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Grand Galloping Gala : Fluttershy by Rose0fMay Grand Galloping Gala : Fluttershy by Rose0fMay
I've taken quite an extensive break form these, but here we go! A breakdown of the designs of each of the MLP gala dresses I did this year, continuing with Fluttershy!

I will be making collages like these for all the dresses this week, but until then to see the entire group photo, click here, or here.
See Applejack here!
See Twilight Sparkle here!
See Pinkie Pie here!
See Rarity here!
Next up: Rainbow Dash

Let it first be known that I am 100% aware that I am not a crazy awesome artist like many of my friends, and so keep that in mind when pointing and laughing at the mitton hands.


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I um...would really appreciate if you'd let me design your dress...you know...if you think that would be okay...
I really struggled designing this dress at first; this was the perfect example of having to design away from the original pony concept, because the elements didn't always translate well into human form. I had to get creative with how to corporate certain details, like the floral touches and the butterfly. Designing this dress was the opposite experience of Twilight Sparkle, whose dress I could see in my head before pencil ever touched paper. I sketched her three times before I started to like the direction, meanwhile, all the other gala dress designs were completed and waiting to get started. I wanted to give her a wispy, nymph-like look without being too fluffy cheeseball or too sexy.

In addition to being the most difficult to design, this was also the trickiest pattern for me to structure out, and I spent the most time on this pattern compared to the others. Conversely, once the pattern was perfected, it was the easiest dress to build, and was actually the first one completed. Go figure.

Go organic.
The basic look of Fluttershy's dress stayed pretty true to design, but the fabric choices ended up being drastically different than what I originally intended, as well as the details (such as the floral embroidery, all hand cut from originating fabric, and sewn on piece by piece on the handkerchief hem). The only verbal description Rarity gives us for this concept is "breezy", so I originally planned on chiffons and muslins. I didn't easily find these fabrics in the right colors/textures, but started to come across other interesting options, like the very lightweight light/dark tiedye with shimmer, and the green floral embroidered train, and the floral appliques. These new options opened up a different direction for me, one that I felt was very appropriate for Fluttershy: ORGANIC.

Flutterbutt
Once I accepted the idea of organic versus breezy, the dress came together like butta. Less Disney princess, more Poison Ivy. PandaTreats really had the perfect body for a dress like this, and it hugs her and flows from her like a second skin. The cascading floral-embroidered train in back was not part of the original design, but it kind of presented itself (dare I say it) organically while I was playing around with ideas. It's my favorite part of the dress, and because of it, I started henceforth referring to the dress as "Flutterbutt". So much, that now when I begin to type "Fluttershy" in texts, my phone tries to autocorrect it to "Flutterbutt". No regrets.

What I would change for next time
Out of all six dresses, and for all the mental grief this dress caused me in the beginning, I have to say that I really feel this one came out near flawless. If I were to nitpick, I'd say maybe we could reimagine the blue drape, merely because we all forgot about it and PandaTreats threw it together rather last-minute, but honestly...I wouldn't change anything on this dress.

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The process of building all six MLP gala dresses took about a year to plan and bring together. I believe we all agreed to put a go on Operation Best Night Ever about a month after Dragoncon 2011, where we had debuted our original My Little Pony group. Gala dresses were the obvious next step. I asked the girls if they would let me design and make the outfits, knowing that I was going to both love and regret it later. But mostly love. All my love.

During the design process, which took place between October and December of 2011, I spent a lot of time considering all the different elements. It was important to me to stay as true as possible to gowns as designed through the television program, and yet somehow make them translate gracefully into human interpretations. The real challenge was ensuring that the gowns would also be both flattering and comfortable for each girl.

Some designs were easier to convert than others. Sometimes I found that what I illustrated wasn’t going to translate well onto a body (either because of what it would do to the silhouette, or because it looked too cartoonish), and I had to adjust accordingly.

Design sketch by ~ me!
Modeled by ~ PandaTreats!
Photo by ~ Eurobeat Kasumi
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:iconjonsey95:
Jonsey95 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
gorgeous
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:iconcobralash:
cobralash Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
So intricate and gorgeous!
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:iconmaromichan:
maromichan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Amazing!
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Sephy-55 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Amazing job.  Very well done.
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Lainedy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Love the dress, love the girl...kinda hate the wig xD I dunno if is the color or the material, but it seems cheap ._. And the girl looks so elegant and regal in the dress. T_T! 

Also, I would have fancied that the blue drapes around the wrists were more flowing, like the Isis wings some belly dancers use.(obviously not so long..just a little more of fabric flowing with her everythime she walks)

Of all the dresses, this is the one I like the most, although everyone of them is beautiful(dress and cosplayer).
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
I actually really love this wig, but we all have our preferences. I think what may be giving it a "cheap" or "fake" look is it's uniform color. For me, wigs with low lights and highlights will always look more natural, regardless of the color, and that's why I colored the wig for Daring Do the way I did. But this wig is actually very nice and soft. I agree with you on the blue drapes, they should have been more flowing. I actually made a note about that in the above description, under "What I would change for next time". But this is the top of my favorites as well among the dresses. I love how it looks and how it looks on her, and I'm glad you enjoy it as well. Thanks for your input!
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Zafiro2jol Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
i thin you couldactually wear this everywhere , not just as a cosplay 
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:iconxjupi:
xJupi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm speechless! What a beautiful cosplay!!
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BetsyBonBon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You know how much i love ALL <3 Flutterbutttt

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ShelbunnyCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Very beautiful!!!!!
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redmermaidwerewolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!
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:iconjwb007:
jwb007 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
excellent
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CaveLupa Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It just sings spring! :love:

So beautiful, it really suits the model's body shape :D 'Da model should be in something simpel, somthing inspired by... da naturez!!'
It seems like you got that just right ;)
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Airforcebrony Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist
do you ever sell any of your costumes?
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:iconzeldaluver27:
zeldaluver27 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
that dress (and model for that matter) are absolutely GOREGEOUS.
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StormeChaser Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your outfits always amaze me~ I swear I always have fangirl moments while looking at all of the outfits you've made (I'll still always favor your Beatrix cosplay!) Keep up the awesome work :D
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mackie3232 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Wow nice!
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Harajukuterasu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist
This.Is.AMAZING!
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:iconbunnairry:
Bunnairry Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohmygoodness, gorgeous~
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scarabsun Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Wow!! Great design, even better execution! I love that train/bustle, so very appropriate.
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:iconshadowryu21:
shadowryu21 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Very Well Done!!
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SugarBunnyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is gorgeous!
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:iconheroofkvatch:
heroofkvatch Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so, so beautiful.
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mushroomjardin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Wow, beautiful
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TheAntiCat Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
These dresses just impress the hell out of me. My mom is a seamstress, so I've got an idea of how much work went into them.

Just for grins: do you think you would attempt all of the outfits from "Magical Mystery Cure," especially Celestia and Luna's?
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Well, I am actually planning a Celestia this year :D I just finished sketching the design and even have some fabric shopped for. It's an original design of her standard look, I'm not doing any more variation outfits though. The gala dresses are the only outfits to have caught my eye and I can't imagine topping them...even if I could, I'm not sure I'd survive another six-pony project. This one near killed me.
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TheAntiCat Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
In other words, someone else can suffer an aneurysm converting all 9 dresses from the Coronation. =)
Can't wait to see the Celestia dress.
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
PRECISELY.

I'm hoping to debut her sometime this summer. We'll see. Some of the elements are out of my comfort zone and I will need to be consulting some friends of mine for guidance. Trial and error may be involved and may or may not slow me down. Here's hoping.
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's nice to see clear standing shots of this one :)

I agree the blue drape could use some tweaks if you all wears these again and make any changes, but the dress itself is lovely.

I've been curious, when you pattern your cosplay designs do you do it entirely from scratch or do you start with any ready-made patterns and make alterations to those?
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
It kind of depends. I'm a huge fan of working smarter, not harder, but in the case of the gala dresses, I did take those on specifically to learn some new things and use the opportunity to challenge my draping and patterning skills. I'd say about 85% of the six gowns was draped and drafted from scratch. In the case of Rarity's bodice and Dash's white underdress, I had a pattern from a previous show I had worked on that was very similar to each, so I used that as a starting point and just changed the lines and sizes. Some items, like skirts (Rarity, Applejack, Twilight, Pinkie) I do so often, I can draft rather quickly blindfolded.

I do have slopers from my college days that sometimes come in handy in real life, but that's usually for more generic shapes. I can't recall them being handy for a cosplay project just yet.
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, that makes sense. I'm working on some cosplays myself for Everfree which is why I asked. I'm doing them mostly based on available patterns just modified slightly. I have a lot more experience drafting patterns for plushies so I don't think I'm quite ready to do patterning from scratch for clothing. Plus I don't have a dress form to really drape stuff on. maybe if I get more into it I'll get to the point where I'm comfortable drafting those pieces on my own too. I think what scares me about drafting human sized patterns is how much fabric you need to use (even if it is just cheap fabric) in order to test them out. Plushies waste so little fabric when trying new patterns, but human sized ones? Well, I'd hate to mess those up.
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burloire Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
EVERY TIME I LOOK AT PICTURES OF US, MY MIND GETS BLOWN ;A; <33333333
flutterbuttttttt <3
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
YOU'RE NEXT. <3
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burloire Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
SCREAM
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SilverCommando Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
This is beautiful :) Great work! I can't wait to see what you do for RD's dress!
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I haven't made the design collage for Dash yet, but you can see the dress in one of the group photos here: [link]
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CrimsonDenizen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are forever pretty!! <3
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Lol, that's not me in the photo, I just designed and built the dress. The cosplayer info is in the description.
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CrimsonDenizen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha! I know that and I stand by my statement!! More than one way to be pretty :P
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