River Tam
Firefly (Serenity)

Cosplayer: Starbucks dad

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

13th February 2012: Archive shot Switched from main page

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: Archive shot Switched from main page

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

18th December 2011: Straps 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: Glue... 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: Axe 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: Cutting Eleanor: it's going to take a while to cut but the nail heads will take longer...

12th November 2011: Measuring 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.

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

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Numta - 13th November 2011
haha the swords looking awesome!

Keep up the good work!

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Starbucks dad - 13th November 2011
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.

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j_mercuryuk - 15th November 2011
: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

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Violet Kestral - 19th November 2011
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

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Starbucks dad - 20th November 2011
Aw, thanks.

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

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Starbucks dad - 27th November 2011
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.

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

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Starbucks dad - 29th November 2011
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))

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

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Numta - 18th December 2011
Progress continues to look awesome!

She'll make a brilliant River!

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CosplayGal - 19th December 2011
I'm so excited to see this! Good luck~

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Aks100 - 20th December 2011
Oh River is looking amazing! Eleanor looks so happy to have little River weapons :D

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KawaiiKira - 14th January 2012
Progress is awesome! can't wait to see this ^^

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Starbucks dad - 14th January 2012
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.

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Anonymous - 29th January 2012
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 :)

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Starbucks dad - 29th January 2012
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)."

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Starbucks dad - 29th January 2012
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...:)


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Anonymous - 13th February 2012
She looks brilliant! :D

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Nomes - 13th February 2012
This looks fantastic!

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

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SamanthaKaiba - 19th February 2012
Love this...the detail is really good

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Starbucks dad - 19th February 2012
Thanks - we'll be glad to never see another nailhead as long as live!

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Numta - 20th February 2012
Amazing work!

Really awesome River! =D

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

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Anonymous - 1st July 2012
love this! absolutely fantastic work on the dress =D

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Starbucks dad - 3rd July 2012
:) Thanks

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sjbonnar - 9th July 2012
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!

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Wyrdsister - 9th July 2012
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!

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Starbucks dad - 9th July 2012
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.......

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FuriePhoenix - 9th July 2012
aw she's looks fantastic! You did such a great job on the costume and weapons!

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Numta - 9th July 2012
Hands down the best River i've ever seen =D

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nanahara - 10th July 2012
awsome River was awsome ^^

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Manticore Arts - 10th July 2012
You guys were awesome! So gutted I didn't get to see you!

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Starbucks dad - 10th July 2012
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.

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SamanthaKaiba - 11th July 2012
Photos are great...you did such a great job and you suit her so well ^_^

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Nomes - 12th July 2012
Such a superstar! I love the photo entitled 'Posing!'

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Amy-Lou - 12th July 2012
Such a great River and you came away with some fab photos too!

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Starbucks dad - 12th July 2012
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.

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TheStarlightFairy - 15th July 2012
This looked amazing! Brilliant work!

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Plasticsharkattack - 16th July 2012
This is just absolutely fantastic! Amazing photos too!

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Starbucks dad - 18th July 2012
Many thanks - we were very lucky with the 'photos with Darren catching us at the 'Con.

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Frederica la Noir - 6th April 2013
Totally brill my lovely :) Firefly & Serenity cosplays are the best!

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Starbucks dad - 8th April 2013
Aw, thanks :)

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InfiniteJester - 6th September 2013
Looks so awesome! Love all the detail you went to like with the weapons!

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