Saturday, August 20, 2011

Men's movie & anime costume patterns

Thinking about Halloween costumes yet? You should be! Here's a couple patterns I just listed to help you along.


L to R pattern description and costume suggestions:

Row 1: Morpheus & Neo in Matrix Reloaded.
Neo's coat in the first movie was more a western style duster with a regular collar & 'V' insets on the shoulders. Morpheus' coat, if you want to be as accurate as possible, should be done in a black alligator skin-looking vinyl. But, that can be mighty pricey so you may just opt for a nice black vinyl.
The pattern suggests velcro closures. Bleh. If you prefer buttons, like I do, here's excellent instruction on how to do so: . Or, sew in a nice long zipper to go for that Skinny Puppy - Pro-test look! Word. (If you know the band & video you know what I'm talking about ;D)

Sherlock Holmes, Van Helsing, Full Metal Alchemist, Uryū Ishida
My hubby thinks the coat on the left (blue) looks Van Helsing but it would need some tweaking with lots of buckles, straps, top stitching galore and the back reshaped and topstitched. If you want to get as close as possible to the movie costume, anyway!
I think it would be an excellent beginning to a coat for an Uryū Ishida costume, from the anime Bleach, personally. It would also be a good start for a Full Metal Alchemist (another anime) military outfit.
The coat on the right is obviously a Sherlock Holmes style. The pattern even includes the sleuth cap. But if you're good at playing with patterns it could be turned into an Alucard, of the Hellsing anime, coat by shortening and attaching the front edges of the cape to sleeves inner seam rather than have it come all the way to the center front.

Row 2: Victorian travel/driving coats, Interview with a Vampire, Steampunk, Doctor Who
This pattern is a basic men's Victorian driving coat and it includes a pattern for your lady! We know how cold it get's in October here in NA so this would be perfect to throw over your Lestat, Louis or any other Vampire Chronicles character. Louis & Lestat wear something similar in the first movie, if you want to get picky.
And, of course, there's the every popular steampunk stylings. Are you a time traveling mad doctor? A Jules Verne type of adventurer? Well then, you need a coat, don't you?
Shorten the coat to the knee, make it out of brown wool with no top stitching and guess what you have? The coat for Tom Baker's Doctor Who, that's what!

Civil War, Victorian/Steampunk, Firefly
Here we have Civil War North & South uniforms. Confederate is on the left and Union is on the right. I can not say if these are historically accurate for reenactment but I'm betting they'd be a good place to start if you're wanting to make your own.
This pattern is Victorian era regardless and can be used to get you going on some nice steampunk outfits too.
Also, if you lengthen the one on the right to about the knee, stitch it up in brown suede, add wide leather cuffs (or faux if you prefer), don't forget the splits at the side seams aka gun flaps, and guess what you made? A Firefly Browncoat! The previous Victorian driving coat is also a good basis for a Firefly Browncoat.

More patterns can be found in my Etsy supply shop:
I also have ladies costumes, beads and trim for sale so be sure to check it all out!

xx ~Static

Monday, August 1, 2011

August Headbands

I'm baaaack with more headbands!

I've been busy and forgot to post the batch of headbands I did in July (most of those are gone now anyway, hurray!) but here's some of August's...

L to R:
Cherry Bombs at Midnight <--last one!, Haunted Carnival (big square), Rusted Gold
Flashlights in the Boneyard, Naughty & Nice, Rue Dreadful


Also today is your last chance for my 25% off sale section. So check it out before you miss out!

xx ~Static

MrsEvils' Giraffa Vampyrocamelopardis

Letter to MrsEvils:

I found this little guy wandering through my backyard. And, I believe this might be a new and previously unknown species: Giraffa Vampyrocamelopardalis! Why do I believe this is so, you ask? Well, the tiny, sucked-dry carcasses strewn about my yard, for one, and those deep red eyes I think are pretty good clues. Granted, I suppose a freak swarm of vampire bats could have done it. But, the little giraffe did come scratching at my door just before sunrise. Or, was it just sizing up the cats for breakfast? It also tends to suddenly be rather close by if you nick yourself with anything. Who knew something so small could move so quickly!

  I'm not quite sure how Giraffa Vampyrocamelopardalis survive, being bright yellow and all, but maybe they just charm their victims with their cuteness. Or, maybe, after a nip to an ankle all one would ever see would be a slight yellow blur out of the corner of their eye before it even has a chance to register with the brain.

  It's getting a bit frail being locked in my sewing room and it refuses food except for bloody bits of hamburger. Watch your fingers around this little bugger, is all I'm saying. Anyway I thought who better to take care of a mini, and possibly vampiric, giraffe but you? I know how much you love mini giraffe.

  Well, it's standing on the table glaring at me. I think it knows it's going into the box. I better get it in there before it starts stalking the cats. Again. I hope you don't find my severed fingers in along with it!


MrsEvils has wanted a miniature giraffe for a long time. But I doubt she was expecting a vampiric one! Eeeheehee...

This ebil little giraffe was completely cut and stitched by hand, stands apx 10" high and has wires in the legs to help it stand.

xx ~Static

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