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Like many I grew up loving Disney. I had long wanted to make one of the classic animated princesses but it wasn’t until some friends proposed a group that I finally found time to make one.
I started with a store bought pattern but quickly found that it’s skirt would not fit the hoop-skirt I already owned and the bodice did not flatter me. To save time I used the unflattering bodice pattern as a starting point to draft my own, altering it heavily to fit and flatter me properly, and I created a simple drawstring waisted circle skirt to fit over my hoop-skirt. The sleeve caps and waist flounces were simple rectangular ruffles draped and arranged until I had the right look.
For the fabric I had originally fancied using a bold pattern, but chose against it as I wanted the costume to be immediately recognizable to children. I settled on a dull satin with a slight watermark pattern that was meant for curtains, it’s heavier weight made the skirt drape nicely and gave the bodice good structure. For the sleeves and waist flounces I chose organza from the bridal department that I felt matched well and also stayed within my budget.
Construction wise, the skirt and bodice were made to be slightly adjustable in size as I wanted to be able to lend it to my cosplay friends and accommodate my weight that often fluctuates with health issues. The skirt is four panels with pockets built into the seams and a ribbon drawstring, for comfort I was sure to use a wide ribbon as thinner ones tend to cut into the body painfully when used on a heavy skirt. The bodice was put together like a corset and features an inner strength layer under the blue satin, felled seams for steal boning, and lined. It was not meant for tight-lacing, but to have good support and a sturdy structure for slight body shaping. I owe a thank you to Heather at Scoundrelle’s Keep for selling me boning from her stash as my needs did not meet the minimum order requirements of most boning sellers. To add a little extra luxury to the top I machine ruffled organza ribbon for the neckline. The most tedious part was the arm openings and bottom of the bodice which had to be hand sewn as the the bulk of the fabric did not allow for turning out and I wanted as much neatness as possible.
For the signature headband I used one that I already owned and covered it in scraps from the dress. Instead of pearls that others often use for Cinderella I chose vintage crystal earrings as I have a love of rhinestones and they photograph well, and the choker is black velvet ribbon dressed up with a antique chandelier jewel and fitted with a silver chain clasp.
Finishing off the ensemble were store bought opera length gloves with an added a faux fur shrug for the cold weather. For the styling I had fun doing frosted/sparkly eye makeup paired with rosey lips, but the hair was the most difficult as I insisted on using my own. I accomplished the look by pulling it up high and wrapping it around a hair foundation, or rat, similar to how ladies in the 50’s did their high bouffants. This was nice as I didn’t have to tease my hair to get the volume for the shape, making it easier to take down later.
This costume currently remains unfinished as I have yet to find perfect glass slippers, so for now this Cinderella wears Converses under her ballgown. Though I kind of prefer it that way
During one of my recent jaunts in the game Bioshock I was, yet again, mocked by my far more hardcore-gamer sister. The reason for my torment? While navigating a hallway I froze in terror due to dust falling out of a dark hole in the ceiling.
My logic was sound; something had to move to make the dust fall, most of the time something moving is something trying to kill you, something trying to kill you = reason to be scared.
My sister and I then participated in a heated discussion about this as I stayed still in the game, debating how best to move forward.
Why are you so afraid?
There was dust.
Dust! There was dust falling out of the big hole in the ceiling!
Something made it fall! And that something is probably waiting to attack me!
It could just be falling dust.
No something made it happen, and it’s something that’s going to kill me!
You have guns!
Then you agree something is going to kill me!
No! But you have guns if something does! Just shoot it!
Why aren’t you afraid of things that make dust fall!?
Because I know I have guns and will just plow through it!
That doesn’t always work for me!!!
Eventually I moved forward and something came around a corner to kill me instead of the hole in the ceiling. IT WAS A TRAP. Luckily I was already on edge from the dust and quickly disposed of the surprise attack. +1 for me.
While some will make fun of me for my cowardice I can say this, my sister and I got about 10 minutes of fun and laughter out of falling dust. When was the last time you got such enjoyment out of something so simple? I have no intentions to hold back my overly startled reactions anytime soon, it’s more bang for my buck
Despite some of my earliest memories involving Dungeons & Dragons (aka D&D) I had never experienced the stereotypical D&D game; crawl a dungeon, kill monsters, get loot, victory! I like to blame this on having been raised by overly creative gamers. After too many years of gaming my father and his friends had long ago tired of premade campaigns, fictional races, and classes. All of my D&D memories revolve around their own creations that they invented out of boredom. With their owns classes and races, their lengthy home-made campaigns varied in inspiration from steampunk, to anicient Mayan myths, to the song “Rainbow Connection”.
After admitting to a friend I had not played a “real” D&D game I felt on odd sort of nerd-shame, as though I was lacking a punch hole on my geek credentials card. I had the silly notion that having never been “just an elf ranger” I would be banished from geek society by the over ruling nasty geek dictators that do such things.
With this in mind, I drafted my friends into a game that would be all the classic role playing game stereotypes. Everyone played classic archetypes. I chose to play a rogue and was joined by a paladin, a bard, and a wizard. The game was simply looting a dungeon whilst killing monsters, and to allow for quick fun and instant gratification I declared we would all be 20th level. Some silly house rules were set in place; considering my rogue’s high charisma the game master forced the paladin to do a saving roll every time I did an action to see if he avoided my charms, and the most impractical armour was given the highest protection abilities. With all this in place, and a table full of snacks, we were ready to play!
Here’s the run down of how the game went:
Minnesota is a little known hotbed of fandom and fashion, and sometimes the two influence the other.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a joint fashion show for local talent Scoundrelle’s Keep and Tara Reich. While Scoundrelle brought neo-victorian and steampunk to the stage it was Tara’s collection “Petracore” that won my geeky heart. Her collection consisted of wearable pieces inspired by the character Idris from Doctor Who.Tara followed the show by bringing out meticulously detailed reproduction of the costume from Doctor Who to display the source inspiration, it’s rich color scheme and distressed textures being the most prominent elements in her collection of looks. In Tara’s own words:
Photography by Joshua Spotts
“Petracore Is a collection that is inspired by the color pallette, textiles and style lines in the costume worn by Idris from Doctor Who. In Creating my recreation of my Idris costume I collected many different textiles and learned different textile manipulation techniques. This collection let me put those extra yards of fabric and new learned techniques into designs that have the essence of Idris with a modern twist.”
at Preview Night I had an awful mishap. I lost a Sonic Screwdriver.
Tadao had lent me his Sonic Screwdriver for fun and shenanigans that night, and at some point I lost it. I felt awful, I had committed some horrible “geek crime” as nasty as hating kittens or writing Mary-Sue fanfic. I tried to keep my composure as I thought of an appropriate apology and looked for a booth to purchase a replacement.
When we came across the Underground Toys booth I went to purchase a new screwdriver. As I picked up screwdrivers to buy Tadao would take them away from me and not let me buy a replacement, this happened several times before I huffed away to look at Adipose dolls instead. After getting a Time Lord Psychic Container I went to pummel Tadao for not letting me get him a replacement prop. He produced a Sonic Screwdriver he had gotten for me.
Hi there! I’m E.Sophia
Ubiquitous Geek Girl / Frequent Cosplayer / Friendly Person
You probably have seen me working at conventions, and now Dork Storm Press :D
Read more about me…
Steampunk clothing by Scoundrelle’s Keep
Photos by Straythings Photography
Thanks to model Rin for joining me.
Collection from my various zombie outings :3
next century magical girl
Monster High: Death Waltz
I finally found some time to finish these up, when i first started I had a whole paragraph in mind to put here, but really all it is is I wanted to design my own line of Monster High dolls so I did :)
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if u think ive forgotten bout my 1 tru waifu ur wrong
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!
Hello my lovely Tumblr Family! I’ve reached 1000 followers by my birthday! As such, I’ll be doing another giveaway!
What you’ll win:
~The Thermoplastic Combo in Large from CosplaySupplies.com
1 sheet of Wonderflex 43” x 27” and
1 sheet of Worbla 29” x 39”
~If you’re following me, I’ll buy you a 4.4oz bottle of Friendly Plastic to go with it, too.
Please read all of the rules before entering.
***There will be only 1 winner!***
- You must REBLOG this post. LIKES don’t count!
- You don’t need to be following me (but you’ll win more stuff if you are!)
- No Giveaway blogs allowed…because that’s just tacky ;) Side/cosplay-only blogs are okay.
- Reblog as much as you want, but let’s keep from spamming our friends, hm?
- Ask box MUST be open, and you have to be willing to give your address. I’m not a creeper, I promise ;)
- Contest ends on May 22nd. I’ll announce the winner on May 22nd at 6:30pm EST.
- If your ask box isn’t open, I’ll pick another winner. Winner will be chosen with a random number generator.
One stipulation: this post has to reach 1000 notes! Happy blogging, and good luck!!!
Cute girl Batman and Robin photoshoot! From Sofia Couture Designs on Etsy!
You may recognize these from the meme “Mom wanted them to be princesses but the girls wanted to be batman. This is the result.” I wish the meme had included the shop so everyone could buy these for their super-princesses!
Bosozoku Sailor Scouts!
SCREECHING INCOHERENT NOISES
holy shit girl you never fail to impress me! jesus frick
WonderCon was the perfect place to play with my app that turns photos into comics :)