Creativity Is: Wonder Woman – Renaissance Garb Crossover

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Jenn at Ms. Makes mashed up Wonder Woman and Renaissance garb with brilliant results:

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Ms. Jenn Makes on Instagram; photo by Angela (wanderings_in_wonderland).

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Ms. Jenn Makes on Instagram; photo by Angela (wanderings_in_wonderland).

It’s a version of late fifteenth century Florentine dress. Jenn describes the details:

“The outfit is based on those common in 1490’s Florence, largely documented by Domenico Ghirlandaio, and consists of a camicia, side lacing gamurra (with bead and sequin embellished neckline decoration), a set of tie on sleeves (also embellished), a velvet giornea, and a #tambourbeading embellished and faux leather belt! Other accessories include a lasso holder, faux hair braid, and a diadem […]”

She also shared some details of the costume, like the beaded collar piece

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Ms. Jenn Makes on Instagram.

…and detachable sleeves, lined, with another set of embellishments from Wonder Woman’s costume:

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Ms. Jenn Makes on Instagram.

Absolutely breathtaking! Jenn mentions using a beading technique called tambour beading, which I hadn’t heard of before. I just love learning new things from my fellow textile geeks!

Visit Jenn’s Instagram for more views and details or the Ms. Makes website for more sewing talk and tips.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Roundup of Some Black Panther Costume Design Articles

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Black Panther opens tomorrow! I am so excite! I’ve been looking forward to it since forever. Ok, not forever even if it feels like it; something to the effect of July last year is more like it.

To me, visuals have been one of the most interesting aspects of this installation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here are a few of the costume design articles I found most useful.

Discoveries: Take Back Halloween!

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Take Back Halloween is a costume guide for women. In their words:

“We’re a resource guide: we come up with the costume designs, explain what you’ll need to pull off the look, and provide links to where you can buy the various components. […]

“We love Halloween. We really love Halloween. We think it’s cool that there’s one day a year when people can dress up as anything they want. What we don’t think is cool is that increasingly women are only supposed to dress up as one thing: “Sexy _____” (fill in the blank). Sexy Nurse, Sexy Cowgirl, Sexy whatever. […]

“There’s nothing wrong with sexy (for adults), and if you want to go that route, fine. Have fun! We just want there to be other options as well.”

I couldn’t agree more – options are always good, since we’re not made in one single mold. And they run a costume contest!

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Take Back Halloween!

What we’re looking for: costumes that fit into our own costume categories here on the website. That means a goddess or mythological figure, a great queen, a notable historical person, or a glamorous star.”

Make sure to have a look at the previous winners – they are awesome!

What interests me in all this are the historical women (queens, notable women) and goddesses or mythological characters. Even browsing quickly, they seem to have a variety of options.

Take Back Halloween is the first venture from the Real History Project, which was conceived in 2010 by Suzanne Scoggins.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Cap-Inspired Outfit with Bag

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An outfit to go with my latest cross-body bag project:

Cap Inspired Bag Outfit Collage

Converse Star Player Ox shoes in radio blue / white from Amazon

Fendi Unisex FE 1026 317 square plastic eyeglasses in military grey from Overstock

Unisex Cap t-shirt in heather blue by Spicetag on Etsy

I really like the coloring of Captain America’s body armor in Winter Soldier, but it’s hard to find subtler pieces I’d consider wearing myself. So much of merchandise made on the basis of superheroes or pop culture phenomena consists of cheesy or overly cartoony designs (i.e., the stuff that’s made for little kids).

The references to Cap in this outfit are basically only visible in the blue and grey color combo and a white star on blue. And the geeky glasses. 🙂 Much more my style.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

More Mainstreamed Cosplay Patterns

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Cosplay has definitely gone mainstream. Earlier I wrote about cosplay fabrics available at everyday fabric chain stores and a line of cosplay patterns from McCall’s. But I missed that also Simplicity offers cosplay patterns. The latest of those are two packages of 18th century Scottish outfits inspired by the success of the tv-series Outlander.

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Original drawings for 18th century outfits for Simplicity cosplay patterns by Lauren at American Duchess.

Lauren (who spearheads two historical shoewear companies, American Duchess and Royal Vintage) designed both for beginning sewists; i.e., they had to be easily made with a sewing machine from modern materials.

However, she will also write a series of blog posts on how to hack her patterns into a more historically attestable dress:

“I mean that here starts a blog series that will show you various techniques that you can use to take these patterns to the next level. Such as:

  • Hand-stitched eyelets instead of metal grommets
  • Creating robings and closing the bodice with pins
  • Interior lacing, buttons, and other bodice closures
  • Drafting and applying a 1740s winged cuff
  • Redrawing bodice seams and stays boning patterns
  • Drafting skirting for the bodice, to create a jacket
  • Extending the front edges for a center front closure
  • Setting sleeves with the 18th century method
  • 18th c. hand stitching techniques for finishing edges and sewing seams
  • Fitting through the side back seams the mantua maker’s way
  • Proper silhouette through bum pads, petticoats, and more petticoats
  • Binding and facing the stays with chamois leather
  • Proper materials – wool, linen, cotton, silk
  • How the heck to get dressed

And plenty more. I have a huge list. It’s going to be great!”

Now that’s a fantastic idea – way beyond call of duty! More info in Lauren’s introductory blog post and YouTube video.

I’ve got little interest in the 1700s specifically, but I’m defnitely going to read Lauren’s articles out of textile history geekery interest. 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Cosplay Patterns Gone Mainstream

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Pattern company McCall’s has released three patters made specifically for cosplayers as part of their initiative, Cosplay by McCall’s.

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Cosplay by McCall’s.

Among other resources, McCall’s also has a cosplay blog (updated infrequently, it seems) and a photo gallery for outfits made with their patterns.

Interesting. Cosplay is certainly going mainstream (or gone already), if one of the larger patterns makers creates a line for it.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: Frock Flicks

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, Movies & TV

As a dabbler in historical wear and as a Jane Austen fan, I’m excited share with you a delightful, new-to-me resource: Frock Flicks. It’s a blog and podcast venue that critiques movies and tv shows with historical settings primarily from the costume point of view.

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Frock Flicks.

From their About page:

“Tune in to our podcasts where we rip into Hollywood’s attempt at historical costuming and talk about exactly why they’re not accurate to the eras. But we’re not just dissers — we’ll also look at costume movies we love and tell you why they’re fabulous, beautiful, fascinating films.”

You can read blog style, from newest to oldest, but you can also browse the various thematic categories. Erawise, the Ancient and Medieval categories deal with earlier garb styles, and from the 15th they proceed to 20th by century; there’s also a category for scifi and fantasy.

So far I’ve only browsed a little, but I especially enjoyed their series of posts from this fall celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries (check out the posts: first, second, third, fourth and fifth).

This is so going to become a staple in my Internet diet!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Cosplay Fabrics to Come to Jo-Ann Stores in 2016

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials

Reports from NY Comic Con bring good news for cosplayers and costume makers!

Cosplay Fabrics is a Jacksonville, FL company founded by Charlene Walls and Jody Wiener. They are specialty fabric and fashion veterans who wanted to bring a large selection of unique fabrics for cosplay designers. They partnered with cosplay superstar Yaya Han to develop a selection of fabrics for cosplayers by cosplayers, and are bringing their line to Jo-Ann stores in the U.S. in the spring 2016.

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Yaya Han’s Tumblr.

Online fabric shopping can be fine if you’re not after a specific look, feel or shade, but anything more demanding and it’s a nightmare. This is great news for in-person shoppers.

Found via Fashionably Geek.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.