For Dragon*Con 2011, I decided I wanted to be Lorena Krasiki, from True Blood. In one episode, she tells Sookie "I would just love to rip you open and wear your rib cage as a hat", which has been a joke in a few online True Blood communities, since. So, I decided to wear a rib cage hat.
I decided to make this outfit:
Because it's beautiful and I want to wear this dress all the time, with or without fangs.
For my Lorena costume, I found a black strapless dress at a thrift store and shortened it. With Toria's help pinning & draping, I sewed the lace part as a seperate dress. It's made of stretch lace (which I found for $1.99/yard!), the collar is made from leftovers when I trimmed the underdress. I bought short black gloves from Party City and sewed on the pearls. Earrings also from Party City. For the rib cage hat, I bought a skeleton from Michael's, extracted the rib cage using a saw and pinned my hair in it. Fangs are the "small subtle fangs" from Scarecrow. They custom-fit to your teeth and are the best fangs on the market, short of getting True Blood's fang-guy to design you a pair (and if I had known he would be at Dragon*Con, I probably would have done that). The belt is from a thrift store.
with a Jessica
With Jareth & Sarah and my friend, Toria, who was Blue Totoro (we made her costume, too).
I'm pretty proud of this costume, especially since I think the dress is pretty and can be worn sans fangs and still be glamorous and pretty.
One of my favourite cafe/brunch places has cute decorations that change seasonally. In the fall, they had paper trees with paper owls on them. They were so cute! I was inspired to make one for my room. Instead of paper, I used foam board. Glued all the pieces together, painted it brown and used gold paint to make some swirly details.
I stuck some fabric leaves around the branches. When the cafe changed out the decor, they let me take some of the owls, which now live in my tree!
pretend you can't tell that my room is a disaster. kthanks.
So, back in February, a few of my friends and I took a trip to the most magical place in the world. Hogwarts (the replica in FL, I'm still waiting to hear back from Headmaster McGonagall regarding how to apply for Hogwarts Grad). I could claim that I made these shirts specifically for the trip, but that would be a lie. My bff & I made ours a while back and just had to make a few more for the other girls on the trip.
So, the red shirts don't have anything on the front yet. A) because I couldn't decide what to put (do I go cutesy with "nobody's hotter than harry potter" or "i'd get sleazy for ron weasley"? or do I go serious sirius with an actual book quote? SO MANY DECISIONS. I got 99 problems, but a snitch ain't one. B) that paint took, like, 35 coats to show up at all. I originally was going to put that logo on the front but it look a little, er, bizarre with the glasses over my ta-tas.
Next I stenciled MAKE LOVE NOT HORCRUXES, which, I know is all over craftster and that's because it's the best phrase and I love it.
p.s. Butterbeer is delicious.
the backs! I'm Ravenclaw, bff is Griffindor. The other two girls were Griffindor & Slytherin. We don't need no stinkin 'puffs. (No offense to 'puffs).
For the True Blood Season 3 finale, my best friend and I decided to make shirts celebrating our favourite character, Pam!
I made the stencil in Photoshop. We used the freezer paper technique. For the letters, I just used some cheap plastic letter stencils, which I went over in chalk before painting (thus why you may see some blue in the close up picture). I love how they turned out!
We also etched some wine glasses with fangs and blood drips, but I can't get a great picture of it. Any tips of photographing glass?
This past weekend was Dragon*Con, which if you don't know, is a giant (~30,000 attendees) convention for nerds. It's a giant party. It's the greatest weekend of the year. And now it's over. Until next year, for which I am, of course, already planning. On to the costumes!
Friday, I went as Rainbow Brite, based on her recent make-over:
not the original version we all know and love. Sorry, but it's so difficult to do the old version and have it look cute and I am not a very experienced sewer. It's not perfect, but people got it and I think it looked cute.
This is the only picture I have found of me before I lost the arm warmers.
My friend said the sleeves made me look like an American Gladiator, lol. The only part of this costume that I didn't actually make was the shoes, which are just an old pair of Airwalks that I painted. The barrettes and stars on the shoes are Sculpy.
Saturday morning, my friend and I teamed up as 2 versions of Stephanie, from Lazytown. Which, if you haven't seen, I don't know how to explain. It's a kid's show with crazy music and costumes and this pink haired girl named Stephanie who likes to exercise. Anyway, I was the PG Pirate version of Stephanie:
My friend was more creative with her PG-13 Cooking by the Book version of Stephanie...
All I did for this costume was make the vest out of an old t-shirt and tiwst a balloon sword (which was a piece of cake since I'm a clown/face painter/balloon artist IRL). I found the shirt and pants at a thrift store and already had the wig and pirate hat. In the show, Stephanie always wears pink/white running shoes, but I just wore pink flats.
Saturday night, Dragon*Con attempted to beat the record for most Star Trek costumes in one room. We beat out the former record with 571 costumes, but Guiness hasn't officially confirmed it. Anyway, I considered getting really creative and making some obscure Voyager Captain Proton reference or something, but decided a standard TOS dress would work. I also thought about not being a Red Shirt, but I'd be in communications, so I just accepted that I'd have to blend in with the crowd and wore 2 bump-its to feel special.
(with Dragon*KHAAAAAAN, lol).
For this, I bought an oversized t-shirt, took it in, added a collar, rick-rack and a comm badge and called it a day.
Sunday, I wore my Ravenclaw uniform that would never ever be approved for Hogwarts. Whatever, y'all, it's Dragon*Con.
With Kevin Sorbo, Hercules, who was kind of a perv, lol.
Found awesome turquoise vinyl at my favourite local fabric shop for $2/yard! WORD. Bought these three awesome bar stools for $25/each off Craigslist: (There are two of the square backed ones) Invited my friend and his canvas stretching experience to help out.
And turned them into AWESOME bar stools that go beautifully with my brown walls and turquoise curtains (made them too, but they aren't much to brag about. )
Shot of my cat on them.
Gratuitous shot of my cat on drugs.
P.S. Ignore the mess. I'd give an excuse, but I don't have one.