The idea for this cosplay came to me in a dream. I thought it would be a fun challenge to mashup Marie Antoinette and Cheshire Cat. The imagery was so different from other costumes I had done that it felt fresh and interesting, so I drew the design and began.
The skirt is based on a pannier pattern from Corsets and Crinolines by Nora Waugh. Instead of modern boning, I used far less expensive polyethylene tubing which is readily available at any hardware store. It's machine washable and sturdy! Under the pannier is a bumroll constructed out of a pool noodle, because no one likes a droopy hoop. On top is a pink flannel pannier cover so the overskirt lays smoothly on top of the hoop.
The ruffled front panel buttons to the pannier and ties about the waist. The stomacher snaps to the soft body corset. Over both the gown ties into place leaving these pieces exposed. All are liberally trimmed with black and white ribbon and white eyelet lace. The best part of the panniers and skirt....access to a pocket over each hip through a zippered placket.
A pink and purple striped faux fur tail is attached to the back with a large ribbon bow. Each strip was cut and pieced by machine. The tail is stuffed with lightweight packing peanuts.
The mask is constructed from Worbla and painted a glittery pink. The hat is a small covered straw cap, sewn into a tricorn shape, and trimmed in the same way as the dress, with feathers added. Purple bloomers with more trim are worn underneath, along with striped tights. An old pair of shoes were covered in foam, fabric and trim to complete the look.
Marie Cheshirecat was entered into the Original Character and Mashup category at Salt Lake City FanX Spring 2016 Cosplay Contest and received first place.
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