Welcome to Cosplay Tuesday! Every week we feature one of our costumes and talk a little more in-depth about it. This week, in honour of her return to the Avengers, we’ll be turning the spotlight on Lin’s Wasp aka Janet Van Dyne!
How do I even begin to explain Janet Van Dyne.
Flawless, hair insured, does car commercials in Japan, etc.
But really, if there was a superhero that was an insta Yes, This Is Totally Fictional Me, there would be a tiny checkmark right beside her name. All the best things about her — brightness and zeal for a life worth living large, a passionate relationship with fashion, doing what’s right and just all the same. I like to think I have a little bit of that in me, too. It’s a nice thought to live up to.
(Just as a lot her faults are mine, too. Eep.)
Before this becomes a completely teary testemonial, let’s start with… which outfit? New Mission, New Outfit. Right. Well, I was having a hard time picking — the modern black/gold one was out, because I was really aiming for a retro vibe with more than a little George Pérez inspo. I finally decided on a style with a few personlisations; mainly, the colour combi.
Because this was being made for an Avengers photoshoot, I wanted something a little more iconic — so I flipped the palette for red/yellow, which is more synonymous with classic Wasp outfits. Aaaand, there you go. Of course, not before agonising forever with Bria, who now probably knows more about the history of Wasp outfits than she could ever want.
The construction was actually ridic easy, because I stumbled on the perfect red leotard. From there, it was as simple as modifying the neckline with a “W” and making wristlets from black spandex, and getting a pair of yellow leggings. Boots poached from Quasar; wig bought and slightly styled for ultimate retro chic; belt borrowed from Nico Minoru ver. 3.0.
The wings were made from 12-gauge wire, shaped and layered over with electrical tape WHICH IS THE BEST BY THE WAY; the iridescent film is actually just gift wrap plastic sheeting. My leotard has a low back, and underneath it I’m wearing a sort of bracer with two channels sewn in — the wings have two prongs that get slotted into these channels, and is held in place by the belt. It’s actually quite easy and comfortable, if a little hard to sit in!
And can I just say. The Avengers Assembling @ Dragon*Con 2012. Best time or bestest time ever. It was seriously really amazing this year, and though coming together with friends is always a joy and a blessing especially when we’re being freakin’ superheroes, this year was really something. So, as always, the highest of fives to my costuming compatriots from The Superhero Costuming Forum, and for our Captain America for making the magic happen.
Want to relive the magic? We always love re-watching the Epic Dragon*Con videos made by beatdownboogie and DistractotronChannel for that good time feeling. Or if you want to check out more of Lin’s costumes, just head over to her cosplay gallery!
Hey folks! We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are stuffed full with turkey and pie if you’re in the States or that you had a nice weekend if you’re not! We just wanted to take a minute to talk to you guys about a couple of things.
- Bria’s uploaded a new costume to her gallery along with the pictures from her photoshoot with Zhobot. She’s pretty psyched about how they turned out so make sure you give it a look. The costume is Winter Celchu based upon the artwork from the forthcoming Star Wars Expanded Universe novel ‘Scoundrels’ by Timothy Zahn.
- Cyber Monday is tomorrow so make sure you have your mouse and typing fingers ready! Personally, we recommend checking out Her Universe and their awesome new items. We also suggest heading over to Black Milk if you’re a fan of cool leggings. 50% off AND free shipping doesn’t happen very often. We’ll try and tweet or update this post if we spot any other cool geeky/fashion Cyber Monday sales.
- Also Bria would like to direct those of you who like digital comics over to Fantom Comics’s Comixology Digital Store Front. They currently have a lot of issues on sale for 50% off and will even have issues on sale for 80% off on Monday. It’s no different that using Comixology except that the store gets a share of the profits and, well, that store was Bria’s LCS and place for employment during university so she appreciates it when people give them their patronage.
- Our ‘Every Day is Wednesday’ section is feeling kind of empty and we’re trying to think of more ways to fill it. What do you guys think? Pick of the Week? Retrospective looks at comic arcs or series? More looks forward at comic series we’re eagerly anticipating? Impassioned defenses of our favourite characters that everyone else hates?
- As you may or may not have noticed, we’ve added a link roll on the left hand side of the page. We’ve linked to a few of the places that we love so make sure you check them out.
Finally, we’d love to hear from you guys! What would you like to see more of on this blog? More Outfits? More Inspo posts? Let us know! (Heck, we might even take requests for outfits. You never know where inspiration might come from.)
The Official Star War website compiled a list of Cyber Monday deals including 30% off Star Wars fabric at Jo-Ann’s Fabric Store. Also, We Love Fine is offering 25% off all of their Star Wars merchandise with the code STARWARSCYBER25. Thanks to Tricia over at Fangirl Cantina for the heads up about these.
Also, as of the editing of this post, the TARDIS leggings and the dress are still in stock over at Black Milk for 50% off. We’re just saying.
So I totally bat for Team Blazer and if we want to drop more pop culture references, I would be Putting A Blazer On It to the tune of this. So when it comes to styling tees, I take a note from my comic book fashion buddy Quintavius Quirinius Quire.
Here’s a second take on the Marvel NYCC tee; check out the first time here! Also: I love clear lucite / perspex heels on things.
ROUND TWO: I NEED TO GO TO WORK BUT IT’S STILL CASUAL DAYTIME!!
Top: Marvel NYCC
Pleated Skirt: Zara
Asymmetric Blazer: yesstyle.com
Heeled Oxfords: Simone Rocha inspos
I wore those heeled oxfords in NYC and some sassy gay dude totally complimented me on them. Gold star.
But no, seriously, I really dig Quentin’s style persona. I hope that one day he grows up into a little Yohji Yamamoto and Rick Owens hottie and that Jamie McKelvie will draw his adventures and limitless asymmetric haircut possibilities. I will talk about this one day.
You can check out all of the new products (and all of the existing ones) at the Her Universe shop but we just had to highlight some of them here. Ashley’s added two new shirts to Her Universe’s rapidly growing collection of Doctor Who tops, one of them being the below pictured ‘Girl Who Waited’ shirt and a shirt that simply reads ‘Whovian’. Other new t-shirts include a Star Trek shirt and a really neat Japan inspired Star Wars shirt. My favourites, however, are the fabulous Battlestar Galactica sweatshirt and the Darth Vader PJs. (Just tell me that grumpy Vader isn’t adorable!)
To top it all off, Her Universe is having some Cyber Monday exclusive deals (like an adorable Chewbacca pin) so make sure you check out all of their awesome items this Monday! (Or, y’know, add them to your own Christmas list…)
Welcome to Cosplay Tuesday! Every week we feature one of our costumes and talk a little more in-depth about it. This week, we’ll be turning the spotlight on Bria’s Mai costume from The Beach episode from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
This was probably the best costuming decision I ever made. Let me tell you how positively thrilling it was to be wearing this at Dragon*Con this year in the horribly oppressive Atlanta heat. I’d worn head to toe black the day before which made this even more of a pleasant change. Wearing this was amazing… or at least it was until I went inside for a BSG panel and froze.
It also helps that Mai is basically my spirit animal. She was also the first character where I put on the wig and costume and immediately went “WOW OKAY I WAS MEANT TO COSTUME THIS CHARACTER”.
This was one of the easier costumes to make and happened during my Spring Break last year. (Oh the irony of making Spring Break!Mai during my Spring Break.) It did, however, involve some guesswork and a lot of staring at fabric. The skirt was just a slightly modified version of a pattern I found in my pattern drawer. I originally considered editing the pattern to remove the pockets but then I remembered Rule #2 of Costuming: If you can add in pockets, HAVE POCKETS. Okay so maybe I couldn’t fit my wallet, my camera, AND my phone in them but it was better than having to ask my dear friend Brandyn to carry all of my stuff. The skirt definitely took some tweaking but the best part was that I didn’t have to hem it!
The top was what involved most of the staring. I’ve never made a bandeau top before and therefore got to practice my clueless face quite a bit. I wish I could give you a magical formula for making one but at the end of the day, I just took a lot of measurements of my chest, crossed my fingers, cut the fabric, and hoped for the best. Getting the elastic to work on the inside took a little bit of trial and error but eventually worked out!
The toughest part of this costume was actually assembling the wig. Although my natural hair is about right for the costume, my lack of bangs made going the wig route a better plan. I found a short wig to use as a base on Ebay and then cried while trying to cut the bangs to the appropriate length. (Honestly, I’d be happy to never have to cut bangs ever again.) The rest of was a matter of buying some extensions and hair buns and bobby pinning the crap out of everything and hoping it would stay in place for the afternoon.
And of course, you can’t have Mai without her fellow Fire Nation ladies. Lin was Azula (~with lightning in her hair~) and our friend Abby was our Ty Lee. Ozai Angels, am I right? We got up to some ridiculous shenanigans outside the Hyatt and it was the best. They involved Mai looking bored, Ty Lee being crazy happy, and Azula and Zuko trying to kill each other and insisting that THEY had the prettiest hair of all time. (Uncle Iroh could not be found to give everyone soothing tea.)
I also have to pause and give some major props to my friend Brian for letting Lin and me clothesline him into being our Zuko about two weeks before the con. Brian is a costuming newbie and originally though we were joking when we tweeted and told me to be our Zuko. (Spoiler Alert: We’re never joking with costuming suggestions.) Somehow, he managed to pull this costume together just in time for the convention and a friend of a friend offered to help him out with the burn scar makeup. And he didn’t even drop ice cream on me!
Want to see more of Bria’s work? Then head on over to her Costume Gallery!