CONvergence!

Hooray, it’s CONvergence time!

Thursday through Sunday I’ll be at CONvergence, my favorite Minnesota convention! I’ll be doing all sorts of things this weekend, and hopefully I’ll see you there.

Activities

Mos Icee Cantina – The Minnesota Force has a super fun party room, the Mos Icee Cantina, where you can cool down with a sno-cone. I’ll be there throughout the weekend, so stop by and say hello and grab a sno-cone! The Mos Icee Cantina is open 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM on Thursday and Friday, and 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM on Saturday.

Ladies of Star Wars Panel – I’ll be on the panel for “Ladies of Star Wars” on Friday at 2:00 PM.

Star Wars Meetup – From 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, there is a Star Wars meetup. I’ll be there hanging out with other Star Wars nerds.

Masquerade – On Saturday, I’ll be competing in the masquerade! Masquerade is at 6:00 PM, and doors open at 5:30 PM.

Costume Schedule

Thursday: General Hux
Friday: Normal clothes (until 4:00 PM), then Poe Dameron
Saturday: Rebel, Rebel Princess
Sunday: Scarlet Witch

Badge Ribbons!

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Find me on Thursday dressed as General Hux and tell me why Kylo Ren is a punk-ass bitch to receive a “Generally Angry” badge ribbon! (There are no incorrect answers.)

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Find me on Friday as Poe Dameron (Jakku) or on Saturday as Rebel, Rebel Princess (David Bowie/Princess Leia mashup) in your rebel/resistance costume to get a “Rebellions” badge ribbon! I’m also willing to trade ribbons.

Hope to see you there!

 

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Twin Cities Pride Parade & SaberCon

I meant to post this a while ago, but I’ve been so caught up in last-minute costume stuff for CONvergence that I forgot!

Two weekends ago I attended The Saber Legion‘s SaberCon (two days of it, at least) and it was a lot of fun! I realized I didn’t take any photos, so I apologize for that.

June 25th was the Twin Cities Pride parade, and I walked with the Geek Partnership Society‘s float as part of the Minnesota Force. I’ve never been in the Pride parade before, and I can’t describe how incredible it was. There was so much positive energy and excitement from the crowd! I had an absolute blast, and I hope I get to do it again next year.

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Photo by Tatiana Allen.

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Kylo photo-bomb! Photo by Tatiana Allen.

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Minnesota Force! Photo by Madeline Anderson.

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Minnesota Force! Photo by Madeline Anderson.

Busy Weekend!

I’ll be at two different events this weekend!

The first is The Saber Legion‘s SaberCon. This con runs Friday through Sunday. I’ll be volunteering at the Minnesota Force table on Friday night and most of the day on Saturday. Come on out and watch some awesome lightsaber combat!

The second is the Ashley Rukes LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday! I’ll be marching with fellow Minnesota Force members as part of the Geek Partnership Society. I’m super excited! We’ll be toward the end of the parade.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Rebel, Rebel Princess Boots

Even though my Rebel, Rebel Princess costume is still a fairly new build, I’m already working on a V2 after wearing it a few times. One of the things I wanted to change was the boots. The ones I bought initially worked just fine, but they weren’t very comfortable. I hardly ever wear shoes with heels, so those boots were awful for walking and standing in. So, I decided to make GLITTER BOOTS!

I ended up buying a cheap pair of white boots off of Amazon. I figured if the process didn’t work, I’d be out $15 and some glitter. I’m always a little skeptical of cheap shoes, so I wasn’t sure what I’d get when they arrived. Thankfully, they were pretty much what I expected:

While I wouldn’t wear these boots on a daily basis (they’re not super high quality), they will definitely work for costumes. In fact, if I ever make a “normal” Senatorial Leia costume, I’ll probably buy these again.

The first thing I did was remove the buckles. The buckles around the ankles weren’t attached at all, so I just slipped those off. The top buckles were easily removed with a seam ripper. I ended up saving the hardware just in case I can use them for another project. Yay, recycling!

The next thing I did was tape off the soles with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to protect them from painting and glittering. Then, I began the process of painting the boots silver with DecoArt Patent Leather paint. I bought two bottles, and I’m glad I did. It took several coats (I think five?) to get some decent coverage. If I wasn’t covering them in glitter, I probably would have done several more coats just to make sure there was solid coverage (and would probably need three bottles of paint total for that). It also took quite a while for the paint to dry and lose its tackiness, so the painting process took several days since I’d do one coat right after work and then a second coat later in the evening. This is how the boots looked after the painting process:

You can see the very attractive blue tape on the soles. FASHION.

Now, for the fun and messy part: GLITTER!

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I basically followed the same process I used for glittering my blaster. I used regular Mod Podge as my adhesive for the glitter by painting a section with a coat of Mod Podge and then shaking silver glitter onto the section. I patted it down lightly and then shook off the excess glitter. I repeated the process until both boots were covered. When all was said and done, the boots weren’t the only things covered in glitter. So were my desk, my carpet, my clothing, my cats…

I waited until the base coat of Mod Podge dried and then used two coats of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter (mixed with a little of the silver glitter) to seal the glitter. The nice thing about the Extreme Glitter Mod Podge is that the glitter is iridescent, so not only does it sea in the silver glitter, it adds an extra dimension of sparkle.

When the Mod Podge sealing coats dried, I removed the blue tape. The boots were complete!

I wore the boots for the first time at AniMinneapolis for the masquerade. Fearing the worst, I brought along an emergency glitter repair kit with me with a little of the glittery Mod Podge, a small vial of glitter, and a paintbrush. Luckily, I didn’t need to use it for the 8 hours or so I was wearing the boots.

That said, the boots did suffer some damage from wear. It’s interesting how there are tons of tutorials online about how to glitter a pair of shoes, but nobody really shows what happens after you wear them. I think if you glitter a section of a shoe or glitter a pair of flats, there isn’t as much damage. But, these are knee-high boots that are kind of slouch-style, so there are a lot of folds and creases to consider, so I don’t think there’s a surefire way to avoid cracking. Here are photos of the “battle damage” from wearing the boots:

For the piece that actually peeled off of the boot, I just used fabric glue to reattach it. For some of the smaller cracks where the white boot showed through, I used a silver Sharpie as a base instead of messing around with paint again. Then, I just used the same glittering process as above on any areas with cracks. I’m pretty sure the repair process is something I’ll have to do with each wear, and that’s fine. This isn’t a costume I wear all the time so it’s not a huge problem. The plus side is that even if there is cracking, the boots are so glittery that nobody notices. Also, the gown is long enough to cover the majority of the boots, so it’s not totally obvious.

General Hux Tunic Update

Summer is pretty much here in Minnesota, which means it’s time for more events and conventions, but also warmer weather! Unfortunately, that means I’ll likely forego wearing the greatcoat with my General Hux costume since it’s wool.

Even though I already did a fair amount of tailoring to the tunic, I decided to take in the sleeves a little and shorten them. They were still quite long and wide, and it looked a little ridiculous. When I was wearing the greatcoat over my shoulders, it kind of hid that, but I wanted to just fix the sleeves once and for all.

I’ve never taken in sleeves with a lining, so it took probably ten times longer than it would have for someone who knew what they were doing.

The photo on the left was how the tunic looked before, and the photo on the right is how the tunic looks now. It’s not super easy to see the difference in the photo, but I did take in the sleeves about an inch or so, and took in the cuffs a few inches.

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Close-up of the tailored sleeve.

I think it looks better, and it definitely looks less baggy on me.