Kinzie Kensington - Saints Row Series
Next to Jaryn and Tenel Ka, Kinzie Kensington rounds out Heather's set of favorite characters. Kinzie's a shut-in, redheaded, snarky hacker who doesn't take crap from anyone - what's not to like? After putting together Kinzie from SR:TT and learning she would be back in SRIV, Heather became overly excited and started wearing her fake painted on FBI jacket around the house. Now that SRIV is out and amazing, Heather can wear a poodle skirt around the house. Aw yes. Except not cause KINZIE HATES POODLE SKIRTS.
"You call it motion-controlled gaming, I call it putting a corporate-controlled monitoring device in your living room."
Heather: Right off the bat there are things I want to fix with this costume BUT I am extremely proud of it even besides the fact that there's a lot I want to fix. I want to fix the fit and the collar and the inside of the hood, but this is the second jumpsuit/catsuit I'd ever made, the first time I had to heavily modify a pattern for a catsuit (because of the panels), the first time I worked with stretch vinyl and the first time I'd worked with iron-on stretch vinyl! My love for Kinzie led me to try my hand at all of these things and I was very excited with the way it turned out. I'll hopefully be fixing all the things I'm aiming to fix for when Nate finishes his Super Homie Matt Miller!
Heather: SO COMFORTABLE. This is only one of the many reasons I love Kinzie. Comfort! These were jumpsuits we bought online and modified, patterning the patches, cutting them out and outlining them in white bias tape before using a mixture of hand-stitching and machine sewing to add them to the jumpsuits. I embroidered the Zin patches and we added those to out jumpsuits before adding all the little character touches to our outfits. Kinzie was simple - her hoodie, glasses and gloves! This was really nice to wear at Katsucon when it was freezing outside. Comfort and warmth. :D
Heather: I COULDN'T RESIST. I loved that one of the very first things Kinzie complained about to the Boss was the 50's clothes and how she wanted to be shot if she was ever caught in them - I just loved that it came back and bit her in the ass. This was a mix of thrift store and things I already had (plus finding the right glasses on ebay!) and there are still a couple things that need to be done to it (poodle on the shirt, fix the hair, etc.) but it's really fun to wear! Also a lot of fun to scowl in. SORRY, KINZIE.
Heather: Kinzie's third set of Cabinet gear came in the form of another round of purple/black (WHICH MAKES SENSE AND I'M TOTALLY OKAY WITH XD) with gray this time! I was very excited about this because so much of my work wardrobe is black and gray with a dash of red and purple. Many thanks go out to Bria who got photos of me at a podium goofing off so it fit with the outfit. Fortunately, there were no aliens who came crashing down while we were taking said photos. I also had fun trying to photoshop The White Crib stuff behind my head. Hehehe.
Heather: After the promo image was released and we learned that the Boss was the President of the United States, we learned that his homies made up the Cabinet and that Kinzie was the Press Secretary! They released a set of images that were basically the Cabinet portraits of all the characters and of course we did the nerdy thing and tried to recreate them to the best of our ability (I didn't have a fancy chair or background like Kinzie's but Nate & Bria's Matt & Asha pictures came out pretty well! Bria and I also took a few shots of us goofing around with the United Saints of America flag we made
Heather: Right before PAX East 2013, the announcement that Saints Row IV was on the way came along with a picture of part of the gang in a modern-day "Washington Crossing the Delaware" set-up. The first thing I noticed was Kinzie and after freaking out about her I went, "IS THAT MATT MILLER?" - then went back to Kinzie. I had some of the pieces of this outfit already and scored the others from the thrift store. After wearing it to PAX East in March (and meeting some of the developers and fans, which was amazing <3!), Nate (who had thrown together a Boss from the promo image) and I were joined by Bria of White Hot Room (who had put together an Asha Odekar costume from the promo image) for a photoshoot in Washington D.C.! Many thanks to Denis who trudged around the city with us and took photos in the surprisingly hot June afternoon.
Heather: Super comfortable, very warm and hair in a messy bun - what more could I ask for in a costume? No really though, I knew from the moment I played this game and met this craziness that I would love her. This only seemed like a logical step. I already had hole-ridden jeans and a purple hoodie. WHERE DO YOU GET AN FBI JACKET IF YOU AREN'T IN THE FBI? You paint one, hehe. I tried to find a jacket that had that windbreaker sort of quality (kept finding polyester and denim D:) and once I did and once I knew the fabric paint worked on: HUZZAH!