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My First Cosplay: The Jayne Hat Dress

My First Cosplay: The Jayne Hat Dress

ZOMG you guys, my first cosplay was a success. A glorious, beautiful, obscure, magical success. I was so excited about the positive reaction from fans that I was grinning like a Cheshire cat all day. I would like to say a big, heartfelt “THANK YOU” to all the fans that asked for pictures, or took ones on the fly because we were too far apart.

Kaylee was right in front of us in line. This was probably about 7:30-8am. Photo by David Clarke.

I think the idea struck me at some point during WonderCon in Anaheim earlier this year. (Side note: I really, really wish WonderCon happened in Anaheim all the time, but I might have to start venturing north for it. WonderCon = AwesomeCon). Wandering the exhibition floor is like navigating a veritable sea of Jayne hats (and Fin/Fiona hats…but…that’s another conversation for another time), and of course people in gorgeous, many times homemade/sewn, full-on costumes. It’s breath-taking, really.

I’m a pretty good knitter (and crocheter!), and my seamstress skills are…passable at best. I also have this pesky perfectionism streak. I didn’t want to think of a costume outside of my skill set, then try to “make it work” and end up with something disappointing. It would have broken my heart. So, using the WonderCon experience as inspiration, I started racking my brain for fun, out of the box ideas. There are always a million super heroes, anime characters, cartoon characters, etc. I didn’t want to be the same as everybody else, but I also wanted to do something I loved. Being able to put love and passion into something makes all crafting endeavors that much better. And then it finally hit me. Jayne’s hat! It’s iconic, it’s awesome, and only a certain set of fans (Firefly) will get the reference. But it wasn’t enough. Just a hat? That’s entirely too simple, and would only take me a couple of hours to throw together. I wanted something more complicated. I had never made a knit dress before, but it seemed easy enough in theory. I looked at the hat and I just saw it morph into a dress. I wasn’t sure how I was going to pull off the neckline, but I KNEW I wanted it to be knee-length or shorter, because you can’t have Jayne’s hat without the earflaps.

That was it. As soon as the idea hit my synapses, I had to do it. I took out the sketchbook and started playing with ideas and came up with the shape it ended up being. I knew I needed a cotton blend yarn because I was going to be wearing it in San Diego in mid-July, and the more natural fiber the better. Wool was out of the question. I checked Knit Picks because I love them and they have lots of awesome yummy yarn to play with. I ended up choosing their Shine Worsted yarn because I wanted the natural fibers, and the thickness so I could use larger needles (and the price was pretty rad, too). All in all, it took me about a month to get it all together, but I wasn’t working on it 24/7. Taking my time with it was the best decision I could have made!

I kept my idea pretty quiet, as I didn’t want to have anyone steal my perfect idea (there may or may not have been moments of “my precious” while stroking my sketches). I know it sounds silly, but I WANTED TO BE FIRST, DANG NAB IT. Blowing people’s minds is so much fun. So I told a few close friends in person and my mom over the phone, but I kept it completely off the internet. When I finally broke out the costume at the Con, a few friends said things along the lines of, “I knew you told me you were going to turn a hat into a dress, and I didn’t see how that was possible, but you did it. Holy crap it is amazing and you totally pulled it off.” Friends are the best. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

THEN, OMG, THEN San Diego Comic-Con (which was about 4 months after WonderCon) announced the Firefly 10th anniversary reunion panel. COULD LIFE GET ANY MORE PERFECT. I had visions of wearing my amazing costume, having the cast or Joss Whedon see me in it, all the magical picture moments ensuing (I mean, can you imagine how amazing it would be if I had met Adam Baldwin?! All the magic). A girl can dream, right? My boyfriend and I showed up around 6am to get in line for Ballroom 20, and we got in! We’re not much for sprinting to the front if we’re in front of one of the screens, so I didn’t get anywhere close to seeing them. I’m way too nervous around video cameras/microphones to have gone up to ask a question at the panel. My brain would have shorted out and I probably would have waved hello then proceeded to pass out.

But I did prance around all day in my costume, taking pictures with tons of Browncoats and fans. It was an amazing, amazing experience. Firefly fans are some of the sweetest, most awesome people of all time. My day was filled with “OMG YOU’RE A HAT,” and from those more in the know, “OMG YOU’RE JUST THE HAT! JAYNE’S HAT.” I made my way to the California Browncoats booth, because how could I not?! It took them a couple seconds, but they TOTALLY freaked out, and I got my picture taken by them, and we all had awesome giggles and laughs and fan spaz time, and it was awesome. They even had the head from the statue of Jayne from the episode “Jaynestown.” What? Seriously? Could life have gotten any more fantastic? I kind of doubt it (except for, you know, meeting the cast and Joss).

Me & the ACTUAL Jayne head/bust!!! HUZZAH! It’s probably about 2-3pm You can see at this point in the day, my smile is kind of broken from over-use. Photo by David Clarke.

In the end, it was kind of all a glorious blur. If any of y’all saw me and took some pictures, I would love to see them!

Browncoats Unite!!

(c) 2012 Elsha Wolf. All rights reserved. Photos by David.
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A Wee Bit of Life and WonderCon 2012

A Wee Bit of Life and WonderCon 2012

Hello all! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written a post, but I’ve been busy and not very crafty. The boyfriend and I finally found a nice 2 bedroom apartment so I can have a studio, in hopes of actually making something of all this..making. But, as you can see, it looks like a bomb blew up in there, so I need to find a way to organize it so I can buy shelving to, well, organize it. AHHHHH. You can see my dilemma. I’m hacking away at it bit by bit, but it’s difficult going. Hope to have positive things to say soon!

Woooooo look at all that FUN I have in store!



The Nerdist panel

So, I actually had a REALLY good time at WonderCon! Last year at Comic-Con, I was a bit out of sorts with the size of the crowd and it overwhelmed me at times. Saturday at WonderCon was busy, but nothing like Comic-Con, and Friday and Sunday were *gloriously* under-crowded. We even got to hang out and wander with friends! It was awesome. I managed to catch the Nerdist panel about his upcoming YouTube station, as well as the Geek & Sundry panel about their upcoming YouTube station. Between you and me, I think Felicia Day might be more successful than Chris Hardwick, simply because she doesn’t seem to be stretching herself as thing at her 5 shows verses his 12 (or however many). She can concentrate on her 5 shows (which, by the way, sound freaking AMAZING!!!!) and make them perfect, and take expansion one step at a time. I was really only super-stoked with The Tournament of Nerds on the Nerdist channel, but maybe I’m not nerdy enough for the Nerdist? Who knows.

Geek & Sundry panel!

Now comes the best part of the whole shebang – COSPLAY! I never go super picture crazy with the cosplayers, but I did get a couple of awesome ones. And I got so many ideas of costumes I want to make when I finally get my studio up and running, man I need my sewing machine set up!! And hours and hours to knit – YES I’M GOING TO KNIT A COSPLAY COSTUME and it’s going to be fantastic if I can pull it off. But for now, here are everyone else’s magical costumes!

This is the best Joker costume I have ever seen. Costume designed and worn by Anthony Misiano.

Holy Doppelgangers, Batman!

This just makes me so happy I can't stand it. Sheldon and his ball pit!! 🙂

The most fearsome Dalek in the galaxy.

That’s about it from me. I think they’re all kinds of adorable and amazing and I really, really, really hope I can get my act together on at least one of my ideas so I can have some fun at Comic-Con.

(c) 2012 Elsha Wolf. All rights reserved. Photos by Elsha Wolf and David Clarke.
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Comic-Con Part II, and THE CRUD

Comic-Con Part II, and THE CRUD

I fully meant to write another post, last week (like, last Monday) about the second half of Comic-Con, or the parts where I almost cried and yelled and threw a tantrum, and then had a pleasant 2 days…

This was the line...that stretched all the way around the marina.

FRIDAY WAS A TOTAL BUST. I. Was. So. Annoyed. I assumed that because SDCC happened every year, and lots of those happened before I got there, that, oh, I don’t know, there would be some kind of organization. And that, ya know, those in charge might actually know a thing or two about scheduling. Could I have been more wrong? Probably not. And I’m sure by this point, those poor people on the board have gotten an earful and a half about how stupid crappy angry frustrating the whole experience was. WHY would you take all of the most popular shows, and put them back to back in the smaller of the two large ballrooms, with the largest remaining largely empty for most of the day. I just don’t know, but I showed up at 7am to get into a 10am panel, and the line was already 6000 long. So, the BF and I decided that we would try to get in line to try to go to the signing with John Barrowman (If I haven’t mentioned this before, I am obsessed with him). We got through the line twice, but the lady in front of us got the last wristband 😦 TOTAL BUMMER. In the end, I missed Torchwood, The Walking Dead, Eureka, Warehouse 13, and True Blood, but I would have settled for Torchwood and The Walking Dead. At this point, I was furious that I paid all this money to get to see all of these awesome panels, and every single one of them slipped through my fingers. I ended up spending more money because I was mostly relegated to the vendor floor.

cuteness personified

Saturday was a Disney cosplay lovefest!

Saturday went better, at least. I got to see a funny panel called Quick Draw! where famous cartoonists were given prompts, and they drew their hilarious answers. The next panel was Cartoon Voices I, and I got to sit and listen to the people who gave the voices to the original Raphael and Michelangelo (TMNT), Pinky and Yacko (Animaniacs, and that guy was ALSO Michelangelo!), and many other super awesome hilarious voice people. They did an impromptu reading of Snow White & The Seven Dwarves, where Ahnold, Beavis, Butthead, and a stoner comprised some of the dwarves. It was magic. And it made me all warm and fuzzy and happy on the inside, and quite made up for the sour anger left in the pit of my stomach about Friday.


I even got a custom comic book cover drawn for DWD! Morgana, DW, and Eek & Squeak!

SUNDAY WAS DOCTOR WHO DAY. I still don’t have words to express how freaking elated and ecstatic and magical and wonderous I feel about that. We got up early, got in line, and were guaranteed to get in. So we ended up with Glee, Supernatural, AND DOCTOR WHO, but all was not lost! AND I got a lot done on my hat sitting outside in line for 2.5 hours. And during the 3-ish hours in Hall H before the magic started! GAH! MATT SMITH! KAREN GILLAN! DOCTOR WHO! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.

I have been home for over a week now. And I am STILL coughing crud up out of my lungs. Oh, being around hundreds of thousands of people for 4 days straight + severe sleep deprivation and exhaustion = lousiest immune system, ever. But I believe I have reached the tail end of the gross, and I will be way more productive this week! More to come on that, later!

2011 Comic-Con Experience!


So, I’m a SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con) virgin. It’s true! As much as I love being a geek and nerd and lover of all things awesome, I had never actually made my way out here for it (In fairness, I used to live in Raleigh, NC). I went to preview night last night with Boyfriend and it was pretty cool, despite my good mood being ruined by rude people on the way in. I GOT TO HUG ICEBAT AND OX! IT WAS AWESOME. And the vendor floor was relatively empty, so it was nice to be able to wander around and see things without…more than the usual amount of people. I ALSO GOT TO GET MY PICTURE TAKEN WITH THE TARDIS!

I should probably take this moment to tell you all the things that I am obsessed with the most, because I will be talking about them ALL THE TIME. I love Doctor Who (Ten, Eleven, TARDIS, The Big Blue Box, “IT’S BIGGER ON THE INSIDE!,” Amy, Rory, Sonic Screwdriver), Torchwood (BARROWMAN!, John Barrowman, Captain Jack), Cthulhu, unicorns, the word MAGIC as an adjective for EVERYTHING, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer (I want to be their wife, and they say that they need one, so I hope I’m on the list), Batman (Batman, The Joker, Poison Ivy, HARLEY QUINN). There are probably others, I will let you know when I find them.

Real Steal Shenanigans

Anywho, so I brought my knitting (currently making a hat in stockinette stitch with seed stitch polka dots) with me for something to do while I was waiting to get into panels. HAHA JUST KIDDING THERE WERE NO PANELS THAT I WANTED TO SEE TODAY.  So while my boyfriend stood in line to see Deadliest Warriors: Vampires vs Zombies (which I did want to see, but I really wanted to see Oh You Sexy Geek even more! However, the way things turned out, I just went outside to see Hugh Jackman at Real Steel shenanigans), I was busy getting my first couple of rows done. And then I got distracted by people watching (ZOMG COSTUMES) and very little actual knitting occurred. But I am glad I brought it with me none-the-less! Tomorrow will be a day filled with panels, so I imagine it will come in handy then.

See what I did there? A whole post about something completely random and then threw in knitting at the end to make it work? Yeah, I do that 🙂