Capable: Goggles

[Capable Master Post]

Capable wears old-fashioned aviator goggles to keep her glorious red locks out of her face (being the practical woman that is she is). It might be her signature piece. On screen she wears the clear-lens version of these French aviator goggles. 79 euros was way out of my price range, and I figured I could find a less expensive but still fairly accurate version somewhere else. So! I started looking…

On eBay, many costumey things that are not steampunk are marked as steampunk, which lead me to create this meme…

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I ultimately decided on a pair of goggles very similar to Capable’s…

The goggles I chose for my costume.

The goggles I chose for my costume.

They work well! These were under $20 and I liked the padding. They may be oversized but the colour and overall aesthetic is more important…

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My evolving (fancy) Renaissance Faire outfit

I love the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale! I am a rather new attendee, though, as this year will be only my third (in a row). Two years ago, I attended in simply a t-shirt and jeans as I did not realize that one of the key aspects of the whole event is costume play… I felt slightly out of place (in a very good way) and admiring all of the beautiful costumes, I thought it would be cool to join in the fun. But maybe the next year!

Until I ran across the big booth for Hearts Delight Clothiers, a booth manned by a group of hard-working ladies in RenFaire garb. The wonderful selection of colours and corsets drew me in and I soon was trying on a corset of my own 🙂

That day, I bought an underbust corset, a green cotton dress, and a cream cotton point skirt. I was already wearing my black velvet choker (may it rest in peace). This was how the whole ensemble came together:

My first RenFaire outfit!

My first RenFaire outfit!

I was really happy with it! I bought the flower headband from a seller that day. I loved the corset and it is still one of the most beautiful items in my closet. There are two ways to assemble one of these outfits: around the dress’ colour, or the corset’s colour. I chose the corset first and went from there. However, I felt that in retrospect, the point skirt did not mesh well with the fancy corset. So, a few weeks later I wore it the annual Scottish Games in Costa Mesa, without the point skirt….

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RenFaire outfit, without the skirt…

I think it looked better! The boots I got at DSW on clearance inbetween the Faire and the Scottish Games. This day I also picked up handmade leather pouch (pictured) and a few pieces of jewellery: a brass pendant of Mjolnir (Thor’s Hammer) and a gold-plated “slave chain” with the “Tree of Life”/Yggdrasil, which was a nice touch. Neither of those are in this picture….

But I still wanted another piece: a cape 🙂 Come ’round to last year’s Faire, I stopped by the booth again and discovered a sidebooth that sold coats, capes, and hats. I was in luck! So I found this positively beautiful black lace hooded cape, along with a wine-coloured crop top that fits under the corset for a nice colour contrast.

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My 2016 RenFaire outfit.

This time, I wore the slave chain but not the necklace! So this is the current state of my “fancy” RenFaire outfit. I also have a Peruvian-made white peasant blouse that is not flattering but should work with a corset and skirt. I looked around last year for a corset but no dice, so I will look again this year. I am tempted to change up either the corset (maybe an overbust?) or the dress, but not sure…

Capable from Mad Max Fury Road [WIP]

Capable from 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road

Capable from 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road, portrayed by Riley Keough.

Master post for Capable from Mad Max: Fury Road. I debuted this costume in June 2016 at a local cosplay event. Beyond a basic physical resemblance, I chose Capable largely because her character balanced needing to take charge as Furiosa’s second-hand-woman and her empathy for the other characters. Her outfit is just cool, too.

  • Bottom
  • Shawl [WIP]
  • Wrap top
  • Skirt
  • Boots
  • Leather cuff
  • Goggles
  • Wig/Hair [WIP]

Karol’s page on the Five Wives was very useful in the beginning but I needed more. I scoured Google, Pinterest, and screenshot galleries for months while planning and working on it. Interestingly, I found it useful to compare my vision to other Capables.

All in all it cost me about $155. I will have construction info on each page. The fabrics are too clean but overall I was happy with how it turned out.