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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.

Joker Antoinette’s Undies, Part 5: The Petticoats

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Last time: I’m making period 18th century underwear for my Joker/Marie Antoinette cosplay; design here; about the shift; Making the corset here and here; About the hip padding; A free downloadable pattern for my hip pads here. The final layer of Joker Antoinette’s underwear is the petticoats.  Women back then wore three or four petticoats under their dresses. But […]

FREE sewing pattern!!!! Make 18th cen. hip pads that hold water bottles!

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Last time: I’m making period 18th century underwear for my Joker/Marie Antoinette cosplay. (Design here. See first, second, third and fourth posts about making underwear.) I’m taking a break from documenting making 18th century underwear. Today is giveaway day – I’m sharing a FREE sewing pattern I made for hip pads that double as water bottles holders! Is this an […]

Joker Antoinette’s Undies, Part 4: Padding Galore!

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Last time: I’m making period 18th century underwear for my Joker/Marie Antoinette cosplay. (Design here. See first, second and third posts about making underwear.) Next on my list for Joker Antoinette is giving her proper hip and booty padding under her skirt. I did a bunch of research, though I didn’t find much, other than this satirical cartoon: