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Atomic criss-cross dress

I’ve been working on my pattern-making skills lately.  After drafting my own basic block – a plain fitted dress pattern used as the base for creating more complicated styles – I tried making a few of my own designs. This style was my favorite, so after trying it out in muslin, I made it into […]

Practice skirt for German tailoring exam, Part 1

I’m still working through my apprenticeship as a tailor here in Germany. Partway through last fall, I was able to skip from the first year to the second year of the program. So, this April, I reached the halfway point of the (usually) three-year apprenticeship – which is marked by a big tailoring exam.

Apprenticed as a woman’s bespoke tailor and …tired

Hi there… remember me? It’s been forever since I last posted. I have been struggling to write the last few months. I worked so long on the same project, Marie Jokerette’s dress, that after a while, I couldn’t convince myself that anyone would be interested in continuing to hear about the same project. So even though […]

How I trimmed Jokerette’s skirt (and almost tore my hair out in frustration)

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Jokerette’s skirt is made from the same pattern I used for her petticoats – trimmed with a raggedy ruffle and striped puffs of silk. It’s made from an iridescent taffeta I had in my stash. Yay stashbusting! Iridescent fabric didn’t exist in the 18th century, but that’s a detail I’m willing to overlook for this costume.

Genderbend Joker Antoinette’s Decadent Stomacher

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Here are a more details on one aspect of my genderbend joker cosplay – the stomacher. I made it from two dupioni silk pillowcases (pictured here) I bought at a thrift store for less than 2 euros. It has all sorts of fabulous texture – can you guess what stitching technique I used???

Finished Costume at Comic Con Germany!!

Hey! I’m sorry I didn’t keep up with posting about making my Joker Antoinette costume. My excuse: I’ve been sewing like a nut for the past three weeks. The closer I got to the deadline, the farther behind I fell on getting everything done.