I really had a great time with my friends at Con this year. The hotel room was literally the best I have ever had traveling as a costumer (3 sinks! Ample closet space!) despite the hotel staff being the worst I have ever seen.
Our group decided to enter the Sci Fi/Fantasy masquerade as a Steampunk Circus. The final grouping was better than I could have imagined.
Amy Sue was the Ringmaster. She did a ton of embroidery on her outfit, from her red coat to her repurposed leather underbust corset to her top hat with carousel that ACTUALLY TURNED AROUND.
Nell was our Horse Trainer. She made all of her outfit except the shoes and gauntlets (which happened to match really well). The crinoline was a thing of beauty and she hand beaded the appliques on her bodice and skirt.
Jennifer was our Trapeze Artist. She modeled her costume after a 19th century animatronic trapeze artist doll. She digitized her own embroidery on her bodice, and made her wig of RAFFIA.
Artemisia was our Lion Tamer. She turned curtain fabric into a cute strappy blouse and made a fez, bolero and ruffled skirt to coordinate. She made her own whip and even made accessories for her lion, who was not very cooperative in the performance. She wore her amazing River Song wig to complete the look.
Chris (Jennifer’s Mom) was our tightrope walker. She was inspired by an old vintage circus poster. Her skirt has 21 layers in it, each edged at the bottom with binding! Her umbrella is actually the one Jennifer uses when doing her 6th Doctor costume. Chris even made her own shoes.
Maven was our Fire Wrangler. She made pants from the Single Pattern contest pattern. She did a peplum of men’s ties in fire colors that resembled flames when she turned around. Her corset is faux leather with appliques of an Asian dragon and flames. Her accessories are all Asian in theme. Her fire accessories were mostly items used for Raves!
JessF was our Strongwoman. First of all, she made her boots by creating the leather tops and stitching them to her shoes. The belt was based off of a vintage strongwoman belt. She had the buckle cut for her and made the rest of the belt. Her cyber-arm was made using foam, pistons, etc. Her wig is a mix of stretchy metallic tubes. Her barbell is made of GERBIL BALLS.
And I finally got to wear the Steampunk Clown costume. I had to fix the boots because the screws that attached the spats to the shoes were too long. I wound up attaching the tops to the bottom with elastic through buttons. It worked very well, was comfortable, and held in place. Chelsey and I also made an umbrella. She did the embroidery on it and I assembled it. It was supposed to have little rhinestone horses hanging from it, but they didn’t make it onto the umbrella in time for the performance.
It was strange to finally wear the costume myself. It really wasn’t as heavy as I thought it would be, but I did freak myself out several times by looking in the mirror. I think Chelsey looks better in it because my face is too angular.
We had a great time with the performance and wound up winning Best Master Overall, which was very cool. We celebrated by either A)sleeping, or B)going out for steak and karaoke, heh.
We all wore several other costumes over the course of the weekend and spent a lot of time sewing. Much silliness ensued.
But I think the following photo best sums up the variety of costumes and crazy that was the weekend:
(If you happen to be in Minnesota over the 4th of July weekend, the Steampunk Circus (or most of it’s members and some auxilliary members) will be at Convergence on Friday July 5th. We hope to see you there!)