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!