Saturday, August 10, 2013

Otakon 2013: The Family that Geeks Together

Some people get dressed up in their Sunday best for their family pictures. Not us.

At Otakon, our first stop is the Photo Suite, where professional photographers take pictures of attendees in their costumes. You can then buy prints and/or digital files. This year we had a fabulous photographer who took great pains to capture our family at its playful best.

Bob as Qui Gon Jinn; Diana as the Queen of Hearts; Ian as Captain Hook, and me as Ursula. Do we look like we're having fun or what?

We also had individual pictures taken.
Ah, my handsome Jedi knight.

The dashing Captain Cook.

The Queen of Hearts getting ready to smash a poor hedgehog through a wicket in the next county.

And me, in full makeup, with several people off-camera blowing bubbles.

Ah, Flotsam and Jetsam. I loved making these (even though I had to tear the second one apart about four times because I kept getting pieces mixed up). They are actually purses! I will post more pictures of them separately to show how they were constructed. I was very happy that they were attached to my hips via skirt hooks, so I could remove them if I wanted but didn't have to carry them in my hands. My new costuming rule of thumb is that any accessories must be worn, not carried!

Other Disney Villains

On Saturday afternoon there was a "meet-up" of attendees wearing Disney costumes. This meant a boatload of Princesses, a handful of Princes, and just a few Villains.

 There were two other Ursulas, a Mother Gothel (from Tangled), Doctor Facilier (from The Princess and the Frog), Scar (from Lion King), and Oogie Boogie (from Nightmare Before Christmas).

Anyway, we're home, exhausted, but so happy to have had another fun time at Otakon. I'll post pictures of the other costumes we saw.


  1. You all look terrific! And my gosh, Welmoed, you were totally transformed by that make-up and wig.

    Thanks so much for sharing those pictures. I've been looking forward to seeing you all together.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Diane

  2. You all look superb!! What a tremendous job you did! Everthing is just perfect!


  3. I'm jealous of your life, you know that, right?

  4. Looks like a fun and memorable day. You look faaabulos dahling!

  5. Hey, I was the Peter Pan with Tink who posed using tink as a fairy shield. Did you get a picture of that?

    1. I have a whole album on Imgur with all my other Otakon pictures:
      There are several there of you and Tink with Captain Hook!

  6. These are wonderful Welmoed! Well done.
    Sandy in the UK

  7. I'm the Gothel in the group picture. Thanks so much for taking this! I can't find any pictures of my Gothel

  8. did you ever post about floatsam and jetsam? I really want to make them! there awesome or if you can just email close of pictures! so I have a better idea how to make them. :) my email is :) thank you I love your blog!

    1. No I didn't... My bad! I will dig them out in the next few days and post some close-ups. They weren't that difficult to make. Thanks for the kind words!

  9. I too was just searching your blog for the Flotsam and Jetsam pattern. Myself and six friends are doing a Little Mermaid group costume this year. I am going to surprise our Ursula with a completed eel wrap.

  10. Flotsom and Jetsom OMG! I wish i could sew! My little girl is being Ariel adn I am being ursula for halloween!

  11. Any chance you have that pattern for Flotsam and Jetsam?? 2015 Halloween in my house is all about Ursula! Would love a tutorial! Thanks!


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