Nerd Boxers

Here at the Grant home, we continue our search for enough confidence to begin crafting the cosplay dresses. Along that line, we did a quick project that we adore! NERD BOXERS.

Behold BB8!

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For BB, we used the pattern found here on eHow. Note on that pattern: I didn’t read the directions (Remember that thing in grade school where if you read the directions you knew to just put your pencil down and do nothing? I flunked that too.) I spent a painstaking hour piecing lines together and building this pattern (I hate puzzles!) only to find when I was done there were shadow numbers and all I had to do was put the sheets in order right to left and up and down using the numbers. Oops!

Here are other future nerd boxers in the works: Minions plus silver waistband.

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Snoopy plus black waistband.

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Floral and pink.

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And for the Doctor fans, Daleks.

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Here’s another note about these boxers. Check for appropriate-colored elastic before you grab the material. We bought the Daleks assuming yellow elastic wouldn’t be a big deal, but after much searching, it was an order-only item. Apparently, it is being attached to the collar of a St. Bernard and being sent overland as it is going to take 6 weeks to arrive. I also figured blue wouldn’t be a big deal but the only blue available is more of a teal. Hence the silver waistband for the minions.

This is a super easy pattern and the girls did these all on their own. The elastic is kind of a pain to attach. I stretched it to fit the waistband while the girls sewed because that step required four hands.

I’m considering Jaws boxers for me. Who knew there were all these good nerdy fabrics to choose from? What fabric would you choose?

 

 

Spring Break Cosplay Madness

Some people go to Florida for spring break (and believe me the Michigan weather sucked enough for it this week…boo, hiss!). We Grants make cosplay dresses. Many of you cheered me on through Ren Faire dresses and the Captain America dress, and I welcome your moral support on the journey to a Winter Soldier dress and another Captain America dress.

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The Captain America Concept Dress

While some people make cosplay costumes that completely mirror the character’s, my girls like to design their own, incorporating their own personal style with the character’s. I fully support this…why look like everybody else?  So…here are the concept dresses as drawn by the girls.

 

Here’s Captain America…if Cap preferred a little swing and a silver petticoat.

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The Winter Soldier Concept Dress

Next up, the Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes. He’s dark and forbidding.

Now, those of you who have visited with me before know that I prefer to build on someone else’s labor. I buy base dresses at consignment stores and from clearance racks and spice them up. In this case, we decided to go with homemade base dresses and spice as needed.

Enter the fabric store and the pattern book…

photo(66)This is the Cap base dress. It will be in navy with only a rim of silver lace on the arms.

photo(67)When push came to shove, the Winter Soldier went even more strappy. It will be in a black stretchy knit (yes, a fabric type NOT recommended by the pattern folks) with a straight skirt. So really…not much like this pattern at all.

Of course, cosplay dresses are never complete without a corset, at least not when my girls are designing them. The one shown below on the upper right will be for Bucky.

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Cap will be going with a fuller corset…more like the ones shown in this Dr. Who pattern.photo(69)

We actually broke ground (cut fabric today). I’ll try to keep you updated.  Cap will still need a shield and Bucky a metal arm, but I reserve that for a later post. The Doctor of Phabric, Joselyn Vaughn and her amazing sister, Lillian, Chris Allen-Riley, and Cousin L. can expect panicked phone calls.

There’s our spring break…what did you do for fun?