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Jul. 7th, 2010

don't diss the sonic

Spoilers! : The River Song Cosplay

River Song's dress from S05 - E04 "Time of Angels"

 A few months back, I decided that after I finished my Eleventh Doctor cosplay, I would do a River Song one. Well, I finally made it to that point, but it's proved to be quite difficult on such a low budget. The dress itself (pattern, fabrics, trim), cost $54. Now comes the wig and shoes, which were going to run me another $65. 

I have to stop right here and thank my fellow whovians with DFW Cosplay Gallifrey (check out our facebook page!) who rallied together to get the wig for me when I announced that I would have to put the cosplay on hold due to insufficient funds. Best. Cosplay. Group. EVAR.  Also, a really close friend of mine stepped in to get the shoes for me since he forgot about my 21st birthday last week. It was really awesome of him! 

Anywho, onto the details of the cosplay! 

I haven't started the dress yet, but I do have all the stuff to make it. Here's the pattern I will be using, with a few modifications. (Dress Pattern) I'm making the tops of the sleeves wider so they cover more of the shoulder, adding sheer sleeves for the arms, changing the placement of the pleats in the bust area, reducing the number of pleats in the skirt, and adding a slit to the skirt. 

While the dress is still unfinished, I can show the wig and shoes that I will be using. 

 There was no exact match for River's dressy hair in "Time of Angels." This was as close as I could get without buying a human hair wig. It is the "Roaring 20's Honey Blonde Wig." It ranges between $20 without shipping to $30 without shipping.

I actually found the shoes River wore with her black dress, but they are designer shoes that run over $600. Not exactly in the price range for a cosplayer on a budget. However, I did find some nice alternatives. They are $39.80 at seductionextreme.com. The photo on the top is what I will be buying. The photo on the bottom is of the actual shoes used in the show. 

Hope this is helpful for anyone else doing a River Song cosplay!


Jul. 6th, 2010

don't diss the sonic

Bowties Are Cool: How to Make an Easy Bowtie for a Cosplay

I had to make a bowtie for my 11th Doctor cosplay, so I figured I'd share the steps here!

1. Locate a tie in the color you want your bowtie to be. (Red or blue for the Eleventh Doctor, your choice for anything else.) You can find REALLY cheap ties at thrift and consignment stores.

2. Cut a rectangle from either the midsection or closer to the big end of the tie. (Depending on the size you want the bow to be.) I suggest the middle if you are doing the Eleventh Doctor.

3. Now, fold the ends you just cut under and hot glue them down. You want the edges to look nice. Some trimming may be required.

4. Now, grab the rectangle in the center and pinch it together. Make the folds into a W shape. The folds should all be the same height. On the insides of the folds, glue them together. This will hide the glue, so don't worry about it looking bad. Also do this on the back side. Hold the folds together until the hot glue is sufficiently dry.

5. Now, cut the thinnest part of the tie into a strip and wrap it around the center of your bowtie where you just glued. have the strips meet in the back. You can hot glue the pieces together, or sew them. (I recommend sewing. It makes the application of the bowtie to the costume much easier.) Trim the strip as needed. You may need to hot glue the underside of the strip to the front of the bowtie to help keep it in place.

6. Now you have a bowtie that is easily safety pinned to your costume! 

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial! And remember, BOWTIES ARE COOL! :D

And here are some pics of the bowtie I made in action!

And then this picture. Because I love it.

Jun. 15th, 2010

don't diss the sonic

So this is supposed to be a cosplay page...

 Well, I've dedicated this to all things cosplay - what goes into costumes, con experiences, public reaction to costumes outside of cons (Yup. wore a costume to Hobby Lobby once. XD), and other cosplay-ish things. Of course, this means you'll have to put up with me rambling about other things, too. 

So, to start off, me credentials. 

*whips out psychic paper*

Just kidding.

I've made three costumes:
Princess Serentiy from Sailor Moon 
Angela Petrelli from season 3 of Heroes
and the Eleventh Doctor from series 5 of Doctor Who
I'm also working on a River Song costume from series 5 of Doctor Who.

The Princess Serenity one cost me $200 to make, but never fear if you're trying to make one. I messed up a LOT during the sewing phase. It was incredibly ambitious for a first cosplay. XD

The Angela Petrelli costume cost about $100, though the only thing I ever bought was the suit. (JC Penny's, $60) I just had some other parts of the costume (Heroes symbol pendant from Comic-con, shoes, jewelry) that I added to it.

By far my cheapest cosplay, surprisingly, has been my Eleventh Doctor costume. It cost me a grand total of $18. Yes. $18. Granted, I already had the shoes and pants, but still. $18!!!! 

I'm working on that River Song cosplay (her dress from Time of Angels), and it should run me about $80 total.