Post-Marcon Inspiration

As usual, I come away from a convention with a new way of looking at my costumes. It really isn’t a bad thing, though. It inspires me to keep working on the ideas I have, gives me fresh ideas for how to approach problems, and opens my mind to new possibilities.

I was on a panel the last day about costumes. It was called “Cosplay Show and Tell”, but it was mostly tell. We ended up discussing details and how there is no one right way to create a costume. It just matters that it is right for you. Which is why I am still going to save up for a blue Tenth Doctor suit from Magnoli. The question remains: male or female? Hopefully I’ll have it figured out by the time I order it.

It also got me thinking about some other costumes that I’ve been working on or have already finished, as well as ones that I want but seemed out of reach. For example: a women’s science division uniform from the Star Trek: The Next Generation era. I mentioned it and how I probably won’t have one because ANOVOS cancelled their run due to lack of interest to a friend. They responded by asking why not make it myself? The conversation turned into why not just take the pattern for the men’s uniform and tailor it to fit me? Yes, that’s not what the women wore on the show. And? I’d be more comfortable. Wool gabardine is easier to find than jumbo spandex. Easier to dye too. It would also be easier to tailor to make it fit well than spandex. I am seriously considering it. When I have the time and resources to do so, of course.

But I was happy at the convention with my fix for not having a TNG-era uniform: science hoodie from ThinkGeek, QMx com badge, black leggings, boots. Comfy. Recognizable. It was fun. I am hoping to get my Star Trek fangirl outfit done well before DragonCon. I don’t want to be working on it just before classes start up again. But I’ve even added a couple of touches to it that I think are going to make it a lot more fun.

It’s so nice to be inspired to work on my costumes again. Now if I could just afford to go to a convention or two during the school year I’ll be good. One at the end and one at the beginning is not good for my creative juices!

I am an idiot!

This week I’m teaching my class about fandom, including fan conventions. I want to be in costume for those days, but I couldn’t figure out what to do for one day. I’m going to do my genderbend Kyo for one day, I still don’t know which. I was stuck on the other day. I don’t have much, if anything, that many would recognize. I was trying to figure out if I should take something that has more assembly to it than Kyo, something I created rather than put together from exiting clothing. I put on Doctor Who as background and within a minute of the episode starting, I knew what I should do: Osgood.

I had them watch both “The Zygon Invasion” and “The Zygon Inversion” in class and take note of how the episodes address much of what we talked about in class up to that point. So not only would they remember the character, but I have everything for a really good Osgood! I have a maroon tie, lab coat, scarf, and maroon Chucks. Not only will they recognize me, but it’s a great combination of found and made items, as well as the fact that I’ll be “cosplaying a cosplayer” to quote Moffat.

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing Osgood for conventions. I think I may have to add her to the rotation!

Star Trek fun

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As I mentioned last night, I finally feel excited about celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek at conventions this year. I have conceptualized an outfit that will show my love of the franchise, not just one series. What got me out of my funk was the thought of my Doctor Who Fangirl: the way the outfit incorporates each regeneration and celebrates the entire series.

1819Thus I have conceptualized what I am calling, for lack of a better term, my Star Trek Fangirl outfit. Maybe I should call it my Steampunk Star Trek outfit, seeing as how the pattern is quite steampunk. Either way, I am looking forward to seeing this outfit come together.

After finally deciding on this pattern, this look, I looked at it to figure out what piece would represent what era. I feel confident that each era will come across.

The Original Series is going to be represented in the skirt from B. You can see that it has a little contrast on the sides and in back. I’m going to be much more subtle than they show. I ordered some Shantung Sateen from Fabric.com. It has a smooth sides and a shantung side (the picture on the site does better than I could do to describe it). The shantung side will provide the contrast. This way it’ll be more texture than color.

The movies’ uniform (aka the Monster Maroons) is going to be the shrug/bolero from A. That is going to be made from linen, again ordered from Fabric.com. I’m not going to line it, since that kind of defeats the purpose of making it from linen. This is going to be worn at DragonCon, anything I can do to keep cool is what I will do! To further the movie uniform look, I’ve ordered the officer’s badge to wear on the front. It’s accurate for the uniform, as well as looking like an amazing accessory.

I’m going to use my black underbust corset instead of making anything. I have ordered a sleeveless mock turtleneck in teal from Amazon. That combination is going to represent The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. It’s kind of a combination of the two looks, while also being similar to the look from the TNG movies that was also on later DS9. I am going to try to figure out how to make some “rank pips” to attach to my collar. I considered ordering some actual rank pips, but decided to keep it more jewelry-like instead of uniform.

To finish everything off, I’ll be wearing some black leggings with my black boots. That is one thing that has been consistent since the series began. Yes, the women wore black nylons, not solid leggings. But I’ll be much more comfortable in the leggings and it’s going to look great!

My goal is to have this done for DragonCon, but I’m going to try to get it done in time for Marcon. It looks like I’ll have something to do over spring break, after I’ve reclaimed my room and gotten some work done for school.

Oh, the life of a cosplayer in graduate school!

The inspiration brick has hit!

I was about to complain about the drama and how I wasn’t feeling inspired to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Then I started to think about my Doctor Who Fangirl. The idea came to me to create something similar: an outfit that celebrates Star Trek. The problem is how?

After some thinking and looking at patterns, I finally figured it out!

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I’m going to do the skirt from B (on the left) for TOS. The bolero from A (on the right) for the movies, aka the Monster Maroons. I’ll have a teal mock turtleneck to wear with my black underbust corset for TNG/DS9. Then add some black leggings and boots, my TNG messenger bag from ThinkGeek, some ‘rank pips’ (which I need to figure out), and an officer’s badge on the jacket and it’s ready to go!

I’ve gone from possibly not wearing anything to celebrate at Marcon or DragonCon to having this figured out and put in an order for the fabrics and badge. Crazy!

They’re here!

My Arda Wigs shipment arrived! Both wigs and both sets of wefts! Yay!! The Dark Blue wefts were on backorder when I placed my order. I thought I’d have to wait to start working on things, but I don’t! I just need the time to figure out each wig’s style and structure before I dive in.

Also, those wefts are going to need a lot of trimming! But that might end up being a good thing since they’re going to be teased a lot to get things standing up. Teasing takes up length. I may have to be strategic with my placement of Dark Blue wefts. I may have to use them on the outsides of the spikes to ensure they’re long enough.

I guess I’ll find out when I start working on things! I don’t want to speculate too much. There will be detailed posts of my work on both wigs with pictures, and hopefully video too!

Junpei is coming…finally!

Junpei Origami Fine Art Print at MegaGear.com.
(c)Fred Gallagher

I have been wanting to put together a costume inspired by this art print for years now. I’ve always loved Junpei and that hair…that hair begs to be brought to life.

But the hair has been the problem. I had a wig for a while to do a genderbent Junpei, but I never did anything with it. I needed to color sections of it and I wasn’t quite sure how to do it. Then there’s the spiking. Ugh.

Then, yesterday, I saw a tutorial on YouTube for adding volume to and spiking wigs. I was looking at ways to add to or combine wigs to add volume. When I found that tutorial, a whole new world was opened to me. I went to Arda Wigs and ordered a base wig, matching wefts, and lighter colored wefts to combine into one wonderful Junpei wig. I will be documenting the process from beginning to end, hopefully using video, not just pictures. My goal is to make that wig only using hair in the spikes; no foam. I believe that it is possible.

Also, thanks to that tutorial, I’m inspired to get a few other wigs finished up and looking how I really want them to look. So hopefully there will be wig posts coming; hopefully videos, too! This is going to be interesting, and hopefully fun!