Benji wrote:How did you learn to make clothes/costumes?
I was in a school production of The Matchgirls and we had to dress in Victorian style (although we were poor matchgirls so it was all skirts and aprons instead of fancy clothes) and I thought my boyfriend looked adorable (even though he was also working class so dressed in shabby clothes). It's those kinds of things that make me wish I was male. They get the better clothes, *dam*!
I've been looking for pictures of Victorian women dressed as men or in masculine-styled clothing because I thought that would be a more interesting variation. Plus then I could wear a cool hat! Like a tophat or something.
Even now, men can dress up in formal clothes (suits and stuff) and look smart, whereas women... the only "formal" clothes are like evening dresses or something. There isn't any everyday stuff.
I learnt (am learning!) to sew clothes and costumes from doing (half of it doesn't work out), getting some tips from general sewing books, and stuff off the internet. The stuff off the internet though... that is more like research for what to do rather than how to do it. I probably pick up more stuff from the web than I realise though. General sewing books are good for finding out how to put zips in or the best way to attach pockets or whatever. I have some books that give information on "fitting" also, and also pattern-making. Both of which are kind of tricky; they would be perfectly and completely logical though, if only I could work out the logic. People seldom give sewing information in terms of logic though; most sewers seem to be highly illogical people. The people in the class I go to once a week (I don't learn much there, but it is fun) for a certificate in fashion are all idiots really. Well, there were a few people last semester that were clever, but this semester no one has shown any evidence of being able to think. I don't care that they are "arty" and "creative" - if they can't measure some lines and then use a ruler to make a right-angle, or follow ONE verbal instruction supported by written material, an explanation and a demonstration, I don't think they will get very far.