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Ever since my first time attending GeekGirlCon (GGC) back in 2013, I knew that it was special. It quickly won over my heart. There’s just something about the environment of GGC that sets it apart from all other conventions I go to. I think it’s a combo of the unique panels, diverse vendor’s hall, and the strong sense of community ...

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Ever since my first time attending GeekGirlCon (GGC) back in 2013, I knew that it was special. It quickly won over my heart. There’s just something about the environment of GGC that sets it apart from all other conventions I go to. I think it’s a combo of the unique panels, diverse vendor’s hall, and the strong sense of community that just create for an experience unlike any others I’ve had at a con. This is the con I spend all year looking forward to and have not been disappointed by yet (and I doubt I ever will be!)

Considering its name, some people have asked me if GGC excludes men or has some kind of “uber-feminist” agenda. This is simply not the case. GGC is about celebrating the female geek, yes, but it’s also about diversity and inclusion. No one is ever shunned or turned away from this con. Not to mention, GGC is the first con that I knew of that offered gender neutral bathrooms to provide a safe space for everyone attending. Additionally, there are always a multitude of inclusive and diverse panels and workshops including panels about gender, sexuality, and equality.

I attended GGC 2015 with my friends Christina (Urbanflower Designs), David (Ginger Ten), Jay (Raging Storm Cosplay), and Sarah (Rose Quartz Latte Cosplay). All of us were still pretty hyped from our Mad Max weekend a few weeks prior and decided to attend con in our Mad Max gear. I wore my Furiosa dress on Saturday of the con while Christina, David, and Jay wore their Furiosa, Max, and Nux cosplays respectively. With high hopes, the three of them entered the cosplay contest.

First thing we did when getting to GGC was check out the dealer’s hall and artist alley. I’ve always been a fan of their dealer’s hall because the convention has always done an excellent job to cultivate their booths to provide for a varied and unique convention shopping experience. Sarah and I both fell in love with the art at the Studio Catawampus booth. I ended up getting three prints, one of Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road, a scientist otter complete with goggles and beakers, and this retro space penguin holding a ray gun as a rocket lands in the distance. I also ended up getting all the Mad Max prints that Meg McMuffins had at her booth which included Immortan Senpai, How to Woo a Warboy, and Nux’s Happily Ever After. I could not be more pleased with my purchases.

After buying all the aforementioned art, it was nearly time for the costume contest. Sarah and I headed towards the cosplay contest room to get a good seat so we could loudly cheer for all our friends. While it was a fun contest to view, sadly there was a cat-walk that was highly underused during the contest. As such, what I thought was going to be a great spot for the contest ended up only being mediocre at best. Still, I got some decent photographs of some of the contestants. Our Mad Max crew didn’t end up placing in the contest but they were well received by the audience!

Following the contest, I went to a panel my friend Kristina Horner was hosting with a few other YouTubers. They talked about what it’s like making money on Youtube, what this consists of on a day-today basis, how it’s changed as the market has grown, and they gave some advice for people looking to also make money on Youtube. I found it rather educational considering that’s exactly what I’m looking to do with my own production company, Headcanon Productions.

Once the panel was done, con was nearly over the day. All of us were pretty tired. David and Jay had stayed up most of the night before working on cosplay (#cosplaylife, amirite?) and I still had some homework to finish. So, we opted to head home and get an early start on Sunday.

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When we arrived at con on Sunday, my main focus was hanging out with friends and getting photos of all the excellent cosplayers. I had gotten all my shopping done Saturday, so I didn’t spend too much time in the dealer’s hall save for a couple of times I popped over to check on a few friends at their booths.

One of the other things I love about cons in general is how easy it can be to make friends. I feel this is especially so at GeekGirlCon. I think this is thanks to its smaller size and just the dynamics of the con in general. We ended up having in impromptu dance party near the escalators on the second floor and many attendees joined us. It was a lot of fun.

We also roped a few people into making this wonderful Fashionista video starring Jay as Thranduil, the Party Elf King. This video was definitely a highlight of the con for me. Where else will you see Thranduil teaching Ruby Rhod, Star-Lord, The Fonz, and Capable how to be fabulous? I’m looking forward to making more convention videos with friends and other attendees.

I’ve said it before but I will gladly repeat myself: GeekGirlCon is one of my absolute favorite conventions and I eagerly await its return every October. I’ll see you in the fall GGC; you’ve got me as a loyal attendee forever!

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Let’s Not Forget Who We Are http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/04/lets-not-forget/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/04/lets-not-forget/#respond Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:41:46 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11288 FanGirlConfessions.com
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In light of recent events, I’d like to ask everyone who is a fan of something to start really looking at what’s going on in the geek/nerd community. Growing up, if we found someone who even remotely liked the same things that we liked, we’d found an instant best friend. Now, the community spends a lot of time yelling at ...

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In light of recent events, I’d like to ask everyone who is a fan of something to start really looking at what’s going on in the geek/nerd community. Growing up, if we found someone who even remotely liked the same things that we liked, we’d found an instant best friend. Now, the community spends a lot of time yelling at other fans because maybe they didn’t like a certain iteration of a thing or because they don’t like another thing or liked this one thing that someone else didn’t like.
 
This is not how it’s supposed to be. The whole point of finding each other and finding people with similar passions is that we can share them and enjoy them. Sure, we can debate them, but being a jerk because someone disagrees with you goes against everything we once were.
 
So stop posting crap like “If you didn’t like ___, you’re an idiot” on social media. Or “If you like ___, you’re an idiot.” Because seriously, that makes you a BAD fan and not a good one. And not a member of a community I’d like to belong to as a long-time geek and nerd.
 
Geeks won. We’re in the majority now. We rule the world. Those who don’t identify as nerds have iPhones BECAUSE OF US. Let’s show them what it means to be proud of who we are and our community instead of tearing each other down.
With that being said, how about that Rogue One trailer?

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Shut Up And ConGT http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/03/shut-up-and-congt/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/03/shut-up-and-congt/#respond Wed, 30 Mar 2016 23:41:46 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11278 FanGirlConfessions.com
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I know, I know, I’m failing this blog and Arrow is going to come at me at some point and tell me that. I’m really trying to keep up, but with work and a new novel in the works, it’s hard. So I skipped the annual Gallifrey One post, and I did have an amazing time this year and even ...

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I know, I know, I’m failing this blog and Arrow is going to come at me at some point and tell me that. I’m really trying to keep up, but with work and a new novel in the works, it’s hard. So I skipped the annual Gallifrey One post, and I did have an amazing time this year and even premiered my Harley Quinn/Rose Tyler mash-up cosplay. There were many shenanigans there and at Disneyland. So instead of doing a long-winded post about that, here are some photos.

Photos with John Hurt and Michelle Gomez

Disneyland and Gallifrey One

Sadly, this is my last Gallifrey One until probably 2018 because next year, I want to go to Egypt, and that costs money.

However, I do want to blog about ConGT, because this year was its second year, and I still feel like it’s my home con (more like my family con because I spent most of the weekend hugging people). My 2016 ConGT adventure began on Friday, March 25th with a VIP party. You see, I was a guest at the con (and will be until the day I die because I won’t give them a choice!) and the VIP party is a chance to hang out with folks and the other guests, one of those being Colin Baker, the 6th Doctor. I got a chance to chat with Colin throughout the evening, along with some dear friends, and it was literally the most fun I’ve had in a long time. There was also wine and sangria, which I’m sure also played a part. I even dressed up in something other than cosplay.

Me and Colin Baker

My new favorite Doctor

Did I mention what an absolutely charming man Colin is? If not, HE IS! He’s the type of person that can insult you and it sounds so good that you just say “thank you.” (Don’t worry, he didn’t insult me. I got lots of compliments, though. Insert my swelling ego here.)

On Saturday, I decided to whip out my Harley/Rose mash-up cosplay again, which turned out to be a really big hit.

Harley Rose and the Weeping Angel

I don’t think the angel is weeping. I think it’s embarrassed by my shenanigans.

I did a cosplay panel early in the day and then also got to sit in on judging for the costume contest, which was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. To me, anyone who puts on a costume wins! Seriously, I don’t like judging costumes, although now that I’ve won a few contests, I know what it’s all about. But still, I will repeat, EVERYONE IS A WINNER.

Perhaps the highlight of the day, though, was the Doctor Who wedding. And yeah, sure, it’s been done before, but not like this: Colin Baker walked down the aisle with the flower girl, throwing petals everywhere (and on people). Yes, the 6th Doctor was a flower girl in the wedding. There will never be a wedding ever that cool. I didn’t take photos because I was too busy being in shock at how AWESOME this wedding was. It was also beautiful and Edward Owen delivered a beautiful speech about companionship that made me cry. I also liked the ring bearer, who was dressed as the 6th Doctor. It was just perfect.

But that wasn’t the end of the day: oh, no, there was more fun to be had. There was a fashion show that featured some absolutely stunning and beautiful dresses with geeky themes. It’s just like this con couldn’t et any better, but then it did!

But it still wasn’t over! After grabbing a quick bite to eat, I put on my super secret cosplay that I pulled together in a day about a week before the con for the 80s dance party. I decided to throw together a quick Tegan from “Resurrection of the Daleks” because it’s a costume I’ve always wanted to do. But my, that skirt was short on me. But it worked and people got it, so go me. I basically used paint markers on a $4 t-shirt and then bought a cheap pleather skirt. Everything else came out of my closet: and I didn’t have to wear a wig, which is almost a first.

Brave heart, Tegan.

First stop? The bar. We chatted there with some people about the experience of Gallifrey One and talked about some other random stuff, too. There were also some yummy Who-inspired drinks available (I liked the Rose Tyler).

Before the dance party started, though, Legs Nose Robinson – this AWESOME Doctor Who-inspired band – played a set. And I got grabbed out onto the dance floor by a friend’s little girl. We danced and danced and danced. And then danced some more. At some point, I was finally done.

But I thought it would be a brilliant idea to have some Girl Scout cookies before bedtime. So I woke up with indigestion at one point and thought I was dying (I wasn’t). Eventually, I got back to sleep, though, but still didn’t manage to sleep in. I was too excited. I was having too much fun.

Sunday was a more relaxed day, so I put on my Moment and spent a lot of time just hanging with people, getting hugs and just enjoying being with my people. But then, 1 p.m. rolled around and I participated in a wonderful writers panel. It was really cool to be up on the stage with writers with all kinds of experiences. After the panel, we set up some tables and I actually sold and signed some books. Everyone on that panel was seriously awesome and I’ll count them among my friends now from here on out (sorry, y’all don’t have a choice in that.)

Then I did a sci-fi panel where we started out by discussing the wonderfulness that is The Expanse, but then ended up talking about cons and Star Trek and a load of other things. This is what happens when you get geeks together. That, too, was a lot of fun.

But all good things must come to an end, and it was time for the closing ceremonies. We found out that I’d return next year (dur) and that Sophie Aldred and Andrew Cartmel would join us. Colin called me a “star” and made my head swell even bigger, if that’s possible. We said our goodbyes, I hugged everyone and then I headed home, very sad about having to leave. Really, I did not want to leave. This was like the hardest time leaving I think I’ve ever had. I love these people. LOVE THEM. They are part of me now. And now I just have to count down the days until next year.

I didn’t take a lot of photos, mostly because I was just having so much fun, I forgot! But here are the few I did take:

ConGT Photos

We also did a video with ConGT attendees dancing and singing to “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon. This sums up the amazing weekend pretty well:

There was one random moment on the way home, though. I was grabbing some quick food at Sonic about an hour outside of Clarksville, TN, and the car hop saw the Dalek sticker on my car: he was a Doctor Who fan. I told him about ConGT and invited him to join the family next year.

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Robin

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Cosplay: Becoming Sera From Dragon Age: Inquisition (Part 2) http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/03/cosplay-becoming-sera-dragon-age-inquisition-part-2/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/03/cosplay-becoming-sera-dragon-age-inquisition-part-2/#respond Sun, 13 Mar 2016 13:53:25 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11259 FanGirlConfessions.com
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So I promised a part 2 to my adventures in sewing and crafting to create my Sera from Dragon Age: Inquisition costume, so here it is. Things got a lot trickier after I finished the base shirt and leggings. Have you seen the detail on Sera’s jacket? It’s INSANE: And I had to figure out how to do that! Fortunately, ...

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So I promised a part 2 to my adventures in sewing and crafting to create my Sera from Dragon Age: Inquisition costume, so here it is. Things got a lot trickier after I finished the base shirt and leggings. Have you seen the detail on Sera’s jacket? It’s INSANE:

Sera

And I had to figure out how to do that! Fortunately, I found a tutorial that got me through the front of hte jacket just fine. Basically, I wrapped my dress form in plastic wrap and then wrapped that in masking tape. Then I drew the front pattern onto that and then cut it down the sides (to make a front and back) and then cut out the individual pieces. I used those plastic/masking tape patterns plus 5/8″ seam allowance to sketch out the pattern on my fabric and then cut it out.

But then, I had no idea how to actually sew the thing together. I found a tutorial that walked me through how to sew the pieces together, but I can’t find it now (I think maybe the site has gone away – boo). However, it did take me a few tries because I realized my topstitching is horrible (and in the end, I decided to go with black thread, rather than white), so it’s really a trial and error piece. Anyway, the key is to figuring out in what order to sew each piece. And unfortunately, I don’t remember that order. But basically, you sew the pieces together as you would any other pattern and then use top-stitching on the outer edges. I used a great sort of stretchy pleather fabric I found at JoAnn‘s, but be sure you have the right needle for that.

Sera vest

The tutorial, though, skipped right through the back, which is much more difficult. In the end, I sketched it out on the plastic/masking tape pattern, then I traced those pieces on cardstock plus a 5/8″ seam allowance and figured out the order in which they had to be sewn. However, the smart thing I did was create a back to sew the pieces onto, which saved me some time and effort. Here’s the work in progress:

Sera Vest

It came out really well, though, and surprisingly, I didn’t have to pull a single stitch and start over on the back:

Sera Jacket

Once done, I cut the vest down so that it was the right length (just under the boobs) and hemmed it. I also carefully measured out and did the strips that make up the armholes.Next

Next up, were the frog closures on the front. I looked around for closures that were close to what Sera’s looked like (with two circles on each side), but I couldn’t find anything that was remotely close. So I said, “How hard could it be to make frog closures?” Because I’m crazy. So I bought some thin cord and figured out how to make the closures look the way I want. Basically, you create each side, by twisting the cord and sewing it in place, and voila! Frog closures! Just google “frog closures” if you need to see specifics. I then sewed those onto the vest.

Sera vest

Sera

That left the strap that hangs from the bottom of the vest. Now, I’m not even sure what the purpose of that strap is, and I quickly discovered that in the reference images, that thing defies gravity. I “think” it has something to do with the quiver, but as I later learned, there was no way that would actually work in real life.

The straps were easy to sew, and I added another homemade frog closure to them. But to get them to sit up higher on the shirt, I had to defy gravity by safety pinning them to the shirt from the inside. In fact, that’s pretty much my answer to everything: safety pins!

Sera

The final piece to the vest puzzle are the shoulder tabs. Those were problematic for me because I was using such a lightweight material that studs you would normally use on leather wouldn’t work well. I also had a problem actually finding studs. In the end, the only thing that look best were snaps. I didn’t use the complete snap, but just the shiny heads, and the cool thing is that you can get a kit with a little plastic tool that makes putting them on really easy. So I cut long rectangles out for the shoulder tabs, sewed all but one end together, shoved a small piece of craft foam inside to give it more shape and then sewed the loose ends on to the vest’s collar.

Sera vest

So that’s the vest, and probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done with a sewing machine. But the details in that are something people have commented on, so the work (and tears – there were many tears when I started on the front of it) and cost of extra material (I underestimated how much pleather that tiny little vest required), was totally worth it.

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Steamposium 2015: Ruffles and Brass http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/02/steamposium-2015-ruffles-and-brass/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/02/steamposium-2015-ruffles-and-brass/#respond Sun, 21 Feb 2016 01:32:28 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11253 FanGirlConfessions.com
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At the end of September 2015, I had the pleasure of covering Seattle’s second annual steampunk convention known as “Steamposium”. I was thrilled to be attending again. Going to Steamposium is leaving your dull life behind for a weekend and entering a world of gears, leather, lace, ruffles, and of course, steam. It’s as though the decadence of everything has ...

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At the end of September 2015, I had the pleasure of covering Seattle’s second annual steampunk convention known as “Steamposium”. I was thrilled to be attending again. Going to Steamposium is leaving your dull life behind for a weekend and entering a world of gears, leather, lace, ruffles, and of course, steam. It’s as though the decadence of everything has been turned up and it makes you never want to go back to the mundane of your everyday life!

This year’s featured guests included Eddie McClintock and Allison Scagliotti from Warehouse 13, world-renowned model Ohpelia Overdose, the sensational steampunk models Kato and her Steamgirls, and the wildly popular artist, NoFlutter. With a line up like that, I knew I was in for a treat! I had a tremendous amount of fun the year prior, taking in the amazing outfits, going to unique panels, and meeting a few of my favorite celebs. This time was no different.

Unfortunately, just before Steamposium, I came down with a rather vicious chest cold that left me out for the count for the better part of a week. By the time con came around, I was still recovering. I could not make it to any of Friday’s festivities and was only able to attend for a few hours each on Saturday and Sunday. Despite that, I had a wonderful time and was able to see so many wonderful outfits and meet some truly amazing people.

Due to my illness, I regrettably had low energy levels and residual breathing problems. As such, I maintained a very relaxed approach to con. I wandered the halls, taking in the magnificent outfits, while chatting with friends and guests along the way.

On Saturday, I did manage to do a quick shoot with my friend Celestial Muse, who had been modeling some of her clothing line with a few others in the fashion show. I was able to get some lovely photos of her, Gigawatts, and Sugari on the sky bridge connecting the convention center to the parking garage before heading out for the day.

   

By far, the greatest highlight of the weekend for me when getting the opportunity to chat and work with Ophelia Overdose on Sunday afternoon. I’ve been a fan of her work since about 2009 when I stumbled across her page on DeviantArt.com. It was such a pleasure to meet someone I’ve respected and admired for years. She was just as nice in person as she is online and she is just as stunning! I am so thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to photograph her and I very much hope I get to again in the future.

    

I also had the opportunity to spend some time chatting with NoFlutter. I’ve been a fan of her work for a while now as well. Her work perfectly captures that rococopunk aesthetic that I absolutely adore. I actually plan on working with some cosplayers to do several photoshoots inspired by her work. When I let her know that she was excited and we exchanged business cards to keep in touch. I can’t wait to show her the results of our hard work once we get those photo shoots going.

The vendor’s hall was in a different location than the year prior. This year, it was on the first floor next to the artist’s alley. I found this change of location had its perks and drawbacks. One obvious perk was that all the dealers had more space to spread out and it wasn’t such a cramped feeling when you go shopping. However, the whole layout of that floor is a bit tricky, it kind of branches out into different corners that can lend itself to an awkward shopping experience. One vendor told me that on the first day there was a blank table (due to a dropped vendor) leading to their particular corner of the dealer’s hall, and due to that empty space a lot of attendees didn’t go into that area, assuming that the whole thing was empty.

Once the con shifted the rest of the vendors to fill that space things improved a bit for them but they were hoping for some more clear signs pointing attendees in their direction. A few of the vendors told me due to their location in the hall they weren’t getting much business. I think as long as there was some clear signage put in place to emphasize that there are more vendors in some of the corners, that the problem could be remedied for next time.

I was feeling a bit better on Sunday of con but not nearly well enough to tackle Steamposium with as much gusto as I wanted. I wish I had been in better health so I could have interacted with a lot more people and taken a lot more photos. Alas, sometimes you just have to listen to your body and take it easy. I am definitely looking forward to next Steamposium, and I’m going to make sure I’m not sick for it! Until then, I’ll be dreaming of ruffles, leather, and brass.

*All photos in this article were taken by Fearless Photoworks.*

 

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Cosplay: Becoming Sera From Dragon Age: Inquisition (Part 1) http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/01/cosplay-becoming-dragon-age-inquisitions-sera-part-1/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2016/01/cosplay-becoming-dragon-age-inquisitions-sera-part-1/#respond Fri, 01 Jan 2016 15:56:29 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11245 FanGirlConfessions.com
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I know, I know, I’ve been bad about updating the site. It was a very busy year and I got really behind, and … okay, it’s 2016, so no more excuses. However, one thing I did well in 2015 was make costumes. In fact, my Dragon Age: Inquisition Sera came out so well that I ended up winning first place ...

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I know, I know, I’ve been bad about updating the site. It was a very busy year and I got really behind, and … okay, it’s 2016, so no more excuses.

However, one thing I did well in 2015 was make costumes. In fact, my Dragon Age: Inquisition Sera came out so well that I ended up winning first place in a costume contest at Memphis Comic and Fantasy Con. That was an amazing experience, especially after winning a contest in my BioShock Infinite TARDIS costume at a small con in Jackson, TN a few months earlier.

The Sera costume took me about six months to put together, so I thought I’d detail my process in parts because there was a lot to it. The hard work was, obviously, worth it, but I won’t lie when I say there were tears and cursing and blood and sweat that went into it.

Beginning the costume was easy, but expensive. You see, Sera wears plaidweave leggings. Now plaidweave isn’t a regularly-available material in the real world, and the particular plaid pattern isn’t easy to duplicate. Although I thought about painting the pattern onto some jeggings, I didn’t think it would look as good as if I had fabric with that pattern. So I spent a ton of money and ordered plaidweave from SpoonFlower. I chose the organic cotton knit, which was perfect for the sewing pattern I found: Simplicity New Look 6323.

Sera leggings

I liked that the fabric was stretchy, but not too much so.

The sewing pattern also helped me create the basis of the tunic, although, obviously, I had to completely alter the top, figure out how to make it off the shoulder and add straps, etc. I chose a maroon-ish jersey stretch knit fabric for that part of the costume (found on Fabric.com): it’s supposed to be clingy, so that’s what I ran with. I started with the shirt from the pattern sans sleeves, and then sort of cut the top to match Sera’s and then sewed the sleeves so that they would fall off-shoulder (which turned out to be easier than just sewing regular sleeves. I also cut the bottom with scissors so that it looked ragged like Sera’s. Fortunately, this fabric didn’t fray, so I didn’t have to do any additional sewing.

Sera Costume

So far, so good, right? But then there’s that white trim that the shirt needed. Fortunately, I had plenty of white cotton sateen left from my BioShock Infinite TARDIS dress, so I tea-stained it (basically, I soaked it in tea to make it look more ancient) and then used it for the shirt’s straps and top detail.

Sera costume

It started coming together after that. I also slit the shirt down the front and added the tea-stained cotton sateen there. I used an awl to create the holes for the straps, which I then reinforced by sewing around the holes medieval-style. Then I tied it all together with some leather cord I found at WalMart.

Sera costume

Of course, there’s something missing: the distressing. I was lucky: the fabric I used for the shirt was super accommodating, so I just literally cut strips in it to create the distressing. Then I used some of that iron-on adhesive tape stuff for patches and used a gray fabric (the same material as the shirt) as a background for those rips. I think it came out great.

Sera costume

Then, I hand-sewed the stitching at the top of the shirt and along the tea-stained trim. You can kind of see it in the above photo.

Needless to say, this was the easiest part of the costume (although figuring out how to construct the shirt with the straps that ran under the armpit made me cry at times).

More to come later…

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The Final Chapter of River Song http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2015/12/the-final-chapter-of-river-song/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2015/12/the-final-chapter-of-river-song/#respond Sun, 27 Dec 2015 16:26:38 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11231 FanGirlConfessions.com
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By Rachel Stewart “You’ve got all of that to come. You and me. Time and space. You watch us run.” – “Forest of the Dead” The first time the Tenth Doctor met River Song in “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead,” she knew everything about him, and he knew nothing of her. And then she dies. The next time ...

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By Rachel Stewart

“You’ve got all of that to come. You and me. Time and space. You watch us run.” – “Forest of the Dead”

Spoilers!

The first time the Tenth Doctor met River Song in “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead,” she knew everything about him, and he knew nothing of her. And then she dies. The next time she appears onscreen, she was flying out of a crashing spaceship and straight into the arms the Eleventh Doctor in “Time of Angels.” Hell in high heels, indeed.

The End Is NearRiver Song is one of those characters that divides the Doctor Who fandom. My feet have been firmly planted on the Love Her side of things since she walked down a spaceship corridor in red Louboutins. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had my share of problems with her plot points. “Let’s Kill Hitler” felt like too much plot resolution too fast after the beautiful space opera cliffhanger of “A Good Man Goes to War.” Even when her ghost came back to help Clara and haunt the Doctor in “The Name of the Doctor,” it didn’t feel final to me. And when Eleven promised to take her to Darillium to see the singing towers in the “Last Night” short, as soon as they walked out the door, I just knew Eleven wouldn’t take her. Why?

“He doesn’t like endings,” River tells Amy in “The Angels Take Manhattan.” If Eleven knows this is where the trail runs dry, would he have the strength to take her? For all his swagger and flirting, no. His soul is constantly weighed down by knowing too much about her death in the Library, even though his Tenth incarnation saved her the only way he could. As much as Eleven loves her, he marries her on the condition that all of time and space are collapsing and them touching will set things right. He only tells her he loves her when she’s a ghost.

The Twelfth Doctor is different. By the time he and River collide in “The Husbands of River Song,” he’s become more comfortable with endings, having to move ahead after losing Clara, and most memories associated with her. Now inhabiting an older form, he’s not the “ageless god” that River laments about in their time in Manhattan, and isn’t a face she has in her spotter’s guide. And thus, he’s able to watch her flirt and fight for the greater good of the universe. Much of the agency her character had in earlier episodes–before she became another riddle for the Doctor to solve–is restored in this episode.

In past and future adventures, River has let her guard down in front of People Who Weren’t The Doctor: Rory, Amy, even Donna Noble. Her boisterous, bossy nature has always been a cover for a tender heart that has weathered all sorts of storms, including kidnapping, being raised to kill the Doctor, losing her parents multiple times, as well as hiding her true identity from both her parents and the Doctor.

Hello Sweetie

When River finally says what we as viewers have always known–”You don’t expect a sunset to admire you back!”–the Twelfth Doctor’s silent reaction is stunning. He’s touched, honored and absolutely in love–as much as a Time Lord can be. The electricity between River Song and the Doctor as she finally realizes he’s been there the whole time is magnificent and emotional.

And with that, we’re finally on the last chapter, with Darillium and its singing towers whirling into focus from the cracking window of a plummeting spaceship. So Twelve prepares to say goodbye in all the ways that Eleven couldn’t. He ensures a restaurant is built with the perfect view of the towers. He makes a reservation for the best table four years in advance. He gives her a screwdriver, and amid slightly awkward banter, he quickly scans her, the blue setting on. He just saved her without her ever knowing it. “Future me had years to think about it,” Ten quips in “Forest of the Dead,” trying to undo her sacrifice even though he has no idea who she was or will be in his many lifetimes.

Finally...the Singing Towers

River herself is 200, and she is quick to tell the Doctor that she knows happily ever after isn’t forever. No one will ever have that. She just wants time.

And that’s exactly what Twelve gives her. He gives her 24 years. In linear order. No more spotter’s guide. No more comparing notes. No more keeping secrets or telling lies. Just husband and wife. For a little while.

If this is Steven Moffat’s last time writing River Song or even writing Doctor Who proper, he did right by River and the fans that adore her. “That’s a fairytale,” Eleven once said to River regarding the Pandorica. “Aren’t we all?” was her reply.

In Moffat’s case, the Doctor and River truly are.

Happily Ever After

 

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Fear the Walking Dead Season Recap http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2015/10/fear-the-walking-dead-season-recap/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2015/10/fear-the-walking-dead-season-recap/#respond Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:57:17 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11225 FanGirlConfessions.com
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Warning: Spoilers ahead. Fear the Walking Dead was doomed before it even took off. Even though comics creator-extraordinaire Robert Kirkman promised fans from the start that Fear TWD would be more than a mere Walking Dead rip-off, we don’t feel satisfied with his follow through. The premise, a hastily pasted-together apocalypse, falls flat next to similarly two-dimensional characters. Personally, I ...

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Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Fear the Walking Dead was doomed before it even took off. Even though comics creator-extraordinaire Robert Kirkman promised fans from the start that Fear TWD would be more than a mere Walking Dead rip-off, we don’t feel satisfied with his follow through. The premise, a hastily pasted-together apocalypse, falls flat next to similarly two-dimensional characters.

Personally, I feel that more deliberate, focused use of the six episode season would have benefited the series as it struggled to find footing. Zombies, by now, are familiar terrain for film and pop culture fans, going all the way back to HP Lovecraft’s original ideas. FTWD doesn’t necessarily need to reinvent the wheel, but to stay relevant viewers need it to pick up the pace.  

We are first introduced to the plotline through the lens of drug addict Nick, who encounters his first zombie after sleeping off a heroin high. That day, Nick’s mom Madison and her live-in boyfriend Travis attempt to piece together what happened the night before. Both parents work at the local high school, which is where we are introduced to the recent flu-like outbreak that seems to be keeping kids home. We also meet Travis’ ex-wife Liza and son Chris, in the midst of an argument over visitation.

Roughly one day since the beginning of the outbreak, people are still confused by what is going on. Internet videos showing the police firing on a man multiple times without it even fazing him have gone viral and more children are missing school. On a bus to see his father, Chris gets caught up in the middle of a riot as the local police are accused of excessive violence. Travis and Liza find him just in time to duck inside a barbershop where we meet the Salazar family.

When the group is forced to flee to Travis’, we are supposed to be concerned for their safety, but the truth is we aren’t. We hardly know the Salazars, much less care for their wellbeing. We simply meet them and then are told they matter, but why?

Only making things more confusing, the show then jumped ahead a week and a half for episode four. Now Travis’ neighborhood is designated a safe zone and the three families are living together. The military presence is making everyone inside the community stressed, but they all go about their everyday lives as best they can. There are many unanswered questions here. What led up to the military protection, how else has a zombie infiltration affected the government, and where else are there signs of a crumbling social structure? We are shown some protesting and such, but it is just not enough to help when the soldiers come for Nick and Mrs. Salazar due to illness.

A man with a past, Mr. Salazar holds a military man hostage to get more information on the zombie outbreak. This causes trouble with his daughter and Maddie at first, but when useful intelligence comes out, attitudes change a bit. Travis was gone with a military team and has seen the violence outside the cozy confines of their fenced-in community, but is still appalled at the actions taken by Mr. Salazar.

The group finds out that operation Cobalt, which calls for the ‘humane termination’ of all civilians and the pull-out of troops, will be carried out in the morning, and they head to the military compound to save Nick and Mrs. Salazar. Their plan includes releasing a large horde of “walkers” into the military compound as a distraction.

Nick has since been quarantined to a cell with a bunch of other sick people. Here he meets a man named Strand who has his own air of mystery about him. A cool-under-fire kind of guy, there is something more to Strand and his life. When the walker horde is unleashed, Strand uses a key he pilfered from a guard to free himself and Nick. As the duo make their escape, they are cornered by walkers until the rest of the family finds and saves them.

After an action-packed escape, the group then ends up at Strand’s home. He tells Nick of the boat ‘Abigail’ that will save them from this disaster. We are shown that Liza was bitten and now Travis must mercy kill her. The first season closes with Maddie attempting to comfort Travis on the beach.

Fear TWD was hurt most by fan expectations, but also by time itself. With only six episodes to tell this intro story, we were given an uneven season that only hit the key notes. Watching it was sort of like watching a film adaptation of your favorite book – important plot points were glossed over in favor of big action sequences. But the drama-filled finale set us up for what will hopefully be a better second showing – we all know the zombies haven’t been beaten back yet.

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