So I was filling out some paperwork for a convention and I was asked ‘Please provide pictures of three different outfits and include a description of the materials and techniques used in constructing them.’ I didn’t know what costumes to talk about, at first. Now I felt like the three I wound up choosing are a pretty good array, sooooo here, have a bit of insight. :)

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Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur 5 version) – Hours: ~120 Cost: $75 Sometimes some of the smallest costumes have the most construction to make sure everything stays in its appropriate place. Fabric: 3 types of spandex, microsuede, silk, lace. The combination of stretch fabrics with non-stretch fabrics is always a struggle, and atop of that there was piping in between the paneling. Most of the construction was done on my serger, sewing machine, and details were sewn by hand. The pattern for this outfit was entirely drafted by me. All of the fabric of this outfit started off white and I hand-dyed it all to achieve the perfect colors. Armor: Wonderflex covered in metallic spandex, and the shoulder piece was sculpted from expanding foam, wonderflex, and epoxy putty. Sword: Insulation foam covered with polyethelene sheeting, with coil conduit for the ‘whip’, with the pommel made of insulation foam, a wooden dowel, and decorated with pieces of polyethelene sheeting. Wig: Hand-cut and styled by me. Boots: These are boot covers, into which I slip a high heel of my choosing. Making bootcovers saves a lot of money – you can invest in one pair of great, comfy pumps, and slip them into all high-heeled costumes – and I would be happy to teach others how to make a money-saving bootcover pattern.

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Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers version) – Hours: ~12 (Flame props: 30) Cost: $50 (Flame props: $40) Fabric: Navy is hand-dyed 2-way stretch wet-look spandex, the gold is 4-way stretch shiny moleskin spandex (the same gold I used on my Ms. Marvel/Warbird costume, which tied two costumes of the same character together), and the red is 2-way stretch faux leather. Constructed on my serger, the only hassle was combining 2- and 4-way stretches, and fitting a 2-way stretch fabric to my bust, which was achieved by patterning panels that would fit my bust without compressing it. The gloves were made by me, with finger gussets and fully functioning buttons. The boots were painted to match using Nu-Life leather spraypaint, with aesthetic buttons hand-sewn on. The wig was a combination of two wigs, weaving wefts of long hair down the center of a short wig, then styling it into a faux-hawk. While the flame effect has been enhanced by the photographer, they are props I made using theater lighting gel – forming them into ‘flames’ using a heat gun, then adhering them to a Wonderflex base (the tutorial for which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/bellecherecostume/photos/a.10151351721546130.1073741827.224399206129/10151352837586130/?type=3&theater). The cowl is made out of silicon, made by 4th Wall Designs.

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Red Sonja - Hours: ~75 Cost: $60 The bikini top and loincloth/bottoms were made from a base of brown microsuede, atop of which I hand-stitched over 750 nickle-plated mild steel scales (purchased from theringlord.com). It weighs about 16 lbs. and is tied with reinforced leather strapping. I test ALL my costumes out before attending a convention, to ensure no ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ happen, by the by. Gloves were made out of the same brown microsuede, as well as the boots – the soles of which are water shoes, which is another cost effective way to sole a costume shoe. The shoulder, thigh, and arm bands are made from Wonderflex, covered in metallic spandex.

Captain Marvel #2 is out today! Yaay!
Captain Marvel cosplay by me, BelleChere.
Photo and space manip by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.
Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

Captain Marvel #2 is out today! Yaay!

Captain Marvel cosplay by me, BelleChere.

Photo and space manip by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.

Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

kellysue:

songspinner9:

Earlier in the school year, generous folks on Tumblr donated to help my students get a whole shelf of graphic novels to help raise their literacy levels, and the kids were literally leaping with excitement when the boxes of books arrived. Thanks to Kelly Sue DeConnick’s signal boost, it was funded fully and the kids even got to write thank you’s to a published author who got involved. Kids not even from my classes started coming to borrow books. Now I want to expand that library and to encourage more reading to get students to to push their own limits as readers, as well as answer their requests for more of the diversity of authors and characters they saw and loved in the graphic novels. This is a bunch of kids who wanted me to get copies of the new Ms. Marvel to read as it comes out! So, I just created a request for my classroom at DonorsChoose.org. The project is called Leaping Up: Challenges Through Chapter and Graphic Novels.

Give to my classroom by March 15 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100).

If you chip in to help my students, you’ll get awesome photos, thank you letters if you wish to get them, and our heartfelt thanks. Even a little bit adds up to help!

Thank so much,
Laura

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my classroom, please pass this along!

Here’s the link: http://www.donorschoose.org/project/leaping-up-challenges-through-chapter-a/1169236/

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rainbowsunflowers asked: What superhero comic books about women would you recommend for a beginner? I'd like a title that's relatively new and accessible so I could easily catch up on it. Marvel or DC is fine, although I do have a preference for DC characters. Some of my favorites are Wonder Woman, Black Canary, Vixen, the Birds of Prey, and Zatanna.

dcwomenkickingass:

Ms. Marvel from Marvel. The first issue just came out. Brand new book, new hero, new cast.

Seconding Ms. Marvel. If OP might be looking for someone a little older (as Kamala is 16), then I’d recommend Captain Marvel, too. #1 is hitting stores this (March 12th) Wednesday! Plus there are two trade paperbacks (TPB) available of the first run, also written by kellysue. :)

thefinalfive:

Preview: Captain Marvel #1

Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, gets an all-new #1 next Wednesday, March 12th, 2014. Check out the preview above and full solicitation below.

Story by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by David Lopez
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Cover by     David Lopez, John Cassaday, Skottie Young, Leinil Yu
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER, MORE begins!

Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero with death-defying powers and an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing series! As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life and the entire Marvel Universe in the months to come. It’s time to go HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER and more in the most super-powered comic around!

(via ComicBookResources)

- Drewtos

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"Me? I’m Black Cat, and I just crossed your path. Now if you’ll excuse me…" 
Black Cat made and modeled by me, BelleChere
Inspired by Terry Dodson’s art. Material is 4-way stretch PVC.
This was my first outdoor photoshoot, taken in 2008 at the theatre I used to work at.

"Me? I’m Black Cat, and I just crossed your path. Now if you’ll excuse me…"

Black Cat made and modeled by me, BelleChere

Inspired by Terry Dodson’s art. Material is 4-way stretch PVC.

This was my first outdoor photoshoot, taken in 2008 at the theatre I used to work at.

Not a fan of how my wig looks here, but man I miss being Peeg. This was C2E2 2010.

Not a fan of how my wig looks here, but man I miss being Peeg. This was C2E2 2010.

(Source: powergirlfan)

kellysue:

christophersebela:

Ghost #2

An unlikely ally sneaks Ghost into a secret meeting, where a legion of disguised demons gather around Dr. October—until her cover is blown! Meanwhile, the very human serial killer prowling the streets of Chicago takes a personal interest in Sloane and Tommy!

* The return of Ghost’s archnemesis!

* Chaos reigns in the White City!

Out March 12th

We’re baaaaaaaack. 

Oh. Oh my. Looks like March 12th is already scheduled out for me. Gotta shoot over to NEC to preorder.

(Also, hello horror vampire comic, written by Steve Niles of 30 Days of Night, which takes place during the Plague. I’ll preorder you, too)

GPOY

Pantsless Friday? Pantsless Friday.

(Source: clintonfbarton, via mylifeasaweapon)

queerhawkeye:

the best way to start reading marvel comics it’s to just say “fuck it”, pick up whatever and then spiral down into a pit of despair and superhero feelings

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caroldanverscorps:

Carol Cosplay: BelleChere as Captain Marvel
Photography by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.
Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

caroldanverscorps:

Carol Cosplay: BelleChere as Captain Marvel

Photography by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.

Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

Anonymous asked: Have you ever thought of doing a cosplay of Big Barda from Jack Kirby's New Gods?

Yes! But I don’t know enough about Barda yet. I know what I need to watch/read for research, just haven’t gotten around to it.

I hear there’s some tradition concerning hearts, today. Happy Valentine’s day from the Hyborian Age! Red Sonja made and modeled by me, BelleChere. Photo by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art. Contacts by Samhain Contact Lenses. Since it’s been asked of me frequently, the scales for Sonja were purchased from TheRingLord.org, and the outfit took roughly 750 nickle-plated mild steel scales, all handsewn onto a suede base.

I hear there’s some tradition concerning hearts, today. Happy Valentine’s day from the Hyborian Age!

Red Sonja made and modeled by me, BelleChere.
Photo by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.
Contacts by Samhain Contact Lenses.

Since it’s been asked of me frequently, the scales for Sonja were purchased from TheRingLord.org, and the outfit took roughly 750 nickle-plated mild steel scales, all handsewn onto a suede base.

Higher. Further. Faster. More.

Captain Marvel, costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere.

Photography by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.

Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

Though there is some photoshop involved in the flames, they are actual props I made. The tutorial for which can be found here.

Please do not remove the above credits when reblogging. Thank you!

kellysue:

everybodyilovedies:

towritelesbiansonherarms:

everybodyilovedies:

FAQ #1, for the anon who asked about it a while ago. Part I of a series, which means mORE TO COME. Like comics, I am so organized i SEEM DISORGANIZED???

Ultimate Marvel universe is 1610

JUST SAYIN’!

but good work.

this will help the newbies.

YES I KNOW someone already pointed that out DDXX i SWEAR I DOUBLE-CHECKED THAT IDK WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY BRAIN.

Yes, I know I already reblogged the links to these but I’m reblogging them separately too and YOU CAN’T STOP ME. 

Here, have another

Now what would you pay

But WAIT — there’s MOAR

The first time entering a comic book store, I was intimidated. It wasn’t due to an unpleasant owner, or patrons that made me leery - it was due to the volume of volumes. I’m the type of person who neeeeeeds to start with #1, and felt a little embarrassed asking for help and admitting to being lost to the shop owner or my then-boyfriend. This was very well put!

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