Emerald City Comicon Recap

Yesterday, my whole family went to the Emerald City Comicon over in Seattle. My feet are screaming at me today, but we had a great time. A definite highlight was sitting in on a Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy, for those who don’t know him) interview/question and answer hour. Well, that AND the fabulous cosplayers. I enjoy that the most (you can see our photos from last year here).

Emerald City Comicon

EMERALD CITY COMICON

King Fergus and Queen Eleanor (AKA me and my husband).

Emerald City Comicon

This is the only photo we got as a family, and sadly, we were headed home, exhausted.

Emerald City Comicon

My Falafel spied Belatrix and Luna Lovegood, and had to have a photo with them. Super nice Mom and daughter. LOVE that people get into character when you ask for a photograph.

Emerald City Comicon

Uruk-Hai statue at the Weta Workshop booth. It is amazingly huge.

Emerald City Comicon

Curvy Catwoman. Rawr.

Emerald City Comicon

My husband and I were geeking out over these two. Hellboy 2 is one of my favorites, and they did a great job with the costumes.

Emerald City Comicon

Merida, meet….uh, Merida.

Emerald City Comicon

Moana was one of the sweetest women, and she gave my Falafel a green “heart” as a present for posing with her. She was handing these out to kids , and telling them to take care of the Heart of Te Fiti for her. My girl was THRILLED.

Emerald City Comicon

Super tiny-waisted Poison Ivy. Even with a run in her stockings, she looked FABULOUS.

Emerald City Comicon

Me and my Bee (The Queen and Merida).

Emerald City Comicon

Close up of that Uruk-Hai

Emerald City Comicon

This was another highlight. These guys are still rock-stars to me. LOVE the Weta workshop team. I was a little tongue-tied and star-struck. The convention is a little bit of a sensory overload, and I have such trouble focusing. Nothing like thousands of people to throw off my concentration.  He, on the other hand, was incredibly nice and seemed right at home.

Emerald City Comicon

I don’t have a seperate post for my costume because I finished it right before we went (um, like the night before). That dress was a beast to make. I used a Simplicity costume pattern, that I had to muslin the heck out of. The pattern pieces didn’t even resemble the originals after I was done. The wig is actually two wigs. I cut up a black wig to add some length to the brown one. Not being a fan of wigs (I find them cumbersome and itchy), I am glad I don’t need to wear it anymore, but glad it did the trick for my costume.

We were stopped quite a bit for photos, so if you happen to see any on social media, please let me know!

Wee Dingwall cosplay

Today I am sharing the easiest of all our costumes, Wee Dingwall cosplay for our Falafel. You can see Fergus here, and Merida here.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

I had trouble finding the exact tartan for this, so I just went with this flannel. It is different from the one I found for Fergus. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to track down matches for both of them. Ultimately, unless you are obsessed, or looking at a photo, you wouldn’t know, right?

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

My girl was trying to make a Dingwall face, but she ended up just being silly. A lot.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

I followed the same tutorial for making her kilt, as I used for this one. And I made her brooch the same too.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

The hair is tricky. We have tried everything to get it to be a different color (without dyeing it), including smashing up white eyeshadow, and making a paste. But nothing worked. So I think she will have to go with her natural brown. I just put a little oil in her hair and used the blow dryer on it for these photos. For the actual day, we have gelatin to put in. That should do the trick.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

For fun and a touch of whimsy (and really just to make her giggle) I used banana fabric as the liner of the sporran.

  Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

Totally works.

My Falafel wasn’t thrilled with this costume choice, but I think she makes it pretty great. Not too many girls in Brave, if you aren’t Merida. We’ll see if anyone recognizes her!

Fergus from Brave cosplay

Welcome, if you are here from the Cali Fabrics Blog! And Welcome back to everyone else! As you may know, my family and I are headed to the local ComicCon in about a week, and of course, that means I made our costumes. We are going as the royal family from the movie Brave. You can see The Bee’s Merida costume here. I finally talked my husband into doing a Fergus cosplay. It was a bear of a costume. heh.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

 I didn’t realize how many fiddly little components there were, until I started to make it. My favorite, though is his bear cape.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

Cali Fabrics supplied me with this incredible Black Mongolian Faux Fur, that I knew would be perfect. You can read more about it over on my post on the Cali Fabrics Blog. The only thing I did to it, was add a chain to connect both sides. Done and done.

That brooch was made from a yogurt container lid that I cut the center out of and painted. The stick that fastens it is a wooden chopstick painted the same color. I’d say, that component was the most difficult to troubleshoot. I went through all the viable materials, in my head, until I came up with good ol plastic lids (which we seem to never run out of).

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The sporran and sash were made with this dark brown distressed leather look fabric, which Cali Fabrics also provided me with, and sewed up quite nicely. It is more of a grey, in real life, though. Nonetheless, it sewed up like buttah.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The kilt fabric, I found on Etsy from Fabric LA. It was shipped super quickly and arrived in perfect condition, faster than I anticipated. To make it into a kilt (or a faux kilt) I followed this fantastic youtube tutorial.   I forgot to photograph the back, so you’ll have to trust me. It is pleated nicely.

Jim made the belt buckle by taking the base of a banana holder, and sawing off parts. Then he connected it to a weightlifting belt, and put it on backward. After these photos, I actually stained it a darker color, and like it even better.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The tunic is a piece of leather someone gifted me on the Buy Nothing Project! It is ideal for this project! I punched holes in it along each side, and then cut a thin strip of leather to lace it up with. No sewing required. And The Bee actually knitted the chainmail. I thought about making real chainmail (for about 30 seconds), and then quickly came to my senses.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The helmet is a kid’s viking helmet we found thrifting, and the hair is just orange yarn, teased and hot glued on. It is my husband’s least favorite component of this costume. Without it, I think he looks like he belongs on the Game of Thrones (which, honestly, he would like so much better).

Fergus from Brave cosplay

FInally, the peg leg. Cheese Louise, that one was tricky. In the end, I took a stocking, cut it into a tube, slid it on his leg, then stuffed it randomly with batting.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

My husband plans on shaving his beard like Fergus, but he is waiting for the actual day. He doesn’t have as much padding as the character, but I think people will get the gist. He’s “lean” Fergus.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

I can’t wait to share my costume with you, but I suppose I should finish it first (YIKES)! Wish me luck! I will share what I made our Falafel, this week. It may give you a giggle. It certainly does for me.

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**Even though I recieved some of the components for this costume, as always, my opinions are mine, mine, mine.

Comicon 2016

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

As you may know, I took our girls to Comicon on opening day. My poor husband had to work, and missed out on all the fun. Luckily I did end up taking a few photos.

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap: Weta Workshop crew

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Above in the photos, that was one of the nicest Storm Troopers ever. And those paintings? Made from jelly beans.

This was the first time we had ever gone to Comicon, and I think the best word to describe our experience is “overwhelming“. There were thousands of people and the convention center is huge. When we arrived, The Bee was impressed by the giant sign they had (and it was written on our passes) “Cosplay is not Consent“. It seemed to ease any anxiety she had about being out there in a tight costume. You never know what to expect from a large crowd of people. But what we got was respectful behavior from everyone. Seriously. I think the people were one of the highlights. She also had a lot of requests for photos! About every 5 feet or so, I would look around, and she was posing with someone else (so keep an eye out for her on social media everywhere). Even my Falafel was getting requests, especially from the little kid crowd. It was completely adorable. I got lots of compliments on my costume, but I was the designated pack mule for the day, so no photos of me. Believe it or not, there were three other Lady Thors there!

One of the highlights for me, personally, was seeing some of the weta workshop crew. They are just amazing, and in my book, are complete rock stars of the movie magic world. I was frozen in awe. My kids were laughing at me.

Overall, we had a very memorable day. This Spring Break has been so much fun!

Have you ever gone to a Con?

From Trash to Mjolnir: DIY Thor’s Hammer

If you recieve my newsletter, you know that we are preparing to go to Comicon this year. As you may have guessed, we are all wearing cosplay costumes. I am working on them right now. Can you guess what I am going as? I will give you a hint: From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

Did you guess the god of thunder and lightning?

Today I am sharing how I made Thor’s Hammer from common items in your recycling bin. From Trash to Mjolnir.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

It all started with a box. My husband brought me this small box he had from work, when I told him that I wanted to make a Mjolnir Purse! That man knows me.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

If you want to make your own Hammer bag, you’ll need your own rectangle box with an attached lid, a hot glue gun, paint, styrofoam to-go container, toilet paper tubes (or a paper towel tube), strap, fabric, and strong glue (like E6000).

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

To get started, I hot glued designs around the edges of the box. Then took the toilet paper tubes and unwound them, then rewound them tightly into a handle. It would be easier with a paper towel tube, but we don’t ever buy them, so I was working with what I had.  I made small cuts around the bottom of the handle so that it could lay flat on the box.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

Next,  I hot glued the handle to the top of the box. I covered where the tube meets the box with some hot glue. I also cut out two panels of the styrofoam, hot glued those on to the sides, and etched a design using a chopstick.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

I painted the whole thing silver and added a little black for the shading.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

I cut a strip of brown vinyl fabric that was in my stash, and hot glued it to the handle. The last thing I did was to make a strap out of that same vinyl fabric. I did sew it, but you could also use glue, if you want, or even an existing strap. E6000 was used to glue the strap on to the sides because they will need to be extra secure.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

It opens and closes like a normal box.

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

And now I have my very own Mjolnir Purse!

From Trash to Mjolnir: Making Thor's Hammer Purse

The best thing is, I used up things I had to make it.

I think that makes me worthy.

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How about you? What have YOU made lately?

 

Cosplay Challenge

Over at Project Run and Play, the next challenge is the Cosplay Challenge where you need to “create an outfit inspired by the cosplay craze” but not a costume.

Now this is right up my alley! If you have been reading for a while, you know how much I love creating these kinds of outfits like Doctor Who, and Star Wars, and even Black Widow (although that was a costume) and more Doctor Who and Merida (which is a costume too). Come to think of it, I love making costumes, just as much.

When I read what this theme was, I drew a blank!  My well was dry. I think, because I have done quite a few of these already, I was creativly tapped out. So I went to my child who I sewing for and asked her what she would like. Her answer actually surprised me!

Belle cosplay-inspired dress for the Cosplay Challenge

Cosplay Challenge

My Falafel requested, very specifically, Belle’s peasant outfit from Beauty and the Beast! When I saw what the contestants made, I actually was shocked to find that Sewing Mama RaeAnna sewed up a Belle-inspired outfit too! Hers is the fancier ballroom yellow gown, but really what are the odds we both would choose the same movie from 1991?!

Belle cosplay-inspired dress for the Cosplay Challenge

I used the same pattern as I used for the Jane Austen inspired Regency dress, and made the same alteration to the pattern by adding  ribbon instead of elastic through the waist casing. This time, though I made it with long sleeves and a shorter length.

Belle cosplay-inspired dress for the Cosplay Challenge

I also added a panel of white to the skirt portion of the dress to mimic Belle’s apron, and box pleated the whole thing.

Belle from Beauty and the Beast cosplay-inspired dress for the Cosplay Challenge

I have to admit that I love how Belle is a character that loves books AND she falls in love with the Beast even though he is not a pretty package. She sees past all that. Strong, smart, girl of substance. AND she’s French. I can see why Falafel chose her.

Belle cosplay-inspired dress for the Cosplay Challenge

Remember the bag of sheets I was talking about?

Belle cosplay-inspired dress for the Cosplay Challenge

Well, I used more of them for this outfit! The sleeves are from that same white sheet, and the blue is a very worn flannel. Perfect for my comfort-loving girl.

Belle cosplay-inspired dress for the Cosplay Challenge

This is the first peasant dress I have ever made for her, and she loves it!

Belle cosplay-inspired dress for the Cosplay Challenge

I love repurposing those sheets!

Are YOU sewing along too?

Black Widow Costume

Both my girls want to be very strong woman characters for Halloween. I LOVE that so much, that when my almost 16 year old came to me with her request, I could not refuse, even though this particular costume is a tad mature.

Here is the original:

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And here is the one I made:

Black Widow Costume/ cosplay

Black Widow Costume

This costume is no joke. From far away, it may just look like a simple form fitting one-piece jumpsuit. But in actuality, there are so many details! So let me break down what I did for you.

Black Widow Costume/ cosplay

I originally wanted to use scuba knit or something thicker, but then I saw this Matte Black Lycra Lame with 4 way stretch fabric from Cali Fabrics (who awesomely donated 2 out of the three yards). This stuff is amazing. I have never worked with it’s equal. The stretch is incredible, but it almost looks like leather. Great recovery, although slippery as all get-out. I used the Skinsuit pattern by Jalie patterns (which she generously supplied for this project). Holy crud balls people. I had never used any of Jalie’s patterns before this, and I really loved it. Easy to follow instructions. They are in French first, but the English is next to it. I like the use of space for the instructions and diagrams. Less to print but all the info is there. My girl’s measurements are all over the map, so I took a chance of going by her bust measurement and sewing up a woman’s 6. It fits her like a glove. Or like a superhero outfit.

Black Widow Costume/ cosplay. Ammo gloves made from cotton swabs and toilet paper tubes

Speaking of gloves….I used Melissa’s (from Rebel and Malice and a fellow Upcraft *affliliate link*teammate) free pattern for fingerless gloves found here. I printed her pattern, made it a little larger, omitted the lining, and took in the thumb hole just a bit.

Black Widow Costume/ Cosplay

The “ammunition” bracelet is actually a toilet paper roll cut in half, then slit vertically (to make a cuff), then I painted it black, and sewed on a tiny strip of elastic so it wouldn’t pop off of her arm.

I then hot glued q-tips on, painted them black, and added tiny sliver dots.

Black Widow Costume/ Cosplay

I just free-handed the eagle patch on her shoulders with some silver paint. It was the last thing I did to it. Honestly I didn’t even notice she had patches on her shoulders until I double checked the images I was searching. If I sewed a patch, it would have been too bulky, so painting was the perfect choice.

Black Widow Costume/ Cosplay

BTW I tried straightening her hair for the photos, but my girl has red hair with a mind of it’s own. It held for approx. 5 seconds before curling again.

The belt is just a simple tube of fabric that I top stitched and added velcro to. I painted the black widow belt buckle on in red and silver paint.

Black Widow Costume/ Cosplay

The leg harness contraption was funny to come up with. I emptied my stash of straps, that I hoard keep, into a pile and searched for ones that fit. They are from discarded bags and random things I cut off of objects. You never know when you may need a strap or two. Clearly.

I had my daughter try it on, while I measured each strap where it would go. I made her stand there while I sewed each one, so she could try it on as I went.

Black Widow Costume/ Cosplay

We skipped the weapons. I still think she looks badass without them.

I tried to get as much detailed (movie) geekery into this one. She loves it.

What costumes have YOU made?