[COS] Becoming the Raven’s Daughter – Princess Kraehe
Here, of course, is where the fun begins and when my table began to look like a sparkly bird died on my workstation.
The biggest challenge was finding a way to still make the costume shine without using too much gold or making it unrecognizable. I took inspiration from the Odile!Kraehe artwork mainly for the large backwards S shapes that were formed by a thin black and gold cord. For the tutu itself, I purchased a basic one from Ebay for about $35 in the interest of both my wallet and my sanity. My first step though was to create an overlay to sew all of the decorations to. This was the last time during the construction process that I got to use my sewing machine. The black sequin trim around the edge is all hand-sewn as are all of the S shapes. All of this detail work gave me plenty of time to watch some old Doctor Who episodes as I sewed.
Overall, the costume took about 45 hours of work of which probably 40 involved hand-stitching or designing. I’m very happy with how it turned out and I’m glad to have had the chance to finally design and decorate my own tutu. Maybe one day, I’ll even get the chance to go back and give it a few upgrades so it’s a proper pancake tutu…