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Topic: Major Margarita: The Happy Hour Heroine (Adult Pinewood Derby Costume)  (Read 5617 times)
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« on: July 24, 2011 10:36:31 AM »

For the last 4 years I've participated in an Adult Pinewood Derby.  In addition to making cars using the official boyscout kit (but usually not with the official boy scout rules) we make dioramas, wear costumes, eat, drink and smack talk.   Especially drink and smack talk.



This year we had a new host and a Derby Theme: Super heroes and Super Villians.  I had decided previously to this that my fantasy super power would be "being able to make it 5 o'clock where ever I was" and from there I built my character: Major Margarita: The Happy Hour Heroine...



who, with her sidekicks Private Label: The Hooch Pooch & General Garnish: Olive Dog, fights for your right to party!


(My sidekicks were unable to attend the event as they were dealing with a mixer emergency on the other side of town).

The dirty (martini) details:
A reconstructed child's pro-wrestler belt toy from the dollar store for the belt.  Repainted a less chrome-y steel & silver color, an Always 5 Oh! Clock with spinning clock hand, sparkle vinyl, black vinyl...



and on the other side a holster for the Sunset Gun (see below).



Turns out that a US Army Major's insignia is an oak leaf, but since that wouldn't fit my theme I chose a lime wedge for the chest detail insignia.  The cocktail swords were removable just in case some Overtime Overlord needed a stab.



I added gauntlets with agave cactus patches



I picked up a couple of water weapons at the dollar store



that I repainted, then filled with margaritas which I shared with the other derby racers.


(Left: Sunset Gun and Right: Make It A Triple, which mounted on my left wrist (there are 3 holes that margaritas shoot out of)

What you can barely see is that there is matching green garter on my left thigh with a pocket for a mini-flask.  Here's an action shot of Major Margarita taking a good luck swig at the beginning of her first race.



COSTUME CATASTROPHE: I didn't have time to get pics of me posed in my costume before the race, so I thought I'd get back into it and shoot some the next day.  It was SOOO hot/sweaty in that dress (made of swimming suit fabric) AND my weapons leaked margarita all over it that I decided to wash it first.  The color was RUINED!  The hole thing lost a lot of the green and sparkliness and where my belt was it lost ALL the green.  Now it's the uniform of a washed up has-been of a super hero.   Cry  Luckily, there was no shortage of photographers (some actual pros) at the party.  The top photo is by Daniel Root (http://www.danielrootphotography.com/#) who took portraits of us all and I can't wait to see the rest!

My car (seen above): Quittin' Time Bar Cart is posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386228.0

Past years:
2010, Egyptian War Chariot: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355463.0
2009, Slogo the Driving Slug: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315638.0
2008, Vampire Scouts: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260397.0
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2011 10:41:01 AM »

This is brilliant! Love the margarita-shooting guns Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2011 10:48:38 AM »

Thanks!  I had great fun with it!  A word of warning, your margaritas start tasting like plastic after a couple of hours, so it's best to not fill the guns completely, then empty (into mouths) and refill throughout your event.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2011 02:11:43 PM »

What a great outfit - very colorful and complete!

Love the side-kicks.  Cheesy

Sorry your costume literally melted down.  Tongue I hope you'll be able to recreate it for further fun adventures!
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011 03:01:13 PM »

Thanks so much!  I do wish I'd had time to do some kind of headpiece, but I didn't. 

Even before it was ruined, I couldn't think of another time to wear it so I doubt I'll go through the expense and effort to remake it.  I will probably use the same pattern to make my Halloween costume, though.
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2011 06:48:31 PM »

Well I think your actual super-power is Detail Dynamatrix! I love it all.
Bet your belly took a few spins throughout the day, huh?
And I'm certain the laundry catastrophe must have driven you to drink cuz, you know, you could have totally worn that dress again!
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2011 08:32:56 PM »

This is just too damn good for words.  Thanks for posting.
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2011 07:08:42 AM »

Well I think your actual super-power is Detail Dynamatrix! I love it all.
Bet your belly took a few spins throughout the day, huh?
And I'm certain the laundry catastrophe must have driven you to drink cuz, you know, you could have totally worn that dress again!

Thank you!  I think you are the Detail Bynamatrix with your Terrific Tailoring Talents!

This is just too damn good for words.  Thanks for posting.

Aw, shucks, Bascom!  No shovel necessary here.
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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2011 03:05:44 PM »

What the what! Super, insanely, unbearably jealous! That event sounds AMAZING! Off to be depressed that I don't get to have that kind of fun....and add this to the "holy crap, what am I going to be for Halloween" ideas list.
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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2011 05:02:37 PM »

What the what! Super, insanely, unbearably jealous! That event sounds AMAZING! Off to be depressed that I don't get to have that kind of fun....and add this to the "holy crap, what am I going to be for Halloween" ideas list.

Why, thank you!  Mine is technically a uniform, but yours would be a costume.  Wink
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