kelliem: old-skool TV (tv)
( Sep. 10th, 2012 01:13 pm)
Anyone else watching Copper?  It's interesting so far.  The historical details seem good (apart from a couple of costuming nitpicks*) and doesn't shy away from the seedy underbelly of the times.  Racism, violence, child and adult prostitution, classism, poverty... it's all there.  Excellent acting as well.  I somehow guessed that it was shot in Toronto even before I looked it up on the IMDB to check.  I think it was a specific church that made me think that- well, that and the fact that I recognize some of the 40 Canadian actors in bit roles, including David Keeley and Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties). I'll definitely keep watching.  It's hard trying to figure out who the good guys and bad guys are because there's a lot of ... ambiguity.  I do wish that the actors playing Kevin Corcoran and his sidekick Francis Maguire didn't look/weren't styled so much alike though. I keep getting them mixed up.

*Costuming nitpicks: A) They need to use more petticoats.  One should not be able to see the outline of the hoops from a hoop skirt through a woman's outer skirt. B) I could be wrong about this but don't think they made a lot of men's coats in leather in those days. Not frock-coat style coats anyway.  I had a similar nitpick with Lord Blackwood's leather greatcoat in the first RDJ Sherlock movie.
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kelliem: pumpkin (pumpkin)
( Oct. 29th, 2010 10:05 am)
I think I'm the only person in my building who dressed up today-- but that's okay. The costume is awsome, if I do say so myself. :D I think I'll call this Drusilla Farnsworth (my middle name and a family name- it sounds appropriately steampunkish!) Here's the front view:



Most of the outfit was purchased pre-made and altered (changed the bottom of the jacket, dyed the shirt with tea, etc.) but my son the costumer made the skirt for me- it's from an actual Victorian walking skirt pattern.

A few more pix behind the cut. )

In unhappy news, there's another fire up in the canyons above Boulder. This is Not Good. I hope the firefighters can get a quick handle on it.
It's been decades since I did any costuming for myself, but I wanted something for this Halloween (not that I have anything fun to do, but I will be wearing it to work) which would also be good for other costume-appropriate events like attending midnight premieres of Harry Potter movies with the kidunit. :D I decided to be trendy and do a Steampunk-themed outfit. I'd been perusing eBay looking at various Steampunk items to accessorize with but they were mostly way out of my price range. So for the past few weeks I've been working on making my own. I bought a toy raygun and repainted it, and bought an inexpensive brown top-hat and have found lace and veiling and other goodies to make it more interesting. I'm pretty happy with the results and I want to share pix!

The gun (it has lights and makes sounds!):

The rest are cut so you don't have to see them if you aren't interested )
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