Why This Costume: For a long time, I’ve said that I need more geek chic outfits for chill and judging days at conventions. When I was asked to judge at Fan Days last fall, I was stumped on what to wear. I wanted to be comfortable, but still wear my work. I’d made this dress as a stashbuster project in late 2016, and with a little accessorizing, I pulled together a new comfy con outfit!
This was a fairly straightforward project. I used the Davie dress from Sewaholic and sewed it up in the same materials as my Rogue bodysuit. I made the same alterations as I did on my last dress, making sure to take up the armhole a bit. For a little extra flair, I hemmed the skirt with 1/2″ horsehair braid.
To create the rest of the ensemble, I raided my other Rogue costumes. I used my go-to Rogue wig (which is just about at the end of its life, sadly), the jacket I made for Kotobukiya Rogue, pulled out some green tights I purchased for a Poison Ivy costume that never happened, and wore my green flats I maid for Sailor Ariel.
Thoughts on this build:
All in all, this was a nice palate cleanser. Next time I need to pay more attention to how my lines look under my costume (nothing like muffin top tights!), but it fit the bill for a comfy and cute judging costume.
The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick put together another fantastic link-up: Fandom Friday! I’ve been looking for an opportunity to share some of my non-sewing interests with you guys, and I love this idea. It’s a great way to share some of the influences on my crafts!
Today, let’s talk about the geeky fashion I need to have in my life.
1. Sailor Moon corset from Castle Corsetry. Honestly, I could live in Lauren’s corsets. I’ve talked about my Rogue corset before, and it’s phenomenal. I still really want her geeky print corsets as well as her House Targaryen corset, but this one is definitely going on my birthday wishlist. It’s absolutely gorgeous!
2. Geeky print leggings. I wear a lot of tunics and dresses with leggings, so I’d love to incorporate more geeky print leggings in my wardrobe, like these Disney villains leggings from Black Milk.
3. Rogue t-shirt. Some days, spandex isn’t appealing, but I still want to sport my favorite X-lady. I’d love to have one of these for casual con days or just running to the comic book shop!
4. Moogle hoodie. Moogles are adorable. End of story. I’d love a moogle hoodie to run around in on those con days that I just don’t feel like getting in full costume. I’ve only seen moogle hoodies for sale on this site (I so wish CholyKnight still sold these! I want one of hers!), but I think I’d like to make one myself for more customized options. I think that might be my sewing challenge for next month!
5. Comic book shoes. Hnnnn… Love these shoes. There are lots of options to DIY them if you’re on a budget, but I think I might purchase some off of etsy since I can’t stand the idea of destroying my comics 😛 I want some Captain Marvel ones!
And just a bonus since I missed last week, my top five gateway fandoms!
1. X-Men: The Animated Series: I watched this show religiously as a kid. Every Saturday morning! This show is what initially drew me into comics and my favorite X-Lady, Rogue!
2. The Harper Hall of Pern: Definitely my favorite fantasy series growing up. I picked up a collected copy of the Harper Hall of Pern from a garage sale that I still have to this day. The spine has completely fallen off, but I love the stories so much that I can’t stand the thought of parting with it!
3. Sailor Moon: Another childhood Saturday morning staple! I watched the original dub on TV when it came to the U.S. I stopped watching anime for a brief period following college (trying to do this whole “grown up” thing), but immediately fell back in when I heard about Sailor Moon Crystal.
4. Star Wars: My nerdiness is in part due to my father, who introduced me to Star Wars at a very young age. It’s tradition around my home to watch all of the original movies each Christmas, and when the new movies came out, my dad even pulled us out of school to go watch them. In hindsight, not the best decision. Still, Star Wars!
5. Final Fantasy X: One of my first video game loves. I played this game for the first time at 16(?) and was obsessed. I logged around 300 hours of game time through multiple plays. I’m currently playing through the remastered version and trying to get all the International content!
Bonus: Wonder Woman. To be perfectly honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the Wonder Woman comics (exception for George Perez’s runs). I haven’t touched her New 52 run, though I need to get over that at some point. For me, Wonder Woman embodies what I aspire to be: strong, courageous, smart, etc. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t love Wonder Woman.
Are you participating in Fandom Friday? Please share if you are!
Fabric: 1.5 yds of blue cotton sateen (stash), 1/2 yd red cotton sateen, 1/2 yd gold charmeuse (stash), 1 yd of cotton muslin
Alterations: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Lots.
Notions: Zipper. Cording for piping, harvested from pre-purchased piping in my stash (because I hate myself).
Make it again?: Not likely. I love it and will definitely make more character-themed dresses, but not this one. Likely. I don’t know. Who wants one?
Favorite parts: All of it. The bodice came out exactly like I hoped it would, which makes me super, super happy.
Process: This dress is totally inspired by Contagious Costuming’s beautiful Captain Marvel dress. As soon as I saw it, I wanted it. I thought it was a perfect “frosting” project for this month’s theme, since I’ll probably only wear it out to geeky events. Fortunately, I had a fair amount of fabric in my stash that was perfect for the project.
I knew off the bat that I wanted the Cambie skirt. It’s flattering and has pockets! What’s not to love? Figuring out which bodice I wanted was a little more difficult. My initial inclination was to go with Simplicity 1699, and in hindsight, that may have been a better option since the neckline is drafted higher. I opted to go with Simplicity 1606 instead since I had it in my stash and I wanted a little hand holding to perfect the fit of the bodice. For my first muslin (yes, first), I made size 22 since it corresponded to my full bust, but I was swimming in it. Then I went back and made size 16, which corresponds to my high bust. Much better fit, though I still had to adjust for pooling under the bust. This tutorial was a great help in that department.
Once I had the fit figured out, I drew out the design and used my muslin as a pattern. I didn’t want to destroy my good fabric, so I made up a third muslin to test the fit. I went back and forth on adding the faux raglan sleeves, and ultimately decided to include them. I’m very glad I did, because I really like the look of them.
After getting muslin #3 made up, I was ready to make the real deal. It honestly came together pretty quickly and easily since I’d already “made” it so many times. I did underestimate how much blue I needed, so I had to cut the length short by 2 inches. I also had to do some clever folding to get the skirt to work out. Oops.
I assembled everything a little counter-intuitively. In a typical dress, you’d make the bodice, make the skirt, then attach the two. I took Contagious Costuming’s advice and assembled the full front then the full back. This made satin stitching the star and installing the zipper much easier than if I went the standard way.
I opted to reuse my first muslin for the lining. I just lined the bodice since I wanted this to be comfy for summer cons. Yay cotton. I attached the lining to the zipper and then finished off the sleeves using this snazzy technique from Colette.
At this point, I thought that I’d just be able to add the collar and be done. HA. No. After drafting and creating a collar that I was oh-so-proud-of, I basted it in place… and felt like my head was swimming in it. Despite being large in stature, I have a tiny head. Much sadness (especially after making my own bias tape and piping. Grrr). So I decided to sacrifice the collar (though my lovely fellow Monthly Stitchers suggested making a jacket, so that’s happening). Still, that left me with the issue of how to finish the neck without seam ripping. I opted to press my seam allowances under and top stitch it down. I also top stitched the edges of the arm holes for matchiness.
Other thoughts: Even with all that work, I’m super proud of this dress. It’s hella comfy and I absolutely love how it turned out. I didn’t get finished with it in time for Fan Appreciation Day (I actually bailed since didn’t want the temptation to spend money), but I did wear it to Friday of A-fest and styled my hair after Captain Marvel’s fabulous faux-hawk from the 2012 run. I also nearly died when Kelly Sue complimented my dress.
And now for some obligatory dress form pictures.
I’d really love to make more geeky character-themed dresses in the future. I always forget how comfortable they are, and they’re just as much fun as cosplay. Rogue and Wonder Woman dresses are definitely in my future!