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Alice - At Last by Verdaera Alice - At Last by Verdaera
Finally! An awesome full picture of my finished Alice costume! This was at Dragon*Con 2011, and this time I had a wig and some-what fuller skirt. This is the dress I made last year that took 9 months to create, 7 of which were spent hand-embroidering the hem. See my gallery for detailed shots of every layer of the costume plus descriptions.

**PLEASE NOTE! My work is NOT cosplay! 'Cosplay' is 'Costumed Roleplaying', 'COSTUMING' is the art of creating costumes. When I submit a deviation, I am displaying my work in COSTUMING. Thank you for understanding...***

Photo taken by the wonderful :iconbryanhumphrey: Bryan Humphrey. Slight re-touching in photoshop.

*Sorry for the watermark, I've had too many friends have pictures of their costumes stolen :p

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Given 2011-10-07
Alice - At Last by *Verdaera Verdaera  attention to detail is astounding, and so is her documentation of her work..It's hard to tell this is a recreation of the Alice dress, and not the real thing! ( Featured by FrockTarts )
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! :D
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sew4fun114 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
gorgeous! the embroidery is wonderful, well done!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, thanks so much :)
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ViktoryaRozeTassi Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I saw this movie with my grents when it came out- LOVE the costume- looks just like the one in the movie!!!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much :) It's actually a costume, not a cosplay
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t1gertasha Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
LOVE LOVE LOVE This cos play I think its prob the best one I've seen for this version of Alice.
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EmilyParrishCostume Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
*GASP* this is amazing! I can't believe you embroidered that hem it looks fantastic!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you understand, and if you consider yourself a cosplayer I respect your decision :)
Thanks very much, the Alice is one of my favorites :)
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shadowleigh Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry I had meant no disrespect by what I had commented and I'm sorry if it sounded that way, you DO make a good point. :) I still see it my way, but the great thing about this world is we're all free to our own opinions.
Great costume.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry, Cosplay and Costuming are *NOT* the same thing. Is it not possible to cosplay, but not make the costume you are wearing? Cosplay is Roleplaying in Costume, and the focus of that activity seems to be on the roleplay aspect. I am a COSTUMER, which means my focus is on the art form of creating the COSTUME and trying to create the portrait of a character. I'm sorry if you don't agree, but I have been costuming well before people were confusing it with cosplay. Most professional-level costuming guilds and clubs refer to the activity as costuming as opposed to cosplay as well. The only exception seems to be people who discovered costuming while people were mislabeling it 'cosplay'.

Either way, I put the disclaimer because I'm sick of people calling me a cosplayer, and I just want people to respect what I wish to be called :)
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shadowleigh Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful, but I don't understand the difference you are trying to put between cosplaying and costuming. It's the same thing, I feel like you're just trying to take off the label "cosplay" because maybe it's too mainstream for your taste, or maybe you don't want to be labeled with the rest of us?
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Verdaera Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I actually don't cosplay, I'm a costumer.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Beatfuil cosplay
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TnSabregirl Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
This was just brilliant!
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Encantadas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW!!! Your costume is breath taking!!!
Your hand embroidering is awesome!!
Everything is perfect!
Congrats!! you should be very proud of yourself!!!
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FrockTarts Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This piece has been featured here [link] :heart:
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I understand that, that's why I put a disclaimer informing people not to call my work cosplay, and what I do is costuming. It's a preventative measure to hopefully keep people from confusing my work with cosplay and calling it that.
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JennaBlack Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
My understanding of cosplay doesn't involve criminal harassment. Papparazzi is insulting because it inherently implies unethical and often illegal behavior.

I'm not saying what you're doing is cosplay. I just wanted to point out that people aren't trying to downplay the exceptional quality of your work or the investment you put into your pieces by calling it cosplay.
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NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope so, too :) I want to make the Flesh Maiden dress from the Madness Returns game, but I think this will be more of a crafting project, not so much sewing...
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm very glad to hear it! I hope you get back into sewing again, fellow costumer :)
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, but 'playing' isn't 'making'. That's why I'm annoyed. Cosplaying and Costuming are two separate activities. After all, not all cosplayers make their own costume, so how can cosplaying and costuming ever be the same thing? And not everyone who dons a costume considers themselves to be "playing". One can't just apply a new word to my beloved art form and expect me to like it. When a subject puts on a costume for a photoshoot, is that person "cosplaying"? No. When I wear my own costumes to conventions, I am not getting into character and play-acting, I prefer to think that I'm modelling my work. I know some people are fine with the word 'cosplay', but I am not and never will be. What if people start calling all photographers 'papparazzi'? Hopefully that explains a bit about where I'm coming from :)
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JennaBlack Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
If it helps put it into perspective, the use of "play" isn't meant to designate any lack of dedication. We call what we do in the SCA "playing" but more people complain that people take it too seriously than not seriously enough.
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TGrrr89 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Wow, the work on this is amazing. I still can't believe you did that embroidery all on your own.
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CalamityJade Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
ahahahahah I can imagine! :XD:
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lainieten20 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
My pleasure! Thanks for sharing your beautiful art with us.
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Booomgirl Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You make wonderful costumes :D I read what you said about costumery and cosplay on your frontpage and found it a very interesting thought, now I consider myself a costumer instead of a cosplayer as well ^^ because my focus has always been on the clothes and not the role-playing. Alas, I haven't sewn for ages...
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Spaceout626 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Simply stunning. The details are absolutely wonderful.
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ParadiseSunflowers Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
very welcome =)
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Berouge Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OOOOOOooooo!! Those white ones were almost as cute!! Great find! Thank you for the tutorial on how to make these!
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No-da-ru Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome! :)
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Davinia1982 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for explaining. If you put it like that, than I'm not cosplaying either.
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
My pleasure. You're always very welcome! :hug:
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StudioBueno Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Yeah, I was Marty McFly.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yeah, I think that's one of the reasons it annoys me!
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timothyt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student
np!:)
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Your comment was the first thing I saw when I loaded DA yesterday and I almost did a cartoon-style spit take!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, hotel floor carpets are rather crazy!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yes they did! I sat in a chair every night with a heating pad on my back and occassionally had to ice my hands down. Must have gone through a couple bottles of aleve, but it was worth it!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
The definitions seem to vary for a lot of people, mostly because it's a new word. I've always seen cosplay as anime and roleplaying, and I mostly get annoyed because I'm not 'playing' ;) A lot of us costumers have been making and dressing up in our costumes long before the kids came along and gave us a new word ;) I'm not into roleplay, I'm modelling something that I've spent the better part of a year lovingly crafting :)
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AwkwardWallflower Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student General Artist
you're welcome ^^
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