Hey guys! I’m a film industry trained seamstress with over 11 years of costuming experience and multiple master level best in show awards from cosplay competitions across the country.
I’m opening up commissions for the spring and summer because I find myself with a little extra time on my hands and I’d love to work on projects for other people!
I’m opening THREE slots for now – one for this spring and two for this summer. They are first come first served and I will not be opening more until I have completed everything in my queue.
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Even if you’re not looking to commission anything right now, if you wouldn’t mind helping me spread this around, I would be sincerely grateful!
I’ve been following you since you declared you would make a new dress in reaction to the 2017 Beauty and the Beast movie, which I think is an admirable project.
In response to the recent controversy, I would like to make several points.
Point One: Why the costuming in the new movie is a big deal, and why people should care about it
I’ve got no clue about fashion and periodic clothing, but even I can see that the costuming in this movie was done badly, and with barely any regard to social norms and fashions at the time; and more importantly without any apparent respect to the actual costume designer. I’ve looked up Jacqueline Durran’s work and it’s absolutely incredible, I am absolutely in love - I never realised that she was responsible for the amazing costumes in Pride and Prejudice and Anna Karenina.
It is fairly obvious that if she had any input or advice for the costumes in Beauty and the Beast, it was disregarded. So I do not understand how those anons can hear about this and say, “Why do you care about this, it’s got nothing to do with you, get over yourself,” etc.
Because costume design is Durran’s life. It is a job she takes obviously takes pride in. She is internationally renowned in her field and winner of numerous awards, among them an Academy Award for her work on Anna Karenina. And it is not just job, it is art. As an artist myself, I know that when you make art, a bit your heart and soul goes into every piece you make.
And I love and admire Emma Watson, I really do. But taking control of an artist’s work the way she did is Not Okay for so many reasons.
The general opinion seems to be that Watson’s goal was to make this movie more feminist, and to have her costumes reflect that. But this raises the question - how is it okay from any feminist standpoint to walk all over a fully capable woman’s work? How is it okay to take a woman’s art - her job, her life - and decide that it is not good enough?
I’m not sure that that is what actually happened, but this certainly sounds as if Durran - even though she doesn’t act offended by this, so there is an unlikely chance that she was okay with it - had a plan, and Watson stamped her own opinions on those without fully understanding the intricacies of periodic clothing and the importance of fashion actually had in that period of time, never mind her lack of experience in costume design. If she had been an expert in the field, it would have been different. But she is not, she is an actress, and so she comes across as a woman who appropriated another’s work and forced her stamp on it.
So I fully understand your outrage. It is even more personal for you because this might be your future. Your work that you love and take pride in might be taken and twisted to suit someone’s opinions, and be used in a fashion that offends you personally.
(Such as wearing a dress and hiking up the for the sole purpose of revealing the bloomers worn as underwear. Honestly. No.)
Point Two: Why the changes to Belle’s characters are such a big deal
Again, People have been questioning in varying levels of politeness if you are justified in being revolted to the point of tears by the new movie.
The answer is: You are. You definitely are.
For one, and this should be a no-brainer, you have the right to have opinions, and you have the right to defend those so long as you don’t force them on anyone, which I don’t think you have done at any point unless I misinterpreted or overlooked something.
I am honestly appalled at the awful things some of those anons have been saying, and admire the bravery with which you face their hate - I for one would have a great deal of trouble dealing with that kind of toxicity.
For another, and this is the point that people just don’t seem to understand, so I will spell it out for them.
2017’s Belle is not a new Disney Princess.
“Of course, we know that, it’s a remake, dumbass.”
Yes, of course. The point is this:
The remake of Beauty and the Beast has been advertised heavily as not just that, a remake, but a movie that surpasses the original and adds to it. A movie that brings a modern Belle with it. An improved Belle.
Basically, we are told that the original Belle and her qualities are no longer valid. The New Belle is the improved and better version, a modern woman™, they are telling us that the New Belle is what women should be now. They are telling us that we should replace the Belle we grew up with and loved with the New Belle.
“So what? They’re the same character!”
Sure. They are the same character. But they are not the same person.
This wouldn’t be a problem if the original Belle and the New Belle had the same personality, now would it? But here’s the thing. They are not.
The original Belle is lovely. She’s graceful, she’s intelligent, she is sweet, kind and selfless. She‘s also soft and she gets scared, and likes pretty things, and she sees the good in people. And she’s misunderstood and an outsider in her own city, people look down on her ideals; she’d like to break free of her life, feeling that there is more for her out there.
New Belle is actually a lot of those things. But the thing is, they are prioritised differently, and it makes her different.
I’m just going to highlight the most important differences, I’ve only watched the new movie once which isn’t enough to fully analyse a character.
So. Is New Belle graceful? I would say no. Again, she hikes up her skirt and shows off her bloomers, among other things.
Is she sweet? No, not really. She’s confrontational. She had her moments, but it’s just not a defining characteristic.
As for kindness and selflessness - she was those things, but it wasn’t as pronounced as the original Belle. In portraying Belle as a strong female character, she was made more grab-the-bull-by-the-horns and less accepting.
And this New Belle doesn’t value pretty things as much. Or material things, period. She’s less soft, and more importantly, I got the feeling that she was jaded towards people - hence she was confrontational. She didn’t believe in the good of people as much. Actually, she seemed to look down on them.
I’m not saying that New Belle is a bad character per se - but she is very much different, and again, we are encouraged to look at her as better. As stronger.
Now here’s the thing that makes all of this so important.
Original Belle isn’t weak. She is strong and brave, precisely because she is kind. Because there’s incredible strength in kindness. To go out every day and be praised only for your looks and ridiculed for who you are, for your ideals, for your intelligence, for what makes you you, and still be able to smile at people and be kind to them. Original Belle never rolled her eyes. She never sighed in aggravation, she didn’t do sass. She went on with her life and stayed kind even when others were unkind towards her.
And New Belle doesn’t have that quality and she’s portrayed as strong because of it. This is the real problem. The 2017 movie tells us a woman is strong when she’s talking back and wearing bloomers, when she refuses to wear corsets, when she confronts others, when she fights. And - and this is a pretty important point actually - it tells us this vehemently. The strong™ Belle moments are all emphasised in some way (like the costumes, as you’ve pointed out), we basically get the feminist messages shoved in our faces. The movie doesn’t give us a subtle message to consider and think about at home. No, we are told a point and we are told to accept it, and fast. At least, that is the impression I got from it, and I found it uncomfortable.
The original movie doesn’t tell us about how a woman needs to be. It’s not about feminist propaganda. It tells us a story in which the heroine is kind and stays that way, and makes the best out of a bad situation in a quiet and gentle way. She’s gentle and peaceful, and that is okay. It has a love story in which one learns to look past the other’s terrible looks and sees the good within, and the other falls in love because of the qualities others laughed at her for. To me, The Beauty and the Beast is a story of acceptance.
Again, I’m not saying that New Belle is bad.
But in replacing Original Belle with New Belle and told that the latter is better and modern, we are told that the original Belle’s in this world are outdated. A thing of the past. That we should change to be like New Belle. That we aren’t enough anymore.
So this isn’t actually just a little problem. Because maybe 9 out of 10 people don’t see it that way, but the tenth? The one who grew up wanting to be just like Belle, who had posters of her all over their bedroom, who felt this Belle was their friend who would love them if they were real, who felt encouraged every time they watched the movie?
To them, seeing the new Belle will be disappointed at best, and devastated at worst. It’s like seeing a beloved friend pushed into the shadows for the louder and shinier twin sister, and not being able to do anything.
And what makes this even sadder, there will now be children who’ll grow up never knowing the original Belle.
I don’t know about you, but I think that prospect sounds really lonely.
So I hope that some people will now better understand the significance of this controversy. Absynthe–minded, I fully support you, and I wish you courage. Please know that you’re opinions are valid, you are valid, and what you do gives courage to a lot of people out there.
Thank you for being you.
this is the nicest thing anybody has said to me about this project? And also just… thank you. For understanding, and for Getting It. Thank you so much.
First time cosplaying to a con? Then follow these tips~♥♪
With comic con showing it’s head around the corner people often forget things like these due to the pressure and anxiety Comic con brings,but don’t worry! I’ll help you
1• If you’re cosplaying and you want to buy things(obviously that’s why your going) take a book bag with you to put away your merch,when someone asks for a pic just put the bag aside.
2• Take bobby pins,glue,tape whatever you need for your cosplay take it! You don’t want wardrobe malfunctions in the con.
3• If you arrive late and have to wait in line take a fan with you. Your make up will melt and your costume will get sweaty (besides we don’t want you to faint out there)
4• WIG CLIPS ARE A MUST,if you have a wig that slips off due to weight get some of these and put them on the wig. Also, if you have a large head and the wig runs small they’re tutorials on YouTube on how to stretch it slightly (but be gentle)
5• If you wear glasses TAKE THEM WITH YOU! don’t leave your glasses behind for the sake of the costume, if someone asks for your picture simply take them off and hide them in your boob or something idk but don’t leave them you’ll get a major headache without them and you won’t be able to see the prices clearly on the merchandise.
6• If you’re making your costume I beg of you not to leave it to the last minute. You’ll be stressing and your sleep cycle will get fucked up. But if you’re ordering certain things for the costume online then order months before cause sometimes they’ll say they can’t make it due to complications so that leaves you to look for another option with very little time left.
7• Don’t let your physical health get affected for the sake of the costume you’re more important than the cosplay so please take care of yourself. Also don’t starve yourself in the con either,if you’re worried about ruining the costume then just cover yourself with napkins or a snuggie but PLEASE don’t starve.
8• Be nice to other cosplayers,don’t compare yourself to the more professional looking ones either,they started out like you and me and with practice we can get as good as them too!
9• Help out the other cosplayers too! Some may have forgotten their things at home so help them out!
10• Enjoy the con and don’t be nervous. You’re wearing the cosplay people are already loosing their marbles because you’re dressed as one of their favorites!
11• PRACTICE YOUR MAKEUP BEFORE HAND! If you’re a spaz with make up like me then practice weeks before the event just so you can pick out your favorite makeup style and practice it with ease.
All of this is from personal experience and man do I wish someone would’ve told me some of these things on my first time.
hey could you explain the Bell & Clarke blue/tan shirt thing?
Hey anon! Sorry I’m replying to this so late, I just wanted to make sure I was able to think of a good answer for you.
I think a lot of it has to do with them being two sides of the same coin. And their shirts swapping colors runs throughout the entire series, not just s1 and s4. Like really. I was looking through old stills and they both literally only wear tan or blue with rare color changes in between
For reference, here’s a pic from Clarke in s1:
Tan shirt. and s2:
Blue shirt. And bellamy also wears a blue shirt in s2 (and s1 but we all already know that):
And he wears tan in s3:
I also found one more thing that I thought was interesting. The only times they wore anything but their colors (blue and tan), was when bellamy wore the mt. weather guard’s uniform (white)
And when Clarke started wearing black at the end of s2
and throughout s3
But then she’s right back to blue in s4
Look for yourself in other pictures even. Besides maybe a few times, they are always wearing these same colors and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. The fact that they swap them could also mean that they’ve really gone through everything together. They share most of the same burdens and completely understand and empathize with each other. It’s almost as if it’s an unspoken “i know you”
But really, you shouldn’t take my word for it. I honestly have no experience in costume or makeup in a field like this so please, if anyone else feels like they want to add something, feel free to do so.
These are things that work for me and help me along with my bad dysphoria days.
Tip 1: If you’re on your period and have to wear something like panties for pads or liners, wear a pair of boxers or any other looser men’s underwear over it. I don’t know why but thats really helped me the past week.
Tip 2: On a day where you feel really dysphoric about feminine features like lack of facial hair or thin eyebrows, experiment with costume makeup to give yourself full eyebrows and facial hair. Look up tutorials on youtube and make yourself look badass for a while. Tell yourself that this is only a sample of how hot you’ll look when you get hormones or surgery or whatever you’re planning.
Tip 3: If you don’t have a binder, bind your chest with a folded up camisol over the chest area
Tip 4: This one is sorta silly but works for me, but if you don’t have a packer, get a hold of some latex or nitrile gloves. You can find them in places like Sally’s, doctors offices, and hardware stores. This can also work with condoms. Stuff the thumb of the large size latex glove or the condom with something like old thin socks or tissue paper until it resembles a penis of some sort, tie it off, leaving a bit of excess. Use another glove and tie off and cut off the fingers, turn inside out after tying all but one finger in the middle, leave a bit of excess on one finger in the middle, stuff that and tie off the palm. Tie the two together so the stuffed condom/thumb lays over the stuffed palm as if it were a penis laying over balls. Use that to pack, it feels somewhat realistic (of what I can tell)
Thats all the tips I have. Reblog and add your own tips and lets just make a massive masterpost of tip sharing!
Here are the final Casca photos! This costume was a learning experience, both in sewing and in foam and thermoplastic. It was my first time patterning clothes from scratch and it turned out surprisingly well. The armor was another challenge, getting the weird smooth boob cups and the waist gave me a challenge and I have to give thanks to @arkadycosplay for helping me puzzle the chest plate out and letting me bounce ideas off of her, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without her! There’s still a few things I have to do before it’s ready to compete, but I’m really happy with it so far.