My old pirate gown is TOO BIG (Yay!) so I cobbled together another pirate costume from the costume stash at the last minute. Faux leather leggings from Target + old lacy sleep shirt from Victoria's Secret + Hot Topic corset top + pirate boots and all my pirate accessories from many years of going to a pirate feast in Maryland = successful costume! I basically did the same thing for my husband.
My younger son has been cosplay crazed since we went to Wondercon and wanted desperately to be Link from Legends of Zelda. So I told him we'd thrift/make Link and had him help out some. We bought Uggs, gloves and belts from Goodwill and some green and brown suede cloth from JoAnn's. We cut the tips off the gloves, made covers for the boots out of the brown suede cloth and I made a green tunic. I told him I'd buy him one thing at Wondercon and he chose a Link hat so he wore that, his Spock ears and used a wooden sword he'd gotten at Ren Faire a few years back - and voila - Link!
He was psyched that people recognized him and he got pics with a few of the other Links we saw there. The girl one in the first pic below made her costume out of an old t shirt and used soda tabs for chain maille!
It was hot and dusty (I'm still coughing up lung bunnies) but there was a nice cool breeze so it wasn't too bad. It was "Time Traveler" weekend so we saw more than a few Doctors as well as some Trekkies, Lolitas, Night's Watchmen, Harley Quinns, Steampunks and the requisite barbarians, pirates and wenches.
The Joust was especially dusty, but fun. We joked about the knights being different characters from Game of Thrones. "Ser Jorah" was the knight with the red feathers and our section was rooting for "Ser Loras, " who won.