6th Annual Browncoats’ Bash

Leading up to last weekend, all I could think about was my Inara Training House Costume. This post, however, will show you pics from the bash itself and I’ll dive into more details of my Inara costume in another post. Don’t worry, there are costume pictures in here.

This Browncoats’ Bash comes just once a year and last year was my first time going. It was so fun to, once again, hang out all afternoon with fellow Firefly fans. The t.v. was playing Firefly the whole time…except for when we were watching fan films or Dr. Horrible.

We had a singalong, singing the Firefly songs like The Hero of Canton, some Marian Call songs. It was actually at a Marian Call house concert that I found out about the Bash last year. Later in the day there were simultaneous games of Shiny! (think Bingo) and a role playing game based on the show and movie. I played last year and this year for some reason just wasn’t feeling up for it.

It did get colder than I expected and my friend D and I went for a walk to warm up. All along there was a silent auction going on with some killer swag. The live auction caught everyone a little broke so people walked away with some amazing prints at some low prices. All proceeds were going to charity so it was all good and this year we hit a new record and are pretty excited to send that check to Middle Way House.

Remember the inspired River at Maidenhead costume I made last year? I finally got pictures of it! Woot.

Modded River costume

The Singalong

Costume Contest participants

Costume Contest participants

Inara and Bridget

Bridget and Inara (D and me)

Most Accurate Award

I got the award for Most Accurate Costume!

Serenity cake

One of the two cakes! The other one said Shiny! on it.

Model of the mule!

“…she’s the smoothest ride from here to Boros for anyone can pay…”

Do you see Inara’s shuttle!! And inside of the main ship you can see the crew. Yup. The tiny crew in there. I did squee a mighty fine squee and I’ve seen a model before. It’s just too cute! You can sorta see them in my blurry photo. I’ll update this pic if someone else posts a better one.

These are the awesome watercolors I won in the silent auction:

Firefly Watercolors

I had to get the pair!


Poster I won in the auction.

There was several awesome moments throughout the day. For instance, when we all broke out into The Ballad of Serenity and the organizer’s 2.5 year old sang along. Another moment was when we had put on Dr. Horrible. D and I were hanging by the t.v. while everyone else was just milling about until a bunch of us started singing My Freeze Ray all together. It was awesome! Of course, it was also super cool when we had two guys and another woman and I doing the duet from My Eyes. Oh Jed Whedon, you make me tear up every time. Such a beautiful melody. So you can see how a live singalong of it would just do you in. And it did me in for sure.

I will now make promises that I will show you more pictures of my costume. You might have seen some pics on Instagram but I want to show you front/back/side of all the components of the costume. I’m really proud of it so of course I’d like to show it off.

Until then, stay Shiny!

36 thoughts on “6th Annual Browncoats’ Bash

    • Leila says:

      Thanks Gillian. Yeah you see what I mean. There were some times of just chilling where I got to knit but most of it was talking and talking about Firefly! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. sewexhausted says:

    I am so happy you won the award! It was well deserved! And I am so excited to see the Inara costume all finished in all of it’s glory. What an accomplishment for you. I will look forward to the full post. You look lovely. And your day out looks like so much fun. I loved the Firefly series and am thinking I will need to go re-watch it this Fall. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Laurie

    • Leila says:

      Thanks Meris. I actually followed through with a lot of the details, which I’m usually too tired to tackle by the end. I guess leaving things to the last minute is really not the best way to costume. hahaha

    • Leila says:

      Thanks. I wish I lived near you so you could’ve helped me with my costume. And can you believe this is my first Firefly t-shirt? I also want the Serenity schematics tee. Saw it on Teefury but didn’t pounce on it for some reason.

      • Brooke says:

        Gosh, I wish transporters existed! It would be so much fun to help each other with the costumes and to be able to go to events like that with you!

        I have a Blue Sun t-shirt but the sleeves bug me so I don’t wear it very much. I need to get one that fits better.

  2. RankkaApina says:

    You like all the same stuff I do! I so want to go to one of these conventions, but there’s a lot less of them in Europe ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Maybe some day my budget and schedule will coincide… You have like the most amazing costumes!

    • Leila says:

      Cool! I love finding other people who share my love of Firefly! Costuming is so much fun! I hope things line up for you so you can go to an event or con soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Susan says:

    Omg, this is incredible, what a fun shindig and I can’t WAIT to see more deets about your costume! You’re reminding me I still have a certain t-shirt to do something about… ๐Ÿ˜‰ (And yes I’m so behind, many sorries!!)

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