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Continuing to piece together the Katniss Quarter Qwell suit… #commission

Continuing to piece together the Katniss Quarter Qwell suit… #commission

75 years of Batman, you say? Have some Outsiders fun!#DragonCon 2009

75 years of Batman, you say? Have some Outsiders fun!
#DragonCon 2009

#TipTuesday Thrifting for your Costumes Many of us have put together a costume at a thrift store, using base pieces. If I need a pair of black pants, I’d rather spend $5 on a par I’m only going to wear a couple of times, vs paying $45 for them new. But even beyond the obvious pieces, there are a wealth of supplies available at bargain prices - you just have to see them in a different light! * Out of muslin to make a mock-up? Need something heavier to make an old-fashioned cape or textured material for a coat? Need a dropcloth to protect against glitter or paint? Check out the drapes, curtains and sheets section! * Can’t find the perfect boots for a costume? Look for the right silhouette and remember that you can paint them with products like NuLife and Angelus.  * I’ve also found shoes that had the right shape/size heel to pop into a zentai suit, even if the color was wrong — again, you can paint them or make a spandex sleeve for the heel. * Need to fur, leather or vinyl trim? Check out the kids sections for jackets that you can cut up. Kids outgrow their clothing so quickly that they’ll probably be in great shape! And stuffed animals can be cannibalized for fur as well. * Need sequins or rhinestones? Check the bridal gowns and prom dresses * Check the mens and ladies belts when you need straps. Need nylon web straps? Look at old school back-packs. * I stuff bras like they’re going out of style, so I hit up the lingerie section to buy bras super cheap. * If you’ve seen my Captain Britain costume, the mask for that started as a plastic wastebasket I found for a couple of dollars (and let me tell you, I got some funny looks while I was trying buckets on my head, looking for the right shape). All you have to do is see the things in the thrift stores as what the basic pieces and parts are, and then re-purpose them as needed!

#TipTuesday Thrifting for your Costumes

Many of us have put together a costume at a thrift store, using base pieces. If I need a pair of black pants, I’d rather spend $5 on a par I’m only going to wear a couple of times, vs paying $45 for them new. But even beyond the obvious pieces, there are a wealth of supplies available at bargain prices - you just have to see them in a different light!

* Out of muslin to make a mock-up? Need something heavier to make an old-fashioned cape or textured material for a coat? Need a dropcloth to protect against glitter or paint? Check out the drapes, curtains and sheets section!

* Can’t find the perfect boots for a costume? Look for the right silhouette and remember that you can paint them with products like NuLife and Angelus.

* I’ve also found shoes that had the right shape/size heel to pop into a zentai suit, even if the color was wrong — again, you can paint them or make a spandex sleeve for the heel.

* Need to fur, leather or vinyl trim? Check out the kids sections for jackets that you can cut up. Kids outgrow their clothing so quickly that they’ll probably be in great shape! And stuffed animals can be cannibalized for fur as well.

* Need sequins or rhinestones? Check the bridal gowns and prom dresses

* Check the mens and ladies belts when you need straps. Need nylon web straps? Look at old school back-packs.

* I stuff bras like they’re going out of style, so I hit up the lingerie section to buy bras super cheap.

* If you’ve seen my Captain Britain costume, the mask for that started as a plastic wastebasket I found for a couple of dollars (and let me tell you, I got some funny looks while I was trying buckets on my head, looking for the right shape).

All you have to do is see the things in the thrift stores as what the basic pieces and parts are, and then re-purpose them as needed!

Mesh-over-fabric pieces are assembled for the Katniss Quarter Qwell commission I’m working on!

Mesh-over-fabric pieces are assembled for the Katniss Quarter Qwell commission I’m working on!

Playing with placement #flashgordon

Playing with placement #flashgordon

After a long run of sewing, it’s nice to do some crafty stuff! Working on my Aquarium outfit for #DragonCon !

After a long run of sewing, it’s nice to do some crafty stuff! Working on my Aquarium outfit for #DragonCon !

The #WonderUggs are on…time to buckle down on some cosplay!

The #WonderUggs are on…time to buckle down on some cosplay!

I have no idea what the Food-Giver is saying, do you? Look cute and fuzzy, just in case there are treats…

I have no idea what the Food-Giver is saying, do you? Look cute and fuzzy, just in case there are treats…

#TBT #ThrowbackThursday

Since my feed is filled with Asgard, here’s my Enchantress from 2006, a costume I really need to remake at some point, as it’s sadly been damaged in storage. The last time she came out was when I helped to MC the costume contest at the Atlanta Comics Expo in 2008. Bonus pic of me hoisting the silly thing up since the corset wasn’t laced as tightly as it could have been - being evil sometimes has it’s moments!

Cape and boots now completed for Thursday night silliness at #DragonCon!
Comfy costumes for running around in are one of my favorite things about Thursday’s at DragonCon…though I expect this one will show up at least once more that weekend!

Cape and boots now completed for Thursday night silliness at #DragonCon!

Comfy costumes for running around in are one of my favorite things about Thursday’s at DragonCon…though I expect this one will show up at least once more that weekend!