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The parade was pretty awesome to walk in this year… it is super fun to go as a recognizable character that the kids love. Many high fives and hugs going around ❤️

My one big panel choice had to be Matt Smith. The 11th Doctor. My favorite!

the girls both wanted to be Suicide Squad Harley Quinn. They had a blast doing the big group shoot and got featured on the scifi channel! I finally finished this Once Upon a Time costume of bandit Snow White. Not as much fun as I had hoped so this one got sold pretty soon after :/. and another costume I worked for a long time on and just didn’t really enjoy wearing. Katniss from Hunger Games (Catching Fire chariot dress.). It lit up like fire and fit well so I actually ended up wearing it to a Christmas party later that year 🙂 I skipped the bunny hutch this year because I had the kids with me on Thursday, but am looking forward to next year.


It is always hard to describe DragonCon, but it has officially replaced Halloween as my favorite “holiday.”  That speaks volumes!!  It is basically a 5 day nonstop costume party with your favorite stars, artists, authors, and activities thrown in.

This VIDEO shows some of the randomness and makes me so happy.  It was Saturday after we had just walked the parade, so I was super tired and hot, but still could dance a little 🙂

I wore  Lynda Carter Wonder Woman for the parade and half of Saturday.  I must have given out 60 hugs and hundreds of high fives and fist bumps.  It is amazing being a classic and getting so much love from the kids.

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Photo above by Bentpic5 and one below by Michael Ash

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Thursday night was the annual Bunny Hutch kickoff party.  I made my first bunny suit based on Spider Gwen, and wore it with headphones and leggings underneath because it was so skimpy in the rear!  I even found another Bunny Gwen there!

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I ended up wearing my other normal Spider Gwen suit another night to give my feet a rest from all the high heels!  I met some other nice Spidies, and some really awesome folks.

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Other random shots I took included the Saucy Ghostbusters, a teen aged Cinderella who made her dress all by herself, and Pikachu (with the girls.)

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As always, we had a blast and can barely wait for next year!  Three things I am going to do differently next time are:

  1. Incorporate more flats into my costumes
  2. Get a closer hotel (although 3$, 8 minute uber rides aren’t bad)
  3. Take more pictures and get more names.

 


As an end of the school year gift to the kids (and ourselves, ) we took a weekend trip to the beach; our first visit to Myrtle Beach and their Xcon convention. It was also bike week there, which my husband describes as “so relaxing.” 😉

I am in the process of finishing up my own armor design for a warrior Wonder Woman.  It still needs a little work, but was wearable. I took inspiration from several different designs incorporating the eagle, star, and olive branches.  Here is the armor:

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This is my first attempt at using Worbla, a moldable plastic.  It has to be heated up to be shaped, then after it hardens back can be painted.  I am shooting for a battle worn, distressed look.  I wore heels and hair down some of the day, then a high ponytail and gladiator sandals for a beach trip and walking comfort the rest of the day.  In the promo shots for the new Wonder Woman movie coming out in 2017, this seems to be the look (hair back and sandals.)

Paul brought his Jedi Robes, but ended up sticking to his Cuban “beach shirt” 🙂  I made two last minute costumes for the girls..Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” for the older one and Supergirl for the younger.  Only Supergirl was worn.  The elder opted for the old Pokemon trainer!

All in all, a fun weekend!  We got to meet some cool folks and even got to chat with Brian Krause (Leo from Charmed.)  I am horrible at recognizing people, so that one took me a while to realize!

 


Here is the pretty amazing Bombshell Batwoman statue by Ant Lucia and Tim Miller. I do love this Character from the DC Comics Bombshells series.  This version is Kate Kane, a lesbian, baseball playing protector of the home front during World War 2 . Sorry to not have the photo credit for this collage, it was a huge help in making my design!

 

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A lot of this costume ended up having to be store bought.  The socks, gloves, and cleats were each around 7$, and the hat was 3$.  I shortened the gloves and added cording to the wrists.  I painted the cleats black and added red bat emblems on the back. The hat just needed some ears and vinyl emblem added.  I pieced together the dress and made the belt myself…I am lucky enough to own a silhouette vinyl cutting machine, so I printed out the bat for the font of the top and the team/number for the back onto heat transfer vinyl. Last step was to add red accent trim around the sleeves and collar.  Oh, and the bat!  We inherited an old wooden bat when we bought our house, so I regripped the handle then added the little end bat and Batwoman wordage to the side.  A little black makeup for the mask and a red wig, and it is done!!

I hope to get some field shots soon, but for now… here are some pics from SC Comic Con taken by my 11 year old.  This is going to be my comfy-est go-to costume for a while, I think!

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I will probably end up making a new, more screen accurate version of this once I get the hang of some new materials.  This is my first attempt made in the summer of 2015 based on the preview shot of her costume.  I have worn it several times now, and love that it is so comfortable (for a corset and heels.)

It is made of faux leather, craft foam and modge podge mostly.  The leg armor is one piece attached to knee highs and worn over wedge heels.  The corset is steel boned with a separate skirt/belt.  The sword is just a plastic one I repainted and weathered attached to a leather strap.  My hair is brown, just brown :/ and doesn’t take color well, so I have given up on trying to dye it black.  I don’t really mind… it is more me as Wonder Woman, which I love 🙂

The above photos were from SC Comicon in Greenville April 2016.

 

Below is a shot of the costume when I first made it..(on my mannequin and showing the sword.)  Since then, the skirt has been shortened a bit, but all else the same.

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This is one of my favorite shots, taken by my six year old.  It shows my other daughter (11) in a rare picture as my professional corset lacer 🙂  The older one is normally my photographer and does an outstanding job!


In an alternate universe, Gwen Stacy (the girlfriend of Peter Parker) becomes the ultimate Spidey Heroine!

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Picture above is my first version.  It was a frankensteined/ ad-lib pattern and ended up being too restrictive to do much in although I loved the color of the pink accents, perfect blue puffy paint webbing, and huge hood 😦  Drafting and sewing spandex is definitely NOT my favorite thing, but since I loved this character I ended up purchasing a cheapish pre-made suit to play around in.

The new suit was worn to Ath-Con 2016 along with an old wig my daughter had used for Nine Tales a few years earlier.

Some paint on a pair of black flats was all that I really did to go with the new suit.

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This suit, despite giving exact measurements, was super short on me… so they exchanged for one with longer legs that ended up way to long (easy fix.)  This was my first venture into spandex, so am still unsure which I hate more…patterning and sewing spandex or dealing with overseas sizing and issues.  (neither, please).  It was also a brownish maroon color for the accents, unusable (see through) mask, had an awefully small hood.

May 2016, for Free Comic Book Day and the Twilight bike race in downtown Athens, I got to hang out with a super Spidey.  He was awesome and was introduced to me by our mutual friend, Dan, who took some great pics.

***How the hell does Gwen keep her white spidey fingers clean?  We only climbed a few nasty Athens poles***

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Photos above are property of Dan Jackson,  thewebheadedhero. and Miala.  Please contact for redistribution credits.

Due to the extreme commitment and dedication  of my fellow spiderperson, and because even a superhero with bleach cannot clean stained white gloves, I am experimenting on this suit. I don’t think I am quite dedicated enough to spend hundreds on a new one (yet).  In the works is:

acrylic paint base to lighten up the brown accents, hot pink paint pen to stipple that to match the hood I originally made.  (that is huge and lovely and will replace the crappy one)

turquoise puffy paint webbing

homemade lenses and maybe a modded faceshell to try to make the mask work

and maybe ..just maybe…if the suit turns out amazing, I will paint the toes and side soles of my favorite black converse style hi tops.  Having some grip and/or powers would be cool.

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PROGRESS:  The suit turned out great!  I have hand washed this stuff before and does not bleed, so think we are good!   From left to right, this shows the original print, then dabbing with paint, then adding the puffy turquoise and the hot pink paint pen.

The face shell and handmade lenses did NOT work .  Wig it is for this weekend!

 

 

 


It was pretty cold for this year’s AthCon held at the Graduate Hotel.  Best part about it was the yellow vinyl couches in the lobby!  …. Batpics! I also got to wear Spider Gwen and a formal version of my warrior Wonder Woman here.  This con is really kid friendly, so both of mine got to have lots of fun here as well!  Hopefully, it will continue to grow and continue to happen.  It is a partnership with the Theater I sometimes work with, so always like to show my support.


Unfortunately, I had just broken my jaw and had surgery to put in plates TWO days before DragonCon2015 began!  My face looks weird in all of these pictures, but at least I made it.  I also was on heavy duty painkillers and unable to eat anything except smoothies, so didn’t get to take very many pictures.

Thursday evening was the Replica Prop Forum annual meetup.  I wore my Hoth Leia with newly completed vest!

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Friday, I wore the Warrior Wonder Woman from the upcoming Batman vs. Superman Movie.  Post here

Saturday, for the parade, it was my new Steampunk Wonder Woman costume.  This was also worn to the annual Wonder Woman photo shoot where George Perez (WW illustrator) usually participates! We got to chat a little bit, but I don’t remember saying much ;0

Sunday, I had planned to wear Bandit Snow White from Once Upon a Time, but was worn out and went home.  I am saving this for a cooler weather event.

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Finally, Monday, I just took my older daughter and wore street clothes.  I was lucky enough to have had my Astharoshe Asran costume featured on display for the costuming track, so also had to pick that back up.  I can’t believe I actually made it through four days!

The girls wore a little mini Starfire from Teen Titans Go!  and a TARDIS / Dr. Who themed outfit.  They don’t do very well waiting in all the lines, but had a blast!

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Till next year!


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So, I fell in love with this character after randomly coming across this drawing.  I am not a huge “vampire story” fan (never read nor saw Twilight.) I don’t think I have ever read ANY vampire story, actually!  This ^^ inspired me to pick up both a manga and novel of Trinity Blood.  I ended up liking a LOT of the characters and their amazing wardrobes 🙂 Having never done any sort of vampire or armor of anything besides leather, my long term project was chosen!

First, came my favorite part…sketching!

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Then, since I knew the fabric part would be easier for me, I started some simple and cheap armor.  No worbla for me yet…investing that much money in an experiment was too scary! I just used a tee shirt and duck tape on my mannequin for the breast plate.  I also had mod-podge handy, so did many coats of that over the tape to even out the ridges and ugly lines.  It was not fun and only did a coat or so a week.  This is why this costume ended up being so drawn out!!!  UGH.

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Then, months later, I had more time and a renewed interest in the costume.  I left the “armor” alone and started patterning the eyelet underdress and velvet jacket.  This was much easier for me and much more fun.

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Jacket and over corset pattern

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Simple “eyeballed” underdress from a basic corset pattern, strapless with a zip back

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Once I got rolling on the jacket and gathered up ALL of my spare gold braided trim, I didn’t stop to take many photos!

Above is the back of the jacket and under bust corset.

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This shows the underdress and starting work on the design at the bottom of the jacket.  I was going to hand embroider the whole panel, but switched to trim and paint since I wanted to actually complete this thing!

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I WAS able to do some embroidery on the sleeves:)

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This is gold metallic leather, and is the upper portion of the puff sleeve.

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While I was working on the arm bands, I got inspired to finish up the armor.  Here are the two shoulder pieces and the front pieces with the leather arm bands.  I tried some foam for the shoulders and torso parts of the armor and they worked out to be sturdy enough once doubled up and duck taped!  I used puffy paint to make the designs mostly!  The torso pieces are only attached at the top edges, so the armor bends with motion.  I used a lightweight chain and studs to attach the front armor to the shoulder pieces and then to the back to meet at the center point of the corset where they attach with a clip!  I finished it all up with a little silver paint over the bronze and her gems.

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Lastly, I painted the decorations down the sides of a pair of red tights, gathered some of the eyelet for a neck ruffle, added some lace and buttons to some thigh high flat white boots, made a red sash/little wallet and made the hat.  I don’t have a picture of the hat in progress because I was trying to finish it quickly in time for DragonCon…I used a vintage cap, and pieces of plastic mesh covered in my blue velvet to construct a simpler/smaller version of her huge one.  My daughter dyed a strip of the white wig red for the signature stripe and we are done!!  The last minute things really added up, haha!!

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Hat, wig, and ruffle.

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Armor on without the final armor touches

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At the convention, very happy after 10 hours in FLAT boots and no armor!  ….Next time 🙂


This was a fun project to embark on, and took some major research before even starting to pattern!

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The stillsuit is a full body suit worn in the open desert that was designed to preserve the body’s moisture. It consisted of various layers that would absorb the body’s moisture through sweating and urination, and then filter the impurities so that drinkable water would be circulated to catchpockets. The individual could then drink the reclaimed water from a tube attached to the neck. A stillsuit, kept in working order and maintained properly, permitted the wearer to survive for weeks in the open desert.

Since this was for a woman customer, we used the screen used one found on propstore for reference:

It was worn by the Character Chani

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After thinking and looking into several different materials and patterns, and a couple of good prop store pics, along with great input from my customer, I came up with a plan.  A merged jumpsuit pattern, celery Moire fabric, grommets, and parachute cord!

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I used a basic 80’s vintage jumpsuit pattern and altered it to include the high neckline with collar.  We found the perfect fabric on ebay called a Moire which has the patterned grains in it, but it would not bleach, so I used acrylic fabric paint to give the pieces the look of the sun bleached sweat marks. (they show up pretty yellow in these pics, sorry)

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I luckily remembered that all of the grommet holes for the “veins/tubes” had to be set BEFORE I sewed the pieces together!  I also added the ruched knee and shoulder pads a front zip and the flap before sewing.

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Almost finished.  I added pale blue (distressed) paracord through the grommet holes, the logo pocket, and webbing straps at one shoulder and the upper waist.  It also had a ruched waistband.  Not shown in these photos is the webbing belt that is the third belt of sorts on this suit!

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Close up of the front flap

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I couldn’t get the thing on my mannequin that has a head, so had to fit the wrap around facemask/cap on myself!

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And FINALLY, my customer (with the hood hanging back).  It was a treat to run into her at DragonCon and see the suit on her 🙂



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