River Tam - Firefly (Serenity)




Mungojerrie posted on 13 November, 2011 - 13:30
You actually have the coolest child in the world XD Can't wait to see your progress on this!

Numta posted on 13 November, 2011 - 17:55
haha the swords looking awesome! Keep up the good work!

Starbucks dad posted on 13 November, 2011 - 20:21
Thanks guys. We don't really know what we're doing so just make it up as we go along so it's great to have so much encouragement.

j_mercuryuk posted on 15 November, 2011 - 09:13
:lol: Most of cosplaying is making it up as you go along :D But She's gonna be an awesome little River :D Be awesome to see it :D

Stubbled Grapes posted on 19 November, 2011 - 21:11
I really hope I get to see this in the flesh, she looks so adorable in her other cosplays!! And River is just so awesome anyway =D

Starbucks dad posted on 20 November, 2011 - 22:29
Aw, thanks.

Crazedteensie posted on 27 November, 2011 - 16:16
I love seeing pictures of you two working on this :D Can't wait to see it finished

Starbucks dad posted on 27 November, 2011 - 19:01
Thank you - doubt we'll be halfway as good as yours! But, we're having a lot of fun and learning a lot as we go.

Nomes posted on 28 November, 2011 - 01:00
The progress is looking great! I'm enjoying watching you two put this together. Firefly is a fabulous serious and definitely undercosplayed.

Starbucks dad posted on 29 November, 2011 - 00:14
Thank you so very much. It really is most kind. (Now I just have to work out how to edit down Firefly/Serenity for a nine year old, but I will (somehow))

TheGyroCaptain posted on 17 December, 2011 - 20:07
Very awesome , I wish you and your daughter good luck and welcome you to the world of cosplay ^__^

Numta posted on 18 December, 2011 - 12:08
Progress continues to look awesome! She'll make a brilliant River!

CosplayGal posted on 19 December, 2011 - 09:51
I'm so excited to see this! Good luck~

Aks100 posted on 20 December, 2011 - 00:23
Oh River is looking amazing! Eleanor looks so happy to have little River weapons :D

KawaiiKira posted on 14 January, 2012 - 17:39
Progress is awesome! can't wait to see this ^^

Starbucks dad posted on 14 January, 2012 - 21:09
Thank you, thank you, thank you... Seriously, really grateful. As you can see, Eleanor's making most of it herself so having you chaps, all with a lot more of experience than her, being so complimentary means a lot to her.

Crazedteensie posted on 29 January, 2012 - 10:55
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v469/Crazedteensieofdoom/river_serenity_green.jpg I saw you were having trouble with the nail heads and remembered I have a good reference for the dress. They look silver to me so you may not have to worry about painting them :)

Starbucks dad posted on 29 January, 2012 - 14:13
Super, many thanks for the reference. It'll really help us in laying out the pattern. The colour of the nailheads is driving me up the wall at the mo as in the reference pictures I've seen they could be silver, brass, or even green! The following reference doesn't help either: The dress was given this description at the Propstore of London: "A costume worn by River in the sci-fi adventure Serenity. This costume was worn by River in the memorable fight scene near the end of the film when River takes on the Reavers while Mal broadcasts the message using Mr Universe’s transmitter. It is also the same style of dress that River can be seen wearing on the UK poster & DVD cover. It consists of a short green coloured dress which is made from lightweight fabric with gold coloured stud decoration and has blood stains down the front and back (size 2), a pair of green underpants and a beige coloured bra (size 32b)."

Starbucks dad posted on 29 January, 2012 - 14:16
Ack. I hate not being able to edit comments. Anyway, this was the close picture for the colour. I've no idea what colour that's supposed to be...:) http://serenifly.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/dkny_dress_close2.jpg

Crazedteensie posted on 13 February, 2012 - 17:50
She looks brilliant! :D

Nomes posted on 13 February, 2012 - 18:52
This looks fantastic!

Starbucks dad posted on 13 February, 2012 - 20:49
Eleanor: Thank you for the comments and constant encouragement. Look forward to seeing you all at a convention. :)

SamanthaKaiba posted on 19 February, 2012 - 21:53
Love this...the detail is really good

Starbucks dad posted on 19 February, 2012 - 22:21
Thanks - we'll be glad to never see another nailhead as long as live!

Numta posted on 20 February, 2012 - 13:51
Amazing work! Really awesome River! =D

Starbucks dad posted on 20 February, 2012 - 20:02
Thanks Numta, appreciated. She worked really hard on this one.

PaperTiger posted on 1 July, 2012 - 20:10
love this! absolutely fantastic work on the dress =D

Starbucks dad posted on 3 July, 2012 - 21:46
:) Thanks

sjbonnar posted on 9 July, 2012 - 13:50
Loved seeing this! I got to be one of the judges for the masquerade so got to speak to her quite a bit about it. A very confident girl! You should be proud!

Wyrdsister posted on 9 July, 2012 - 13:54
I thought I'd commented on this before, but it would appear I haven't! You were amazing as river,. and I loved your routine for the masquerade. Well done, it's a great costume!

Starbucks dad posted on 9 July, 2012 - 20:24
sjbonnar - many thanks for that. Yep, she's not a bad old stick really :) Wrydsister - Too kind, thank you. If you liked her routine for River just wait for Hit Girl.......

FuriePhoenix posted on 9 July, 2012 - 21:02
aw she's looks fantastic! You did such a great job on the costume and weapons!

Numta posted on 9 July, 2012 - 21:44
Hands down the best River i've ever seen =D

nanahara posted on 10 July, 2012 - 10:19
awsome River was awsome ^^

Manticore posted on 10 July, 2012 - 12:15
You guys were awesome! So gutted I didn't get to see you!

Starbucks dad posted on 10 July, 2012 - 19:30
Eleanor: (me, not my Daddy for a change!) Thank you all very much and I'm glad you all liked it and it was really nice to meet you all.

SamanthaKaiba posted on 11 July, 2012 - 12:40
Photos are great...you did such a great job and you suit her so well ^_^

Nomes posted on 12 July, 2012 - 15:03
Such a superstar! I love the photo entitled 'Posing!'

Amy-Lou posted on 12 July, 2012 - 18:13
Such a great River and you came away with some fab photos too!

Starbucks dad posted on 12 July, 2012 - 20:44
Thank you, thank you, thank you. She did enjoy this one a lot - well, apart from sticking 12 hundred nailheads on :) I think she might make this one again, but up the quality, in a year or so.

TheStarlightFairy posted on 15 July, 2012 - 21:40
This looked amazing! Brilliant work!

Plasticsharkattack posted on 16 July, 2012 - 00:12
This is just absolutely fantastic! Amazing photos too!

Starbucks dad posted on 18 July, 2012 - 19:15
Many thanks - we were very lucky with the 'photos with Darren catching us at the 'Con.

Frederica la Noir posted on 6 April, 2013 - 19:01
Totally brill my lovely :) Firefly & Serenity cosplays are the best!

Starbucks dad posted on 8 April, 2013 - 19:21
Aw, thanks :)

InfiniteJester posted on 6 September, 2013 - 08:42
Looks so awesome! Love all the detail you went to like with the weapons!

Starbucks dad posted on 29 September, 2013 - 17:50
Thank you. This is probably her favourite costume and certainly the one that took the longest :)

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Progress Journal

13th February 2012

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12th February 2012

Hair colour test

Eleanor: It looks like we will need two cans of hair dye. It felt like air coming out of a can.

5th February 2012

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3rd February 2012

Paint test

Eleanors dad: Paint test was a success!

(we just need to paint another 1,186 of them now...)

30th January 2012

Hurrah for the Ford motor company!

We're convinced the nailheads are an off gold colour. Burnished Gold maybe. Anyway, trip to Halfords to see what they had and Ford did a paint close to what we think we need. We've pressed some nailheads into some bluetack and given them a quick spray. For the moment they look good, but we'll see what they are like when dry.

29th January 2012


Trying to work out what colour the nailheads should be. Gold? Brass? Bah! We've got silver at the moment so we need to paint them but gold looks too bright. Brass then. Probably.

25th January 2012

They're here........

Nailheads have turned up. Need to paint them first but we should be able to start marking out this weekend..

8th January 2012


So we redid the voil, fitted the dress and we're sort of there. All sewn up. Just have to mark out the pattern and learn how to fix 1200 nailheads to a dress. Easy.....

22nd December 2011


Eleanors dad: Fitted the Voil. Hurrah!...and then we trimmed a bit too much off......:(

18th December 2011


Eleanor: We have now finished the straps! We now need to do the voil.

18th December 2011

Voil work

Eleanor: We have started the voil we have traced around the other part of the dress so we can get the pattern about right.

5th December 2011


Eleanor: The glue isn't working for us. We did a experiment, and the glue stained the material so we need to find a new glue.

29th November 2011

and another thing...

...I'm still not happy with the axe.

28th November 2011

So it's the dress bit then....

Eleanors Dad: So we have the panels with hems done which is good - we now have to put it together into a dress. Um.

We're going to use fabric glue at first just so we can re-position the panels if we get it wrong. So far our tailors dummy has been El lying on the floor on top of the fabric as we wrap her up in the panels. Not terribly sophisticated.

Once we're happy with the glued position we shall (drum roll) bring out the sewing machine! Oh yes, indeedy.....

(and of course if we're not happy and the glues dried we just throw it in the washing machine until it comes apart again)

16th November 2011


Eleanors dad: The roughing up of the foam board went OK. Scrubbed it with a scourer, painted it and then scrubbed it again. Finally washed it with diluted brown paint. Came out nicely battered. Edges are still rubbish though so need to tidy up and put the string handle on.

13th November 2011

To paraphrase: Our axe is problematic.....

Eleanors dad: Sword is finally there. We weren't happy with the 2nd prototype but 3rd time is a charm (bah. Update - no it isn't. We've just realised we're missing a slight curve at the start. Drat). We've used balsa wood which makes it light enough for El to carry around but is also easy to carve. We've trimed down the "blade" part so it looks less square and cut in the notches as against just having them painted on. Much better. The axe alas is a bit of a bust. Painted foam board just looks wrong. Far too "shiny". Back to the drawing board for that one.

12th November 2011


Eleanor: it's going to take a while to cut but the nail heads will take longer...

12th November 2011


Eleanor: I'm using an old dress to make a pattern

12th November 2011

..and sew it begins...

Eleanors dad: Well we don't have a clue what we're doing (do we ever) but we have the material....

6th November 2011

We've started.......

Eleanor: We have our prototypes! We're happy with the axe but the sword needs some work.