Lotje is in the process of making a Skyrim costume. While I'd like to go as a Skyrim denizen as well, the amount of time and effort to put together such a costume (not to mention the skills :p) are beyond me. I typically like to put together fairly lazy costumes. I don't like anything that covers my mouth and also dislike face paint, so that limits it a bit. I really couldn't think of anything to go as so I figured I'd just re-use my PsiCop uniform from last year. But I happened to be flipping through the channels and saw Dick Tracy was on and realized it would be a pretty easy costume! He basically wears a suit, with a yellow coat and a yellow hat. How hard can those be to find?
I spent quite a long time online trying to find a yellow trench coat, without any success. I found costumes that were similar, but were really terrible quality. I had just about given up hope when Lotje suggested getting a white lab coat and dying it yellow. Why can't I ever come up with good ideas like this? :p So I looked around and lab coats aren't that expensive, so I ordered one and dyed in.
Here's the coat. I also found a white hat in the style I needed at Goodwill. I had no idea how well it would dye, but I wanted to try and get the hat and coat as close in color as possible. It was $5, so what the hell?
I used a large tub inside my bath tub for the dye. I didn't want to use the kind you put in your washing machine for fear that it would later dye my other clothes yellow.
Here I had just put the coat in. I stirred the coat around and it just to yellow pretty quickly.
Then I threw the hat in. While the coat changed yellow right away, the hat didn't have the same luck. It was barely yellow, and very blotchy. I left both in there for an hour, moving them around quite a bit to try and get the dye to spread. In the end, when I rinsed everything off, the hat when back to pretty much white. Who knew you couldn't dye felt? Well, others I talked to said it was obvious, so I guess just me. :-p
Here's the coat hanging up. It was almost a little too yellow. But a subsequent trip through the washing machine lightened it up a bit.
Assembled costume. I ended up just buying a hat on eBay.
A little closer. Sorry for the quality of the self shot pictures. :-p
All in all I think it came out pretty good. I still might make a watch, not that it would ever be seen. :-p Also, it's probably a good thing I'm going to be wearing 4 layers of clothing when I'm in New York in October.