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Sapphire Phelan
June 21st, 2007, 09:36 AM
This is my hobby since 1972--costuming. Why do I do it, and what is it, you say? It;s the designing, making or sewing amd wearing of costumes (at SF conventions, plus events and charity events if part of a costuming group). My husband shares this hobby with me. Ever heard of the 501st? He has stormtrooper armor and is a member. I was a member--had a black Imperial officer uniform, like those that hang around darth vader. Just lost weight and no longer can wear it. I am a meber of the Rebel Legion (lightside of Star Wars costuming) with my jedi costume. I also have a Tuskan (Sandpeople) costume hubby and I made together, but it's not a part of either organization. Here is the links for 501st and R.L: http://www.501st.com/ and http://www.rebellegion.com/index.asp?IE=8 .
If you go to http://fantasticdreams.50megs.com/about.html you'll see me in my Delenn of Babylon 5 costume and yes, I have my blonde hair (long then) stuffed under that wig with the latex bonepiece. It garnered me Best in Show and for worksmanship for two different masquerades of conventions.
Between me and hubby, we've done Lord of the Rings, medieval, 1600s, pirate, Star Trek uniform, Klingon, other Star Wars costumes in our earlier years, Stargate SG-1, other B5 costumes, Elven and fairy and more costumes. If anyone is going to Dragon this year (http://dragoncon.org ) you might catch me or hubby in one of our csotumes. And I plan on attending RT next year and making costumes for those parties will be easy for me.
Reasons to do it: have a super costume for Halloween--even win one of those costume contests at a bar, taking going to conventions a whole new level of fun, able to attend ren fires and become part of the revelry, join organizations like SCA or Adrian Empire and learn of the Middle Ages by becoming part of it, and more. Besides the fact to see how well and close you can come to making that neat costume of the alien in your fave TV show or movie.
Some useful costuming websites to check out--you can find more by googling cotuming always:

http://www.costumepage.org/
http://www.milieux.com/costume/
http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Design_Arts/Stagecraft/Costuming/
http://www.ravensgard.org/gerekr/costume.html
http://www.renfaire.com/Costume/
http://www.costuming.org/
http://www.costumegallery.com/BB/
http://moas.atlantia.sca.org/wsnlinks/index.php?action=displaycat&catid=10
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/crafts/historical-costuming/
http://www.sempstress.org/
http://www.shira.net/costuming.htm
http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/
http://www.padawansguide.com/
http://costumes.narniaweb.com/
http://www.costumebeginner.com/
http://www.bdancer.com/med-guide/suppl/costumecare.html
http://www.amazon.com/Critter-Costuming-Mascots-Fabricating-Fursuits/dp/0967817072
http://www.phillyburbs.com/zombies/costume.shtml
http://sca-garb.freeservers.com/articles/larger.html
http://sca-garb.freeservers.com/articles/howtolinks.html
http://www.skaro.com/costume.html
http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/
http://upstagereview.org/Costumesarts.html


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Karenne
June 22nd, 2007, 12:05 AM
WOW! How long does it take to make your costumes? I mean ..I know it can't be the same with all, but ...it would seem to be very time consuming.

Lainey
June 22nd, 2007, 05:31 AM
MY one niece who has the proverbial day job took theatre arts in school and even with her college degree in it went on to go for makeup and certified there but she loved doing makeup, hair and COSTUMING .. I should get her to post on here and she loves to read .. let me see what I can do her hobby is her special effects and makeup for movies and other projects, plays, photoshoots and the like. She is but 25 but very good and has a few movie credits as an assistant makeup artist but she also still does costuming and the like too ...

Will ask her to join.

Lainey

lkhunsaker
June 22nd, 2007, 02:33 PM
What a cool hobby! My mom is a clogger and the designated designer/seamstress for her group. Same principle; different genre. ;-) I only sew with uncomplicated patterns and haven't done that in ages.

Love the photo of you in 'uniform'!

Sapphire Phelan
June 28th, 2007, 03:59 PM
Depending on the costume, done one in a few hours while watching Tv, another couple months. I've gotten faster and it's easier with experience. :D
Sapphire Phelan

angie1313
July 1st, 2008, 03:19 PM
that sounds like alot of fun but unfortunately there aren't too many places out here in the Midwest do go costuming...:tear: