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Cosplay: Maeve Costume and Wig by priscellie Cosplay: Maeve Costume and Wig by priscellie
I dressed up as Maeve (the Winter Lady) from The Dresden Files book series to chill with Jim Butcher at PhauxCon 5. I'm so freaking proud of this costume. I spent a week making the wig alone!

The Wig:
  1. The base wig is "Ivy" in white from CosWorx.com. I also discovered the joy of wig caps, which make things soooo much easier when your hair is as long as mine!
  2. I dyed the wig with a faint blue-green glow using this recipe, though the subtle streaking ended up being imperceptible when I dreaded it. Drat.
  3. I backcombed small, irregular-sized snatches of hair at a time into dreadlocks, a process that took hours! At the temples, I paid special attention to the direction I wanted some of the dreads to go. This made the buns a lot easier to manage!
  4. As the dreading process revealed the gaps in the wig mesh, I filled in the holes by adding wool extensions in two or four-strand chunks of Colinette Point 5, which I distressed and untwisted and combined with Colinette Mohair until it looked more of less like a dreadlock. I attached them to the mesh using miniature zip ties, purchased at Radio Shack.
  5. The colors I used were Jay, Lagoon, Banwy, and Gaugin. Looking back, I wish I had more white represented, and the rich blue Salty Dog would have been lovely, but I'm still very pleased with how it turned out! I bought all the wool off eBay, as Colinette is very difficult to find in the US for any reasonable price.
  6. I styled the wig into the pigtail buns and pinned them in place with bobby pins. As the tails weren't as thick as I'd like, I added more wool extensions.



  7. I briefly detailed the rest of the costume-making process here.
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Aeternusomni Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Epic, I bow to you
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566789 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
It is a very good likeness you become.

BY the way, did you know Jim cut his hair and got a shave (I almost didn't recognize who the photo was of with the Author tid-bit thing they do)
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Nale99 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Awesome just Awesome. That wig is amazing.
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Emblazen Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Can u do sum pics of Mab and Harry's godmother.
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donnadraws Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Fabulous! And I am so jealous! Ha ha ha. I can't wait for Turn Coat! *gleeeee*
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Maurexen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
You SHOULD be proud! That wig is amazing. Exactly how I imagined Maeve when I read the series.
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Azaraphael Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Can't wait to see what your doing for this year. 8)
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sabresedge Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
awesome
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jersalyn Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Wow, Jim is shorter then I picture. heh. Looks like you had fun. Nice job maintaining the forum
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priscellie Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Student Filmographer
Nah, Jim is tall! I'm 5'9" and wearing 6" heels. And the wig probably adds another couple inches. :D

Yeah, I reaaaaaally feel like a queen of Winter in that costume!
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