I hadn't intended to cosplay at NYCC because I was working on an armor commission and had no time to either get into shape for Envy or make anything new. And then I found out that Tom Siddell was going to ComicCon. Jeanne, from his webcomic, is both awesome and has easy-to-make clothes. Of course I acted like a complete idiot and was so shy and tired and freaked out by the MASSIVE CROWDS OF PEOPLE AT THIS CON that I forgot to, y'know, have my picture taken with the guy. Or carry out a conversation. Er. Yeah.
Also, so FUN </sarcasm> taking the train in this costume. Being white in my neighborhood already means that I get stared at on a regular basis. Being LITERALLY white and wearing ridiculous clothing and carrying a sword was just... yeah. Never again.
Wig: a Lacey Pageboy wig, better known to most of you as Amphigory's Femme Fatale. Hair was styled with hot water to sweep it off my forehead and remove the waves, and then slicked down with acrylic gloss medium. I can do handstands in this thing and it'll STILL stay off my forehead. Then again, I'm also having to use paint stripper to get the stuff out of the hair. So, great trick if you need the style to stay there FOREVER AND EVER, bad trick if you want to use it for anything else ever again.
Makeup: Ben Nye white + talc to set it. The character has empty eyesockets: because I can't afford (or wear) black-out contacts, I painted my eyelids black and closed my eyes for photos.
Robes: cut rectangle, cut oval in rectangle, seal cut edges with glue, draw patterns on with sharpie to match art style, TADA.
Dress: cut rectangle, spend six hours dicking around with elastic thread trying to do shirring, give up, shirr by sewing on stretched-out elastic and letting it gather the fabric up when it was returned to its initial non-stretched state.
Sword: began life as a child's two-handed sword, purchased long ago (circa 2005) for a Ragnarok Online Crusader costume. Original crossguard was ripped off, and the quillions and knuckle guard added with plumber's epoxy over armature wire. Handle was cut apart to reduce length and reassembled with cardboard and hot glue on the inside, epoxy on the outside. It was painted gray, rather than silver, to match the monochrome scheme of the costume. Shading was added by brushing powdered pastel onto the paint and sealing it with fixative.
Tom gave me a drawing! :D