I know, I know!

I’ve been doing a lot of talking on here and not showing anything. I do have pictures of my work on the little hats I’ve made for my fangirls. I just need to free them from the camera. I’m sure each one will have its own post.

There will be other posts soon about the Star Trek fangirl, too. It recently hit me that we’re over halfway through June and I have the top hat finished. Nothing else is actually done. I have all the supplies I need to get it made, I just have to sit down and do it.  Hopefully I can dedicate a day or two while I’m home to getting work done. It’s really not that much work. I just have to:

  • sew the “rank pips” onto the mock turtleneck
  • cut out and sew together the skirt
  • cut out and sew together the shrug
  • figure out how to make the clutch

It’s really not that bad. The clutch is the only thing I am clueless about how to start. I should be able to get it done before August. At least everything but the clutch. I’m willing to wait on that. I’d rather have the outfit done and ready to go and be fussing with the clutch. It’s better to have something to wear and not have a clutch than have an incomplete outfit.

Be ready for the onslaught of photos!

Star Trek progress

I’ve had the supplies for days now, but today the need to work on the DS9 hat took over. I am so glad it did. It is looking so awesome right now, and it’s not even done! I’m hoping to get it finished later today after I go get some glue and bias tape to finish it off. It’ll be the first thing done for this outfit. Yay! Now if I can just get the jacket and skirt finished…

Pictures are coming!

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


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!


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!