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Grand Galloping Gala : Twilight Sparkle by Rose0fMay Grand Galloping Gala : Twilight Sparkle by Rose0fMay
A breakdown of the designs of each of the MLP gala dresses I did this year, continuing with Twilight Sparkle!

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's duds here.
See Pinkie Pie here.
See Rarity here.
See Fluttershy 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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In which Twilight Sparkled. Like, a lot.
Ladies and gentlemen, my favorite dress of the six. Twilight’s dress was the easiest to design, one that I had visualized clearly in my head before the group ever talked about doing gala dresses, so when I sketched this one out, I went straight to ink and watercolors, knowing I wasn’t going to reconsider one inch of it. In fact, this dress stayed perfectly true to the design even through the construction process.

I chose a more traditional ball gown silhouette because not only does her gown bell out in the show, but because Twilight Sparkle is the main character, and also somewhat vanilla. I wanted her to be a prominent figure without having the most experimental silhouette lines. I let the fabric be the real eye-catcher, layering different types of fabric in different shades of blue, using gradients in the sleeves to represent the gradients in the sky during the twilight hours, and of course, lots and lots of stars. Yes, they are all hand sewn on.

The first step is glitter acceptance.
I should mention that pictures don’t capture even 1/16 of the amount of glitter that is on that dress, which is mostly glitter-bombed satin, silk, or tulle. Even the petticoat was glitter coated, which is partly why I don’t mind it peeking out. I will forever be finding blue glitter in awkward places in my apartment, at my work, in my clothes, in my skate gear, in my bellybutton…you name it. Occasionally my boss comes into work and says that she found blue glitter somewhere in her house. This dress shat glitter Ke$ha style, all day every day for the three months it was in construction, and there was still plenty left over to rub off on Ashley and the rest of us throughout the convention.

The vanishing act that never happened.
For those familiar with our MLP group from Dragoncon 2011, you’ll notice we have a different Twilight from last year. While we were super sad to lose Positori, we were very fortunate to have someone like Ashley come in. Fortunately the switch out happened before the dress was cut, but I had already finished the petticoat several weeks beforehand and forgotten all about the height difference between the two girls until Ashley went to get dressed at Dragoncon…which is why Ashley’s petticoat is visible all the time. Could we have pinned it up for the time being? Sure, buuuuut we didn’t.

What I would change for next time
Add more stars. Larger ones, too. When I was neck deep in hand sewing all those little turds on, they seemed endless and huge, but many of the smaller ones gets lost in photos with the six of us. Clearly, more is more.

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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 ~ Ashley
Photo by ~ Eurobeat Kasumi
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Jh24nikita Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
I have to agree with all the other comments. All of your cosplays are gorgeous! Is there any way to buy the patterns off of you? This dress is incredible!
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PeyhPeyh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My goodness, I absolutely admire all of your cosplays and designs. Especially the pony ones. The accuracy is astonishing, and everything is so well translated from the pony version to the human one. So gorgeous!
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AlwaysReadingGirl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, this is amazing dress!
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Yumidun Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
It's a so beautiful dress! :D How did you make the dress sparkle so much or was it already on the fabric that you bought and if that where did you buy the fabric? Trying to make a cosplay that will sparkle alot aswell ^__^;
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OctaviaIsBestPony Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just wondering....
but HOW in all things covered in chocolate sprinkles did you make the skirt?!
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
With a lot of measuring, a lot of patience, and an easy acceptance of glitter. (there is still blue glitter in between the cracks of my hardwood floors). And binging on chocolate sprinkles, because reasons. :0
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ShaD-23 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
The dress is very well done
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lilylovespoppy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't find the one for rainbow-dash???
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
I haven't posted Rainbow Dash or Fluttershy yet. Will be doing so soon, so keep an eye out.
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lilylovespoppy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
good! Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy are my faves!
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I just put Fluttershy up. Rainbow Dash will follow in a few days. :3
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xxCreepyLemonxx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all your MLP:FiM mane six outfits, they're all so elegant and beautiful!!!
This dress is beautiful!
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you very much! I'm really glad people enjoy them, they were such hard work! I just posted Fluttershy's collage if you're interested in seeing hers as well.
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xxCreepyLemonxx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome; I'll deffo check it out!! :D
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OceanSunset22 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AHH, I want it :(
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nenitanicky Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Artist
its a really pretty dress i have to admit i reallly want it xD
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
XD
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bubble-shy21 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I WANT it. I NEED it. I REALLY like her mane!!!!!!!
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Lol, I love this comment!
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bubble-shy21 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D I'm all cmc members combined, I'm SUPER SAİ-CUTİE-CRUSADER!!!! (or something ....)
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mdarrer Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
absolutely gorgeous, such a beautiful dress!
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Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Artisan Crafter
o.0
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burloire Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it makes me happy when I open my suitcase from D*C and still find glitter in it XD <33333
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
CRAFTS HERPES. We gots it.
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Bethling Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, this is simply stunning. An amazing interpretation and an amazing dress!
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madrigles Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
That dress is out of this world!
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TheAntiCat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Two things:
1. Hot
2. Damn
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Johanlover100 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Photographer
Gorgeous!!
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm curious what made you decide to do the sleeve parts as there wasn't really any indication of sleeves in the original pony design. They look very nice. This is my second favorite dress of the group, Rarity being the first, but that was just something I had wondered about! The dress is gorgeous though. If I didn't know where it was from I could easily see it being worn for a prom or some other fancy ocassion!
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Sure :) To me, something about completely bare arms seemed too edgy for Twilight's character, so I really felt strongly that she should have some kind of compromise there. This was kind of part of the process of making sure the original designs translated as gracefully as possible to human form. The simplest explanation is that the dress looked incomplete without sleeves, yet full sleeves were too much.

There was also an issue with balance; I had to consider how each dress would look individually as well as within the group, and without sleeves, Twilight appeared bottom-heavy and sort of disappeared from the waist up. Increasing the collar size took elegance away from the dress and I was afraid it would create more of a dog-cone effect, so I decided against it and had to think of another way for her to maintain her prominence within the group. I also already had myself (Applejack) and Fluttershy with completely sleeveless necklines, and Pinkie and Rarity having more conservative necklines and sleeve action. I liked the idea of the last two dresses sort of skirting the edge of traditional necklines (Dash with a sleeveless asymmetrical cut and Twilight with a little twist on traditional sleeves).

Hope that makes some sense into where I was coming from. I'm really glad you enjoy the dresses :3
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome. Thanks for the lengthy reply. It's always interesting to hear about other artist's design process and decisions! :)
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
No problem, I always appreciate when people ask questions with substance. It's much more interesting to engage in a conversation with someone like that than someone who just comes in and is like "well, I don't like it." WELL OK THEN!

I love your beanies, btw. I might have to peruse your gallery again when you reopen :3
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah I definitely love it when people have interesting comments. It's even nicer than just the "This is awesome!" type of comments. Those are great and all, but you can't have much of a conversation about that.

I'd love to make a beanie or two for you when I reopen :)
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Unf Daring Do? You'll have to keep me posted on that when you're ready to reopen. I'm really endeared by how floppy and rag-dolly the beanies are.
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh Daring Do might be fun. I'd have to figure out how to make her clothes in beanie form!

I'm actually planning on reopening next week. I have a journal entry about it here: [link]
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
She would be precious! Think about what you might charge for her and send me a PM?
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Wayanoru Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How incredibly gorgeous is that?? =)
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Clinkorz Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Very beautiful dear :) you did a fantastic job
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