• Alena grew up in the 1980s. Alena likes the band Queen. Alena enjoys cheesy sci-fi adventure movies. So when Indy PopCon announced that they were bringing actor Sam Jones to town and sponsoring a special screening of the 1980 classic Flash Gordon (the one with the soundtrack by Queen) at The Historic Artcraft Theatre, Alena declared that oh, yes, she was going in costume (in spite of being out of town most of that month, and being a PopCon sponsor, and running workshops, and having pretty much no time to make one). After scouring the internet and fabric stores in three states for screen-accurate bugle beaded fabric, she eventually gave up and settled for not-screen-accurate-but-still-very-shiny microsequins for Dale Arden's wedding dress. The dress pattern

  • (Version 2 of this tutorial, as the original somehow got eaten in a server switch... sorry for the inconvenience! I hope I've remembered the details correctly.) This is a simple way to modify boots for Sailor Moon, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, or any other character with shaped/color contrast boot tops. The boots I'm making are for a Sailor Pluto costume (shown at right); they have pointed tops and a band of white trim around the top. Materials tall boots vinyl/leather/other material in contrasting color glue that will stick to your vinyl ~2" Velcro   First, choose boots that are comfortable and suitable for the character. I tend to buy most of my cosplay footwear at discount or thrift stores (yes, you can

  • So... Alena is a rabid Scarlet Pimpernel fangirl. By rabid, I mean she has read all 17 of the Scarlet Pimpernel books written by Baroness Orczy (and amassed quite a respectable collection of early editions of Orczy's works), watched every extant film and television version, seen the Broadway musical so many times she's lost count, has a laminated membership card for the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, and even has postcards and programs from the original 1905 stage play hanging on her walls. So when the Takarazuka Revue (a famous all-female theatre troupe in Japan) tackled Frank Wildhorn's hit Broadway musical The Scarlet Pimpernel, there was no question that this costume set was happening. And -- since this was one of Alena's great passions in life -- it

  • Our first terra cotta infantryman was commissioned by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis for the National Geographic Treasures of the Earth exhibit, a permanent wing which includes replicas and interactive displays of the terra cotta warriors from Xi'an, China. Alena wore the costume for the members' preview and the Grand Opening of the exhibit.  The suit is made of silicone rubber and rubber-coated fabric, and was hand-painted with tinted silicone and aged with powder pigments. Since we already had the molds, we decided to test out some other casting and coloring techniques, so we made another warrior for our own use. That one was worn at Gen Con (modeled by Ken of Godly Team Cosplay) along with our Saiunkoku Monogatari set. Awards First Place in Professional Division,