ElegantAura
 


Costume :USO Girl
Source :Captain America : The First Avenger
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2012


Costume Photos

I'm a Patriotic Girl

USO Girl @ LFCC 2012

We're here to save, the American way!

USO Girl with Captain America

USO Girl

Reference Collage

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : Approx. £70
Time Taken : 1 week

Description
United Service Organizations Girl!
With a little nudge from a certain someone, this is will hopefully be underway soon! I've gone for the generic blue halter top and red and white skirt combo! I wasn't sure whether to go for the promotional sequin version or the film one, but have ended up opting for the film version as i dislike sequins, and its less work!

rather excited about this one,I've really gotten into the vintage 40s/50s vibe recently so i shall throughly enjoy wearing this!

Worn at: MCM Expo May 2012
LFCC July 2012

Comments

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Yay! More than excited! :D

by callmemilo on Saturday, 24 March, 2012 - 22:55
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Hat already looks amazing!

by Captain_Marvelous on Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 - 19:00
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Ohhh this will be lovely to see! <3

by Saffron on Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 - 23:57
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I demand lots of lovely pictures of you two when this is all done to make up for the fact that I am not there!!

by Sammykins on Wednesday, 23 May, 2012 - 18:38
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Hi! I think I got a photo of you at Expo; http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4p2bhIxni1rq3akro1_500.jpg

by quixoticschlemiel on Monday, 28 May, 2012 - 13:59
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Perfect USO girl!

by MissAriel on Tuesday, 29 May, 2012 - 23:55
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I really like this. Well done. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 2 June, 2012 - 23:34
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This outfit is so cute! I love eveything about it - I really want the hat :P

by gaming_goddess on Sunday, 3 June, 2012 - 00:17
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This is so gorgeous! You look beautiful; I wish I had got to see it at the Expo. <3

by Kacela on Sunday, 3 June, 2012 - 20:40
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Aww Thank you everyone, soo kind. I'm hoping to make a few improvements and wear this at LFCC ~fingers crossed~ Had so much fun wearing it <3

by ElegantAura on Monday, 4 June, 2012 - 15:42
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I adore this! So so classy :D

by eternal_aranel on Tuesday, 17 July, 2012 - 11:02
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This was amazing!!! <3

by Lozzie on Tuesday, 17 July, 2012 - 21:46
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Lol so adorable: especially in the "Heroes" video by sneaky zebra and you're just waving you're little flag cutely lol ^_^

by Manticore on Saturday, 21 July, 2012 - 09:45
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You looked awesome here! I love the little details and the flags (you had me sold on the flags - I still have the one you gave me)

by Pratatooie on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 - 13:10
 

To-Do List

Blue Halter TopHighIn Progress
Red and White SkirtHighIn Progress
HatMediumComplete
Purchase Silver HeelsMediumComplete
Purchase Skinny Belt + AlterLowComplete
Purchase White Elbow Length GlovesLowComplete
Purchase Natural Fishnet TightsLowComplete
PetticoatLowIn Progress

Shopping List

Dress and Hat Fabrics £40.00Bought
Metal Belt£4.00Bought
5 x Woven Star Motifs£6.50Bought
Plain and Fishnet Natural Tights£3.00Bought
White Netting fabric£3.00Bought
Red Athletic knickers£4.00Bought
19 inch white satin gloves£5.00Bought
Silver Dancing Shoes (second hand)£5.00Bought
Total£70.50

Journal

Almost there... (Posted 23rd May 2012)

I spent the whole day working on my skirt today, its been rather time consuming but its finally coming together. I'm working on hemming the skirt and adding bias to my petticoat, but I also still need to add some velcro and poppers to the halter top.

Ohhh and my shoes turned up today! They're really cute, proper dancing shoes, and the same as the ones in my reference picture just without the glitter (not a fan of glitter really lol) Bought them second hand off ebay so they were a real bargain!

Once i've done all that...i may well be able to say I'm done!!
I must get back to work! only 1 more day til expo....eeek

Further Progress, but only 3 days to finish!! (Posted 21st May 2012)

I doesn't surprise me that i'm still working on this til the last week before Expo, I always work on a costume right up until an event begins lol

SO far I've attached the star to the hat, and just thought i'd practice attaching it to my head with hairpins. Its difficult to get the angle just right, so i'll have to practice some more.

Next I've been busy working on the large waist cincher and the lapel. Both have turned out okay, but not as good as they could be, I'm terrible with sewing awkward shapes but they're passable. I've made the cincher do up at the back with velcro and the lapel attaches to the top with poppers.

I've got a few more bits of sewing on the top but I've also go the skirt to make, which will be a challenge as its red and white panels that'll need to be sewn together....think I'll be spending the whole day tomorrow at my machine haha
Anyway, off to bed so i can get up bright and early to get this costume on the road to completion!

Hat!!! (Posted 15th May 2012)

The hat was a new challenge for me, I've never made anything like it before, but i've been lucky enough to join the Uso Girl Costume Construction group on Facebook, that has lots and lots of resources, and tutorials for making these costumes. I used the tutorial as a rough guide, and made a slightly lazier version, without any wire or lining inside haha
I made a frame with some buckram fabric first, I used the tutorial pattern for the correct shaped pieces and then sewed and glued the parts together. I used masking tape to hold the buckram in place while it dried.

Rather than using wire as the tutorial suggested, I just reinforced the bottom edge and the inside of the hat with more buckram to give it a more solid shape.

Next I covered the frame in felt(which the tutorial suggested, I would've used white but i had some black lying around lol) I glued this in place before cutting out my blue satin.

Finally I pinned and sewed my satin in two pieces, the top, and then the side. And last but not least, I pinned the star onto the hat, a little off center from the front, all i need to do is sew/glue it on, then it'll be complete!

Satiny goodness! (Posted 15th May 2012)

With only 10 days left for me to work on this costume, i've finally got my butt in gear! The halter top is mostly sewn, and took alot of faffing and shaping...unfortunately the shape isn't an screen accurate as i'd like but its my own fault for leaving this til the last minute. I need to hem all the edges and add a zip before its complete, but at least its in the making!

A Good days Shopping! (Posted 2nd May 2012)

Wow I'm soo pleased with my shop today, as I more or less have everything for my Uso girl costume, except the shoes (but i've found a pair on ebay!!)
I went for a reasonbly cheap satin in the end, I would've like to have used better stuff but the colour selection was limited. The blue I've bought is slightly too light, but I'm not too fussed now, considering i have less than a month to complete this!
Also purchased some Buckram fabric to give the pillbox hat a go, a metal silver belt, some fishnet tights and some lovely motif stars!

I'm also using a tutu that i bought, and never used, but have finally got a use for it ^_^ I plan to make it longer by adding more netting fabric (luckily i had some of that lying around too)

So far, so good! The resource hunt has gone well, so now onto construction.....oh dear lol