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.

 

Finished RSO/ISO Gal!

Short and to the point! Here she is, my RSO/ISO gal, all done!

Hair and makeup shot:

RSO Finished head shot

And finished full length shot:

 

finished-rso-girl

A side view so you can see the RSO patch on the right shoulder:

RSO Side

And so there you have it! Not too hard. I had fun doing this, especially because I got to do my hair and makeup with a friend.

 

 

ISO/RSO Gal

Not sure how many of you out there are familiar with the 501st, the big Star Wars Charity group that requires you to have a costume to be a member. There website is here: http://www.501st.com/ and I encourage anyone that has major questions about them to read about them there. I’ve ordered my green lekku (head-tails) for Cesi “Doc” Eirriss (yes, I swear I’m actually working on that costume still!) and I thought to myself “Self, we need to have SOME kind of Star Wars costume that’s easier to put on than Cesi.”

So I’m poking about and I find this:

ISO poster

Oh HO! What is this? A pin-up Star Wars costume? At first I thought it was just a mash-up or something, but then I realized that they had created a USO themed group designed to support the people in costumes! Girls (and even some guys) in a uniform helping at charity events, conventions, etc., dressed in a military-esque style from the 40s!!! Called the Imperial Service Organization (or the Republic Service Organization for the Rebel Legion) you simply put the outfit together and attend events. This was definitely my style.

ISO GalsI followed the instructions on the ISO/RSO facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/RSOrg/) and bought myself a Dickie’s khaki-colored short sleeve shirt off of Amazon, which I hand-sewed my new ISO patch to with black thread. (I centered it on the crease on the right sleeve, because the shirt sleeve isn’t centered on a seam.)

ISO patch 
I removed both breast pockets, and shortened the shirt. I have to take in the back a bit because its not form fitting at all and doesn’t show off my curves the way I want it to. (Pictures will be up soon, I promise!)

For undergarments I purchased a flesh-toned retro bullet-shaped bra from here:http://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_us/ although I’m not sure I like how it fits. It really needs a girdle or something with it. Beautiful bra, worth the money (well constructed) but I’m going to wear a corset underneath the shirt to get the proper silhouette until I figure out the retro stuff.

For my shoes I bought black Schoolgirl styled heels from Pleasers through my store. They are shiny and Mary-Jane style.

A simple black A-line skirt from Old Navy was a lucky find. It was the last one and it fit perfectly (Yay for stores having staple items for school uniforms at the moment, right?).

Last but not least, black nylons with a seam down the back from here: http://www.essentialapparel.com. I purchased regular nylons in a plus size because my thighs are pretty thick (I blame water-polo in my formative years…) If your garters don’t show, you could wear a girdle with thigh-highs.

I’ll finish altering the shirt this weekend, pretty myself up with a classic makeup look and work on my victory rolls! Nearly finished with this one! Stay tuned for the finished look, as I’ll be putting on my local 501st patch and then taking photos.

 

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