01 February 2015


This page is an overview of the work that I have done.  Each example will include a brief description and a link to a page with additional photos and my blog posts concerning its construction, where they are available, for those who are interested.

Additional photos of all my work, including work not displayed here, are available in my Costume Gallery.

Daenerys Targaryen - Game of Thrones
This was made based on a dress worn by the character Daenerys Targaryen in the second season of Game of Thrones.  The blue fabric is habbotai silk which I added gold texture to using a stippling sponge.  The bottom of the skirt and "cloak" were ombr√© dyed and then the whole garment was twisted while wet to create a wrinkle texture that would assist with draping.  The gold belt and shoulder pieces are leather.
Photo Gallery: Daenerys Targaryen

For this costume I used Tudor-era design elements to create an original design to recycle fabric from an old project.  Stitching was done mostly by hand to preserve authenticity, including embroidery along the hems, thread-covered buttons, and hand-worked buttonholes.  The doublet has hidden lacing down the center front with hand-worked eyelets.  The pattern for the doublet was sourced from The Tudor Tailor by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies; I patterned all the other garments myself.
Photo Gallery: Rosethorn

1890s Victorian Dress
Patterns for this dress (bodice, skirt, and asymmetrical overskirt) were drafted based on patterns from a dressmakers' catalogue published in the 1890s.  The fabric may have been a little light for the dress, but I liked how I was able to center the pattern woven into the fabric along the center fronts and backs to give the dress symmetry.  Note the scrollwork I did on the cuffs using soutache and gimp trims.  Buttons and buttonholes down the front and on cuffs are hand-worked.  The dress is fitted to be worn over a corset.

Elizabeth Vernon Effigy Bodies
I made this 'pair of bodies' (corset) based on a pattern from The Tudor Tailor by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies.  It is fully boned using extremely strong cable ties as a stand-in for the historically-accurate whalebone and it features hand-worked eyelets.  The mannequin is *slightly* bustier than I am!

Caterina Sforza (Trinity Blood)
Double-breasted coat and bustled skirt that incorporate Victorian styles as well as futuristic ones.  Shirt and tie are also handmade.  Hems on the skirt and coat are finished with brocade piping.  Armband and patches, including cuff lettering, were hand painted and backed with Steam-A-Seam, then ironed onto the costume.  "Metal" pieces are made of paper clay, spray painted silver, and antiqued using black paint.  The overseas cap features millinery netting to which I added a beaded fringe to assist with draping.
Photo Gallery:  Caterina Sforza

Puck (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
An original design based on the character from the play by Shakespeare.  It includes a wrap dress of Japanese rayon brocade, accented with smocking I made from the same fabric, and embroidered using thread and beadwork.  Gussets were added under the arms to improve range of motion.  The skirt and cloak are made of organza in different colours and tattered using a soldering iron to melt the edges and prevent fraying.  The cloak is attached to the dress using leaf-shaped bracelet clasps and handmade bead tassels.  My wig is a lace front that I partially French braided into an updo.  Sixty or so additional small braids were added individually, as well as two larger ones.  The horns were made of paper clay, painted, then sewn into the wig along with flowers and other small decorations.

Progress shot that shows smocking and some beadwork
Photo taken by NerdCaliber
Photo taken by Snarkyman
Leo Irving - In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play)
This vest was built as part of the Theatre Institute at Sage's February 2014 production of In the Next Room.  The garment includes four welt pockets, the lower of which are functional with pocket bags, and upper ones that are just for decoration.

Fanny - On the Verge
Victorian-style trek/safari coat built from the ground up for Theatre Institute at Sage's March 2014 production.  The two front pockets are real with plenty of storage space for various small props used during the production.

Sally - Cat in the Hat
Built from scratch, except for the blouse, for Theatre Institute at Sage's June 2014 production of the play.  The jumper is blue corduroy and zips up the back.  I also styled the wig, based on a style from Arda Wigs, into the cute classic curl style that Sally wears.  The bow is sewn into the wig.

Two 1940s-inspired dresses
Designed, draped, and made to be worn by my roommate and I at the Creede Repertory Theatre Cabaret fundraiser 2015.  Base fabrics are both silk.  The red dress is overlaid with red chiffon.

Elsa - Frozen
This was an independent project, a costume that I made for my own wear based on Elsa from Disney's popular movie Frozen.  It is one of my favourite costumes so far.  The corset, a Victorian style, laces up the back and is covered with embroidery and beadwork.  The hem is made of scale mail, though these photos were taken before I completed it.  Scale mail is very time-consuming.  My skirt has a train but I bustled it for easier wear.  I appliqued glittery white fabric to the underside of the cloak to create the "snowflake mirage" effect.

Elsa embroidery detail: I designed this embroidery based on Elsa's character.  The wing motif and swirlies, as well as the star on the shirt, are all applied directly to the fabric.  The snowflake pattern down the center was completed on an embroidery frame, before I covered its backing with fabric glue and appliqued it onto the corset.  Materials involved include embroidery thread, metal thread for the goldwork, beads, check purl, jump rings, small metal leaves, and various larger beads and pins.

The Schoolboys - Spring Awakening
These six sack coats were made to serve as the uniform coats for the Theatre Institute at Sage Spring 2015 production of Spring Awakening.  They are wool and semi-tailored as time allowed.  The collar and lapels are pad-stitched.

Guys and Dolls - Creede Repertory Theatre 2015 Season
Various 1950s-style dresses and five or six male Missionary Band uniforms.
All photos by John Gary Brown

Creede Repertory Theatre Street Party - 50th anniversary, August 2015
I designed all the costumes used during the party--about sixteen total, including twelve sixties costumes used to reenact the photo of the original twelve members of the company taken for the first season program.

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