Thursday, November 28, 2019

Brisnova 2019

Then came Supanova.

This time, I’m not too far off on the backlog. We’re in the same month. Supanova is the biggest pop culture convention in Australia, and the Brisbane event, the last of the year is generally the most well attended of all the cons across the country. (There’s a lot of loyalty in Queensland). But it came around far too fast this year, or rather the year seems to have run far too fast and I wasn’t overly prepared for it all. But I did manage to put together two (yes two) new costumes.

It was a hard choice, deciding what I was going to wear. The con fell only two weeks after I had surgery to remove endometriosis. I was still recovering and healing from my surgery, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do my usual costumes which involve corsetry. The thought of compressing my tender belly for a few days was too horrific. So, I decided on costumes that aren’t in my usual wheelhouse. I should also mention, that while the con runs for three days, Friday was hideously hot and humid and there was no way I was putting on a costume, so I went along and shopped (a bit too much) in shorts and a t-shirt. Most of my cosplay friends had the same idea.

But that brings us to Saturday. I dressed as Supergirl from the DC cartoon Super Best Friends Forever. 

This costume is one that I have wanted to do for a long time, but I put it off because I was uncomfortable with my weight. Ironically, I ended up doing it when I was still bloated from surgery and a bit heavier than I have been in the past. But I reached a point where that seemed like a stupid reason for putting off this costume. It was actually a pretty easy to put together. I already had a pattern drafted and mockup cut out, so I whipped that up and made some necessary pattern adjustments. From there, it was just a matter of sewing it all together. The parts that I was most nervous about was sewing with spandex, the logo and boots. I don’t normally do a lot of stretch sewing so I was thrown a little out of my element on this, but my Bernina 570 machine is a blessing. With its fabulous stretch stitches, it all came together smoothly (I will admit that I put the zip in four times before I was happy with it). As for the logo, it came out beautifully. I fused the layers together and used a tearaway stabiliser to stop any stretching and it all worked so well. Then there were the boots. I watched a number of online tutorials on how to go about creating spandex boots using ballet flats. They seemed to turn out well. It’s just unfortunate that the shape of them means they don’t stay up on their own, but I just whip stitched the front points to my dance tights for the day and they held up really well.

As for Sunday, I decided to go for something more in my comfort zone. My vintage comfort zone. I designed my own version of a human form (or Gajinka) Pokemon. My favourite little pink thing, the Jigglypuff. I turned her into a classic vintage lounge singer, pulling together a pink evening gown, pink wig and retro microphone. The gown is one that I have made before, so it was a matter of simply finding a pink fabric that worked – I grabbed a great satin backed crepe from Thankfully it was the perfect shade of pink when it arrived. Of course, the weekend before the event I decided it would be a great idea to add some beading detail to the bodice. A rather silly last minute decision that saw me up to the wee hours each night beading my heart out. It was worth it in the end, but next time I’ll do my best to plan ahead a bit more. The best thing about this costume though, is that it doesn’t have to be a costume in the future. It’s just a lovely dress that I get to add to my wardrobe.


(Photos are all thanks to the fabulous cousin, Trinnyt).

Stay tuned though, there is more to come this year. (It feels like my sewing mojo may have returned after an extended break).

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