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My girlfriend cosplaying as Illyria. [26 Oct 2011|02:38pm]

My girlfriend (astr0babe) made this costume from scratch and entered it into a contest on Facebook. (For those unfamiliar, it's Illyria from the series "Angel". If you'd like to vote for her, all you have to do is click the pic below then press 'like'. I hope you enjoy!!

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You can also click (here) to see the details of how she made her costume! Hope you enjoy!
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RAVE GEAR COMMISSIONS [26 Sep 2010|10:08pm]

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DISCOVERY [04 Aug 2010|12:35am]

Heavy duty strapping used to attach lumber to pallets for shipment to home depot = ENDLESS SUPPLY OF FREE CORSET BONING.

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Ideas? [18 Jan 2010|05:11pm]

If you were asked to create a "carnival/sideshow freak/horror" costume.. what would you base it off? For both male and female.
I'm having a mind blank, the obvious would be clowns, ring master etc.. but does anyone have other ideas?

X-Posted a bit, sorry.
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Hello world! [24 Sep 2009|09:01pm]

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Not too sure on where to start, so this may be kind of random lol. I'm 21 and enjoy reading, writing, spinning poi, listening to music, photography, dance, raving, cosplay, modeling, designing, art in general, etc. I'm currently working on making a portfolio for photography; making cosplay outfits; and also trying to commission raver phat pants as a side hobby. Here's mine that I made as an example:


Apart from that I'm trying to get into the staging industry for a normal job, which I'm excited about. Can't really think of anything else to say! Feel free to talk to me; I love socializing lol!

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Wow! [03 Sep 2009|06:11pm]

Shawna Trpcic, costume designer for Firefly, Dr. Horrible, and Dollhouse, will be Costuming Guest of Honor at SiliCon 2009!
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Civil War Re-enacting Clothing for Sale [23 Aug 2009|11:57pm]

Here is a listing of all of my Civil War clothing pieces for sale on EBay. They are all in excellent condition, with no reserve price. Starting bid is set at $9.99

Three Boned hoopskirt
Lot of two aprons, a set of bloomers and a underskirt
Dark plaid day skirt
Light striped day skirt
Black day working bonnet
White canvas working shoulder bag
Formal Blue satin day bonnet
Lot of two hairpieces
White, boned working corset
Gothic Black Gown with Medievil Style Gauze Sleeves
Reversible Renaissance corset
Steampunk/Victorian red raw silk dress with black lace, beading and fringe

The following is listed with a $175 dollar reserve:
Medici style ballgown in cream and emerald green moire silk taffeta

In case anyone wants random items too...Collapse )
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Colonial Civil War Medici style ballgown [02 Jun 2009|08:36pm]

After much thought and consideration, I have decided to sell my ball gown. I used to be very active in Civil War Reenactments, and this was my labour of love.

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This is a one of a kind piece, hand-made with love and attention to detail. Don't settle for mass-manufactured ballgowns..go with something unique and beautiful as you are. My reserve is set at $200, which is a steal for such a gorgeous piece.

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Beautiful David's Bridal dress for sale! [23 May 2008|09:53pm]

If you're looking for a beautiful, only-worn-once dress, you've come to the right place! I wore it as a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding, and it's been hanging nicely in the closet ever since. I love it, but I'm pregnant at the moment and could really use some extra money! I'm 5'1" and it has been professionally altered to fit my height, but it was still touching the floor when I wore it. Here's the info:


You can also see it at http://davidsbridal.com/bridesmaids_bycolor_detail.jsp?stid=1552&sid=4649&cfid=44

Bought from: David's Bridal
Size: 4
Color: Apple
I Paid: $160
You Pay: Make an offer!

Any questions? Just ask!
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Costume-Con 26 and Flickr: Spread the word! [30 Apr 2008|02:15pm]

The photo workflow office is back in Orange County, and is still working like mad to process the over 20,000 pictures that volunteers shot and turned in. It's going to take a few days for these to get uploaded.

But don't wait! There's hope!

If you're a Flickr member, and you shot photos at Costume-Con 26, please consider adding your convention sets to the Costume-Con 26 group photo pool. We've already got two members who have added their sets, but we would love to see more.
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Set-in sleeves? [13 Mar 2008|04:42pm]

Hi there! Just joined.

I have an odd question that I'm hoping someone can help me with.

I got a book on historical costuming for the stage. The book is laid out by early/middle/late centuries, from Egyptian to Victorian eras. I noticed that, in the book, set-in sleeves (is that the term? Sleeves as we see on most modern tops, where they're cut separately from the body of the garment) don't show up until after the early 14th century.

Is this accurate? Was there suddenly some discovery around that time that made people say, "Oh ho! If I cut it this way, I won't have saggy armpits!" Or is this simply shown as it is in the book because the costumes are meant to be viewed from a distance, and the set-in sleeves are not required to fake pre-14th century garb?

Thank you for any help you can give. :)
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CC26 Food/Bev tour plans [10 Mar 2008|04:31pm]

Have you been asking yourself
"Why should I go to San Jose for Costume-Con?"

Well, you should go to San Jose because Costume-Con is there. While you're in San Jose, though, the Bay Area beckons with unique opportunities for fun. If you're in to decadent food and beverage, we've definitely got you covered.

Come out a day early. Check in to our hotel on Wednesday night, because on Thursday morning (4/24) chocolate awaits!

It's about an hour's trip to Berkeley, but it's worth it. Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker is a first-tier chocolate manufacturer, starting with the raw beans and controlling every step in the process of making the best small-batch chocolate in the country. After the tour, we'll take lunch at Café Cacao, right in the Scharffen Berger factory.

From lunch we'll continue the short jaunt from Scharffen Berger to St. George Spirits, a cradle of craft-distilling in the US. Located at the northwest end of Naval Air Station Alameda (a site familiar to the fans of Mythbusters) in an old hangar, St. George Spirits is classic Schwartzwald, Germany transplanted to California. Under the St. George name, Jörg, Lance and their crew distill eaux de vie, liqueuers and a superb single-malt whisky. Their recent Absinthe release rocked the spirits world. They're also well-known for distilling the "Hangar One" series of flavored vodkas. In a partnership with John Scharffenberger, they produce "Qi" tea liqueurs and "Essence of Cacao" perfume. Taste carefully.

If a chocolate maker and a distiller aren't enough, you'll have to wait until Tuesday (4/29). They're more than enough for any single day.

If you stay until Tuesday, you can ensure your California visit is complete. Our Tuesday food & beverage tour is wine tasting. Forget Napa and Sonoma, though; they're a long drive and expensive to boot. Much closer to San Jose is the Livermore Valley, home to Lawrence Livermore Labs and the oldest wine-growing region in California.

Livermore is still a town of boutique wineries where 5000 cases a year is big production and folks squander their retirement making small amounts of great wine. Bent Creek Winery is a great example of this, run by best friends who retired from the Livermore School district, and wizards with Syrah. Cedar Mountain Winery has been making wine a bit longer, and this pair of retired physicists from Lawrence Livermore Lab are well-known for their award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Finally, it wouldn't be Livermore without someone who retired from the wine business to run a winery, and Thomas Coyne Winery, housed in the oldest standing winery in California, has made a name working with ugly-duckling grapes like Malbec, Petit Verdot and Mourvédre. We'll be stopping at all three, and (like almost every day in almost every tasting room in Livermore) the wine makers will be present.

Please, plan to stay the extra days and enjoy the region. As the convention approaches, we'll be working out the logistics of these trips. If you're interested in going on either tour, email fbtours@cc26.org

On the web:
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Makers

Café Cacao

St. George Spirits

Hangar One Vodka

Bent Creek Winery

Cedar Mountain Winery

Thomas Coyne Winery
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A "Costumers' Holiday" surprise for you! [31 Oct 2007|01:19pm]

In celebration of one of our favorite costumed holidays, I'm happy to announce that Costume-Con 26 weekend membership rates will not increase tonight as originally planned.

Adult Weekend Memberships will remain at the current price of $85 for the remainder of 2007, with a planned rate increase on January 1, 2008.

This means that you can purchase memberships for your friends as holiday gifts! Which holiday? Diwali is right around the corner...
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You know you want to... [15 Jun 2007|05:54pm]

Costume-Con 26, Adventures in the Costume Continuum, April 25-28, 2008
Get your own Costume-Con 26 link banner!
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osaka_outfits [28 May 2007|08:34pm]

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Brand-name, vintage, thrift store - I have it all! And I love trades :)
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Now it can be read! [11 May 2007|03:11pm]


The second edition of the Costume-Con 26 Progress Report, *Seams To Me* (PDF), is on its way to registered members, which means it's now available to download from www.cc26.info!

Get the latest on our comfy hotel, our fabulous dealers' room, our stunning exhibits, and the eagerly-awaited Fashion Folio rules! Download the PR now, but beware – it’s so full of goodies it may take a little while to load!

You'll need the free Acrobat reader to view the downloadable version.

Of course, CC26 members receive a copy in the mail – if you’re not a member, you can register online and be sure of getting the next PR delivered directly to your door, as well as being able to get in on the education, competition, art, and pleasure of spending a weekend with fellow costumers and costume lovers!

Costume-Con is a premiere venue for professional and hobbyist costumers to meet, compete, share, and socialize. CC-26 takes place April 25-28, 2008 in San Jose, CA. Stay up to date with Costume-Con 26! Write us at info@cc26.info if you have questions or want to volunteer.

Please forward freely.

Costume-Con is a registered service mark of Karen Dick, used by permission.
CC26! Adventures in the Costume Continuum is a project of The Unconventional Foundation.

Just copy this code into your LiveJournal editor to repost, but make sure it's set to "HTML" edit mode...
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Reserve your room now for Costume-Con 26 [01 May 2007|01:36pm]


Room reservations for Costume-Con 26 at the Doubletree San Jose are now open!

How to reserve your room for Costume-Con 26

Room rates are $92.00 for single through quad occupancy. You can to make reservations online at www.dtsj.com, www.doubletree.com or at www.hilton.com. Please use group code C26 to get the Costume-Con 26 rate. In addition, we will soon have a link from the Costume-Con website to our own personalized reservations page.

You can also make reservations by calling the Doubletree's toll free reservation number, 800-222-TREE (8733) or by calling the Doubletree San Jose directly at 408-453-4000 and mentioning Costume-Con 26.

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Feel free to repost this information in its entirety.

Kevin Roche
Costume-Con 26 Convention Chair

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Historical costume [21 Apr 2007|10:00pm]

So is Butterick 3640 good for a Marie Antoinette costume?

And does B4484 go underneath, or is that pattern for another era?

And finally, has anyone worked with either of these patterns before? Thanks!
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