I’ve been a fan of Moffat’s modern adaptation of Sherlock for a while now, so when I heard that some very talented people within Sherlockian fandom were organizing a convention for Sherlockians entitled 221B Con, I was intrigued. When my sometimes-cosplayer husband decided he wanted to cosplay as well, I was absolutely thrilled. His request was outside my area of expertise–the crown jewels?!–so we enlisted help of Ritischka Studio. I was super impressed with the results. [Check out here in-process photos and comments here.]
I took care of the smaller details of the husband’s costume, including finding him ridiculous kicks, like Jim’s, and some extra royal bling from my Forever21 archive. The end result was stunning. I mean, NO RUSH.
One of the highlights for the husband was meeting Lyndsay Faye, as he had just started reading her novels a bit before the convention. As a writer, I enjoyed listening to her talk about the researching and writing process, as well as showcasing her knowledge of all things Jack the Ripper–probably one of my favorite panels of the whole con. I just hope the local library doesn’t mind if we return her novel to them signed.
As for me, I enjoyed being mostly comfortable as Irene Adler in Sherlock’s borrowed coat. It was another costuming purchase I made, knowing I couldn’t make or source the coat at a thrift store, and it served me well all winter long.
I ended up getting called up for pictures with all the other Irenes, which was nice because they were all fabulous including this Victorian Irene who sewed her costume by hand. UNWORTHY. Thank you, dear Irenes, you were all lovely. Tony Stark, on the other hand, was just silly.
Sunday we switched it up a bit, going as Professor Layton and Emmy Altava from the fantastic Professor Layton games and we were asked for photographs before we even got in the building. When it comes to cosplay, that’s always a good sign that we got it right–and these costumes came straight out of our closets or the thrift store. The hotel had great little pockets of Layton-esque architecture for picture taking.
As far as first-year cons go, it was well attended and had so much to do and see, I felt completely overwhelmed. Here’s a few of my favorite bits:
THIS BADGE ART by areyoutryingtodeduceme. SERIOUSLY MOST GORGEOUS CON BADGE I OWN.
Sherlock-inspired tea samples (also by areyoutryingtodeduceme). Further proving that I always knew Sherlock would drink lapsang souchong.
The Doctor and River Song. Because you never know when you’ll need them…even if time travel is hard work! Their TARDIS was breathtaking, calmly humming all night during con shenanigans.
BLUE BELL THE BUNNY.
Gothic Lolita Sherlock!
Getting profess shots done by M.B. Keene throughout the con in front of this awesome 221B door set up.
Also, the Baker Street Babes, for doing their thing and being so delightful to watch on panel.