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Costume Making

Everything costume. From Halloween to period costume making and everything in between!

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Latest Activity: Aug 23, 2017


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Sew a Troll Inspired Princess Poppy Costume - A Free Video Tutorial and PDF Pattern from FleeceFun

An easy to sew Princess Poppy costume pattern and step-by-step video tutorial from…Continue

Tags: pattern, free, epattern, sewing, easy

Started by Susan Aug 23, 2017.

Make A Kids Shark Costume With A Hoody (With Teeth & Fin!) 5 Replies

More Halloween Costume Ideas:…Continue

Tags: fish, costumes, ideas, DIY, kids

Started by Susan. Last reply by Susan Oct 21, 2014.

Teen Halloween Costumes - 2014 by Tara Michelle

Costumes Created:1) Burglar/Robber Costume2) 50 Shades of Grey Costume3) Miley Cyrus Costume4) Social Media Costume…Continue

Tags: diys, easy, costume, ideas, costume_ideas

Started by Susan Oct 21, 2014.

Sewing with brocade 1 Reply

This is especially directed at Carolyn, since you've undoubtedly worked with brocades. But everyone feel free to chime in. I am making a choli (Folkwear #144)- cropped backless top, wrap front,…Continue

Tags: brocade, costume, dance, choli

Started by Barbara Eaton. Last reply by Athena's Grove Jul 24, 2013.

Winter Bonnets 2 Replies

I have been working on woolen bonnets for living history events. I am looking for patterns or pictures of woolen or knitted crochet bonnets that will actually be warm as well as attractive. I've…Continue

Started by Ann. Last reply by Marlys Leder Mar 29, 2012.

How To Survive in Your Costuming Biz Even After Halloween! 1 Reply

This forum post regards to ideas, advice even rants in to the business of Costume design. Whether you freelance design work to individuals, family and friends to wardrobe design for an upcoming…Continue

Started by Pieces of Anarnia. Last reply by Cheryl Peters May 2, 2011.

Anyone interested in Victorian era dresses? 7 Replies

I just joined and am hoping to find others who re-create dresses and other items from the Victorian period. I make dresses from the hoop and bustle era and although I do some custom sewing for…Continue

Started by Ann. Last reply by Ann Feb 7, 2011.

Help me please 2 Replies

i think that holloween is the best time of the year and i need help please . I'm uneployed right now and i am tring to make a leotard for a costume . ito start off i dont have the use of a serger so…Continue

Started by anthony vallee. Last reply by Pieces of Anarnia Sep 5, 2010.

Modern to Vintage

I'd like to start a discussion on ways of using things that can be found in thrift, antique and other shops and converted to be of a civil war, bustle era costume or later eras. Have you found…Continue

Started by Ann Jan 5, 2010.

Christmas photo - corset 7 Replies

hi my name is Mandyevery year i make a costume for my christmas photo.some years they have been very basic, other years a little more complicated, but usually very cheap.this year i want to try a…Continue

Tags: generator, pattern, corset

Started by Mandy. Last reply by Mandy Sep 16, 2009.

Belly Dance Costumes and other loves 8 Replies

I love to sew Belly Dance costumes more than almost anything else. The fabrics needed are soooooo beautiful, there is a lot of room for individual creativity and (perhaps best of all) there's no such…Continue

Started by Carolyn de Leeuw. Last reply by Carolyn de Leeuw Sep 4, 2009.

BBC Archive Fashion 1 Reply very interesting programmes - some from 1957 - using…Continue

Started by Jill. Last reply by Larisa Feb 8, 2009.

Ballroom Dance Costumes

I am interested in trying to make a Latin style ballroom dance costume but can't find much information out there. Does anyone know of any links or places I could check out for dress patterns, lycra…Continue

Started by Joggingmom Oct 19, 2008.

does anyone have any professional clown patterns? 1 Reply

i am going into the professional clown business, and i would like to know where i can acquire a pattern.

Started by carol. Last reply by Debora McFearin as VintageNeedle Jun 22, 2008.

Comment Wall

Comment by Carolyn de Leeuw on March 26, 2008 at 11:59pm
Costumes? I'm in!
Comment by lisa on March 27, 2008 at 5:26pm
I would love to make my own belly dance costume BUT don't know where to start. It looks quite easy though. Yes I am confirmed belly dancer but not a performer. Just for therapy and excercise.
Comment by branddanser on March 27, 2008 at 5:58pm
Hey Lisa,
Wow, belly dancing sounds great. I think there should be some info. on the internet for that, no sure, I have friends whom belly dance
I'm a beginner with costumes, off and on with sewing altogether. I will be taking a class in May to make a waist cincher & in June a Victorian corset.
Good luck...keep me posted.
Comment by branddanser on March 27, 2008 at 6:00pm
Hi Carolyn,

Glad you & Lisa joined. I love costumes, do you have a favorite time period or style? What is your experiece?
Comment by Carolyn de Leeuw on March 27, 2008 at 6:12pm
Lisa, it just so happens that I have been making belly dance costumes for almost 10 years! I would be happy to give you advice, whatever you need! Where do you live?
Comment by branddanser on March 28, 2008 at 11:53am
16th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design
January 28 through April 12, 2008

Viewing times for the free exhibition will be Monday through Saturday, 10:00am until 5:00pm. The Galleries will be closed Easter Weekend, March 21 through 23.

FIDM is located at:
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Comment by lisa on March 29, 2008 at 7:01pm
hi everyone, i live in the uk surrey. ive been doing belly dance for the last 5 yrs. my friend who is also a belly dance teacher has now moved to im looking for a new teacher. originally im from singapore but have lived in the uk for over 20yrs. married to a swedish and have 3 boys. do u teach or do u run a workshops?
Comment by Carolyn de Leeuw on March 29, 2008 at 9:56pm
Hi LIsa,
Yes I do teach but I live in Canada, so not much use to you. I'm not even familiar with the Belly Dance scene in the UK so can't make any recommendations. Sorry!
I can, however, help you with the BD costume sewing. Let me know what you want to start with and I will give what advice I can!
Comment by Amethyst on April 17, 2008 at 11:25pm
Hello folks! I've done theatre costuming in the past, and I still love it, and would love to do it again. Glad to meet you all!
Comment by Beverley on May 31, 2008 at 8:48am
Hello - new to this from Tennessee and I love sewing medieval costumes Any thoughts or hints would be appreciated. Thanks!


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