My Fangirl Life Cosplay: Post-Picnic Princess Fun! was last modified: July 23rd, 2015 by Kristin Glass
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!
As you may know from our Disneybound posts, the My Fangirl Life team was recently on a trip to the magical land of Orlando, Florida. You can check out these posts to see us as Princesses, Cats, Wonderland Friends, Villains, Little Mermaid Characters, Frozen Characters, and Hogwarts (slash Beauxbatons) students & our favourite other random Harry Potter things. The conclusion I came to during all of this? Disneybounding is a lot of fun – I recommend it to anyone. But for those of you that are less open to putting yourself out there for everyone to see all your nerd-dom, I have another way for you to fangirl out.
While we were at Disneyworld, we met a lot of characters. This was rather unexpected but it was one of the most enjoyable things we did. Yes, sometimes this involves standing in line with a bunch of children, so that’s a little embarrassing, but I promise, it’s worth it. In my opinion, this is the best thing you can do at Disneyworld.
It was funny because heading into the trip, we all said that we didn’t really care whether we actually met anyone, aside from hopefully doing a Mickey picture and maybe meeting one princess (because, obviously, princess). But then on our very first morning we walked into the Magic Kingdom, and there was Snow White on our right – and the line was so short! We had to do it, especially because Justine was dressed as Snow that day. It was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. So we went over, waited in line, and got our photos. What I wasn’t prepared for – since I’d never met a character before – was the one-liner that came out of her mouth. It was something about how she wanted to braid flowers into Grumpy’s beard, but he wouldn’t go for it (I was dressed as Rapunzel that day). She caught me totally off guard and I couldn’t help but laugh. I was utterly enchanted. After meeting Snow, we were hooked on character interactions. I tell you, these people are improv pros! They not only have lines for the children; they know they need to say something extra witty or be extra charming when a group of grown women walk unashamedly up to them. Here were some of my favourite interactions:
- Alice complimenting Justine (dressed as the Queen of Hearts) so as to make sure she didn’t get angry…and she kept her head.
- Elsa telling me that the flowers in my hair (because I’m Rapunzel, obviously) would make Olaf sneeze his nose off… then me using the same comment when I met Anna right afterwards. I wonder if she noticed it as one of their stock responses?
- Gaston. Just everything about him was perfect.
- Anna telling Kris all about their “Redheads Club” – Anna, Merida, Ariel, and Peter – and how they had chocolate cake last meeting (“I don’t know who was more excited, me or Peter!”)
- Every dwarf in the parade coming up to see Justine dressed as Snow White.
- Rapunzel complimenting my frying pan necklace and talking about all the wonderful uses for frying pans.
- “The birds braid my hair every night!” – Cinderella to Kris (as Anna) and me (as Elsa)
It turned out that the girls that “didn’t care” if they met any characters tried to meet pretty much all of them. Well, maybe not all, but a TON. Meeting Elsa and Anna was one of the most hilarious experiences. We waited in line for an excessive amount of time amongst many young girls… and we did it unapologetically. When we finally got to the front of the line we were all just so flustered. After meeting both of the ladies, we went out into the gift shop at exit and the three of us were so starstruck we were shaking. Ridiculous, right? But I tell you, a lot of fun. We even went to a princess dinner! This was Kris’s birthday gift to both myself and Justine (because she is clearly awesome). I actually highly recommend doing this if you don’t mind the price of the food. No lines to wait in and you’re guaranteed to meet 4-5 princesses there. We had met many of them already by this point in our trip – but that’s just because we’re keeners. That being said, I think this might be the only way to meet Belle in her yellow dress! I think our main complaint about meeting characters is that we couldn’t find any princes… but Kris will post about that a little more at some point, don’t worry. Long story short, I think that meeting characters is a great way to quietly fangirl. Yes, it can involve some lines but I honestly always found that the wait was worth the interaction… and then you have all these funny and adorable photos afterwards.
Have you ever met any characters? What were your interactions like? Tell us about it in the comments!!
Welcome to Game of Thrones week here on My Fangirl Life! We’re counting down the days until the new season premieres on Sunday, so check back throughout the week for all sorts of Westeros-related fun!
As my contribution to Game of Thrones Week I wanted to talk about the fashion of Westeros. In doing research for that post I came upon ‘The Wonderful World of Westeros’ or the Disney Princesses as Game of Thrones characters. I’d seen this before and thought it was great however, I was skeptical of the matches. So I decided I’d dig in and check it out…
This is the obvious choice for Brienne but it’s also perfect. Mulan is a warrior, just like Brienne, and wouldn’t be happy sitting around at King’s Landing in a gown and drinking wine (though heaven knows why, that sounds like a splendid time). Mulan and Brienne are far more suited for a life of battle.
Ariel looks just like Melisandre. That red hair is so vibrant…so Melisandre. The look is perfect. However, I just don’t think Ariel could pull of a Melisandre level of evil. Perhaps if Ursula was embodying her??
Jasmine as Ellaria
Ellaria and Jasmine is another pairing that totally looks the part. The bright orange is stunning with both of their skin tones. I don’t know a ton about Ellaria (just met her in the books and she hasn’t been super prominent in the show yet) but I think her and Jasmine might be similar. They’re just on opposite ends of the spectrum. Jasmine is the princess who wants to be free and make her own decisions while Ellaria is the bastard lover of a prince. Ellaria might want to be free and make her own choices, I just don’t know yet. Really all I know is that she has a wicked scream and cry.
Belle as Margaery
Belle is smart and independent while Margaery is often a pawn in larger schemes (though I do think Margaery herself plays a large role in planning these schemes). I think both Margaery and Belle are smart and headstrong but I’m still not sure Belle would enjoy being in Margaery’s place. I don’t think she’s quite power hungry enough; she prefers books to people. I do think Belle would be up for one of these marriages Margaery has faced. An age difference shouldn’t matter to Belle – she did fall in love with a Beast. I really enjoy the parallels drawn here with the roses, very clever. Belle definitely looks the part as Margaery, but I’m also not certain she’d be up for such revealing dresses.
Snow White definitely fits the image of Shae’s shy and quiet servant side. Snow would probably enjoy not being the center of attention. She’s bright and bubbly and good at being happy and making others happy. Which brings us to the part of Shae I’m not so certain Snow would embrace. Does Snow White have a kinky side? How would see feel about being a prostitute? Snow does spend a lot of her time with dwarves… it could be a fun twist on her character.
Rapunzel as Sansa
This one I’m not sold on. First, Rapunzel’s miles of hair doesn’t quite feel Sansa to me. Perhaps Ariel would be a better option (but she was already taken). Anna’s another red head, but she’s definitely a little too quirky for Sansa. Rapunzel as well is quite spirited. However, both Anna and Rapunzel are used to being pushed aside and made to feel little by others, just like Sansa. Perhaps Sansa’s quirkiness is still to come. She just hasn’t had much of a chance given the difficulties she’s faced thus far.
I think I could get behind Cinderella being such a motherly character. After her difficult childhood I think she’d fully embrace the role of mom. But given that childhood and how she was treated, I don’t think there’s any way she would have treated Jon Snow the way Catelyn did. Cinderella would have welcomed him with open arms. These two characters don’t look as similar as some of the others but looks-wise, I’m not sure who else could be Catelyn.
Aurora as Cersei
Is Aurora the bitch of the Princesses group? This would seem to suggest so. I can see the physical resemblance. The long blonde hair is perfect for Cersei. Beyond that I’m not so sure. Cersei is manipulative, but loyal and protects her children. I don’t think Aurora has a manipulative or conniving bone in her body. She’s too naive for that. At least she was during the movie. Who knows what happens once she marries Phillip and moves into the castle!
If any Disney heroine was going to take of Ygritte it would be Merida. The red hair is perfect and the mad archery skills make her dangerous, just like Ygritte. I’m curious as to how Merida would take to Jon Snow. I think a love interest would be fun for Merida.
Elsa as Daenerys
I enjoy the contrast here between Elsa’s ice and Dany’s fire. Perhaps this could be another take on ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Elsa’s blonde locks and preference for braids definitely makes her look the part. Elsa’s frozen heart and ultimate journey of learning to love and embracing her powers is something I feel Dany has gone through. Both characters are trying to learn how to be a good queen. Another perfect match!
Do you agree with my comments? Do you have any suggestions? Has anyone done this for the Disney men? I would love to see that! Let me know in the comments.