SHEAR MADNESS QUARTERLY CHALLENGE #20: “GOLD”


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The 19th Shear Madness challenge was all about glorious, glittery beads and we were floored by the entries we received! We are so excited to see what you folks have in store for our next group costuming challenge:

Challenge #20 “GOLD”

This challenge is for all costumers of all levels and all genres!

Give your costume the Midas Touch! Both metallic gold or shades of yellow count!

The submission deadline is APRIL 1st, 2019 at midnight CST.

The Rules

1. Any costume or accessory completed between January 1st, 2018 (last year) and the deadline of April 1st, 2019 qualifies! When you began your submission doesn’t matter as long as it was FINISHED within the time period of 1/1/2018 – 4/1/2019. The submissions window is open beginning January 1st, 2019 and closes on April 1st, 2019 at midnight CST.

2. Qualifying entries should feature the color gold. Both metallic golds and golden shades of yellow/brown count. The entire outfit does not need to be gold in color, but it should be prominent in the ensemble. If you’ve made a Belle from Beauty and the Beast in the past year, for example, or a golden set of Worbla armor, this challenge could be the perfect opportunity to show it off!

3. This challenge is for complete costumes OR accessories like headpieces, hats, shoes, corsets, etc. for humans of all ages, genders, and sizes. Jewelry presented without an accompanying costume and costumes for pets, dolls, etc. don’t qualify for this challenge, but may in a future challenge.

4. 75% of the piece must be made or modified by you. 25% of your entry can be unaltered/purchased items. For example, if you purchase gladiator sandals to go with your goddess costume, they count towards the 25%, but if you bling them out with brass studs, they count towards the 75%.

5. We want to see your creativity and hard work on display, not someone else’s! Recreations of fashion plates, paintings, digital artwork, etc. are perfectly fine, but if you do reinterpret or take inspiration from someone else’s previous design, please give proper credit to them in your submission description. If you are portraying a character, please include the character’s name and the title of the show/book/artwork in which they appear!

— You are not required to enter a challenge to join the Facebook Group, but it is encouraged!—

How to Submit Your Challenge Entry

Challenge entries must be submitted to:

shearmadnesscostumes@gmail.com

before midnight CST on April 1st, 2018!

—-> Submissions must include Your name, a TITLE for your entry, up to 5 PICTURES, and a DESCRIPTION.

TITLE: Every work of art needs a good title! For example “1830s Cinderella” or “Red Wedding Guest” or “Alucard” or “Dolly Parton Goes To Ren Fair” etc.

PHOTOS: Photos are VERY IMPORTANT and can make or break an entry! Outfits can be displayed on mannequins or dress forms, but photos of it being worn by a human are preferred! If you need some guidance for taking photos, click here for a few basic photo tips. Make sure you have at least one straight-on front shot so all the details can be seen! Include close-ups of specific details you are proud of like embellishment, process photos, alternate angles, etc. LIMIT OF 5 PHOTOS PER ENTRY, PLEASE!

DESCRIPTION: Along with your photos, include a description of your piece. Tell us about what makes your entry special! Did you try any new techniques? Is it made for particular person/persona? Have you worn it to any events? If you ran into any problems you had to tackle, tell us how you solved them. Judges greatly appreciate construction details! Winning entries will have excerpts from their submission descriptions published on the blog.

SEE A SAMPLE SUBMISSION HERE

—> Be sure to give credit to any artists if you chose to reinterpret their artwork!

If you can, please include a photo of the artwork and/or a link to the original source. The inspiration/reference image does not count towards your 5 photo limit.

HAVE FUN! This is not something we want you to agonize over. This is to be a fun and inspiring challenge for you as a costumer to help you grow and express yourself. And if the entire thing doesn’t get finished? Oh well! Share or submit what you have!

Limit of two (2) entries per person per challenge. Previous winning costume entries cannot be re-submitted.

NOTE!

Costumes posted to Facebook will not be counted as part of the challenge—they must be submitted via email (shearmadnesscostumes@gmail.com) to qualify. Contestants can share the progress of their outfits on their blogs or on the Shear Madness Facebook page. However, please do not post entries in their final state on the Facebook page until after judging is complete.

Judging and Awards

The judges will review the entries and the winners will be announced during the first week of January 2019. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners, as well as honorable mentions as chosen by the judges. Winners will be given a Shear Madness logo with their winning placement for display on their blog/website and will have their creations featured in the header on the Facebook group page! All submissions will have a photo featured on the Challenge’s final blog post.

Group administrators and moderators have the final say on any rules for challenges and may update them as needed.

SHEAR MADNESS CHALLENGE #19 “BEADS” WINNERS

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Our 19th Quarterly Shear Madness Costuming Challenge was “BEADS” which was all about glittering beads (of course) and sequins!

Shear Madness is a celebration of all costuming genres. We were so pleased and proud of the costumes submitted to this challenge.

 

Honorable Mention: Excellent Accessory DESIGN

Pearl and Lace Bib Collar” by Chantal Olthoff

“I wanted to do a small project to celebrate my love for both historical fashions and the Japanese street fashion Lolita Fashion (of which I was a part of for about 8 years). I used a cotton base and added chiffon ruffles and gathers, lace decoration and a good amount of pearl beads. I finished the look with a satin ribbon. The back is closed by ribbons and a tiny button.”

*Judges’ comments

“Charming, clean and tasteful.

“Elegant and tasteful use of materials.

BEADS CHALLENGE: THIRD Place Winner

Galactic Disco Corset” by Leslie Davis

“When I bought my LED skirt (as seen in the photos) I thought to myself “how can I give myself even more sparkle?” After stumbling on these mirror beads I decided I needed to make myself the craziest, sparkliest corset I could manage.”

“The top layer of fabric is an irredescent “oil slick” polyester/spandex mix backed with cotton muslin. The structure of the corset itself is two layers of coutil with 3/8″ spiral steel boning. The mirror beads were individually sewn to the backed “oil slick” fabric before topping the coutil. I’ll probably continue to play with this to make the spandex sit a bit better. Other then the late night concerts at Dragoncon, I’m not sure where else I’ll have a chance to wear this, but it sure was fun to make.”

*Judges’ comments

Clever use of unusual materials

“The placement of the mirrors is well done and gives it a good flash of light and color.

BEADS CHALLENGE: Second Place Winner

“A War Bride’s Wait” by Julie Smith

“A War Bride’s Wait tells the story of the HMAS Sydney, and Australian war ship sunk in WW2 off the coast of Western Australia.  The date was 19 November 1941, and all 645 souls on board were lost.  Inspired by the memorial at Geraldton, the seagulls represent the lost men, with one large and beautiful bird soaring above them all.”

“Made from milk bottle plastic, an old mosquito net and thrifted scraps of fabric and lace.”

*Judge’s comments:

“A very small beaded piece, but the entire outfit was handmade from creative materials…the bird itself looks to be very well done

The bird is gorgeous, the swirled beads really evoke feathers and the beads are well-used to ensure there are no gaps despite the fluid design.

 

BEADS CHALLENGE: First Place Winner

Madame Butterfly” by Jalea Ward

“The dress was inspired by a Worth Fancy dress [Costumer’s blog post with pictures of original dress available here].  I wanted to push myself, see if I could stick out a long detailed project and produce something even I’d be impressed by.  I managed that, even though it took some months! “

 

“The dress is made of silk with glass beads.  The beads are all hand sewn.  The wings are devore silk velvet which I etched and dyed myself (after lots of experimentation and mess!)  Both the devore and the beading were new techniques.  The dress has been worn twice, once for the photoshoot (a Christmas gift from my husband!) and once at the gala at Costume College in 2018.”

*Judge’s comments:

THIS IS AMAZINGI love the idea and execution of this dress. It looks to be well made, and finished. The beadwork is creative and mixed in terms of difficulty and style.”

“A beautiful recreation!”

CONGRATULATIONS To ALL THE WINNERS OF THE BEADS CHALLENGE!

The following two entries absolutely astounded the judges with their designs. These pieces were made outside the allowable time limit for this particular challenge and thus could not place. However, they are worthy of merit and have been awarded an Honorable Mentions for Outstanding Craftsmanship.

Honorable Mention: OUTSTANDING CRAFTSMANSHIP

Kali: Dance of Destruction” and “Something Purple This Way Comes” by Lisa Ashton

 

“[Kali] has many areas of beadwork, including 2 wide belts (after I made the first wide belt, Kali began to tell me she wanted a second one), wrist cuffs that are part of the actual sleeves, edge beading over petals and panels, a front and a back beaded chest pieces that attach with large snaps, and a headpiece with beaded panels. It is a representation of the Indian goddess Kali, who is both a destroyer and creator. I wanted to use the beadwork to create texture in different parts of the costume, while staying within a particular color scheme with blues, turquoise, reds and gold.  There are many skulls on the costume, including small and medium bone skulls in the beadwork. There is also coral, holographic disks, acrylic and glass rhinestones, small mirrors, a glass snake, the tooth of a wolf,  and many old recycled earrings. There is also a great deal of edge beading over all the shoulder pieces and the tiers in the back. The beadwork pieces are built on heavy wool felt (NOT craft felt) with a stabilizer sewn to it, The beadwork is all by hand, there are really no shortcuts. I use a peyote technique to attach the cabochons and flat-backed found objects, the a peyote stitch to secure them, then continue expanding the beadwork. Except for some basic measurements when symmetry is required, there are no plans or drawings.”

“[Something Purple This Way Comes] has a lot of beadwork, including a very heavy large beaded “collar”, actually more a pectoral shield. There are front and back photos of it. I start with heavy wool felt (NOT craft felt) and baste a stabilizer onto it. I usually machine- sew piping around the edges before I start to bead, then I can sew beads literally right up to the edge of that.  Once I decide the basic shape, I start beading, with peyote beading around various cabochons (which involves a peyote stitch and using #15 beads, which holds the cabochons in place) and then extending outward. The cabochons are acrylic rhinestones, glass pieces, or semi-precious gemstones like amethyst or laps lazuli, and I try to get a lot of texture by using different sizes and types of beads, including bugle beads, seed beads and pressed glass beads. On the front  part of the collar (see the close up photo), I also do a great deal of 3D work, adding flower beads and other types of sculptural techniques. I usually will allow myself 1 week to do the 3D additions, but I have to stop at some point!  There are several “cut-out areas” where I have done beaded netting, or added a spider-web like section with special beads.  The back side is then lined with  a heavy faille or taffeta, this has to be completely hand-sewn of course, because of all the beads going up to the edge, and I use heavy thread.  This collar was made in two pieces, back and front, that were then sewn together at the shoulders. The hat was made by doing four triangular pieces of beaded embroidery (or as I Call it, “bead collage”), which were then trimmed and glued to a foam core “pyramid”, and I used foam core to make the brim as well, then covered it with fabric.  The hanging pieces, which sort of looked like hound-dog ears at first, were also beaded individually, then lined and added on.”

*Judges’ comments

[The Kali Design] uses multiple types of beads and has solid coverage instead of placing the beads here and there or along a single strand. The beadwork is smooth and even, their patterns are well-balanced and aesthetically pleasing, using color, shape, size and style to multiple elements on this costume. If I saw this in person I am confident I would gasp at first glance.

[Something Purple This Way Comes] is a tremendous piece, and looks like it weighs a ton. Sensible of the maker to have the weight on the shoulders and not pulling on the garment, as this ensures a longer life of the ensemble.

 

Thanks to all the wonderful entries we received for Challenge #19!

And a big thank you to our panel of Challenge #19 Judges as well!

Leah Lloyd

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Leah Lloyd of Lamia Creations has been making costumes since the ripe young age of 4, when she wrapped a bunch of scarves around herself and shuffled out to the living room where her mother was watching the classic Mummy. It’s been downhill since then, including receiving a degree in Costume Design, a Clothing/Headwear Laurel in the SCA, and winning “The Way You Wear Your Hat” Shear Madness Challenge. And someday she will cull the fabric hoard in the attic. Really.

Laura Ulak

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Laura Ulak is the founder of Shear Madness and co-founder of the MN Society of Costumers. She has been costuming for over 20 years, and has costumed everyone from bearded Santas to Drag Queens to Ren Fest Queens. She is a Master’s level award winning masquerade costumer. She currently spends her spare time outfitting high school students for fall plays and spring musicals. She learns something new everyday at Shear Madness, and loves the supportive environment of people who remember the fun in costuming.

Amanda Fineran

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Amanda Fineran has been making her own costumes since she was in high school and specializes in Star Wars, kids costumes, and leathercraft. She won 3rd Place in the Shear Madness Adorable Alert Challenge with her daughter’s Willy Wonka costume. Amanda is also a member of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion – organizations whose members create screen accurate Star Wars costumes and wear them at parades, events, and hospital visits. She is also President of Costumers for a Cause – an organization that helps connect the costumers with the people who need them.

*The order of judges’ comments has been randomized for each entry.

We are always excited to see the talented artists of Shear Madness share their creations with us. We want to see what you’ve made, too! Shear Madness Challenges are open to all costumers  of all skill levels and genres. Entering is always free and winners get nifty digital badges to display on their websites, blogs, Facebook Profiles, or anywhere else. They are called “Challenges” because the aim is to challenge yourself to et inspired, make your design dreams a reality, try a new technique,  and take pride in your artistic accomplishments. Check out past challenges and challenge winners by clicking the “Past Challenges” link at the top of the page to see all the other fabulous creations from the past 5+ years!

Looking for other like-minded, fabric-loving, costume-wearing folks like yourself? Request to join the SHEAR MADNESS FACEBOOK GROUP!

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SHEAR MADNESS QUARTERLY CHALLENGE #19: “BEADS”


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The 18th Shear Madness challenge was all about nautical themed costumes and we were flooded with amazing costumes! We are so excited to see what you folks have in store for our next group costuming challenge:

Challenge #19 “BEADS”

Beads Challenge 19 FB Announcement

This challenge is for all costumers of all levels and all genres!

The perfect challenge for all of you who love beads! Jazz it up with a fringed 1920s dress, create a reticule, show off your Game of Thrones robes, or add some sparkle to an Elsa corset! (SEQUINS COUNT, TOO!)

The submission deadline is January 1st, 2019 at midnight CST.

The Rules

1. Any costume or accessory completed between October 1st, 2017 (last year) and the deadline of January 1st, 2019 qualifies! When you began your submission doesn’t matter as long as it was FINISHED within the time period of 10/1/2017 – 1/1/2019! The submissions window is open beginning October 1st, 2018 and closes on January 1st, 2019 at midnight CST.

2. Qualifying entries should feature beading (or sequins/spangles). Jewelry is allowed, but must be presented in context with a costume. For example, recreating Sansa’s poison necklace/hairnet for a Game of Thrones costume or making a recreation of Queen Alexandra’s pearl choker to compliment an Edwardian ballgown are fine.

3. This challenge is for complete costumes OR stand-alone wearable accessories (hats, shoes, corsets, etc.) for humans of all ages, genders, and sizes. Costumes for pets, dolls, etc. don’t qualify for this challenge but may in a future challenge. Remember: Jewelry MUST be submitted in context with a costume! Stand-alone jewelry pieces without a costume/reference do not qualify.

4. 75% of the piece must be made or modified by you. 25% of your entry can be unaltered/purchased items. For example, if you buy a pair of shoes to wear as-is with you Cinderella costume, it will factor into the 25%, but if you cover them in silver seed beads, they may be counted as part of the 75%.

5. We want to see your creativity and hard work on display, not someone else’s! Recreations of fashion plates, paintings, digital artwork, etc. are perfectly fine, but if you do reinterpret or take inspiration from someone else’s previous design, please give proper credit to them in your submission description. If you are portraying a character, please include the character’s name and the title of the show/book/artwork in which they appear!

— You are not required to enter a challenge to join the Facebook Group, but it is encouraged!—

How to Submit Your Challenge Entry

Challenge entries must be submitted to:

shearmadnesscostumes@gmail.com

before midnight CST on October 1st, 2018!

—-> Submissions must include Your name, a TITLE for your entry, up to 5 PICTURES, and a DESCRIPTION.

TITLE: Every work of art needs a good title! For example “1830s Cinderella” or “Red Wedding Guest” or “Alucard” or “Dolly Parton Goes To Ren Fair” etc.

PHOTOS: Photos are VERY IMPORTANT and can make or break an entry! Outfits can be displayed on mannequins or dress forms, but photos of it being worn by a human are preferred! Make sure you have at least one straight-on front shot so all the details can be seen! Include close-ups of specific details you are proud of like embellishment, process photos, alternate angles, etc. LIMIT OF 5 PHOTOS PER ENTRY, PLEASE!

DESCRIPTION: Along with your photos, include a description of your piece. Tell us about what makes your entry special! Did you try any new techniques? Is it made for particular person/persona? Have you worn it to any events? If you ran into any problems you had to tackle, tell us how you solved them. Judges greatly appreciate construction details! Winning entries will have excerpts from their submission descriptions published on the blog.

SEE A SAMPLE SUBMISSION HERE

—> Be sure to give credit to any artists if you chose to reinterpret their artwork!

If you can, please include a photo of the artwork and/or a link to the original source. The inspiration/reference image does not count towards your 5 photo limit.

HAVE FUN! This is not something we want you to agonize over. This is to be a fun and inspiring challenge for you as a costumer to help you grow and express yourself. And if the entire thing doesn’t get finished? Oh well! Share or submit what you have!

Limit of two (2) entries per person per challenge. Previous winning costume entries cannot be re-submitted.

NOTE!

Costumes posted to Facebook will not be counted as part of the challenge—they must be submitted via email (shearmadnesscostumes@gmail.com) to qualify. Contestants can share the progress of their outfits on their blogs or on the Shear Madness Facebook page. However, please do not post entries in their final state on the Facebook page until after judging is complete.

Judging and Awards

The judges will review the entries and the winners will be announced during the first week of January 2019. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners, as well as honorable mentions as chosen by the judges. Winners will be given a Shear Madness logo with their winning placement for display on their blog/website and will have their creations featured in the header on the Facebook group page! All submissions will have a photo featured on the Challenge’s final blog post.

Group administrators and moderators have the final say on any rules for challenges and may update them as needed.

SHEAR MADNESS CHALLENGE #18 “UNDER THE SEA” WINNERS

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Our 18th Quarterly Shear Madness Costuming Challenge was “UNDER THE SEA” which was all about costumes inspired by the ocean!

Under the Sea Challenge Announcement

 

Shear Madness is a celebration of all costuming genres. We were so pleased and proud of the costumes submitted to this challenge.

Honorable Mention for Embellishment

Dark Mermaid” by Debbie and Megan

Debbie Entry 1

“Megan Morris and I made the costume below, Dark Mermaid, as a collaborative project. It was finished in September 2017 for a local Cosplay Prom event. It’s an original design not based off anything other than our combined imaginations.
I used a thrifted navy fishtail prom dress and added a ton of sequins, beading, and other elements to it. All of the elements were sewn onto the gown (no glue). I also made a fishnet apron that I added lots of embellishments to. Megan made the crown from shells, felt, nail polish, and beads, as well as the trident she carried using the same items glued over a plastic store-bought one.”

*Judges’ comments

I’ve made embellished outfits before, and the time and effort that goes into them cannot be overstated. Terrific amount of work here.”

UNDER THE SEA CHALLENGE: Third Place Winner

“Human Ariel Exploring a San Diego Beach” by Raechyl Borman

Raechyl Entry 4

“This is a film-accurate interpretation of Disney’s Ariel from The Little Mermaid.  I really wanted to portray a blend of the cartoonish feel from the film and a more realistic interpretation.  I had the opportunity to wear this to the last San Diego Comic Con, and shortly after I really enjoyed this beach photoshoot.  It was important to me to see Ariel responding to her “home” even though she’s looking for a new life on land.  Most versions of this costume that I’ve seen put all the costume pieces into one with a zipper down the back.  I really wanted a separate corset with lacing, so I ended up with an underdress and the corset over the top.”

“Finding fabric was very challenging.  Ideally I’d have liked a navy velvet but I was on a time schedule and had to make do with black.    The blue skirt was the hardest to find – with Disney you want very specific colors and literally no one had that blue!  I finally found a fabric that wasn’t my favorite in texture, but I ended up using the back face and came out with the right look.  I also made sure to include some shell motif lace trim on the underskirt!”

Raechyl Entry 2

“Overall I feel like the design and construction was maybe a bit on the simple side, but the point for me was to accurately portray in real life and texture a character we’ve only seen in a flat world, and give her depth and additional character.  That’s what I love about cosplay – we get to fuse a character with ourselves and create something a little bit new (Ariel with tattoos??)”

*Judge’s comments:

As someone who has made this costume, I can attest to that blue being really hard to find! You would think such a simple blue would be easier. She did a good job getting just the right details in this seemingly simple costume. Most people don’t do cuffs on this costume and to me that addition helps bridge the gap from cartoon to costumer. It was well made and fitted.

UNDER THE SEA CHALLENGE: Second Place Winner

Little Uma” by Raechel Fleming

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“This costume was made as part of last year’s group Descendants Halloween costume with her brothers. Eva was very helpful in the construction process of this costume, as well as gathering resource and background material about the costume. We tried to stay as close as possible to the original design from the TV movie which was done by Costume Designer Kara Saun. First we started with the wig. Since it gets cold around Halloween, I thought using yarn to crochet the wig would keep Eva warm and allow me to get the awesome variation of color.
I crocheted the beanie, then cut three strand wefts of varying colors, tied them to the beanie and braided, Braided, BRAIDED! Great way to use up scrap yarn by the way. For the hat, I actually had an old thrift store find that I was able to manipulate the brim to turn it into a tricorner hat. I had a soy I er seashell necklace that I hand stitched to the brim and found a star fish embellishment so on it went.”

“Now the jacket was really fun. Thrift store find again, I believe it was a raincoat. First, I cut the sleeves off and stitched them to the back to make coat tails. I regret not having a good picture of that but it looked really cool. The next part Eva got to stretch her creative legs. I found Tulip brand fabric spray paint. The Descendants villains are known for being trouble makers (especially with spray paint) so this was a perfect way to distress the jacket and get the color just right. Below is the before and after paint treatment of the coat.
We also added epaulettes to the jacket. We spray painted seashells gold and hit glued them to some craft foam before adding them to the shoulders of the jacket, as well as a bunch of fringe. This can be seen in the final picture. Now, the last couple pieces were those purple sleeves, which were a pair of leggings with the crotch cut out. Nothing special there. But we also needed the fringe skirt. I used crochet thread which ended up being a huge pain. It clumped together and did not have a nice flow to it. I was not happy with it but could not find the proper colors in other materials under the time constraints. Eva was also very particular about Uma’s shell necklace. We managed to find a shell with a little hole in it so I could put a jump ring on it properly. We spray painted it gold and voila, necklace. For her boots, we found a couple cute belts at the thrift store, spray them gold, wrapped them around the boots and again hot glued some gold shells to the back of the heels.
Now the last big piece was her t-shirt that had Uma’s symbol or logo, the skull with octopus legs. We needed Daddy’s help with this one. He drew the actual stencil free hand and helped us transfer it into the t-shirt. Figured out which pieces of the stencil to keep in places to get the screen print effect (my fibro fog makes that brain power harder than it should be) I got excited with the spray paint when I figured out how to blend the colors and get the tips of the tentacles gold, initially we were just going to go with a solid blue color. This is the first time we ever attempted anything like this, so score 1 for family Fleming.”

“At the end of the day, the kids had a great Halloween and mommy takes great pride in another year of homemade costumes. This one does come with an extra special treat. Through a miracle of small world, my step sister is friends with the actress who plays Queen Belle on Descendants, and was able to show this picture to the actress China McClain who plays Uma. China McClain expressed how cute Eva looked and we got a screen shot of that text which for privacy reasons I can’t show but holy cow did Eva have a star struck over the moon day. It filled my heart with so much joy for her to have that moment. Those moments are why we do this I think. Why we burn ourselves with glue, stab ourselves with pins and needles, cover ourselves with paint, and think up the most outrageous and absurd in order to get it done. I love every part of it.”

*Judge’s comments:

“Wig built, thrifted hat manipulated and trimmed. Thrifted jacket disassembled and remade. Epaulets and sleeves built. Thrifted belts manipulated for the boots. Shirt stenciled and painted, and accessories built. It’s absolutely top to toe, repurposing everything with tremendous effort output and obvious success!”

I like all the different types of materials used and appreciate that the costume was made for the wearer, something that is very important when costuming kids. This is a great costume. I love the wig so much!”

UNDER THE SEA CHALLENGE: First Place Winner

Namora” by Nell Bekiares

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“[This is a] recreation of a fictional character from Marvel Comics who lives in Atlantis. This was the first time I have used stretch fabric! I started with a pattern for a legged and sleeved body suit, and modified it to be as shown. I also modified the hip area extensively to sew in pieced red piping. ”

 

“This was also my first attempt at using Worbla. The gauntlets, ankle wings, and headband are all worbla pieces. I commissioned the red N patch. The photographs were taken at the Georgia Aquarium.”

*Judge’s comments:

For never having used stretch fabric previously, impeccable handling of the material, my hat is off to you! Excellent pattern draft and amazing fit, smooth piping, and scrupulous adherence to reference image.”

This is freaking amazing! That fabric was sewn perfectly – I see no weird pulling that is common with stretchy materials. She even found the perfect fabric for her legs. This was made perfectly – not only in construction, but also with the reference material. The worbla was done really well. This is a very well finished costume and nothing was left undone.

In addition to the regular awards, the judges also decided the following entry deserved special recognition for its unique character and level of craftsmanship.

UNDER THE SEA CHALLENGE: Judges’ Choice Award

Kraken” by Penny Richards

Penny Entry 4

 

“Crochet Kraken is a crocheted squid headpiece, with grommets for “suckers” and some beading too; a sparkly silver dress (thrifted, but I added a crocheted black neckline and hanging ‘scarf’ to represent squid ink); more crocheted grommets attached to some storebought leggings and shoes. ”

“I also made a smaller crocheted squid for a second hat, to wear while dancing at Halloween parties. No patterns, no particular image I was imitating (though China Miéville’s book ‘Kraken’ was one inspiration); I designed and made all of this myself in 2018. We took these photos at Redondo Beach Pier this evening before sunset. That was fun! Lots of tourists smiling and asking questions.”

*Judge’s comments:

“This thing is amazing and I can only imagine all the time this took! The matching socks are a very cute touch.”

This is not only the hat, but embellishment on the tights and shoes, as well as making a second hat, and adding a creative addition to the dress neckline. Epic and awesome hat of awesome with matching barnacle tights of epic awesomeness!

Thanks to all the wonderful entries we received for Challenge #18!

We are always excited to see the talented artists of Shear Madness share their creations with us. We want to see what you’ve made, too! Shear Madness Challenges are open to all costumers  of all skill levels and genres. Entering is always free and winners get nifty digital badges to display on their websites, blogs, Facebook Profiles, or anywhere else. They are called “Challenges” because the aim is to challenge yourself to et inspired, make your design dreams a reality, try a new technique,  and take pride in your artistic accomplishments. Check out past challenges and challenge winners by clicking the “Past Challenges” link at the top of the page to see all the other fabulous creations from the past 5+ years!

*The order of judges’ comments has been randomized for each entry.

Looking for other like-minded, fabric-loving, costume-wearing folks like yourself? Request to join the SHEAR MADNESS FACEBOOK GROUP!

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SHEAR MADNESS QUARTERLY CHALLENGE #18: “UNDER THE SEA”


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The 17th Shear Madness challenge was all about bold, bright color and we had some brilliant and beautiful costumes submitted! We are so excited to see what you folks have in store for our next group costuming challenge:

Challenge #18 “UNDER THE SEA”

Under the Sea Challenge Announcement

 

This challenge is for all costumers of all levels and all genres!

The love of water inspired our latest challenge theme. Create an outfit or accessory with a nautical or ocean theme: mermaids, aquatic superheroes, Victorian seaside dresses, vintage swimwear, and more!

The submission deadline is October 1st, 2018 at midnight CST.

The Rules

1. Any costume completed between July 1st, 2017 (last year) and the deadline of October 1st, 2018 qualifies! When you began your submission doesn’t matter as long as it was FINISHED within the time period of 7/1/2017 – 10/1/2018! The submissions window is open beginning July 1st, 2018 and closes on October 1st, 2018 at midnight CST.

2. Qualifying entries should have an nautical/ocean theme or color palette.

3. This challenge is for complete costumes or stand-alone wearable accessories (hats, shoes, corsets, etc.) for humans of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Costumes for pets, dolls, etc. don’t qualify for this challenge but may in a future challenge.

4. 75% of the piece must be made or modified by you. 25% of your entry can be unaltered/purchased items. For example, if you buy a hat to wear as-is, it will factor into the 25%, but if you cover it in fishing net and shells as part of an outfit, it may be counted as part of the 75%.

5. We want to see your creativity and hard work on display, not someone else’s! Recreations of fashion plates, paintings, digital artwork, etc. are perfectly fine, but if you do reinterpret or take inspiration from someone else’s previous design, please give proper credit to them in your submission description. If you are portraying a character, please include the character’s name and the title of the show/book/artwork in which they appear!

— You are not required to enter a challenge to join the Facebook Group, but it is encouraged!—

How to Submit Your Challenge Entry

Challenge entries must be submitted to:

shearmadnesscostumes@gmail.com

before midnight CST on October 1st, 2018!

—-> Submissions must include Your name, a TITLE for your entry, up to 5 PICTURES, and a DESCRIPTION.

TITLE: Every work of art needs a good title! For example “1830s Cinderella” or “Red Wedding Guest” or “Alucard” or “Dolly Parton Goes To Ren Fair” etc.

PHOTOS: Photos are VERY IMPORTANT and can make or break an entry! Outfits can be displayed on mannequins or dress forms, but photos of it being worn by a human are preferred! Make sure you have at least one straight-on front shot so all the details can be seen! Include close-ups of specific details you are proud of like embellishment, process photos, alternate angles, etc. LIMIT OF 5 PHOTOS PER ENTRY, PLEASE!

DESCRIPTION: Along with your photos, include a description of your piece. Tell us about what makes your entry special! Did you try any new techniques? Is it made for particular person/persona? Have you worn it to any events? If you ran into any problems you had to tackle, tell us how you solved them. Judges greatly appreciate construction details! Winning entries will have excerpts from their submission descriptions published on the blog.

SEE A SAMPLE SUBMISSION HERE

—> Be sure to give credit to any artists if you chose to reinterpret their artwork!

If you can, please include a photo of the artwork and/or a link to the original source.

HAVE FUN! This is not something we want you to agonize over. This is to be a fun and inspiring challenge for you as a costumer to help you grow and express yourself. And if the entire thing doesn’t get finished? Oh well! Share or submit what you have!

Limit of two (2) entries per person per challenge. Previous winning costume entries cannot be re-submitted.

NOTE!

Costumes posted to Facebook will not be counted as part of the challenge—they must be submitted via email (shearmadnesscostumes@gmail.com) to qualify. Contestants can share the progress of their outfits on their blogs or on the Shear Madness Facebook page. However, please do not post entries in their final state on the Facebook page until after judging is complete.

Judging and Awards

The judges will review the entries and the winners will be announced during the first week of October 2018. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners, as well as honorable mentions as chosen by the judges. Winners will be given a Shear Madness logo with their winning placement for display on their blog/website and will have their creations featured in the header on the Facebook group page! All submissions will have a photo featured on the Challenge’s final blog post.

Group administrators and moderators have the final say on any rules for challenges and may update them as needed.

SHEAR MADNESS CHALLENGE #17 “TIE-DYE FOR” WINNERS

 

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Our 17th Quarterly Shear Madness Costuming Challenge was “TIE-DYE FOR” which was all about color, rainbows, fabric coloring/dyeing techniques, and fun!

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Shear Madness is a celebration of all costuming genres. We were so pleased and proud of the costumes submitted to this challenge.

Honorable Mention for Professional Design Execution

Rhinestone UK Heels” by Leah Lloyd

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“These shoes were a commissioned item, and she requested that only the heels be decorated (for a Def Leppard concert lol). I copied the design of the Union Jack flag onto the heels using a ruler to ensure they were centered and a grease pencil for markings in case of errors. Started with the center vertical red line, using E6000 to adhere the stones to the heels, then laid down the verticals on either side for a 3-stone-width. Then set the horizontal red rows, and the clear as an outline. The St Andrew’s cross pattern was determined by the angles created by the heel itself and the inner corner edges of the white rows. The blue was added last by filling in the background. The design does not go around the entire heel, by request. This took approximately 6 hours to complete”

Honorable Mention for Creative Re-Purposing

Katy (and Kitty) Wampus” by Raechel Fleming

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“Katy Wampus is a steampunk fairy who is currently hard at work collecting discarded neck ties to mend her wings and create vests for her ever growing family of pixies and imps. She has a strong will to repurpose items no longer wanted by the masses and delites in finding the organic beauty in asymmetry. I started collecting ties, and basically made a circle skirt to start with. From there I draped the skirt onto my dress form and let the rest come together in a very organic way, letting the fabric and the ties sort of tell me where they wanted to go.  The dress is entirely hand sewn because I’m still afraid of my machine but also because of the multitude of fabrics it was easier to control. I learned the ladder stitch to construct the bodice. The front center two ties are the only ones that retain their full length. Which meant that a seam would need to be added horizontally in order to put the skirt at the proper length. I didn’t mind this since I knew I wanted to use an additional tie as a belt and I thought it gave the dress a 1920’s sack dress look, which I liked. the belt is actually a tie that belonged to my grandfather who passed away when I was 12. This idea of a tie dress started 2 years ago for an Easter project for my daughter and I finished hers 2 years ago but mine never materialized. As you can see in the picture, her dress is now a skirt because pixies grow fast, but mama pulled through this year and we finally got to wear our dresses to church for Easter! ”

TIE-DYE FOR CHALLENGE: Third Place Winner

“Eritrea the Rainbow Masquerade Fairy” by Casey Brown of Skyleaf Creations

 

“Custom petticoat
Multilayered circle skirt
Low back custom bodice
Bodice and Skirt ,Kaos Cloth overlay
Kaos Cloth Wings
Kaos Cloth Mask
Hair/Hat Kaos Cloth and TranspArt
Worbla TRanspArt Septer”
9)    Diamond Dust “Sugar Crystals””

*Judge’s comments:

“It is not a full-size costume for a human, which is more the focus of Shear Madness, but it perfectly meets the theme of the challenge and is very happy, bright, and cute.

This is beautiful. The sewing is very clean, which always impresses me with little things like dolls. I really like the bright colors.

TIE-DYE FOR CHALLENGE: Second Place Winner

Painted Dragons” by Ayzha Wolf

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“These costumes were made for the Coney Island Mermaid parade June 16, 2018. They are inspired by two of the dragons from Game of Thrones: Viserion (gold) which is my costume and Rhaegal (green) my husband Gerry Green’s costume. I wanted to make them bright and colorful. For the Green dragon I thought, ‘I’ll wrap my husband up with duct tape, cut him out of it and then glue green scales on the makeshift vest.’ FAIL! All the bumps from the duct tape showed through the soft Polyurethane vinyl.  Back to the drawing board.
I made a pattern from the duct tape top and used it to make a muslin. I then SEWED the basic chest piece together from brown vinyl and THEN cut and individually PAINTED 300 scales green with a beautiful shiny green acrylic paint (Lumiere by Jacquard) that is bendy once dry.  I then glued the scales and the side panels on the chest piece. I made a neck / shoulder piece from the vinyl as well.”

 

“For the Gold dragon (me) I purchased a black corset and glued Gold Polyurethane vinyl onto it and then cut out about 200 scales and glued the scales and side pieces to the corset.  My necklace was a “test” from a friend’s jewelry company that I added red gems to. I didn’t get this costume fully completed by June 18, but it was far enough along to wear.  I will finish my bracers / greaves and shoulder armour for Dragon Con.
For the headpieces, I made the bases from paper mache using wood glue, then carved the horns from pink insulation foam and glued the horns to the bases. I covered the horns in wood glue to seal them and painted the entire thing with Lumiere paint. The greaves and bracers for the Green dragon are made from Worbla and painted with the same type of acrylic paint.
I sewed loin cloths and tails from vinyl and stuffed the tails with plastic bags.  For the shoes I secured vinyl over Sketchers using Velcro and glued thick craft foam on them for claws. I also glued thin craft foam on the gloves for claws and then cut holes in underside of the gloves so we could pull our fingers out to eat, take photos or text!”

*Judge’s comments:

I love everything about this. I love that it is a full costume, head to toe. I think the use of creative solutions and unusual materials is incredibly clever, and they look genuinely happy to be wearing these.

It’s always fabulous to have a costuming buddy that is willing to enjoy the hobby with you. I am incredibly impressed that she hand-painted and applied all those scales! The headpieces really steal the show as does the on-point beard dye.

I love the different techniques used here and that when one thing didn’t work, she tried something new.

TIE-DYE FOR CHALLENGE: First Place Winner

1870s Plaid Madness” by Danielle McKinney

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“I love how fluffly and over the top Victorian 1870s can be! I had this plaid fabric for years and when I found this fashion plate I knew what to do.”

 

“I made all of the undergarments (chemise, corset, bustle pad, bustle, petticoats) in addition to the underskirt, overskirt and bodice. The challenging aspects of this dress was designing an angled front with a plaid, hand pleating all of the pink velvet trim (seen best in closeup), hand sewing on all of the trims.”

Danielle McKinney 2

“I learned how to pattern match an uneven plaid and where to pattern match since plaid can’t be matched perfectly on angled seams. I also cut up a vinyl table cloth and used it as a train support; it not only holds the shape nicely, it also can be wiped and cleaned easily. I wore this to a Steampunk Tea Party in January this year and had a blast!  My hat is the creation of Kitsune Thief Cosplay. “

*Judge’s comments:

OMG this amazing! It’s absolutely perfect. Every seam, ruffle, trim, etc is perfectly placed and sewn. In every angle the plaid goes the correct way and all the colors are great! I love this.

I’m a sucker for a fancy, wild sleeve! The color scheme is bright, joyous and outrageous: a perfect fit for the colorful theme of this challenge.

She has very extreme curves, and she is so good at fitting herself…it is basically perfect. The use of the different colors is really clever, and the construction is fantastic.

Thanks to all the wonderful entries we received for Challenge #17!

We are always excited to see the talented artists of Shear Madness share their creations with us. We want to see what you’ve made, too! Shear Madness Challenges are open to all costumers  of all skill levels and genres. Entering is always free and winners get nifty digital badges to display on their websites, blogs, Facebook Profiles, or anywhere else. They are called “Challenges” because the aim is to challenge yourself to et inspired, make your design dreams a reality, try a new technique,  and take pride in your artistic accomplishments. Check out past challenges and challenge winners by clicking the “Past Challenges” link at the top of the page to see all the other fabulous creations from the past 5+ years!

*The order of judges’ comments has been randomized for each entry.

Looking for other like-minded, fabric-loving, costume-wearing folks like yourself? Request to join the SHEAR MADNESS FACEBOOK GROUP!

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SHEAR MADNESS QUARTERLY CHALLENGE #17: “TIE-DYE FOR”

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The 16th Quarterly Challenge was a wonderful way to celebrate 5 years of shear costuming madness! So many of our members presented their costumes for the Anything Goes challenge!
We also welcomed many fabulous new members to our group. Hello, everyone! If you are new to the Shear Madness group, besides the Facebook community, we also host quarterly challenges– a fun way to show off your costumes and jumpstart your creativity. We took a break for the first quarter of 2018, but now the quarterly costuming challenges are rolling again, beginning with..

Challenge #17 “TIE-DYE FOR!”

Tie Dye For FB Announcement

This challenge is for all costumers of all levels and all genres!

Rainbow colors and/or fabric dyeing techniques take the spotlight in this colorful challenge!

The submission deadline is July 1st, 2018 at midnight CST.

The Rules

1. Any costume completed between April 1st, 2017 and the deadline of July 1st, 2018 qualifies! When you began your submission doesn’t matter as long as it was FINISHED within the time period of 4/1/2017 – 7/1/2018! The submissions window is open beginning April 1st, 2018 and closes on July 1st, 2018 at midnight CST.

2. Your entry should showcase bold color, a fancy fabric-coloring technique (tie-dye, batik, hand-painting, etc.), or both! Creative materials are welcome and encouraged! This challenge encompasses all sorts of genres– fantasy, cosplay, vintage, historical, etc. So if you’ve always wanted to make a flower-power bustle dress or a Nyan cat costume, now is the time!

3. This challenge is for complete costumes or stand-alone wearable accessories (hats, shoes, corsets, etc.)

4. 75% of the piece must be made or modified by you. 25% of your entry can be unaltered/purchased items. For example, if you buy a corset to wear as-is, it will factor into the 25%, but if you cover the corset in hand-painted flowers as part of an outfit, it may be counted as part of the 75%.

5. We want to see your creativity and hard work on display, not someone else’s! Recreations of fashion plates, paintings, digital artwork, etc. are perfectly fine, but if you do reinterpret or take inspiration from someone else’s previous design, please give proper credit to them in your submission description. If you are portraying a character, please include the character’s name and the title of the show/book/artwork in which they appear!

— You are not required to enter a challenge to join the Facebook Group, but it is encouraged!—

How to Submit Your Challenge Entry

Challenge entries must be submitted to:

shearmadnesscostumes@gmail.com

before midnight CST on July 1st, 2018!

—-> Submissions must include Your name, a TITLE for your entry, Up to 5 PICTURES, and a DESCRIPTION.

TITLE: Every work of art needs a good title! For example “1830s Cinderella” or “Red Wedding Guest” or “Alucard” or “Dolly Parton Goes To Ren Fair” etc.

PHOTOS: Photos are VERY IMPORTANT and can make or break an entry! Outfits can be displayed on mannequins or dress forms, but photos of it being worn by a human are preferred! Make sure you have at least one straight-on front shot so all the details can be seen! Include close-ups of specific details you are proud of like embellishment, process photos, alternate angles, etc. LIMIT OF 5 PHOTOS PER ENTRY, PLEASE!

DESCRIPTION: Along with your photos, include a description of your piece. Tell us about what makes your entry special! Did you try any new techniques? Is it made for particular person/persona? Have you worn it to any events? If you ran into any problems you had to tackle, tell us how you solved them. Judges greatly appreciate construction details! Winning entries will have excerpts from their submission descriptions published on the blog.

SEE A SAMPLE SUBMISSION HERE

—> Be sure to give credit to any artists if you chose to reinterpret their artwork!

If you can, please include a photo of the artwork and/or a link to the original source.

HAVE FUN! This is not something we want you to agonize over. This is to be a fun and inspiring challenge for you as a costumer to help you grow and express yourself. And if the entire thing doesn’t get finished? Oh well! Share or submit what you have!

Limit of two (2) entries per person per challenge.

NOTE!

Costumes posted to Facebook will not be counted as part of the challenge—they must be submitted via email (shearmadnesscostumes@gmail.com) to qualify. Contestants can share the progress of their outfits on their blogs or on the Shear Madness Facebook page. However, please do not post entries in their final state on the Facebook page until after judging is complete.

Judging and Awards

The judges will review the entries and the winners will be announced during the first week of July 2018. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners, as well as honorable mentions as chosen by the judges. Winners will be given a Shear Madness logo with their winning placement for display on their blog/website and will have their creations featured in the header on the Facebook group page! All submissions will have a photo featured on the Challenge’s final blog post!

Group administrators and moderators have the final say on any rules for challenges and may update them as needed.