With Maleficent receiving a lot more attention from the recent live action remakes, I absolutely wanted to try to take my spin at an alternative outfit for this remarkable Disney Villain (Sleeping Beauty (1959) y'all!).
Maleficent is so petty that she will curse a baby after not being invited to a party. She also carries a massive grudge for 18 years. Relatable? You bet. Which is why I wanted to renew her green-skinned severe and very covered look with something more stylish and sexy. The corset itself is decorated with a black rose and thorny lace and embellished with purple stones as a nod to her animation getup. I really wanted to preserve parts of her original silhouette, but I also wanted the waist and bust to be accentuated and very visible.
This is a rebirth of the villainess in the wave of remakes and retellings and twists on classic tales of good vs. evil. She may still be a petty cruel fae in my adaption, but I wanted her looks to be decieving.
It's my first time creating a design from my own imagination, rather than creating something as close to a reference as possible (traditional cosplay). Stepping out of my comfort zone was both exciting, but also absolutely nerve wracking and I second guessed my design choices every step of the way. This is the third corset I've ever sewn, and it's my first time using coutil and proper boning. I've also never fitted or changed the shape of a corset pattern before, but I found Cathy Hay's article, Draft Your Own Corset, super helpful in regards to figuring out where to give or take in the pattern, and the technicality behind creating these garments.
I reworked the corset pattern through three mock ups, where I adjusted the panels a little bit each time, especially in the waist area. I also elongated the front and back.
I am so proud of myself for taking a step into the intimidating world of corset making, and I definitely learned a lot throughout this entire process - especially from my mistakes!
I was given a beautiful piece of cotton-backed corsetry satin by my friend, Kitty, which was used for the corset (with words of encouragement from her to enter this competition). The lace was bought, but many of the purple pearls and stones were ones I had lying around. I bought some extra glass crystals for embellishment, but the seller neglected to tell me they only had half in stock of what I'd bought (sigh). I appreciate the play of colours in the different shades of purple, but I envisioned something even more extraordinary; sometimes you have to use what you can get in time. There is plastic coated steel boning in the front and in the back, and spiral wire corset boning in the rest.
The collared jacket with the bat sleeves is made entirely of recycled or leftover fabrics. The leather, which is the base of the jacket, was an upcycled old leather couch, and the sleeves and purple lining were fabrics I had lying around. I would have preferred a more "expensive" looking fabric for the lining and collar, but I also knew I probably would have had this purple fabric lying around forever if I didn't use it. I made the helmet and horns in high density craft foam.
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
Having a deadline and a set goal for finishing a costume or learning a new skill is something that really motivates me. If you feel the same way, then challenge yourself and see if you can exceed what you know, thought you knew and what you could create. It’s also fun to reflect and explain what you did and why. I already want to make something better for next year!
Baaabe, this is gorgeous. I'm so proud of you, the details just grap my heart <3
Thank you so much, darling. It means the world having you to cheer me on.
This is incredible! I love everything about this, and want all of it in my wardrobe :D
Aaah thank you so much! <3
This is so stunning! Absolutely striking and such a wealth of details!
I'm so happy you think so <3 I felt like it needed more details (*//*)
Wow! Absolutely stunning!
Thanks so much :D
Super fun :) amazing work, the outfit really hangs well together/all the pieces play well with each other!
I'm so happy you think so. Designing from my own ideas is pretty new to me. :D
I knew it was maleficent straight away. This is cool! Love the whole ensemble, especially the jacket.
Thanks so much, Kirsty. I'm so happy it translates as her so clearly <3
I love how you’ve brought your cosplay background into this! It looks like you had lots of fun, and I’m so thrilled to hear that you got to experiment with your design skills as well! The final look turned out beautifully; I hope you’re extremely proud of your achievement!
I definately am - and comments like yours make me feel even prouder. Thank you so so much <3
I LOVE your interpretation of Maleficent! Your work is gorgeous.
Thanks so much :D so happy you think so
The square back is such an interesting design feature! I love how you gave us that as a surprise!
Yeees ?? I really played around with the high chest and back. Happy to have it noticed.
Beautiful outfit, I especially love the jacket and horns! Well done on trying so many firsts!
Thanks so much :D the helmet was so much fun to make
An excellent use of destashing with a really lovely shaped corset
Thanks so much :D I'd definately love to try and make a more extreme waist, but for this I'm happy with it :D thanks for your comment
The shape and the applique look amazing. And that headpiece! I also really like how the sleeves of the jacket drape.
So happy you lile the aplique! That was definately one of my favorite parts to do :D
That corset design is so intoxicating! Those low hanging hip panels add so much drama; slightly sinister, but maybe not? I'm almost irrevocably drawn to learn more about this character.
Thanks so much :D so happy to reae your interpretation
Ting H. Lin
The corset! What an amazing interpretation and reimagining of an iconic design! Sørine you have done an amazing job, and I hope you are proud! Third corset? Remarkable. I have to check out more Danish customers, especially when I live in the country... Keep going!
Thank you so much! And yes we have amazing cosplayers and costume makers in denmark :D especially if you yourself live here <3
This is so cool! I love that you combined cosplay with this theme and your background story was awesome to read. I think my favourite part is the shape of the corset. You can be so proud of what you have achieved with your entry!
Thank you so much for your comment <3 I had a lot of fun mixing the theme with my cosplay interest :D <3
Wow! I absolutely love the all outfit. The shape of the corset is beautiful and the horned headress has a wonderful shape. Wonderful achievement!
Well done challenging yourself to make something of your own design! That can be a really challenging thing to do and your end result has turned out beautifully. I love how you used materials you had, and especially the purple lining.
Wow, very impressive and artistic pictures, amazing job!
The whole outfit is striking, I love the shape of the corset and the head piece is amazing.
Oh Yeah!!! This is fiercely stunning and drop-dead gorgeous!
This is so, so cool! As a cosplayer myself (hei fra Norge :D) I love to think of and design new, alternative design for existing characters, and I think you really pulled it off! The fit of the helmet looks fenomenal. Elsker det!
It turned out beautiful, the shapes are so striking!