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 Genderswapped Captain Hammer from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
As far as putting this costume together, there wasn’t that much involved beyond buying the t-shirt although that did take a little bit of digging to find it in the screen accurate colour. From there, it was a matter of making come decisions about how exactly I wanted to genderswap this particular character. I’m not terribly fond of the genderswaps that automatically assume a skirt or shorts or a bare midriff because I don’t always think that fits the character. However, with Captain Hammer, I could absolutely see that happening. Therefore, my first version of this costume ended up involving some tiny olive green shorts and heeled boots. It ended up not working out well for two reasons: 1) I didn’t like how it looked and 2) It decided to snow during Halloween last year. So off to my closet I went again and settled on wearing these cargo pants and my motorcycle boots and ended up really loving this version of the costume. To top it off, this version of the costume ended up being MUCH more practical for work that night.
I finally got a chance to take some real pictures in this costume this summer with my favourite photographer ever, Heather of Zhobot. Completely by accident, we ended up finding the perfect location for the photoshoot: a kids’ playground. I can truthfully say that I looked absolutely ridiculous trying to ride tiny little toy motorcycles and swinging on the swing set but thankfully no one else was there to see me. I’m also pretty sure that I whacked my head on the little clubhouse a few times but there was no lasting brain damage.
All in all, it was a really fun shoot and I’d love to wear this out to a convention one day when I finally have room in my ridiculously busy costume schedule. (Any takers for boy!Penny or girl!Horrible?)
“These? Are not the hammer. The hammer is my… waaaaait a minute.”
You can check out more of Bria’s costumes over at her costume gallery.
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 Lin’s Leah from Journey Into Mystery!
We do it because we love. I say this because Leah would never have happened without Natalie agreeing to be my precious, pocket-sized Loki — and nothing says cosplay like characters ready-made for slummin’ around with one of your favourite ladies.
Due to the Asgardian nature of our costumes, we really wanted to push it for a winter convention, and finally settled for Katsucon (February 2011). Good decision, because while I didn’t put out for an expensive velvet, I did finally decide on a mediumweight brushed cotton. As a lined jacket and full skirt, it’s not the easiest thing to wear for… say, a balmy NYCC weekend. (If you saw a Leah walking around with her skirt tucked into the waistband and her jacket slung over her arm, that would be totally super hip me.)
Construction notes? It was a jacket pattern modified to include gathered sleeves, the appropriate front+back panels, and mandarin collar. (Didn’t have time for a good fit and I totally messed up the trim, so don’t look too closely. Ha.) The skirt was just really simply draped on the stand, and is slightly gathered in back to give it a train. The hair bones are paperclay formed over a hair clip, with strands from the wig wrapped around it.
But really, it’s the wearing of this thing. I’ve never met any creators in costume from their run, and it’s a completely humbling but at the same time — my god, these folks are lovely. Our costumes were so well-received, and we’re just like, no, stop, we’re here to thank you. Got my comics signed by the wonderful Kieron Gillen, received an amazing silk-screen print from the all-too-generous Stephanie Hans, group pics with editor Lauren Sankovitch. Yep. Good times.
And at the end of the day, watch out sentimentality ahead!! hanging out with Natalie et al, being total bums. I hadn’t worn a costume this comfortable for quite some time, so being able to just chill with friends and generally being Asgardian wastes of space was totally top shelf.
Because Natalie is totally the little liar prince of my heart and also soon the other space girlfriend of my heart, check out her cosplay page! (But also because she is a super cosplayer and makes really neat geek bracelets like my Captain Marvel one, JUST SAYING.) Or if you want to check out more of Lin’s costumes, just head over to her cosplay gallery!
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 Amy Pond from the Doctor Who episode The Wedding of River Song.
Some costumes are all about the huge amount of effort you put into them but others are about how much fun you have wearing them. And, of course, the lessons you learn about gluing things to your face.
Amy Pond was the very first companion costume I ever did and I’m thrilled that I decided to go for it. In the past, I’ve usually shied away from doing any of the Doctor’s companions because I’ve felt that I’ve never really been a good fit for any of them and because I also don’t have same dedication to finding ‘screen accurate’ clothes that some television costumers have. However, this costume just seemed like it would be a great fit especially because I positively adored Amy in this episode.
The costume itself was actually pretty simple especially since I already had the suit in my closet. From there it was just a matter of borrowing a wig, getting the eyepatches, and accidentally ordering the world’s dinkiest toy machine gun. Honestly, it was a total accident but I didn’t have time to send it back and look for another. Everyone just told me ‘Oh, pose dynamically, it’ll be okay!’ which may or may not explain why I looked like a mixture between being crazy and incredibly intense when I pretended to shoot Silence off screen.
Of course, the other thing that really makes a costume great is the company you keep. I originally made the decision to do this costume while having lunch with my friend who immediately said “Oh well I’ll do River then!” and thus the eyepatch brigade was born. A couple of months later, we came up with the brilliant idea to get her boyfriend to be Rory. (Awkward sure but you can’t deny he looks the part!) We also were able to meet up with a friend of ours who had an Eyepatch Eleventh Doctor costume!
We did, however, discover one thing: gluing an plastic eyepatch to your face with eyelash glue is a very bad idea. We have all now learned our lesson and will never to it again. We are, however, very thankful to our friends who helped us avoid running into walls for the most part given our poor depth perception and our varying levels of blindness.
At the end of the day, it was a really fun costume to wear and we definitely saved the world from the Silence. You’re welcome, world.
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!
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!