Sometimes, it surprises me that it took me so long to do a costume of one of the two characters I wanted to be or to be best friends with as a kid. For some reason, it just never called to me. But when some of my usual partners in crime asked me to make a Jedi Robes version of Jaina Solo for a Young Jedi Knights group, I couldn’t say no! Of course, me being me, I looked at the picture in the ERC of the kids in their Jedi robes, noted that Jaina’s were way too similar to her ones in the ECG and decided to throw my own spin on them! (Okay fine. You caught me. I just really liked the leather-like fabric I found in Jo Ann’s.)
Thanks to Zhobot for taking these pictures for me at Awesome Con 2014! I’m super looking forward to getting some YJK pictures with them as Tenel Ka and Jacen soon! (Especially now that I’ve gotten a chance wear the costume around and know what changes I want to make.)
This is a costume that’s been in the plans since late 2012, got postponed when one of the Legacy creators cancelled from attending the convention I planned this for, was mostly sewn over the summer because I was bored, and then finally got its big day at Katsucon 2014! When I first read the original volume of Star Wars: Legacy, I immediately fell in love with Princess Marasiah Fel. I loved everything about her but most especially her attitude. This comic is definitely on my list of ones to reread this year!
Seriously: getting to be super distant space cousins with Nic as Ania Solo was tons of fun! Both Legacy series don’t get nearly enough love and it was awesome every time someone recognized who either I or both of us were.
One of the things that made Katsucon 2014 so special was the impromptu Star Wars gathering that happened on Saturday afternoon. On Friday, the Zhobot duo and I met the fabulous Jaina and Jag cosplayers below and needless to say, we got really excited. Us being us, we told them about our Expanded Universe plans for the following afternoon and they agreed to meet up for a mini shoot. When the lightsabers turned on though, it was like a batsignal for every other Star Wars costumer in the building and our minishoot doubled in size within minutes. Honestly, I couldn’t have been more thrilled.
Thank you to Zhobot for the photography!
We did, however, get a big kick out of taking “family portraits” with family members both near and distant.
Awesome Con 2014 in Washington DC is this weekend and Bria is totally psyched! She’s keeping it simple this time with a roster of Star Wars and X-men. As always, if you see her, feel free to come up and say hi!
Friday Afternoon: Look for the X-Factor group!
Saturday: In the morning, Bria will be Jaina Solo for a Young Jedi Knights group. She’ll also be on an ~awesome~ panel discussing Star Wars with Timothy Zahn, John ‘Dak’ Morton, and Blue Milk Special from 1:30-2:30 in Room 206. Later in the day, she’ll be switching back to Marvel as Sage.
Sunday: To wrap up the con, Bria will be roaming in an upgraded version of her Mara Jade.