Whelp, it’s day zero of Akaicon.
I’ve been working my ass off for several months to be the best mascot I can possibly be and now we get to see if that paid off.
My finished Captain Eo costume
My friend Bryan made a Captain Eo costume years back out of a white jacket and tic-tac boxes that he painted with Sharpie. It was easily recognizable as Captain Eo, but he always wanted an upgraded one. Several years back, there was a full scale picture of Captain Eo at Disneyland where I got a good look at the costume. Bryan once more lamented about how much he wanted a better, accurate costume, and I for some reason blurted out “I could totally make that.”
Shortly after, I began the mockup of the jacket. Using the only pattern that was ever used on this jacket (Simplicity Suedesays pattern 1947), I whipped out a rough version of the jacket. It was insane; there was so much topstitching, odd seams, and just randomness. However, it also sparked a fever inside my brain that kept telling me “if you can make this, it will look AMAZING.”
Bryan and I scoured the LA Fabric District in September of 2013 for a white poly-cotton blend that had just the right amount of sheen without being too heavy. I then got distracted with sewing my niece’s Halloween costume and work got crazy, so sewing the costume didn’t actually start until late April/early May of this year. The costume was finished the Saturday before Comic-Con.
I was terrified that Bryan was going to roast; this costume is HOT.
The jacket has 3 layers: the poly-cotton outer layer, a layer of muslin to support all the top-stitching, and a light cotton lining.
(ALL the topstitching!)
(Look at all that detailing that no one took photos of! :-( )
The pants are worse:
The bottom layer is a pair of Nike golf pants, then there are 3-5 layers of the poly/cotton, batting, and cording. Not to mention over 200 metal rivets and studs. (and a murse. I had to make him a murse).
I can’t take all the credit on this: Bryan and his friend Mal did all of the resin/acrylic and light work: all of the light boxes, shoulder rods, and all the pieces on the belt. He was an absolute trooper and had to make 3 trips all the way day to San Diego (as he lives 3 hours away) for fittings and costume piece pickups and deliveries.
Even these photos (including the higher rez version of that photo) don’t show the insane amount of detail on this costume.
The costume was a HUGE success at the Con (which I’m flattered about), but I’ve already gotten bombarded by people asking me to make one. This unfortunately was a one-time-only vanity project for my best friend, I’m sorry to say. We set out to make the insane costume and we did it. :-D :-D
My crazy-awesome friend Rachel, everyone.
I LOVE THIS!
I never stop being amazed by what incredible work that Rachel does!
I’m so happy this costume is out there in the world!
People who think Ariel only wanted to be human so she could get with Eric
The Hollywood Reporter Geek Photoshoot
Tricia Helfer and Zachary Levi in The Princess Bride
Chris Hardwick in Back to the Future
Tatiana Maslany in Shaun of the Dead
Gale Anne Hurd and Norman Reedus in Men in Black
Grace Park and Katee Sackhoff in Star Wars
Nathan Fillion in Star Trek
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While the rest of the world (rightfully) goes bananas over the adorable Tsum Tsums that The Disney Store just released, I’m busy gushing over these obscenely cute sleeping Rapunzel plushes from Disney Store Japan!
I was able to grab both sizes of this cutie - the little mascot sized plush that will live on my Rapunzel tote thanks to the attached ball chain, and the full sized, totally huggable sleeping plush! I’m loving the floral details and the cutest little button nose I’ve ever seen on a plush, oh my God. Even Dan had to agree that this was pretty stinkin’ cute.
So now we wait till the inevitable Rapunzel/Eugene/Flynn/Maximus Tsum Tsums - or at the very least, until this Fall when the domestically-released Hallmark itty-bitty Rapunzel comes!
Rapunzel “Sleeping” Plush
Spotted: Disney Store Japan
MSRP: 1,080 yen (mascot), 2,700 yen (full sized)