Marriott Marquis Carpet Camo

Volpin Props and Bill Winans of Angry Dog Studios show off their Marriott Carpet Camo at DragonCon2013

Volpin Props and Bill Winans of Angry Dog Studios show off their Marriott Carpet Camo at DragonCon2013

Pretty much everyone in the con/geek/costuming community have seen these costumes. Harrison (of Volpin Props) came up with the idea for carpet camo and along with Cathy of God Save the Queen Fashions, they had the fabric printed. They ended up with two suits, so Harrison asked my boyfriend, Bill, to join him. I finished up the pants and added the pockets, patches, and velcro to the shirt, and he was ready to go!

The carpet at the Marriott is iconic–pretty much any DragonCon attendee can look at photos online and tell that it was taken at DragonCon because of the carpet. So the response that they got  to these suits was unreal. Everyone, including Marriott staff, took photos of them. I had a blast following them around and watching people figure out what they were wearing.

Tellus Night at the Museum 2013 (Jimmy Burns)

I’ve never been to Tellus, but each year, the museum does a “Night at the Museum” event where you can see characters come to life. My friend, Jimmy, at Angry Dog Studios went this year and made this video of the event. Maybe I can go next year!

Nikoscream: DragonCon Survival Guide

Going to DragonCon? Need help with navigating the con, finding dinner, or planning to see panels and celebrities? Niko at posted a comprehensive survival guide in his blog for all your at-con needs!

My own personal suggestions are below and focus primarily on packing. Read the rest of this entry

Frosta WIP

Here’s a mock-up of a part of my Frosta costume. I need to get grommets for these, but I hope to start cutting the leather soon!

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“The Favor” (A Captain America Fan Film from Chasing Photography Films.)

I worked on this film in Nashville a few months ago. The movie premiered last night for the cast and crew, and you can check it out on YouTube. I think it turned out really well, and I had a lot of fun working on the set. I hope I’ll be able to work on the sequel!

This is why I costume.

The Most Beautiful Ruined Moment (Sharon Kay Edwards)

The writer of that post wrote an open letter to a Disney cast member who helped her after rain ruined her autistic son’s chance of fighting Darth Vader at the Jedi Training Academy. Read the whole thing.

I have no way of knowing whether this cast member is Rebel Legion or 501st when he’s not being a Jedi at Disney World, but his attitude reminds me of the 501st and Rebel Legion members I know.

This story is a reminder to me of why I got into this hobby in the first place. There is nothing like seeing a child’s face light up when they get to meet their favorite character. To that child, you are Darth Vader, or Princess Leia, or Supergirl. I loved doing Rebel Legion events and meeting young female Star Wars fans—they were always so excited to meet Padmé, Leia, and female Jedi like Barriss or Ahsoka. Most of the time, the kids know the characters better than their parents do.

There has been so much drama in the costuming community lately. Even though this happened at Disney World, I know so many people who would have done what that cast member did. (I mean, remember the Flash and Wonder Woman costumers who helped the lost boy?) It’s nice to be reminded that beyond the pettiness, the egoes, and the judgmental jerks are the kids who just want to fight Darth Vader or high-five Batman.

Update!

I haven’t actually started Frosta yet beyond preliminary plans—I NEED to get my armor mock-ups done this weekend and finalize the bodice/pants situation.

My Clara jacket is in Ohio right now and should arrive later this week. I still need to get the boots—I’ve decided that even though I can find the screen accurate boots, I’m going to get the alternate knock-offs. Yeah, yeah, that makes me NOT SCREEN ACCURATE AND AWFUL, but most people outside of the DW fandom aren’t even going to know I’m even in costume, so I’m not all that worried about it. If it was something like a Dredd suit, that would be different. I don’t know. If I start wearing these boots everywhere and they start falling apart, I’ll probably get the screen-accurate ones if I can find them, but right now I’d rather have an extra $100 to spend on other costumes… or life.

Heh. Every time I try to write a “brief” update, they’re never as brief as I hope. Anyways, I haven’t done much to prepare for Dragon*Con. Procrastinating just makes things more exciting. .

..I say that now. But wait until August when I’m tearing my hair out.

Disneyland Club 33 Video

My friend, Jimmy Burns of Angry Dog Studios, made this video of our visit to Club 33 in Disneyland last summer. Six of us (three couples) went to Disneyland after Anime Expo and had the opportunity to eat at Club 33. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I’m so happy he put this together.

Commission: Kid-sized Vanellope Hoodie

One of my friends commissioned a Vanellope hoodie for his daughter for Easter. I had a blast making it–the hoodie was so tiny compared to mine!

I had to make the hoodie pocket and modify the hood for the draw strings, and I dyed it just like I did mine.

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Dragon*Con 2013: Costume Plans

At less than 100 days to go, I should probably nail down my plans for this year’s Dragon*Con, yeah?

First, the new stuff:

1. Frosta (She-Ra)

ImageThis one is my biggest priority. I’m doing this costume as part of a group with some of my best friends, including Kat from Little Neko. I’m planning on using a lot of leather and Worbla, and probably spandex for the base. It’s going to look less cartoony and more realistic, so while I’ll be working with the same color palette, I have a lot of flexibility to create my own design.

2. Ibuki (Street Fighter)

Ibuki from Street Fighter

Ibuki is my favorite character from “Street Fighter.” She’s adorable and peppy, and a total badass ninja. She’s my best character, and I think she’s be a blast to cosplay. I have a lot of friends with Street Fighter costumes (including Brandi from Angry Dog Studios, who has an amazing C. Viper costume,) so I’m hoping that someone else will want to wear their gear when I wear mine. Mostly, I just want to make a costume for this character and do something fun and low-key. It should be pretty comfortable and breathable.

3. Clara Oswald (Doctor Who) – 50th Anniversary Episode Costume

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I love Clara. She’s spirited and snarky, and Jenna-Louise Coleman had great chemistry with Matt Smith last season. Like Gwen, this costume is pretty impractical for Atlanta in August, but hopefully it won’t be too bad. (NO WAY am I marching in the parade with this, though. I learned my lesson!) Anyways, this will be comfortable and easy–my jacket is on the way, and I already have the dress and tights. All I need now are the boots and the gloves. And maybe the helmet if I have the budget. :3 I’m growing my bangs out for this one so I don’t have to wear a wig.

So, those are my three new costumes that I’m planning for D*Con this year. Frosta is the priority, so Ibuki might get bumped to AWA or something else, but I think I can manage both, especially since Ibuki is just a lot of sewing. (I might even be able to shop a lot of it, if I can find the right gear.)

In addition to the new stuff, I’m planning on bringing these old/new costumes:

– Vanellope von Schweetz (Wreck-It Ralph): I have a couple of things to update with this one, including taking in the leggings and making the “You’re My Hero” medal that she gives to Ralph. This will be new for D*Con, but it’s already done/wearable, so I’m not too stressed about it.

– Princess Jasmine (Aladdin): I have a nice version of Jasmine that I have never worn. I made this costume in 2007 when I did the Undead Disney Princesses with my Nashville friends, but I never got around to wearing it. I want to re-make the wig and the jewelry.

– Menace (Queen’s Blade): I want to make her staff, Setora, and finish adding the fringe to the headpiece and the bottoms. I might remake the headpiece, too.

I’ll probably add other costumes that I already have later on this summer–those three are just the ones I want to update.