Purse to Vest

Defiance- Irisa Cosplay

I’m keeping this brief because I’m in the final crunch for DragonCon. This is the knife vest Irisa wears in the TV show Defiance on SyFy. I got the leather purse at Goodwill, deconstructed it, and then put it back together as the vest- only adding grommets and the lacing to the original materials the purse provided.


Halloween Approaches

What to wear?!? As October begins the inevitable concern over this seemingly simple question begins to set in. For me, it’s more a case of too many ideas than none.

So after much contemplation, I had pretty much decided to go with either a fem version of Sherlock Holmes or Marie Antoinette.

But then my fiancé decided he felt in the Halloween spirit. So a couples costume was in order! I decided on something I thought would not only be fairly easy, pretty inexpensive, and would also be appropriate for us since we are soon to be married.

The Corpse Bride couple!

So here is a breakdown of what I need.

For Him:

  • Black Jacket
  • Silver Cravat
  • White and black face makeup

I found a black tux jacket at a Goodwill for $6. Score! It fits him pretty well, but needs to be taken in on the sides to give the more skinny effect of the character.

For Me:

  • Wedding Dress
  • Long Blue Wig
  • Blue Liquid Latex body paint
  • Veil with dried flowers

First, I immediately began scouring local thrift stores in the hopes of finding a wedding dress that would work for under $50. After a internet search, I discovered a place called Value Village. Major Score!! I’m not sure if they have these nationwide, but this place turned out to have several vintage wedding dresses, all for less than $50 and in surprisingly excellent condition. If you are ever in the market for a wedding dress to buy on the cheap, or an older dress for a costume, make sure to check this place out.

Anyway, here is the dress I purchased, which came with the original veil with flower crown! How perfect! I’m super excited to start the deconstruction process. Pictures on that to follow soon.

Here is what I hope it will look like when complete.



I also researched body paints and I decided to use liquid latex to make my skin the blue grey color of the character. Water based paints (like they use at carnivals for face painting) tends to rub off more easily, especially if they get wet from sweat. Oil based paints are available but require more skin prep work before applying, are toxic, and can be more difficult to remove. But liquid latex is non-toxic, doesn’t smudge, and should just peel right off. Before using, make sure you read all the info and make sure you are NOT allergic to latex.

So that’s it for now, very excited about this costume and looking forward to sharing the progress and results!

~The Girl


Here is a pic from my version of The Corpse Bride!


Getting Started with a Costume

So, for my first post I thought I would share my current project. I am working on a TARDIS Dress fro Dragon*Con, the Atlanta SciFi/Fantasy, Anime, Comic….Geekery Galore Convention. This will be my third year at the convention and my first year creating a Dr. Who costume.

I debated what to make, a Dalek, Doctor Costume, possibly go as Amy Pond. But in the end I decided that a TARDIS would be both instantly recognizable and held the most inspiration for me. After scouring the internet for examples and inspirational pictures on which to base my design, I found this picture and the dress in the middle was perfect for me.

So this also happens to be my first time sewing a dress without a pattern. I am lucky enough to have a mannequin that is pretty much exactly my measurements. This is not a actual sewing dress form, but a mannequin I snagged from a high-end retail store where I used to work. They were going to throw it out (can you imagine!).

The Process

So I used a basic circle skirt for the bottom. I read and followed this great Circle Skirt How To from MADE. I found it necessary to alter the process slightly as my fabric was not wide enough to cut out the entire circle at once. Then I started  designing and cutting out the bodice for the dress, using a well fitting dress I already own as a sort of base for my pattern.

Of course, you are bound to run into problems. I actually found that my skirt ended up being WAY too big. Not really sure how that happened, but I just took out one of the four panels and ended up with a three panel circle skirt that fit.

Looking forward to sharing the finished product with you!

~The Girl