The Elegant Princess Peach - Costume Journal and Tips
Cosplay Journal #1 - 2011 Rewrite by TR Rose
This guide was long overdue for a rewrite! Princess Peach was the first "big" costume I ever made, and I've learned so much since then. This guide is going to condense the old costume journal and list out the components like I did with my Link tutorial. I hope this makes it easier to read and learn from!
This is the most iconic part of Peach's costume, and I assembled the dress from 3 patterns - a large, full skirt (McCalls 4090), a fitted bodice, and puffed sleeves (McCalls 4777). Sadly the original pattern for the sleeves is no longer in print, but there are other puffed sleeve patterns available. You usually can find them in the costume section of the pattern book. I originally left the skirt and top as two separate pieces, but I learned that sewing them into a single dress was easier to wear and looked better.
The hoopskirt was ordered from Ebay seller AngelsBridal (cost about $20). The particular hoop I used was the 3-hoop full crinoline/petticoat skirt, with adjustable waist and hoops. This is a great Ebay seller, who I've used for other purchases as well (including a larger hoop for my Belle gown, several colors of long gloves, and a petticoat for Zelda). My friends have ordered hoopskirts from this seller as well.
This is the part of the costume I've improved the most since the original version of the costume. The current wig was puchased from Ebay seller CosplayAnimeWigs (formerly Zhenna0036). The wig was described as golden blonde wavy long wig, but I'm not sure if they still carry that particular style. I cut the bangs and made the little flipped-out sections at the top using sponge rollers and a hair dryer. It was my first wig styling, so the bangs are a bit too short, but it works for the costume.
I used metal "French Bucket" vase from Michael's floral department. I used Dremel to cut crown shape out of metal, and a hot glue gun to attach acrylic jewels. I then used the Dremel to punch tiny holes in the bottom, and attached hair combs to base with gold floral wire. To wear the crown, I use blonde hair clips to attach the combs to the wig.
These can be found at any costume shop. You can use Halloween story quality gloves, or spring for nice bridal-style gloves from a place like AngelsBridal.
For my original necklace, I ordered jewel from WholesalersUSA, Inc. (the Jumbo size Caribbean Blue Non-iridized gems). I used gold Fimo clay to make setting, and placed two small jump rings into top of clay before baking. I then turned into necklace using Magic Stretch invisible beading cord.
I later superglued a piece of foil behind the jewel to make it appear shinier.
I ordered pink ballet slippers online. They're appropriate for the character, and extremely comfortable even after all-day wear. Highly recommended (and they have held up through many years of conventions!)
I made a basic pattern out of newspaper. The Veggie base is made of bunchy white fur, and the leaves made from green felt. The eyes are made from large black buttons, and the face details added with black fabric paint.
I ordered a yellow parasole from a party supplies website in yellow. It arrived with white lace around the edges, but I wanted it to look like Perry from Super Princess Peach. I carefully seam-ripped the original stitches to take the lace off altogether. I made a new ruffle using a sheer aqua fabric remnant. I folded a long strip in half and sewed a basting stitch to make a long tube. Then I gathered the tube and hand-stitched this to the parasol edge.I also used brown spraypaint to color the handle brown.
The face was drawn on with black fabric paint and pink glitter glue.
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