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Conventions, Costume Construction, Kate's Costumes

Vala’s Camelot (Matnernity) Dress

Seeing as how I’ve been slacking off keeping up with the blog, I figured now would be a good time to do so since the baby is due any time now!

Last weekend my hubby packed up and headed to Shoreleave in Hunt Valley, Maryland for the weekend to vend. Since that weekend marked the 38th week of my pregnancy, it was strongly recommended that I not make the trip. Disgruntled, I stayed home since it was a bit of a drive and sitting for long periods of time render me cranky and uncomfortable. Alas, I still was in the con spirit (especially since I saw all these awesome pictures popping up online from the first night) so I found something on my ‘to do’ list I could knock off pretty quickly.

Maternity costumes. You know it’s harder to use a sewing machine and cut fabric when you have a large round protrusion from you mid-section? Lol I haven’t done as much sewing as I’d like while pregnant, mainly because we’ve been busy with getting the house in shape for the little one. Priorities…that and resting. Anyway, I had a blue dress I’d used about ten years ago for an elf costume and I decided to recycle it. The grey fabric (although nowhere near the correct weave) was like $1.50 a yard and for the amount of time I will be in maternity wear, I thought it pointless to spend a lot of money for something I’d wear once or twice. So this whole costume probably costume me less than five dollars in materials.

Comparison shot, Vala's costume on the left, mine on theright.

Comparison shot, Vala’s costume on the left, mine on the right.

You see this dress at the very end of Season 9, in the episode ‘Camelot’. Vala is staring out into space watching the chaos ensue. No good pictures of the back, no good pictures of the side but you can see that there is some sort of ‘tie’ or ‘lacing’ on the side of the blue piece of the dress. My version is not perfect, but part of that was the fabric selections. The blue fabric I used didn’t have as much weight as I’d have liked. It was very flimsy and really doesn’t warrant itself well for this project. That being said, I made do.
Below is another shot of the completed dress, only a few hours worth of work Friday night and early on Saturday. It was also pretty comfy to wear…even if it was just out in the yard. 😉

Vala's dress from the SG-1 Episode 'Camelot'

Vala’s dress from the SG-1 Episode ‘Camelot’

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About Kate, who is becoming Vala or Aeryn (depending on the day)

I'm a costumer, seamstress and new Mom that enjoys the challenges of recreating costume seen on screen, as well as wearable garments. There's lots I could tell you about myself, but we'll save that for another day. ;-) (aka: HothGirl)

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