I wore this again, this time at the Saturday of PAX East. I very much enjoy this costume, and it travels well (easy to fit in a suitcase–no large props or wings!).

Plus, that Saturday I got to meet two awesome cosplayers: Monika Lee (who appeared on Heroes of Cosplay) and Bellechere. I admire the work of both of these ladies a lot, so I was pretty excited to take photos with them and to get their autographs on my badge.

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With Monika Lee
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With Bellechere (who was dressed as a zombie clown as a tie in for the Downward Viral booth)
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I wear wigs frequently for costuming, but I try to get away with only styling them in pretty simple ways. However, that doesn’t cut it for fancy 1770s hair, so I decided to get over myself and try something more complicated. Enter the book 18th Century Hair and Wig Styling by Kendra of Demode.

I highly recommend this book. I read the entire history and techniques sections, and the research presented there is impressive. Then I tackled the Dorothee style, which is appropriate for the mid- to late 1770s. This was an adventure, partially because I lacked some of the proper materials. But with Mike’s help (a few things were easier with four rather than two hands), yesterday we made a bunch of buckles (rolled hair curls) set with glue, and a wire frame. Today I attached the frame to the wig and assembled the style. The results are not at all perfect, but wearable and still pretty.

1770s Wig

1770s Wig

1770s Wig

1770s wig

On Friday of this year’s PAX East, Beth, Mike, and I did a group cosplay as characters from Ali Lawrence’s My Little Blackhawk art. My Little Blackhawk is a great crossover between My Little Pony and hockey. The results are adorable. And totally cosplay-worthy. Beth, a lifelong Rangers fan, was Lundqasus (Henrik Lundqvist) and Mike was Bergerasus (Patrice Bergeron). I went as Rask Pony (Tuukka Rask), as I did last year.

First we decided that Beth needed to recreate this picture, poking fun at the buildup of ice shavings that formed in Lundqvist’s crease last year during a playoff game
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After that we thought a goalie fight was in order
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Things got pretty heated
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Bergerasus did not approve
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Bruins versus Rangers!
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Post-game head butt
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And a brohoof
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And here is the second batch, from Saturday and Sunday. I’ll post photos of what Mike and I wore later.

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The cosplay just keeps getting better and better at PAX East! We saw so many people in costume, from many different fandoms. A lot of big props this year–I admire folks for carrying those all day. Here are photos from Friday. Enjoy!

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Describe cosplay in three words. No more, no less.

“Fun with friends!”

And that’s a wrap.

What is your favourite cosplay item? (eg. a pair of shoes, a wig)

I’m going to cheat and say it is not a garment or accessory, but my camera. I love taking photos of costumers and cosplayers, and I also love looking at the photos later. My usual camera is an Olympus E-PM1, with a fixed focal length 17mm f1.8 lens.

Where do you work on your cosplays and where do you store them when they’re done?

I have a sewing/craft room that I work in when I need to use a sewing machine or cut out large pieces of fabric. Otherwise, I sew on the couch in front of the TV. As for storage, I have a closet in the craft room that holds most of my stuff. Although I’m running out of room….

I had a wonderful time at Colonial Williamsburg this past weekend. Thank you to Stephanie for organizing such a great trip!

We arrived on Friday, which was clear but cold. And…we discovered that three out of six of us had forgotten swimsuits. Which was a problem, because we were going to the spa the next day. Enter a quick run to Target, where we picked up swimsuits and some other necessary supplies (wine, champagne, and gummy bears!).

Once we got back from Target, it was too late for us to get dressed in costumes for the chamber music concert we had tickets to. So we decided just to wear street clothes with tiaras. (Except Isabella, who was able to dress up super quickly.) The concert was beautiful–we were treated to music on the violin, viola da gamba, flute, and harpsichord, along with vocals.

After the concert, we went to the hotel lounge for some dinner
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Judy shows off the kids tiara she picked up at Target
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Erin and me at dinner
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The next day, Saturday, we went to the Spa at Colonial Williamsburg. It was so relaxing! I got a massage and a facial. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie)
Spa day

After that, we went to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museums
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Judy with punch
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I kid you not, this is a cucumber slicer
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Really cool carousel cat!
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For dinner we went to the King’s Arms Tavern. I had a game pie and lemon ice. Delicious!
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Jess and Isabella conversing with Christina Campbell
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Syllabub!
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After dinner, we took some photos back at the hotel. Here is Erin.
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Jess
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Isabella
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Me and my new yellow silk gown
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Judy being Judy
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Stephanie and her new pink mantle
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The next day, Sunday, we did some shopping and stopped by the Margaret Hunter Millinery Shop
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The “cat bed” calash
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Jenny explaining some of the wares on display
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Beautiful checked jacket
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And then it was time to head home. What a great weekend!

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