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.
Photo above by Bentpic5 and one below by Michael Ash
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!
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.
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.)
As always, we had a blast and can barely wait for next year! Three things I am going to do differently next time are:
- Incorporate more flats into my costumes
- Get a closer hotel (although 3$, 8 minute uber rides aren’t bad)
- Take more pictures and get more names.
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!
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.
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!
Till next year!
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!
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.
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.
Jacket and over corset pattern
Simple “eyeballed” underdress from a basic corset pattern, strapless with a zip back
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.
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!
I WAS able to do some embroidery on the sleeves:)
This is gold metallic leather, and is the upper portion of the puff sleeve.
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.
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!!
Hat, wig, and ruffle.
Armor on without the final armor touches
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!
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
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!
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)
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.
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!
Close up of the front flap
I couldn’t get the thing on my mannequin that has a head, so had to fit the wrap around facemask/cap on myself!
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 🙂
I have lots of new costumes to add and update, but wanted to go ahead and post some shots from DragonCon. This was my first time, and I brought along the little ones, too, so it was a big adventure! Most of the shots were just quick ones on my phone, so did not come out well, but I managed to save a few.
I think I had 4 or 5 customers at this convention in costumes I made, but unfortunately, I didn’t get any shots of them in action 😦
Day 3 for the Wonder Woman Shoot
Day 3, after watching people posing all weekend!
Breanna as Snow White
Restaurant Selfie – Day 1
Group at Hardy Ivy Park
Astharoshe Asran, Day 1, ditched the armor!
We found another Espeon!
The girls were thrilled to see so many Anna and Elsa cosplayers!
One of our favorites was this “Child of Light”
I never knew how much of a following this costume actually had until I started doing some research on a custom order for it about 5 years ago! It is recreated from the unforgettable scene in Return of the Jedi when Jabba the Hut has Leia chained up as a slave. It is definitely a daring costume…not sure if I will ever have the guts to wear this one myself, but many gals out there can pull it off. I offer it in appx. sizes 2-8 through the link to the right.
My version of this recreation is hand sculpted to fit out of a flexible rubber clay and wire. Each piece is detailed, carved, shaped, bent, and painted by hand, so no two bikinis are alike. There are a few other versions of the bikini found online, but seem to be made of resin which does not have any give to it and are made from a cast, each one uniform. By adding flexibility to the costume, I hoped (and succeeded) to add a bit more wearability to the getup.
I WILL be doing a picture tutorial for this costume very soon. It is really not as hard as it seems and with a willing model, some artistic sculpting talent, and LOTS of time.
There are alot of pieces involved in this costume! 2 side hair clips, a pony tail clasp, arm band, bracelet, choker with chain, bra top with accents, skirt plates, sidehooks, fabric panels and bra cups and shoes! I do not at this time offer the matching boots, but a pair of ugg boots will suffice until I can perfect the boot toppers.
From my research, from the acutal movie, there were a few different versions. There WAS an actual metal one, but it was only used for still shots. The ones used for action were more wearable. I use a tan suedeclotoh usually for the fabric in the bra cups, and a silky maroon fabric for the skirt panels. The rest of the costume is the rubber clay sculpted around a wire base for stability. I use a wonderful antique bronze colored paint to give it the metallic look. As this costume takes me about two weeks working full time on it to a month of steady work, I am MORE than happy to pass on info on how you can make your own. I can only handle so many orders of these!
I could go on with research and pictures of this costume, but for now decided to just detail my version. It has come through several redesigns to get it more screen accurate and might go through a few more, since each one is unique.
All you ever wanted to know about this costume can be found at www.leiasmetalbikini.com .
Purchasing information can be found at www.miala.net