Cosplay: Big Barda and Black Canary

Anya wanted to be Big Barda this year for her cosplay/Halloween costume. We hemmed and hawed on it, because it is a really difficult costume — but eventually we gave in. Stella selected Barda’s Birds of Prey teammate Black Canary.

We learned so much while making the Big Barda costume. We made armor, a kick-butt helmet, bracers, a “Mega Rod.” Several friends asked us why we did not make YouTube videos documenting the process. That would have been a bit awkward as for a lot of it, we were watching other people’s YouTube videos to see how it was done.  Maybe next year we will feel confident enough to make our own.

As always, we want to thank the wonderful Adrienne Hebb, our extraordinary seamstress friend. This year she was instrumental in resizing an adult-scale bodysuit to fit a kid-sized Big Barda.

Stella is She-Ra

There was an extended stretch of time when we did not have cable TV. We had about 12 or so local channels and one of them showed children’s programming all day (and night.) It was always a random assortment of old cartoons that I don’t think people watched when they were on originally. Things like Sky Dancers, Mighty Machines and She-Ra.

Stella became obsessed with both He-Man and She-Ra. She watched them all the time. At 4 years old, she would recite the opening of the show. It was the cutest thing. I eventually got her to do it in front of a camera. Notice how she does Spirit’s nay too.

I think it’s just a matter of time before she asks to be the Princess of Power for Halloween.