Once a Planner, Always a Planner

It is now about 4 months after DragonCon 2012.  Since then, my only costume work was around Halloween for some friends’ kids, which was fun.  But in my mind, the wheels have been spinning, trying to consider what sort of costuming projects I might take on for DragonCon 2013.  I have at least 2 being highly considered, one of which I intend to discuss today.

My very first attempt at costuming on my own was a fire fairy.  And I didn’t do any sewing at all for that.

When I was ready to try sewing, I decided on a new skirt for that fire fairy costume.  Came out pretty horrible, but I was proud to have actually sewed something at the time.

This year at DragonCon, I will make my next fairy costuming attempt, this time with a winter fairy.

I lean towards a color palette, that includes white, silver, gray, ice blue, and light periwinkle.


For a long time, I have considered making the wings appear as if they are built out of snowflakes.  I am not sure if I will sew anything for them or not … it occurs to me to do so, I would likely need to:

-Sew  thin strips of fabric into intricate shapes

-Have to turn it right side out

-Somewhere in that process stabilize it, with wire and/or interfacing

Wings kind of similar to the ones on this statue, only built out of multiple snowflakes rather than each wing representing half of a single snowflake.


As an alternative, I discovered wings like this through Pinterest, from a site called OrganicArmor.com.


If I made these, I would likely try to make them more like tree branches and try to frost them over with ice and snow (hot glue fun?), maybe dangle some icicle bits off the edges if it seemed reasonable.  Now that I have seen these wings, I think I may like this better.

Which wing option do you like better?

  1. Snowflakes
  2. Frosted Tree Branches

It is my intent to draft a corset pattern for myself, and make an honest to goodness corset, with spiral steel boning.  It will probably take me a while to find the perfect fabric for this – a nice silvery or white brocade; might even make it dual toned.

When I picture a fairy skirt, I picture lots of flowy tendrils.  And you may know that I love uneven skirt lengths.  The skirt part of this costume will be a solid color underneath, unsure if it will be light or dark yet.  It will be a high low skirt; something like this.


The top layer would probably be more of just a belt to attach the tendrils from, in several different sheer fabric colors, maybe with sparkle or some jewelry  bits hanging as well.

And no costume is complete without shoes.  If I feel like boots will match when all is said and done, a nice silver pair.  But chunky boots with lots of straps may not fit in the long run.  I have always loved the sandals that have ribbon ties that can criss-cross up your calves, but I have yet to own a pair that stays up where you tie them.


I actually do own a pair kind of like this, that my husband brought back from Hawaii.  But I think this costume might need something that climbs almost up to the knee.

That is about it on ideas for this one for now.  I would love to hear feedback from you readers.  I have a picture in my head of what my plan is, maybe I will sketch it out and post it sometime, but this option seemed easier.  I’m hoping to have a group of ladies join me in this fairy endeavor at DragonCon, whether there are 2 of us or 5 of us, I say pick a fairy theme, make a costume, and let’s stand in the crowded Marriott Marquis for photos! 😀


2 comments for “Once a Planner, Always a Planner

  1. John
    January 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Love the idea of the tree branches, myself, Jen! You are so creative and talented. Press forward and have fun sharing your gifts! Victory! 🙂

    • Tyraenna
      January 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks, John! Gonna have a decision to make I think … Perhaps I will make both sets of wings and decide later! hahaha


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