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Lady Iron Man

PAX time again!   This year I decided I wanted to do a female Iron Man costume.  I was inspired by these Here & Here – because let’s face it, I’m not built for wearing anything like actual armour, and it seemed fun to make a sort of Victorian lady inspired version.  (Hubby decided to do a steampunkish Gambit to go with mine)

So….. While it’s actually a really simple costume I am proud of how it all came together!

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I was going to have a go at making my own arc reactor and building it into the corset, but I ended up finding a battery powered one on ebay for $20, and I figured that was the easier route as I’ve not yet done any LED work myself and that seems scary 😛   It’s got a hook on the top so I just use a nappy pin to attach it to the corset.  Easy 😀

I bought 2 masks, as I wanted to do the mask-on-a-stick masquerade thing – because I thought it would be more unique and more comfortable, but also I flirted with the idea of a wearable mask for convenience and the other mask I bought has a lift-up faceplate… which you know, can let me eat and breathe and such  (it was also bigger and fit a bit better).  But since the stick I bought to attach it to (which was from a cat toy) had plastic end caps that came off, I managed to glue the cap to the mask, that allowed me to wear the mask as a mask, or put it on the stick.

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With some false eyelashes and gold braid, it becomes….

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For the corset I got gold lycra I happened to have, and I made myself a top to wear under it, and cut strips out to sew into the corset panels to approximate some of the armour panels.

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After searching online for some sort of small light thing I could use for my hand repulsors (I’ve seen a lot of people using those round night-light things, but those are HUGE compared to a hand…….   I eventually found these!  Except I ended up finding cheaper ones on ebay 😉 (on ebay they are selling them as dog collar lights!)

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They are 2 half-domes of clear plastic with an LED light, which you simply press to turn them on and off (they do have flashing modes too).  They even have a starburst type pattern in them – woot!    Taking the dome-halves apart you can take out the hook part, leaving just a plain sphere. So what I did was cut a small hole in the gloves (ebay again) and put the light together sandwiching the glove inside.  If that makes sense.  To turn them on/off I just press my palms together!

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With a couple of skirts (also from ebay), and a little top hat (again, ebay :D), a wig (ebay, what a surprise) and an op-shop necklace that was gold and orange that I painted red with nail polish  we have….

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Lady Iron Man… or Iron Maiden as a friend called me 😀
(Not the Iron Lady, as that’s Margaret Thatcher :P)

 

— edit —

I wore the same costume again for PAX 2016, but with the mask that had the liftup faceplate.  Holding the masquerade mask all day was annoying and that mask was a bit too small and left a mark on my forehead.  So the larger mask with the faceplate was MUCH more comfortable!  I added the gold braid trim and false eyelashes to that mask as well

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It also let me breathe when it got hot 🙂

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