I’m still on a bit of a high from Comiccon, and I’m not even going to try and be cool about it – it was an absolutely amazing day and I loved every second of it. There were so many amazing costumes and outfits, including a woman dressed as a Weeping Angel who lunged at me and actually made me jump nearly out of my skin and scream – to be fair, I’m a very jumpy gal and get spooked easily, but her costume was also really damned good. I apologized to her for screaming and she said it was the best compliment she could have gotten on her costume! Legit, you guys, Weeping Angels are terrifying.
There were so many cool things to see, lots of awesome vendors, including my favourite from the entire day, Apollonie Corsets by Heather Jacobsen, which is based in Toronto (but they are able to do fittings in Ottawa!) Heather makes beautiful custom corsets, with real steel bones, and some of them are even reversible! So cool. When I first saw their booth I had to check it out and took a few photos, just for myself, but awhile later I went back because I couldn’t get their corsets out of my mind and knew I had to take some proper photos to show all of you!
The ladies were all very accommodating, and told me all about the corsets, let me take tons of photos and were incredibly sweet. They offered to let me try on a corset, but I was too shy to try one on in public – I kind of regret not trying one on now though, because my goodness, were they ever amazing!Thank you so much, ladies, for being so sweet to me and letting me take so many photos – and for being such good sports and posing for some yourselves! You gals are awesome!
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Heather also makes custom costumes, dresses, historical garments, and has expanded Apollonie to include bridal fashions, millinery and accessories and her work has been featured on InnerSpace, which is so cool! Like I said,m Heather’s corsets are custom, right down to the fabric, she can make just about anything your heart desires! I would LOVE to own one of her amazing corsets.
If you missed checking out Apollonie Corsets at Ottawa Comiccon, they will be at the Montreal Comiccon July 6th, and Fan Expo August 30th. You can also check them out online on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and on their official website.
The Exploding Tardis Sewcialite Studio Valerie dress I made for the event got so many compliments throughout the day, which was such a thrill! It made me very proud. The highest compliment came at my favourite part of the day, which I’ll write about in a moment, because it was honestly the best thing ever, so I’ll back track a bit to more fun Comiccon things first.
My husband and I had a ton of fun exploring and I was even able to convince him to have his picture taken with a replica of the ’67 Impala from Supernatural, which was a lot of fun. I won’t be including the photos out of respect for him, but it was really awesome – as downhill as Supernatural has gone, we both still love that car.
We also took each other’s photos with some really cool Doctor Who replicas that The Doctor Who Society of Ottawa brought (we were also entered into a raffle, and though we didn’t win I even don’t mind because all the proceeds for tickets went to purchasing much needed equipment for CHEO’s Neonatal Unit, which is a cause I can definitely get behind!) So I got to have my photo taken in a replica of the Tardis, with some very vocal Daleks (I believe I jumped again when one of them started talking!), and with cardboard cutouts of the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), and a little replica of K9! So. Much. Fun.
The Pattern Drafting for Cosplay event with Anniechie Designs was cool and she was very sweet and helpful! Even though it was certainly not a comprehensive class or anything like that (there was no way it could be in such a short amount of time!), and I knew a lot of the basics that were discussed (though I haven’t moved beyond knowing some basics to pattern drafting myself yet) it was a good overview on pattern drafting in general and cosplay in particular and I took a number of notes.
Okay, other than a lot of walking around and seeing some really cool people in really cool outfits, taking goofy photos and having the best time of my life, I can’t really dawdle anymore when it comes to talking about the absolute highlight of the day.
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You all know that we went there to see Matt Smith and see his Q&A panel at the end of the day – which was absolutely awesome, he is such a cool guy and so sweet and the Q&A was seriously amazing – but my favourite part of the whole day was one I wasn’t exactly prepared for and hadn’t expected, but was a dream come true. My husband and I actually got to meet Matt Smith and get his autograph!
The line was really long and I was actually shaking with nerves. While waiting in line I actually took a few minutes to write him a little note, just in case I was able to give it to him, because I knew I was going to be tongue-tied. The closer in line we got, the shakier I got, and as soon as we were close enough to see him, I actually started crying a little bit – like I said at the beginning of the post, I’m not even going to attempt to be cool here, I totally cried like a teenage girl and I’m not even ashamed! On the plus side, my Besame Cosmetics makeup stood up remarkably well, even the 1920’s cake mascara survived my geeky tears and only ran the tiniest bit, and not in an ugly or obvious way, so yay! (Review to come very soon, by the way!)
When it was our turn, I could barely speak, and my mind went blank, and all I could really say was a nervous hello and then something along the lines of “thank you so much, we love you so much.” Which makes me laugh thinking about it. He was so sweet and so kind and I think he could see that I was a bit of a wreck, because he took a few extra seconds to talk to us. I asked if I could give him my note, and he said of course, and read it immediately (which I was not expecting!) and didn’t say a word but touched his heart. Awww…He told me that he really liked my dress and I almost died right on the spot and couldn’t say anything but “thank you!” My husband told him that I had made it myself and Matt sort of leaned back a bit to get a better second look at it and looked impressed. As we were leaving he told me to “have a really good day, kiddo.” which was awesome. I mean, we’re the same age, but getting called “kiddo” by the Doctor? AMAZING. Seriously, that whole moment was one of the highlights of my life and yesterday was the most awesome day of my life, after than my wedding day.
Yes, I was shy, I was a wreck, I cried, I was shaking and probably sounded like an idiot and was 100% the opposite of cool, but I don’t even care, it was an amazing day and I’m so happy I got to spend it with my husband, who is my best friend and the coolest guy in the world (sorry Matt Smith, you’re second coolest!). It was such a fun day and I’m so glad we went. I’m going to be riding on a high for quite awhile – I mean, not only did I get to meet Matt Smith, but he complimented a dress I made! (Sewcialite Studio’s Valerie dress pattern = Matt Smith Approved!)
I hope I didn’t leave anything out, I know this post is a bit of a mess, but honestly, I’m still shaking a little. It was a wonderful day and I’ll never forget it.
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Thanks for putting up with this geeky, weepy post!