Fun Times in Fantasy Worlds~*~ from Sci-fi to DIY

AthCon 2016 – Graduate Hotel

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.

Padme Amidala Black corset Fireside Costume Update -2016

I originally made this six or seven years ago…post HERE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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DragonCon 2015

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!

Princess Leia on planet Hoth from Star Wars ~ 2015

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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More to come shortly!

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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Halloween 2014

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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.

Wonder Woman Group shots from DragonCon 2014

George Perez gets tied up at the Wonder Woman photo shoot 2014

 

Wonder Woman Group by Paul Cory

 

My littlest Wonder Woman by Joseph Mantler

 

 

Astharoshe Asran from Trinity Blood ~ my labor of love for 2014!

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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 🙂


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