Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Comic-Con Chronicles 2013: Dressing the Part

When I first told people I was going to Comic-Con, I had a lot of people ask if I was going to wear a costume. I didn't wear a costume my first year there and I found out that I wasn't in the minority. In fact, the majority of Comic-Con attendees don't wear costumes. You're more likely to see a ton of people in their every day attire of geeky shirts than costumes. If you are going to wear a costume though, you're probably going to be stopped for pictures depending on your costume so be aware of that. It's obviously a huge compliment to you and your costume if that happens. If you're feeling a bit self conscious about wearing a costume, it really isn't that big of a deal at Comic-Con. Almost anything goes here which is great for any closet nerd or hardcore fan.

Totoro and Mei costumes
handmade totoro | handmade dress | forever 21 shirt and purse | thrifted shoes

This year, we went to Comic-Con with a huge group. There were 10 of us in total and, after much deliberation, we decided to dress up as Miyazaki characters one of the days. This was the perfect excuse for Andrew and I to wear our Totoro costumes from last Halloween again. Others in our group were characters from Kiki's Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke. We intended to have a big group together to show off our themed costumes, but it was actually a lot harder than expected with everyone doing different things each day. In the end, we only wore our costumes on preview night and getting everyone together wasn't easy, but Andrew was happy that he didn't have to wear his fleece costume the whole day. (handmade dress pattern HERE)


A lot more planning for this trip was done compared to last year. We checked out the schedule when it was released weeks before and were able to figure out where we wanted to go each day. For the outfits, I decided to wear something that coordinated with what I was excited for that day. Back home while I was putting everything together, some of the things I was going to wear seemed maybe a little too much but I failed to remember that Comic-Con is a go big kind of thing. Without going big, you're just another person in the crowd. It just depends on what you're going for and understated seemed just fine to me.

Sherlock Day
hand-printed walmart tee | old navy shorts

With some simple adjustments, I was able to figure out some easy outfits to go with each day. For my Sherlock outfit, I used my Cricut machine to cut out a stencil that I used to print onto a cheap tee from Walmart. I decided to go with a classic Sherlock phrase and Andrew decided on "The game is afoot!" His didn't turn out too well though because the font I used for his didn't print well and the exclamation point looked more like a letter i. He wore it still which is great that he decided that my fail was still worth wearing, but I felt so bad for messing that one up and I didn't have time to redo it. (stenciling tutorial HERE)

The Big Bang Theory Day
big bang tee | hoodie | american eagle jacket | vigoss shorts | converse shoes

Comic-Con Big Bang Theory Swag Bag Upcycle
handmade messenger bag

Andrew and I are avid Big Bang Theory fans. As massive geeks ourselves, they won us over in the very beginning of the pilot with a calculus joke. For this day, I decided to dress a la Leonard of the Big Bang Theory and go with a female version of his every day attire. I purchased the t-shirt last year at Comic-Con and I had everything else in my closet. The hoodie is an old one of mine that is totally worn out with holes so I cut the sleeves off to avoid overheating and put my American Eagle jacket from years ago over it. Funny enough, both jackets were gifts from Andrew from very early on in our relationship. The shorts were from Nordstrom's anniversary sale and are my fave. I love them so much that I bought two similar pairs in two different anniversary sales. And of course some classic Converse shoes help round out the Leonard look. (Unfortunately, I didn't get to wear my Converse because I hurt my toe the first day that required me to wear my flip flops the whole time.) I also made a messenger bag out of last year's Comic-Con swag bag. The bags are huge and very impractical so I wanted to re-purpose it into something much more useful. I loved how it turned out although I only used it on one day because I prefer having a backpack for better weight distribution. For my next messenger bag attempt, I think I'll go for a smaller bodied bag with a shorter strap since I'm so petite and this turned out pretty big on me. Andrew's reaction: "Did you just turn a bag into a bag?" Why yes,  yes I did. (messenger bag tutorial HERE.)

Marvel Day
walmart avengers tee | handmade skirt

I flipped out when I found out there was going to be panels on Thor and Captain America. It was going to follow the massive Warner Brother's and Hunger Games panel and I vowed to do whatever it took (within reason) to make it in there that day. In the end, I didn't get in but I did have on my Marvel attire for the day. I bought the Avengers tee at Walmart in the men's section and I re-sized it to fit me. (re-size tutorial HERE) I also made myself a superhero skirt from fabric I bought at Joann's. (similar skirt tutorial HERE)

Random Day
black tee | handmade skirt
Ever since I ran into a girl with the cutest skirt last year at Comic-Con and found out it was made from the previous year's bag, I have been super interested in figuring out what I could make with my bags. Okay fine, mine and Andrew's bags. I had the bags sitting in my living room for forever so I could stare at them to figure out what I could do with them. I didn't want to ruin the picture too much and it was hard since the bag was so long and narrow. In the end, I decided that the Arrow bag would be perfect for a skirt. All I had to do was cut the front panel of the bag in half, sew it together like a tube, and add an elastic waistband. It didn't take long at all. Andrew called it a bell skirt because of how full the skirt was from the thick material, but I loved how poofy it was. (similar skirt tutorial HERE)

A sampling of cosplay we came across. Back to the Future and Doctor Who were among my faves.

Next time around, I'm going to be braver and do a full on costume. It will have to be comfortable and practical since I'll have it on all day but, whatever it may be, I can't wait. In the mean time, I'm definitely sporting (and hoarding) geeky t-shirts as those have become a huge staple in my wardrobe. 
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