Every year on Labor Day weekend the four major conference hotels in Atlanta fill with Sci-fi/Fantasy/Comic book/Gaming fans for Dragon*Con, the “largest multi-media, popular culture convention” in the United States. This year the convention boasts 511 guests from film and television, authors, comics, and bands including William Shatner and Patrick Stewart. The con is lots of fun for anyone interested in the various streams of popular culture that converge there, but it is even more fun if you go in costume. Last year more than 2000 people showed up in costume for the Dragon*Con Parade down Peachtree St, and that is just counting the people who were in the parade! More costumed fans lined up to watch, and walking between the four hotels for the different sessions all weekend you are likely to bump into several squadrons of Stormtroopers, The Green Lantern, people wielding keyblades, belly-dancers, and even the Yip-Yip aliens from Sesame Street. Last year I went as Sailor Pluto.
This year Hassan and I are planning to go as Inigo Montoya and Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride. He and I are huge Princess Bride fans–we even started our wedding ceremony with “Marriage. Marriage is what brings us together today.” (We decided not to have our officiant do the voice though). Also, with only two weeks to make our costumes we wanted something relatively straight forward–no vacu-formed plastic or complex appendages. I am going to make the blue gown that Buttercup wears when she calls Humperdink a coward.
I will be making it from this pattern:
I will post pictures of it as I make it!