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Kaylee's Layer Cake Dress by FireLilyCosplay Kaylee's Layer Cake Dress by FireLilyCosplay
Photographers: David Dunn, Junior from Refractor Productions

Ever since my friend and I decided to make Kaylee and Inara's dresses from the episode "Shindig" of Firefly, I had been planning and plotting just how to go about making it.

There were a few problems with the costume to start with. First, the costume designer actually used vintage sari fabric from India to make up the bodice of the dress. Not exactly something I can come by very easily ^.^ I decided to start with a plain white dupioni silk and stamp the entire fabric with pink and gold star and paisley designs. After the ruching and button-covering and ruffling, the bodice was pretty much ready to go.

I used a Flamingo pink (you'll get the reference if you know a lot of behind the scenes Firefly trivia!) silk dupioni for the ruffles, belt, sleeves, and bow, all covered with hand embroidery. The pink sleeve lattice lace was hand knotted and the gold and pink tassels were hand made. The buttons were also hand covered.

The second hard part was the skirt - although the costume was said to have used pre-made silk chiffon hoops, chiffon is entirely too flimsy a fabric to get the correct drape for the ruffles, in my opinion. I opted to use a white sheer voile fabric and dye the peach and pink layers. Each layer of ruffles is edged with rolled hems that I had to run through my sewing machine twice using a zig-zag stitch (omg took forever!). I then sewed each layer onto a plain cotton sheath skirt and attached it to the bodice.

The dress sits on a hoop skirt (bought) and petticoat (made by me) and corset (also made by me). The purse is made from pink cotton and covered with little pink rhinestones that I stuck on the front. The gloves were purchased on Ebay, vintage, and dyed light pink. And I used my real hair - I just straightened it a bit ^.^

It really was so much fun wearing this dress!! I absolutely love all the ruffles and everyone had fun petting them. Most of my friends still think I'm nuts for the amount of hand detailing I put on it, but I think it came out very nicely and more authentic looking ^.^
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Kaylee's Layer Cake Dress by *FireLilyCosplay is a stunning cosplay dress with a LOT of hand detailing. I do encourage you to read the artist's description to get an idea of the work that went into making this gorgeous dress. ( Suggested by Sarah-L-B and Featured by MyntKat )
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DaWrecka Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too much foofaraw.

Of all the questions that could occur to me, I find myself wondering; how many people at the shindig recognised your inspiration?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not sure how you mean? A lot of people recognized it as Kaylee's dress or the Layer Cake dress :) It is a recreation, after all!
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FollowedMyHeart Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Ah! So cute and perfect!
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captainzoej Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SUPER jealous
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kitsunemimichan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this episode! Kaylee looks so beautiful in that dress :D
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconplanxtafroggie:
planxtafroggie Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a nice dress. I'm almost too into it... Oo;
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:love:
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dramaticdragon13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely stunning. Wow!
Quick question though: around how much time and money did this cost you?? O_o
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!! I made this is about 2.5 weeks total (spread out across a month). Total cost of materials was about $160 - you can see a detailed write up on my website: [link]
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GoddessSakuraAngel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I love that dress. It is very sexy.
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DancingTwinBlades Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You, you just made me so happy with this.
:iconcryforeverplz: So beautiful.
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awwwwww, thank you!! I'm so happy you like it!
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DancingTwinBlades Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so happy you DID this.
:iconclappingplz:
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gaming-goddess Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So gorgeous - you make an excellent Kaylee - I love the dress so much :) You did an excellent job stamping the design on :) Looks so good :D
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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TheCorrine Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
That is amazing work, well done!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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LadyMandalay Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow - all those layers!!
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Littlemissnick Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Oh my gosh, super shiny!!!! you did amazingly, it looks so real ='D
Most beautiful dress ever, do you ever wear it? If I had that dress I'd probably wear it to Prom or something XD :party:
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Unfortunately, I can't wear it a lot - not enough room in my apartment, and I work at an animal hospital :D But I do love it!
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Littlemissnick Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Aw bummer... but oh my gosh it is so beautiful xD
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en4cerman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Wow....simply amazing work!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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daleala Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ZOMFG?! Is your name Kayleigh by any chance? And do you fly about like a leaf on the wind? Damn, that's amazing! I'm pretty well lost for words at how freaking awesome that dress is!
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lawl!!!! Thank you :heart:
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OrphanOfTheStars Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job! If I owned that dress, I would wear it everyday :)
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, I would love to, but I'm afraid the hoop skirt would make it very impossible :)
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lovedthePilgrimSoul Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
wow. nice fucking job!!! my hat is off to you. seriously.
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!! I do love that frippery :D
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KatsumiBatei Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
... SQUEEEE!!!!!! :heart:
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DooMGuy117 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...needs more foofera XD
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:iconrangerwill:
RangerWill Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
What need you with that piece of frippery???
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
To look pretty?
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RangerWill Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I was only kidding. I was quoting what Mal said when Kaylee was admiring the dress in the store window
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mnvan98 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I'm actually watching this episode now......lol.......
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firebuglite Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
AAWW!! Look at the Rufflies!!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!
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Tidleywinker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
That's beautiful.
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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Sidselline Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
That's awesome!:star: Arg, now I miss Firefly again^^'
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D
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Sidselline Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
:3
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:iconquantumreality:
QuantumReality Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Awesome cosplay :)
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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NinjaAuthor11 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Hahaha! That's great! :,D

Also... Flamingos, you say?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Flamingos...indeed!
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NinjaAuthor11 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Yesss, yessss....!
I really want a flamingo pin :XD:

:la:
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Timestitcher Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Beautiful cosplay gown. I think this is the best version of it I've seen, you can tell how much time and effort went into it. Congrats on a job well done.
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! What a lovely compliment :heart:
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