Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bustin' Makes Me Feel Good

I know it's already getting bashed by some, and even though I'm excited about the film, I recognize that there are racial stereotypes (among some other things) in the trailer that make me nervous, but I love Ghostbusters. I have loved it since the first time I watched the first film and I don't even know when that was. And when I really stop and think about it, I get pretty emotional about the fact that women are now - canonically - Ghostbusters. After so many times as a kid that I was told I couldn't like Ghostbusters or couldn't be a Ghostbuster because of my gender. And not just women - a fat woman scientist is a Ghostbuster. We've seen only two trailers and I already love Abby Yates for validating, not ruining, my childhood. So, since I've always wanted a Ghostbusters costume, I figure this is the time.

First of all, I'm not dealing with the proton pack.  Maybe eventually, but not right now.  There's not a whole lot to really talk about, just purchases and alterations.  And when I decided to do this, I went to Amazon that same day and started ordering.  One of the hardest things to find a decent alt for was that belt, and I wound up finding a luggage strap (!) in the correct colors.  So that's what I got.  I also had some trouble finding shin guards even close to those from the stills, but I did the best I could.  And they actually look pretty good with the boots I'm planning to wear.

Dickies coveralls - $30.59
Weightlifting Gloves - $ 12.99
Belt/Luggage Strap - $7.99
Shin Guards - $14.99
Orange Reflective Stripe Trim (9 yards) - $10.46
Name and Logo patches (Etsy) - $25.48
Glasses (Peepers.com) - $24.79
Additional Items (thread, brads, E6000) - $20
Boots - $0 (previously owned)
Total Spent So Far:  $147.29

I have already spent a not-insignificant amount of time working on this costume.  While a good starting point, the Dickies coveralls are not exactly screen accurate.

So fat, I've removed the "Dickies" logo from the left pocket, removed the right pocket entirely, turned the left pocket into a mock-cargo pocket with a top flap and button, added the collar flap and buttons, sewn down altered the fit of the top half, hemmed the sleeves and pants, added belt loops (not screen accurate, but more for my own comfort), and sewn on the patches.  And with the fabric that I trimmed after hemming, I was able to create the cargo pockets for the front of the pants (and the collar flap, actually), but haven't sewn them on yet.  There's still plenty to do, but so far, I am pretty darn pleased.  (And I shouldn't have to buy anything else!)

Friday, March 4, 2016

The Best Bounty Hunter in the Galaxy

Another Disney race weekend is coming up - Star Wars The Dark Side!  For some reason, I am registered for the 5K, the 10K, and the Half Marathon.  I'm not sure how that happened.  ;)

For the 5K, I'm just planning to wear my Han Solo HerUniverse Dress.

For the 10K, I'm going to bring back my Sparkly Vader running costume.

But for the Half Marathon.... Boba Fett.  This was actually super easy to put together, and pretty inexpensive, compared to what I've spent on some other running costumes.

On the one-stop-shop that is Amazon, I picked up a printed Boba Fett running shirt, grey and hunter green tulle, and some elastic all for just $27.28.  When everything arrived, I just mixed my tulle colors together and made a bounty hunter slipknot tutu (with some feline interference).

Done and done.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ST50 - My First Trek Cosplays

March 2nd?  How did that happen?  By this time last year, I had already completed my first costume intended for Dragon Con.  Not so much in 2016.  But that doesn't mean I haven't started.

This year is going to be a little different for me - it's the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek and the first time that I will be attending Star Trek Las Vegas (and my first dedicated Star Trek Convention in at least 15 years, maybe closer to 20).  I have never felt comfortable cosplaying in the Star Trek universe, mostly because of my size.  There are a lot of tight body suits and short skirts in Trek, and that's just not my jam.  But I have a have a plan.  Actually, two plans.

1.  Number One.  As seen in "The Cage" (and kind of "The Menagerie.")  Majel Barrett.  The First Lady of Star Trek.  All the "yes."

2.  Gender-swapped Bones McCoy.  And not in the nurse dress, but with the scrub top and pants.  Along with some friends who will be gender-swapping Kirk, Spock, and Scotty.

Yes, my first and deepest love is TNG, and these are both TOS characters, but it also seems appropriate for the 50th Anniversary.  (These costumes will also be appearing at Dragon Con and NYCC, probably.)

Now, I can hem and hand-stitch small things, but I am not a seamstress.  But people on the internet are!  So I have already placed an order for both tunics that I will need from Trade Winds Costumes, who - so far - has been super accommodating and helpful.

I've also picked up some black ankle boots that have the right style, even though they're a bit shorter than what was used on screen.  Plus they were on major sale.

And I just recently purchased the the TOS-era tricorder.  I already owned the TOS-era communicator.  And, of course, I own several pairs of black pants, and of course they won't be screen accurate, but I'm pretty sure that at least one pair will be "close enough."  So I think I'm pretty close to my total spend on these two costumes.  I've decided that Lady Bones has a beehive hairdo, so I'm probably going to have to go buy some "hair padding" in order to make that happen.  Not to mention plenty of blue eyeshadow...

Cost breakdown for both costumes combined:
Tunics + shipping $267.95
Boots $24.02
Tricorder $46.99
Communicator $0.00, gift
Pants $0.00?
Total so far $338.96

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

History is gonna change.

This is the costume that came into being because I wanted to be silly on Facebook.  On the evening of September 23rd, I posted the following image and caption:

Do we think this Marty McFly mannequin at Old Navy is intentional or coincidence?

Well, the comment thread on that post made me really want to do a Marty cosplay.  And NYCC in October 2015 seemed the perfect time.  I mean, I'll wear it more than once, but if I'm not going to have it in October 2015, why even bother?  So with some gentle prodding from my friends, I investigated the cost of some of the items, realized I could pull off a pretty good Marty for under $100, started placing orders.  (Of course, that mannequin is not dressed exactly like Marty - here's a pretty good reference image.)

First shopping stop:  Old Navy, since it was there that I got the inspiration.  And you know what?  They had pretty great alts for the three main pieces:

Between the sale that was already going on and a one-day-only promo for an additional 40% off and free shipping, I got all three pieces above for $50.40.  And I'll be wearing a pair of skinny(ish) jeans with rolled up cuffs.

Which brings me to shoes.  The actual screen accurate shoes for this particular costume are Nike Cortez Red/White shoes.  Not only do they run $80-150, but I couldn't find any in my size at ALL.  So the original plan was to hit up Payless and look for some cheap, white, 80s-looking sneakers,  But then I remembered that, in the 50s, Marty wears some high-top Chucks.  I have high top Chucks.  They're dark red (for the Tenth Doctor) instead of black, and technically not a match for this costume, but I've decided to go with them anyway.  In the words of a friend of mine, "If I already have something wrong, why would I buy something wrong?"  Maybe if the price drops and I come across my size in the future, I'll buy a pair.  (Do we think Nike is seeing a surge in this shoe because of the movie?  Hmmm)

But, back to the evening of the 23rd.  Once I placed my ON order, I decided to hit up Amazon for the finishing touches.  The little extra things that take a costume to the next level.  In this case, those things were a Casio calculation watch ($15.94), mirrored aviator sunglasses ($7.48), and crappy old skool headphones ($7.95).  Yeah, I paid $8 for bad headphones.  But they look right.

And the final step?  Well, that's a fun one: Loading up my iPod with a Back to the Future playlist to blast through those crappy headphones while they're around my neck.

I will be wearing this costume tomorrow for the first time (because that's when the BTTF panel is).  Within 5 days of deciding to do this, everything had arrived, but I still haven't put it all on together yet.  But I'm pretty excited about it.

Total costume cost:  $81.77

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dragon Con Wrap Up / NYCC Preview

As usual, Dragon Con was fantastic, but I think this year might have been my favorite one yet.  It was just one awesome thing after another.

On Friday, at the Terry Pratchett memorial panel, there were a whole bunch of Discworld cosplayers, and we are now in contact for planning next year.  And I found a Vimes...

And then, on Saturday, I just barely made it to the Doctor Who photo shoot, but more importantly, I found one Sylvester McCoy...

But Sunday was a blur.  I went from panel to panel to panel, and even though I was in a new Donna cosplay, I didn't think to stop and make sure I had a photo of it.  So I don't.  But I do expect to wear it during NYCC in a few weeks...

And speaking of New York Comic Con, I originally believed that I would not be attending this year.  There were other things coming up on my schedule, and after several long stories and and overly complicated system of procuring a ticket, I will indeed be attending Thursday - Sunday this year.  And once I knew I'd be attending, I hadn't planning to have any new cosplay for this con.  I mean, I didn't even have a badge until this past Sunday - just 18 days before the Con.

BUT, my nerdy trivia team decided to do a group Orphan Black costume for the Halloween edition of trivia, and take that to NYCC as well.  And a passing thought just last night lead me to buy a bunch of pieces for another new costume.  So, just 2 weeks until NYCC, and I am working on costumes of both Alison Hendrix and Femme Marty McFly.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Lady Sybil Final Touches

There is not much left to do before Dragon Con, but there is also not much time before Dragon Con.  So this is when the finishing touches happen.

After transferring my dragon sanctuary logo to my leatherette apron, I needed to distress it.  I took some leftover light brown leather from the unused belt of by Donna Noble jacket, and used that to extend the neck loop and "patch" part of the apron.  Then, I used sandpaper, nail files, staple removers (like little dragon bite marks), knives, scissors, and - finally - fire to get the look I wanted. And I'm very, very happy with it. (There have been a few "claw marks" added with some scissors since this photo was taken.)

I've also done some distressing and burning on the gauntlet gloves, but it's not as visible, as they are black.  And, after some googling, I've learned that the best way to get soot on your face for makeup is to burn one end of cork, and just rub it on.  So I'll be packing that as well.  And I think I'm done.

I'm really excited about this costume.  It's pretty simple, and came together quickly, and it's taken on a lot of meaning this year.  

Head to Toe Cost Breakdown
Green Shirt $0.00, previously owned
Skirt $0.00, previously owned
Boots $0.00, previously owned
Apron $9.99
Gloves $21.33
Misc. Supplies $5.20
Swamp Dragon $53.00
Total $89.52

Saturday, June 6, 2015

A quick fix

While I'm very ahead of schedule for Dragon Con this year, there's no reason to put off the little things, and then find myself with a billion little things to do a week before Con.  So got my Seventh Doctor shoes fixed about a week ago.

This is what they looked like before:

About 5 minutes and $10 later, they were like new:

I have now spent all of the money I am going to spend on this costume, and it comes in just under $200, including the shoe repair.

Here's the breakdown, head to toe:
Hat Free with credits
Hatband/Hanky $32.38
Blazer $42.94
Vest & Scarf $24.06
Tie $4.99
White Shirt $14.99
Umbrella $34.00
Skirt $0.00, Previously Owned
Shoes & Repair $46.00
Total $199.36

The only actual work I have to do it on the hat and hatband. I need to take the time to get a really good fold and iron the hanky flat so I lays correctly. I might even put some very small stitches in the hat to make sure nothing moves.  Yet another little thing I just have to sit down and do....