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        Doctor Fate

        This is the beginning of Jen’s DragonCon and costuming journey, so the pictures are a little sparse compared to other pages. I went with a Victorian-inspired costume.

        Here’s my step-by-step process:

        1. Concept art
        2. Patterns and fabrics
        3. “Found” pieces
        4. Making and customizing pieces
        5. Props
        6. Putting it all together

        1.Concept Art. I never start a costuming project without concept art. That way, I always have something to look at when I’m getting frustrated with a small detail.

        Female Doctor Fate concept sketch
        Female Doctor Fate concept sketch

        2.Patterns and fabric

        This is the pattern I selected, minus the sleeves
        Here’s a picture of the pattern cut out
        • I went with this shiny blue fabric for the dress.
        • I also used some gold padded fabric to make the “corset”, although I didn’t snag any pictures of it.

        Top3.“Found” pieces.

        • I found these boots at the local thrift store. Unfortunately, the boots disintegrated about two hours after I started wearing them.

          There was some sort of spandex "sock" attached
          There was some sort of spandex “sock” attached

        Top4.Making and customizing pieces

        • Unfortunately, I didn’t get many pictures of my process. Here’s a shot of putting the dress together:
        • I ended up painting the toes of the boots gold, but no pictures.
        • Here’s the completed dress:

        Top5.Props

        • Since I was going with a theme version instead of something straight out of a comic book page, I decided to make a spellbook.

          I had this book lying around, so I brush-painted it gold
          I had this book lying around, so I brush-painted it gold
        • Doctor Fate’s symbol is an ankh, so I made one out of cardboard and painted it, to attach to the front of the spellbook.

        Top6.Putting it all together
        I managed to find one picture of the whole outfit
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