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.

MSP ComiCon (SpringCon) 2017

I’m posting this so late – sorry!

A couple of weekends ago I attended MSP ComiCon (SpringCon) at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It’s a fun two-day convention that’s focused on comics and collectibles, and I volunteered at the Minnesota Force table off and on over the weekend.

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General Hux sees you’re not using a coaster. Photo by Shane Erickson.

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The Dark Side: GRRRR. Photo by John Neitz. (Costumers: Kris Heding, John Neitz)

Saturday night the Minnesota Force was supposed to make an appearance at the St. Paul Saints Star Wars Night, but the game was canceled due to the rain. It rained nonstop all day, and it was so cold. It would have made for a miserable time for everyone, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t sad that the event was canceled. It’s supposed to be rescheduled, so hopefully it will happen sometime in July or August.

On Sunday, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to recreate the photo of Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron sitting in his X-Wing drinking coffee, so I attempted to put on my “If you can’t beat the First Order, seduce them with your wily charms” face and held up my coffee. I’m an idiot.

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Rey and Poe: READY TO KICK ASS. Photo by Lindsey. (Costumers: Lindsey, Kris Heding)

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I love this photo so much. Photo by Lindsey. (Costumers: Lindsey, Kris Heding, Eve Zabronsky, Phil Glover)

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Hanging out with Jedi, like you do. Photo by Ryan Christensen. (Costumers: Kris Heding, Pari Elizabeth, Ryan Christensen, Eve Zabronsky)

I bought fun things, too: General Hux and Captain Phasma “Black Series” figures, a pair of purple Lego lightsaber earrings, and a set of Jabba the Hutt and Salacious B. Crumb plushies. Oh, and a stack of Catwoman series 2 comics. Fun times!

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This past weekend I attended AniMinneapolis for the first time. Another first for me was entering the masquerade! I’ve never entered a masquerade before, and I thought, “Why not?” and gave it a go. The past couple of weeks I’ve been working on V3 of the belt and glittering a new pair of boots (tutorials to come later) so I’ve been a little absent from blogging and posting on my Facebook page. Sorry, everyone!

Friday I went as General Hux, which was fun. I tried to make an angry face before I left home.

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Still trying to master the “Are you not using a coaster?!” face. It’s harder than it looks.

Saturday was masquerade day, so I put on my Rebel, Rebel Princess costume and headed to the con for pre-judging! That process was more fun than I expected. It’s fun to talk to people about the creative process! The judges seemed impressed with my makeup and with the fact I hand-sewed most of my gown.

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That’s my pre-masquerade run-through nervous face.

Masquerade was immediately after run-through, and my boyfriend took video of my appearance. Only issue is that my gown is so white that the light just reflected off of me and I look kind of like a blob. That’s okay, you can kind of get the idea.

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The music is part of “The Princess Appears” from “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Rebel, Rebel” by David Bowie. My friend Jonathan put it together for me, and I love it. Especially the pew-pew at the end!

I didn’t win anything, but I’m glad I got to compete. Now that I’ve done it once, I might do it again.

Sunday I just dressed normally – well, sort of normal. I wore my twinkling stars skirt from ThinkGeek and I swear I’ve never gotten so many compliments on an item of clothing. I guess if you want a conversation starter, that skirt will do the trick!

Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis 2017

Well, I had a busy weekend attending Wizard World Comic Con in Minneapolis, that’s for sure! I had a pretty great time and got to see a lot of friends and familiar faces.

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All shall bow to the First Order! (Costumers: Kris Heding, Aaron Lilyerd)

On Friday, I worked at the Star Wars booth where we were representing the Minnesota Force, the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and Costumers for a Cause. I wore my General Hux costume and Aaron wore his First Order Stormtrooper costume. It was fun!

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Saturday I wore my newly-updated Poe Dameron costume with my new pants, shirt, belt, wig, and blaster! I’m really happy with how everything turned out. The pants are still not quite the color I want, but I think they work just fine. Only downside to the wig is that I wish my actual hair was as thick and voluminous as the wig. Sigh. I attended the Peter Capaldi and John Barrowman Q&A panels, and both were highly entertaining and made me love both of them even more than I already did.

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I got a huge kick out of the action figure packaging backdrop. I’ve always wanted to be an action figure!

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On Sunday, I wore my Scarlet Witch costume, which I’ve only ever worn twice (once at MetaCon last year, and once on Halloween) so I figured I should wear it. With all of the Star Wars costuming events I do, I don’t very often get to wear my other costumes. Anyway, they had giant Hulk and Iron Man statues that I had to take photos with. Because reasons.

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Imagine cool red swirly magic happening between my fingers. I look a lot cooler that way.

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Fighting crime, or just doing some sort of synchronized dance routine? Where’s Star-Lord? We should have a dance-off.

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Again, use your imagination for the cool magic swirly stuff.

All in all it was a great weekend! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello when I was working at the booth!

Minnesota Vixen Home Opener

On April 29th, the Minnesota Force/501st Legion attended the home opener for the Minnesota Vixen,┬áthe longest continuously operating women’s tackle football team in existence.

It was kind of windy and chilly, but for most of us it was comfortable since costumes get to be pretty warm most of the time. The Vixen won the game, and the crowd was awesome!

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The Dark Side. (Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Kris Heding, August O’Meara, Kimberly Fuchs)

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The whole group! (Photo by Steve Fuchs. Costumers: Phil Glover, Kimberly Fuchs, Steve Fuchs, Alex Hall, Aaron Weiss, Amanda Fineran, Kris Heding, August O’Meara)

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(Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: August O’Meara, Aaron Weiss, Phil Glover, Kris Heding, Amanda Fineran)

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Just hanging around. (Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Aaron Weiss, Amanda Fineran, Kris Heding, August O’Meara)

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Rooting for the Vixen! (Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Steve Fuchs, Kimberly Fuchs, Amanda Fineran, Kris Heding, Aaron Weiss)

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General Hux surveying the gameplay. (Photo by Alex Hall)

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*cue badass music* (Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Phil Glover, Amanda Fineran, Steve Fuchs, Kimberly Fuchs, Kris Heding, August O’Meara)