Taelia the Snow Faerie
Anyone that knows me can attest to my undying love of Neopets, and I'd been long overdue for another faerie cosplay since doing Jhudora and Space Faerie a few years prior! I had assisted my good friend, Jay Vi, in making her Taelia cosplay before as well, so I had some handy experience when making this again. I adore the Neopet faeries, and would cosplay any and all of the faeries if I could! The only issue would be where to keep all of the wings and mermaid tails, buahaha.
I thought it would be nice to have a comfy winter costume, since moving back to the midwest means bitter cold winters! Turns out, it is in fact warm and cozy, but can be a bit heavy due to the coat, hahaha. So it may not see too many cons, really. I opted to do the blue stripes on the coat, since I feel it makes it stand out, and not look like too much of a bathrobe, especially since my fabrics were just cheap fleecy materials haha!
Started: January 2018
Completed: January 2018
Wig by: Arda Wigs - Greta in Midnight Blue
Worn at: OhayoCon 2018
About This Costume
I tried to make this as economical and simple as possible, since it wasn't a super duper serious project. Most of it is constructed of anti-pill and Blizzard fleece from Joann. The trim is a "soft n comfy" fabric that sheds like a motherrrrr (0/10 would not use this fabric again, haha).
The coat was all patterned by me. I could've stood to make the hood larger, but oh well, it works for now! I flared the ends of the sleeves to make it look more fantasy and less "bathrobe"-ish. I also opted to add the blue stripes. A lot of times Taelia appears without them, but I like the color blocking they provide.
The wings are double layered upholstery interfacing with wire sandwiched in between, and fleece covering them. I used batting to make the 3D effect on the top of the wings. I also glued about 200 clear sequins to the white part for a subtle glitter effect. It doesn't always show up in photos, but is pretty neat when it catches the light while walking around! The wings slide through a slot on the back of the coat, and slides into a pocket on a waist cincher that I wear under my Taelia dress.
The dress was constructed as a tube top dress, it just slides on and off. The fleece is stretchy enough that no zipper is needed! For extra warmth, I also made mittens with matching fuzzy trim, and I even have some fleece arm warmers that act as easily-removable sleeves for if I want shots in just the dress!
I still am working on finding some cute white boots to go with this look. It's been pretty hard since I want something that matches Taelia's sort of "mod girl" aesthetic. Some dainty off-white platforms with furry cuffs would be good!