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The down side to the extensive research I put in to my Flapper Doctor costume? I…

The down side to the extensive research I put in to my Flapper Doctor costume? I recognized Clara's dress this week as soon as I saw the beadwork - it's LeLuxe's Vamp in black/silver. The white version appeared in "The Artist" a few years ago!

I'll be at New York Comic Con this weekend! Very excited to bring my Zuul, Minio…

I'll be at New York Comic Con this weekend! Very excited to bring my Zuul, Minion of Gozar and SHIELD Agent Maria Hill costumes with me!

Now with vinyl repair! The soft top on my Jeep had some stitching go out, so I r…

Now with vinyl repair! The soft top on my Jeep had some stitching go out, so I replaced it. Took some doing but it's done!

This is a really great article for those of us who use weapons in our cosplay….

This is a really great article for those of us who use weapons in our cosplay. Keep these pointers in mind at conventions and you won't go wrong!

Finger Off The Trigger- Prop Gun Safety
Conventions all across the United States generally have a weapons policy. They can range either from ‘common sense’ to ‘EVERYTHING MUST BE TAGGED WITH RAINBOW COLORS’. So why are the latter policies necessary? Is the convention owner a fan of ...

I finally have time to go through my fabric! I have a pile of hems from prom dr…

I finally have time to go through my fabric! I have a pile of hems from prom dresses, and with the colors I have, I'm tempted to make a series of Disney Princess inspired clutch purses. This might have to be a thing.

Friday is Ghostbusters' 30th! I'll be attending a show at the AMC Rosedale in t…

Friday is Ghostbusters' 30th! I'll be attending a show at the AMC Rosedale in the evening (at an undetermined time due to Fandango site maintenance... sigh...) and then planning on hitting Granite City after! You're welcome to join me. Or rather, Zuul. :)

My roommate gave me her Luna wig tonight to possibly use for Rapunzel in Eastrid…

My roommate gave me her Luna wig tonight to possibly use for Rapunzel in Eastridge's fall production of Into the Woods. It's not as yellow as corn, though.
And it fits me.
Might have to style myself Stormborn.

I was interviewed on The World of Gozer about my Zuul costume. By far one of th…

I was interviewed on The World of Gozer about my Zuul costume. By far one of the most fun costumes I've ever done - and I'll certainly be wearing it again before the month is out!

Cosplay Interview with BodiceGoddess

I have some news from the World of Gozer! It seems the Goze has been putting the moves on some would be innocent cosplayer. So we sat down with the sensuallyspooky BodiceGoddess to find out what it

And then this happen

And then this happened - pin-up style photo op with ECTO-MN #Ghostbusters #ecto1 #cvg2014

Assembling a Costume: Step 3


Well THAT was a long jaunt between posts!  Since the last time I posted, I attended the local CONvergence in Bloomington, Minnesota, and had the opportunity to attend San Diego Comic Con.  It was a GREAT experience, especially in costume! { Read more }

Assembling a Costume: Step 2

Hello again!

CONvergence is A WEEK away and I’m working away on my projects!  Now that I have most of the items ordered, I thought it was time for another installment of this series.

In case you missed it, step 1 was Research.



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Assembling a Costume: Step 1

Hello all!

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve checked in with you but, I promise, that doesn’t mean I’m not hard at work!

With the local CONVERGENCE science fiction convention coming up, I thought it’d be a good time to give you a peek behind the curtain.  I wrote up pieces about a few of my costumes after-the-fact last year, but this year, I thought I’d get a jump on it and show you what my costuming process looks like from the very beginning.

I have a few costumes on deck for this year, but for the purposes of this post, I’ll focus on two:
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill from Marvel comics and “The Avengers” film from last year,
and Queen Susan of the Horn from The Chronicles of Narnia and, specifically, the “Prince Caspian” film from 2008

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What I’ve Been Working On, Fall 2012 edition

It’s been a busy summer, blog world!  Sorry I’ve been such an absentee.  Here’s what I’ve been up to.

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teamphotoblog: Olympic Nails!

I geek out about the Olympics. Like, a lot. I was bouncing on Friday night when I was prepping for the Opening Ceremonies, getting foodstuffs ready for the thirty or so people that came over to my mom’s house to hang out and watch the British show us how it’s done.  And by “bouncing,’ I mean, “in tandem with my cousin.”
So late last Tuesday night, before doing my costume pics, I did my nails for the Olympics.  After surfing Pinterest, I landed on the idea of making each one of my nails one of the Olympic rings.  I laid down a base coat of China Glaze “Fast Track” from the Hunger Games collection, which is lovely and gold.  I made the rings with the middle of a Q-tip and edged them with silver to cover for the fact that I smudged them a few times.

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I got my inspiration from this pin from polishpedia, and it turns out this is a popular idea, because now I’ve seen it on HelloGiggles!

And now that I’m getting better at design-y things, and my nails are getting longer, this could be a lot of fun.


Gallery Update and Outtakes from the Shoot

It’s been a long time coming – I was able to wrangle a photographer to take some more costume photos!  The gallery is refreshed with lovely CONvergence goodies – Jubilee, Rufio, and Katniss.  Special thanks to my BFF, Jenn Farmer, for bringing her good camera over and taking these shots!

A few of them were perfect for the gallery.  Here’s the few that are perfect outtakes.

As Jubilee, I was being overly critical of my “superhero” technique.  I didn’t remember how Jubilee rolled, but I knew it wasn’t with “kamehameha” or “hadouken,” and certainly not “jazz hands,” but we have shots of those.

As Rufio, I was climbing on the pieces of the yet-to-be-assembled play structure in my yard.  It was not, as they say, structurally sound.  Once I scaled it, however, I found I had an audience – my two-and-a-half year old Tiny Roommate and her father, watching from the kitchen window.  So I started making funny faces at them, and they turned out to be the best shots we got of the costume.  I love them.

As Katniss, there was a lot of spinning involved for the ruffles on the Girl on Fire dress, so some came out as a blur, and some came out with me stepping out of frame.  I used a couple of those anyway because the dress looked amazing!


CONvergence 2012: Hey! I made that!

One of the treats of the convention is walking around and seeing your work out there on other humans.  Here are just a few of those from CONvergence 2012:

Sam as Codex from the “Do You Want to Date My Avatar?” video

Meredith and Ryan as Mal and Inara from “Firefly” (Congrats on the engagement, you two! And nice Kaylee costume, Corryn!)

I also dyed and embellished the shirt for Ash from Alien.

In case you missed it, here are my other costumes from CONvergence 2012!
Jubilee from the X-Men
Penny from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog
Kaylee from Firefly
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
Rufio from Hook

CONvergence 2012: Hipster/Modern Jubilee from the X-Men


Source: via Maggie on Pinterest



Jubilee was a last-minute decision, someone I suddenly wanted to be in the heat of coming up with ideas immediately before CON.  I have short hair that’s perfect for the role, and this year’s theme is “Wonder Women,” so a comic book superheroine was in order.  I had recently purchased the cranberry skinny jeans at Target – a sale rack impulse buy at $7.  I’d had the blue corset for a couple of years.  A friend provided the glasses.  The gloves were a painstaking process of wanting to go one way with it (fiberoptics, LED or EL wire) and deciding to instead go easy on myself and use glitter.

It’s the jacket that sold it for me.  When I got the idea for Hipster Jubilee, I thought about it good and hard for a little while, wondering if I’d be able to execute the look properly.  So I hit Etsy.  Every hipster’s got to have something vintage, right?  So I looked for vintage yellow jackets.  And there it was.  A vintage canary yellow Jonathan Logan jacket with a wide lapel.  Perfect color.  Perfect fit.

I spent the entire night giving and receiving high-fives.  Worth it!

CONvergence 2012: Katniss’s Girl on Fire gown from “The Hunger Games”


Source: via Maggie on Pinterest


The “Girl on Fire” interview gown is described extensively in the book thusly:
“Because my dress, oh, my dress is entirely covered in reflective precious gems, red and yellow and white with bits of blue that accent the tips of the flame design.  The slightest movement gives the impression I am engulfed in tongues of fire.
I am not pretty. I am not beautiful.  I am as radiant as the sun.”


I read “The Hunger Games” immediately before I saw the film.  As soon as I read that passage, I was excited to not only see how it would translate to film, but to think about how I would design the gown myself.  I didn’t know for sure that I was even going to have this costume on hand until the Operation Glass Slipper warehouse sale.  I’ll need to go more in-depth about this wonderful organization later, but the long and short of it is that I was allowed to comb through racks and racks and racks of gowns and I found one that SCREAMED to be remade into the Girl on Fire gown.  I combed through a bin of formal shawls and grabbed complementary shades of reds and golds.  The technique I used on the skirt is an old one – you might recognize it a little from my Platinum Benedikta red carpet gown from two years ago.  I loved the technique when I learned it, and this seemed like a great time to make more ruffles.

Since I was toeing the line between the book representation and the film, I wanted ruffles along the bottom cascading up in fire shades.  The ruffles themselves are edged with bright metallic copper thread on the outside, and a variegated red-to-yellow thread on the inside, giving the edges of the ruffles a shimmering effect.  Once I finished the ruffles, I hung the dress on Eloise (my new dress form) and thought that something was lacking; that there was a disconnect between the flaming colors of the ruffled skirt and the more floral bodice.  That’s when I busted out my white chalk, drew a flame design wrapping all the way around the dress, and sewed it in with the lovely metallic copper thread.

While working on this process, I was suddenly reminded of why I learned to draw flames: the St. Paul Winter Carnival.  My dad was a Vulcan – the keepers of heat during the dark cold of winter, and the bringers of heat and spring.  It’s been a long time dream of mine to be a South Wind Princess in the Winter Carnival and, while that dream may have to go by the wayside as I get nearer and nearer to not being an eligible age, if I were to ever do it, I’d have this dress to wear, this gorgeous flaming dress.

CONvergence 2012: Rufio from “Hook”


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My love for this film has only grown in the twenty-one years since it came out.  I think that that’s probably because I’ve grown up, but made a concerted effort at not growing old.  It’s part of the reason I costume – it’s an excuse to play dress-up!

Rufio was FUN.  I got to run down hallways yelling “BANGARANG!”, hear folks shout “RU-FI-OOOOOOO” after me, and walk into party rooms and crow like Pan.  Totally worth it.

The costume itself is a pair of black jeans, a shirt with a ruffle neckline, and a faux-leather jacket with a few accessories.  Doesn’t sound too tough… and then you add the distressing and fringing elements.  Making all that fringe took a while, but as I cut and cut, the jacket looked more and more like Rufio’s, and that made it more than worth it.  The black jacket with a red lining was LUCK.  I found the jacket, shirt, and jeans at the Goodwill in Woodbury, MN.  Pure kismet.  The fringed “belt” is the bottom of an old turtle neck my mom gave me to use for fabric.  The moccasins were a Christmas gift from a while back, and I was lucky to find them in one of my boxes of stuff.  The tooth necklace, though – that was my roommate, Kathy, who majored in anthropology, and handed it over as soon as I told her my idea for this costume.