This year I went to a con called Cos & Effect, a cosplay, costume, alternate-clothing and special-effects makeup convention. I have not worn a costume to a con in quite a while, so this year I went all out - and wore 5 (4 of which were brand new!). So, this is costume #1.The Secret of Kells
is a truly beautiful movie, and when I saw it, I wanted to cosplay the faerie Aisling. Originally I was going to make her outfit out of leftover fabric from my Tatterhood
(linen) and Donnie Darko
(faux fur) costumes. I tweeted Tomm Moore, the main man behind the film, about her outfit and discovered all
of it was supposed to be made of fur. I did not have nearly enough material leftover from DD to make everything, so after thinking it over and looking at my options, I ended up buying an old "cutter coat" off of ebay.
Out came the lining! Off came the sleeves. On came the cat!
I wanted the dress to be "Dark Age-y", so no zippers or buttons (or even lacing, for that time!). I used McCalls 6465
, and tweaked it so it was as tight as it could be, but still allowed me to pull it on over my head. I had to make it tight because fur is so fluffy, and in turn makes you look...fluffy. I reused my leftover TH linen for the lining, and used the lining as a pattern for the dress (simply by tracing it onto the fur).
The boots/leg warmers were not as medieval-y as I wished they were. I tried lacing them. Then velcro. A zipper was even considered. Eventually I put elastic in the tops of them - and after a while, they still fell down! My calves are non-existent, so I ended up pinning them to the tights I wore. I attached a bit of velcro to the tip of my shoes and the leg warmer, to prevent them from flopping around when I walked.
So, after some body paint, a 6-foot-long white wig and some big ol' fake eyebrows, my costume was complete!
I was pleasantly surprised with how many people recognized her. And though it's a bit warm to wear, I'd like to wear it again, maybe for Halloween or a fall convention. (Though the makeup was a pain. It was alcohol-based body ink, so while it looks great and stays put, removing it is unpleasant, and it really dries your skin out!)
Now all I need are some wolves. Or at least a white cat.
Thanks for looking! More pics can be found here