Sunday, November 1, 2015

Closing of a Chapter

The time has come! Jayne Danger will be closing its doors on December 31st, 2015, just two short months away. I want to thank everyone for all of your support, and I hope you'll stick around for the projects to follow.

I've gotten a lot of questions and concerns about the closing of the shop, so I thought I'd post a quick explanation for you here. :)

First and foremost, let's set the stage!
My dream for the last 15+ years of my life has been to sew costumes full-time!

Jayne Danger began in January 2009 as a concept for a rock 'n roll-inspired, DIY clothing brand, so that I could build my portfolio for design college. Somehow, octo-plushies happened instead, and I decided to just go with it! I loved how happy they made my customers, and they allowed me to learn all the ins and outs of running a business on a smaller scale than a clothing brand.

Within a few years, the success of Jayne Danger octo-plushies allowed me to leave my Day Job, relocate across the state, and study apparel design/construction at college. I was even able to spend a semester studying at the London College of Fashion - a dream come true! While in college, I worked as a period clothing intern (and then historical hat/dressmaker) at a living history museum, a shopgirl in an awesome vintage shop, and a costume assistant at my college's theatre.

Since graduating in  December 2014, I have been overwhelmed with costuming opportunities (woohoo!), and I'm no longer able to dedicate time to Jayne Danger octo-plushies.  You have probably seen the empty Etsy shop and me scrambling to finish theatrical costumes while selling octo-plushies at conventions. Jayne Danger helped me reach my dreams, but now that I am here, I need the time I'd normally spend making octo-plushies to make costumes instead. This is how we've reached the End of Jayne Danger. <3

I intend to clear out my Jayne Danger fabric inventory by creating dozens of one-of-a-kind octo-plushies and dragons before the end of the year. I hope you will all understand that I am no longer able to create any custom plushies, however, I may to able to add small details to pre-made octos (top hats, scarves, etc). Please contact me with requests.

Thank you again for all of your support!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

All Quiet on the Plushie Front

Things have been pretty quiet here at Jayne Danger. No new plushies have debuted, and the Etsy shop has been on "vacation" for most of the year. Well, I am happy to announce that I have been working on some costuming projects! Costumes have always been my biggest passion. This month, I have been working as the costume coordinator on two plays for the historic Brucemore estate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The beautiful building serving as the costume shop and dressing rooms.

Setting up the costume area.
Our Town, success!
Costumes taking over my home! Laundry day.
Where I store Cinderella costumes while alterations are happening.
Sometimes I get so worn out, I have to be on the floor.
In every moment of free time, I am stocking up on plushies for Anime Iowa (July) and Chicago Comic Con (August). I hope to see you this summer at a convention or one of these performances! For more info on the plays, check out

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bustles and Bum Rolls Resources

We had a wonderful weekend at the first ever Wizard World Des Moines Comic Con! Today, I gave a short presentation on using historical undergarments in costuming and cosplay. Because it was my first time doing a presentation like this, I had a lot of great questions after we wrapped up. I'm hoping to answer them all in the next presentation and add many, many more examples.

There were a few audience members who had significant knowledge of time periods outside of the 1850's-1890's. I would LOVE for you to be a part of the Des Moines panel next year (or even the Chicago panel in August 2015), so you can add your expertise of Edwardian or Renaissance clothing. Please use the contact link above to get in touch! I can offer you a weekend wristband for participating. :)

Next, the resources!

Are you looking for patterns?
My absolute favorite historical pattern company is Truly Victorian:
The bustle I brought to the panel was made from their 1887 Imperial Tournure pattern (TV163), but I made the Regular version instead of the Imperial bustle, which is also included in the pattern. It only took a couple evenings to assemble the entire undergarment, so I highly recommend it! The beautiful petticoat I brought to the panel was made from the Truly Victorian Victorian Petticoats pattern (TV170). In addition to undergarments, they have some of the most highly regarded Victorian dress patterns on the market. Overall, they carry patterns from the 1830's to the early 1900's.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has a few great reproduction patterns based off clothing in their collection. I stumbled upon them by accident while visiting River Junction in McGregor, Iowa. They had the beautiful 1874 bustle dress pattern for sale, and I snagged it! The directions were very easy to follow, with a lot of helpful images.

Laughing Moon Mercantile

Historical Sewing has online workshops that walk you through specific costume projects with assistance from historical costumer Jennifer Rosbrugh, and a community of peers to ask questions.

How about supplies?

You can purchase Laughing Moon corset pattern kits (with pre-cut spiral boning!!) here:

An audience member recommended using zip ties from hardware stores in place of boning! It's cheap than buying it by the foot from fabric stores.

Finally, here are some of my favorite Facebook groups for inspiration, including a monthly costuming challenge group and lots of advice! (Costume Pattern Reviews) (Living History)

Thanks for being a part of my first Wizard World solo panel! I appreciated the questions and advice!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Wizard World Des Moines Comic Con

Jayne Danger has a booth at the first ever Wizard World Des Moines Comic Con! Stop by booths C1/C2 (near concessions) to meet with Ashley and see what one-of-a-kind creations are up for grabs. 

On Sunday, June 14th, Ashley will be hosting a panel at Des Moines Comic Con on historical undergarments and how to incorporate them into your cosplay! She'll even have some items to try on. :)

Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Anime Central

I just wrapped up an excellent weekend at ACen in Rosemont, Illinois! I sold completely out of plushies, so if you came here looking to purchase one, please click the links above and to the right to follow my Etsy shop and my Facebook and/or Instagram pages. They will be updated as soon as I have the chance to restock.

Thanks for the wonderful weekend! This was my favorite con to date. <3

Monday, February 2, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Oh man, I abandoned the blog for six months! It has been a busy six months for sure. I graduated from Iowa State University with my apparel degree last month. It was hard going back to college, especially when there was a significant age gap in my design classes, but it was 200% worth it. I'm glad I waited to go to college until I was ready, because I got so much more out of the experience than I would have when I was 18.

Right before I graduated, I presented my senior clothing line - inspired by the 1940's!

Thank you to Virginia for modeling!

In August, I got my first job doing costuming for theatre! It was an absolutely wonderful experience. I worked on the costume team sewing outfits for three productions: Spring Awakening, Crimes of the Heart, and A Christmas Carol.

My favorite costume I made for the theatre: Ghost of Christmas Past!
And all of summer 2014, I worked at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, as the historic millinery/dressmaker. Here's the dress I sewed on the Victorian treadle machine!

Now back to plushies! <3