Redoing Gaz

Posted: September 12, 2015 in Character

Since my last post, I’ve had some time to think about Gaz. I was going to retire her and just move on, until I thought about some great original interpretations of characters that I’ve seen. It’s really helped me highlight what went wrong with Gaz.

The important thing about any costume is that the character’s identity is clear. Anyone who knows Gaz should be able to look at the costume and see Gaz. When the wonderful voice actress who did her voice only saw an outfit inspired by Gaz, I knew there was a problem on my side of things.

I’ve been torn about the color of the wig from the beginning. I thought that since it is a shade of purple, it would work. I was also against dying it so it was closer to Gaz’s shade because I wanted to keep it available for Miho. But I’ve given up on being Miho. I just can’t pull it off. So now I’m going to get some opinions as to which color ink to buy to dye it the right shade.

I’m going to change up the necklace. Right now it’s a choker. I like the beads I used, but I’m going to change it into a long necklace with the trinity skulls pendant as the focus at the bottom. It needs something to break up all that black, and this is going to really accomplish that.

I’m never wearing her without the arm-warmers again. I should have just left her home. They really are an essential piece to the overall look.

I liked the skirt I chose to wear, but I’m not used to wearing a skirt that short. Also it kept riding up on me. So I’m going to add some black leggings under the skirt and socks. It’ll make me more comfortable, hopefully keep the skirt down, and no detract from the look.

I’ve been working on getting this idea realized for so long that I put her out there before seeing what she’d look like. I’ve learned my lesson: put it all on at least once before the convention to see how it all works together. Also, don’t rush things. You’re the only one who can decide when the costume’s ready.

Another DragonCon down. Another amazing time. Another shift in my personal attitude toward costuming.

Trying to get into costume and looking good left me frustrated often this year. Sharing a room with five other people, two of which had costumes of their own, after attending conventions without any other costumers in the room was interesting. I think if we had coordinated about the bathroom, there would have been fewer problems.

At times being in costume detracted from the fun of the con. That’s not a good thing.

Harry went well. I had time to get the makeup on right and had a blast at the photoshoot. I even got recognition outside of the shoot. I think if I do Harry at DC again, I’ll leave the staff and rod up in the room, unless I find a way to have the rod hanging inside the coat. For the photoshoot, the staff is important. But around the con, while it is awesome, it’s a pain to haul around and find somewhere to put during panels.

The Doctor was good. I didn’t get the makeup done right because I was getting frustrated about not having the bathroom light to work with. But he still looked good and I had fun. The water backpack was genius. By the end of the parade I was looking for the restrooms instead of a water source. I used it under Harry as well and it is going to be a part of any costume that has a coat I can hide it under.

After the photoshoot I ran back to the room to change into Gaz. I didn’t want to deal with the hot clothes or being bound for the rest of the day. When I was doing the final packing, I couldn’t find the arm-warmers I made for her. Eventually, out of my determination to debut her, I grabbed some arm-warmers I had that I felt would still work. The whole time I’m in costume, I’m thinking “No one knows who I am. It just looks like a kinda steampunk outfit.” The outfit looks great, but it’s not Gaz.

At one point I went back to the room and changed into clothes. This was still Saturday. I didn’t wear another costume for the rest of the weekend and I still enjoyed myself.

How I pick costumes for DragonCon has definitely changed. They need to be something that I have worn, like the look, and will not be easily frustrating to wear if I can’t use the bathroom to put on the make-up. Next year I’m simply going to wear my TOS uniform, my DS9 uniform, and something Doctor Who. It may be the Fangirl. It may be the Japanese clothing. It may be the One Bathing Beauty. It’ll depend on how much time and money I have to get things done. I want to enjoy myself. And isn’t that the point of costuming? To enjoy yourself?

As I mentioned before, I’ll be starting grad school next month. Actually, this time next month I’ll be getting the last few things together to prepare for the first day of class on the 24th. That gives me less than a month to get things ready for DragonCon. Which means I have to make one small change to the line-up. The Fangirl.

She is not done. She needs more time and money than I have right now to get her done properly. I could probably rush and get her done in time, but I just don’t feel comfortable with that thought. But the replacement was an easy choice. It was actually what I was planning to do before finding out we were going to have two Doctors. Christmas Invasion Ten.

A post on David Tennant’s Facebook Page yesterday made the choice even easier. It’s been ten years since they filmed that episode. (Awesome pictures for reference, btw) Which means it’s been ten years since that episode aired. I think it’s a good time to bring back CI Ten, this time complete with scarf! I just either need to get a Camelbak (or something similar) or invest in some Under Armour and drink water whenever possible in the time surrounding the parade. Actually, now that I look at my options, I think I’m going to try the UA HeatGear fitted shirt. I’m worried about overcompressing if I use the compression shirt.

Anyway, I want to make sure the Fangirl is done properly, which means having the time and money to do so. CI Ten is done. Well, I need to get some new slippers, but that’s no big deal. I’m so much more relaxed for DragonCon now. I’m actually really excited about bringing CI Ten back because he looks so much better than when I first wore him. It’s going to be nice!

Now I just need to get some contacts….

Convention addition!

Posted: July 17, 2015 in Conventions

I probably haven’t mentioned it on here before. Earlier last month I applied to Bowling Green for admittance to their Popular Culture master’s degree program starting this fall. I got an e-mail today. I GOT IN!!!!

Aside from getting to go to a wonderful school to learn how to further look deeper at Popular Culture, I’m probably going to be spending a lot of time there. Which means I can go to their one day anime convention, Animarathon! I found out about it last year while checking out what conventions there are in Ohio. Considering the next one is Animarathon XIII, it must be good. Considering I won’t have to drive there and back, I’m definitely going to check it out.

Now to figure out which costume to wear. Luckily I have time. I need to get back to work on the Fangirl first. Then I can worry about which finished costume to wear.

I’m back!

Posted: July 13, 2015 in General
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We have the internet and cable again! But more importantly, we’re I’m getting the living room cleaned up! This is important because that’s where I end up cutting and ironing my fabrics. The Fangirl’s been on hold recently because I had to go get more fabric. That just killed the focus I had. I was even considering just doing Christmas Invasion Ten for DragonCon. But now that I’ve got the living room clean(er) again, I think I’m going to get back to work on her. Hopefully later this week.

Speaking of DragonCon, I really should start to get things together for it. Just going through and getting all the clothing set aside is going to help a lot. Actually, now that I think about it, the tub that it’s going to go into is empty and waiting. Perfect! I can start getting packed for DC a month and a half in advance. Awesome!

I’m really excited and motivated now! Now if I could just get enough money to pay for the convention I’ll be good.

I am alive! We’ve just been without internet for the past three weeks. Hopefully we’ll have it again soon. Posting from the phone is not easy!

Aside  —  Posted: June 30, 2015 in General


Posted: June 6, 2015 in General
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I’ve been spending quite a bit of time thinking about my costumes. The ones I’ve finished. The ones I’m working on. The ones I’ve figured out how to get done but haven’t actively worked on. I’ve been trying to figure out which ones to wear to which convention. And that’s when I noticed it.

There are a handful of costumes that are faithfully based on the original character that I feel confident and have fun wearing.  Only a handful that I get excited at the thought of wearing. The other costumes I get excited about are the ones where I’ve put my spin on it. The ones that are truly my ‘living fan art’.

It’s helping me a lot. It’s helping me focus on which costumes to work on and which to wait on. It’s helping me decide when to wear what costume. Although Halloween is still up in the air since I have no idea what I’ll be doing at that point. But it’s really helping me focus.

Speaking of focus, mine is still on the Fangirl. She’s just waiting right now. I thought I had some spare lining fabric. Turns out I do, but it’s all bits and pieces. Tomorrow I’m heading to work to get a yard of lining that between the sale price and my employee discount I’ll be spending $4 max on it. One of the perks of working at Jo-Ann’s. The problem with working at Jo-Ann’s is constantly being surrounded by fabric and craft supplies that are on sale with a bunch of coupons in your pocket and your inbox and an employee discount.

I can’t wait to get this skirt and bustle done! Once it’s done, I’m going to get working on the umbrella again. I don’t want to have parts lying around half finished. Then, on to the shrug. I just hope I don’t have to make too many alterations. I want to have this costume finished so I can put it all on and see how amazing it looks!

Then, the focus will return to the Dude! :D

In the zone

Posted: June 3, 2015 in Character

The last few nights I’ve been staying up late working on the Fangirl. I’ve been posting updates over at Doctor Who Fangirl. I’ve also been taking pictures as I go. I’m going to be making more detailed an coherent posts here once I have the time to sit down and compose them. Right now I’m just focusing on getting as much work done as possible. I’ve been hitting that zone where time just flies by and you don’t realize it. It’s so nice!

Yesterday it was announced that not only will Sylvester McCoy be coming back to DragonCon, but Paul McGann will be going as well.


That was my reaction when I read it yesterday. Soon after I realized that since I’m going to get to add two more autographs to my 500 Year Diary, I need to get my Fangirl finished. Actually that thought hit me after I realized I need to get listening to Eight’s audio adventures. But that’s not the point.

The point is I’m going to try to get the new Fangirl done for DragonCon. It’s really not going to be too bad. I’ve got One, Four, War, Nine, and Eleven finished. Eight, Seven, Six, Five, and Three are almost done. It’s Two, Ten, and Twelve that need the most work. And they’re all using the B style of the pattern there on the left.

Two and Ten are going to be contributing to the skirt. Two is gong to be the main part with some great mini-houndstooth calico. Ten is going to be the ruffles in the back with the blue pinstripe suit fabric. Originally I wanted to reverse it, but I need more for the main part than I have Ten fabric to spare. I’ve got Ten’s fabric. Tonight I bought enough Two fabric to do the ruffles. Then I got home and really looked at the pattern and realized I’d have to switch the two. I’m going to get another three yards tomorrow so I can get working on the skirt.

Twelve is the shrug. It just screams Twelve. Between the lapels and the lining showing in the lower sleeves, it couldn’t be anyone but Twelve. Thankfully I have the fabric for Twelve. I’m definitely going to get started on that this week.

Hopefully I’ll be posting updates more often now that I have this costume to get together for DragonCon. A lot of work will be happening in the next couple of months!

The Ten Coat: Research

Posted: May 20, 2015 in Character
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Ever since I found out that I can get Ten coat fabric at Jo-Ann’s, I’ve been trying to figure out how I can make it myself. Like I’ve mentioned before, the Abby Shot coat looks good, but it’s just not the right fabric. That really bugs me. Being made of wool, a thicker wool by the looks of it, it does not lay like the fabric does on the original coat.

Last night I decided to start reading Steve Ricks’ blog Making My Tennant Coat from the beginning. It is the place to go if you are thinking of making a coat of your own. I’m just up to the point where he’s starting to assemble his Mk. IV coat after making a test coat. Reading through the process of the test coat has reinforced that I need to make a test coat first.

There is going to be so much work put into this coat. Seeing as I have no idea where to start making a pattern from scratch, I’m going to start with the same pattern I used for Harry’s Inverness coat. I’m also going to try to find a book or two that can guide me in this process of altering a pattern so I don’t have to use a ton of muslin before I get it right.

But reading Steve’s blog really helps. I now have a much better idea of all the details that went into that coat. I’m also mentally keeping track of little things that I might be able to get away with leaving out. Just little things that don’t affect the overall look, but wouldn’t make the coat completely screen accurate. Which I am fine with. I have realized that there are some things that don’t need to be completely screen accurate. The overall accurate look is what I’m going for.

So, slowly, soon I’ll be posting about my own journey toward making my Ten Coat. I’m hoping between reading Steve’s journey and notes, and taking my time, I’ll be able to create the coat I want to go with my Blue suit and finally have the Tenth Doctor outfit I’ve been wanting for years.