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DragonCon 2012 – Hats and Clay

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As usual at DragonCon, my roommates all head off to stand in line and see the media stars while I enjoy small panels. Well, Costuming used to be a small panel.  Every year the track is growing.

I still love the new set up and was glad to see it when I got to my first panel Hat Craft. As this is probably the fifth panel I’ve attended over the years with a focus on hats there wasn’t anything stunning to reveal; just lots of good advice, some good sources and encouragement.  A lovely start for the con.

Sources mentioned during the Hat Craft panel

http://www.amazondrygoods.com/  the site seems to be up and running again. Yeah!


http://hatsupply.com/index.htm#  – Hats by Leko – a source I’ve personally used and could recommend.


http://www.spotlightfashionsseattle.com/  – skull caps and headdress bases (very cool)


My next panel was over in the Art Track – Polymer Clay for Costumers

The young woman whose name may have been Christi,  had lots of ideas and pretty pictures for ‘faking’ all kinds of things from polymer clay. Samples of jewels, stones, metal, and beautiful enameled pieces were out to see.

Unfortunately, as I’m new to clay, it was a bit over my head. I appreciated the ideas and will try them eventually. If nothing else, I learned that once you use your oven for polymer clays then it shouldn’t be used for food.

Sources mentioned during the Polymer Clay Panel



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September 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

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DragonCon 2012

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We had such a blast this year at DragonCon 2012.  I will get to my panel experiences but first our costumes.

Melodie as Stitch, the Antebellum Biker

Melodie as Stitch, the Antebellum Biker

Helles Belles, the Antebellum Biker Gang
(L to R) Vic as Viper, Mel as Stitch, Christina as Bookie and Amber as Doc – Helles Belles

S2881 was based on an extant gown held in the Historische Museum der Stadt Wien, Vienna, Austria.

All the dresses are based loosely on the Simplicity 2881, which in turn was based on this lovely dress

But really, I just used the silhouette and let the girls go crazy with ideas.

We weren’t nearly as disruptive as we were afraid we would be, then again we all had ‘squishy’ hoops and we never tried to share the same elevator.

This was our Saturday evening costume and we all attended the “Mighty Fine Shindig” where I tripped the light fantastic or at least tripped over my own feet.

Yes, in a full hoopskirt, I added a bit of drama (and a lot of laughter) to our evening by falling down on the dance floor.  I keep hoping a video will show up, I mean there were lots of cameras out so it stands to reason…

Note to self, when wearing a hoopskirt, make sure to have attractive underthings just in case.  I don’t think cut-off sweat shorts really had that Antebellum vibe.

The young man who had been swinging me around stayed to help me up, even though it took a few minutes as I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe.

And the most gracious moment of the weekend… Another young man in fine SteamPunk costuming said to me “The best thing is to get right back on the horse, would you like to dance?” I hope I thanked him enough, that was so kind, unfortunately I was truly out of it from laughing.

A Mighty Fine Shindig indeed.

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September 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

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DragonCon hint

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We are still at D*Con and I don’t have pictures yet, but here is a hint.

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September 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm

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