I am going to show some of the costumes we wore and a selection of really cool costumes I managed to get pictures of. Really there were too many cool costumes to count!
The theme was Mad Science so my husband and I wore some of our good old standby costumes. One of the first set of costumes I made for steampunk was a Radium doctor and a Mad Apothecary and I felt these fit the theme pretty well.
The Radium doctor costume is worn over a corset and petticoats followed by a brown cotton skirt with dark brown velvet detailing. The white shirt is a horrible 1980s eyelet lace thing that I got cheaply at a thrift store and altered to make a quick blouse. The apron is all leather and is riveted together. The test tubes contain cake sugars. The head mirror is actually an antique and I also carry an antique doctors bag, which was a gift from some friends. One of my favorite parts of this costume is the radium detector (the funny looking wand and box in the pictures). This prop was made by my husband specifically for this costume. The wand is made out of copper tubing and brass pipe fittings. The detector is a large glass crystal set in cut and flared copper pipe. The detector has a set of blue LEDs wired into the copper pipe behind the crystal, which causes the whole crystal to glow blue when activated. The box part was a cheap box purse from a craft store that my husband altered. The box contains an old MP3 player and a small amplifier. When the button on the lid is pressed the MP3 player either plays a Geiger counter noise of yells "Whoop Whoop Danger!" I have no idea which one will play as it is random. At the convention, the only person the radium detector felt was dangerous is Nathaniel Johnstone! I scanned him and the danger signal when off! He is both an amazing musician and a super nice guy and I was very excited to get to meet him! The Mad Apothecary is made of linen and has embroidered fraying patches I made using designs from Urban Threads. My husband made the leather hat himself as well as the goggles we are both wearing. He even made mine with blue glass!
My husband wore a vest I made to match my corset, his teacup holster I made him and a new hat. This hat has vents added to the side to make it cooler and EL wire to make it light up. I will do a separate post on how I altered the hat. He is also using his cane. The cane has a large glass crystal and a whole set of multicolored LEDS so he can change the color and the pattern for the lights.
I even managed to remember to take some photos the second day and got some good ones of some of the people we traveled with. These lovely ladies traveled each day from the hotel to the con with us. The lovely green fairy was made by Isabella Delphinia Ravensdale. On her tumblr she talks about the making of this costume. She made some absolutely lovely accessories which none of my pictures due justice!
One of the reasons to go simple this day is that we were planning on an absinthe tasting and then be really silly afterward on some of the amusement rides. The absinthe tasting was a blast and we even had our own Absinthe Fairy to keep us company.
After the carousel, we decided to ride the little train that tours the park and hear more about Old Tucson Studios. The train goes places that you cannot walk and the conductors give a bunch of background on what television shows and what movies utilized which buildings. It was a fascinating tour. Both of these activities were great fun and included for free with our con membership.
blog. I completely love her take on the Tweedles!
Isabella Delphinia Ravensdale. Myself as the Cheshire Cat and my husband as the Caterpillar. I covered the making of both of these costumes earlier on this blog, so I wont cover any of it here.
Later in the day we caught up with the other members of the group and took some pictures with a very old and cool steam train. We had a White Rabbit, a Mad Hatter, a Red Queen, a White Queen, Alice and the Doormouse.
Here is Alice talking with the Doormouse, White Rabbit and the Caterpillar while the Mad Hatter looks for trouble.
I have just noticed how long this post is getting, so I am going to save pictures of other people's costumes and the make and take workshops for Part 2.