AHIRU "DUCK" AHIMA: Princess Tutu
I've been a dancer all of my life, and when I first saw the Princess Tutu
AMV, "Hall Om Mig
" which won Best In Show at Anime Boston 2006, I was captivated by the footage, impressed by how well-drawn the dancing was, and had to watch the series. Originally I planned to cosplay Princess Krahe since I look more like her, but while watching I fell in love with Duck and her story instead.
I began with a base white costume leotard which already had the V-shaped neckline and a very small white tutu bunched around the waist. I bought several yards of white and pink tulle, and pleated it into rings and sewed them on top of the smaller tutu, with each layer becoming slightly wider to give the tutu more of a French bell-shape than a Russian-style pancake shape. The top layer was a white casa satin to match the leotard, cut in a circle skirt pattern and measured to leave about two inches of pink tulle showing around its entire circumference. The same fabric was used to make the arm poofs, which were just strips of fabric with elastic bands sewn into both sides. The bracelets are wooden beads from Joann's painted with gold acrylic and threaded through hair elastics. The crown was made from Wonderflex and the necklace is Wonderflex and craft foam. The wings I made by bending wire into a dragonfly wing shape and stretching a pretty yellow fabric over the frame. Two lengths of string slip into the waistband of the tutu at the back and tie around my waist under the tulle layers where it stays hidden. The back accents are blue ribbons, and the wig is a henna-red bob from Karen's Wigs with a lock of hair styled to curve up and back in the front with hairspray. The pointe shoes I already had; even though they are broken in they are horrible to walk around a con with all day.