Character Name: Tianzi
Series: Code Geass R2
Outfit: Default dress

Started: July 2008
Finished: August 2008
Hours to make: 63
Cost of materials: approx. $140 (Can.)
Status: Retired
Worn at: Otakon 2008

Tianzi is incredibly adorable, and I really wanted to cosplay something from R2. Her character design intruiged me, and this was the result. This costume drove me up the wall trying to make, and I'm not satisfied with how it turned out. It's difficult to get on and off because I was stupid and didn't think to use a zipper or anything. Instead, most of the dress is one piece, making it more trouble than it's worth.

The base wig was bought off of ebay, and the extentions were purchased from Cypherlox. The actual process of making and sewing in the extensions was time consuming, but not overly difficult. The only problem I had was trying to keep the long pieces of hair from tangling. The hair ties were lightly glued onto the wig after it was styled.

All of the red trim was either bias tape, or lots of thread sewn on a zigzag stich set at 0. This was extremely difficult to sew onto the dark blue part that poofs out, as it was very hard to get through my sewing machine. The yellow material was a heavy satin, the seafoam green material was a light crepe material that I had to double over, and the navy blue material was satin tessa. I can't remember what type of material the skirt part was made out of. The only thing I would have to complain about it is that it's not as poofy as I would have liked it to be. I should have used a petticoat.

The hardest part of the costume was definitely the part of the dress that sticks out into a beetle-like shape, making my friend dub the dress "the beetle dress". I ended up using a really thick interfacing for the shape because I wanted to avoid using wire, and I didn't know what else to use. The shape at the back didn't stay up the way I had planned it to, and the shape itself didn't come out as nicely as I would have liked. It was also extremely difficult to try and sew material onto it and then to get it attached onto the top part of the dress.

Overall, it was a huge pain the ass to make. I want to wear it again just for the amount of time and money I put into it, but every time I think about it, it makes me want to cry.