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We are back from sunny California and the extravaganza eleganza-filled weekend of the 2nd annual RuPaul’s DragCon at the Los Angeles Convention Center. What a wonderful and unique celebration of diversity, acceptance, equality, and flat-out fun! We couldn’t be happier that we were asked to be a part of it!
Friday evening, VIP Preview Night kicked off with the one, the only, King of Queens, RuPaul, taking the time to stop by each and every vendor booth for a personal welcome. How cool is that? Pretty much right at the top of the cool-o-meter! Our turn came just as we were putting the finishing touches on our space.
On Saturday, attendee Max (not drag queen Max, who was also spotted throughout the weekend), picked up a pair of our Sock Dreams exclusive Queer Pride socks by Gumball Poodle, and came by the next day proudly displaying fantastically rainbow legs. An endless sea of glitz and glamour, ball gowns and shiny crowns, glitter beards and platform heels overtook the exhibit hall. The most delightful sensory overload one could ask for!
Sunday found another fabulous day with RuPaul opening the morning by roller skating circuits around the show floor. We loved the opportunity to meet some iconic figures in the drag world and enjoyed a weekend of unity.
Dreamer Rose was wide-eyed and giddy over getting to meet the ever glamorous Chad Michaels.
Dreamer Nina enthusiastically seized an eleventh hour opportunity to say “Hey Qween” to comedian, talk host, and all-around entertainer Johnny McGovern.
Then, in a flash, 4 PM rolled around, the floor lights turned off, and the fabulous Miss Kennedy Davenport made the final sock purchase of the weekend, before we all sashayed away. Because everybody knows, with the dancing feet on that girl, comfy and cozy socks are a must!
We wish we had more pictures to share, but such a busy weekend it was! If you’d like to see more, hop on over to RuPaul’s DragCon Facebook or Instagram. And if you’d like to get your share of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent…plans are already in the works for next year’s 3rd annual gathering!
To start off this season of Cosplay Corner, we thought it was appropriate to round up a “greatest hits” collection from our sock journal. We love cosplay, and we’ve got a bunch of posts that will be especially helpful to new and veteran costumers alike.
Whether your taste leans towards reenactment or space operas, every costumer can benefit from Dreamer Rosalind’s three-part series on historical costuming (from the European Middle Ages through the 20th century). Even the most futuristic costume has roots in fashion history, and Rosalind has some great tips for finding the most authentic look.
Historical Costuming Part 1 – stocking trends from the Middle Ages to the 18th century
Historical Costuming Part 2 – fashion heats up through the 18th and 19th centuries
Historical Costuming Part 3 – rapid change during the turbulent 20th century
We’ve done a lot of DIY posts here on the blog over the years, but some of them will be especially helpful for costumers. Although we pride ourselves on our varied selection of sockwear, there are times when a costume requires something that you simply can’t go out and buy. For those instances, we have a few suggestions on how to modify your socks to perfectly accessorize your cosplay. It may be worth bookmarking our DIY category, since we’re always adding to it. And if there are any sock-related DIYs you’d like to see, drop us a line!
No-Sew Thigh High Boots – a great alternative when you just can’t find the right boots
Stocking Adornments – adorable adornments for lace-up stockings
DIY for Fun and Fashion – some quick and easy modifications for cut-out styles
Bleach Stamping – a great little tutorial for adding patterns
Drawing Detail – how to utilize pens and fabric paints to add the perfect patterns
We’ve tackled dyeing fabric a few different times, whether you’re working with natural fabrics or synthetics. Although of course you can use these techniques on socks and tights, these skills will also carry over to other garments.
Ready Set Colour – a basic tutorial on using Rit Dye on cotton socks
More Dyeing Techniques – take your skills from our first tutorial to the next level
Dyeing Nylon – moving on to nylons, with Kool-Aid and acid techniques
Dyeing Stockings to Match – using Rit Dye to get the perfect true “nude” for your skin tone
National Peach Month – a quick quest for the perfect peach tones leads to combining colors
As any costumer knows, cons can take their toll on your beloved creations. We thought we’d end our round-up with some tips and tricks to keep your socks going even when snags or holes strike.
Darn It – a basic tutorial for those socks that have seen one too many cons
Needle Felting – an alternative technique for darning
Snag Removers – the magical tool that will fix snags and pulls
Pilling & Electric Sweater Shavers – the perfect fix for socks that are showing their age
Well, darlings, have we got news for you! Grab your wigs, your contouring brush, and your best set of sequins—we’re going to RuPaul’s DragCon!
The con is May 7th and 8th, with a little preview night on the 6th, in sunny Los Angeles. This will be the convention’s second year, but a first for Sock Dreams, and we couldn’t be more excited! Dreamers Nina and Rose will be bringing you the best in fabulous socks and fierce legwear, including selections from our very own Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks lines, the spectacular curvy-friendly tights from the Big Tights Company, and a few other surprises!
Come sashay your way to Booth 332 and say hello-hello-hello!
Wow, what a con! This was the first year Emerald City Comic Con expanded to four days instead of three, and what a difference that extra day made. One more day of seeing fantastic cosplay, buying fantastic trinkets, and meeting our fantastic customers!
And what lovely customers they were, too! Although we didn’t have a chance to snap pictures of everyone we saw, we’re loving the pics we did get.
Kate, Kimberly, and Tehia donned Striated OTKs in navy & royal, Elemental Striped Thigh Highs in Zephyr, and Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in tan & dark brown to accessorize their con looks.
It was great to be part of such an exciting con, and we loved the extra day we got to spend helping our socks find the perfect homes. A big thank you to anyone who stopped by our booth during ECCC! If you incorporated any of your purchases into costumes (or signature looks), we’d love to see them. Share them to us on Facebook or our other social media platforms, or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to let us know if you want us to share them with others–though we’re happy to see them either way!
With con season gearing up, we’re looking ahead to one of our favorite parts of vending—seeing all the fantastic cosplay!
Dreamer Lucy as Ramona Flowers
Although we can’t claim supernatural powers of prediction, there are a few things we’re expecting (and hoping) to see a lot of this year. And a few recommendations that will help you keep this year’s cosplay on point.
Super Heroes (and Villains)
With so many super hero movies (and TV shows) coming out this year, we’re expecting to see a lot of Marvel and DC’s finest wandering the con floor. From Deadpool to Captain America, there’s a lot of material to cover. We’re hoping Wonder Woman will also put in an appearance, even though she won’t get her own movie until 2017.
- Rock a Deadpool-inspired look with some Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in black and red.
- Grab some Fishnet Pantyhose or Sporty Striped OTKS (with red or blue top stripes) to put that finishing touch on your Suicide Squad Harley Quinn cosplay.
Blast from the Past
Never has the phrase “everything old is new again” felt quite so accurate, at least in the con scene. This year will see a lot of familiar faces gracing the big and small screens; whether it’s Mulder and Scully’s return to investigating X-Files, a new generation of Star Wars fans out in force, or the re-imaging of everyone’s favorite ghost-busting team, 2016 feels comfortably nostalgic.
- Grab some delightful neutrals to compliment your Jedi attire. Strong with the force are these socks, yes.
- There’s nothing quite as fashionable as some classic green slime. Who you gonna call?
Animation continues to win many hearts, both young and less-young, and this year promises to see a bunch of cosplayers doing their fandoms proud. Old favorites continue to stay strong, with a plethora of Sailor Moon and Adventure Time cosplayers (remember Rae’s Fionna cosplay from last year?), as well as some newer favorites like One Punch Man and RWBY. With the end of Gravity Falls, we’re expecting to see a bunch of fans giving their favorite series the appropriate sendoff (though of course, the end of a show never means the end of cosplay!), in addition to a continuing rise in Steven Universe cosplayers.
- Where will your star go? Whether ankle or thigh, we’ve got a few options to help pull together your Steven Universe-inspired look.
- Don some Toe-Tal Recall Midcalves to give homage to a certain Demon Cyborg.
As always, sometimes the most exciting costumes are the unexpected ones, so never feel confined to the current trends! Regardless of who you’re dressed as (even yourself!) we love to see our items in action, so if you’re wearing anything you purchased from us, be sure to visit our booth at one of the cons we’re attending! Your picture may even end up in one of our con reports.
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