Captain America USO Girl
Source: Captain America: The First Avenger
Completed: 03 September 2011
This was a last minute addition to my Dragon*Con plans, but I'm so glad I decided to do it. I hadn't even seen the film before making it, but I loved the oufit, and thought it would be fun to join the group. I would never have been able to make this without the help of Kathy, Victoria, Caitlin, Alison & Kristin - from photos of their progress, to buying and shipping fabric, help with a wig, or just being there to answer my panicking questions, a really big thank you! Also a big thank you to Matt for putting up with me during the process.
I joined in on the last group order of fabrics and supplies before Dragon*Con, which all thankfully arrived in NZ in time for me to start working on it. The wonderful group ladies had done all the research - as I hadn't seen the film I was relying on everyone else for that. I started sewing it with less than a week until my flight for the US, and I just barely finished it in time. I stayed up until 4am every night, up again at 6am (and one night I didn't go to sleep at all), doing as much as I could with my sewing machine. I got on the plane for the US with an unfinished hat and lots of handsewing to do. I worked on it in Atlanta on Wednesday and Thursday, and (again) didn't go to sleep at all Friday night - finishing it a few hours before putting it all on for the first time and marching in the parade Saturday morning.
The costume consists of a dress (pleated skirt and lined bodice), pleated petticoat, wide red belt, sequin collar, buckram hat, stockings, gloves, silver dance shoes, red cheerleading briefs, curly wig, and a period accurate 48-star US flag. It was my first time making a hat/working with buckram, but I'm really proud of my hat, I loved wearing it.
I'm so happy with how it all came together, all the lost sleep was totally worth it. I wasn't sure if I was able to sew that much in less than a week, but I did it! I had a fantastic time marching in the parade with the USO girls, and wore it nearly all day and night on Saturday! I really enjoyed being part of such a big group project, everyone looked fantastic.
Worn at - Dragon*Con 2011.