Costume :Hathor
Variant :Dress
Source :Stargate SG-1
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2014

Costume Photos

Kara Kesh - front and back

Arm band

Kara kesh design


Closeup of front detail

Back of dress

Front of dress


Costume Information

I have always been interested in Ancient Egypt, so it's no surprise really that I love Stargate SG-1: the whole concept was built upon Ancient Egyptian mythology, before it branches out to other cultures as well.

The System Lords in particular are interesting from a fashion standpoint because they still dress in fashions typical of the culture they represent...and in the beginning series the majority of these were Egyptian 'gods'.

Hathor has always been my favourite Goa'uld, because she worked differently to the others. While the others reigned with fear and terror, she brought her followers to adore her and controlled them through love, so to speak. That's not to say that she wasn't evil. I mean, bitch was crazy XD.

I adore her outfit also so as soon as I get my hands on a decent sewing machine, I will be finding an event to match this with!
I plan on mainly doing her outer dress, but I also want to do her base outfit (the one that she wears underneath the dress) and her headdress and kara kesh (hand device) if I can :).

For October Expo 2012.

About Hathor:
Hathor was the mate of Ra and the mother to Heru'ur. Stranded on Earth after the Tau'ri rebellion, she became imprisoned in her sarcophagus for centuries before being set free. Leaving Earth, she attempted to rebuild her power base, before being killed in a confrontation with SG-1. (From the Stargate Wiki).


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FF stargate SG-1 was the best one!!

Your going to suit this sooooo much its unreal

by SachikoYumi on Thursday, 4 August, 2011 - 00:17
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o.O You're a Stargate fan too? Awesome :3.
Thanks ^_^. I hope I do!

by Quinzel on Thursday, 4 August, 2011 - 01:21
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EPIC XD, I so look forward to this Stargate FTW

by nanahara on Thursday, 4 August, 2011 - 01:28
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Another stargate! Do it! We need more stargate love, plus I need someone to shoot :D

by Weasel on Saturday, 13 August, 2011 - 17:14
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And I need some humans to turn into my loyal Jaffa XD. Kneel before your god!

by Quinzel on Sunday, 14 August, 2011 - 22:05
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Pfffft, good luck getting past my P90! I will never kneel before a false god!

by Weasel on Monday, 15 August, 2011 - 21:01
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Good luck getting past my nish'ta! Men are powerless against Hathor XD.

by Quinzel on Monday, 15 August, 2011 - 22:40
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I don't need to get past it, I'll shoot you before having to get near it! Death to false gods!

by Weasel on Tuesday, 16 August, 2011 - 12:08
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*_* must see! Love Hathor! Need to do Stargate Group :D!

by Frederica la Noir on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 - 00:43
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A Stargate group would be epic beyond words :3

by Quinzel on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 - 01:29
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Oh yes! Hathor needs more love!

by kitty_sama on Tuesday, 20 September, 2011 - 11:06
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OH GOD YOU LEGEND! This is super Awesome! I have NOT seen a Stargate Cosplay in ages! That's it! you've inspired me to do Camulus. Awesome stuff! Can't wait!

by Manticore on Sunday, 9 October, 2011 - 23:57
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Yay! I've never seen anyone cosplay SG1 except for the odd SG uniform so this will be awesome! :D

by visiting_wizard on Saturday, 14 January, 2012 - 00:13
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Awesome, nice to see SG1 getting some love!

by Leadmill on Friday, 8 February, 2013 - 00:26
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I loved SG1 and Hathor was amazing! Can't wait to see this!

by sjbonnar on Friday, 8 February, 2013 - 11:10
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Anyone with me for a System Lords (and Ladies!) group? XD

by Quinzel on Friday, 8 February, 2013 - 15:19
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I would if I could pull any off LOL

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 13 February, 2013 - 12:15
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There's a Goa'uld for that... Anubis XD. The easiest cosplay in the world to pull off!

by Quinzel on Thursday, 14 February, 2013 - 15:53
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This is looking great already :)

by Zelvyne on Thursday, 10 April, 2014 - 19:33


Dress fabric (Posted 10th April 2014)

I love it! It's a bit darker (closer to the references) IRL, the photo doesn't really do it justice.
Unfortunately, the gold fabric is a bit too dark to use for the longer skirt, but I will use it as the base for the bust area.

Kara Kesh progress 5 (Posted 10th April 2014)

For the 'wire' connecting the palm gem to the fingertips, I used floral wire and silicone tubing with a 3mm inside diameter and 5mm outside diameter. It was more practical than using actual wire (and easier to work with). The silicone tubing is thick enough that it doesn't 'crease' when it moves, and the florist wire gives it strength and flexibility. I probably should have gone with a smaller inside diameter, since filling the tube out completely with florist wire makes it a little too stiff, so there is a little bit of space inside the tubes. Fortunately, this should hopefully not matter much.
I will paint the tubes silver before attaching them.

Kara Kesh progress 4 (Posted 10th April 2014)

To make the slightly domed palm gem, I use polymorph, which I molded to shape using the concave bottom of an espresso cup. While still soft, I trimmed the edges (still leaving some of the 'flat' area). When hardened, I painted it using nail varnish (after practising on a spare bit of hardened polymorph, it was the most durable option!). I used a light red, then a burgundy, and then a shimmery semi-transparent multi-tonal gloss.
Ignore the worlba - that was just to see what it looked like in the 'shell'.

I also molded the crystal on the back of the device from polymorph.

Pattern making (Posted 5th April 2014)

Because I couldn't find a dress pattern close enough to what I wanted, I decided to make my own. Yes, the girl that sucks with following patterns decided to make one. Oh dear.
I do have a dress that I could have traced, but I wanted it to be more fitted like Hathor's.

So, I used the old cling film and masking tape method (I'm sensing a pattern here...).
Wrapped myself in cling film then masking tape, then marked on the major points of the pattern (both are rather tricky without someone to help!).
I then cut myself out of it (be careful!), laid it flat and made cuts where necessary so the whole thing laid flat.
I then separated the bust part from the main body. I did this because 1) it was easier to shape the bust, and 2) on Hathor's dress, the orange fabric appears not to cover the bust area.
I transferred the bust pattern onto muslin, and sewed it together where I'd made the cuts to keep the shape (can you tell I'm a complete noob with patterns?).
It's going to need a little more shaping, but that's what the muslin mock-up is for.

Kara Kesh progress 3 (Posted 5th April 2014)

I made the 'rings' using the same method as the fingertips.
Things need a bit more finishing/smoothing, and I trimmed the rings down a little after taking this pic.
I didn't smooth the joins in the fingertips as much as I could have, because these are going to be covered by the pieces that will hold the wire.

Kara Kesh progress 2 (Posted 4th April 2014)

I made duct tape patterns for the fingertip pieces, cut them out of worbla and assembled.
I will sculpt the ridges for the joints once I have whatever I choose to use for them.

Kara Kesh progress (Posted 4th April 2014)

To make the pattern, I wrapped my left forearm in cling film, then in duct tape (more rigid/sticky than masking tape), then masking tape (easier to mark than duct tape), and drew on the pattern that I needed. I then cut this pattern out, transferred it onto worbla and molded it around my arm.

Once the basic shape was achieved, I heated it again and held it tight, so that it fit better/tighter around my arm.

I'm not sure yet how I will do the gem or the parts that connect the fingertips to the main palm piece, but I am hoping to be able to sclupt everything else from worbla.