Revamping the fangirl…again

While I do have a Tumblr devoted to this costume, I feel this is worthy of being posted here. I have come up with a whole new approach to this costume.

Simplicity 1819

I had the idea of using a layered skirt instead of patchwork, when that pattern popped into my head. It works really well for the outfit. I quickly grabbed the pattern so I could have it in front of me and then wrote down all thirteen regenerations. It will be mostly A with B’s bolero. Slowly I went through and figured out how each would be represented. Some, like One and Eight, were easier to figure out than others, like Eleven and War. But I got it figured out and here’s the breakdown:

One: Monocle. It just screams to be used here.
Two: Hat band. I think the hounds-tooth will pop really well here.
Three: Hat. The hat is not part of the pattern, but it works so well I’m going to take the hat I bought for Didi and cover it in red velvet.
Four: Fingerless gloves. I just love the idea of incorporating the scarf without using a scarf.
Five: Shirt. It’s already v-neck, so I’m going to paint on the lines around the neck on ivory fabric.
Six: Umbrella. That isn’t changing. Well, it’s going to be a new umbrella, but with the same configuration.
Seven: Umbrella handle. It’s fun and cool and will make the umbrella so much easier to carry around.
Eight: Fob watch. The 50th Anniversary fob watch just screams to be used. Just like the monocle. I’m getting it in stereo.
War: Skirt (main part). With that much area being covered, it needed a simple fabric. His pants are perfect.
Nine: Black leather corset. Why change what works. Also it’s one less thing that I’ll have to make.
Ten: Skirt (bottom), Converse, brainy specs. I figure that bottom ruffle is perfect for the blue pinstripe. And seeing as he’s my favorite, he needs more representation.
Eleven: Bustle. The brown tweed will work well here between the black of the corset and the brown of the skirt.
Twelve: Bolero. This is the perfect place for him. Navy brown bolero with a nice, bright red lining.

I’ve already got a little over half of it done. Soon it’ll simply be down to the hat and outfit. That’s where the fun will begin.

Let the Taunting begin!

Dr. Shannon Abbey is a character in Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series. More specifically she is in Deadline and Blackout. Her first appearance has vividly remained in my mind:

She was wearing an electric orange T-shirt that read DO NOT TAUNT THE OCTOPUS, jeans, and a lab coat, and was pointing a hunting rifle at the middle of my chest.

Her description in Blackout was the final nail in the coffin:

Her lab coat was open, exposing a bright orange CEPHALOPODS UNION #462 T-shirt.

I had to put together a costume for this woman!

Thankfully it’s not a hard costume to put together. I picked up a couple of bright orange t-shirts from Michael’s. Which is a good thing because I think I’m going to have to do them again. Anyway…I bought some Jacquard paint and acetate sheets from Blick Art & Craft to make the stencils from. I ordered a lab coat from Amazon and that was it. I’ve got jeans and boots and a short brown wig.

Stenciling the t-shirts was an interesting exercise. I worked on the stencils over the course of 4.5 hours. Then, when I finally got them on the shirts, it didn’t work as well as I was hoping. It took many passes to get a solid coat on the shirts. They’re bleeding at the edges.

It’s not as crisp and clean as I was wanting. It’ll be fine for now, but I think I’m going to try using freezer paper to make the stencils next time. That way I can iron it on to the shirt which will reduce bleeding.

17 days to go…

Let the chaos begin!

I have my app installed, my packing list ready, and three out of five costumes to complete. Here’s the plan:
Friday Morning: First Doctor bathing suit for Bathing Beauties photoshoot
Friday Afternoon: Harry Dresden for Legendary Sleuths photoshoot
Friday Evening: SG-13 Woodland Uniform for the Intergalactic Military Ball
Saturday Morning: Post-regeneration Tenth Doctor for the parade and PA photoshoot
Saturday Afternoon/Evening: Dr. Shannon Abbey

After that I don’t know. I know Dr. Abbey will be making another appearance over the weekend. I think it’ll depend on how she’s received on Saturday. I think my SG-13 Uniform will round out the weekend. Luckily either costume would be comfy to travel home in on Monday.

But I can’t wear most of them if I don’t get them done. I’ve decided that Harry’s old coat will work if I don’t have time to get the new one made. Does it look the best? No. Will I still look like Harry? Yes. Although, if Jim has a book signing on Sunday, I may pack a different wig and pentacle and go for my genderbend Harry.

The Doctor’s swimsuit is the biggest hurdle to overcome right now. I have cut out the pattern. That’s it. I need to make the mock up, alter it as necessary, and get it made. I’m hoping to get it started today. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a fitting mock up.

I’m also hoping that by tomorrow I’ll have two bright orange t-shirts ready to go for Dr. Abbey. They’re clean; I just have to make the stencils and get them painted. Thankfully that’s all I need for Dr. Abbey.

Speaking of stencils, I should make sure I have them ready for printing and get started!

Etsy update

Just an FYI to all of you Harry Dresden cosplayers and lovers out there, I have restocked my Etsy store!

Geeky Yarns and Charms now has four different types of shield bracelets available! I found three different types of shields that I thought looked quite cool. There are three bracelets available for each shield type, plus three that have all three types of shields on it. They are all assembled and waiting to be shipped out. They just need someone to buy them.

There is also one more Kyo bracelet still available. I’m not planning to restock those unless there is demand for it.

Intergalactic Military Ball

Today my hubby showed me an awesome new item in the Dragon*Con Store.

Challenge Coins!

This year they are holding their Inaugural Intergalactic Military Ball. As you can see, a multitude of fandoms will be welcomed, which got me thinking. At first, my Star Trek uniform dress popped to mind. Then I remembered my underused SG-13 uniform. Later, while talking with my hubby, I realized that any incarnation of the Doctor from his third regeneration onward does work for U.N.I.T. But, considering I would love for my hubby to come as well in his Star Trek uniform (since he looks soooo good in it!), I would stick with my choice of SG-13 uniform.

Considering I’m trying to keep the amount of costumes I take down to a minimum, and the timing of the ball, that means I’m not taking my Dr. Horrible Groupie. I’m also probably not going to take Dawn, mostly because I’m hoping to be able to bring Harry for the Legendary Sleuths group. That’s if I can get his coat done in time.

Web inspired

This past weekend I found myself thinking of web comics. On Friday I got to hang out with a new group of fellow geeks and found myself thinking about MegaTokyo and Piro. So on Sunday I got out the wig, worked with it a bit, and got it ready to go with the Sad Kitty Ear hat. I’ve got pictures, they’re just not on the computer, yet.

Later on Sunday I went to the Laughing Ogre for the Slingshot Across America Tour book signing. Slingshot Across America is the book signing tour of Girls With Slingshots author Danielle Corsetto. When I was talking with the amazing, cool, and fun Danielle, we got talking about costumes. I told her of the awesome GWS costume I saw at Dragon*Con last year. When she showed interest in going to Dragon*Con, I immediately thought of going as Clarice. Specifically Clarice from this strip:

The second to last panel is the look I’m going for. I like the idea of running around a convention with two pistols and a bullet belt while wearing khakis and a brown sweater vest. I’ve already got the pants, one pistol, gloves, and shirt. I don’t need a wig and don’t need new glasses. I just need the vest, bullet belt, and other pistol. It’s going to be awesome.

But being the overachiever that I am, I’m thinking of throwing together a Hazel costume or two as well. Hazel is the main character, and there are times were I am totally Hazel. The only thing I really need for her is the wig. I’m hoping to get the Jeannie from Arda Wigs and turn the clip-on pony tail into a mess of curls. Now that I have a steamer, it can be done! I just need to be able to afford it first. Once I have that I just need to decide what empty beer bottle to have with me and figure out how to make a plush McPedro, since the official ones are sold out.


I have managed to get progress done on One. Last week I sat down and really looked at the pattern. It’s a reproduction of a pattern that is only for one size. It’s on thicker paper than the patterns I’ve usually worked with, and since it’s only one size, I figured why not cut it out first!

I am so glad I did. I know it is going to be easier to get the muslin cut out to make the mock-up with. Also it gives me a better idea of what I’m going to be working with. I am really hoping to get the mock-up made this week. Hopefully it won’t need much changing and I’ll be able to get working on the suit itself soon.

I would really like to have this done before August. That way it’s done with plenty of time before Dragon*Con. And I have those last few weeks to get Harry’s coat finished up!