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Inspired by one of my favorite SNL skits with Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell.  “More Cowbell.”  My partner in crime was the Reaper, taken from the title of the song “Don’t Fear the Reaper.”  We had a blast and folks got the joke!

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Girls were the “We Bare Bears” brothers and even managed to do the bear stack!

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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!


I originally made this six or seven years ago…post HERE

With new generations falling in love with Star Wars (and old ones rekindling,) I have made over a dozen of these beautiful recreations in the last year or so!

I have learned a lot, changed a little, and even worn my own personal costume several times.  My wedding anniversary happened to fall on the premier of “The Force Awakens”, so of course hubby and I had a night on the town fully dressed 🙂  Some Padme/Obi Wan jokes were made, but , hey, we are in love 🙂

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I still use the one basic blended mermaid skirt pattern for  and faux leather for both the steel boned corset and the gloves.  (Yes, I realize my gloves are too short.)

The main thing I am changing is to conform this to Rebel Legion Standards.  At first, I thought this meant it needed to be front zip, but after some research, have learned that the back closure is not an issue and just that the front needed a hidden closure flap.  Totally doable. 🙂

We were also this Duo for Halloween 2015:

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I am going to try to gather up some customer photos to add to this updated post.  And as always, have my ebay and esty searches on alert for vintage beads and black lace for this classic 🙂

Close up picture of the Lace I use:

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This is my favorite Leia outfit and have been wanting to make it for years.  Unfortunately, I never could find a vintage white snowsuit, so had to start from scratch! Here are a few of my favorite reference photos that I used (as well as the Padawan’s Guide).  It is basically a white suit with belt and quilted panels with a cream vest and grey boots.  As of now, the costume is not complete because I had to  wanted to wear it before the vest was finished!  I will update the bottom of the post once the whole thing is complete and I have more photos 🙂

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I had made a pattern for a one piece suit when I did the Dune still suit  that was about my size, so this is what I started with. It took many alterations once pieced together, but was easy to do since it was for me! It was a vintage pattern from the 80’s merged with the “Elvis style” zip front suit pattern.

The wrist communicator and the ID for the vest were made out of sculpy and hand painted with acrylics. I used reference photos found online for these and just made sure to make my pockets for them fit the areas on my patterns. I glued them onto fabric squares that were smaller than the outlying edges of the pieces, then sewed the fabric onto the correct places on the suit.

The taupe/grey boots were a score on ebay.  It was hard to find ones that were leather, with a wedge heel, and in my size, but I got lucky one week.  I made simple grey vinyl covers that were open up the front and added velcro strips around to hold them in place.

To make her hairstyle, I just made two long braids behind the ears and wrapped and tucked them around.  I had ordered a “braid headband” that did not arrive on time, but my hair was just long enough to look ok without it.

The scuply pieces were finished weeks before these shots, but had to do the suit in just one day!  I sort of want to go back and redo a few things.. finish it nicer, but think it will probably have to do.  Here are some of the shots

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Here is a photo of the finished vest… Later this year I will be able to add more pictures of the completed suit.

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Little Elsa and Batgirl walk the “Wild Rumpus” downtown Athens

Photo by Blane Marable

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I made this from Duck tape!  It was so fun to be Batgirl.  I will add a tutorial on how I made this soon 🙂

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Batgirl and “mean Johnny” from Karate Kid.  The bodysuit, belt, gloves and boots arrived on Halloween morning.  Luckily, I had the bat emblems, cape, and cowl ready to go!

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Mine and their best friends all wanted to be a “Frozen” troop this year, OF COURSE.  Here are older Elsa and Anna.

Elsa had a removable glitter painted cape, and my daughter painted the Anna skirt herself!

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Olaf.  She glued all the cotton balls on her “flurry cloud” by herself!

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The Whole troop!

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Blane Marable also caught a picture of my friend in my Monet Waterlillies painted dress

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Young Anna in her green outfit.

Halloween 2014 was the best one yet.  I had so much fun making all of our costumes, walking in the Wild Rumpus parade, getting a night out on the town, and continuing the celebration the next day with our annual Halloween/Football party.


My Rapunzel customer had a special request for the winter of 2013.  She was attending Disney on Ice in costume and needed a special jacket or cape to wear.  We came up with a gorgeous design, found the perfect matching velveteen/velour, lined it with purple and a special lace trim.  It ties at the neck with a velvet ribbon and has a huge hood.  It ended up being super thick and warm and a great accessory for the Rapunzel Dress.

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Here is the original costume, above …..  and my recreation , below.

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I had been wanting to do Rachael for years!  ( Like 10 years!).   This was finally the year, and I got to wear it for 3 different Halloween events.  I am now a pro at the 1940’s style rolls.  This was a quick costume, so it is not as fully movie accurate as I will make one day.

I am not going to do a tutorial for this costume, because it was really just a quick remake/ alteration.  Here is the basic way I made this:

1.  Buy Black Suit

2.  Make the rest of the costume

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1.  buy Black Suit.  Longer skirt.  Make sure when you flip up the collar, it comes close to closing at your neck.

2.  open collar out to make a high neckline (press)

3.  tailor jacket to be very fitted through the waist and lower arms

4.  add two sets of shoulder pads to the jacket

5.  redo buttons

6.  add black leather/pleather patches.  These are supposed to be some kind of reptile skin.  I did the collar, the shoulders, the neck, either side of the waist, and one on each arm.  The neck diamond needs to be removable. ( I used double sided sticky velcro !!!)  To be movie accurate, there should be 3 on each side of the waist, and three on each arm, and only one shoulder..the left.

7.  the OWL.  I bought a black halloween prop that had green light up eyes, and painted it with acrylics

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7.  hair and makeup.  (THE KICKER)

For the hair, I would search you tube for pompadour roll, 1940’s victory rolls, hair rolls, etc.  I actually used a stuffed “roll” under the front roll since my hair is very thin.

THIS page has lots of snapshots of the hair and makeup on set.

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THIS thread has some amazing details of the jacket construction and medallions someone did a few years ago.  Better than most others found online.  I will be using this when I remake this costume.

And finally, I LOVE this artist rendition of Rachael by Paul X Johnson.

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