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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 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
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)
Nale99 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Awesome just Awesome. That wig is amazing.
Emblazen Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Can u do sum pics of Mab and Harry's godmother.
donnadraws Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Fabulous! And I am so jealous! Ha ha ha. I can't wait for Turn Coat! *gleeeee*
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.
Azaraphael Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Can't wait to see what your doing for this year. 8)
sabresedge Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
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
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!
GriftersArt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
kick ass
priscellie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Student Filmographer
Thanks! I look forward to seeing more Dresden art from you.
GriftersArt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
And that you will! Soon too with any luck!
the-dresden-files Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007

I want that wig!
thatguy52 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007

Nice in-character-ness w/ the puttin'the moves on Mr. Butcher there ^_^

That costume is amazing-I can believe that it took you a week for the wig

Shoulda been drinking some lemonade ^_^

You should do Lily next year! Or Mab. I'd love to see a costume of those two... This is getting a fave.
priscellie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Student Filmographer
Thanks so much!

Nice in-character-ness w/ the puttin'the moves on Mr. Butcher there ^_^

*laughs* His wife, Shannon, was watching me very carefully. :D
WonderCow Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
You're my new best friend.

I can't wait for Small Favor.
terioncalling Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You are made of AWESOMENESS. :D :D
stompy101 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007   Writer
okay now that is close if not perfect of the image Maeve i had in my head. good work.
fongmingyun Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Whoa. Priscillie is made of win. :o
FuzzyMonk Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
:) the hair is Awesome really nice job
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