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:hooray:to hanging out with like-minded friends. And, don't think of it as 'missing' this year's costuming event, think of it as time to get really ahead for next year!
 

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Yes, it definitely gives me more time to plan and execute some of the costumes I want to do. The problem I'm having is too many ideas, and I can't seem to commit to any of them. But there's time now, so hopefully it'll sort itself out.
 

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In Transformers, Thunderclash is loved and billed as the Greatest Autobot Who Ever Lived. At TFNation this weekend, a cosplayer was Thunderclash and won first prize. He gave his first prize to a young girl who cosplayed BlackArachina

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Sooo, after years of making do with bad substitutes, I finally bought a Dritz Twin-Fit dressmaker form. Should be fun.
Oooh! I just padded my generic dress form out to my measurements (or near enough). Been meaning to for a while, just never got around to it until now.

The sad thing is, I've had zero interest in sewing for myself lately. Back in February, I was quite excited about starting a Star Trek Enterprise uniform--found a pattern, fabric, boots, even the shoulder patch and rank pips. But then COVID-19 hit and my fabric source announced there would be a minimum 30-day shipping delay, and then they declared that they weren't going to stock any "non-essential" fabrics during the crisis, which included the fabric I needed, so all of my enthusiasm deflated. (Side note: apparently "essential" equates to "very expensive," because all of their cheap fabrics were taken down, but they had plenty of $80/yd fabric. . . .)
 

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Oooh! I just padded my generic dress form out to my measurements (or near enough). Been meaning to for a while, just never got around to it until now.

The sad thing is, I've had zero interest in sewing for myself lately. Back in February, I was quite excited about starting a Star Trek Enterprise uniform--found a pattern, fabric, boots, even the shoulder patch and rank pips. But then COVID-19 hit and my fabric source announced there would be a minimum 30-day shipping delay, and then they declared that they weren't going to stock any "non-essential" fabrics during the crisis, which included the fabric I needed, so all of my enthusiasm deflated. (Side note: apparently "essential" equates to "very expensive," because all of their cheap fabrics were taken down, but they had plenty of $80/yd fabric. . . .)

You found a pattern?

(I have a length of red cotton jersey I’d been planning to make into a classic Uhura dress for ages. The only question was whether to make a quick-and-dirty minidress or one fitted and shaped à la the actual dresses - which were made of a heavy, uncomfortable-looking velour anyway, near as I can tell from the model I studied at the Museum of Science and Industry. Wow, do I digress. Condolences on your fabric difficulties.)
 

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You found a pattern?

Yes! Bad Wolf Costumes has a ton of Star Trek patterns they made after examining the actual uniforms in person and scrutinizing the various shows/movies. They documented (and shared) all the minor variations that can be seen, with a level of OCD attention to detail that I, with my insane perfectionism, can only hope to someday achieve.

They are a bit lacking when it comes to female uniforms, sadly. They have some, just not the one I really want (Voyager jumpsuit). The Enterprise uniform, however, is almost identical when you look at male vs female. Just a couple of darts and a narrower band of elastic for the side waist.

They don't have any Kirk-era uniforms, but if you're able to modify patterns, Dr. Pulaski's medical tunic might be a good starting point for Uhura. Or even the TNG skant?
 

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Yes! Bad Wolf Costumes has a ton of Star Trek patterns they made after examining the actual uniforms in person and scrutinizing the various shows/movies. They documented (and shared) all the minor variations that can be seen, with a level of OCD attention to detail that I, with my insane perfectionism, can only hope to someday achieve.

They are a bit lacking when it comes to female uniforms, sadly. They have some, just not the one I really want (Voyager jumpsuit). The Enterprise uniform, however, is almost identical when you look at male vs female. Just a couple of darts and a narrower band of elastic for the side waist.

They don't have any Kirk-era uniforms, but if you're able to modify patterns, Dr. Pulaski's medical tunic might be a good starting point for Uhura. Or even the TNG skant?


They don't have the classic Uhura I'm looking for, alas. OTOH, it's great to see a pattern company that focuses on men's costumes!
 

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I have to confess I had been entirely ignorant of the amazing cosplay potential of wigs and hairpieces aimed at Black people.

I've found a blonde topknot-and-bangs piece you add over your own hair, suitable for I Dream of Jeannie and classic Star Trek, and a "finger wave" wig perfect for 1920s cosplay, both in the Black-oriented section of my favorite online wig store. Vivica Fox is a good brand with lots of little attachable ponytails, braids, bangs, and wigs.
 

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It's always difficult for me to find hairpieces, because my hair is a hard-to-match shade of dark copper/red.

I got a 10% off coupon for Bad Wolf patterns, so I'm debating whether to order the Enterprise uniform pattern now. Even if I can't get the fabric yet, I could at least do a mockup and start on the necessary alterations.
 

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It's always difficult for me to find hairpieces, because my hair is a hard-to-match shade of dark copper/red.

I got a 10% off coupon for Bad Wolf patterns, so I'm debating whether to order the Enterprise uniform pattern now. Even if I can't get the fabric yet, I could at least do a mockup and start on the necessary alterations.

The nice thing about hairpieces aimed at the Black community is they tend to have a good range of darker colors. The Vivica Fox ones I've been looking at have a number of styles that come in nice deep auburns.
 

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Really? I'll have to visit the hair supply shop once quarantine ends!
 

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