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Mighty Fine Shindig - Kaylee Frye by FireLilyCosplay Mighty Fine Shindig - Kaylee Frye by FireLilyCosplay
Photographer: David Dunn

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 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 ^.^

Picture taken at the Gaylord National Harbor - that place is gorgeous!
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:iconshiny-kiyoko:
shiny-kiyoko Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
your pics are all amazing... really perfect costumes
but this is the best !!!!!!!
firefly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconshiny-kiyoko:
shiny-kiyoko Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem ^^
its one of my fav movies^^
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monky720 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Shiny 
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:iconk1ll14n:
K1LL14N Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
lovely dress
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconilionej:
Ilionej Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
This is simply stunning! :wow:
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you :D
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:iconfedhanyuni:
FedhaNyuni Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG the cupcake dress! Phenomenal!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconwiccanrenegade:
wiccanrenegade Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
OMFG, this is amazing.
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconpalindromia:
palindromia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
I can't believe someone made this dress. I love that episode. You're so talented and this looks gorgeous on you! :3
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you so much!
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:iconsprenzynka:
sprenzynka Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! I really like this dress!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconsalamanderflame:
salamanderFLAME Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Poofy skirt~ :iconikissitplz:
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
POOFY SKIRT!!!
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:iconkitkatkagome:
kitkatkagome Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
I am actually in the process of making this same outfit and I think yours is the best I've seen so far. Really love it.
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I really appreciate the compliment. :heart: Kaylee is my favorite :heart:
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:iconyaoi101:
yaoi101 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This would have taken freaking forever! Awesome work!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It really only took about a month working off and on, though the embroidery was a solid 2 weeks :D
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yaoi101 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I respect anyone who can spend that sort of time on a single project. Personally if it's not for uni or a friend I'll lose interest if the project takes longer than a couple days of solid work. All those layers of ruffles! *dies*
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The-Original-Kopii Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is just cuteness beyond words. :music:
Very impressive dress on such a lovely model~ :la:
I'm totally jealous. :heart:
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you!!
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:iconspirit-lily:
Spirit-Lily Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student Writer
What a beautiful skirt!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! It's a lot of fun to pet :D
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:iconelsch:
elsch Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Such a pretty dress! Great work ^^
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!
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:iconmidnight-melodie:
Midnight-Melodie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
GORGEOS!!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :love:
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:iconkatrinamyla:
katrinamyla Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
'absolutely love all the ruffles and everyone had fun petting them'

What, you don't want something with some slink? ;P
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have plenty of slinky dresses! :D
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:iconrivetheart:
Rivetheart Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010   Digital Artist
amazing! i havent seen a better rendition of kaylee's dress anywhere!!!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!! I worked hard to make it so :love:
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:iconredracer01:
redracer01 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
may i have this dance miss...
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:iconseawaterwitch:
seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
I love your skirt ^^b

You're so beautiful like Scarlet O'Hara from Gone with The Wind ^^b
Hope to see your Rhett Butler ^^v
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!! I would love to make Scarlet's Green party dress from the beginning of the movie someday :)
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:iconseawaterwitch:
seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
WOW!Cool ^^b

I will looking forward to see it ^^b
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:iconsasu-inu:
Sasu-Inu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
AHHHH. THIS JUST MADE MY DAY.

Lovely. Absolutely lovely. <3
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much :love:
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:iconoverthought27:
Overthought27 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
*super happy face* epic awesomeness...too few firefly cosplayers.
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!
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:iconshojo-shorty:
ShojO-ShortY Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Thats so awesome! It makes me so happy to see someone dressed up from Firefly XD
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I just adore Kaylee's dress :love:
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:iconahmyeye:
ahmyeye Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Yessir, Captain Tight Pants
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love my captain :D
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Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
I have to say, this is waaay more pretty than it was in the show.
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you :love:
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hippiejack Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
LOVE the fullness of this dress. its made perfectly!
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