Had a blast at Emerald City Comic-con 2015!

So, been recovering from con-crud as we all lovingly call it. Eating gluten by mistake made me miserable and open to catching a cold, and then working Norwescon 38 the following weekend didn’t help. Hey, when they pack 80,000 people into a convention center, you are bound to catch something! I had a good time though. Didn’t get to see as much as I wanted because we didn’t go Friday like usual, and I volunteered Sunday with the 501st for over 4 hours (leaving directly after so that Manbeast could watch WrestleMania… sigh) but it was worth it. I got to meet Tom Hodges, but most importantly, Anthony Daniels (He is so incredibly funny and awesome!) Manbeast volunteered with me too, and I must say, our RSO outfits looked awesome! Here we are with my friend Nikki!

RSO Emerald City Comiccon 2015
Saturday we spent with some amazing friends of ours. Dena was a steampunk vampire hunter, and I was her vampire. I loved the subtle light/dark looks we had, even though I was the evil one, I tried to wear my lightest colored steampunk costume pieces, while hers was a lot of darker pieces, even the rosary and sword were dark. It was glorious! I loved it.

Steampunk Vampire Comiccon 2015luring me in with her sweet blood, little did I know that the hunter had a silver chain in her hands!

Steampunk Vampire 2 Comiccon 2015The holy silver chain! HOW IT BURNSSSS!

Steampunk Vampire 3 Comiccon 2015
She pierces my heart with her wooden sword! Curses!

Steampunk Vampire 1 Comicon 2015 Yes, cleavage happens. Its called a corset.

I hope everyone else loved Comic-con as much as I did! I will post photos of the final Steampunk costume and a more in-depth look at the bustle skirt that I made for my friend Taylor’s wedding in my next post! (I’m eagerly awaiting the photos from the wedding! I loved my hair and my tiny black top hat from Brigid’s Whispers, you have no idea…)

If I didn’t make my costume, most of the pieces I wore came from the costume shop I own/work at, or from other local businesses and vendors at Ren Faire’s and Conventions.

 

Comic-con is coming up fast!

So I’ll be at Emerald City Comic-con again this year, yay! I received my badge for Saturday in the mail, I’m so happy! I’m volunteering for the 501st booth as my ISO gal Sunday too (maybe a good group shot photo of all us Pacific Northwest gals at the con). Double yay! I’m currently working on a steampunk costume for my friend Taylor’s wedding the weekend AFTER Comic-con (NORWESCON! WHERE GEORGE R. R. FREAKIN MARTIN WILL BE! SOOOO EXCITED! AHHHH), so I’m going to finish the costume for ECCC, so that I can wear it and test it out. Special note here: You should ALWAYS do a test-run by actually putting on the entire outfit when dealing with a special-costume for a special day… it saves a lot of heartaches later. My project progress will be posted soon hopefully! I’m making a bustle-style skirt for this, using gold and blue, should be interesting! I’ll post photos and which pattern I’m using and ALL the things. Happy March! (Woah, this year is almost 1/4 over! Crazy!!!)

My Harley Costume nears completion!

My Harley Costume nears completion!

As you can see, even with depression and fighting, I have soldiered on and worked on my mash-up costume for Emerald City Comic-con this weekend. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be ready, but now, after make-up tests and finishing up the last couple of items, I’m happy with the result.

I will write a run-through of everything I did for this costume after Comic-con, and I will probably have some good photos to share too, so YAY! THEN we shall continue on with the “How do I Cosplay??” series. I have learned a couple of new things to share. (What is a costume without being a challenge and helping you learn new things??

Set-backs and obstacles of my own making…

It is common, dear readers, to be in the middle of a complicated project or costume and become overwhelmed to the point of tears/panic. In the event that this happens (like it is now for me) it is important to be self-aware, and step away from what you are doing, whether it be for 10 minutes, or a couple days.

No matter what brings this feeling on, whether it be illness, tragedy, PTSD, or other parts of your life needing your attention, (feel free to insert your issue here:______) all is not lost.

As the motto of one of my favorite movies states, “NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER!”

4 days before Comic-con. Those four days will determine whether I wear nerd shirts and jeans for three days, or my new costumes, currently half-finished. We shall see.

Harley/Maude Mash-up Progress

Harley/Maude Mash-up Progress

I have sewn all I can sew on the dress, unless I attach the playing cards like I want to. Not sure if I can get it to work though. All the square shapes that Maude has on her skirt would be FANTASTIC as playing cards. I have a magic deck that is red-faced, and I could find cards with black backs or use regular white ones. Either way. I considered punching holes in them and then putting jump-rings through the holes and sewing the jump-rings onto a ribbon, which I would then sew to the skirt. Many steps. Lots of work. It would be appreciated, but my husband pointed out one thing. How would I sit without bending them all? Back to square one.

My next steps will be to attach the straps to the dress (Not sure if I want to do that with snaps or permanently. I’m leaning towards permanently just so I don’t pop a snap in the middle of moving about.) and then having hooks for the bowling-ball pieces on the front. Those pieces have to be finished as well, sanded, painted, and then finished with the decorative edging I found. (Ruffly edged elastic! OMG! Its like it was MADE for Harley!)

I also need to rub down my Viking helmet with some sand-paper and paint it red and black. I will be practicing my face painting too, because I don’t want to try to do that full face-paint for the first time on Friday morning at 5am when I’m getting dressed. (I must admit, the thought of this is making me want to cry inside. Or start laughing insanely. Hmm. The latter is more Harley-ish)

The leather shoes will be interesting. I have some red dye a friend gave me. He used it when he changed some black boots into red ones for a Star Wars costume. He painted his boots white first, and then used the red over it. They looked really nice. Of course, they weren’t sandals. I’m worried that the shoes will rub color onto me, whether I use dye or paint. I will give updates on that once I figure it out!

What I did for the dress today: After basting the zipper (not once, but twice, to make sure the fabric folded properly and the lines of the black/red points matched perfectly) I used a zipper foot on my machine and sewed it down, close to the teeth. Then I pinned down the lining on the inside and hand-sewed it down. I used my serger to tidy up any loose seams in the skirt, and I serged the bottom edge too. I don’t know if I’m going to roll the bottom hem, I kinda like the serged edge. (Ask me again on another day when I haven’t spent 12 hours doing this. lol) The top edge of the bodice is embroidered with small diamonds to get the seam to lay flat. I pinned it first and set my machine to a slower speed so that I could have more control.

I didn’t use the shoulder strap of the dress pattern, instead I used muslin laid across my dress-form’s shoulder to get the placement and shape of the strap I needed (I used a marker to sketch it out and then cut it), and then used the “pattern” piece to cut two pieces of 1/4 inch black foam. I laid the satin over the foam, and then used double folded bias-tape (used by quilters) to wrap around the edge of each strap. It gives it a nice thick padded look, without a lot of weight.

The dress fits! I tried it on, but I’m going to wear a corset underneath to give me the rigidity that Maude had in the Big Lebowski. If the bodice had steel boning directly in it I wouldn’t need to do so, but honestly, I’d rather wear a corset than try to put steel boning in a satin dress!