Handmaid’s Tale Cosplay Big Reveal

This is the fifth post in my Handmaid’s Tale Cosplay. See  Why The Handmaid’s Tale , Researching the Costume, Creating the Dress, and Obi Belt Tutorial  for more details.

Here are some images of my completed Handmaid’s Tale cosplay. Some of the images have strange lighting – sorry about that! I was taking pictures on a day when the sun kept coming out from behind the clouds.

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Here you can see the front and back flaps in all their glory! They really do conceal femininity, as Ane Crabtree intended.

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Tutorial: How to create a Handmaid’s Tale inspired obi-style belt

This is the fourth post in my series on my Handmaid’s Tale cosplay. See  Why The Handmaid’s Tale ,  Researching the Costume , and Creating the Dress for more details.

Today I’m going to show you how to create my version of the obi-style belt the Handmaid’s wear on Season 1 of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. For reference, here is Samira Wiley wearing the belt.

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Creating the Handmaid’s dress

This is the third post in my series on my Handmaid’s Tale cosplay. See  Why The Handmaid’s Tale and Researching the Costume for more details.

To make my cosplay, I started with the Christine Haynes Emery dress pattern and then made a list of things that needed to be changed.

First up was lengthening the skirt to the floor. This was relatively easy but I would suggest not following the hip curve if you do this yourself. You need A LOT less room in hem circumference than you think you do. Mine puffs out funny (image below) because I made it too wide at the bottom.
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Researching my Handmaid’s Tale cosplay…

Today is the second in a series of posts that I am doing on creating my Handmaid’s Tale cosplay. See the first post Why The Handmaid’s Tale here.

 

Once I decided to make my handmaid costume, I knew I needed to collect some images and details. First, I looked at promotional images for the series.

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This is when I noticed that the bodice was split at the center front and that the belt was a separate piece. I decided to investigate further.

I looked for interviews with the costume designer, Ane Crabtree, and found a treasure trove of information. She’s given numerous interviews over the past 3 years. I found the ones in Atlanta Magazine and Vogue particularly helpful.

Each one of Crabtree’s choices was so purposeful. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

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Why the Handmaid’s Tale?

This post is the first part of my series about my Handmaid’s Tale cosplay. Other posts coming soon!
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Based on the amazing Season 2 promo images created by the team at Hulu with my own cosplay at the center.
I recently finished my Handmaid’s Tale cosplay and I wanted to share a little bit about the process of making it, before I reveal the full photos. Bear with me as I walk through these five posts about my cosplay. I didn’t realize how much I had to say until I was done writing them. The full costume will be posted next week sometime if you’d like to wait around until then.
Of all of the cosplays to work on, why did I choose to do the Handmaid’s Tale? Though there are a myriad of reasons, I’ll share just a few.

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Banned Books Week 2013: Strange Challenges

There’s nothing quite as exciting to a librarian as Banned Books Week. As sad as I am that books are still being challenged having a week dedicated to banned books allows us to have a dialogue. Most people don’t realize that last month someone tried to get The Handmaid’s Tale removed from schools, or that Eleanor and Park is being challenged in another school district right now.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Book Review: When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

When She Woke By Hillary Jordan

Published October 4, 2011

Mode read: Hardcover

Summary:  Set in the future United States when the extreme right has taken over, When She Woke tells the story of a woman who has committed the crime of abortion but refuses to disclose the name of the father. It follows much the same story as The Scarlet Letter but instead of Hester Prynne’s scarlet A Hannah Payne is forced to have all of her skin turned scarlet. This “melachroming” is the government’s answer to crowded prisons and results in many deaths by citizens who don’t want criminals in their midst. Rather than risk death by vigilantes Hannah chooses to flee the country and soon learns the difficulties of keeping silent.

Bechdel Test?: Passes with flying colors (if you’ll pardon the pun). Hannah lives in a halfway house for the melachromed and has intense conversations about life and death with her housemates.

Rating: 4/5

There are no words for how much I liked this book. From the opening scenes that are reminiscent of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale to the brief mentions of Bowling Green, KY, this book had me turning the pages furiously. Hannah is a loveable character because she doesn’t complain about her circumstances but accepts that her choices have consequences. Though I don’t like to discuss political issues on my blog, this book seems to me to be a must read before the upcoming elections both for its discussion of women’s reproductive issues and its focus on what happens when you take away funding for the arts/start censoring.

Warnings: This book contains very strong political statements and discusses LGBTQ, reproductive rights, and religious issues.

 

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