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    May 11, 2010, 11:56 PM - River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #1

    Hello everyone! I've been wanting to do River Tam's dress from Objects in Space for a while now and after literally two years of searching for a suitable dress I came up with nothing, so I decided to handpaint the costume myself. I decided to do this because I found a near perfect vest of hers and the TUK boots she wears (well not the exact ones, but close enough). I just wanted to post up my progress here since I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out.

    Original dress:





    My Vest:



    My Boots:



    And the beginnings of my fabric. I'm really not happy with the way the flowers are but these will be covered up by the vest so I'm hoping once i get to the front I have worked that all out.



    That took me two hours so I'm not even sure how long the rest of it will take me. I'm in it for the long run though.

    Thanks for looking!
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    May 11, 2010, 11:58 PM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #2

    Wow, bravo. Although you may be cross-eyed or blind when you finish.
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    May 12, 2010, 12:39 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #3

    It's fantastic. I look forward to the finish. Especially the bridge.







    I'm kidding about the bridge. Or am I?
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    May 12, 2010, 12:46 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #4

    Lol. I would love to recreate the bridge of Serenity. I may consider it once I make my Tardis and get some woodwork experience.

    Thanks for the comments!
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    May 12, 2010, 9:04 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #5

    Wow! Excellent work. The dress handpainting looks like it will be totally worth it.

    My pretty floral bonnet is off to you!
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    May 12, 2010, 9:34 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #6

    If the hand painting starts to drive you crazy, you could always go with spoonflower. You could draw out the whole pattern in photoshop and then print it. It looks great, though. I just started work on my Mal costume last night.
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    May 12, 2010, 9:46 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #7

    That looks great! Nice find on the vest.
    Where did you get the boots?
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    May 12, 2010, 12:02 PM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #8

    or possibly you could create a stencil and use an aerosol paint. I know Joanne's has lots of options for these. It looks great though, so if you can put up with it, I'd say continue on
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    May 13, 2010, 12:58 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #9

    firefly827347 said: View Post
    That looks great! Nice find on the vest.
    Where did you get the boots?
    I'd second the great find on the boots and vest.

    Good luck on this VERY neat project.

    Mike
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    May 13, 2010, 8:03 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #10

    Hey, Jen, nice to see you here. I know you'll do good on yet another River costume. Looking good so far.
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    May 13, 2010, 10:14 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #11

    Geniepants said: View Post
    Hey, Jen, nice to see you here. I know you'll do good on yet another River costume. Looking good so far.
    You've done other River costumes?

    This thread needs pictures!

    Mike
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    May 13, 2010, 10:35 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #12

    Shiny.
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    May 13, 2010, 10:54 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #13

    That's looking fantastic!
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    May 16, 2010, 5:03 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #14

    Hey I think it is a great effort, You are going to be dead on. Great work!!
    Your a natural. Good Luck with the great work.
    calibr1735



    JJ9437 said: View Post
    Hello everyone! I've been wanting to do River Tam's dress from Objects in Space for a while now and after literally two years of searching for a suitable dress I came up with nothing, so I decided to handpaint the costume myself. I decided to do this because I found a near perfect vest of hers and the TUK boots she wears (well not the exact ones, but close enough). I just wanted to post up my progress here since I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out.

    Original dress:





    My Vest:



    My Boots:



    And the beginnings of my fabric. I'm really not happy with the way the flowers are but these will be covered up by the vest so I'm hoping once i get to the front I have worked that all out.



    That took me two hours so I'm not even sure how long the rest of it will take me. I'm in it for the long run though.

    Thanks for looking!
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    May 16, 2010, 11:28 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #15

    Risu said: View Post
    If the hand painting starts to drive you crazy, you could always go with spoonflower. You could draw out the whole pattern in photoshop and then print it. It looks great, though. I just started work on my Mal costume last night.
    Yeah, that was one of my first ideas because i didn't know if I wanted to spend all that time handpainting it but I started to get nervous about the colors and making sure the pattern was right, ect, so I felt it was better for me to just handpaint it because then I have complete control over how it turns out. Sure, it's going to take me a small life time but it will be so worth it!

    You've done other River costumes?

    This thread needs pictures!

    Mike


    Yep I have! I have I think 4 of them.

    The first one I made was her battle dress from Serenity. I put on 1,000 nailheads by hand into the dress. I'm planning on redoing it though cause I had the chance to see the dress in person and the nailheads are way smaller than mine and also I really need to do the dress in silk. I also want more accurate weapons.



    Then I have her Heist Dress from Serenity. This is probably my favorite River Costume so far. I found a better fabric for the overlay and am planning on replacing it.



    I even have her goggles! (sorry for the bad Facebook style pic it was the best shot I could find of them)




    And here is a comparison pic of the real dress and my version:



    I then have her Maidenhead dress which I ended up remaking since these pics were take in a better color. I do want to redo this one in silk though.



    Finally, I made her War Stories Dress. I hate the fabric I got for her vest though. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought it so that is going to get replaced as soon as I find something better for it.



    I also did a closet version of her "Safe" outfit but I am now redoing it since I have the boots for it.

    http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...m/IMG_4484.jpg

    And that's it lol.
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    May 16, 2010, 12:15 PM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #16

    Hand painting a dress....that's dedication.

    Your River dresses look very well done. Excellent work!
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    May 16, 2010, 6:56 PM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #17

    WOW, that 'Heist' dress is pretty spot on if you ask me...coloring is great...fantastic work.

    By no means am I putting the other one's down....I think they all look fantastic...but the photo of the Heist dress REALLY gives you an idea of how accurate it is to the Prop Store photos.

    Fantastic work!!!
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    May 16, 2010, 9:16 PM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #18

    cpltony said: View Post
    WOW, that 'Heist' dress is pretty spot on if you ask me...coloring is great...fantastic work.

    By no means am I putting the other one's down....I think they all look fantastic...but the photo of the Heist dress REALLY gives you an idea of how accurate it is to the Prop Store photos.

    Fantastic work!!!
    Lol thanks! The heist dress is one I am mos proud of I just wish more people knew it. That one I originally didn't intend on making so accurate then infound the fabric for the underdress and kinda went nuts trying to get it right. I have an actual swatch of river's dress though and my fabric is totally different from it but it has the same look and was on sale. Overall that dress cost me something like $40 including the goggles which I'm pretty sure are the exact ones she wears. So needless to say I am quite proud of it. I canny wait to get my knew overlay finished for it though.
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    May 16, 2010, 9:26 PM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #19

    What a great find with that vest! Good luck with the painting and keep us updated!
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    May 16, 2010, 11:26 PM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #20

    I got two panels finished today! Together they took around 5 hours. The bad thing is these are my two smallest panels so everything from this point is going to take way longer.

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    May 16, 2010, 11:29 PM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #21

    Wow - that is awesome. I am being commissioned to do a run of 50 pieces or so of this character, but in a different dress - think you can sew - or any one - can sew something on a mini-level??
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    May 17, 2010, 4:32 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #22

    I keep on seeing things that amaze me in terms of how dedicated and skilled fellow fans are. Not only do your outfits look great, you get the right attitude to capture River's various poses.
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    May 17, 2010, 9:11 AM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #23

    That's a great collection of River costumes! The Heist Dress and Battle Dress are excellent. Can't wait to see your current project, the hand painted material is going to blow people away when they see it.
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    May 17, 2010, 1:18 PM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #24

    JJ9437 said: View Post
    Lol thanks! The heist dress is one I am mos proud of I just wish more people knew it. That one I originally didn't intend on making so accurate then infound the fabric for the underdress and kinda went nuts trying to get it right. I have an actual swatch of river's dress though and my fabric is totally different from it but it has the same look and was on sale. Overall that dress cost me something like $40 including the goggles which I'm pretty sure are the exact ones she wears. So needless to say I am quite proud of it. I canny wait to get my knew overlay finished for it though.
    I agree that the heist dress is fantastic.
    I always found River's clothes to be a mixed bag, fashion-wise.
    The hand painted dress you are doing now is one of my favorites and I always thought the heist dress was neat.
    The big finale Reaver-fight-dress is one of my least favorite designs, but your work in replicating it is super job.
    (I'd never notice the different nail-head sizes; doubt anyone else will, either.)

    If you ever get the desire to move into Inara's wardrobe, I'm sure you could pull that off, as well.

    Lovely work all around, and I hope its a rewarding hobby for you, because you definitely have a talent for it!

    Mike
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    May 17, 2010, 4:51 PM - Re: River Tam Objects in Space Costume- WIP #25

    Looking great.

    Just noticed the new River Tam model a few hours ago. Gues thats a must-have item for you as well

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