Alice Madness Returns Royal Dress Part 3

I spent last night working on the Checkerboard and gold trim on the underdress. I like the way it turned out. I have to make a fabric store run tonight to get more supplies for the applique designs and some shiny Bits and pearls for the trim.

Here’s the underskirt:

Underdress for Royal Dress

Because I have very little Photos to go by online, I have had to go in and out of the game to make notes and sketches. One of the things that I have to decide on is pleats in the skirt. It really does not appear to have any. After doing some thinking and a little research, I’ve decided that a circle skirt style dress would be more befitting of the Original Alice Time Period, The Edwardian age. It will give the fullness at the bottom that I need but still leave a slimmer silhouette . the only bad thing is I will need about 2 more yards of fabric to do this. So I have to make a Run to Joann’s. I hope they have enough left!

Another thing that is puzzling me is some of the colors, Mainly the hearts  on the bodice. they look white sometimes and other times look pink. It’s really hard to tell. They even look gold at times!! So have decisions to make in regards  to the color. I’ll be picking up some crystals and beads tonight. I’m sure it will take me forever to make a decision. Believe me you don’t want to go bead shopping with me. It’s an excursion!


Alice: Madness Returns Royal Dress Part 2

I have always been a Fan of American McGee’s Version of Alice in Wonderland. Dark, Bloody and twisted. Right up my Alley. I know that some people may not be familiar with the Graphic Novels or the two Video games, as it is a bit of a niche fanbase. Basically Alice is now an adult who was living in an asylum, she lost her parents in a horrible fire and is now living in a home which houses the disturbed patients of a London Shrink. She goes back to Wonderland finding it a pretty twisted place. The graphics in the game range from very colorful to very dark and bloody. But the best thing about the game is that Alice has tons of costumes and props! Most know the Traditional Blue dress (In American McGee’s comic she bloodstained and carrying a Vorpal blade). In the New game, I have chosen to work on the Royal Dress which you unlock when going to see the Queen of hearts. I also plan on making a Hobby horse prop which is used like a giant sledgehammer in the game.

Royal Dress

Here are the main 4 hobby horses

The dress bodice is pretty much a custom pattern. It’s lots of princess seams and tailoring. I plan on doing applique for the diamonds and hearts and adding Crystals and beads. In the Game play, you can get a better 360 degree view.

For Fabric I am going with Bridal Weight Satins in black and red. The Giant bow in the back will be made of Black Moire Fabric to simulate the texture seen in the game. A lot of handsewing on this dress, tons of trim, some lace and small beads will be used to trim it out.

I already own a pair of Demonia boots and will be adding buckles and fake straps. The boots are hard to find in this particular style, so I plan on making the buckles from EVa Foam and Painting them.

the arm sleeves will be made from spandex and the pattern appliqued on (More handsewing!).

So far I have the main bodice, the “Snow White” Style Sleeves finished and the underskirt 90% done except hemming which I will do after I make the checkerboard trim.

Firstly, let me apologize for the crappy photos. I moved 4 weeks ago and I am still looking for my Camera Cord!!!!

Here is the bodice, sleeves and underskirt, Still lots of trim and applique to add:

Sleeve detail. Done just like a snow white dress.

Here’s the the Tentative Applique Patterns which will be made from gold fabric and trimmed out with crystals on the hearts and some gold beads around the diamond patterns.

that’s all I have done so far. It’s a lot of work. I suspect I’ll be doing lots of handsewing every night!


Alice: Madness Returns

No, I’m still working on Baroness. I moved recently and half my stuff is in storage, so While I get my workshop straight and stuff moved in, I am working on a Prop for Alice: Madness Returns Video Game. It is based on American McGee’s Alice. For those not familiar, It’s basically a very dark gothic version of Alice in Wonderland. Alice is an Adult and is living in an Asylum. The books are very imaginative. I’ve been playing the new video game for the past few days and This costume is calling out to me. The dress itself is the easy part. But in order to take this costume to a different level I feel I need a Prop. a well made one at that. So I am undertaking a project of firsts. My first time building anything made of Styrofoam and fiberglass. Getting guidance from fellow costume and propmakers, I feel I have gathered the right materials and I am ready to go.

Reference pics are the most important here. they are difficult to find. I’ve had to go into the game constantly for reference. There are 5 weapons in the game. But I have decided on …The Hobby Horse Hammer. The upgrade in the game turns it into a unicorn. Hey,  Who doesn’t like Unicorns that kill people ? Now, getting horse heads right can be difficult.  As a painter, I’ve painted horses. They are not easy to render correctly. Getting the Shape of the head right can be difficult and always proposed a challenge.  But since this is a hobby horse, I have a lot more leway when it comes to proportion. This is otherwordly, it a toy gone wrong!

Here is some reference pics:

the Red One:

the one I am leaning toward is the unicorn.

Here is a Picture of the shape

These are the best Images I can find. You have to go into the game for a better 360 degree view.


Polystyrene Foam Insulation Sheets (Blue ones from Lowes Made by Dow, Home Depot sells Pink, same stuff)

Drywall Knife for basic cutting

Coping saw

Hot Knife

Utility knife


Various Grit Sandpapers

Parks Super Glaze (To seal Foam)

Bondo (Original and Bondo Glass)

Water Based Primer (Kilz)

Acrylic Paints

7-6 ft, Large diameter Wood Pole

Option: Battery Power Lighting for eyes, mouth and Unicorn horn) If I have time!

1 Chain, A fake one will cut down on weight but I may just use whatever I can find at the hardware store

Baroness G.I. Joe Comic Version armor

So my latest project is Baroness Armor from GI Joe. I’ve been working on the Chest for the last couple of days. I am doing a Two piece Suit for this one, as I plan to wear it for long periods of time. Wearing a Catsuit with Armor is not fun when you are in Costume for 8 plus hours. One thing I realized with wearing the N7 Armor was that Bathroom access is important!! I also have a Custom Catsuit being made for me for another project but that will come to fruition later this summer. That one will very much be my Favorite, a costume I’ve wanted for a LONG time.


So Baroness, GI Joe Ultra-Villianess. She is one of my All-Time Favorites From any Comic Book Series. Sexy, Smart and Deadly. Fits my personality very well. I know this Costume has been Done a Lot and done very well by others, but my main focus is getting the details right. the articulation in the chest piece and the leg armor is important. Here are photos for reference.

Materials I will use are basically anything I have already laying around. Sintra (Or PVC Board), Chest Piece is being made of ABS Plastic and EVA Foam for the Leg Armor and Forearms. Two Piece Wet Look Fabric for the under suit and a Custom Decal for the Cobra Symbol on the Chest. I ordered a Very High Quality Lace Front Wig and I am still looking for the Right glasses for my face shape. I already have a few Airsoft guns laying around the house and Already have one Tactical Holster for a Glock 17 and will likely use that. For the Boots…Heels are pretty but not when you are at a convention. I find that the heels with Wedges are WAY more comfy for standing for a long time. If you have ever been to a huge convention, you know how much standing and walking is involved. I swear last Dragoncon that I walking 8 miles a day easily. My son was gaming at the Hilton, Costumes at the Marriot and was Living at the Hyatt. Yeah, serious foot issues!!!  So trying to go easy on my dogs this time around.

The pics above show my First stage which was to whack away at a Display model Mannequin. It’s Cheap $20 bucks and you can buy them on Ebay, just make sure you get the ones without Nipples!! Even though I am a size 6 in the Chest area, I got the Plus size one because the Boobage is more in proportion with my actual boob size. They can be cut with a Dremel fairly easily but the plastic does melt a but so you have to do some cleanup and sand afterward. I measured, found the mid point and then eyeballed the rest. I then cut it down to the right shape and did a few fittings. The Stomach area will be articulated like the Reference pics. And there will be back armor to match. All made from Sintra plastic and attached with Webbing. This will give me some movement ability. Not being able to sit and rest because your armor will not allow you to bend is not good. Found that out the Hard Way!!

Until next time…


Updating my Blog -Finally

Well, It’s been since last summer that I updated.   Right now I am working on Two Costumes with a third planned. I have Mandolorian Armor almost done, just soft parts to finish. And I am working on a GI Joe Baroness Costume with Armor from the Comic Book. I had planned to do a Tron Legacy Costume but I hit some snags with that one but it might still pan out, if I can get what I need to finish it and find a good quality Lace front wig. I am not bleaching My hair again. Redhead I will stay!

Here’s photos of the Finished Supergirl Costume from Dragoncon 2010. I was pleased with the way it came out. I am going to Re-do the Logo on the Shirt and embroider it to give it a nice professional look. I also realized that the Plastic Paint I used was no good. So I had to removed the yellow with Denatured alcohol and start from scratch.  I wore this to the Super Hero World Record attempt. We didn’t make it so hopefully next year they will make it. Not sure I will join in this round, I go too much planned for this coming Con.

Supergirl Costume Day 1

I heard that they were having a Guinness Record Attempt for most Superheroes at DragonCon this year, so I have decided to make a Supergirl Outfit. Supergirl has always been one of my favorite Comic Characters. One of the First Comics I ever bought as  a Kid was Supergirl!!!  Hey, I’m already blonde, so I got a head start.

Her looks have changed over the years. As well as her Origins. For my Recreation, I’m sticking with the Turner Redesign/Kara Zor-El. 



I had a Leotard/Skate Outfit Pattern from Green Pepper. I modified it but removing the bottom and shortening it to a crop top. The pattern is easy and needed very little adjustment. I am using Spandex Lycra 4 way stretch knit in Royal Blue. Some of the Supergirl pics depict a more  turquoise color but I’m trying to get closer to Turners Redesigns when Superman Returns was released. I think the Tradition Royal Color is better anyway.  For the Skirt, I am doing a basic Circle skirt. I altered the pattern by adding a Waistband and I will be adding Belt Loops. I pretty much have everything I need for this costume lying around the house. Except the Yellow Belt. Which I have a feeling I will be doing some sort of Leather dying or making one from scratch. I even have the boots, I will add the Gold/Yellow Top design and make it removable so I can use the boots for something else later. 

Before closing up and finishing off the Crop Top (Which will be edged with gold fabric trim), I decided to do the applique for the Supergirl Symbol. I traced the Symbol over and over until I felt it was the right size and looked the way I wanted. I ended up freehanding most of it. The variations of the “S” seem to differ from picture to Picture. I tried to get as close as possible for a freehand. 


Using a Double Backed Fusible Webbing called “Steam-A-Seam”. I traced the Symbol backwards on the wrong side of the Yellow Fabric for the Cutouts. I also Traced a Separate one of the Shield Symbol, Also on the wrong side. In this case, The Dull side is the Right Side. I do not like the Shininess of the Yellow Lycra fabric I found. It’s too shiny for Supergirl. I much prefer the muted tone, so that’s what I’m going with. 

Steam-A-Seam 2


 After Cutting out the pieces, I peeled the backing off, leaving the fusible webbing behind. It’s repositionable. So it’s best to put the garment on first and find the position and mark it. 

Here’s s the applique before doing the finishing on the machine. I plan on using a Satin Stitch to give it a professional appearance and to hide my cruddy cutting. You need really sharp scissors when working with lycra. 

Logo before Machine Stitching.

 Just remember, when working with knits. It’s best to use other knits for applique because of the Stretching. The fusible webbing helps it keep it’s shape.

She-Ra Test Fitting

 I did a test fitting today. Discovered some problems and now I have to do some tweaking. The belt is going to be very different, and is currently waiting for glue to dry. I have decided to re-do the forearms a bit. I need to cut them down about 1/4 of an inch on each side and attach straps to them. The cape is just attached inside the bodice, But I am going to have tack it in the back to keep it from bugging me when it falls down. The wig is one that I had already. I will most likely use it. I almost have the strap on the headpiece right, I think it needs to come up a bit. But overall I am happy so far with the result. Once I have the new belt finished, I think the outfit will be complete. I do think I may put in those clear bra straps to keep Wardrobe malfunctionings from happen. Gotta keep the bewbs up!