Hi, Your costumes are terrific. I love them all very much, well done.
Thank you Tracy, if you liked a particular costume, please take a minute to fill in our survey.
Hi Tracy, i love your site and costumes!
Thank you for looking at our website George, I really appreciate your comment.
´Me encantan sus disfraces , son preciosos,, en particular es muy bonito Ariel pink dress, usted me podría mandar por email el pattern body dress? muchísimas gracias, best regards. María
Thank you for your comments Maria. The pattern for the Ariel Dress is Simplicity 4136.
Gracias por tu comentario Maria. El patrón para el vestido de Ariel es simplicidad 4136.
thank you very much , Tracy , I´m spanish , I´ll try to find it in Madrid, I made my costums but do not use to work with patterns,, gracias , kind regards ..
Thank you very much , Tracy , I make my customs but do not usually with patterns,, I will try to finf it in madrid , Spain, cause I´m spanish, , kind regards .
Thank-you for making the fantastic videos! I also make costumes for my daughter and often check out what you have done to compare notes and solve problems! Belle is a Beast to sew ( LOL ;-) ), but your dress is coming along nicely!
You got that right!!!! We have done some complicated dresses over the last few years, but this one has had us stumped on more than one occasion. If only we could get our hands on the original. Our next video should get as far as putting the bodice together, then before you know it - it will be finished! Towards the end of making this costume, I shall be revealing our next project, so keep visiting, it might be something you'll want to make. Thanks so much for your comment, we really do appreciate all the input.
I love your re-creation of Princess Giselle's magnificent white gown and my I say that you look even lovelier than Amy Adams in yours!
Apart from your poses, have you worn it anywhere in public - a costume party, formal dance? I hope you have not emerged from a sewer in that gown, but, if you did, your gown was as immaculate as Amy Adams' was.
Thank you so much for your comments Natalie. If you go to youtube.com and type Traybuff in the search bar, you will find all my videos plus the ones of me Cosplaying as Giselle at my local carnival in September this year. I have also won a Cosplay Competition in Telford in 2011 wearing this costume. I try really hard to copy the costumes as accurately as possible. Unfortunately with this one, Amy's dress is ENORMOUS and it wouldn't have been practical to make it THAT big. I don't know if you like Disney's Brave, but I am currently working on Merida's Blue formal dress, as soon as it is finished, I shall be putting the instructions onto the website. Thank you again for viewing my website.
Great costumes! I was wondering if you could make the Hannibal slave girl costume from the stage version of Phantom of the Opera? I'm planning to make one myself, but have no clue how!
Unfortunately, this costume isn't on my list, but this link gives very detailed pics of the costume. Which looks like a very basic bikini top with a heavy neck ornament. You might be able to pick up a pattern for maybe an arabian outfit? The stage version is a bit more elaborate with a corset, which there are a lot of patterns out there you can buy that are very similar.
This link gives even more detail of the front and back. Good luck in your project
Hi Tracy are you looking to sell you ruby slippers because I can not find them anywhere that are made just like that. Also that look just like that.
Hi Diego. I am sorry, but we won't be selling the Ruby Slippers. Tracy wears a pair for when she is cosplaying as Dorothy, at the events we attend, but our best pair are for our exhibitions. We do have a tutorial on youtube which shows how we made them though :)
I must say that my mother and I were completely blown away by all of your dresses. You ladies sure are talented. Thank you so so so much for posting Ariel's Day Dress as I want that one. I have almost no experience so this will be interesting. :) I really couldn't find it anywhere so thank you very much.
How did you figure out the corset/bodice was navy blue instead of black?
I also forgot to ask if I didn't do the lace or petticoat and I didn't bone the corset how drastic would the change in difficulty be?
I want to make Merida's teal archery dress for a halloween dance that I'm going to with some of my friends next month but I'm having difficulty finding a pattern to match the dress used in the movie; when you made the costume what pattern did you use, and how difficult would be to make the dress without using a pattern?
Christan. The video tutorial for the teal formal dress can be found in the "video tutorial" tab and the written instructions in "more costume tutorials". We list all the fabrics etc., required to make the dress including the pattern we used.
Hi! I just want to say that all of your dresses are AMAZING! I was blown out of the water when I saw your Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, and Padme dresses. I've been wanting to cosplay Anastasia from the Fox movie of the same name (her princess dress: http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/31400000/anastasia-anastasia-31477707-500-295.png). Many of your costumes are quite similar in skirt shape. Would you have any tips for me?
Hi Maria. Thank you for your comments and we are so glad you have been inspired by what you have seen. The Anastasia "skirt" is a dress you definately want to twirl in, so I would make it a full circle skirt if you can get the material wide enough for it. If not, it will have to be done in sections, but definately no gathers at the waist with a fill-in piece at the front. I have seen examples of her tiara on Cosplay that are absolutely stunning, can't wait to see yours :)
Thanks so much for the splendid video tutorials. Really lovely costumes you make there. Please keep sharing them. It will help me a great deal to make my own dress.
hi, i love your Ariel costumes you made! I especially love the pink dress from ariel. do you have pattern for that dress? I have a friend who would make the dress for me for my bday party!
The instructions for the pink dress are in the Costume Tutorials, including the pattern that was used
Hello! I want to thank You very much for Your tutorial - with Your help I managed to sew a dress for my daughter for ball in kindergarten. Thank You very much once again and sorry for my english. Greetings! Joanna Loana
Hello, I am making the Anna Dress From Frozen I found your tutorial very helpful but I was wondering, About how much do you think it would be to get the supplies for the cape alone? I've made the rest of the dress pretty much but haven't bought the supplies for the cape. I'm just wondering approx how much it would be for everything. Thank you! And I LOVE your blog :D
I have listed all the required materials in the written tutorial. I sourced mine from various places and cannot remember how much was paid for each item. It largely depends on where you live and whether you will need to have your items ordered or get them locally. If I had to take a guess it would probably be about £20-£30 for the cape
Thank you so much! I hope to make it soon! I love all your cosplays and your an amazing sewer!
Hi I was wondering if you could give an estimate on how much the Beauty and the beast ballgown was to make. I really wanna make one but i dont know how much to save for materials.
Hi Erica. The most important thing is to set a budget. When Tracy sources fabrics, she usually sends off for at least 6-12 different swatches to make an informed decision. Belle's dress shouldn't be shiny like polyester, but light weight. After careful consideration, she went with what looked right, rather than cost, which is why she chose Satin Charmeuse. It cost about £13 a metre and she needed 17 metres of it, so this makes it the most expensive dress she has made so far. There are plenty of alternatives to choose from, I suggest getting swatches and decide on something you're happy with. All the other fabrics we use have alternatives and if you're on a tight budget, look around first, but don't buy cheap if it doesn't look right or feel right. Don't forget to factor in your hoop and underskirt into the budget. Netting for petticoats is very cheap to buy especially if you buy it by the metre and not on rolls. At the end of the day, it will be what you are prepared to pay for your materials and whether you are confident enough as a seamstress. You don't want to spend loads of money on fabric and find it ending up in the bin :( Thank you for looking at our website and good luck with your "build". It will be interesting to see your progress or the finished result.
Hi, I saw your video on youtube of a hoop skirt, and I was wondering if I can have a bit of assistance. Also how much materials will cost, thank you! your videos have been amazing.
Hi Phoebe. I am packed and ready to go on holiday, so cannot give you any assistance right now. But if you send your problem to my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), I will get back to you when I return.
Hi, I looked at you belle tutorial and was wondering if you gathered at the waist tine before adding the Petersham waist band or whether the skirt fitted tight to the waist? Thanks
Hi Lisa. The tops of the panels only measured approximately 1" (2cm) in width when sewn together and fitted the 24" waistband without gathering. If you find your skirt is too wide for the waistband, you can put a pleat here and there to take up the extra.
I love love LOVE your outfits! I am in love with all of these. May I encourage you to try more costumes fro Once Upon A Time? You did a great job on the Snow White one! I am definitely using your tutorials!!!
Hi. Your website is a huge help for me as I am starting out making the Anna outfit today. I was wondering how wide did you make the bottom of the skirt? I was thinking maybe 90 inches but I am not sure if that will be big enough.Thanks
I don't have any sewing experience under my belt but I'm quite determined to make an Anna from Frozen Cosplay for a convention in May of this year. I was wondering about how much you spent for all the materials and how long did it take you to complete so I know roughly when I should start working on it?
Thank you so much,
Hi Bridget. Tracy replied to your question on youtube this morning. It took us about 4 months to make Anna, so you should allow considerably longer to complete it. The costs of material used are dependent on what you yourself decide to use, so I can't give you an estimate on that.
Hi, I'm new in sewing and not too god with pattern making and I was wondering if you've put the patterns of your dresses in the web page, or if there was any posibilitty of getting unles one, the size is fine I can work on an allready made pattern, but I'm a dissaster drawing them my self....
Your dresses are amazing, really.
Hi Laura. We always put the patterns we use in our tutorials then people can decide if they use them or not. As our tutorials are aimed at people who have some sewing experience, we assume they know how to construct a costume using the patterns referred to. No pattern will fit you exactly, which is where the skill of adapting and altering patterns comes into play. We don't supply patterns as everyone is a different shape and all the patterns we do use, are altered to fit Tracy, who has a very narrow back and shallow waist, our patterns won't fit anyone else. If you lack knowledge in altering patterns, I would recommend a sewing course or a basic sewing book which shows you how to do it.
Hi do you make your own hooped petticote and have you a video tutorial please
Susan. We made a very basic hoop which can be found in our "Video Tutorial" tab for Belle's Ball Gown. We followed instructions from the internet, but changed the fixed waistband for an elasticated waist. Otherwise, we buy ready made hoops which are suited to the particular costume we are making.
Your talent is incredible! Your costumes are gorgeous, and your cosplay photos are beautiful! Keep up the great work, and have a fantastic day!
Hello! I just wanted to thank you for your great tutorials! I've created a list of all the Disney tutorials for adults that I could find (http://happilygrim.blogspot.com/2013/08/disney-tutorials-for-not-so-grownups.html), and your costumes have been incredibly helpful!
I tried to look at the pink Ariel Dress tutorial today, and it looks like it's been removed! Any idea why? Thanks again!
Hi Grace. Thank you for your comments and your very comprehensive website, you certainly have been busy getting all that info together, so well done!
The pink Ariel dress was removed from our website because Tracy has sold it and will in the future make another one in a different design, when that happens, it will be accompanied by a new write up and video.
I came here looking for this exact question! Thank you for explaining where the Ariel Pink Dress went, it is one of my favorite dresses that you two have made. Whoever purchased is is very lucky to have it!
I'm looking forward to seeing the updated design whenever Tracy is able to get around to it. Your dresses have been a big inspiration for me to get better at sewing. I've learned more practical sewing tips from your videos and website than I did in my Home Economics class in school. All the best!
Thank you Olive, your comments really mean a lot to us. We have helped such a lot of people over the years and inspired them to get their sewing machine dusted down! The pink Ariel dress tutorial is still on the youtube page (traybuff) and it may be some time before we get around to the re-make as Tracy has a costume list as long as my arm!! We are currently working on Aurora, then we will be taking a break for a while.
Hi guys! Your tutorials are absolutely amazing!
If you don't mind, I have a couple of questions about the Lake Dress. I'll be cosplaying Padmé for SDCC and your tutorial is amazing. I'm a little confused by the hairstyle tutorial, though--specifically, how the ponytail works to put the sock/sausage-shaped form in it. Do you wrap the ponytail hair around it or does the hair fall straight around it when you put the other hair ties around it? I tried the stormtrooperprincess link on the tutorial page, but it doesn't seem to work anymore. Any tips you could give me would be so appreciated!
Keep up the good work! You ladies are incredible!
First of all, apologies for getting back to you sooo late, Weebly haven't been sending me notifications!!!! I expect its a bit too late to discuss the Padme hairstyle, except to say, the hair enclosed the "sausage", then coiled to form the "shell" shape. It took 3 of us to style this wig and several weeks of practice :( We used copious amounts of hair grips.
For my 18th I am having a Tangled themed party (as it's her 18th when she sees the lights) and I am hand making my crown, I have been looking around at several places for a while and I couldn't find the large gems anywhere! The site you provided was perfect and exactly what I needed and your pictures will be very useful when I start making it. Your costumes are wonderful!
Thank you very much! You saved me a lot of stress :)
No problem Ruby and thank you for the comment.
Hi I absolutely adore your blog. When I first got into costumes yours was one of the first sites I stumbled upon. Know I'm having a gone with the wind moment and am making a ball gown for the local civil war reenactment in August. The dress is coming along, but my purchased on ebay hoop skirt is saggy and not very attractive under my skirt. So I was reminded of you Scarlet O' Hara bbq picnic dress petticoat. I am wanting to attempt to make this myself but I was wondering if you could tell me how many yards of fabric were needed. If this already posted on the blog I'm sorry for misreading I'm just so excited to start that I may have overlooked it. Anyway any information would be appreciated and as always thank you for being an inspiration.
I have just found you site while looking for costume ideas for my 18th birthday party. It is musical theatre and themed and I have been inspired by your costumes! I would absolutely adore to go as Christine Daae in the "Star Princess" dress from the stage version of Masquerade, but unfortunately both the costume and the pattern cannot be found online. I was wondering if you could take a look and perhaps give an approximation of how long it would take to make by hand? She is my dream role and if it was possible to make in time I would be over the moon!
Thank you in advance!
Hi Tracy. Iam from South Africa and were looking for a petticoat tutorial when I found your youtube posts. My daughter wants a Cinderella dress for her matric farewell and I have to make it. I need to know how much bridal net you use to make the 4 layer petticoat. The neting I usually use is 150cm wide. Regards Amanda
Hi Tracy! Your costumes are absolutely stunning. Can you help me with a pattern for Princess Buttercup's red dress from Princess Bride and Christine Daee's dressing gown (white robe) from the musical? I am new to sewing but I think with your patterns and help I could achieve it.
Hi Amanda. We would be more than happy to help with any of the dresses we make, unfortunately, we won't be making the dresses you are enquiring about. I would suggest cosplay.com to see if anyone can help you with these costumes. Good luck with your venture. X
Hello Tracy, I watched your videos on youtube, and As a huge Disney Fan, I Love and admire your work on your Disney costumes. They really inspire me and Make me even more excited to start my own collection of Disney cosplay costumes once I get more money. I hope you make more Disney costumes, they're fantastic!
Thanks Emily, currently working on the new Cinderella and we have another Disney dress in the pipeline as well :)
I like yours costumes, they are beautiful.
I wait your Cinderella finish Dress!
And I thank you for your tutorial of elsa's Bodice. I'm inspired of your tuto to cerate mine.
Congretulations for your dresses, and good luck for Cinderella!
Hello Tracy and Christine!
I am wondering if you two have any plans to do Sarah's ballroom gown from Labyrinth. After the untimely passing of David Bowie I have been thinking about that dress a lot this week and would love to see your interpretation of it.
Thank you for all the tutorials you've done so far! Best of luck for the rest of 2016!
We have no plans to make the Labyrinth dress, it is very beautiful though, I especially like the hair decorations.
Hi Glenys. Hopefully you will pick up this answer from here, as I can't reply using the survey form. Belle's ruffled skirt - if I didn't have a ruffler, I would use strong upholstery thread. Ordinary thread isn't strong enough and would break, then you would have to try and keep your ruffling even, (not an easy task). Hope this is some help to you.
You don't have to answer this if you don't want but I am just curious. Would you consider ever making Glinda's dress from the Wizard of Oz? I've inserted costume study links and a link to a costume study sketch by elvenhippiegypsy for your perusal. And hopefully to tempt you to make it, so to speak. lol :)
No, we won't be making the original Glinda, although we have used the sleeves from the pattern to make Giselle's sleeves and Tracy made Dorothy.
I was wondering if you use an industrial machine or a regular home machine and why or why not? Thanks so much!
Hi Dahlia. When I first started making the costumes, I used an Electric Singer 910, (circa 1967ish). An extremely heavy machine, but never let me down. When Tracy and I started working together making costumes, I bought an Elna 2800, mainly because Tracy couldn't pick my Singer up, it was too heavy. But the Elna has its limitations when it comes to ruffling and doesn't seem to cope, but no worries on my old Singer :)
Hi. I stumbled across your site when doing some research for a Cinderella 2015 costume, and actually found you via a link to Belle's gown video tutorial. I just wanted to say thanks for all of the information in your videos and photos; it's really helpful.
Also, I wanted to let you know how fantastic I think your costumes are. Every year, I go to a convention in the USA called Dragoncon, and these costumes would not look out of place among the very best I've ever seen win prizes at the masquerade competition they hold. Congratulations on your great work, and I hope we continue to see many more costumes from you.
Hi Gemma. Thank you for your kind comments. From the very beginning Tracy was a perfectionist when it came to making the costumes. If it were me, I would have just bought the cheapest material and thrown it together. But working on the costumes together as a team, has taught me patience!! We have learnt such a lot over the last 8 years (usually spending hours on the internet finding out how to tackle something). But Tracy has always been right - buy the best fabric you can as near to the original as you can. The amount of swatches she has acquired from around the whole is incredible, I would have settled on the first one I received, but she taught me, that patience is definitely a virtue and if there is ANY doubt at all - wait for the next swatch to arrive . (lol)
Our skills have been stretched beyond their limit, time and time again and differences of opinion have been frequent, but we got through it without coming to blows. We have created something that no one else will have or take away and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing the experience around the world with our tutorials and videos. We have inspired lots of people to take up sewing or dust down their machines to have another go and keeping in touch with them has been wonderful.
I will miss it all once it is gone, but my memories will remain.
Carry on sewing and make the world a better place for your efforts and skill.