Category Archives: cosplay

The Hero’s Closet

by Gillian on March 25, 2017, no comments

Briefly: this beast is less than a month away. Can’t quite believe it, to be honest! It’s been a long, exhausting process of scraping all the useful sewing facts and techniques out of the weird corners of my brain, and I hope people take all this good stuff and run with it. Go make something rad!

Smocked scales

by Gillian on April 5, 2015, 8 comments

The project associated with those piles of silk is eating up most of my time, but I thought I’d take a minute to share a decorative technique I’ve been experimenting with for a bodice detail. I wanted some kind of fabric manipulation to contrast with the other embellishments I have planned for this piece, ideally with […]


by Gillian on March 26, 2015, no comments

This incredibly self-indulgent pile of supplies brought to you by GIVE ME AN EXCUSE, WHY DON’T YOU More on this project later – I’m off to play with my pretty, pretty silks.

Creating a raglan jacket pattern

by Gillian on January 30, 2015, 2 comments

I was all over the new Spider-Woman costume when it was unveiled a couple months back. The outfit is functional and interesting, with cool patternmaking and embellishment details, so it checked a lot of boxes for me, plus spiders are kind of a thing. I started playing with it right away, but between gift sewing and work […]

Ezio part seven: assembling the waistcoat and tails

by Gillian on December 13, 2014, no comments

When I hit the two-weeks-to-showtime mark on the Ezio project, I had exactly one piece (the shirt) assembled. I had a lot of bits and pieces cut, embroidery just about complete, embossing technique mostly sorted. Ten days out, I finally got around to basting up the waistcoat.