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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 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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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Beatfuil cosplay
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:iconverdaera:
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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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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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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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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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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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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Spaceout626 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Simply stunning. The details are absolutely wonderful.
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Davinia1982 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awsome job on the dress and especially the hand embroidery it looks stunning!

Without trying to be disrespectful, but why is it important to mention that the dress is NOT cosplay? It maybe a language barrier thing, but I don't understand.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! :)

Well, this whole 'cosplay' thing is a new thing... cosplay is technically anime and roleplaying. Costuming is not necessarily the same thing as cosplaying, and after the amount of time I spend researching and making my art, it really makes me feel bad when people call it a 'cosplay' because I'm not playing, I take my art very seriously :) Most costumers I've met in the larger guilds don't like the term cosplay applied to costuming. Hopefully that explains it :)
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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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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
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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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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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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Melethnein Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
How is not cosplay? Youre dressing up as the character in costume so it's costume play?
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:iconverdaera:
Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Actually no, it's 'costume roleplay', and I don't roleplay. I'm modelling something that I've spent the better part of a year lovingly constructing :) I don't cosplay, I cos-serious ;)
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Berouge Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't tell for sure, do you have those wicked cool Alice lace up boots like in the movie? I've been looking for a pair. The embroidery is fantastic!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I sure do :) I wrote up a tutorial on how I altered a pair of leather boots I got from bootbarn.com on my website (I never finished the site, so this is one of the only things on there) [link]
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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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Jess-9000 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Jesus tits that embroidery is incredible! Wish I could have gone this year and maybe seen it in person. Wonderful job!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I might wear it again to con, I haven't decided yet :)
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Lovidem Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing costume! the embroidering on the hem is gorgeous, it does look like a lot of time and effort was put into it, and it looks definitely worth it!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It seemed never-ending but now I'm glad I did it
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Linkcrazy-4ever Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Wow, very nice, I love it ^^
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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A-young-soul Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Awesome cosplay, great photo
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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ParadiseSunflowers Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
ohmy you got a dd at least! that's awesome!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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ParadiseSunflowers Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
very welcome =)
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ZoraCatone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
All that time and work, but it was worth it! The title is fitting to your little journey too! Alice at last!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep! Shame DA wouldn't let me put the exclamation mark in, cause I tried!
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AwkwardWallflower Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
WOW!! You did an amazing job! I'm amazed!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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AwkwardWallflower Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student General Artist
you're welcome ^^
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StudioBueno Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Oh! I believe I saw you at DragonCon and snapped a picture myself. Really nice costume.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Were you dressed up at D*Con?
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StudioBueno Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Yeah, I was Marty McFly.
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely phenomenal! I heartily applaud your efforts.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! :)
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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Timitekla Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Great job!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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OzeanKatze Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best Alice costume I've seen! Thumb up!:wow:
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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JMan31337 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Amazing Alice Costume! You can tell that you love making all your costumes.
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