At this year’s Calgary Expo, the My Fangirl Life team did four different group cosplay outfits – you can see them here! We’ve already shared our Game of Thrones cosplay photos from that weekend, and boy were they hilarious. In today’s post, we’ll be going more for the line of “adorable” as Disney princesses.
The three of us dressed as Disney princesses, but, you know, in their casual outfits. The casting was as follows:
Kris as Ariel in town
Justine as Belle in the village
KG as Briar Rose in the forest
Photos taken by the My Fangirl Life team.
Justine will be doing a tutorial on her Belle dress because that was the most complex of these outfits (and isn’t it FABULOUS???), but you will have to wait for that! Kris and I had very similar outfits. Justine helped us to make our skirts – they’re the same pattern as we used on my Dany cosplay, my Rose cosplay (which you’ll see one day), and Justine’s Margaery cosplay. We each found a white shirt to wear, some cute accessories and Kris got herself together in time to order a corset online. I, unfortunately, did not… so I figured out how to make one the day before we were leaving. All it took was some black felt, some ribbon, and hot glue!
1) Find an old t-shirt you don’t mind wrecking and some duct tape. Put the t-shirt on and wrap the duct tape around your chest and waist until it is formed to your body.
2) Cut the shirt off, duct tape attached (this step may be easier with a friend… I had some issues but pulled it off). This becomes your rough “pattern”.
3) Lay your “pattern” across several sheets of felt. I used two long ones and laid it across them lengthwise.
4) Draw a template onto the felt around your “pattern”, creating the shape you want. I used a silver sharpie for this.
5) Cut out the pieces, leaving some extra overlapped room on any edges that need to be attached.
6) Use hot glue to join the pieces together as needed.
7) Use a single hole punch to put holes on either side of the front so that it can lace up, corset-style. Thread some ribbon through the holes
Bonus Step: Add a strip of felt with hot glue behind the front connection to act as a flap and block out the clothing underneath. I felt this step was necessary for my outfit so that the white didn’t show through.
If you need a refresher, it looks like this:
Voila! There you have it – a quick felt corset tutorial. It’s definitely not perfect but it worked. One bonus – it was WAYYYY more comfortable than wearing an actual corset. Let me know if you have any tips to make this better. I’m still deciding whether I’ll try to find a real corset or not for future use with this outfit.
To sign off, here are some other fun shenanigans that happened at Calgary Expo while we were princesses:
We have some great plans for these outfits in the future, so you’ll definitely be seeing more of the princesses. It was so much fun to act like a princess for a day – skipping, singing, and waving to anyone we liked. Keep watch here for more photos!