Inara, v2.0

Inara, v2.0

A bride wanted this Inara dress for her Firefly wedding. I love that people are doing cosplay weddings, so much fun! She asked this version be in a truer red, and preferred the corset sash option. (I think I should have made the original with a corset sash, it does look much better) Anyway, here it is…

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Inara’s details

Inara’s details

Here are a couple closer shots of Sarah’s Inara inspired dress from Jody and Sarah’s engagement shoot. The dress is actually 3 pieces, the maroon satin under dress, the raw silk tunic, and the sash. Both the under-dress and the tunic wrap like kimono, and either can be worn on it’s own. The maroon dress is made from a matte heavyweight satin, and the sleeves from a lightweight chiffon. It’s designed to trail slightly, and be a little shorter in front. The sleeves are slit on the upper arm, with a small button at the elbow. They are attached to the dress only at the shoulder.

The tunic is cut from an iridescent burgundy/purple/green fabric with the feel of raw silk.  Specialty silk fringe trims the edges. The sash is made from an embroidered satin fabric and simply knots in the back. This was quite a lot of fun to make, I’m adding it to the shop as a custom order, no two dresses will be exactly alike.

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Firefly engagement photoshoot

Firefly engagement photoshoot

Some friends of mine did a great engagement photo session with my talented friend Bonnie Heath. The theme was Firefly, with a gender-bent twist. My friend Lizerati did the jewelry, and Ashley Skelly did the makeup and hair. I made the costumes. Here’s a sneak peek, but be sure to check out the whole set for the surprise ending…

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A Tale of Two Khaleesi

A Tale of Two Khaleesi

I’ve been asked to make a few outfits for people cosplaying Danaerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. Two of my favorites were not strict copies, but costumes intended to simply reference Dany’s Dothraki riding outfit.

The first was for go-go dancer Angie Starr. She wanted something sexy and easy to move in, a costume to accompany her and her three mischievous dragons as they “terrorized” photoshoots and dragon*con ballrooms. The top was made from a woven wool and nylon blend fabric, triple washed then hand-dyed for softness and color. Strands of the original fabric were removed and replaced with hand woven bits of leather and twine. The straps were braided bits of unravelled silk cording, again pre-washed for softness. The closures were crafted from cast brass findings, distressed and sealed, with double pointed metal pins.  The skirt was double layers of soft faux-suede topped with re-purposed vintage chains, suede lace and brass findings for the belts.

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test fit on Angie

Angie and her dragons,  with Sarah and Ashley

Angie and her dragons,
with Sarah and Ashley

The second outfit was simply intended to reference Khaleesi, and was created to wear to festivals and other non-cosplay events as well as DragonCon. The top starts with the same material, but there is less of the handweaving, replaced instead with brass grommets, braided leather, and a large vintage buckle closure.  The skirt is long and more full, with extra layers to allow for sitting on the ground. It is also decorated with grommets, brass studs and a brass buckle closure. Shown here with a wool John Snow cape made for another client.

Khaleesi goes to Burningman

And here’s a picture of it from DragonCon, with a most excellent Khal Drogo:

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More Danaerys costumes coming soon…

Legendary Aphrodite

Legendary Aphrodite

For the 2015 SMITE tournament, Angie, who cosplayed the traditional Aphrodite last year, came to me and asked about making the Legendary version for her this year.

screenshots of this skin:

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Once again this stuff is so easy when your model basically looks like the character, but here are shots of the finished product:

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The wig she chose was extremely heavy so we made the crown oversized to help keep it forward. Also, the shoe detail was a lot of fun:

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Aphrodite Cosplay for SMITE

Aphrodite Cosplay for SMITE

I’m guilty, like a lot of people I know, of letting the ease of Facebook kill my daily blogging. My apologies to everyone (including myself) for that, and here’s to trying to write real entries again that are more than a couple of sentences!

First, to catch up on some projects I really enjoyed. I’ve made two costumes in the last year for the same video game character, Aphrodite from the SMITE series. This is the first one, based on the original character skin. The model is Angie Starr. This was a super fun project to work on, and this spring Angie and I re-visited the character based on a new Legendary skin for the SMITE championship tournament. I’ll post those photos tomorrow.

Aphrodite v 1.0

Aphrodite v 1.0

Aphrodite v 1.0

Aphrodite v 1.0

Aphrodite v 1.0

Aphrodite v 1.0

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Aphrodite v 1.0

Aphrodite v 1.0

Aphrodite v 1.0

Aphrodite v 1.0

weekend at DragonCon

I wish I’d gotten better photos of the costumes I made, but oh well. Maybe more will surface, we certainly got our pictures taken a lot.

I made this Game of Thrones dress for my friend Aimee.
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(not sure who took this picture, maybe Aimee’s friend?)

This is the best pic I can find so far of Wayne as Kratos. see watermark for credit
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Here’s one I took of us in the room, I really hope someone has a shot of my costume, it was a rather ingenious feat of engineering.

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I made another costume, basically Little Red Riding Hood’s revenge, but people kept stepping on my train, so it didn’t last long. I’ll have to do another shoot with it this fall. That and a modified version of the Daenerys dress will go in the shop soon.