There’s been some interesting posts about Costume College lately, mostly directed at newcomers or potential attendees. I thought I’d add my own insights after having just marked my 10th consecutive CoCo. Because, you know, life is not complete without Sarah’s over-sharing commentary about some type of costuming activity. I think it does help to see that there’s… Continue reading Thoughts in the CoCo aftermath: Challenges
Threads has put out a free pdf of their basic sloper instructions, along with a sped-up video of the process: A fast look at pattern drafting. One thing to note here is that the sped up video is supposed to make it seem easy… I think it does the opposite, really. I’ve been drafting patterns for… Continue reading Threads Magazine Pattern drafting tutorial
Using a good iron is essential to enjoying the process of ironing, let me tell ya. I’m someone who loves to iron, and using a crappy iron can me me hate the process just as much as the next person. A couple of days ago, my darling boyfriend fixed my trusty Rowenta Master DG580 steam… Continue reading I
No doubt, if you’re prone to looking for fabric online, you’ve run across the term “art silk” before. The term crops up on places like eBay and Etsy when you search for “silk” or for saris, and it’s never specifically stated exactly what it is. I’m here to clear up the confusion! Art silk is… Continue reading What the heck is Art Silk?
I’m on the hunt again for fabrics, satin specifically, and of course I’m running into the age-old (well, internet-age-old) issue of sellers calling anything that’s shiny “satin.” Drives me up a freaking wall! Charmeuse, georgette, even shantung are all being described as “satin.” So first, let’s clear this up: Satin is a weave. It is… Continue reading Satin Worship