Zoe Washburn

 

Why?
So many reasons. First Firefly is several kinds of awesome. Second, wtf FINALLY a character that looks like ME. You can’t know what that means to me. I mostly have to get hyped if someone in a show is slightly brown. But a tall, tough, brown, wide smiled, broad faced, almond eyed, woman…that never ever ever happens.  I was elated to even try this costume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on construction:
The vest wasn’t the pain in the ass I thought it was going to be. After deciding to use a vest pattern instead of a princess seamed dress top I cut out a mock up and drew on where I thought the seams were. That went well. Turns out she has buckles on both sides. It was terribly annoying preparing each strap, buckle, and stay. 32 pieces total.

Had to make the back piece twice because the machine tried to eat the marine vinyl when I tried to top stitch the back seam. 

The 1st belt is a belt blank from Tandy that I dyed. The buckle was also spray painted and roughed up. Found the shirt, its corduroy and it has a nice rich color when photographed. Altered the pants quite a bit with fit and taking things off them. 

I’ve made two holsters. The first one was made in one night due to time constraints. It fit right and served its purpose but it could have been neater… The second one I spent 2 days on and did a much better job on. Also got to update the back bullets with 12 instead of 10 like previously thought. The bullets now stay in without any help from tape or glue.
I also made the arm strap. I carry around a sawed off toy shotgun with sound effects. 

Got the wig from ebay and I LOVE it. It only needed a little bit of styling. People mistake it for my real hair. O_o
The boots are my own.

 

 


Bonus:

Won 1st place the Serenity Costume contest in Orlando
I’ve met some wonderful people because of this costume that are my friends all these years later. I’ve some wonderful memories of meeting the cast over time too. Summer said my hair was pretty, Adam gestured at me from an elevator to ‘call him’, and Morena told me she noticed me from way across the room.

 

 

Worn at: Everywhere. No seriously. I wore it to every non-anime con I went to for 8 yrs  :3 and I’m not sorry.


 

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