My Fangirl Life Game of Thrones Cosplay: Edmonton Expo 2015 was last modified: April 10th, 2016 by Kris Padget
Welcome to Game of Thrones week here on My Fangirl Life! We’re counting down the days until the new season premieres on Sunday, so check back throughout the week for all sorts of Westeros-related fun!
For those of you who don’t know, I’m actually an Event Planner by trade – you can check me out over at Kristin Glass Events if you want to know more. This means that I get obsessed with any and all events, big and small. I love to plan events. I love to talk about events. I love to go to events. I love pretty much everything to do with events.
With my unhealthy Game of Thrones obsession over the past couple months, I am just itching to plan a Game of Thrones themed wedding – a Red Wedding, if you will. Ok, so I don’t necessarily want everything that comes along with the Red Wedding, but I do think Game of Thrones would be a lot of fun. And perfect for the fangirls and fanboys of the world.
So, here it is. This is how I would plan a Game of Thrones themed wedding if I was given the opportunity (someone please give me the opportunity!).
Obviously a castle would be an ideal location, but I also think that you could make a lot of different places work well. For example, a clearing in the woods could be set up to be a godswood. A field could be the Dothraki sea. A barn or other outdoor venue could totally be made to look like something out of the TV show. Just use your imagination! If indoors, set up lots of candles around the room to add ambiance and make it feel like the throne room.
I would probably choose red as the main theme colour, solely so it could be referred to as the “Red Wedding”. That would be my main tribute to that tragic event. Other than that, everything should be rich and of different textures.
The bride and groom would each need to design a house crest. Here’s an example!!
These could be used on invitations and all print materials. And OBVIOUSLY on the cloaks that they will each need to design and have made for the ceremony.
You could have your whole wedding party dress up like this couple did. You could even encourage all your guests to dress up as their favourite GoT characters! If you want a bit more of an understated feel, have your bridal party in rich colours coinciding with the colours used in each crest.
Personally, I love Margaery’s wedding dress…
The ceremony should be short and sweet, but should include the exchanging of the bride’s cloak for one with the groom’s crest. This symbolizes him bringing her under his family’s protection. The ceremony should also include a solemn saying of the vows:
“In the sight of the Seven, I hereby seal these two souls, binding them as one for eternity. Look upon one another and say the words.”
“Father. Smith. Warrior. Mother. Maiden. Crone. Stranger. I am his/hers, and s/he is mine, from this day, until the end of my days.”
Of course, you can jazz it up a little. But either way, this should be said with the bride’s and groom’s hands tied together ceremoniously.
I would have long tables set if possible, like at a feast, with full place settings and fancy goblets to drink from, and lots of wine to fill them with. Obviously, you’d also have to have a fancy cake. There are so many online right now, I can’t even handle it, but this one is awesome:
One last tip: Whatever you do, DO NOT PLAY “The Rains of Castermere” at the reception. Or at any point throughout day of the wedding.
What did I miss? What would you do with a Game of Thrones themed wedding?
Today we are kicking off Game of Thrones week on My Fangirl Life. Because, you know, fangirls and fanboys everywhere have been counting down the days to the premiere of the new season and it is just SO SOON (eeeeeeeeeek!!!). We’ll be posting all week about this fabulous book series/TV show, leading up to the April 12th premiere, so be sure to check back for all sorts of GOT fun!
But on to today’s post… I figured you could all probably use some ideas to kill time this week while anxiously anticipating Sunday’s premiere. So here’s a list for you – and it’s fairly lengthy, so you better get started!
1) Re-read the books.
Ok, so this might take a little longer than a week unless you are unemployed and have lots of time to commit to the task. Maybe just re-read the last book, or wherever you previously left off? Or just flip through and read all of your favourite parts.
2) Try to draw the Lannister family tree.
Get confused about how to refer to Cersei and Jaime as both siblings and lovers. Give up.
3) Work on a cosplay outfit to wear during the premiere.
4) Watch all the previous seasons over again.
5) Plan a premiere party.
It could be “Red Wedding” themed… except, you know, without the double crossing and murder.
6) Learn how to cook GOT-themed meals
Check out Inn at the Crossroads for all sorts of recipes!
7) Print off some of our GOT-themed Valentines and hand them out “just because”.
You can find those here.
8) Delve into the underbelly of the internet reading all sorts of GOT theories.
It is never-ending!!!
9) Book a Westeros cruise. Or check out the luxury tour.
10) Send George RR Martin some fanmail.
Or, you know, mail begging him not to kill your favourite character. You can find his address here.
11) Watch the new Cinderella movie.
12) Study a map of Westeros to better acquaint yourself with the world.
Geography is important.
13) Design your own house sigil.
What will it be? Hopefully not a flayed man… but even if it is, you really do need to be truthful here. Once it’s done, you can paint it onto a banner to display on your wall.
14) Find some Game of Thrones fanfiction to tide you over.
You can start here. Where you go from there is up to you!
15) Buy some GOT cosmetics.
Yep, Red Wedding lip gloss. It’s a thing.
16) Recreate scenes from the show or book in your backyard.
This requires lots of ketchup. Lots and lots of ketchup.
17) Contemplate the ultimate Westeros boy band.
Wait, maybe we’ll do a post on this during GOT week here. Keep your eyes peeled for this possibility! (OK…it’s happened because how could anyone resist!? Check it out here.)
18) Practice your swordplay.
Nothing gets one quite into the Game of Thrones mindset like a little sword fighting.
19) Make up a dance routine that goes along with the GOT theme song.
You can perform it for all your guests on premiere night.
20) Gather up all your leftover Easter eggs and pretend they’re dragon eggs.
Dany would be proud.
Do you have any more ideas for how to kill time this week? Let us know in the comments!
As mentioned in my previous post My Fangirl Life Cosplay: Sansa Stark I recently decided I wanted a Game of Thrones dress. But cosplay is more fun in pairs so naturally, I made one for Kris as well. I already outlined that process in the post above. Today I’ll discuss how I turned myself into Margaery Tyrell. This tutorial is slightly more complicated than the Sansa Stark one as it was a large trial and error process to make this dress.
First, I had to decide on which version of Margaery I wanted to be. This wasn’t too difficult as I knew pretty much from day one I wanted this one:
The first step was fabric shopping. We started looking for something for the bodice. This proved rather difficult, until we tried the upholstery area. It was here we found a number of blue fabrics with gold accents. I knew I was never going to find something exact with the flower pattern but I was very happy with what we found. Next we found a gorgeous blue material for the skirt and a velvet blue for the sleeves.
For the skirt I used a McCalls pattern I already had: M6941. It was a simple full circle skirt that fell to the floor. At this point I did not add a zipper to the side as I was unsure of how I’d be getting into the dress once the bodice was attached.
For the bodice I was unsure how to begin and it was a large trial and error process. I did purchase a pattern from etsy. I won’t link to the site as I wasn’t happy with it and made a ton of adjustments. I took the pattern they provided and then using some cheap fabric I completely remade the bodice. Many adjustments and versions using this cheap fabric were made. It was difficult to get a symmetrical v-shape in the front and get the right dimensions across the back to create the halter look while not cutting into the fabric on the sides of the bodice. All of Margaery’s dresses are quite revealing. Being rather large chested I did use this to my advantage. However, my dress is far more modest than a number of Margaery cosplay dresses you see online.
When I finally felt confident in the pattern I had created I made a version using the expensive upholstery fabric. I then slowly began sewing it together. This was a slow process as everything was pinned tight and had to be tried on after every stage.
It was here I had to decide how I was getting into the dress. I decided to put in a zipper along one side, from the top of the bodice down into the skirt. To do this I first pinned the skirt to the bodice, at this point I did not have them sewn together. I rather traumatically cut into the side of the bodice and sewed in the zipper, attaching the bodice and skirt. This now allowed me to finish sewing the bodice as I could now make it as tight as I wanted and still be able to try it on. When I was done with the basic sewing of the bodice I fully attached the skirt throughout.
Next I finished all of the edges along the bodice, I also secured some of the seams with some fabric glue as the fabric I used frayed a little. I sewed a large snap at the top to secure the bodice together. I then used some glue here to secure the snap, no wanting this snap to come undone while wearing! I also also added a couple darts to the front to make things fit just the way I wanted.
The sleeves were also rather difficult and I created my own pattern. Again, using some cheap fabric I created multiple versions of the sleeves until I got it right. The difficult part is the sleeves line up along the top of the bodice and then create a nice curve down to connect just under the armpit. I also wanted the sleeves tight which involved a lot of pinning and trying it on. When I was happy with the pattern I cut out 4 copies using the velvet fabric I had bought earlier. I then sewed the sleeves together like a pillow and inserted some iron-on interfacing into the middle. This gave them some structure. And then the sleeves were sewn to the dress. They were a little tall coming off my shoulders so I took them down a little. With the sleeves attached the dress became immensely tighter and greatly improved my posture. My shoulders had to remain pulled back! It probably helped with the overall Margaery look!
The final part of the dress was hemming the length and sewing on a couple of ribbon strips along the seam between bodice and skirt to hold the belt in place.
Kris was in charge of making the rose belt. It fell apart a few times throughout the day and the paint did rub slightly. She will be sure to blog the process of how she remakes both the Margaery and Sansa belts once she remakes them.
I have decently long hair but to get the full Margaery look I invested in a set of hair extensions. I had never bought hair extensions before and was a little nervous but they turned out perfectly. In looking for extensions I took to ebay. There are a large variety available there, of all different qualities. The ones I bought are definitely on the cheaper side! They clipped in easily and gave me the signature Margaery curls. I’ve now used these extensions twice and already there are a couple pieces in knots. It’s likely I’ll buy some more before I become Margaery again.
In creating this look I first curled my hair. I parted it down the middle and curled the strands near my face away. I have long side bangs and had to work a little to keep them away from my face. Next I put in the hair extensions and pulled the top layer of hair back in a couple twists. I secured them with an elastic and then, following a tutorial I saw on youtube, I flipped the pony tail up to add some dynamic.
The cosplay was completed with a pair of simple sandals.
– Justine Alyssa
Unfortunately, I don’t know if this can become a regular series since you can really only be a first time cosplayer once. That being said, I’m going to stretch my first cosplay experience to encompass my entire first weekend. You can read about how and why I was convinced to take part in such a ridiculous (and awesome) pastime here. In today’s post, I will take you on a journey through yet another excellent piece of Closet Cosplay.
I enjoyed my first day of cosplaying so thoroughly that I was an easy sell on attending on Sunday. There was only one problem – what to wear? Kris and Justine were planning to wear some very serious dresses from Game of Thrones. Despite the fact that my outfit was quite thrown-together on my first day, it was still a hit because it jived with what the rest of my group was wearing. There was no way I could possibly come up with something to go along with Game of Thrones on such short notice.Or was there? The moment we had this idea, I was sold. I wasn’t really sure how well I would pull it off, or whether people would understand. It seemed even more unlikely that anyone would recognize me than the time I was Nick Fury. But I had to try it. We had come up with an epic idea: George R. R. Martin.
Who is George R. R. Martin, you ask? Well, here is a photo for you:
Yes, that is the great George R. R. Martin. If you still haven’t figured it out, he is the author of the Game of Thrones novels. George seems to almost always appear in plaid old man shirts with suspenders, grandpa glasses, and that ridiculous hat with a turtle pin. Easy enough to pull together, I figured.
Luckily Kris dresses like a hipster/old man most of the time, so she had a plaid grandpa shirt and a pair of red suspenders on hand, as well as a comparable hat! I picked up some glasses at the drug store, then found a pineapple pin (the closest thing I had to a turtle), threw on some jean shorts and brown boots, and added a name tag saying “I will kill all of your favourite characters”. I then grabbed a copy of the Game of Thrones novel to carry around for the day. I was ready to go. Would people understand my costume? I was nervous.
The best thing I had going for me was that I spent the day walking around with the greatest accessories – the characters George created! Many people wanted Kris and Justine’s pictures as their Sansa and Margaery costumes were second to none. Most of these people looked at me and said “Who the hell are you? Get out of my picture!”. But the few that understood absolutely adored my costume and usually killed themselves laughing. One guy even understood what I was right away, without Kris and Justine even in the vicinity. In this costume, I felt like one of the elite of the nerd world. The hardcore Game of Thrones fans, the book fans – they knew who I was. The recent or show-only fans? No idea.
I really enjoyed the fact that my George R. R. Martin costume felt like an inside joke. Costumes like that are the best – the clever ones that haven’t really been done before. I checked on Instagram. Small, blonde girls don’t cosplay George R. R. Martin every day. I can’t wait until someone else does that search and finds my pictures!
Being George R. R. Martin felt completely different from being Nick Fury, but I still enjoyed myself greatly. It is fun to dress like someone else for a day. The joke between Kris, Justine, and myself was that I was their “publicist” – you know, I was the reason they were famous. It gave me an excellent excuse to hand out cards promoting this blog to those that took pictures of them in their dresses!
Speaking of pictures, this costume allowed us to brainstorm some excellent and clever poses. We took several photos of Kris, Justine, or other Game of Thrones characters on their knees begging me to let them live. I found a pen and we took pictures of me threatening Kris and Justine with it as though it was a sword. We also took one of me sitting on the ground, while they snuck up behind me as though they were entering my imagination. I think that these photos are some of my favourites of the weekend, mostly because much of the world might not understand.
So there you have it – before I knew it, my first ever weekend of cosplay was over. I guess that means I’m now one of these weird people. You know the ones. The adults that dress up in ridiculously true-to-screen costumes and parade around at Comic Expos. The ones that post pictures of themselves recreating their characters’ poses from screen. The people that choose to never grow up.