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.
Why This Costume: …it’s another Rogue? Haha. I really enjoyed the Marvel Now run of X-Men, which featured an all-female team, including Rogue. This version of Rogue is (or was) very much the Rogue that I grew up with and loved. She’s the muscle of the group and is more inclined to punch first and ask questions later. I actually blame that series for getting me into recent Avengers runs, since she just disappeared from the X-Men title and I wanted to know what happened! Marvel pretty much owns my pull list right now.
How I made it: Construction for this costume is pretty simple. It’s a basic tunic, leggings, and boots. For the tunic, I used my handy Kwik-Sew 3154 pattern. I traced over the bodice/skirt to get the tunic look, but I had to taper it down at the sides so that I didn’t flare out too much. I cut off a 2″ chunk of white moleskin for the center strip and removed an inch from the center of the bodice/skirt pattern. I borrowed the bands from my Renfrew to make the sleeve cuffs, and I drafted the hood using this tutorial.
I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of thigh-high boots, so I sewed them into my leggings. The leggings are my Kwik-Sew 3636 pattern. I cut it off a bit above the knee and cut up an old sock to create the foot of the pattern. Rogue’s boots are “described” as a deep green, but the color varies drastically depending on the artist. I didn’t want to drop a lot of money on this costume, so I went with some black moleskin leftover from my Ms. Marvel costume. I sewed scrap vinyl to the bottom of the “boot” so that I won’t slide around when walking. One of my favorite parts of this costume is that she’s drawn with flats.
The belt is an old black leather belt that I painted white and a re-purposed X-men belt buckle. The wig is the same Rogue wig I’ve worn several times this year, but I trimmed the bangs (I am terrible at this, by the way. Anyone have a good bangs tutorial?). I actually bought the Ferraris intending to make this costume, which is why I didn’t have a straight wig for my Kotobukiya Rogue. I also used my old utility pouch so that I wouldn’t have to carry a purse! I purchased the gloves from Party City.
Thoughts on this costume: I purchased the materials for this costume back in January, since I wanted to make this costume months ago. Better late than never! Overall, I’m pretty happy with this costume. I serged all of it, so it came together very quickly. It’s super comfy, especially with the flats. I can definitely see myself wearing this a lot when the weather cools down.
In case it isn’t obvious, I opted not to wear a corset with this costume. I just wasn’t feeling it that day. I thought about taking other pictures, but I wanted to post these to show the difference various kinds of shapewear can make. I used an old off-brand Spanx set that dug into my waist and made me look lumpy. In hindsight, I should have gone with something that went up to my ribcage or just gone with my corset. The more you know!
For my initial run through with my animated Rogue costume, I bought a bomber jacket off of eBay for a pretty reasonable price. It was okay, but I was roasting by the end of the day, and the jacket really wasn’t a good fit. So I kind of freaked out when Cathy of God Save the Queen Fashions announced she was selling extras of her Rogue jacket patterns.
My biggest challenge with this was resizing. The pattern only came in a S/M fitting up to a 36” bust and I’m a 42” bust with no *ahem* enhancements. My first step was to cut out the pattern pieces and adjust the sizes on pattern paper. Once I got an idea of the changes I needed to make, I cut the resized pieces out of duck cloth and scrap muslin for a mock-up.
I won’t do a tutorial on here, but I will direct you to a few websites that really helped me out: Threads, Pattern Cutting Tutorial (YouTube), Pattern Grading 101, Easy Pattern Grading — The “Quick and Dirty” Method, and Making the Grade. WindoftheStars just recently put up a great video tutorial that gives you an idea of how to resize patterns. Just be sure to double-check your measurements and make a copy of your pattern before cutting! If you mess up, at least you’ll have a backup. I overshot some of my calculations (hence some of the weird bubbles), so I’m planning to go back to the original pattern and make a new jacket when I have some free time.
I’m so happy that I made this jacket. It was a fair amount of effort, but Cathy did all the hard parts and made a fantastic tutorial, available on her flickr. I got so many compliments on the new jacket at Dragon Con, and I feel like it really brought the costume together.
Protip for using pleather: If you don’t already have one, invest in a teflon foot. I used spare tissue paper to help guide my foot along, but it was really annoying and time-consuming.
I had the pleasure of running into Cathy at Dragon Con! She said she saw the jacket on the escalator and ran up to meet me. I had a major fangirl moment.
And shortly after the con, I bought this beauty 🙂 I’m planning to make a new pair of boot covers, update my wig, and make new belts to go full Bishoujo at a con next year, probably NYCC. So buying the statue was research… right? 😉
*Apparently I can’t spell on my phone and forgot the “t”. Oops 😛
EDIT: By the way, Cathy now sells several of her patterns on a regular basis in her store!
Why this costume: Rogue has been one of my favorite X-Men for years (see: since I stumbled across the Fox cartoon as a kid). I considered going with the hunter green costume with the cape, but after some searching through clearance dress patterns, opted to go with the Legacy costume.
Note: I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my stepmom for this costume. She’s an amazing seamstress with close to 20 years of experience and taught me *so* much by guiding me through this process.
How I made this costume:
The dress: Modified version of a McCall’s pattern (I’ll dig it up and post it later). For the design we used, we nixed the zipper in the back and put a long white one in the front, sewing on the edge of the zipper so that we didn’t have to add extra white trim. We also shortened up the dress to mid-thigh. The white trim and designs are the same fabric as the green.
The leggings: McCall’s leggings pattern. I used a deep green crushed velvet knit that’s super, super comfortable. The pattern calls for an elastic waistband, but I made a drawstring instead.
Boot covers: This is one of the final pieces of the costume I worked on. It’s another modified McCall’s pattern made from the same fabric as the dress. Craft foam is sewn into the top part of the boots to keep them stiff and interfacing ironed onto inside. My calves are bulkier than the pattern design, so we sewed in a strip of green (leftover from the dress) on the back to accommodate. I wore these over a pair of magical matching hunter green flats I found at Target.
The accessories: Some of these were super simple, and some were… difficult. I ordered a set of hunter green satin gloves off ebay. The scarf is cut from the same fabric as the white trim. The belt is leftover white fabric wrapped around a pirate costume belt. The X on the belt is made from leftover legging and white fabric. The side bag is one of my favorite accessories for this costume. It’s made from leftover white with interfacing and has a small piece of cardboard in the bottom to keep it from buckling. I picked up a long brown wig and a platinum blonde wig to create the two-tone look of Rogue’s bangs.
Thoughts on this costume: This is the first costume I really prepared for and put time into, and I’m pretty pleased with the results. The design of the dress is very flattering and overall, it’s pretty comfortable. I might even revisit this dress and make it for my day job.
I’m planning to wear this costume to a couple of cons, and once I have a bit more time to devote to this, I’ll do some revisions, including buying a new wig.
Why This Costume: If Sailor Moon was my first forray into anime, the 90s X-Men cartoon was my “gateway drug” for all-around nerdom. I adored this cartoon, and Rogue was my all-time favorite character. I was born in Mississippi and raised in the South, so I really identified with her as I grew up. Plus, Rogue is one of the few comic heroines that I match up with in terms of physical attributes (see: tall, busty, muscular, brunette), and I can pull off a mean Southern accent when necessary.
How I Made It: The bulk of the credit for this costume goes to the amazing Ana Aesthetic. I secured a commission for a bodysuit from Ana in mid-April. It was a bit more than I normally spend on my costumes, but I really wanted to do this character justice and Ana’s work is simply wonderful. I could rave about this all day, but I’ll just let the pictures tell the story.
Fun side story: since I’m in the process of moving, I had this shipped to my parents’ place. I wound up trying on my costume and doing things around the house in the costume, much to my BF and family’s amusement and chagrin.
To smooth out imperfections under the costume and give a really exaggerated hourglass appearance, I wore a dancer’s body tight and a waist cincher from Victoria’s Secret. I also wore a Victoria’s Secret Bombshell bra so that I didn’t look flat 😛
In my initial planning for this costume, I wanted to make all the accessories myself. That didn’t pan out for a couple of reasons; 1) In late April, I was offered a job that required moving; 2) My cat maimed my sewing machine.
I wasn’t quite ready to debut my Tifa costume and really wanted to get some pictures with Ana at A-Kon, so I opted to commission and buy most of the other pieces I needed so that I didn’t have to worry about borrowing friends’ sewing machines while moving. Here’s a list of where I got the various items:
Boot covers: Angry Robots Cosplay. These ladies were great. I mailed them a pair of my old work shoes and they took it from there. They were also fantastic about communication and charged a very reasonable price. The tops tend to flop over a bit, so I’m planning to put in some interfacing and stuff them with craft foam.
Jacket: eBay. I got it from this seller, but the specific jacket I got is gone now.
Gloves: Amazon. They’re a little too short, but only $6.
X-Patches (for jacket): eBay. Very fast shipping, and super affordable. I’ll definitely order more of these when I remake the jacket.
Hair: I’m naturally brunette and my hair holds curls pretty well, so the only thing I needed to do for this costume was figure out the white of Rogue’s hair. I had ordered a long white bang from Arda Wigs for a different Rogue costume, so I just curled this piece and clipped it in.
Belt/buckle: For the belt, I re-used a faux leather strap from my Codex costume and attached a parachute buckle. To create the buckle, I created the X logo with craft foam, following this tutorial to create a sealant. After the glue dried, I painted the buckle with watered-down acrylic paints and attached it to the buckle with sticky-back Velcro.
X Logo/Bars: *sigh* Where to even begin on this? Well, one of the things I needed to do to the bodysuit was add the X and black bars. Initially, I planned to paint them on. However, the paint I used bled really bad (even with resist) and I could barely move without getting wet paint in splotches all over the rest of the suit. After much weeping and gnashing of teeth (along with some running water and lots of soap), I managed to scrub out the ink to the point that it’s barely noticeable.
About two days before the con, I stumbled across this tutorial about applying appliques to lycra and decided to give it a go as a last ditch effort. The fabric I used wasn’t as neat as I’d hoped, but you can’t really tell in pictures. I’m going to trim it up a bit before D*C, but overall, I’m pretty pleased with the result.
Thoughts on this costume: Overall, this is a very comfortable costume. I’m super, super happy to finally have a chance to cosplay as one of my all-time favorite comic book heroines! Apparently a lot of people at A-Kon felt the same way, because I got stopped for SO MANY PICTURES! :-O
The timing of this costume worked out pretty well too. I had initially planned to go with friends as a Borderlands group to A-Kon, but it didn’t wind up working out. While I enjoy my Lilith costume, I only had one day to attend and had no desire to spend hours on bodypaint when I could have been running around the con. My prep time for this costume only took about an hour and a half, which was amazing.
My only real frustration with all this (aside from the paint) was shipping. Since I was in the process of moving, some of my packages were caught in mailing limbo and I didn’t get some of my stuff until a few days before the con. I should have just sent everything to a “safety” address. Oh well, live and learn.
There are definitely some things I want to update for future wearings. I’m planning to re-make the jacket for D*C (I just ordered a Rogue jacket pattern from God Save the Queen Fashions). The paint on my belt buckle is chipping pretty badly, so I may invest in a resin cast belt buckle and take the time to make some utility pouches. I’m also planning to pick up some green contacts and a wig for D*C since I’m cutting my hair short soon.
Several pictures are posted on my Twitter account, @librarianmindy, but here’s one from when I met up with my friends.