Here’s some of my favorite techniques, effects, and materials used on/in costumes. Note: I may like the effect of certain techniques, but not necessarily creating them - they often require a lot of tedious labor!!
Not in any particular order.
An ombre effect is my favorite thing in the world. I wish I had it on everything. And it appears a LOT in the Phantom masquerade costumes, which I always appreciated.
It’s so crisp and neat, compared to a more “sloppy” look of gathering. Note: I don’t think gathering looks bad! I just like the effect of pleats more.
Give me iridescence over silver or diamond or pearl any day. I love it - it’s like pearlized pastel rainbow! But cameras just never do justice when taking photos of iridescent stuff :/
Embroidery & Beading
Oh, how I love embroidery & beading! The average person would never understand how much time it takes to do both. It’s such a rich, royal, intricate addition to any costume.
Appliques & Gems
I love bling-ing things up with shiny sequined or beaded appliques and rhinestone/crystal gems!
Maybe it’s my inner-cat, but I literally have an obsession with tassels, and I will use them wherever I can (I’ll sneak them in, like on dressing gown #3 below). They’re just FUN and they move and they are fascinating *bats them*
Sheer and/or Lacy Drapery
I love how delicate the effect is. And sometimes ghostly :)
Especially on satins and charmeuse, and sometimes velvet.
I love a sheer edging made from tulle. I don’t get to utilize it a lot in replicas but I used it in my custom evening gown :)
I love mixing metal with soft fabrics, or decorating something and giving it an armor-esque and ornate look.
I don’t know why I love these things but I just DO! I’ve loved decorating costumes and accessories with them ever since I started sewing. Perhaps it’s a kind of woodland-fairy-esque element of wearing something natural like flowers. They’re just kind of magical.
Lacing & Mock Lacing
I like this element because it adds intricacy and a… historical element into a garment. Whether it’s for function or fashion, I love the sense of the past and the historical look it gives.
This woven trim reminds me of embroidery that I love so much.
Another thing I don’t get to utilize very often unless I’m doing a hat!! Another cat-like interest :)
Embroidered, beaded, colored… especially ones that combine all these techniques! I love just staring at embroidered tulle lace on eBay. It’s so pretty.
Photos are all from costumes I’ve made, or stuff I’ve stashed away for new costumes :) From top to bottom: Star Princess #3, Wishing Gown #2, Movie-Version Dressing Gown [abandoned], Mandarin Robe, Star Princess #2, Hannibal #4, Wishing Gown #1, Dressing Gown #3, Blue Striped Victorian Gown, Elvira Gown, Black Evening Gown, Dressing Gown #11, Red Evening Gown, Triton #1, Hannibal #2, Serafimo Maid, Red Death Bear, Aminta #2, Serafimo Maid, Wandering Child Hat, Countess [not started], Aminta #2.