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?

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?