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Doll - Princess of the Circus by ClamWings Doll - Princess of the Circus by ClamWings
Finally a full body shot of this costume! It's a bit tricky to wear with the ballet shoes, and incredibly limited sight, and feathers tickling whoever stands on your left...not to mention insanely poofy skirt! *dies* But I do love her and this costume/design to bits!

Any pointers on my fail-post-processing welcome! I think the graphic designer in me got slaughtered by the inner-cosplayer somewhere along the way....

The main fabric is a cream panama which is lined in cotton, polarfleece and lining material depending on where it is, as well as re-inforced with shape-forming material *and* interfacing. Everything had to be drafted and patterned to be incredibly tight fitting and work with the panama being interfaced so that it had a bulk that'd sit nice and form the curves on the bodice and edge of the dress nicely. The dress has a functional corset back with the boning inserted into the lining.

My arm puffs are essentially the same pattern as Tutu's (which took me a while to re-figure out n_n;) with the scalloped lace hand painted from white to cream to match the panama (which is the same stuff that ~warui-chan used for her Dagger's reverse-waistcoat! The striped waist sash is also hand-made with all the stripes being machine embroidered. The major roses on the bottom of the dress are partially modified with extra hand-made and painted petals so that they're larger. They're also attatched to the crinoline that gives the skirt it's shape. Also, all the roses have tiny little diamontes individually glued onto them for extra sparkle~

My beloved parasol (which is currently broken ;^;) was a very heavily modified umbrella - my dad and I had to lengthen the shaft and turn a new handle with that little tassel. The spokes also had to be cut back, painted and re-covered with cotton lycra which then had white fringe and cluny lace hand sewn onto it.

Doll's shoes are actually modified ballet shoes - they were painted white with specialized leather paint, and modified with roses (that match the waist sash) as well as insaaanely long ties (IIRC, each one's 4-5 metres long). My striped sock was also self made (because eBay hates me XD) and attached to the sock toppers and garters so everything sits nicely.

The headress started out by taking a plaster mould of my head, papier mache-ing over that, and then attatching about 3-4 different kinds of roses onto it for organic variety. The ostritch plumes, hand-beaded crystals and matching panama ties were then attatched. The bow ties work withthe opening of the neck corset which was patterned through draping and features matching lace from the rest of the outfit, as well as panama-covered buttons.

Phew...I think that's all! Sorry for the TL;DR! ;_;

Won Best Group (with ~warui-chan) at Melbourne Armageddon and Best Group (with ~warui-chan, ~K-chan009, *cescat and ~yiji) at eGames.
Photo credit to :iconneilcreek: @ [link]
Post processing by myself
Brush credit to ~kaedeki and ~Scully7491
Location: Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
Doll: :iconclamwings:
Make up: :iconwarui-chan:

Others from this series:
:flowerpot: Doll - Corrupt Flower Blossom
:flowerpot: He Never Misses His Mark
:flowerpot: Welcome to the Circus..
:flowerpot: Joker - Poker Face
:flowerpot: Black - So Mysterious
:flowerpot: ..:: The Black Parade ::..
:flowerpot: The Beast
:flowerpot: Beast - Broken Possession

Doll is from Kuroshitsuji (manga; Noah's Arc Circus) which belongs to Yana Toboso.
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:iconzephn356:
zephn356 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional Photographer

You might want to check out www.WorldofCircus.com/Contests before Nov 14th this would fit.

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:iconlitle-noa:
Litle-Noa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I wanted to ask you something about this costume since I'm about to make it myself and wanted some advice :) (yours is amazing btw!)
Could you tell me a little more about how you got the skirt to poof upwards like that?(I'm not sure what panama is, never heard from it before but maybe it's called something different in my native language)
also, is it easy to put the paper maché hat on and off? I first made a plaster hat with the idea of using that as the base but since it's pretty heavy and absolutely not bendable I'm looking into other ways
finally, my friend(who will cosplay smile) and I are trying to find vertically striped socks(since we both need one) but can't find them anywhere, did you buy yours or make them yourself?
again, the costume is amazing! I hope you will reply to this :)
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bunifu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Very pretty!
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:iconstilldollartist:
StillDollArtist Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
This is so beautiful! ;-; 
Job well done on this cosplay! Amazing! :D (Big Grin) 
i was wondering if you had a pattern for this cosplay, i'm wanting to be able to make a costume like this but i have NO idea where to start .-. 
If you could help me that would be awesome ^^
 This would be the first cosplay for me to make and i'd really appreciate the help ^-^" 
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Izumi-Kaede Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
hello~

love your costume~ 

if i may ask, do you have an exact pattern or the dress / neck thingy /sleeves? 

i'm at a loss of what to do for her dress. i was thinking of using satin, but am not sure. this will be the first cosplay i am making, so that's why i'm asking all these questions. ^-^'
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NokithePoliceGirl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
How did you make the hat?
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:iconbunnychii:
bunnychii Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks so cool O_O
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:iconasamiya-zaoldyeck:
Asamiya-Zaoldyeck Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic. *-*
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InsanityForTheNation Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Soooooo great!!!
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:iconyukiria:
Yukiria Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I think I already commented this picture but whatever, who cares?
I'm still totaly in love with your costume, it's just the most awesome Doll-cosplay I ever saw.

I actually planed to try making my own for a convention, but the more I look at yours, the more I go "Gosh... I'm never gonna be able to make it. x') ".
Well, I think I'll try it, who knows what will come out of it. Even if the only things I sewed till now are plushies. :D
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frizz-chan1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Where did you take the picture i love the building it is so awesome!
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:iconrawien:
rawien Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful! Nicely done!
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:iconmisspaperjoker:
MissPaperJoker Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, thats by far the best costume of her Ive seen! And Ive seen quite a lot, cause I want to cosplay her, too and am currently searching for tips and photosXD

That you did everything, even the socks, is amazing! And this was worth the effort! You look stunning! *__*

Because of your description I am finally able to imagine how I can start doing this! *__* thank you for that :D Im an absolute newcomer in sewing and that stuff >___>

Thank you for cosplaying her! Really beautiful...
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Thank-you so much for your compliment! I'm glad all the effort and everything shows, and good-luck with your own costume! I'd love to see photos when you're done <3

Glad I could be of some help!
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:iconmisspaperjoker:
MissPaperJoker Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
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here is the photo of my at the convention! :) Id be glad to hear your opinion!
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MissPaperJoker Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh yes, you were a great help! Im almost finished and Im gonna show you photos after the next convention! :)
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Mushupan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Woow this is some amazing scenery and i love your uber cool detailed costume!! xx
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Dai-tube-Kao-fan Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Student General Artist
That's amazing!
One of the best Kuroshitsuji Cosplays I've ever sawn.
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Aw, thank-you! That's some really high praise! There's so many other wonderful cosplayers and costumes from this series out there. =3
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watermelon-kaiye Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Oh oh oh oh! How the heck did I not find you until now? I've been perving on your Doll cosplay from all the group photos for ages!
*flails* <3
Simply amazing.
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
XD I like hiding away in my little internet corner!

Doll does manage to get around! XD Thanks so much~
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DeviousTofu Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Student Photographer
Gorgeous Doll!
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JuusanIsami Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Everything is so gorgeous!!!
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:iconkimi-is-so:
kimi-is-so Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
I love it, you suit Doll so much!

Just for the FYI, you can by white leather ballet flats...
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Thank-you! My love for her and this costume grows everytime I shoot with her XD

Ah yes, I know you can, but unfortunately not where I am with such short notice. ;__;
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:iconkimi-is-so:
kimi-is-so Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Ahh, I see :)

Quick question, I saw some shots of Doll up on a tightrope, she looked like it was your cosplay, wasn't you was it?

Cause, if it was...I AM IN AWE!!
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
It was indeed. If you take a look in my gallery, you'll see those shots.
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:iconkurenaiyuuhi:
KurenaiYuuhi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Beautiful location, dress and elegant pose!
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Thanks! I knew this location would be pretty, but I could never imagine it being as beautiful as this! It's always great when 16 years of dance training pay off! 8D
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Mamo-theta Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very cute costume! a lot of hard work
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rin-tamikuchu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow *_*
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:iconvivli:
Vivli Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Also... do you have a tutorial on how to make this? With patterns? Because that basic dress would be awesome for a lolita outfit. <3
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:iconvivli:
Vivli Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
That is so fluffy and cute! You look great, I love the outfit as a whole, you did an amazing job. You are quite creative and hard-working, as this costume proves. I love her design, so pretty.

I can't believe you modified an umbrella for that parasol... awesome. =p I was wanting to make a parasol, maybe I should do that as well. Is it hard?

Overall, great outfit and thanks for all the detail on the construction!
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KittyChow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow wow woww~ Wow. It's so lovely! And the setting makes it even more wonderful~
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sa55y Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
absolutely amazing~~!! Wish I was there to see you in person >.<
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Aaw, that's so sweet of you! I promise it photographs better than it looks in real life though! XD;
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sa55y Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
LOL as if!! But I wish I could say that O_O I'm so unphotogenic....my drivers license pic looks like a mug shot...of a rapist................I'm 100% serious........................!!!!!!
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SqueakyStairs Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
OMG! Did I see you at Armageddon??

I was Undertaker.

Your cosplay was fantastic!!!
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Yes yes! ~warui-chan and I bombarded you and you hadn't read the circus arc! Has this been fixed yet? 8D
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SqueakyStairs Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Nooo it hasn't been fixed yet! Homework has been eating me!!! I have read the first like three chapters or something like that and my little sister has been chewing up the internet downloads like a caterpillar. It will soon be fixed.
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Ita06 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
so beautiful! i love it!
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Mikacosplay Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Student Photographer
absolutsly gorgeous! ^0^
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CanadianStrawberry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
There are no proper words to actually depict how gorgeous this cosplay is :heart: So gorgeous. Absolutly splendid work! I only wish I could see it in person one day~ This photo really suits it as well. What a really unique backdrop.

I suggest you forget everyone else and elope to Canada with ME
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
XDD *sends love* Thank-you so SO much! That's so lovely to hear ;0; <333 The inside of this building was so amazing, I'm really glad I pushed for us to sneak into the top level to get these shots XD;;

...alright! 8D The funny thing is, I am actually planning to go to Toronto one day, and would loooove to go to Anime North.
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:iconcanadianstrawberry:
CanadianStrawberry Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Absolutly welcome ;)
haha! The best photos are taken in the spots you arnt allowd to be in XD; Kudos for not sticking to the rules! lol 8D

YAY! make sure to let the Canadians know haha. Im on the west coast of Canada OTL No where near Toronto, but have wanted to check out Anime North myself one day, so hopefully we can coordinate :D
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:iconansuchi:
Ansuchi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome photo. I defo like you the most from your whole group! You look stunning!
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Isn't it just? The setting was so amazingly beautiful too! I'm definitely glad I pushed for pictures here =3 Thank-you!
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XxHeatherXNicolexX Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009   Photographer
:O
i think a saw you at awa
could it be true?
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Aah, unfortunately not? n__n; I'm from Australia =3
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XxHeatherXNicolexX Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009   Photographer
:O
it's like exactly the SAME costume!
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