Happy Halloween from the Sun Summoner!


Just as an FYI, if any of y’all are local to DC, I’ll be one of the five minute lightning talks at tonight’s Hack and Tell meetup, to present on my Accelerometer Controlled Light Gauntlets.

I had a lot of fun dressing up as Alina Starkov, the Sun Summoner, from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and BoneSiege and StormRuin and Rising).

hallow street

Photo by Sydney Angel

The pattern for the jacket is McCall’s M6818 (with the torso substantially lengthened so that it would reach my waist).

hallow collar

The antler collar is glow in the dark sculpey.  I was worried I would wind up breaking it, so I made two!  I did break one partway through our Halloween party and then just popped upstairs to switch.


The trilogy does feature an excellent pirate captain (my favorite person in the series).  Admittedly my friend here wasn’t dressed as Sturmhond, but it was still pretty delightful to clash with him.

hallow hp

And, in crossover adventures, I wound teaming up with a Harry James Potter Evans-Verres from Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

Photo by Sydney Angel

Photo by Sydney Angel

So, all in all, I’ve had a very lovely time.


P.S. Wondering why I have a couple really nice pictures of my costume this year?  Due to the highly mysterious bit of good news that I will reveal on Wednesday, I needed to get a nicer headshot taken, and Sydney Angel (1) lets you change outfits as many times as needed during a shoot and (2) was very game when I switched from normal-people nice shirts to my costume.

About Leah Libresco

Leah Anthony Libresco graduated from Yale in 2011 and lives in Washington DC. She works as a news writer for FiveThirtyEight by day, and by night writes for Patheos about theology, philosophy, and math at www.patheos.com/blogs/unequallyyoked. She was received into the Catholic Church in November 2012."