I had already made a regular Goblin King costume, but I wanted to tackle something much more complex - the costume Jareth wore during the ballroom scene in Jim Henson's film Labyrinth.
I found a blue velvet coat that could be modified and got to work!
One of the first issues with the coat was the collar. Jareth's coat had a very high collar, so I set out to make that.
I had no idea what I was doing, so I enlisted the help of a costume maker for advice.
Every Wednesday I went to the studio to work on the costume.
First I learned how to make a pattern for the collar, and then I made the actual collar from the pattern.
I got to learn how to use a Serger machine. This was terrifying at first, but it was quickly over.
I learned many valuable things, like this very tough felt material that could be used to set the collar up.
My sewing tutor said I should wear sunglasses for this shot. The collar worked!
The collar worked pretty well in the back. After a couple of modifications, I was satisfied.
I definitely did a happydance around the studio for this one.
I was trying to figure out how I might 'encrust' the coat with sequins.
My first thought was to gather some nice colors and sew them up by hand.
My hands hurt already. My eyes were strained. I didn't think this was going to work.
I found this great sequin fabric I could use to embellish the sleeves. This made me pretty happy.
I used fabric glue to put this on, and it did really well!
Then I had an idea. What if I used appliques that were already beaded?
I could just glue them onto the fabric itself! It would resemble so many hours of hand-done work! It would also make the costume a bit tougher.
Around this time Portland, Oregon resident Toby Froud (the baby in Labyrinth) showed off his new short film, Lessons Learned at the Hollywood Theatre.
A lot of original work from the film went on display in the lobby.
Appliques really sped up the work.
I found some high waisted black pants, gloves, and a gold waistbelt. I ordered a ruffled shirt from the web, although it would have been much better to make it myself, but I didn't have time for that. I was headed to the Labytinth of Jareth ball in Los Angeles in a couple of days!
I had a lot of practice with this makeup from the other Jareth costume I made.
It looked pretty reasonable. It's usually hit or miss when I do it.
Ready to go!
I flew down to Los Angeles to visit a friend and attend the ball.
There were a lot of near props there.
It was great meeting another Jareth. I'd been following her online for some time. She does a lot of other fantastic cosplay.
This was by far my favorite cosplay from the event.
Here's a photo of my other Jareth costume. I wore it on the Bowie vs. Prince bike right in Portland, Oregon in summer 2014.
I gave a Labyrinth-themed talk at a local open source conference in full costume. There's no recording of it. Sorry!