Non Star Wars Firefly Costumes

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by ObeyTheFist, May 16, 2005.

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  1. Koshka-the-Cat Jedi Knight

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    :)

    The Laughing Moon corsets are excellent. Either one would be perfect under the dress. With the Silverado I'd recommend either putting in the hip gores or widening the bottom a bit, since it doesn't do much for the hip/waist ratio as is, but that's a really easy fix. It's actually more comfortable with a little more room in the hips too. Adding hip gores is even mentioned in the instructions. I love this pattern though, and it's very rare that I actually find a pattern that I find tolerable, let alone love, so that's a rather Big Deal :)

    Then, of course, there's the added bonus of bodices being much easier to fit over corsets. Another nice thing about them :)

  2. PadawansGuide Jedi Knight

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    Caitlin, is that your husband as Wash? That is such a great Wash costume! I love the plastic dinosaur. Nice touch! You both look great!
  3. Orcagal Jedi Padawan

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    Ok, in response to your queries:

    Deltarat - i can give you the contacts of a guy who may be able to make u a replica gun, he does props etc, posts a lot at starfury.

    JainaMSolo - From what i remember of jewels mention of this outfit, there was some undertop - possibly a corset, i cant exactly remember. I know she said it was a pain to sit down in!! A couple of people at the serenity con did this dress, i know one of them had a corset undertop.

    ~Orca
  4. JainaMSolo Jedi Knight

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    Yep, Maggie, that's him! Thanks. :)

    Okay, new question: the ruffles on the skirt, are they chiffon, organza, or something else?
  5. Jayne Jedi Knight

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    RE:Ruffles

    I'd do tulle. They look like some kind of tulle or net to me, and it wouldn't require finishing the edges of every ruffle like organza or chiffon would. They're in select colors, not fading, so I think you could get tulle in the right shades.
  6. Deltarat Jedi Padawan

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    Orcagal, That would be great if you could give me some contact info/ website of someone doing prop Mal guns. I've found two. One in the UK, does great work, but the shipping would kill me. Another in the US. Would like to see another to compare prices, etc. Thanks! Just email me if you like.

    deltarat@bellsouth.net
  7. Orcagal Jedi Padawan

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    the guy i know works from the uk, so i guess shipping would be ur problem again.

    the address of his site:

    http://www.ronincreative.freeservers.com/fxlab.htm
  8. PadawanRoo Jedi Knight

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    Aug 7, 2003
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    Hey guys!

    I actually just put together Kaylee's Shindig gown for Balticon.

    In an interview on Browncoats.org, costume designer Shawna Trpcic says she made the top of the dress out of an antique sari, and then used chiffon for the ruffles. She also describes the dress as being made of 'aged silk' in the episode commentary, and says they borrowed the hoop petticote from the Fox lot-- it's from "The King and I."

    Concerning the bodice: If you get a look at the back, you can see pretty clearly that there's no external corset-- the bodice appears to be seperate from the skirt, but it's one piece itself. I believe the gathered overlayer on the front is the 'aged silk' she was referring to-- I used the same chiffon I used for the ruffles. The back is made in two pieces with a seam down the center-- I added an invisible zipper to make it easier to get into it.

    I'll try to get some pictures up-- in the interim, anyone making this dress can feel free to PM me about it. I've got several screencaps I'm happy to share, and I can point towards the resources I used when researching the materials and drafting the pattern.
  9. Deltarat Jedi Padawan

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    LOL! That's actually the guy I already contacted about the gun! hehe, he sent me a pic of a Mal gun he did. Great work! It's beautiful. Just can't get under the other price I got because of shipping. Thanks for the heads up though!
  10. PadawansGuide Jedi Knight

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    PadawanRoo - your Kaylee gown was great! Actually I loved both Kaylee costumes!

    My friend Ed got a pic that I'm temporarily putting here. It's so cute! :)

    http://maggiem.MauiMail.com/IMG_677.jpg
  11. JediXXL Force Ghost

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    Wash without little plastic dinosaurs would be like Jayne without his cunning hat! LOL!! Great costumes!!
    What? No Jaynes hat?
    [image=http://www.wearwithstyle.com/comingsoonimages/Jayne1-web.jpg]
    ?That hat makes you look like an idiot?
  12. PadawanRoo Jedi Knight

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    hey neat! Do you mind if I repost the picture in my Lj-scrapbook (with credit, of course)?

    My friend Mike got a couple shots of the rest of the crew (I put together Mal, Zoe, Kaylee, Kaylee-Shindig, Inara, River, Book, and Jayne-- I'm dressed as Mal in these shots). You can see them on his page.

    I had to cheat the front of Book's shirt and make it open in front even though the real one clearly doesn't-- there was no other way to get it on my model. Hopefully a creative ironing job will hide this sin. Also, the poof dress is really rumpled in Mike's shots, having just come offstage from the costume contest, and it's about a size too large for the person wearing it, which kinda shows in the sleeves and in the way the skirt is gapping.

    As soon as I can muster the patience/insanity to consider another project with effloads of gathering, I think I'm going to tackle Banning Miller's gown. I've got a good fabric for the top already, and Patterns of Time seems to have a bodice pattern that could be modified for it.
  13. PadawansGuide Jedi Knight

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    PadawanRoo, my friend Ed said you can go ahead and post the pic - you can credit him for it if you like.

    My mom made me a Jayne hat, so I'm all set for the movie. :)

    http://maggiem.MauiMail.com/jaynehat.jpg
  14. PadawanRoo Jedi Knight

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    heheh-- pretty cunning, don't you think?

    I hear tell there's instructions for making it up someplace.

    Thanks for the pic, by the by.

    I've got a friend who does Browncoat Bears-- I'll try to hunt up a picture of one of those... ever so cute.
  15. JediXXL Force Ghost

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    I wish my Mommy made me a Jayne hat! All I keep getting is a big box with a dead/sleeping guy in it! [face_laugh]
  16. VillieGee Jedi Knight

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    Hey, I don't know if you guys knew about this, but Abbyshot.com is developing a coat and Zoe's vest from Firefly. There's only a few in-progress pictures, but I thought you guys might wanna know.

    Abbyshot's way expensive, but damned if it doesn't look like they're worth it. They make replica coats from Blade (from the first AND second movie), Silent Bob, Vash the Stampede from Trigun, Alucard from Hellsing, a bunch from the Matrix... Alot of them in REAL LEATHER. God I wish I had like $1200 to blow on a coat. That Blade II coat makes me weep every time I see it.
  17. JainaMSolo Jedi Knight

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    I finished the Shindig dress! I finished the Shindig dress!

    Okay, the bodice was totally rushed and half-assed, and there was no shirring or buttons in the front and no embellishment on the sleeves and the fabric was not what I really wanted, but it got done! I wore it in Masquerade on Saturday night in a Firefly group entry and then around the con floor all day Sunday (which was occasionally difficult, but not *so* bad). I think I'm going to keep the skirt and just redo the bodice completely for the premiere. Pictures:

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/jainamsolo/DSCN7844.jpg]

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/jainamsolo/DSCN7853.jpg]

    And my personal favorite:

    [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/jainamsolo/jossandme.jpg]
  18. Obi-Dawn Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    Jaina, what an awesome picture with Joss! You look so adorable/pretty in that dress. Hoorah for ruffles!

    Is there a place to see the rest of your pictures from the weekend? I've seen you on the SW.com picture viewer and I think maybe on the webcam in your Leia costume. It was pretty blurry, but I thought it was you. :)
  19. JainaMSolo Jedi Knight

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    Thank you Dawn!

    I actually have almost no pictures of me in costume...the only one I got any shots of was the fluffy pink dress. :( I was wearing my Senatorial Leia on Friday so you probably did see me on the webcam. :) And I'm on the picture viewer a couple of times, behind the counter of the shop.
  20. FERDALUMP Jedi Knight

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    Caitlin-- Your dress turned out SO beautiful. You look adorable in all those pink ruffles. :)

    I can't believe you got a pic with Joss! WOW!! That is just too cool.

    ...now off to work on my shindig dress. Seeing how beautiful yours turned out inspires me to speed up and finish mine. :p
  21. PadawansGuide Jedi Knight

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    THe dress turned out great, Jaina! Even if the bodice isn't 100% the way you want it, you can be really really proud of that skirt - the ruffles look great! :) And meeting Joss - very cool!
  22. kay_dee Force Ghost

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    Wheee - I just got back from Comic-Con and I'm so happy I ran into Caitlin a few times while I was at the convention :) (I believe I took the first photo she posted) The firefly costume is adorable and the skirt was very eye-catching when she walked out on stage for the masquerade. I was especially eyeing the beautiful ruffles since I'm going to be starting some can-can ruffles very soon. Very well done! And congrats on meeting Joss :)

    - Kay Dee
  23. Doni Jedi Knight

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    Jun 6, 2005
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    Cool pic with Joss!

    I want to do a Firefly costume for the premier, but I just can't decide which one... Grrrr! It'll probably end up being a thrift store pickings version of Zoey, but we'll see. Or maybe one of Anara's fantastic dresses, or maybe...maybe...

    sigh...
  24. Obi-Dawn Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    kay_dee, I hope we get to see the rest of your pictures soon too. :)
  25. kay_dee Force Ghost

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    Yup - I took that one with Caitlin's camera so that's why it's online already ;)

    I'm still catching up on e-mail then I've got to sort through my photos to see if anything turned out.

    - Kay Dee
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