time completed: Mid July 2011
hours spent: 25
worn at: San Diego Comic Con 2011, Dragoncon 2011
Why I chose to make this costume:
I made this costume for San Diego Comic Con after gathering materials and reference for several months. Originally I wanted to get this done by Megacon but was so swamped with work that I had to put it on hold. I love badass warrior girls and the color red, so Sif was a no brainer! I really liked her character in the comic book as well, from the fact that she grew up with Thor and trained along side him, to their on and off romance over the years, and Sif's strong, loyal and courageous nature.
How I made this costume:
Looking at the reference images and the various interpretations of Sif by different artists, I ended up grabbing my favorite aspects and combining them into this costume. It's what I do for all of my costumes actually :p. With San Diego's sweltering heat in mind, I used a mix of materials for the costume. The cape is the hottest piece, made of suede - not lined on purpose due to the heat, but serged and topstitched - and jumbo fur. I tried to keep the rest of the outfit as light as possible, but still wanted the pieces to have shape, so I covered wonderflex in leather and metallic 4-way stretch spandex. The corset is steel boned and lined as usual. I drafted patterns for all the pieces and made everything within about 3 - 4 days. It was fun to make arm and leg armor pieces, and I also enjoyed beading the wig and making the leather/wood beaded adornments on the hips. Wanted to add that I liked Sif's ensemble in the first 2 reference shots, but based my headpiece off of the cover art in the 3rd picture. I liked the larger, more Nordic warrior-esque, headpiece. The sword is wood, painted and wrapped in the same material as my arm/leg armor.
Thoughts on this costume:
Debuting Sif at SDCC, it was well received and I had a blast judging the Marvel costume contest. Then I was able to coax Riddle into doing a photoshoot with me in her awesome Female Loki costume. It was a sweltering day but we had a blast shooting together, and thinking of complementary poses. Since Loki basically posesses Sif to become Femme Loki, it was neat to bring that storyline into the photos.
Then at Dragoncon I was able to grab a shot with the fantastic Thor group our of Florida, for which I am very thankful! They had a full cast but allowed me to stand in for some pics. I look so tiny and weak next to these true warriors and warrior women! XD
Photos by Kevin Green at San Diego Comic Con - Marvel Stage (Shield headquaters)
Photoshoot with Riddle's Loki - by Brian Boling
Convention photos by Judy Stephens, LJinto and Killer Cupcake Photography