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Azkaban Will Eat You. by cupcake-rufflebutt Azkaban Will Eat You. by cupcake-rufflebutt
Myself as Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Photo taken with self-timer in October 2007. This was my second serious attempt at recreating a movie costume [Corpse Bride being my first], and I have to say that it was an interesting experience! Recreating an existing costume is an entirely different ballgame than basing a costume off of a piece of manga, anime, or game artwork. The corset consists of about 12 pieces of leather, all hand-sewn together with leather cording [MY HANDS ;__;], the dress and mitts are hand-weathered and hand-painted, and the necklace is also handmade. You can't see any of them in this shot, but over 70 grommets were hammered into this by hand [the mitts and corset lace on]. I didn't know of the existence of grommeting tools at the time, and my goodness, I could have saved myself a good 2-3 hours! The only downside to this photo of the costume is that I was not wearing my "Bellatrix makeup" at the time. I normally am much more liberal in my application of eyeliner and lipstick when I wear her!

Please no critiques/criticism. I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3
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Given 2009-07-15
Azkaban Will Eat You. by ~cupcake-rufflebutt. ~cupcake-rufflebutt has created a darned good hand-sewn recreation of Bellatrix Lestrange's dress and accessories. A good browse through her gallery and you'll see why she was suggested by many people. ( Suggested by Ex-Shadow and Featured by Kitten-of-Woe )
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Taniushka12 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, awesome cosplay :iconlaplz:
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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DestiniesEntwined Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
A-bloody-mazing job with the dress!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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fanatic013 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
you should.....sell this. because I would totally buy it :)
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have plans to wear it in the future, so I've no intention to sell at the moment.
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fanatic013 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
aww. well, it's awesome regardless :D
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lillydarose Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
just one word: perfect. ^^
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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ryspoon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
brilliant! i love the hair <3

:D
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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ryspoon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
you're welcome ^^ :D
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Maria2121 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The dress is awesome, but I think the make-up shoud be heavier. Well, I love the dress.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Two quotations taken from my photo description:

"The only downside to this photo of the costume is that I was not wearing my "Bellatrix makeup" at the time. I normally am much more liberal in my application of eyeliner and lipstick when I wear her!"

"Please no critiques/criticism. I'd like to keep this gallery happy!"

Please read before you type. Nonetheless, thank you for the kind portions of your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed my dress!
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Maria2121 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, sorry, my bad. It was just constructive criticism, anyway :) You're welcome for the good part.
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LordXanathos Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Bella! ^^
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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Red-Fairy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
realy good cosplay :D
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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Red-Fairy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
your welcome :D
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SweeneyT-DemonBarber Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
That's really impressive, I'm thinking about cosplaying her actually, but the only thing I'd I look nothing lik her, which tends to be a problem for me
But awesome cosplay, looks very accurate and the poses realLy fit the character
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yeah, that's the problem with cosplaying from movies - there is the added pressure of having to physically resemble the actor/actress, which is never an issue when cosplaying from anime or video games. I once made an Elizabeth Swann costume, only to find out it looked awful on me because I look nothing like Keira Knightley. Didn't think that one through too well, LOL. But as always, if it's something you really want to make, then go for it!
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Well in my opinion, caucasians play anime characters better than asians do in most cases lol
And I hate it! lol its so annoying! I try to cosplay Sweeney Todd (Depp version) and it sucks for me because I look NOTHING at all like him, I'm asian, so Im not even the right ethnicity :( But just wondering, would you mind checking out my cosplay and letting me know what you think?
I was just re reading the description for this and I agree completely! For existing costumes you cant guess what material things are made of because that would make it inaccurate. For anime characters you can just guess based on historical and social class judgments. xD There is a lot more detail to pay attention to and color and material matching which is always fun lol. I like the challenge of trying to get the costume as close to the original as possible, except I personally cant sew so I have to wait for people to make accurate cosplays for me :( I need sewing skills! If I had sewing skills I could make all of Lovett's dresses and make them 90% accurate because of all the reference pics I have of them, but since I have no skills, its a bit of a problem
and you are very welcome!
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Zimto-chan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! *.*
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconzimto-chan:
Zimto-chan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. ^^
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emzkles Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
This is amazing.
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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emzkles Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
This is amazing.
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vitaminanime Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
awesome!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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phoebe-gilmore Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
What an amazing costume! Your skills are amazing!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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Hotaru-Yagami-Filth Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! <3
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dont-poke-the-bear Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
You've got it down-pact! <3
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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dont-poke-the-bear Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
You're welcome! <3
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MissGKizzle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
This is a gorgeous dress !!! You have some serious talent in recreating costumes.
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! That means a lot. <3
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roguegirl9929 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Usually I can't stand Harrp Potter cosplayers...they're so bad. You however did a fantastic job! Very, very well done!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't feel it's fair to say that of Harry Potter cosplay, in general. It is tremendously difficult to replicate movie costumes, because not only is there the craftsmanship involved in making the costume, but you actually have to RESEMBLE the actor. I once made an Elizabeth Swann costume. It was very accurate and well-constructed, but I do not resemble Kiera Knightley in the least and so it was a complete flop and looked horrid on me. Recreating a cartoon, video game, or comic book character is not nearly so dependent upon looks, as no one has ever seen them in the flesh.

But that said, I'm glad you enjoyed my Bellatrix costume. Thankfully I do have a pretty decent face for Helena Bonham Carter's characters. ^__^
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roguegirl9929 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
I think its perfectly acceptable to say that most cosplayers suck in general. Live movies should never be cosplayed becuase of the fact that they should leave that to the actors playing them. I've been in movies and watching people, basically insult the work we've done by making asses of themselves is soooo insulting.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And I think it's perfectly acceptable to say that there are some things in life that are better left unsaid. I have far too many friends who try their hardest at cosplay and, though they occasionally miss the mark with their costumes, enjoy themselves immensely. This is a hobby, and I'm very tired of those that deride others for partaking in an activity which they enjoy.

"Live movies should never be cosplayed from." This is simply a radical statement. I don't see any harm in this whatsoever, and I've seen numerous directors, producers, actors, costume designers, and wardrobe assistants take interest in the work of fans, both online and at conventions. To feel INSULTED because someone loves your character enough that they would spend HOURS [in my case, MONTHS] toiling over a recreation of your costume is nothing more or less than a compliment.

Bottom line, I would encourage you to try a little kindness. As an elementary school teacher, I really cannot tolerate put-downs and off-color remarks. As a cosplayer, I find it in very poor taste that you would choose to make a less-than-complimentary blanket statement about the cosplay community in my DeviantART. And as a person, I am quite insulted.
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roguegirl9929 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
And as a Special Education teacher I can say whatever the hell I want. Admendment 1...Freedom of Speech. Try reading it sometime.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I teach special needs children, as well. Our school is a MINC affiliate, so I see many interesting cases come through my music room. ^__^ Regardless, I cannot deny that you are free to say whatever you please. I only implore you to do so in a kinder way next time.
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subconruler Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Oh man, this is gorgeous. :D I knew it'd be awesome! Ahahaha. Bellatrix is awesome. You look great. :D I hope you have a good evil laugh... haha.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay, you have a DA! I'll be able to keep in touch with you better on here, since this is where I spend most of my time online. ^__^
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Eriichan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
I love that! Good work :D
*fav*
I'd really like to cosplay her sometime^^
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