Sunday, December 15, 2013

Wonder Woman Preparations

I shake with anticipation when I think about my upcoming Wonder Woman cosplay! My original plan was to go with a steampunk version, but the more I researched that, the more my ignorance on the genre began to emerge. I love the look, and want to go that way for a future outfit, but I don't think I can pull it off as soon as January. I am instead working towards a grittier, more punk Wonder Woman.
My corset (which I won in a contest!) arrived from Orchard Corset last week. If you haven't had a chance to check them out and are even the last bit interested in corsets, I highly recommend you look at their website. The merchandise is incredible! Mine is an overbust long line in red satin. For those who are not familiar with corset speak (I was unfamiliar six months ago) the overbust means it comes up over my bra and ends at the widest point of the bust  measurement, instead of an underbust, which comes up to the under wire but does not cover the bust. The "long line" refers to the fact that it is a longer-than-typical corset, partly because I'm taller than average and partly because I don't like my muffin top shaking all over the place. It seems awfully un-Wonder Woman.
The inspiration for my skirt is a dark navy blue fabric with white stars. It's almost black, so to pull in the blue color I'll be wearing navy tights. The star fabric will be layered with black lace and tulle to create a fuller profile and bring more textures into the outfit.
I ordered a lot of small gold leaves online. I'm not sure what their role will be in my outfit but when I saw them they said Wonder Woman, and suddenly I had bought them. I can't imagine how that happened. My sister found me a necklace that goes with the grungy, messy look I'm working towards. You can see it in the pictures below.
There are only two things I'm worried about. The first: my hair. I'm a natural redhead and I don't want to dye. The second: my weight. I'm a big girl and I'm fine with me wearing a short skirt and corset, but I'm worried people will think, "Fat girl in a little skirt, yuck!" and not take the time to appreciate all the work I've put into this.
I think that covers all the elements I have so far. I'd love to hear from anyone who has done this before! Any tips or warnings, thoughts on what I should avoid?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Late Halloween Post

This post might be just a wee bit late, but only about a month and a half!

I wanted to share all the fun costumes my nerdy little extended family came up with for Halloween. My little sister and I were Thor and Loki, our other sister went as Raven, her husband was Wolverine, and the two little girls were Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl.

We had a great time, despite having to adapt the costumes to the weather (gloomy and rainy). Now we are switching into full Comicon gear, prepping for three days of cosplay and fandom!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Last week the two of us went to the premier of the new Star Trek movie, which was amazing! We weren't sure how this would fit into our goal of cosplaying all the sweet nerd movies this year, but we still managed to make it memorable! The Star Trek skirt I posted about previously went perfectly with a blue shirt (because I am science, if course) and a felt communicator. Kate opted for red, a choice which I'm sure she regretted when she was being banned to a hazardous planet on a one-woman away mission.

We got some funny looks from people, but it was mostly individuals who came wielding light sabers, so I think they were a bit confused to begin with. Epic night!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Skirting the Issue

A while ago Kate and I made ourselves some sweet skirts (alliteration intended). I know they're not related to our outfits, but they are still perfectly gorgeous in their nerdiness, so I wanted to share. Mine is a testament to my love of Star Trek. Enjoy!

Costume Time!

We (my sister and I) are so excited for this year! So many amazing things are happening, not the least of which are Iron Man 3, PAX Prime, and Thor 2. We have decided that these occasions merit not only a great deal of excitement, but also clothes. Nerdy clothes.

We are not going to be doing cosplay, because that has been done. Instead, we will be wearing fashion-inspired outfits based on our favorite characters. Think, what Iron Man would wear if he were a girl and didn't feel like doing the whole armor thing that day.

I, of course, will be Iron Man for the premier of Iron Man 3 this May. My sister will be portreying the villain Doctor Doom. Yes, we know he is not in the film, but he is our favorite Iron Man villain, so he will be making an appearance anyway. In November I will be wearing an amazing Thor-inspired outfit and Kate will rock Loki, the role she was born to play. Yes, that's right, I just called my sister a Norse god of chaos. If you know her you would understand.

We could not be more excited for these events, and are thrilled to be able to share with you the bits and pieces we find as our outfits come together. Let's go!