“Who’s Gonna Help Me File My Claim?”

Last night, after weeks upon weeks of sewing and beading, I finally completed by Dixie Cousins costume for this weekend’s ComicCon here in Portland and today I had photographer and friend Anthony come by to shoot it.  I can’t even express how wonderful Anthony is to work with. He took so many amazing photos, it was so difficult to narrow it down to these! So this is still a pretty picture heavy entry!

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While Dixie wears a large selection of beautiful costumes in the series, this I felt was the most iconic, due to the fact it is the outfit you first see her in when she is introduced in the pilot.  I may venture to make her purple traveling outfit and I really would like to make her other show outfits as well, one of which is a bright teal and gold number which she and her sister wear while doing a sister act.

In terms of sewing specs… I bought Simplicity 2535 off Etsy from eetenpie and used really only the bodice portion of the pattern.  I completely winged the skirt since none of the skirts from the pattern worked. I also totally winged the bustle, using screenshots from the show as reference.  Over 8,000 beads were strung together to make up the fringe, and the whole piece took roughly 110 hours to complete. I like to keep track by watching television shows and movies on DVD and then adding up the running times… Yep, crazy girl, right here.  Additionally, this is my first ever lined piece!  In the show, Dixie has an ostrich feather boa that appears to be a ten ply boa based upon how thick it is, however, those run over $100. And I just wasn’t prepared to part with that kind of cash, so this is simply a turkey feather boa I purchased off Ebay.  I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I’ve been dying to make this since I can remember and I just hope it is well received at the Con.

Tomorrow is the first day of the Con and I’ll be wearing my Marion Ravenwood costume. And then Saturday is the big day when I’ll be wearing this and meeting Bruce Campbell! I’ve decided not to dress up on Sunday, seeing as I may bail early due to the fact that it is also the Daytona 500 as well as the Oscars!  Seriously, who plans these things!? Don’t they know there are people out there who love comics/cult classics, NASCAR and movies? Seriously, the only thing that could make it worse is if there was a huge antique show too. God forbid!

26 thoughts on ““Who’s Gonna Help Me File My Claim?”

  1. Holy shit-balls this is amazing!! The hours have certainly paid off – wooowwwweee! I’m sure you’ll be VERY well received at the Con – and Bruce Campbell will def notice (I love him!) 😉

  2. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!! Both the seamstress skills and the way you are eorking that costume. The beadwork is exquisite and the many hours of sewing had really paid off. I said it once, I’ll say it again- it’s a good thing Patrick is going with you because those Comicon boys’ eyes are going to be popping out of their heads with you in that little number. xx Shauna

  3. Show-stopping incredible job! Seriously, Janey, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m doffing my hat to you over here. I adore the finished costume and think it looks stunning as the day is long on you. Amazing work!!!

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Woweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! You look AMAZING, lady!!!!! I can’t believe you made this outfit, what an achievement – your hours of hard work really paid off! On a side note, you hair also looks beautiful!

  5. Really stunning! It was fun seeing some glimpses of it on Instagram along the way but the final reveal is AMAZING. You look gorgeous. The beadwork and the costume are incredible. I don’t think you have to worry about being well received… more like you’ll have an entourage of fans! 😀

  6. You never cease to amaze. Absolutely stunning! And your ringlets are just beautiful. I’m sure you will knock their socks off today. Can’t wait to read the update post.

    • Loads! All of Brisco County Jr., the entirety of Jack of All Trades, a few other Bruce Campbell films, a few of my animated favorites and heck, I’ll admit it, Rock of Ages three times.

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