Seven of Nine
Tertiary Adjunct to Unimatrix Zero-One
(from Star Trek Voyager)
(Halloween 2001)

Jeri Ryan as Seven in Pink Front View Close Up Yes, I too hated Seven of Nine at first, knowing that especially her outfit was designed to make the male 18-34 demographic drool, but I think she developed into the most interesting character on Voyager. She fulfilled the essential Trek character type of the outsider view on humanity that was originally intended to be the Doctor's role, but that had not succeeded as well as Spock or Data had. Seven ranks a close third in that role in my opinion, in front of Odo or the Doctor. So, if you come to appreciate Seven's character, you can explain that a form-fitting jumpsuit actually is a very efficient oufit as far as range of mobility and lack of frivolous fashion embellishments. Well, the carapace does make it difficult to bend at the waist, but that is still required Borg technology she cannot avoid, just as the hand glove, the optical implant and internal nanoprobes are. Without the Borg carapace, her intestines might just fall out all over the bridge one day! ;-)

I had toyed with the idea of being Seven of Nine for my 2001: A Space/Time Odyssey scifi costume birthday party, but I chickened out on the form-fitting spandex jumpsuit because of the Central Valley summer heat, plus since I will never be as skinny as Jeri Ryan, I wasn't sure I would look okay, even with a corset involved. After my birthday, I was doing more brainstorming for Halloween costumes with a friend, and he came up with Seven of Nine as a possibility for me on his own, so since that implied I could pull off the look, I decided to go for it!

Side View Close Up
I have a french twist comb that makes this hairstyle very easy, or otherwise just do your own french twist with bobby pins. I didn't feel like bleaching my hair, so I left it as my normal dishwater blonde.


My makeup aside from the Borg appliances is very plain - just basic foundation, minimal eye makeup, and a natural color lipstick & blush. Be careful not to put any foundation or blush where you will glue your appliances!

Nanobones in progress
Borg appliances:

After many, many freeze-frames of various Voyager episodes on pause on my VCR, I had drawn good life-size replicas of the eyepiece, earpiece, and hand glove. I made Sculpey originals of the facial pieces, then made Sculpey molds of them. I bought a can of liquid latex from TAP Plastics, built up the Sculpey molds with layers and layers of liquid latex, and painted the latex on the wax paper sheet over my drawing of the hand glove. Since the glove is basically cable strands intertwining, but I wanted the whole piece to have as much stability as possible, I painted the layers instead of intertwining individual strands. Once the layer was thick enough, I started building up only what were the individual strands, leaving the original thickness as the well between them. You need to be patient for all these layers of latex, since adding a new layer when the underneath is not yet dry will only take longer for the entire piece to dry, so there is no benefit to rushing. I added a new layer every day for a couple weeks before I was finished with all the latex on my pieces.

making the latex facial appliances After removing the facial pieces from their molds, I made sure they fully cured for another day, then painted them with black fabric paint so the paint would still be able to move when the appliance moved without cracking. Once the black was thoroughly dry, I used silver leafing paint over the black, leaving the crevices black. I did not paint the side of the piece that would be touching my skin.

I had purchased a black rubber glove (well, yeah, I bought a pair, but I only needed the one!) to use as the base for the hand glove, so once the latex strands were done, I trimmed the glove to fit the strands, leaving a strip across the palm for stability. (This palm strip is authentic, but it's really hard to find a shot of it in an episode! In all my searching, I think I only found one really quick shot of it, so I left it plain black.) Also for stability, I left the wrist long at this point, but I slit the inner wrist so I could get the glove on & off without stretching & popping the glued latex pieces off the glove.

Finished Glove
Since the glove fingertips were not a good enough fit, I found rubber fingertips used for paper filing at Office Depot. The tips are meant to be worn with the spiky side out for a better grip, but I turned them inside out so the smooth side showed. I tried dyeing these with black RIT dye, and it worked! The liquid latex repels the dye, which is why I had to use fabric paint on the other appliances. KrazyGlue works great on latex and plastic, so that's what I used to glue the latex strands onto the fingertips. My thumb was too large for the rubber fingertips, so I made my own thumbtip with liquid latex over a resized thumb from the black glove to be sure of a tight fit. After the entire glove was glued together and painted black with fabric paint on any remaining surfaces, I then used the same silver leafing paint over everything, leaving the crevices black. I also dry-brushed the silver on the wrist to approximate more individual strands.

I used spirit gum to adhere all the appliances to both my face and hand. It worked excellently on my hand and ear piece, but I think the eye piece is just in a bad spot both gravity-wise and perspiration-wise, since spirit gum starts to lose its stickiness in contact with sweat, so I had some problems keeping the eyepiece on. Perhaps next time I will find the medical adhesive that requires its own solvent, which can be found at specialty costume and makeup shops.

Seven in 2003 Full Body View
Borg Carapace (corset with Borg "bones"):
(a carapace is a turtle's or crustacean's protective covering)

For the Saloon Girl costume, I had purchased a Laughing Moon Mercantile authentic Victorian corset pattern, and for that I made the plain, non-gored corset in black satin, which gave a perfect Victorian look, but alas, that flattened out my natural curves that needed to be enhanced to be Seven. So, I took the gored version, added hip gores, which allows the corset to be cinched much tighter at the waist. Both of those corsets require steel boning, which I purchased in Berkeley at Lacis - a great store! Also, since authentic corsets are meant support the breasts in a certain way that did not match Seven's shape, I made my corset fit just under my bustline, which gave support akin to an underwire bra but with a natural shape. Once the corset was finished, I used thick drapery cording tacked onto the corset to make the Borg "bones" in the proper horizontally-curved pattern. This way, the "bones" are temporary so the corset can be used separately.

Jumpsuit (and Shoes!):

I looked around for a usable pattern, even just to start with, but I didn't find anything really useful. Since I had purchased 5 yards of the "dance/skate" Spandex to be sure I had plenty, I just measured around myself while wearing the corset for the basic pieces, and pinned where necessary once the pieces were cut & assembled. Of course, I did not pin everywhere all at once, since this does need to be pieced together.

For details I chose Seven's more "normal" daily jumpsuit rather than her original silver one, but both were quite similar, so I was able to see certain seams in one photo I was unable to make out in another. By closely examining various online photos, I noticed that there was a vertical seam for the shaping around each breast instead of darts, and there was a separate piece around the waist that matched the seam of the corset that helped to hide the fact it was actually a corset undeneath. This also meant that the leg pieces went all the way up to the lower corset seam, and that the leg seams were on the inside of each leg.
Seven in Silver Jeri Ryan as Seven - Full Body View
Once I had the approximate shape of each piece by measuring, I started assembling and pinning. The other problem with Spandex is that to get the proper stretch, you really need a real seam vs. just pins, so there was a lot of wasted fabric from a previously-stiched seam being cut away after it was taken in yet again. The stretching issue also means you need your zipper in towards the beginning of the project, then adjust all other seams, not the zipper seam. I pinned first, then stitched, then adjusted again after trying the piece on, then if it was symmetrical like an arm or leg, I used that final seam as a starting point for the other side.

I saved the shoes for last by leaving the bottom of each leg open with plenty of fabric to play with. I could not find the exact shoes with a stacked wood heel, so I used some plain black pumps I had that were about the right heel height and standard pointed closed-toe shape. I put on the jumpsuit, put on the shoes, then went mad with more pinning, and in the end, I was very happy with the results for the shoes! They look perfectly built-in to the jumpsuit!

Seven in 2003
2003 Reprise:

In the summer of 2003, Cinequest San Jose ran a costume contest with a free showing of the documentary "Trekkies" one Wednesday evening, so of all the Trek costumes I have, I thought Seven had the chance of getting the most audience votes, since they were most likely a male majority that would appreciate Spandex for its own sake. ;) Well, by audience applause it was down to the big furry Klingon and me, and even he thought I won, so he got the $75 check, but I got a t-shirt, Trader Joe's canvas bag & two bottles of decent wine, so not too bad! Of course all the Klingons wanted their photo with me, and I with them. I even had someone ask to take a photo of me with their cameraphone...heh!

Seven with the Klingons - 2003

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