Eternal Sonata

Costume Stats:
Costume Completed: 2017
Debut: Anime Boston 2017
Convention History:
Anime Boston 2017
Photo Castmates:
Princess Serenade: Shiva
Photo Credits:
Prince Crescendo has been the acting ruler of Baroque since his father, the King, took leave due to illness. A former knight, Crescendo is noble, brave, and a formidable warrior, willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of his kingdom and its citizens. Engaged to Serenade, Princess of Forté, Crescendo discovers she is a spy for her kingdom but forgives her. Crescendo strongly believes in fairness and is rather idealistic, sometimes to his detriment as he sometimes sees people in a more positive light then they deserve.

Construction Notes:
The most challenging part of Eternal Sonata costumes are trying to break down their crazy amount of layers and Crescendo was no different. I started with trying to break down the coat, which I decided should function as several different pieces of clothing, with a jumper type shirt, a coat portion with sleeves, and a shoulder portion which attached to the cape. I combined two different patterns for the coat and the sleeves which were mostly made from a white bottom weight fabric. To give the coloring some depth, I combined the white with the same cream-colored cotton Shiva used on her Serenade so they would match visually. I also selected several variants of blue and light purple for the colored accents. For the trim I made my own bias tape for the first time out of gold satin using a bias tape funnel tool, which allowed me to make very long strips. The sleeve cuffs used heavy interfacing to allow them to maintain their shape and I airbrushed the blue gradient onto the bottom of the coat.

The shoulders proved to be a major hurdle; I tried using worbla wrapped with the jacket fabric and edged in the jacket's hold trim. It held the shape but looked messy; I want to try a different tactic when I revamp this. The pants are just hospital scrubs; I love using scrubs for basic pants as they come in a wide range of colors, they are comfy and they have pockets! For the boots I started with base sneakers and added bottomweight fabric backed with foam to build them up into full boots. The belts and other accents were made from everything we had lying around - pleather, worbla, PVC pipe, etc. Overall this costume ended up being rushed and was never completely finished; I want to go back through and improve it using lessons learned from the first go-around, and take more time with the accessories before wearing this again.

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