Stocking

Character: Stocking
Variation: Angelic/Transformed
Series: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (Anime)
Debuted: A-Kon 2011

Construction Notes: I mish-mashed and heavily altered existing pattern pieces that I had to make the majority of this costume.  For the dress, I made it one piece, cutting out the skirt piece as a circle skirt for maximum fullness to match the character artwork.  All of the light blue stripes are spandex that I had leftover from another costume.  I used Casa satin for the dress and the waist cincher, but the waist cincher satin is sparkly!

I probably put a lot more work into this costume than it really warranted.  I cast all of the hearts out of clear polyester resin, and added glow powder to the resin so that they would glow in the dark.  The effect is really neat at night or in low-light settings, as is also the case with the wings that I made.  I used craft foam, and cut out different parts of the wings out of different pieces of foam, then assembled them, to get a more textural impact.  They are also outlined with Glo-wire, which connects to a 9-volt driver hidden underneath the waist cincher. This was my first time using any kind of light-up element in a costume.

Personal Thoughts:  Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is a crazy series, not for the faint of heart.  The anime centers around two sisters, Panty and Stocking, who are naughty angels that got kicked out of heaven for their excessive behavior.  Stocking has an insatiable sweet-tooth, likes the Gothic Lolita style of clothing, and is pretty grumpy most of the time.  I liked her and her love for sweets, and when I saw the Angelic transformation sequence, I was sold on making this outfit.