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New to Costumes
« on: December 31, 2008, 01:20:55 PM »
Is there somewhere to go to get info on getting a costume put together.  I don't sew and am not crafty but would like to get a cool costume for next year. 

Any links would be appreciated.

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Re: New to Costumes
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2008, 05:00:41 PM »
What kind of costume are you thinking about?

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Re: New to Costumes
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009, 11:50:46 AM »
There are whole varieties of costumes that you can check out.  I think Muerandah is right though, it can depend on what you are looking for.  When you say 'cool', do you mean 'Monty Python', or do you specifically NOT mean 'Monty Python'? 
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Re: New to Costumes
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009, 12:55:16 PM »
What kind of costume are you thinking about?

Battlestar perhaps.  But I'm thinking of going funky and doing Barbarella.  Feathered hair and thigh high boots are easy.  The rest of it I'm not sure about.

Re: New to Costumes
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2009, 12:57:54 PM »
There are whole varieties of costumes that you can check out.  I think Muerandah is right though, it can depend on what you are looking for.  When you say 'cool', do you mean 'Monty Python', or do you specifically NOT mean 'Monty Python'?

Are there female Monty Python costumes.  lol

I was thinking Barbarella.  I'm in my 30s though so more of the funky Barbarella with the feathered clothes than the up-to-there navel-baring Barbarella.   Battlestar costume is a fav as well but I'd have to wait until the finale until I made a decision anyway.

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2009, 01:28:29 PM »
LOL, my initial inclination was to say try to be the witch in the holy grail, but that may be difficult to pull off without a group.  The one I want to do one of these years if we can get a group together is the chanting monks who hit themselves in the forehead... I think that could go over really well if we can get a dozen or so of us. 

Barbarella would be great.  I have not pulled together a serious costume yet (but hope to get a few together this year), so I cannot really speak from experience here... there are A LOT of Battlestar fans at DC, so I'm sure any BS costume would be well received as well. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009, 05:15:19 PM »
Barbarella would be kewl.   There BSG is a big time choice for alot of peeps.

I think it would be hysterical if a group got together and did the Monty Python thing.

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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2009, 05:43:09 PM »


I was actually talking about dressing as the witch from HG the other day. :)  I was also thinking about doing Zoot.

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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2009, 02:16:12 PM »
scarfyrre, I think you could do an AWESOME Zoot! 
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2009, 05:29:12 PM »


Aww, thanks!

I was just plotting my costumes last night as I watched SNL (sadly, even NPH didn't make it interesting) and Zoot is on the list. :)  I think that will be a fun one to do.  I need some knights, though...

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Re: New to Costumes
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2009, 02:48:54 PM »
If I had a vote, I would vote for BSG. You should be able to throw something together from thrift shops for like an "off-duty" look...the standard issue tank top and cargo pants. Give yourself a sweaty look and some battle wounds like you just got taken by surprise and were called to duty to defend Galactica with no notice.
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Re: New to Costumes
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2009, 03:12:58 PM »
Costumes are fun, and can range from little work, to immense multi-year long projects.  Long windedly, here is what I would suggest:

1.  Pick something you like, that is not overly obscure, and then work from there.  A lot of people want to costume for the sake of costuming, but end up not enjoying both the process, and the work involved.  If you don't like Halo, or Monty Python, or whatever, don't do it just b/c it's popular.  My favorite costume I ever saw was Data dressed as Sherlock Holmes.  It was almost too obscure, but people loved it, and the person who did it really loved doing it.

2. Buy, Make, Borrow, Beg or Steal a good costume.  Being at DragonCon, (the mecca of all costuming) you are going to see AMAZING work.  If you decide to skimp, you will notice it more than anyone else, and it will lessen your experience.  Having a great costume will make you confident for photo ops, and make your experience AMAZING. 

3. In my opinion, costuming is a labor of love (or money).  I always do different costumes for different times at the con.  Certain ones for during the day when there are lots of people and cameras out, and other for at night when it becomes more of an adult con.  Keep things in mind like the fact it's 90 degrees at DragonCon, and the dreaded confunk is everywhere.  Do you really want to be wearing 3 layers and cloak when it's 100 degrees F inside the hotel with crazy body heat emminating from 10,000+ people?

4. Making my costume makes the experience 1000x better than a bought costume.  Researching, finding new materials, learning to sew (and now building my own vaccu-form machine).  I would have never pushed myself to do these things if I didn't have the need.  If you have the time and patience, I highly recommend this route. 

5. Never buy a cheap costume from party city. Ever.  This = banishment.

6. Find a costuming group, and join them.  Costuming alone can be fun, but in a group makes all the difference in the world.

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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2009, 03:27:01 PM »
Yeah, I think group themed costumes are the best.  I still tell people about turning the corner and seeing 2 dozen dancing Zombies in 80 gear... one with a big 80's boombox playing Thriller... bad ass. 
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Re: New to Costumes
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2009, 04:39:54 PM »
Whatever costume you end up wanting to do, first get organized!

Make a list of what you think you'll want, then pare it down to what you actually NEED. A costume can be built up over a number of years/months, it doesn't have to be perfect right away.
Don't forget accessories, like jewelry, weapons, and makeup.

For example, I've got an Abby Sciuto (NCIS) costume going: much of the clothing she wears comes from a shop called "Hot Topic", so I went with a purple t-shirt style top that's got a black printed ribcage on it, paired with a short black pleated skirt. Purchased an inexpensive white lab coat (which can double for a mad scientist coat!). Found a black wig at a local place that I had put into pigtails by my salon guy. A pair of black bow earrings and a goth-style necklace plus lacy black finger-less gloves, all from "Hot Topic". Black spiderweb tights (Kohl's or Target, last Halloween, I forget which), and black wedge shoes (as I don't normally do the goth look, and really couldn't justify getting the tall black boots that Abby wears).
My accessories are a 7-11 Big Gulp cup, for which I did a "Caf-Pow!" label (Caf-Pow! is the caffeine-soda drink she drinks), and a yellow duck hand puppet (the M.E. for the show's character's name is Donald Mallard, aka "Ducky"). I have yet to decide if I'm going to have a small blue scrub shirt (artistically "blood" stained) done for the puppet.

All this stuff was gathered over a period of several months.

Another good idea is to have a list of what you'll need to pack for your costume/s, so you don't accidentally leave anything behind! Remember that many airlines are charging extra for overweight or extra checked baggage, and that carry-ons are being a little more restricted (size-wise).

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« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2009, 04:55:47 PM »
Whatever costume you end up wanting to do, first get organized!

Another good idea is to have a list of what you'll need to pack for your costume/s, so you don't accidentally leave anything behind! Remember that many airlines are charging extra for overweight or extra checked baggage, and that carry-ons are being a little more restricted (size-wise).

I always put my costumes in individual plastic bins. For the larger ones, I use a rolling storage case, and keep only that one costume in there.  Spend $20 at Target and get yourself 3-4 bins, you will thank yourself in the future.  That way, a week ahead of time you can try everything on one last time, and put it straight in the bin to bring with.  No need to worry about losing accessories, jewelry, weapons, etc. 

In general, plastic bins are just a good idea all around for conventions.  Keeps things organized, and helps you not forget anything.