Hello, everyone! As many of my social networking friends know, I've been trying my hand at something completely new these past few weeks.
Just kidding, I meant cosplay. Here's how that's going.
The first costume I started is one of my favorite fictional characters. She walks through flames unburnt, has three adorably monstrous dragons, can take over any country, and has the whitest of hair.
Daenerys Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, called Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons.
I. Love. Her.
I'm making this dress, if you couldn't tell (which, by the way, if you're a true GoT fan, I shouldn't even have to explain it, I write in my snobby, prideful fan voice.)
Obviously, this dress is from the scene in season three, episode four when she "plans" to trade one of her dragons for thousands of Unsullied soldiers in Slaver's Bay. After she hands over the leash, she receives a whip. Drogon misses Momma and rebels against the new owner, turning him into fried slave owner. Dracarys, bitch. Dragons are no slaves.
There are three main pieces to the outfit. The bodice, the skirt, and the cape. The bodice and skirt attach, but you make them separately so I consider them individual pieces. I was going to make the whip, but I ran out of time. It doesn't really go with her character anyway, so I'm not disappointed.
My mom has been instrumental in the making of this glorious dress. I had no idea how to sew a button before we started this, let along darts, under stitching, and hand stitching. She's taught me everything I know, which still isn't a whole lot. Sewing hasn't been that hard for me. I picked it up pretty fast. It's in my blood. My grandma was an amazing seamstress, and so is my mom.
I have a surprising amount of patience for the craft. I struggle with visualizing how the pieces fit together to make one thing, though.
My mom did most of the really hard stitching on the bodice and I did the skirt and cape, which were pretty easy.
I like the fabric a lot. It’s not too hot, it's not scratchy, and the color of blue perfectly embodies the feeling of royalty Daenerys carries herself with. For the accent fabric on the collar, we chose a black stringy fabric with gold and silver flames. Flames go with dragons, get it? It looks excellent.
Because my hair isn't snow white or two feet long, I bought a wig. I ordered it online and I was really nervous about it. I've never worn a wig before. I don't remember where I order it from, but came on time, unhurt in a little package with a hairnet, but no directions.
After some fiddling, I figured out it looks weird if my ears poke out. It took me a minute to figure out how to tighten it and adjust it, but after that I was hatching dragons and conquering countries no problem.
I need to redo the braids and brush it.
I'm going to feel so badass with my hooded cape at Grand Rapids Comic-Con on October 17. I have three dragons eggs, so I'm going to carry them around in a sling bag.
The clasp on the cape is a black and gold dragonfly.
I'm so excited to take her to Grand Rapids Comic-Con next week. I really want to get some nice pictures. instead of these grainy cell phones ones.
My Kara Zor-El costume is still in progress, but it's coming along nicely! I started it not long ago, but I'm busy so I haven't been able to work on it as much as I'd like.
I need to learn to make a new face for pictures. I'd love to master her fighting scowl.
My hair will be super easy because I have to do is straighten it.
I almost finished the top, and I sewed the skirt together but neither are hemmed or have any Supergirl-like features like the "S" yet.
IT WAS MY FIRST TIME SEWING A TOP AND I'M VERY HAPPY WITH HOW IT SO FAR. The sleeves were easier than I thought!
It's shorter than I thought it would be, but I'll just pull my skirt up higher so I'm not showing too much skin.
My excitement for the cape knows no bounds. Sorry, Edna Mode, but both my costumes have capes and I'm keeping them. I'll take my chances with airplane propellers. Right now, it's a pile of super-Kryptonian red fabric. I can't wait to run around with it swooshing behind me.
The boots are size 8 Women's 300 Super Combat Boot from Ellie Shoes on Amazon. I'm actually a size 7 and 1/2, but the closest options were 7 and 8. I went with the option that I could wear extra socks with because pinched toes suck.
I was worried about the gold on the boots clashing with the yellow on the costume, but now I'm more worried about the color of the boots. They're a little pink and obviously Kara's boots are blood red. I'll figure something out. Maybe I'll spray paint them.
I have a lot of work to do for Kara, but I'll get it done in time for comic-con!
Future Cosplay Ideas
Next on my cosplay agenda is Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist. FMA is my favorite story ever, and I adore Winry. Her and Ed are the cutest.
She'll be really convenient to cosplay. All I need is a mechanic suit-thingy, a black or green bandana, bandeau top, sandals, and a wrench. Maybe I'll carry around an automail arm or a tool box.
I also want to do Dothraki Daenerys, when she's still married to Khal Drogo and wearing the brown two-piece tank top and skirt outfit. I wear the wig, rub some dirt on myself, and be good to go.
I'm new to playing Assassin's Creed, but seeing everyone's Ezio's cosplay makes me want to at least make the cape, hood, and carry around a dagger.
Thanks for reading! If you have suggestions for cosplays, let me know! I'll be posting updates on social media.
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