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Strawberry Panic Uniform Front by LilithOya Strawberry Panic Uniform Front by LilithOya
This costume is for the lovely :iconhorus-goddess: who requested for this commission/art trade the uniform worn by the main character in Strawberry Panic.

:iconhorus-goddess: now has some pics up of her in the costume!
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Squee! She just looks so adorable!

Ok! Costume construction! This really wasn't so bad....most of the time anyways. Hehe.

Cost: approx. $80

I used 3 patterns. A colonial period costume for the main body of the dress, a renaissance dress solely for use of the sleeves, and another skirt pattern for the petticoat.

I followed the pattern for the period dress almost to a T, except I shortened the length and ignored the finishing touch ups on the collar and cuffs for a while. After constructing the sleeves via the renaissance pattern I attached them to the body. Later on I ended up unstitching half of it because the sleeve drooped too much and I needed to pull them up higher.

To make both the collar and cuffs I drew out the basic shapes of each on tissue paper to make my own pattern. Using this pattern I cut 4 pieces for the cuffs(2 for each arm) and 2 for the collar. With right sides together I stitched them leaving the ends open. Before I flipped them right-side out I ironed on interfacing to BOTH sides of the fabric. So each piece of fabric was backed up with interfacing. I did this so all the pieces were extra sturdy for the work ahead. After turning them right-side out I ironed them to get them flatter and smoother. Next I drew out the shape of the cut out design on extra thick paper, cut them out, and traced them with a pencil everywhere they needed to be. I stitched over my pencil marks and when I was done I used both a thread ripper and a tiny pair of scissors in order to cut out the designs inside the stitching. It was easy, but VERY time consuming. I had to make sure I cute away as much of the thread still fraying down to the stitching as I could. Collar and cuffs were then attached to the dress. Because of the interfacing the fraying was limited and everything stood stiff and clean [link] in gravity defying directions!

Using the directions on my machine, I discovered just how easy button holes can be! Horray!! I did 9 of these I believe and added simple black buttons.

The pattern for the petticoat I altered slightly in length, only using one of the many ruffles provided. The ruffle part gave me the MOST trouble. You have to gather the fabric before you sew it on. So I did my loose stitching in sections and every time I tried to bunch the fabric my thread kept breaking!!! ARGH! Took me an entire day to get the stuff gathered and onto the petticoat!! *fist shakey* I added a zipper and mini snaps to the back(since I didn't have hook and eyes handy).

For the tie, I just traced my own tie onto fabric, cut 2 pieces, kept them sandwiched together and stitched. Leaving the small side open, I flipped it right-side out and closed the opening. After ironing I couldn't find a trim or ribbon for the strip that looked clean enough so I used black marker instead.

While it was a fairly simple costume, which was nice and relaxing, I did get to try out a few new things and that made me really happy. Finally learning how to make buttonholes was a thrill! I'm also happy that my ideas for the cuffs and collar worked out smoothly and there was no need to go back and reworked the plan. Thank god cause I didn't have enough fabric to make mistakes! O___O;;;

I got really lucky with the fabric choices. The black is a really nice non-wrinkle material with a little stretch that feels like it would go on a business suit. The girl who sold it to me quoted me $6/yrd, cut me the 5 yards I asked for, only to find out that the fabric was $20/yrd. But it was already too late since she cut the fabric. She had no choice but to charge me her original quote! Whoopie!!

The shop that sold me the cream colored fabric said that it was cotton and silk blend, or something like that anyways. I snagged it for $6/yrd as well. I used all 4 yards that was purchased.

I didn't have time to go back into Manhattan when I got down to the tie, so I was forced to go to my local fabric store, Joann's, which is mostly garbage. They have limited selections and their prices suck. Anyhoo, my goal was to find a nice a fabric as possible for a tie if I couldn't find silk. I didn't, but did find a polyester with a nice flow to it. I only needed a yard so I grabbed it for $3 and change.

Course 3 patterns was the priciest part of everything, each one costing between $5 and $10.

And there you have it! Send it for overnight shipping and hope that the post office doesn't screw up and it gets there before your customer gets on their plane and VOILA! Hahaha.
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SweetSymmetry8 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Gasp! I must have!!!!
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KaoriSakuragiLover Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
i would love to buy this. please contact me i need it made before may 1. thank you so much
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KaoriSakuragiLover Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Hi i had a question! i am looking to buy this cosplay from you!? i have looked at many others but this one is the best. how much would it be for you to make me one in my measurements?
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:iconjanuri-chan:
Januri-chan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Is it possible for me to ask you for one, i can pay !
Im very interested
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can certainly commission this. Since the main pattern is discontinued, I'll have to find a suitable replacement, so upfront I must say, it won't be EXACTLY the same. But it will be just as good. In ways it will be better since I've very much improved my sewing ability since then (especially when it comes to collars).

Just message me when you're ready and we can discuss price, but please be sure that I have at least 3-4 months to work on it. I can't accept rush orders at this time.
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:iconjanuri-chan:
Januri-chan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Well i want to know what the price is ? and how can I i pay you ? and be sure, no offense, i wont be robbed ^^' Sorry....
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No offense taken but that's why you should pm me. We need to discuss details such as size, the exact parts you need, and where I would be shipping. Some even have specific requests for added details or types of details, etc. All of these are factors in the price and all consultations should be in a pm so we both have a record of what we've agreed to for what price. And eventually I give a basic disclosure and all that typical, trying to be professional, business stuff. XD

I would perform the actual transaction through Etsy.
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jennitaylorxx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hey, do you still have the patterns? My friends and I would like to make these costumes....could you email me the patterns or the links to them (if they are online?)

ARIGATOU GOZAIMASU!

Jj

xx
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can dig through my patterns and find the ones I used, but I do know that the main one is out of print, so it may not be much help anymore.

I actually used a combination of 3. The main body was a button down dress, the sleeves were from a renaissance dress, and the petticoat was a skirt pattern from a suit. They're all pretty basic and I'm sure if you dig long enough through www.sewingpatterns.com you can find similar ones.
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DarkZeldaNeedLove Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Wowowowowow i need it....how i can geht.?!?!:)
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:iconchocola-chan:
Chocola-chan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OHMYGOODNESS ! i see this was posted back in 2008, but would it be possible to commission this uniform dress now ??
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It wouldn't be exactly the same, but I could still make one if you'd like! Just send me a note and we can discuss further. ^____^
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HarleyTheSirenxoxo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Too cute!!! :squee: It looks just like the uniform in the anime. - Harl xoxo
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xxHavekVandalxx Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Hm. I would love to buy one! Would you mind? ^-^
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not at all! Please pm me and we will further discuss time and price. Thanks! =D
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PhoenixGhostAngel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Beautiful work. Im planning on making me one of my own, just i know it will be difficult. Wonderful job on this
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:iconruberrychan112:
RuBerrychan112 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow *A* pretty
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:iconbrink-of-death:
Brink-of-death Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey do you still have the pattern for this dress? If so, is there any way you would be willing to email it to me?? I have been searching for a pattern to use for this EVERYWHERE ><;;;;
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I tend to not keep a lot of my patterns out of sheer annoyance of the mess the costumes create in my small space, but I keep the envelope so I can always know what I used and buy a new pattern. If you give me a few days I will let you know exactly what patterns I used and modified so that you can search for them. ^____^
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:iconchiyo-takai:
Chiyo-Takai Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
This is amazing! Would you be able to send me the names of the patterns as well? I am also trying to make this cosplay and I've been having no luck finding any good patterns... :/
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll have to see if I still have the pattern sleeves. I noticed that the period pattern I used isn't around anymore.....it might be out of print and I haven't seen another like it (a colonial costume that has a button down dress). If I still have the sleeve in my drawer of stuff I'll note the number. Perhaps you can find it on ebay or something....then be sure you photocopy the pattern pieces are staples or something so you don't ruin the original, cause you'll probably never find it again!

If I don't get back to you in a week, please bug me! I have the worst memory and forget to do these things all the time. XD
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:iconchiyo-takai:
Chiyo-Takai Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Thank you very much! Although just this morning I found a pattern that I'm most likely going to use ^^; its an early 20th century skirt and jacket (butterick b4954 if you are curious) that I'm modifying slightly to make the dress and petticoat... I'm really sorry to bother you and make you go through the trouble for helping me ^^;
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Brink-of-death Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok cool, thank you!
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:iconlucii-zura:
Lucii-Zura Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
I WANT THIS DRESS <3
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bobbi-dylan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
oh wow! i'm jealous, it's so cute!
you did a really good job of this
xx
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AquaStorm14 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Heyy Wouw this looks really awesome!! how long did you work on this??
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Over the course of 2 weeks inbetween work and whatnot.
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AquaStorm14 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Wouw! i could never do that even though i`m facing it right now since i need to be ready with 2 cosplays before the 27th and one of them is this one, do you have tips on something?
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Having patterns for as much of a cosplay as possible is always a big help. Even if it needs altering in order to be more accurate it's always better than doing something from scratch. I think that's the best tip I can give. If you have any specific questions let me know and I'll answer them as best as I can.
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AquaStorm14 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
i never worked with partterns.. i wouldn`t even know how they look or how to work with them and stuff xD kinda weird i know to me it`s more like it looks like that so then i guess i have to do this to get it *tries* hey it worked out! but really thanks for the tip!
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All you need to do with a pattern is follow the directions. If you stick to ones like Kwik Sew or Simplicity they really break everything down super easy and the patterns themselves are made to be as simple as possible. One of the best places to buy patterns is www.sewingpatterns.com They have just about everything. You just kinda search for the thing closest to what you need.
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AquaStorm14 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
thankyou very much ^^
even though i care for habbits a lot i`ll try to change mine of not using paterns ( if i can=P )
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jointheFEAST Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
For the patterns you used, are they hard to find? Or can I go to any fabric store to find these patterns?
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LilithOya Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use www.sewingpatterns.com most of the time, if not to buy at least to find what I'm looking for so that I can find a store that sells it(where I am certain stores only carry certain brands). Most of the patterns I use are either Kwik Sew, Simplicity, Burda, Butterick, or McCalls. They're very popular brands that you can find in most places.
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FLoTTycRumPTee Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
do u still do trade?
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry to inform you that I don't. It was a special circumstance where I had been trying to commission as well as purchase art from my client for quite some time. We had agreed that what I would have charged for labor on the costume was a close match for what she would charge for a commission of her own. It just so happened that we were looking for help from each others talents at the same time. Costumes are very painstaking and unfortunately, unless this rare situation pops up again, I need to charge clients for my services.
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:iconflottycrumptee:
FLoTTycRumPTee Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
kay then..:)
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Sabriel-chan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful!! I would love for you to make one for me, it it's possible?
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xlovely-x-nightmarex Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009   Photographer
This pic was so useful for fabric hints!
Thank you, I was JUST stressing over that!
Divine providence, right there lol
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Tsuna-kun-khr Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
This is amazing! >w<

i wish i could get this... i would wear it a lot =w="" *would be shizuma* >w<
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:iconjenbunnysmilesuki:
jenbunnysmilesuki Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is absolutely wonderful, i love the anime and manga series! Kudos to you, magnificent work! XD
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DevanSnape Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Hobbyist
:O WANT!! Lol, looks brilliant! I really want a couple of these to cosplay, but I can't affordto but them, and I doubt my parents would approve :'[
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Poppaea-chan Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
I'm so glad I found this (although it would have helped much earlier, heh). I'm also creating a Miator uniform from Strawberry Panic for a cosplay this weekend (as Shizuma)! The dress is almost done, but I've been worrying about the cuffs and collar. I'm going to try your method and see how it goes. Great job!
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Oscura Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful work you did! I love this uniform.
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HfR89 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
do you still do commissions like this?
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely! Although any commission I take right now would not be completed until after July. While I can shop for supplies while I'm looking for my own, I won't be able to actually work on the commission until I get past a few cosplay competitions over the course of the spring and summer. If you are still interested note me with the costume you'd like me to make, including some references, and I'll be happy to send you a quote.
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TerryRose Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a nice cosplay ^^
I'm looking to go as Nagisa to a con soon, do you think you could give me a quote? <3
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:iconlilithoya:
LilithOya Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Note me with links to reference images and what dates you need the costume for and I'll let you know what I can do! ^_____^d
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demon2091 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Student General Artist
WOW! That's awesome. I so love it. I wish I could make one that awesome. I plan on cosplaying as Nagisa one year.
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SapphireMoor Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderfully done! Looks exactly like it should. ^^ Also, thank you for detailing the work involved in making it--I'm considering possibly during either this uniform or Spica's for a cosplay with a friend of mine. It's always helpful to me when people explain how they make an actual cosplay, especially since I love knowing all the little details of how a given outfit is constructed. XD
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