Friday, 4 March 2011


I have now finished my fabulous Kaylee costume!

I am very please with the distressing and ageing, it took a while to get the oil stains right. My husband dryly commented "why don't you just use engine oil?" Well that might have been a good idea but by then I had spent a long time mixing wd40, vegetable oil and dye to try and make it greasy and permanent, so I had to see it through to the end.
A lot of fine detail has gone into this costume, I hand stitched the patches with embroiders thread and put dirty wear marks on the pockets and high use areas, ie knees and bum :) I have seen several other bear overall cosplays but modest though I am mine is by far the best! There are 2 things I am not 100% happy about but they barely shadow how please I am with the overall result : D

I also made a little bag from some left over materials, its not that large but just big enough to hold my purse, phone, keys and con badge etc.

I hope you enjoy the photos taken by my good friend Mr Abe, he came down especially before I get too big to fit in them any more! I am thinking I might still wear this costume over the summer, I could just leave the top half of overalls around my waist but that would only be funny with my baby daddy dressed as Simon to tag along. Lets see if we can convince him!


  1. The contrast shows the overalls as quite dark in these photos but the fabric is paler/rougher looking in real life :)

  2. Very nice! I'm working on my own Kaylee costume. May I ask you what are the Chinese characters that are on the legs? What did you use to mark them in with?

  3. A lot of the mandarin in firefly is "incorrect", I believe it is to show the natural evolution of the language that takes over in the future. But basically they can be simplified down to lucky love / in out safe and care. I used a chiselled permanent marker to draw characters and used this reference page which did all the work for me :)

  4. Wow, great job! Where did you get your coveralls? I'm finding it difficult to find ones with the exposed zipper.

  5. I sewed the zip myself! Also removed sleeves and took in the waist. If you take a look at my previous post it goes through all the stages I took and links to patches :)