Every year during Labor Day weekend, I attend DragonCon in Atlanta, one of the largest pop culture conventions in the United States. While it’s not the largest and the most widely known, it is my version of a costuming Super Bowl. So as DragonCon approaches and I take a teeny tiny break from the frantic scramble to finish costumes and props, I’m taking a look back at what I (including my husband and niece) have worn in prior years. In 2015, I brought five costumes for four days.
DragonCon 2015 Costume Schedule
Thursday Evening – Dana Scully and Fox Mulder from The X-Files (and Jawa from Star Wars)
Friday Evening – Artemisia from 300: Rise of an Empire
Saturday Morning (Parade) – Artemisia from 300: Rise of an Empire
Saturday Evening (Aquarium) – Missy, Twelfth Doctor, and Osgood from Doctor Who (Series 8)
Sunday Day – Das Sound Machine from Pitch Perfect 2
Sunday Evening – Littlefinger’s Brothel Dresses from Game of Thrones
Dana Scully and Fox Mulder from The X-Files (and Jawa from Star Wars)
The X-Files is one of my favorite shows of all time (yes, even more than Star Trek TNG). I idolized Dana Scully and even named one of my dogs after her. Costuming Dana Scully and Fox Mulder was easier than getting dressed for work in the morning. So when we flew into Atlanta that Thursday night, it was a quick change before the party. If you’d like to see how we threw together pieces for Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, the costume build is here. Our niece made quite the cute Jawa from Star Wars. Although the Jawa robe isn’t up to spec, I’m super proud of the blaster and bandoleer that I made for her. Shall I made a blog post for her Jawa accessories?
Artemisia from 300: Rise of an Empire
That year on Friday evening and on Saturday morning in the parade, I marched with the 300dc Spartans as this gorgeous villain from 300 film (300: Rise of an Empire). I drooled over Eva Green’s Artemisia’s entire wardrobe. Every. Single. Outfit. Perhaps the most stunning is her gorgeous red dress that had maybe 10 seconds of screen time. So I made it, wore it with pride, and rocked resting bitch face like never before. I’ve yet to see anyone else tackle this version of Artemisia, but should you ever want to put in the hot glue time, the costume build is here.
Missy, Twelfth Doctor, and Osgood from Doctor Who (Series 8)
On Saturday night at DragonCon’s Night at the Aquarium, I debuted my first sewn creation: Missy from Doctor Who (Series 8). What better place to wear my hottest (literally…wool…in Atlanta) costume than in an air conditioned aquarium? And if being mistaken for Mary Poppins was a drinking game, I’d have gotten really drunk that night. My husband wore his Chinese imported Twelfth Doctor, and our niece wore an Osgood costume that we threw together at the last minute. That was a fun trio!
Das Sound Machine from Pitch Perfect 2
Das Sound Machine is one of my favorite costume ensembles from one of my favorite films, Pitch Perfect 2. Easy to make (I made all three of these!), comfortable to wear, and not too hot for Atlanta. Which is why I’ve worn it two years in a row (2015 and 2016), and most likely to the premier of Pitch Perfect 3 later this year. Oh, and if it looks like we’re judging you, we are.
Littlefinger’s Brothel Dresses from Game of Thrones
This set of dresses started my reputation for obliterating curtains in the name of costuming. For our Sunday night party costumes, I wanted to be comfortable so I could bear the heat of thousands of people pushing host hotel air conditioners to their limits. So we dressed as whores (dresses inspired by what the “ladies” wear in Littlefinger’s brothel in King’s Landing). Quite an upgrade from curtains, don’t you think? The dresses were so stupid easy to make that I ended up making five in one weekend for myself, my niece, and three other friends. I’ve published the costume build and simplified pattern here if you fancy a fancy house-dress for yourself.