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#1 Penlowe on 1 year ago

I don't know what to wear.

[U]Explanation:[/U]
So, I teach sewing. I love costume in general and have enjoyed the cons that take place in my city. Way back in January at a work meeting we decided as a shop to apply to do a panel presentation on sewing techniques. We were approved! Yay! the panel itself is already in process, making samples, printing flyers, etc. That's the 'easy' part, I've been teaching for years.
I'm really at a loss as to what to wear. Obviously, I really need to be in a costume that I made from scratch. I have to be able to do a fair amount of work in it, both during the presentation and set-up/ break down. It will be Labor Day Weekend in Texas. I'm neither young nor skinny, no spandex.

[U]First Thought:[/U] Edna Mode (which would be very appropriate) but I can't stand hair in my face, I'm pretty sure the wig and fake glasses would be too distracting while I'm trying to teach.
[U]Second Thought:[/U] fairy/ Renn Faire garb. Second largest Renn Faire in the US is in Texas and begins at the end of September. I've worn enough of this stuff that yeah, I can do all the work I mentioned in it, plus I'm almost done with my most recent corset project. But it's going to be hotter than other options and less fitting for the con.
[U]Third Thought:[/U] Harry Potter character, either McGonnogall or Helga Hufflepuff. McGonnogall may fall outside my budget as much as I'd love to do her, velvet & taffeta ain't cheap.
I AM OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS!!

[U]So, criteria:[/U]
- must be able to move around easily
- must not be too far outside of 'norm' for a con
- must not be too weird on a middle aged white woman
- no evil characters, that's just not me.

#2 gypsy_girl on 1 year ago

I love the suggestion of Edna Mode. She's such a wonderful character.

How about something with different sewing techniques that can be used as an example of what you're talking about in your presentation. Reg Faire outfit could work.

Instead of Professor McGonagall how about Professor Sprout. She has great robes, but the material is different so it might not be as expensive.

#3 Penlowe on 1 year ago

My boss is very slim, I may twist her arm into wearing Edna Mode. :)

I'm not too worried about wearing samples as that's part of our panel, we will have stuff to pass around and look at up close, try a few stitches yourself type thing.

#4 TheGoofQueen on 1 year ago

This is a costume I've been thinking about doing for a while, and it comes from sort of an obscure/smaller video game, but I thought of it instantly based on what your panel is and your Ren faire idea: how about Madam Purl, the Tailor Master from Fantasy Life? ([URL="http://fantasy-life.wikia.com/wiki/Madam_Purl"]Wiki page[/URL], [URL="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6e42a8d6c31848d42eff61a1def4776a/tumblr_nmkggatSQ31r08ruqo1_1280.png"]Bottom Left[/URL]) Her in-game role is to teach you how to be a Tailor, so she's perfect for your panel. She does have a large skirt and long sleeves, so might be a bit hot for Texas, and the wig is pretty large (though all out of your face!), but I thought I'd toss the idea out there. :)

#5 Respawning on 1 year ago

Something Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass tea party styled? Could be whimsical, use various pieces/techniques, and possibly at least as comfy as the renfaire attire with many options (fun pantaloon styled pants that could be cooler than a big dress).

#6 Penlowe on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=TheGoofQueen;5067501]This is a costume I've been thinking about doing for a while, and it comes from sort of an obscure/smaller video game, but I thought of it instantly based on what your panel is and your Ren faire idea: how about Madam Purl, the Tailor Master from Fantasy Life? ([URL="http://fantasy-life.wikia.com/wiki/Madam_Purl"]Wiki page[/URL], [URL="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6e42a8d6c31848d42eff61a1def4776a/tumblr_nmkggatSQ31r08ruqo1_1280.png"]Bottom Left[/URL]) Her in-game role is to teach you how to be a Tailor, so she's perfect for your panel. She does have a large skirt and long sleeves, so might be a bit hot for Texas, and the wig is pretty large (though all out of your face!), but I thought I'd toss the idea out there. :)[/QUOTE]

Love this! Definitely putting it on the list. Her name bugs me a wee bit, purl is a knitting thing, not a sewing thing, but it may have been translated poorly from the original concept.

#7 TheGoofQueen on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Penlowe;5067508]Love this! Definitely putting it on the list. Her name bugs me a wee bit, purl is a knitting thing, not a sewing thing, but it may have been translated poorly from the original concept.[/QUOTE]

Glad you like the idea! Agreed on her name; some of the names in Fantasy Life can be a bit on-the-nose (her pet parrot is "Baste" and her assistant is "Bobbin", for example) but overall it's a super cute game. Good luck with your choice and your panel!

#8 walkerofdarknes on 1 year ago

Well, you could always go as Jaina Proudmore from World of Warcraft. It's a fairly simple outfit (apart from the shoulder pads). You could even joke about being a "Master Wizard of Sewing".
There's a couple of different versions to choose from, so pick whatever works best for you (HOORAY for Blizzard actually doing this!). The Jaina options are on the second line: [URL="https://heroesofthestorm.com/en/media/cosplay-kits/"]https://heroesofthestorm.com/en/media/cosplay-kits/[/URL]

#9 Penlowe on 1 year ago

I do like Blizzard as a company. Don't care for this iteration of Jaina though, I'd be inclined to do her Vanilla outfit, she is a good option.... Thanks! more to think on :)

#10 ShinobiXikyu on 1 year ago

The Fairy Godmother from Cinderella! After all, she did put together that lovely ballgown...

#11 Scunosi on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=ShinobiXikyu;5067617]The Fairy Godmother from Cinderella! After all, she did put together that lovely ballgown...[/QUOTE]
Just thought about suggesting this, or one of the fairies from Sleeping Beauty, since they both have sewing connotations, although they never actually sew anything since it's magic. There's also the sewing mice from Cinderella but people might not recognize those?

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