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Costumes are humming along for "The Glass Slipper" at The Loft Stage @ East Ridg…

Costumes are humming along for "The Glass Slipper" at The Loft Stage @ East Ridge HS! I'm very proud of my crew and the work we've gotten done so far. It'll be very exciting to see it all come together on the stage!
Tickets for the shows - Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd - are currently on sale at http://theloftstage.org/


The Loft Stage
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The Loft Stage at East Ridge, a 938 seat state of the art facility, is home to East Ridge High School Band, Choir and Theater as well as the primary venue for Woodbury Community Theater, East Metro Symphony Orchestra and many of our community's best fine arts events.

Spending the afternoon at the MNSOC Garage Sale at the Geek Partnership Society…

Spending the afternoon at the MNSOC Garage Sale at the Geek Partnership Society space in the Waterbury building in Minneapolis! Come buy things so I don't have to move with them!

Excited to see more Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She's very rapidly b…

Excited to see more Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She's very rapidly becoming my favorite character to cosplay, and I'm excited to see where else they take her so that I can go along, too.


AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Promises More Maria Hill and Teases AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
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**SPOILERS FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER** With arguably its best episode to date, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. went through a complete retooling last night in the wake of Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s universe changing events....

Signs you might love a costume a little too much? You write memos about costume…

Signs you might love a costume a little too much? You write memos about costume repairs... in the voice of the character you cosplay as. So that happened today.

From the Desk of Agent Maria Hill
Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division

Memorandum
Captain Rogers and Agent Romanov

Repairs to The Coat have been completed. A drop point has been established in an unmarked SHIELD vehicle at [REDACTED].

SHIELD staffers would like to request that Captain Rogers not zip up the coat with so much gusto in the future. The coat is as vintage as he is and does not have the benefit of super-soldier serum to hold up to his showboating.

The supplies left in SHIELD custody after February's Operation [REDACTED] are also in the vehicle. They are to be returned to Agent Romanov immediately, as all traces of this operation have been erased.

Also of note: transportation for next week's operation is being researched. Further instruction to follow.

The drop point will be active until 5:30PM Central Time.

Maria Hill
Commander (SHIELD)

Very, very excited to be spending my evenings at The Loft Stage @ East Ridge HS,…

Very, very excited to be spending my evenings at The Loft Stage @ East Ridge HS, costuming their spring play, "The Glass Slipper!" We've got the color scheme and costumes for the main characters mapped out and started. I'm such a procrastinator in my personal costuming that it's funny to me to see it come together so quickly!

What I'm working on this weekend: repairs to the Cap's jacket. I might be too ex…

What I'm working on this weekend: repairs to the Cap's jacket. I might be too excited, but I'm good with it.

Found some really great artwork on Pinterest today thanks to my college friend M…

Found some really great artwork on Pinterest today thanks to my college friend Marie, and the plans for my Assassin's Creed costume are coming along nicely!
Here's the artwork that will definitely inform this costume: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/264023596879033715/


Alamut by ~thegryph | Costume Inspiration and Sourcefile | Pinterest
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Doing a quick test, folks! Let's see if this post ends up on www.bymaggie.com!

Doing a quick test, folks! Let's see if this post ends up on www.bymaggie.com!


bodice goddess by maggie
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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 ta...

Home after an amazing weekend at Marscon. Once again, I'm reminded of how lucky…

Home after an amazing weekend at Marscon. Once again, I'm reminded of how lucky I am to live in an area with so many other talented artists. I had the chance to debut Jubilee 2.0 this year, and met a ton of people while in my SHIELD uniform. Felt great to come out of hibernation!

A wild MAGGIE appears! Next week, myself and a few of my costuming friends will…

A wild MAGGIE appears!
Next week, myself and a few of my costuming friends will be appearing as costumed hostesses at the Edward Hopper opening at the Walker Art Center! Come check out the exhibit, sip some old-timey cocktails, hop in the photo booth (see what I did there?), and enjoy art for FREE. It's Free Thursday at the Walker, too!


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Assembling a Costume: Step 3

WHEW!

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.

Step 2: BUY ALL THE THINGS!

ALL OF DEM

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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

Inspiration:

Source: geek-art.net via Maggie on Pinterest

 

Execution:

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”

Inspiration:

Source: beautyandbrainsblogger.wordpress.com 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.”

Execution:

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”

Inspiration:

Source: Uploaded by user via Maggie on Pinterest

 

Execution:

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.