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, 11 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.