I really love ballgowns, pink and roses so it was kind of inevitable that I would love Rose Quartz from Steven Universe. To make it even better the character was tall like me! She also had a beautiful pink rose sword! She is the perfect storm of awesomeness.
I wanted to do my own version of her dress that still respected the spirit of Rose Quartz but was very fluffy with a lot of ruffles and had a very fancy embellished bodice. Rose’s actual dress when she is standing still is much smaller in size and is more of a big straight scallop instead of really fluffy ruffles. When Rose jumps, though she has a lot of body and movement in her skirt so I felt this would be a lovely interpretation.
I used Simplicity 1026 Cinderella for the base skirt pattern. I made that up out of pink bridal satin which was in my stash. I bought 40 yards of polyester organza for the ruffles. I roughly figured out the proportion of the ruffle heights on Rose’s skirt. Then I decided how much I wanted each ruffle to overlap with each other and started ripping all the organza I had on the grain to create giant long strips. I french seamed all the strips together of each color and then hemmed the long strips with an overlock stitch enclosing fishing line. The fishing line gives the hem more of a curvy body. (Thanks again to Charlene for the advice regarding this!) I used a ruffle foot on my sewing machine to gather the strips into big ruffles. I decided exactly where I wanted them placed on the base skirt and used a tape measure to mark the stitching line and then pinned on the ruffles and stitched them on. Most of the layers were doubled. The bottom ruffle layer is pink over lavender, the middle layer two layers of pink, etc. The skirt is worn over a hoop skirt.
I used this pattern for the corset and made up a muslin with a excess at the edges and then marked the curved long shape of Rose’s bodice hem and raised the top of the bust a bit. I cut the outer layer out of white bridal satin and interlined it with coutil and lined it with cotton twill. The boning was attached to the inner coutil layer with coutil boning strips (so that it wouldn’t show on the outer layer). (I roughly do it like this.) The boning I used was rigiline and spiral steel. The binding is bias cut bridal satin from the outer fabric excess.
Before combining all the layers, I appliquéd on the outer bridal satin layer. I cut pieces of rose lace out and carefully pinned them on where I wanted and then machine stitched them on. I wanted to add an additional thorn swirl appliqué on top of that. At first I tried some pleather but I didn’t like how it looked and then I was inspired by Garnet Runestar’s applique tutorial to create slightly puffed up appliqué. I applied craft fuse to the back side of the faux suede, then I drew the swirl on and cut it out. ( I didn’t burn the fabric like in her tutorial.) Then I applied the craft fused suede swirls on top of the bodice (overlapping the lace). Then I satin stitched around the edges of the thorn swirls. I added white ribbon roses on top of some of the swirls. Rose’s star was done in nude matte knit fabric that roughly matched my skintone. I heat and bonded it on and then satin stitched around the edge. Then I added clear bugle beads on top of the star satin stitching. After combining and binding the layers of the corset I added Rose’s gem to the star and added a lot of rhinestones and pearls all over the bodice with E600.
The wig is two identical wigs plus a lot of clip in extensions. I basically cut half a large styrofoam ball and carved it out a little and applied it with hot glue to one wig, I folded under the bangs and glued them to the bottom of the foam. Then I took this and applied it to the crown of the second base wig with hot glue and then added extensions for more volume. I added some white silk roses to the wig.
The SWORD was made for my by Nathan Longest!