Last weekend I dipped my toe back into the cosplay and con waters. It’s be awhile, but I was lucky enough to receive a pass to WonderCon from a friend. However, with a lot of other projects on the books, along with helping another friend make her first ever cosplay, I opted for a simple cosplay for myself that involved no sewing, just shopping.
A couple months ago I found the iconic Drive scorpion jacket at a thrift store, I thought it would be fun to create a femme version of Driver from the 2011 film and this was the end result. And, yes, I am wearing skinny jeans. A shock. I know.
I was lucky enough to already have a round, white face watch and a pair of dark driving gloves. I just needed a white undershirt style top with a few buttons at the neckline, skinny jeans, and cream shoes, and scored those items at regular shops around town. Honestly, I wanted this jacket back when the movie came out, as I loved it, and the film. The film actually contains one of my favorite scenes of all time. But I talked myself out of the jacket, due to its hefty price tag, and the fact I was wearing almost exclusively vintage at the time. But now that my style has shifted this jacket can easily be incorporated into my everyday clothes, plus I got it for a song.
As mentioned earlier, it’s been ages since I’ve done cosplay, or attended a con… I haven’t created a new cosplay since 2016 with my femme 60s Penguin for Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, which didn’t even involve that much with regards to sewing or fabricating, compared to my massively labor intensive Dixie Cousins and Marion Ravenwood cosplays, which were made when we still lived in Portland. Since moving to California nearly five years ago, we are regularly busy with tons of other things, leaving little room for cosplay. Additionally, even though there are a variety of cons within a reasonable distance, few actually feature celebrities I want to meet, as autographs tend to be the number one reason why I attend cons, and inspire the cosplays I create. But who knows what the future holds when it comes to the cosplay and con world!
Drive Jacket: Originally sold by Steady Clothing, but found at Goodwill
Jeans & Boots: Target
Driving Gloves: Solanah