Robin Hood and Maid Marian: A Journey from Sherwood Forest to Hollywood

So I have shown you how big of a nerd I am when it comes to cosplay and that I’ve dragged my family into it too (more than once).  Therefore it shouldn’t be surprising to you to know that I’m quick to throw together a costume for my kids with the slightest provocation.  A few weeks ago my son had me come running into the living room expecting a broken bone, swarming bees, or at least a large spider.  When I got there it turns out he was just screaming because he was so excited about The Hub’s new Halloween contest and we had to enter.  Not only did we have to enter, but we needed to win because he wants that $25,000 for a new Bruder truck (evidently an expensive Bruder).

After reading all the rules I realized that of course none of the costumes that I made for Dragon*Con qualified and I would need to make something new.  After much deliberation I decided on doing Robin Hood and Maid Marian.  Not the Disney version so much as the Errol Flynn.

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While I was making it I had to continually show Langley pictures of this Robin Hood to let him know that it was OK that he wasn’t wearing green from head to foot (once again he stressed me the importance of winning).  What do you think?

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Doesn’t he look like a stunning Robin Hood?  The boots and bow are from Amazon, the white undershirt and pants from Target, but the arm guards, vest, green undershirt, hat and quiver I made.  It is very loosely based on Simplicity pattern 5520, but I made many many changes and additions to it.  The hat I made just messing around and the quiver is a wine gift box covered in fake leather.  I was really happy with the results.

Now on to Gillian’s.  Her Maid Marian is 100% Simplicity pattern 5520.  Well by 100% I mean 95%– I added a gold circlet crown, made the arm bands wider and made it a little more fitted (but it is somewhat adjustable so it will fit her as she grows).  She picked out the fabric so it’s a little gaudier than I was looking for, but she loves it.  And by she loves it I mean that she would wear it every second of every day if I let her.  Which It wouldn’t surprise me if we made a few Target runs in it.  Whatever.  I spent that much time making it, I should let her get as much wear out of it as possible.

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I don’t have to WIN to make Langley happy, I just need to get to Hollywood.  That means I just have to be better than everyone else in Tennessee.  I don’t know that mine is better than everyone’s over all, but I really really hope that no one else in the Volunteer State put this much time or effort into their costumes.  The Hub’s website lets you view the other entrant’s costumes and I would say that perhaps only 15 or so are this fabulous, so here’s hoping that all of those people are good Midwestern folk.  Or perhaps Yankees.  Either is fine with me.  I have my fingers crossed and have a feeling that if we don’t make it to the semi-finals that I might be buying a broken hearted boy that new Bruder truck he’s been wanting.

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Become A Star For A Day

DragonCon is over.  Another year of costuming, staying up too late, getting up too early, exposing my son to something that is somehow both awesome and inappropriate at the same time, and what is most amazing: feeling like a star.

I had someone ask me why do this.  Not just why I go (even though I think that they had doubts about that as well), but why I spent so much time and money on making costumes for this event.  At the time I didn’t really know the answer.  After seeing the amazing creations last year I thought that I had the ability  to create something amazing so I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.  That may have been my reason for starting, but I know my reason (and I think other’s reason) to continue.  It was amazing to have people stop me in the halls and ask for my photo.  It’s what I would imagine being famous feels like, except at the end of the day I got to shower and turn into myself again.

OK so Steampunk Supernatural went over well.  I had more people “get” it than I thought I would (I think a whopping 10 people that didn’t have to ask who we were– which was about 8 more than I expected) and had a lot of compliments just on the general awesomeness of it.  I got recognized by someone who reads my Tumblr which made my day and then I also got to do a CNN photo shoot about rule 63.

However, it wasn’t until I was dressed as Snow White that I began to feel the awesomeness.  No explanation was needed here.  In a sea of Ariels, Auroras, Tinkerbells and Cinderellas it was easy to stand out of the crowd.  It took me twice as long to get anywhere, I got called the wrong princess’ name numerous times, but I loved every second.  While on the Walk of Fame I even had “Once Upon a Time” star Raphael Sbarge ask ME for a picture!  Yeah that was pretty awesome.

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When I walked by small children I could hear there excited whispers and I watched them gather the courage to talk to me.  It truly was magical.  To them I was  Snow White just like for my son every Spider-Man or Captain America we passed was, in his eyes, THE superhero.   It’s an amazing feeling and I can see why people go to numerous cons a year and spend thousands on costumes.  Do I think it’s as competitive as “Hero’s of Cosplay” portrays it– no, not for the average congoer, but it’s crazy the things people can construct. create and imagine that makes cosplay special.

So if you still don’t understand why I recommend you hit up the nearest con (a larger one to guarantee that you’ll get to see some awesome costumes) and do some people watching.  Maybe you’ll get it then.

Check out some of the highlights of my weekend:

Rapunzel and Flynn join the DragonCon party

As promised I am posting another set of costumes that I made for DragonCon 2013.  The Flynn vest was a last minute throw together, but I am loving how it turned out!

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Aren’t they cute?

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This is my little brother Joel and his friend Caitlin.

A couple more– once again you can see all of these photos and the rest of the shoot on Malland Photography’s Facebook page!

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Tomorrow I will be posting my last set: Steampunk Supernatural!

Snow White is ready for Dragon Con!

With only 9 days until Dragon Con I thought I’d show off a some of my costumes that I made.  We did this awesome photo shoot with Malland Photography on Sunday and I’m going post a new set every day.  This set is my Snow White gown and a Prince Charming costume I made for my son.  Enjoy!

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I’m pretty excited on how well this turned out and I just think the next photo is simply amazing.

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Seriously.  She took crazy good shots.

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Isn’t he just the cutest little Prince Charming?

I’ll leave you with this:

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Check out the rest of the Snow White photos on her Facebook page and check back for the Tangled shots soon!