Hair experiments

I have very long, straight Asian hair, which I am actually quite happy with and would not trade it for the world.  (Except for maybe if it was the same except red, like Ginny Weasley’s…)  But the first thing my friend said when I told him I was making Zoe’s costume was, “Man, she has GORGEOUS hair…”  Which, let’s be honest, Gina Torres is stunning and so are her locks.


Image from Black Hair Media

So…. I thought I should at least put some *texture* into my straight hair if I was to make a convincing Zoe.  In the weekends leading up to Emerald City, I tried out some hair experiments: supercoils, rag curls, and braids.

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Semi-charmed kind of life

Emerald City Comicon has come and gone.  I thought I was immune to the ConCrud this year, but was feeling sluggish all of last week until Saturday, when I went down hard for 3 days.  I’m still recovering, but feeling better as evidenced by my brain starting to plan my next sewing projects.  But first, hey look, its a costume event recap!  …kind of.  I forgot about taking photos of us in costume, so it’s just the one above and the one below, when Nathan Fillion made us laugh:


Nathan Fillion: “Hey, who are you guys dressed as?”  *we all laugh* *click*

Which I guess means that I’ll save the in-depth Wash & Zoe costume post for another day.  But I was delighted that Browncoats recognized that we were dressed as Zoe and Wash, so success! Instead, I’ll just say that we had a good time at Emerald City Comicon.  I caught some cool costumes, which will be after the cut, including my fave: a sweet Simon & Marcy.  I have to say, it was a delight to wander around once again and telling other people how much I enjoyed seeing their creations


Simon and Marcy!

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Hornpipe and ballet notes


Choose-your-own-adventure hornpipe:

Hop rally-right step up

Push click push click

Hop rally step back

Heel heel heel rally back toe

Turn-right heel front, hop into right kick butt

Hop rally-right step up

Push click push click

Pull back left, rally-right step up

Rally-right right-toe-toe left-toe right-toe rally-left step up


Ballet notes:

Waltz turn:  make sure back leg is really behind me, not off to the side

Piroette: more subtle bend in knees, otherwise to much springy momentum, plie weight is on ball of supporting leg so can instantly balance on it


Irish dance drill notes


Rally:  keep the rally foot closer to standing leg, figure out comfortable, consistent hop/releve height, will make rallies more consistent.

Lift-hop-down:  my standing leg is jumping side to side, keep landing straight down on line.  Keep feet turned out.

Heels: keep back for as close to 180° as possible, on toes.  Very crossed front toe, front heel (almost rolling, toes curled), back slight movement, just scoot along)


Getting back into costuming

As Emerald City Comicon is coming up, I’ve found that my enthusiasm for making costumes has come back. After going dormant for…4 years. No, wait, I did make one “costume” (Anya’s dress for a wedding, never blogged) and C. elegans costume for a friend, which was worn by a Nobel laureate, how cool is that?!?


…Is that…is that Craig Mello on the right?  Oh my glob, it is

Then my dilemma became: “Crap. What do I make first?” Because there all 3 that I want to make immediately: Arwen’s Chase Coat, Rey’s Jedi Steps outfit, and Zoe & Wash from Firefly.  Because Nathan Fillion will be at Emerald City, though Sean Astin will be there too, so we could do Arwen/Aragorn.  I asked my friends on Facebook and the consensus seemed to be Zoe & Wash, mostly seemingly because my friends like cute couples cosplay. (Didn’t offer to have Art dress as Aragorn though.)


The options: Arwen, Rey, Wash&Zoe.  I’m pretty sure Nathan Fillion will be clothed.

It might actually be a good thing to hold off on Rey’s outfit until the DVD comes out.  I did buy 2 wool jackets from Goodwill though, so I am looking forward to that.  Arwen has been in the works for like…7 years.  I have all the supplies and a plan, just never got around to making her Chase coat.

Still, Zoe & Wash will probably be the easiest because it will mostly be found pieces.  Art’s costume was easy: I found a good Hawaiian shirt.  Done!  Zoe is a little trickier, but I found most of her outfit and  I’m making her vest and shotgun holster.  I have a total girl crush on Gina Torres, who I won’t come close to pulling off her general awesomeness, but maybe that’s ok.  Gotta figure out her hair since I have not made a truce with wigs yet.  My friend suggested I try “supercoiling” my hair (like DNA!) to get that look, so I’m going to try this weekend.  (And maybe it will fit in the the Irish dance volunteer thing I have on Saturday.)


Wash: Done!  Zoe: Some assembly required.  Plus kitty.

For Zoe’s vest, I’m starting with Burdastyle’s 08/2013 133 dress…because I have this pattern already and I won’t have to start from scratch.  Especially with what I thought were princess seams, but are actually pointed side panels.  Yep, don’t want to draft those.


Burdastyle 08/2012 133 dress

As for props…I guess I should go buy some plastic dinosaurs for Art.  Zoe needs a shotgun or rifle.  I looked at prop guns and, wow, they are pricey (with good reason, for being handcrafted).  “Hm, these prop guns are expensive” soon morphed into “I now own 5 Nerf guns that I will be painting.”  Because I remember one of my friends from my archery club who repainted Nerf guns as a hobby.  For his “Humans vs. Zombie” marathon survival weekends.  Not all are for Zoe, just a Nerf shotgun that I found.  The rest are lack-of-impulse-control spoils from Target’s Star Wars Nerf gun series.  Heck yeah, I’m taking advantage of the new movie hype.  When else am I going to find a blaster for under $20?  (I do have a friend who’s legitimately concerned that I’m going to get shot by police, so the nozzles will sadly remain bright orange for now.  Unless I, hahaha, have any cosplay photo requests. Unlikely.)

So there it is.  I can’t wait for the weekend so I can work on this project.  I can’t right now becuase I’m supposed to be finishing up this paper.  And I really just want to get this paper sent out and over with.  Wow, I’m caffeinated.  Ok, back to real work.

Group treble reel

Bang rally-back, bang rally-back
Bang rally rally rally
Repeat left foot

Pull Back 2-3, pullback 2-3
Bang rally rally rally
(repeat left foot)

Rallyr rally rally pause
Rally rally rally pause
Slide right, slide left
Rally rally rally

Rally rally rally
Rally rally rally
Bang-up bang-up
Rally rally rally
Rally rally rally
Front kick step step, rally rally rally



Art is eerily photogenic