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We had a great time at our last event, Denver Comic Con. There were over 100,000 nerdy enthusiasts in attendance over the weekend. We got to meet thousands of amazing people and made quite a few new Sock Dreams fans. We can’t wait to get back there next year.
Our next event is taking place right in our own home town. We will be vending at Pride Northwest! It will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon from noon to 6pm on June 13th and 14th. It was listed on newnownext.com as #1 on their list of “10 pride festivals you’ve never been to but should.” With Governor Kate Brown as Grand Marshall of the pride parade, it should be quite an event!
If you need some help showing off your pride we will have plenty of rainbow socks, as well as many others, at booth P-5. We’ll be on the main promenade, close to the Morrison side of the sound stage. Martha Wash of “It’s Raining Men” fame, will be headlining on the stage, so we’ll be having a lot of fun at our booth. We’ll also be right next to the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, so you know it will be a blast!
As always our DreaM Stockings and Dreamer Socks will be marked down from our web prices, so stop by to stock up on your favorites.
Many of us Dreamers are big fans of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, so when we saw the latest Dream Stocking Design—the Sporty Striped OTKs—Fionna the Human was the first thing that came to mind. For years, we’ve had people emailing us looking for the perfect socks for Finn’s female alter-ego. We’ve even got two DIY options for her signature socks in one of our blog posts, DIY: Drawing Detail. Now at last, we’ve got an easier option for Fionna cosplayers. There are even two different blue stripes to choose between, so that you can better match your socks to your outfit.
Rae was quick to jump on the idea of a Fionna cosplay; as our Events Coordinator she gets to see the best con-goers up close, and has always wanted to get in on the action. Rae’s pretty new to cosplay, and Fionna is a great costume for beginners. Most of the outfit consists of articles of clothing you might already have in your arsenal, making this a great “closet cosplay.”
Rae already had a suitable blond wig, but she took to our local thrift stores to find the perfect skirt and shirt for Fionna. It took a bit of digging, but that just made the outcome all that more rewarding!
With the main pieces taken care of, it was time to worry about the one thing we couldn’t find at a thrift store: Fionna’s hat. Fortunately, her hat is pretty simple, and offers a great chance for beginning cosplayers to try their hands at some sewing. We found a great pattern on Instructables.com. It’s specifically a Finn hat, but you just need to make the ears longer (and a bit more “bunny” shaped) for Fionna.
At this point, Rae’s outfit was essentially complete, but it still needed that last little thing to pull the whole costume together. Namely, the backpack. The Instructables pattern we used for the hat also has some instructions for a decorative version of the backpack, which should be pretty easy for beginners. We ended up going a different route and basically drafting our own, because with all the hauling we have to do at cons, we really wanted something that could do double duty: both style and function! And we just couldn’t pass up this themed fabric from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores. Be warned though, backpacks are tricky things to make at the best of times, so drafting the backpack is not a project we recommend for beginners.
Rae will debut this costume at Denver Comic Con this weekend; say hi if you see her! We’ll be at booth #802.
For us, Chicago’s Comic and Entertainment Expo, came and went in a blast of frigid wind, a sprinkling of unseasonable snow, and a mad rush of pop culture enthusiasm. As you can imagine, we ran into a wild assortment of sock loving characters.
On Friday one of our first customers was Jillian in black O Basics, who solemnly swore that she was up to no good. Once Saturday hit, the place was hopping. That’s when Liz, a.k.a Ramona Flowers, roller bladed into our dreams wearing seafoam M45’s and Super Stripes. Finally, Jess and Hanna, or rather Harley and Ivy, stopped by to show off the socks they had purchased from us the day before. Jess is sporting a convention exclusive variety of our M45’s and Hanna has on our Vertical Cotton OTK’s.
Sunday was the final day of C2E2, and before the show had even officially opened we were visited by Anthony, a true Renaissance man in purple and sherbert O Basics. Later in the day, we had the opportunity to catch Tosha, an exceptional Vulpix Pokemon in another pair of sherbert O Basics. We also caught Dustin doing a fine impersonation of Archer ogling Lana, portrayed by Lindsey, who’s ever popular O Basics were in a lilac shade.
At 5pm the show was over, and we packed our few remaining socks and sent them home. But don’t you worry, we will be bringing them and many other with us to Denver Comic Con over Memorial Day Weekend. If you’re in the area, and you’ve got a great cosplay that makes use of our products, be sure to stop and let us snap a photo and we may feature you in our next post convention write up.
If you have an amazing cosplay featuring Sock Dreams socks or accessories, but you will not be at any of the events we will be visiting, we’d love it if you would email us a photo. Anyone who emails a valid cosplay photo to firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a special coupon code that can be used on their next purchase. All cosplay photos collected from now until October 23rd will also be held in consideration for our new annual Cosplay contest. Rules and prizes will be announced soon!
We clicked our heels three times and have finally made it home from Emerald City Comic Con. While there is definitely no place like home, we have to admit that ECCC was an amazing adventure. The best part about it though, was getting to meet some of you. We were impressed with the way you tied some of our favorite socks into your incredible cosplays, including Shannon’s very fitting Dorothy Gale. She used a pair of Four Button Ribbed Leg Warmers in ivory for her steam punk spin on this classic character.
Aireeka was the first to stop by our booth and show off her costume socks. She completed her rad Rocket Raccoon cosplay with our N Stripes in orange and red. Sarah couldn’t wait to show us how she utilized the Purple Knees she had bought from us the day before. Here she is as Clawdeen Wolf with her Monster High classmate, Frankie Stein, as portrayed by friend Merce.
What comic con would be complete without a visit from The Doctor? Fortunately we didn’t have to find out when Whitney showed up as the 11th version of this enigmatic traveler from Gallifrey. Her Constellation Knee Highs from Sock It To Me added a spacey touch to this feminine take on the role. And speaking of feminine takes, we also loved this girlish approach to Firefly’s Captain Malcolm Reynolds. Kayln used our Extraordinary Thigh Highs in olive green for her sassy ensemble.
Another thing that we loved about our adventure in Emerald City was getting to meet other exhibitors. Our next door neighbor and borrower and lender of scissors was the talented James Ramos. James is an artist, illustrator, game designer, and philanthropist. His heroes include Walt Disney, Charles Schulz, and Chuck Jones. We also, literally, bumped into Christopher Stuart Wilson, a painter and self proclaimed ninja. He is an award winning artist who strives to, in his words, “bridge the canyon gap between the real and the abstract.” We were particularly taken with his Mona-Mystique painting.
Eventually all adventures come to an end. Fortunately we are gearing up for a new one at Chicago’s C2E2. If you want to be a part of our next incredible journey, meet us there at Booth 781!
Your cosplay is almost perfect. You’ve got your skirt and your corset. You’ve got your wig and your peace bonded weapon. The only thing you need to pull it all together is a pair of colorful thigh high boots. Buying expensive footwear is out of the question. You are saving your money for that autographed copy of Jill Trent, Science Sleuth #1. But the convention is next week and you don’t have time for another full blown sewing project. Don’t worry. We’ve got a very simple and inexpensive project that will get you set in no time. And the best thing is, there’s no sewing involved.
For this project you will need the following items:
- A pair of opaque nylon stockings in the color of your choice. In this tutorial we used the Solid Opaque Thigh Highs by Foot Traffic. We like them because they come in a wide variety of colors, they have a nice opacity to them and they sell for only $7. If you select a different sock, you’ll want to make sure you get something with a high nylon content, and something with a tube style foot.
- A pair of high heel shoes. Ideally you will want something with a wide toe. Something without buckles or embellishments. And most importantly, you’ll want something without a pattern and in a color that closely matches that of the thigh highs stockings.
- A package of self adhesive slip guards for traction.
- A bottle of anti-fraying glue. We tried several and found that Fray Block by June Taylor works the best. Make sure you pay close attention to the precautions on the back of the tube.
- A pair of scissors.
- One bottle of sock glue to keep the top of the boots from sliding down. We love It Stays! Roll-On Body Adhesive. The great thing about this adhesive is that it can be used to keep all sorts of costume pieces in place, such as shoulder straps, wigs, and even theatrical make-up.
Step One: Once you have selected the best shoes for the job, you’ll want to get the shoe inside the sock. Start by scrunching up the sock as if you were going to put it on your own foot. Then slide it over the toe of the shoe. Get the toe situated before carefully slipping the remainder of the stocking over the heel.
Step Two: If there is excess material around the toe of the shoe, you can tuck it under itself as shown. Once it is tucked, place a dab of the anti-fray glue in the fold and press until dry.
Step Three: With the toe looking nice it is time to move onto the heel. Because heels generally slope as they rise to meet the foot, you will want to make a very tiny cut about a half inch behind where the heel touches the sock. The cut should be just small enough to get the very point of the heel through.
Step Four: Place a ring of anti-fraying glue around the edge of the hole you just cut before you place the heel through it. This will help prevent excess fraying. Once the adhesive has dried slip the heel through the hole and work it upwards till it meets the foot of the shoe. If necessary, you can widen the hole, but make sure to add more anti-fray when you do. The sock does not need to go all the way up to the foot, but you can base this on the aesthetic that you are trying to achieve.
Step Five: When the heel is through and at the position you like, add more anti-fraying glue around the hole and any place that is showing signs of fraying. Let the glue dry.
Step Six: Place the slip guard on the base of the shoe. This will give you traction, as nylon stockings can be a bit slippery on the concrete floors that grace a lot of convention centers.
Step Seven: Roll the sock glue on your thigh where you would like the cuff to rest. Press the cuff to the glue. Your boots should stay securely in place.
Then, just repeat all steps for the second boot. And that’s it! You’re ready to go kick some butt. Figuratively of course. We at Sock Dreams do not condone literal violence. Just figurative butt kicking.
Let us know what you think, and if you have any tips or suggestions, we’d love to see you post them.