I drafted a simple surplice pattern and just eyed the pleats for the dress. We were lucky and found a decently priced polyester charmeuse that did not look cheap, and used chiffon for the side inserts. We cut half circles for an insane amount of flare. You don't want to see how full the sweep is... it's ... it's pretty crazy ._.
I lined half the dress with acetate lining in a light seafoam--should have used the same color as the self fabric because the lining peeks out a little :(
I sculpted buckles and casted them in plastic for the straps. I painted over an acrylic jewel with nail polish to match the teal color of this dress.
I was pretty fortunate to find a wig that I found suitable for my cosplay from Epic Cosplay! I just curled the bangs a little and fixed it with hair spray.
I got lucky again and found these beautiful shoes for $30 that matched my dress.