The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao & Joe Miller (#TheExpanseCosplayWeek)

The Expanse Cosplay: In Another Life

#TheExpanseCosplayWeek happened, so I dragged Ottie into our first foray into cosplay. We adore The Expanse and thought that it would be cool to delurk and contribute to one of the massively underrated shows here, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that a motivating factor was how we thought – erroneously – that these two characters were pretty easy to start off with. Actually, Ottie had a fine time not needing to do anything other than pick items from his wardrobe to be Joe Miller. Meanwhile I had to break out a dusty sewing kit in order to hone a cute little callous on the side of my index finger for a few hours spent embroidering a patch for Julie Mao’s coverall. Later on, a friend mentioned that it would have been easier if I’d just gone downtown to get the embroidery patch tailored from one of those shops that sold stuff for the army?!? FUUU THAT DID NOT CROSS MY MIND AT ALL.

For anyone familiar with the series, the first time that Miller and Mao actually met was pretty much a tearjerker. What if they’d met in another life? What if they’d been able to laugh at crazy stories over a pint? What if the only things that were blue were the lights? Pictures, mostly of myself because dammit I spent so much time fixing my costume even though they seem quite insignificant:

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao & Joe Miller (#TheExpanseCosplayWeek)Toasting to Coca Cola.

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao & Joe Miller (#TheExpanseCosplayWeek)THIS LIGHTING. ♥

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao & Joe Miller (#TheExpanseCosplayWeek)

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao & Joe Miller (#TheExpanseCosplayWeek)

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao & Joe Miller (#TheExpanseCosplayWeek)

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao (#TheExpanseCosplayWeek)

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao (#TheExpanseCosplayWeek)

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao (#TheExpanseCosplayWeek)

The Expanse cosplay Joe Miller (#TheExpanseCosplayWeek)

The Expanse cosplay Joe Miller (#TheExpanseCosplayWeek)Coincidentally, Ottie’s phone really was cracked. He’s not happy about it.

Here’s some of the DIY I had to do for my costume:

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao costume DIYLeft: My coveralls arrived in the mail! I couldn’t bear to cover over the pockets because pockets are awesome. Also I loved the pen compartment on the left sleeve, which I also retained.
Right: Hair extensions! They were so much softer than my natural hair that it was quite disconcerting to feel wisps tickling my skin.

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao costume DIYIt took me approximately the length of five movies while I painstakingly embroidered these five letters. Embarrassing. I did however enjoy Killing Gunther and The Bitter Tea of General Yen.

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao costume DIYHad to remove all the logos from the front and back pockets.

The Expanse cosplay Julie Mao costume DIYWhile I opted to leave the front pockets of my coveralls untouched, I did cover over the gold zipper with a black one. The belt proved to be more of a challenge, since bookstores no longer stock the old-school book straps that I wanted to use. Luckily, old-school craft and sewing stores are chockfull of cheap knick knacks, so I was able to fashion a belt from a roll of red webbing and one of a pair of buckles. The friendly owners even helped me to choose this roll of super cheap webbing over the more expensive ribbons that I was originally eyeing!

Overall (heh), this was a pretty fun customisation project, but wow I have so much more respect for cosplayers now.

Ingredients for Julie Mao
Dickies coverall via RS Components (SGD $57.02)
EZBuy Hair extensions (SGD $8.60 for 4)
Elsie Departmental Store Nylon 25mm strap (SGD $2.50 for 5 yards) & 20mm buckle (SGD $1.50 for 2)
Lye Nai Shiong 20cm black zipper (SGD $2.20)
Uniqlo bratop
Steve Madden boots

Ingredients for Joe Miller
Mango shirt
Topman vest
G2000 pants
Dandelion fedora

Ingredients for Protomolecule
EZBuy blue fairylights (SGD $9 for 10 metres)

Many thanks to Esmo for patiently staying back after tabletop gaming to help out with pictures! It was interesting to observe how he had such a theatre-and-film style of composing the shots.


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