skirt trim or the longer sleeve portions
This pattern is vintage and may not be available, but it would be a good base in terms of shape
You would need to add a bib and shorten the sleeves, but if you don’t mind the button front (or know how to change it), this pattern has a very good shape

If I were you, I’d sit down with the pattern books at the local fabric store and flip through them. This is what I would focus on:

– The overall shape and silhouette (skirt shape in particular)
– The sleeves (do they have the fullness you would need, or would you need to modify them?)
– A bodice that isn’t overly shaped (no boning or other heavy shaping and structure)
– Skirt sits at the waist
– Preferably a high neckline

Once you have a pattern (or multiple patterns you’re combining) with these elements, the rest is relatively simple to modify or add. If you get a pattern with a vastly different shape or silhouette, however, you will have a much harder time trying to get it to do what you want.

As for the hair, I read it as being very curly with side bangs. You can curl a wig yourself, though I think that the Nicki from Arda in Ocean Green would be nearly perfect out of the bag – you’d just have to change the bangs a bit.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

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