Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween ALL DONE!

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Laamberry

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I think a lot of people bring out their best and brightest for Halloween and I love seeing that, but for me Halloween is the one time of year where I can really stretch out and be a little inaccurate and creative with my costume. I won't mind if it's ruined in a crowd, it won't cost me an arm and a leg, and it won't seriously distract from the time I get to spend on my longer-standing projects (*cough*Ironman*cough*). But don't get me wrong! The fun of a cheap costume is the challenge of still making it look not cheap. So my challenge for this Halloween is this:

Put together a decent Black Swan costume for under $200.

Hopefully much much much LESS than $200!

here are some refs for anyone who didn't see the movie:






I would also like to really make it a bit scary. I'm thinking feathers growing out of my back and near my hands, sharpened fake nails dipped in fake blood, that sort of junk. This should be a blast!
 
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Laamberry

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween

Right now my main focus is buying the parts for the "base" so I can get to work on covering it embellishments.

Since real platter performance tutus cost hundreds of dollars, I opted for this practice tutu that has some really stellar reviews. It's only got 9 layers while the one in the movie has 13 but I imagine I can always tack on some more tulle if the platter is too thin. Best part, it was only $45!



I also picked up these canvas ballet slippers in white for only $13. They're far from professional pointe shoes but they're perfect for getting dirty running around west hollywood.



as for the top, I've decided to really cheap out and just buy this wedding bustier as a base to cover. Found one on ebay for a $25.
 

KaanE

Sr Member
Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween

I loved the movie as well as I loved the costumes. I'm really looking forward to what you build for halloween. Are the pantihose (is that the correct word?) two colours or it's just the lighting?
 

j0wE

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween

Lookin like a great start, what method do you think you'll use for the growing feathers look?
 

Calliopeia

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween

Looks great so far! $25 is a steal for that bustier!

Definitely canvas ballet slippers are better than leather ones if you're cosplaying. A lot hardier, cheaper, and less painful if you destroy them haha. I hope you got yours in pink though, instead of white. I find that pink blends in better with the tights (which are usually a very pale shade of pink as well). Also, Natalie Portman wore pink pointe shoes. :D

Dancers don't usually sew ribbons to ballet slippers, only pointe shoes, but for this cosplay I think it would be nice if you did pointe shoe style ribbons on these canvas slippers. Most ballet slippers come with one side of the elastic attached, and you're supposed to sew the other side down. If you are sewing ribbons you can remove the elastic; in pointe its for extra security but you wouldn't need it cos yours would be purely cosmetic.

You should check out these videos here.
How to Sew Ribbons Onto Pointe Shoes - YouTube
How to Tie the Ribbon on Ballet Shoes - YouTube

There are plenty of ways to sew ribbons, everyone does it slightly different. Feel free to improvise! :D

@Abaris - Her ballet tights are one colour: pale pink. I think it's the shadow of her tutu that we're seeing.

Edit: Oh also! Remember to tuck your laces into your shoes when you're done. Don't tie a bow and leave them hanging!
 

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Laamberry

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween

Lookin like a great start, what method do you think you'll use for the growing feathers look?

Not sure yet! I'm thinking I can figure something out with just some halloween liquid latex and the like. I really need to sit down and deside how to do a goose skin effect as well.

Looks great so far! $25 is a steal for that bustier!

Definitely canvas ballet slippers are better than leather ones if you're cosplaying. A lot hardier, cheaper, and less painful if you destroy them haha. I hope you got yours in pink though, instead of white. I find that pink blends in better with the tights (which are usually a very pale shade of pink as well). Also, Natalie Portman wore pink pointe shoes. :D

Dancers don't usually sew ribbons to ballet slippers, only pointe shoes, but for this cosplay I think it would be nice if you did pointe shoe style ribbons on these canvas slippers. Most ballet slippers come with one side of the elastic attached, and you're supposed to sew the other side down. If you are sewing ribbons you can remove the elastic; in pointe its for extra security but you wouldn't need it cos yours would be purely cosmetic.

You should check out these videos here.
How to Sew Ribbons Onto Pointe Shoes - YouTube
How to Tie the Ribbon on Ballet Shoes - YouTube

There are plenty of ways to sew ribbons, everyone does it slightly different. Feel free to improvise! :D

@Abaris - Her ballet tights are one colour: pale pink. I think it's the shadow of her tutu that we're seeing.

Edit: Oh also! Remember to tuck your laces into your shoes when you're done. Don't tie a bow and leave them hanging!

Are they pink then? I argued with myself for a while over if they were white or that ballet pink you're talking about and deicded to stick with white..bummer, guess I spoke too soon! Thanks for the tips, they're going to be mega helpful :]] I was definitely planning on putting some ribbons in.
 

Calliopeia

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Laamberry

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween

Haha they are definitely pink. Actually I've never seen white pointe shoes before. Lol.

Found some images of Natalie Portman's dance double's feet. Might wanna use them as reference. :)

White Swan dance sequence:
http://www.jerrilynnreeves.com/wp-content/uploads/SwanQueen-4.png

Black Swan dance sequence
http://www.jerrilynnreeves.com/wp-content/uploads/Picture-152.png

(LOL now I feel like making my own Black Swan costume!)

Nice, thanks!
 

VelaNoon

Active Member
Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween

I think Odiil is a perfect choice for a creepy halloween costume. Be sure to post some progress pics :)
 

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Laamberry

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween(tiara done!)

SO. I got a bit of work done on this over the past few days, mostly on the tiara.

reference pic! -


I started with a really simple 12 gauge wire frame.



then I started covering it with paper clay and sculpting all the knobs and junk in bit by bit.



here it is about half finished



Then I hit 'er with a shot of black paint and high-gloss clear coat!



gems and DONE!


I debated whether to leave the gems clear or to paint the back with silver paint..ended up going with the clear ones.



I also went ahead and added two plates to my tutu. One organza and the other a large netting. It's a little hard to see so bare with me :]


 

Jewels

New Member
Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween (tiara done!)

You are so freaking talented that I almost hate you. :p

Now where are pics of the full outfit?
 

Mrs. Atlanthia

New Member
Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween (tiara done!)

Fascinating thread. I would love to do a Black Swan or Pioson Ivy. Today it's Black Swan :lol
 

aelynn000

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween (tiara done!)

That tiara is freaking fantastic!!! But now that Halloween has passed, I must ask...

So did you finish it!? Where are the pics!?

This is random, but we got these in at work the other day, in black

( the ear thingies )

I knew she wore them, but I guess not as the black swan, only white.

Oh, and I work at ALDO, and they're $20 in case you want to check them out. =)
 

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Laamberry

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween (tiara done!)

Oh geeze, this completely got away from me. Who saw that coming?? Long story short, I ended up sewing the top THE DAY OF THE HALLOWEEN PARTY IT WAS FOR by hand. Yeah. I snapped a few shots as I went along but I don't have those on hand atm. For now, some pics of it completed!









 

aelynn000

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween (tiara done!)

Holy wow!! You look incredible!!! And the eyes, incredibly freaky. Did you shop'em or get contacts?

The whole thing is beautiful, I love the placement of the feathers and gems. Just enough and no overkill.

I'd love to see photos with the birdcage veil! It makes it extra creepy. :|
 

Laamberry

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween (tiara done!)

That is coming along nicely Laam!

Why thank you!

You are so freaking talented that I almost hate you. :p

Now where are pics of the full outfit?

BAM, wish granted!

Fascinating thread. I would love to do a Black Swan or Pioson Ivy. Today it's Black Swan :lol

Black Swan is super fun and useful. It a crowd, the tutu acts like a force field!

That tiara is freaking fantastic!!! But now that Halloween has passed, I must ask...

So did you finish it!? Where are the pics!?

This is random, but we got these in at work the other day, in black

( the ear thingies )

I knew she wore them, but I guess not as the black swan, only white.

Oh, and I work at ALDO, and they're $20 in case you want to check them out. =)

I almost did white swan because I love those things so much, true story. And thanks for the heads up :D



for anyone interested, here's a tally of my costs:

Tutu - $45
top - $15 (ended up with a cheaper brand that did lovely)
fabrics for decorating- about $30 from Joanns
shoes - $13
RIT dye for shoes - $3 (RUINED them though, they're hot pink now!)
Wire, jewels, and clay for tiara - $25
Mac silver pigment for eyes - $10
Feathers - $20
tights - $10
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TOTAL: About $175.

Mission accomplished
 

Laamberry

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween (tiara done!)

Holy wow!! You look incredible!!! And the eyes, incredibly freaky. Did you shop'em or get contacts?

The whole thing is beautiful, I love the placement of the feathers and gems. Just enough and no overkill.

I'd love to see photos with the birdcage veil! It makes it extra creepy. :|
The eyes are purely shoop! I had some contacts but my eyes had been bothering me so~

And thank you again :D I'd like to finish the veil and the bun topper and wear it again, to tell you the truth.
 
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aelynn000

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Re: Mission: Cheap Black Swan for Halloween (tiara done!)

There's dye remover that might be able to salvage your shoes... I've never used it but I hear it works pretty good despite the stink. :lol
 

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