Bringing the Doctor back!

Posted: March 29, 2015 in Character
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I’ve been watching a lot of Doctor Who lately. Recently I decided to take a break from the 20th century and go back to the 21st. Last night I just finished watching the Ninth Doctor and it got me thinking.

I was starting to rethink retiring Ten just after regeneration, aka Barcelona Ten as I like to think of it now. Part of why I didn’t like it was the wig. But that’s been taken care of. The other part was the sweater/jumper I had bought for it. On Amazon it looked like it would work fine. But when I got it, it was not nearly as good as I thought it would be.

Luckily, tonight I found something that is hopefully a good replacement on Amazon. This time I paid attention to what it was made out of. 100% cotton is going to be a huge improvement over what I have. Also it’ll breathe really well in the hot Atlanta sun. Some of the reviews said that it can be thin, but I can just wear a black t-shirt underneath.

So, if I can find some new black pants, I think I’ll have another outfit for Ten. This time it will have a bit more thought put into its creation. I think I’m going to enjoy it more this time around.

Make-up Test!

Posted: March 28, 2015 in General
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After watching a recent episode of FaceOff, I decided to look into Kryolan Aquacolor to use for Death. I have been trying to find something that will cover without caking and is easy to apply. Aquacolor looked like it would work.

So I went over to CosplaySupplies.com and took a look at what they had. I ended up ordering a little more than I had originally planned, but it’s going to be so worth it. I know because it arrived today!

I bought a 30ml white Aquacolor, a 4ml black Aquacolor refill, round makeup sponge, natural makeup sponge, and a brush. I only wanted a little bit of black, since I’ll only be using it for Death and Dawn. Which is what the brush is for. I need to be able to paint in lines, and I figured a brush is the way to go. The natural sponge is for applying the white. The round sponge is possibly for general makeup application. If not, it’ll probably be for the final layer of white.

I couldn’t resist trying out the white once I got things opened. I love it! It goes on really well and doesn’t cake on. I can easily do my arms and still be comfortable. That means I have more options for Death! I can finally do Death in a t-shirt from the end of the series without having to worry about how my arms will be white. A quick layer of sealer and I’ll be good to go!

Here’s how the test turned out:

Here’s the top of my arm with multiple coats. I think letting it dry a little more between coats will help to get more solid color.

This is the underside of my arm with just one coat. Not bad, right?


It washes off with soap and water, which makes cleaning up so much easier. I’m looking forward to doing Death more often. This is going to be fun!

Allon-sy!

Posted: March 27, 2015 in Character
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A year or so ago I bought a new wig for Ten. It was Arda Wigs’ Rufio in Chocolate. The style was perfect for Ten and I hoped that Chocolate would be the right color. It wasn’t as dark as I was hoping, but I was trying not to let my perfectionist tendencies to get a hold of me.

Until I saw how it looked in photos.

I couldn’t ignore it any longer. That hair color just does not work for Ten. It’s not dark or brown enough. So when I was looking at what colors they have for Rufio now, which is a lot more than when I first ordered one, I was ecstatic to note that they had it in Spanish Brown. I quickly found the swatch on my ring and studied it until I was sure it was the right color.

It arrived recently. It is perfect. The color is perfect. The style is a great start that gets even better with steam and product. I’ve only used the steamer once, but it’s already starting to look better. More Ten-like. I’m planning to work on it at least once more with the steamer before I try to go in with product. Ideally, the product will simply add the final touch to the look rather than create the style.

I decided to take it for a simple test run to ‘choir’ practice at church. I put it on and looked in the mirror. Perfect! It looks amazing without any product in it. It still needs more work with the steamer, but I’m right: the product will simply be a final touch, not a part of creating the style.

I ran across this earlier when I was at Arda’s site. It’s a great little piece, especially the end.

Customer Spotlight: Hee-Hee

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Shopping spree!

Posted: March 15, 2015 in Character
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Between yesterday and today a lot of money was spent. I love it!

Yesterday I was finally able to order my Next Generation uniform! Now if can just arrive before DragonCon next year I’ll be a very happy Trekkie!

After that I went to Ulta to get restocked on my make-up. After much looking and searching for non-glittery or shimmery eyeshadow, and comparing foundations I finally got the basics to restock my kit. For me, the basics are:

  • Foundation, male
  • Foundation, female
  • Primer
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Finishing powder
  • Brown shadows (for male contouring)
  • Orange shadow (for Tim)
  • Black shadow
  • Mascara
  • Liquid liner
  • Light lipstick
  • Dark lipstick

This, with my white eyeliner and lip stain that didn’t get thrown out, gives me enough make-up to do everyone’s basics, aside from Death. And it’s all the same brand! Well, aside from the lip stain. I just hope it all works as well as I’m thinking it will. I’m so excited to have an actual highlighter now. It should bring an extra level to my make-ups now. I know what I’ll be working on in the next month and a half before Marcon. I don’t want to be spending hours on getting the make-up right when I have a panel to get to.

Today was a bit of an unexpected purchase. While watching The Night of the Doctor I got the great idea to do a younger War Doctor. Go clean shaven, less beat up clothing, and hair that isn’t gray. I started looking for pictures of John Hurt when he was younger to make sure I got the hair color right. I also pulled up the Rufio page on Arda Wigs to make sure I could match the color.

Turns out I already have the right color. The Rufio in Chocolate that I originally bought for Ten will work great! But how the color looks in the sun, let alone inside, just doesn’t quite say Ten for me. That’s when I found it. They’ve expanded the colors that the Rufio is available in since I ordered the wig the first time. They have it in a color that it definitely Ten. So I ordered it.

This is great! I’ll have a more color accurate Ten wig and a wig that will work for the War Doctor when I can afford to start assembling him.

The War Doctor isn’t a new costume thought. I’ve figured he’d be another great costume that I can age into. But it was established that he looked much younger when he first regenerated. So by getting everything while I’m younger, it allows for time to naturally age the parts and they’ll look even better once I’m closer to the right age. And who knows, there might be more gray wigs available by then!

Tax Return to Shopping!

Posted: March 14, 2015 in General
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The tax return has arrived, which means, among other things, costume/cosplay shopping!

The big purchase I have had planned for months is my Next Generation uniform from ANOVOS. I can finally order my uniform!!! I have been looking forward to ordering it for about a year now. My biggest worry is that it arrives before DragonCon next year. I should have my DS9 uniform by now and I don’t have it, yet. Hopefully my order will be a part of ‘wave one’ and will ship in the spring. Now I just have to get footwear figured out.

The rest of the shopping will be for make-up. Between the age and dissatisfaction with the majority of my make-up, I tossed out most of it. My plan is to go somewhere that I can get some advice on foundations and a few other basics and pick up everything to cover my bases. It is going to be so much fun!

“King”ly inspiration

Posted: March 13, 2015 in Character
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While I was watching the season finale of King of the Nerds, I saw Lily wearing a Kaylee jumpsuit. It got me thinking about my own plans to eventually have a jumpsuit (or four) back in my wardrobe.

This is one of those costumes that I have time to work on. I figure if I’m going to take my time to do it, I might as well do it right. I’m thinking of sticking with the iconic green jumpsuit for my first go. Since I’m planning to do it right, I started looking into the teddy bear patch.

After looking at a lot of older posts, I finally just decided to check eBay. eBay has given me hope that this won’t be an impossible task. There are quite a few people who have sets of the three patches up for a reasonable price.

I figure I’m just going to buy some fabric and dye it before turning it into the jumpsuit. I’ve already got a parasol thanks to my hubby. But if I decided to use the parasol, I really should have the jacket too. That is going to be tricky. Just finding something the right shade of blue, let alone taking any similarity to the pattern into consideration, is going to be interesting.

Either way, it will be nice to have a Kaylee that I’m really proud of to wear around conventions. Especially now that the costume’s popularity has decreased a bit.

Costuming Yarns

Posted: February 25, 2015 in Character
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Thank goodness I’m a hooker who also uses needles.

I’ve been wanting to use that joke somewhere for a while now. My mom taught me how to crochet way back when I was in the third grade. More recently I taught myself how to knit. This past month I have been putting both sets of skills to work!

First I found a cute fingerless gloves pattern that I used for two sets. One is the Fourth Doctor gloves for my Fangirl. I really want to have that outfit done and ready to go for DragonCon. I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but it’s a good goal to have. I’ve got most of the supplies to finish things up, so it’s possible. I just have to have time and a little more money. Then, I liked the pattern so much, I decided to make another pair in a golden yellow that will be used in a Steampunk outfit I’m planning.

I’ve also made a lot of progress on The Dude’s Grid sweater. After much trial and error and scrutinizing screencaps, I finally got things figured out. I’ve got the back and the right front done. I’m working on the left front. After that I’ll start on the hardest part, the sleeves. I’m really worried because I’ve been modifying the pattern as I’m going. I think I’ll be able to make things work right. After that it’s adding a little to the front and the collar, sew in the zipper, and it’ll be done!

I am so glad that the sweater is going so well, finally. It’s inspired me to really get things figured out for the rest of the costume so I can get going once the sweater is done. I’ve figured out how I’m going to do the pants, which was bugging me for a while. Everything else is straightforward, except for the beverage. I’m still trying to figure out how to make it look like I’m carrying a drink around with me without it being a drink. I’m tempted to just leave that part for the stage and go with everything else out on in the halls. Thankfully I have time to figure it out.

Backing off

Posted: January 30, 2015 in Conventions
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Day one of Ohayocon has not gone as planned.  Partially due to my procrastination. I managed to forget that I need to work on the bangs for both wigs I was planning to use. I tried to get one in shape today, but it didn’t work.

That got me thinking. Why am I in such a rush to get these costumes debuted? The wigs aren’t done. I haven’t worn any of them. Ever.

Killing time between panels got me thinking. I am going to stop rushing to get costumes done. I’m going to spend time and get them done right. I want to be wearing a costume I am proud of.

I’m going to go with comfy clothes for the rest of the convention. It just feels right. And hopefully I’ll learn more at the panels and can make my costumes how I’m envisioning them.

Monkey Wrench

Posted: January 28, 2015 in Character, Conventions
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Well, my plans for Ohayocon have been partially derailed. It turns out that the amazing shirt I ordered to finish off Gaz was out of stock when I ordered it. I’ll get it next month. Why you would let someone order something that wasn’t in stock baffles me.

I have really been looking forward to debuting Gaz. I was trying to figure out how to still wear her to the convention, but I realized two things: I don’t want to make a change just so I can wear her; getting the shirt later will give me time to really finish things off.

I think I’m going to go with my genderbend Piro. She’s been done and ready to go but I just haven’t felt the right time for her. I think that’s this weekend. It’s comfortable clothing. There’s a bag as a part of the costume, so I don’t have to worry about the bag looking out of place.

I’m going to move Gaz to DragonCon. I can see how the shirt looks with everything else and have plenty of time to tweak and make sure she’s ready to go.

I guess I need to get some laundry done sometime soon.