About That Hooded Mask

Back in May, I showed Guild members a red hooded mask I made for a superhero costume. Problem was, I didn’t have the decorations on it for the finished look, nor did I have the rest of the body suit to the costume. It looked like a red executioner’s hood, frankly! And for sports, I put it on for a photo in our Guild newsletter… which shall remain there cause I only looked like I was up to no good! Well, I wanted to assure you that hooded mask was put to good use, not bad deeds! 🙂

I had hoped to run a race in that Flash cosplay. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan the zipper situation right so it would have chafed and carved out a hole in my neck if it did. So the outfit was ill-fated to be nothing despite all the hard work put in. It was hard work, too, cause it had to be lined! You see, I had to use the wrong side of a curdoroy knit to get the right colour, but if I were to run in it, the corduroy would have taken off my skin, so I had another knit underneath. Then there was the yellow and white decorations!

Fortunately, one thing that has consistently worked out well in my life has been that failures have always found their value to soften the blow. As it turned out, for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (GISHWHES) 2013, participants needed a photo of the Flash with a particle accelerator for one item. Certainly, the particle accelerator, and access to it, was the far more difficult thing to find than the Flash, but Shirley J. in Halifax knew we had one in town at the Victoria General Hospital. She got access to it and went looking for a Flash in Hal-Con, our local convention for sci-fi, comics, anime, steampunks and various other things. I am a member of their Facebook page and the connection was made.

So rather than just a race for a selfish publicity stunt, my Flash costume turned out to have gained this participant some major points for GISHWHES 2013! It also got her daughter a picture with the Flash, which made her happy.

Now, while that outcome was nothing like I had planned, if you were to have asked me before it all happened which outcome I’d rather have the suit useful for if I could only had one, I’d definitely have chosen the latter! It’s nice when life turns out that way, isn’t it? That’s how I know Fate’s got my back in life, though that doesn’t mean I go taking ridiculous and unnecessary risks!

I DEFINITELY do NOT take Fate for granted! 🙂

NIGHTWING Running Body Suit / Cosplay

NIGHTWING Running Body Suit / Cosplay.

I stripped to show this at Sew and Tell at the last ASG meeting, but there are also notes here on techniques I used and future spandex/knit sewing aspirations. And there is a photo of the first body suit prototype that looked nice being brown snakeskin knit, but made me look like a naked black kid running around from afar. 🙂

My Grand Moff Costume at Hal-Con

I was at Hal-Con this weekend, Halifax’s where there were MANY FANTASTIC costumes! I will post more about them some time in the future to focus on some of the sewn costumes, since we are a sewing guild, as more pictures become available. For now, I’d llike to show you my costume, since I won’t be there for the November’s meeting show and tell.

The costume was, I would say, one of the most boring at Hal-Con. It was of Grand Moff (high ranking officer) from Star Wars. Don’t ask about the title. I didn’t make it up, but I’ve got lots of really bad adult jokes about it on my blog when I’ll be posting it. I made them up, though, so nobody was being mean towards me.

I made the tunic coat and rank decorations. It was a lot more work than it might seem because it was a uniform. Uniforms just look crappy if they’re baggy and such. I drafted the pattern from other pieces I had for myself, but had to adjust fit, still, in addition to redesign.

I used stretch suiting, which was the only material available in that colour at Fabricville, that had a similar texture. I had interfacing under the entire thing to give it some stiffness. That was basically it that I’d care to talk about the item except for the fact I had two powerful mini speakers strapped to my biceps under the sleeve so that I was walking around with my own Imperial March soundtrack, as well as any others I wanted on my iPod! That was the breakthrough, to make cosplay more than just a visual experience.

Some film crews took segments of me walking around with it but not sure if they’ll ever air anywhere. I’ll maybe give you a demo at the December show and tell.

But costume aside, the thing I think you’ll be more interested in will be the fact that this will become at least 5 garments in my wardrobe in the future. It will become a coat, a work jacket like a suit jacket, if you will, and a show piece whereby it’ll all be in black except the left chest and overlapping piece being one, sporting an image fabric so that I’ll be a walking canvas, if you will. I can also wear it with a belt or professional looking sash, even. Then I can do versions with and without the “skirt” at the bottom.

If I keep making work clothes like this and some other dress shirt designs with the same regal feel, I might just end up being the most fashionable male public servant in Nova Scotia in a year. Or worst dressed for those who can’t stand anything but the standard fare dress shirt and pants. But I can assure you that with a wardrobe of said look and feel, if you didn’t know who I was, any meeting you might be in with me, you’d bet that I was the one running the show!