My Costumes at Awesome Con 2017

This year I decided that I had time to make only one new costume for Awesome Con, which meant I would be re-wearing two older ones for the other days. I waffled on what my lineup should be, but in the end decided to embrace my historical costumer side and wear my Rockford Peach uniform on Friday and my Claire Fraser Outlander ensemble on Sunday. Saturday was reserved for the debut of my new costume, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, mid-1700s style.

Friday
I’m glad I opted to wear my Rockford Peach uniform on Friday, because I was unsure how much of a zoo it was going to be, given that the con was instituting new bag inspection policies. Our entry to the convention center was pretty smooth, but it was nice not to have to worry about weapons check, since I had no props. I had originally considered wearing my DC Comics Bombshells Batwoman costume, but that has a bat, and I did not want to run afoul of any prop weapons policies.

For photo taking, Mike and I found an area with large plate glass windows on the top floor of the convention center, which afforded great light. However, it was a little warm, as the AC wasn’t as strong up there and several of the windows were in direct sun. We returned there for photos on Saturday and Sunday, and by that time they seemed to have turned up the AC.
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For the second year in a row, Maggie joined me as a Rockford Peach. I love the reactions we get when people see us on the con floor. And we continued our record of having someone sing us the Peaches fight song!
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Maggie and me, goofing around
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Awesome Con

Mike requested “Anime Fingers,” per usual. That may have been the first time we sprung that on Maggie during a photo shoot, though! We had to explain what Mike meant.
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Saturday
On Saturday I debuted my new Provincial Belle costume, based on an illustration by Wickfield (Nina S.). I’m very happy with how it turned out! In addition to referencing Nina’s art, I also took inspiration from a number of images of 1740s-1760s middle and lower class women.
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Awesome Con

I am so happy with this photo. I had a vision of how it should look, and Mike worked with me until we got it.
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I did not have an 18th century French book to tote around (nor would I necessarily want to subject a book that old to a convention environment). So instead, I used my vintage copy of Sir Percy Hits Back, one of the Scarlet Pimpernel sequels by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. It was the right color to stand out in photos, and I thought a pulpy, romantic story set in France was appropriate for Belle.
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I’m wearing a ribbon-tie coral necklace, which is available in my Etsy shop, In the Long Run Designs.
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Lastly, I had to try and recreate the original artwork that inspired this costume. A huge thank you to Nina for creating such a wonderful illustration and for graciously agreeing to let me cosplay it!
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Sunday
On Sunday I re-wore my Claire Fraser costume. The only new part of this outfit is the cowl, which I knit using a pattern in the book Highland Knits. I thought my last cowl was a little too small. But I only wore the new one for pictures, because it was so warm that day. The old cowl came in handy for wearing in the expo hall, to still get the look but without such a large layer of wool around my neck.
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With my friend Andrew, who was also cosplaying Outlander, but in the Star Wars universe, not from the Diana Gabaldon books. Here you can see my smaller knit cowl.
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My friend Rebecca met up with me for a couple photos. I love how these came out with a slightly atmospheric, foggy look to them, even though we were in a hallway in the convention center.
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Awesome Con

And that’s it for my Awesome Con recaps! If I’m not mistaken, I am now totally caught up on costume event blog posts. Which is great, because Costume College is next weekend. I will definitely have a bunch of photos to share when I get back from California!

Awesome Con 2017 Cosplay Hall Photos

Awesome Con has been an active cosplay convention from the start, and this year was no exception. Everywhere I looked there was another cool costume. Plus, now that I’ve started meeting and getting to know a number of cosplayers in the Washington, DC area, I was extra excited to see in person the costumes that friends had been working on.

Without further ado, on to the photos!

Friday
Harley and Joker (Front Royal Joker and Harley)
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Wonder Woman (Ana B)
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Black Widow (Becki)
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Aquaman
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Black Canary
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DC Comics Bombshells Mera
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Nightwing
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Ruby Rhod
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Left Shark (Kevin)
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Batman
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The Flash
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We found another Rockford Peach! This was the first time that had happened, and it was the third time I wore this costume to Awesome Con!
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Claire Fraser (Mama B)
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Bitch Planet
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Dark Phoneix (Jazmine)
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Robin (Andrew)
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Saturday
Zelda and Link
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Elsa (Sara)
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A father and son family portrait!
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Doctor Strange
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Love this take on Ursula (McKenna)
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Squirrel Girl
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Me with Gaston and Belle
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This Beast cosplayer offered me a rose!
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Me with my friend Jennifer as Wonder Woman
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Yondu (Jon)
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D.Va (Laura), Soldier: 76 (Rachel), Harley Quinn (Nico), and a Destiny Hunter (Anth)
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Sunday
Aladdin
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Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde
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An Imperial Officer
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Loved this Nintendo Switch idea!
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Agent Carter
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A Rebel Soldier
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Rey
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Eddie Valiant (Iggy) and Jessica Rabbit (Evil Queen Jacky)
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This was such an awesome idea for a group cosplay! (Featuring Michael)
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Black Canary
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Willy Wonka
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The Flash
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Captain America
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Andrew rocking his Star Wars: The Old Republic Hero of Tython cosplay
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Ms. Marvel
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Huntress (Canary Cry Cosplay)
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Squirrel Girl
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Bodhi Rook (JK) and Aladdin (Carmella)
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I haven’t seen a Big Lebowski cosplay in person before!
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Belle (Reece)
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Belle (Feara Winters)
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A big thank you to all of the cosplayers that we photographed!

My Costumes at PAX East 2017

I brought three costumes to PAX East this year: one new and two old. The rewears were DC Comics Bombshells Batwoman and Princess Luna (though I did make a new crown for the latter). The new costume was one of my dream projects: the purple Jim Balent-style Catwoman design. All three worked well, but I’ve already started on a new version of Catwoman. The cowl I had is a bit too small for me, and the bodysuit could be longer through the torso. But I was still happy with the resulting cosplay at PAX!

The only major hiccup I had was I forgot my belt for Batwoman at home. Mike and I searched everywhere through our luggage for some sort of replacement. (Of course I discovered the problem only the Friday morning of the con, not when I went fabric shopping the day before). We hit upon a white balance card lanyard that I promptly sacrificed for the cause by cutting apart.
PAX East Trip

I was able to sew the ends of the lanyard together around myself. I think it worked out okay!
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PAX East

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PAX East

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A selfie after the photo shoot
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On Saturday I debuted Catwoman!
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PAX East

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PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

And a big shout-out to BelleChere, whose Catwoman cosplay was one of the inspirations for mine. Her styling was just spot-on, so I tried to emulate it. I have a print signed by her hanging in my sewing room.
Catwoman

On Sunday I went with a casual, comfy costume: Princess Luna. Other than the new crown, I had worn the costume before.
PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

I had a wonderful time at PAX East this year! And I was even able to salvage the white balance card lanyard. Just a few stitches, and it was good as new!
PAX East Trip

PAX East 2017 Cosplay Hall Photos

And now for the hall photos we took of cosplayers at PAX East. Overall, I would say that we saw fewer cosplayers this year than last year. But the ones we did see had a number of impressive costumes and still represented several different fandoms. I did notice that Overwatch appears to have overtaken League of Legends as the most popular game to cosplay from.

McCree from Overwatch (I believe this is the American flag skin)
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Thor
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Abyssal Cosplay as D.VA from Overwatch
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Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The only kind of horse allowed in the Expo Hall!
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Final Fantasy group
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Not totally sure, but this may be Marth from Fire Emblem.
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Batgirl
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Ahri from League of Legends by Lily Spring
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Samus Aran from Metroid
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Chell from Portal
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Mei from Overwatch
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Pizoobie as Mercy and Bonnies Cosplay as D.Va from Overwatch
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Me with an adorable gender-swapped Harley Quinn and Joker pair
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Hanzo from Overwatch
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Zelda and Link
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Agent 47 from Hitman
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Assassin’s Creed
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Black Canary
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DC Cosplay Photo Shoots January Meetup (Others’ Photos)

Yup, I’m still here. And still very behind in posting recaps from costume events. When last I posted, I shared photos we took at the DC Cosplay Photo Shoots‘s January general theme meetup. Now, here are the photos that others took of my cosplay. The location was the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

I wore my “Kiss the Girl” Ariel costume, which has some nice color to it. Makes for some fun photos!

I love the ethereal mood of these photos by Dan Arango Photography.
Photo by Dan Arango

Photo by Dan Arango

Dan often brings a tribble plushie to shoots, and Hipster Ariel had to get in on the fun!
Photo by Dan Arango

This photo by Billy Whitfield makes it look like I’m standing in a garden, not just inside a museum.
Photo by Billy Whitfield

I especially like what Camera 58 did with these shots in the atrium fountain. He asked if I was okay with getting my feet wet, and I said I was game!
Photo by Camera 58

Photo by Camera 58

Photo by Camera 58

Photo by Camera 58

I like the asymmetrical framing of these two pictures by Corrinne.
Photo by Corinne

Photo by Corrine

These photos by Daniel Kelly have a cool, dark/moody look to them.
Photo by Daniel Kelly

Photo by Daniel Kelly

A tale of two photos: one all proper-like, and one of me goofing around. I love the color and contrast that Inverted Chameleon got.
Photo by Inverted Chameleon

Photo by Inverted Chameleon

A classic head shot by Pruitt Allen
Photo by Pruitt Allen

Last, but definitely not least, these awesomely lit photos by Munchkin Photos
Photo by Munchkin Photos

Photo by Munchkin Photos

A big thank you to all of the photographers I worked with!

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots January Meetup (Our Photos)

Mike and I attended another meetup at the National Portrait Gallery with DC Cosplay Photo Shoots back in late January. (I know, I’m still really behind on event recaps.) This was a “general” shoot, meaning there was no set cosplay theme. The variety of fandoms represented was impressive! Below are photos that Mike shot, and then we tag-team edited.

I wore my “Kiss the Girl” Ariel cosplay, which I have only worn once before (PAX East 2016). And this time I brought Flounder!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Mike commented on this one: “Next time we have to make sure Flounder is looking at the camera!”
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

That floor is cold, BTW.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

First time we met local cosplayer Metro Rey!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

I’m imagining her in an Old Republic temple here.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Mike was excited to see folks cosplaying from The Wicked + The Divine. Here are Lyn Cosplay as Lucifer and Alyce as Amaterasu.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

And last but not least, here is Goodbye Midnight Cosplay as Black Widow. She had some great dynamic poses.
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DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

The group photo
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Ernie of The Fan’s P.O.V. hamming it up
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Thanks to all of the cosplayers who worked with us! You are all super talented!

Black Canary Photo Shoot

I had another wonderful opportunity to work with my friend Beth of Early Bird Photo (formerly BWPW Photography) in January. I told her I wanted to do a shoot featuring my Black Canary cosplay (based on the art of Ed Benes), which is not one I wear all that often. Beth found some awesome locations (very industrial looking but still colorful). One was a car mechanic shop that was being renovated and the other one was, I think, a former gas station or convenience store. Both had interesting colors or patterns painted on their walls, which created a lot of visual interest.

I can’t wait to work with Beth again. If you are ever in the Durham, NC area, I highly recommend booking a session with her.

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot

Mulan at MAGFest 2017

Last day of the con, last costume. I went with a casual option because, let’s face it, I’m usually exhausted by the Sunday of a convention when it’s three days long, much less four days. During the holiday sale season I found a dress at Hot Topic that was Mulan themed and less than $30. Score. All I had to do was accessorize. I made a necklace out of jade-colored Czech glass beads (and a pair of gold dangle earrings, though they are hidden by my wig in the photos) and a hair flower out of an organza flower base, some ribbon, and rhinestones. Topped it off with a Diana wig in black from Epic Cosplay.

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Bombshells Batwoman at MAGFest 2017

I need to do a proper post recapping how I put this costume together, because I actually bothered to take pictures of some of the process. I was lucky and was able to snag one of the Batwoman dresses from Hot Topic before they sold out, but then I went on an odyssey searching for proper socks and how to make a con-safe bat. It turns out that if you look for black and red socks, nearly all of them are black with red stripes, not red with black stripes. Until you specifically search for soccer and rugby socks made in the UK. Go figure. I was fortunate to find a foam bat that I could draw on with Sharpie markers. Some cons let you take in wooden props, but some do not, so I wanted something that was even less likely to fail a weapons check. I also assembled the hat (sewing the ears and attaching a logo patch) and made the mask (using techniques I learned at Costume College last year).

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When a fountain interrupts your photo shoot…
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