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 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
I briefly detailed the rest of the costume-making process here.