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    Posted August 9, 2013 by
    Kingpsort, Tennessee
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    Dragon Con 2013

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     This is abrents' second year at Dragon Con: 'I went last year on a whim and dressed up as Sam Winchester (rule #63 version), but didn't go all out. After seeing everyone else's costumes last year though I wanted to revist this character, but do it justice. I also fell in love all of the steampunk costumes so I then decided to not only bend the gender, but also add a steampunk twist. I offered to make the costumes for my brother and a friend to complete the trio of characters. It was a lot of fun translating Sam and Dean into their female versions and then translating it even further into a steampunk version. Each costume used specific fabrics that reflect the personality of each character. They hunt demons and other supernatural creatures so that opened a whole range of steampunk weapons and accessories. Castiel (my brother's costume) is an angel so we translated that into a steampunk pilot version of the character which was also a ton of fun to imagine the best way to communicate his personality.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Last year was my first year attending DragonCon and I dressed up a little, but wanted to return this year with something really awesome. I sew so I began sewing costumes for both myself and a friend almost as soon as I got back.
    I am a huge "Supernatural" fan so I wanted to do a "Supernatural" cosplay taking advantage of rule #63 (or as you put it changing the gender) and to make it stand out even more we added a steampunk twist. I will be Sam and my friend is cosplaying as Dean. I made 2 corsets-- one completely leather-- and made the patterns for the corsets, made two steampunk style skirts making the pattern as well for one of those and greatly altering a store bought pattern for the other, I made one of the shirts (and the pattern for that shirt), and finally made many of the accessories (including a leather shoulder holster) to go along with the costumes.
    The costumes are made from a cotton twill, polyester satin, and a lot of leather.
    I also made my brother a costume to go along with our theme (he is cosplaying as Castiel) , but he isn't gender bending just adding the steampunk twist. For his costume I made a turn of the century suit, a cravat/tie and some spats. His suit is made of a brown cotton corduroy, the shirt is a lightweight cotton (I didn't make this, my mom did, but it is also period correct), and the spats are a cotton twill lined with a blue cotton fabric. I made his tie out of a blue taffeta.
    I am very excited to show off all my hard work in just 20 short days!
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