SHEAR MADNESS QUARTERLY CHALLENGE #22: “WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE”


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The 21st Shear Madness costuming challenge was all about Arms and Armor! We received a huge variety of skillful entries for that challenge and we are so excited to see what you folks have in store for our next group costuming challenge:

Challenge #22 “Welcome to the DARK SIDE”

Shear Madness is all about the joy of Impractical Costuming, creativity, and unusual materials put together with clever skill. This challenge is for all costumers of all levels and all genres! OC, LARP, Anime, Historical, Sci Fi, and more are welcome.

This challenge focuses on Goth, Victorian gothic, horror, and villains!

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

The Rules

1. Any costume, accessory, or prop completed between July 1st, 2018 (last year) and the deadline of October 1st, 2019 qualifies!

When you began your submission doesn’t matter as long as it was FINISHED after 7/1/2018.

The submissions window is open beginning July 1st, 2019 and closes on October 1st, 2019 at midnight CST.

2. Qualifying entries for this challenge should feature a “Dark Side” aspect, such as costumes that prominently feature the color black or costumes influenced by Victorian mourning, Sith lords (and ladies), goth fashion, Disney villains, horror classics like vampires or werewolves, etc.

3. This challenge is for complete costumes 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.

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 purchased a pair of black patent leather platform shoes, they count towards the 25%. However, if you covered the heels with glass doll eyes, they count towards the 75%.

5. We want to see your creativity and hard work on display, not someone else’s! You may only submit work you created yourself, not costumes you commissioned or purchased elsewhere. 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! Collaborations are allowed as long as all parties consent to it being entered and everyone’s given fair credit.

— 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!
If you need some guidance for taking photos, click here for a few basic photo tips.

DESCRIPTION: Along with your photos, include a description of your creation. Include when it was made, and 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 7-10 days after the challenge closes on October 1st, 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, a customized digital photo of their entry “stamped” with their placement that can be uploaded to sites like Instagram or Facebook, 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 #21 “ARMS AND ARMOR” WINNERS

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Our 21st Quarterly Shear Madness Costuming Challenge was “Arms and Armor” which was all about costumes involving armor, prop weapons, and designs inspired by armor/weapons.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the Arms and Armor challenge:

Honorable Mention for Character Concept

Viking Merida” by Casey Brown of Skyleaf Creations

“The shoulder Armor and designs on the corset are done out for fosshape with a rigaline understructure for the shoulder. The dress is my old Merida dress that I distressed and add the DunBroch plaid to. Belt is also fosshape with HTV designs. Quiver is foam and Worbla.”

“Axes were dollar store axes that I shortened the handles and wrapped in faux leather. I also changed the blade size and shape with Worbla.”

*Judges’ comments

“Fun concept!”

“Would have loved to have seen close-ups of the armor.

Honorable Mention for Exploring New Medium

“Yawgmoth, Thran Physician” by Shawn Riggin and Ella Riggin (age 11)

“Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is a fictional character from the annals of Magic: the Gathering lore going back as far as 1994 when the game was in its infancy. He is, however, first seen in card form just this summer. There was about 45 days from the time the artwork and card were previewed to the deadline of the contest, so I knew I had to work quickly. There was also the challenge that I’d never done true cosplay or worked in EVA before. But I have a background in actual real armouring, so I knew how to get the lines and contours despite the fact I’d never worked in the medium. When I told my daughter what I was going to work on, she begged me to help – she loves crafting and has quite the artistic side. So we learned together.”

[Left, Artist’s Inspiration. Right, Artist’s Recreation]

“The armor is made from 3 thicknesses of EVA – 3mm, 6mm and 10mm. I used a combination of Weldwood, velcro, snaps and rivets to hold it all together and Dynaflex 230 to fill gaps and contour while remaining flexible. I heat-stretched the EVA for the shoulders – tearing one in the process. I had to cover my ball stake (used for shaping metal) with leather so that the edges wouldn’t cut into the EVA and cause it to tear with the added stress. The base material used is black faux leather. The EVA was sealed with plasti-dip and painted with a combination of Krylon Hammered Finish Dark Amber and white, black and silver acrylics. The only items purchased and not modified are the wig and the pants.”

*Judges’ comments

The chest piece turned out cool.

I like the idea that he worked together with his daughter to achieve this, and that he went outside of his comfort zone and used a new medium.

ARMS AND ARMOR: Third Place Winner

“Gladiator from the Game AION: The Tower of Eternity” by Vivyana Cosplay

“I completed this early last year and have worn it to numerous events, including Europe’s largest Fantasy Fair event, Elfia! To make the armor, I used Worbla for the base. I tried foam but it didn’t shape correctly. To make the details I used a combination; I first tried Apoxie Sculpt. but when it dried it fell right off again and broke. I then opted to use EVA foam for the details, and with hot glue this luckily worked! To attach everything, I mainly used cords and ribbons matching the costume. The exception are the arm pieces which are completely closed; this is a bit of a pain to wear them because they have to fit over my wrist. After a day of wear, my hands and wrists are bruised.

[Artist’s Inspiration Image]

“The jacket and pants are made of tafetta, I modified a Simplicity jacket pattern to match the concept art, mainly the front, and shortened the back. Both jackets and pants are fully lined with cotton and the edges are bias tape. The jacket attaches to the breastplate with velcro, and snaps attach to it, to close the chains in front.”

“I also made the weapon! It’s a wooden dowel which can seperate in three pieces with screws for transport. The axehead is made of XPS foam, and the details are EVA foam. Despite this it’s pretty heavy to carry around.”

*Judges’ comments

I wish we had more detail shots.

The inspiration art is stunning and complex, it is very impressive that the costumer chose such an amazing piece to recreate.

“She did a fantastic job shaping the pieces.

ARMS AND ARMOR CHALLENGE: Second Place Winner

“Barbarian Dragon Slayer” by Isabella Ravensdale

“Here is my Barbarian Dragon-slayer that I will be entering in the Bubonicon costume contest this August 23-25th. The genesis was finding this awesome tutorial by Marshon on Instructibles, and deciding that I needed to make a dragon skull and wear it on my head.”

“The skull is made from card stock hardened with resin and covered with bondo. The teeth were made with paper clay and the eyes were glass cabochons painted with nail polish following the youtube tutorials posted by Yvonne Williams.”

“The armor is made from EVA and craft foam with the scales made from paper towels and wood glue them painted. The top is a corset that I covered with an crocodile hide patterned knit and created a breast piece and loin cloth with vinyl crocodile patterned hide. The detail is a dragon I cast with resin. I also created a dragon tooth and claw necklace with polymer clay. The shirt is a simple wrap skirt made from the same fabric as the top.”

“The axe is made from EVA foam, craft foam and PVC pipe. Everything was made my me.”

*Judge’s comments:

The outfit itself fits really well, she used various types of materials and tutorials to achieve the end results, and it’s just really fun. She looks like she is ready to hack someone to death. I love it.

I love that she used so many different materials to achieve this look! The textures are awesome and give the costume depth.

“Up close you realize the extent of the detail and effort that went into each piece. Highly textured, well-proportioned

ARMS AND ARMOR CHALLENGE: First Place Winner

“GOT Kingsguard Cosplay” by Jeanna of ClosetCos

“My submission is the armored Game of Thrones Kingsguard costume. It was worn by my incredibly patient husband, who came with me to a friends GOT themed birthday party in April.”

“Other than the shirt and pants (which I modified) and the sword (I am no blacksmith…yet) everything is 100% hand made. Built mostly out of EVA foam, I had a grand total of 4 days to make it! Needless to say the time constraint was a challenge (as all experiencing the ‘cosplay-crunch’ could tell you!) however, by ignoring everything else in my life except my dogs and my work, somehow I was able to crank this bad-boy out!”

The detail work was also a bit of a difficulty, but a decent paint job will hide a multitude of last-minute sins!

“I absolutely fan-girl over every armored cosplay, so I was very happy to finally get to make such a grand piece myself! I hope that my build might inspire others to try cosplay for themselves, just as I have been inspired by so many other incredible works of cosplay-art!”

*Judge’s comments:

Looks realistic and wearable, close to the inspiration.

Shockingly good for a first timer, and for only having 4 days. The paint job is fantastic, the detail is excellent, and I can believe that she probably didn’t sleep at all those days. The helmet fit is perfect.

Holy shirtballs, Batman! This is very well done. The paint job is amazing! She succeeded very well in making the foam not look like foam.

In addition to the regular awards, the judges also decided the following entry deserved recognition for being a cohesive group design.

ARMS AND ARMOR CHALLENGE: Judges’ Choice Award for Best Group

The Sisters Greae” by Serafina Miller, Alexandra Alise Montani, Monique Motil, and Autumn Adamme of Dark Garden Corsetry

“This was a group effort undertaken for a Venetian Carnival party with the theme ‘Parade of Dionysus.’ We chose to be the three Greae Sisters, sharing an eye and a tooth, but as we imagined the crones may have been when they were younger, fierce warriors. The armor inspired corsets, headpieces, and pauldrons were created with latex and paint. The texture on all the pieces was a combination of latex and hot glue molding and found objects, from lace to doilies to faux flowers. I created the corset bases which Serafina Miller and I decorated with the tutelage and encouragement of master crafter Monique Motil. Monique mostly single handedly created the headpieces and shoulder pieces.”

“The outfits wouldn’t have been complete without the jewelry that was sourced by the third sister, Alexandra Alise Montani, who lives in Rome and therefore couldn’t get her hands dirty with the rest of us.”

“Our milky contacts were the finishing touch, suggesting blindness, with only one clear eye between us.”

*Judges’ comments

I love the attention to detail and the distressing. They paid a lot of attention to every little bit of these costumes.

Judge’s Choice for making fabric look like armor because the headpieces and pauldrons are quite impressive.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS OF THE ARMS AND ARMOR CHALLENGE!

And a big thank you to our panel of Challenge #21 Judges as well!

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.

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.
 

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

Each Challenge has 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Honorable Mentions are granted to costumes with notable characteristics, interesting techniques, unique designs, etc. even if they did not win a numbered placement. The challenge judges may also award a Judges’ Choice Award  in recognition of that entry’s excellent use of materials, show of skill, or unique concept. Such an award is similar in rank to a 1st place award.

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 #21: “ARMS and ARMOR”


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The 20th Shear Madness costuming challenge was all about GOLD! We received a huge variety of fabulous entries for that challenge and we are so excited to see what you folks have in store for our next group costuming challenge:

Challenge #21 “ARMS and ARMOR”

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

This challenge focuses on custom-made armor, armor-inspired designs, and/or prop weapons. Shear Madness is all about the joy of Impractical Costuming, creativity, and unusual materials put together with clever skill! OC, LARP, Anime, Historical, Storm Troopers, and more are welcome!

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

The Rules

1. Any costume, accessory, or prop completed between April 1st, 2018 (last year) and the deadline of July 1st, 2019 qualifies!

When you began your submission doesn’t matter as long as it was FINISHED within the time period of 4/1/2018 – 7/1/2019.

The submissions window is open beginning April 1st, 2019 and closes on July 1st, 2019 at midnight CST.

2. Qualifying entries should be armor, prop weapons or feature a design element that takes inspiration from armor/weapons. Some examples of what might qualify include: craft foam pauldrons, a Steampunk laser rifle,  Mandalorian helmets, a bustle dress made of dagger-print fabric, a tower shield made for LARP, scale-mail gauntlets, etc.

3. This challenge is for complete costumes OR accessories/props for humans of all ages, genders, and sizes. Props must be presented with context, preferably with the costume they are intended to be worn with, but a written description/sketch can suffice if the rest of the outfit is incomplete. 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 purchased a foam sword to accompany your costume, it counts towards the 25%. However, if you carved it into the shape of a thunderbolt for your Storm Knight cosplay, it counts towards the 75%.

5. We want to see your creativity and hard work on display, not someone else’s! You may only submit work you created yourself, not costumes you commissioned or purchased elsewhere. 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! Collaborations are allowed as long as all parties consent to it being entered and everyone’s given fair credit.

— 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! 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. Include when the item was made, and 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 7-10 days after the challenge closes on July 1st, 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, a customized digital photo of their entry “stamped” with their placement that can be uploaded to sites like Instagram or Facebook, 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 #20 “SHADES OF GOLD” WINNERS

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Our 20th Quarterly Shear Madness Costuming Challenge was “Shades of GOLD” which was, just like the title says, all about golden costumes, from warm shades of yellow to bright, shiny metallics!

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

Without further ado, here are the winners of the Shade of GOLD challenge:

Honorable Mention: Excellent Accessory Design

Blinged Out Biker Cap” by Magz Ross

“This was a hat that I made for our local community theatres production of Priscilla Queen of the Dessert, which was staged in June 2018 in Calgary. It was worn by Bob at the finale. This was a $10 plastic black cap from our local costume shop. I inserted buckram to make the sides and top stiff and solid, then covered it in a layer of modge podge. Then the fun began with the jewels in the glitter. I was going for a look that might be worn at Burning Man. Finally a layer or two of spray on varnish to seal it. It was a great success when he came out wearing it.”

*Judges’ comments

“I love this hat.”

“Very fun!

Honorable Mention: Outstanding Movie Recreation

The Sovereign” by Monty Hodorowski

“I sew costumes as a form of physical therapy & mental rehabilitation. A car ran a red light, hitting my SUV & flipped it spinning like a top through the intersection. Neurologist say I have Traumatic Brain Injury & they don’t have rehabilitation for patients over 35years old. “The Sovereign” is a character from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 movie. It was difficult to find reference photos because there is so much CGI in the movie. She is completely gold, including her skin. I bought a metallic gold long sleeve bodysuit and wore gold makeup. I wore it in February to The Weekend Blender.”

The dress structure was simple. It was all the tiny details that were challenging.The front of the torso is made from many individually cut layers of craft foam that are covered in various metallic cricut adhesive vinyl. The skirt is metallic gold textured mesh flatlined over a gold satin. 
  The 2 panels on top of the skirt are a metallic gold textured mesh over a thin vinyl. The edges are trimmed with metallic bronze wired ribbon. The art deco inspired design on these panels are craft foam covered in various metallic cricut adhesive vinyls as well as metallic ribbon & pieces of a gold plastic placemat. The helmet is metallic gold streach fabric over craft foam. Under the helmet is the same gold streach fabric as a form fitted hood that tucks into the mock turtleneck of the bodysuit. I wore shiny gold metallic tennis shoes that have colored lights (like the Infinity Stones) that blink in different sequences. Shoes & bodysuit were purchased, the rest was made by me.”

*Judges’ comments

I think the attention to detail is really good, and quite clever, considering the lack of good source photos. They have the look down, and the use of materials is fantastic.

This is a good replica of a costume that was probably mostly CGI in the movievery creative in using different elements to achieve the look.

GOLD CHALLENGE: Third Place Winner

“Rynch Karh Empress Guard” by Bethany Padron

“I designed a series of Four Guards of the Siliquari Empress (Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper) Since I had leftover gold pieces from a number of previous projects; gold was a go. The choli is teal satin with gold sheer trim over yellow cotton in a mock neck style. The belt is boned and made of teal twill and gold leaf leather.”

“The pants were dyed to match and have the same trim as the top. The skirt, drape and hood were made from a thrift shop sari. I purchased sandals and added the toe blades with worbla scraps. The spearhead is carved insulation foam and worbla on top of a shower curtain rod.”

“I made the prosthetic with a clay sculpt around a resin cast eye and then slush cast with liquid neoprene. To finish off the look I painted wrist and ankle bands and made a headband to hide my blue hair!”

*Judges’ comments

 I love that this is an entire look – everything is there for a reason. The colors are gorgeous and it looks very comfortable.

I have no idea what this references, but the colors are gorgeous. The use of leftover and thrifted fabrics to create this was very clever. The finishing details look great, and all the accessory pieces are also well done.

GOLD CHALLENGE: Second Place Winner

“British Imperial State Crown and Coronation Orb & Sceptre” by Debbie Redfern [aka Red Stone Dreamery]

“I made the following pieces, my replicas of the British Imperial State Crown and Coronation Orb & Sceptre, in April & May 2018 as part of my ever-growing collection of royalty cosplay accessories.”

“I used a bunch of cheap costume jewelry, a curtain rod, a wood ball, crystals & rhinestones, metal pieces, foam, fur, spray paint, and lots of E-6000 glue to assemble them all. “

[Top: The Original Crown Jewels. Bottom: Debbie’s Recreations.]

“This was my first attempt at making this type of thing and I’m really pleased with how well it turned out. And the crown is surprisingly comfortable to wear despite it’s weight (guessing about 3 lbs).”

*Judge’s comments:

#1. I am impressed that someone has a collection of crown jewel replicas. #2. The attention to detail in recreating it using less expensive materials is very good. #3. I would like my own set.

“Amazing work and accuracy to reference.”

Woah, just woah. These are amazing props!

GOLD CHALLENGE: First Place Winner

A Star’s Light” by Stephanie (aka Sutie) of Sutie Silver Fyre Studio

“This costume held many challenges from trying to interpret the art to learning how to work with new materials.

The art from the manga studio CLAMP has always captivated me. The stories told with their art is inspiring. Enough so that I wanted to create one of their fantastic works in real life. I made this for and entered it into Anime Los Angeles Masquerade.”

[Artist’s Inspiration Image]

“One of the major elements of the costume that I was excited to do was use gold mirror acrylic. The 2D art imply that the stars on the dress and used as accessories are reflective or metallic. This had me thinking about a material to use for quite some time. How would I portray this? I got the idea from some mirror acrylic stickers. Then I did some research on them to see if gold was an option. It was! Though I couldn’t find the size and shapes I needed. This meant I will need to create my own so… Now to test and learn about using acrylic.

I had some scrap clear acrylic sheet on hand left over from a prop I created. Using those pieces I experimented. First was figuring out how to cut it. I tried saws, both manual and electric, and heat. Both were not working for the fine detail I needed. I had a friend that had access to a laser cutter and contacted them to see if it would work on acrylic sheets. The answer is yes, yes it does.

Next I looked into color. I did attempt a mirror paint that you can apply to the back of clear acrylic but it didn’t quite have as high quality as the colored acrylic. So I had to start reaching out to companies to find sheets of gold mirror acrylic.

 I took a short safety course on how to use the laser cutter and learned what programs it worked with. There’s many variables when laser cutting such as laser power, speed, and how many times for it to go over the same spot. With these variables you can control if it does a full cut, etch, or simply catch fire. When it came time to cut the mirror acrylic, my experienced friend advised we tape the back. This is to protect the mirror back from burning. The laser tends to do a slight burn to the surface edge of what it’s cutting and I did not want that esthetic for this particular project. I had created the shapes I needed in a word document. Moons stars and bats. Then we were able to export it into inkscape, which the laser cutter is compatible with.”

“The acrylic isn’t the only gold challenge I faced with this costume, though it may be the flashiest. An interesting aspect of this gown is that the lining is just as detailed as the outside. On the lining of this gown there’s a mural of Sun and Stars. The golden sun has a two tone effect and stars of a golden copper. Again the art depicts it as metallic. So for the sun I turned to vinyl. I was able to find two distinct shades of gold metallic vinyl to use for this 4 foot sun. Because of the large scale of the pieces to create the sun I could not use an at home vinyl cutting machine, so I carefully sketched out each piece and cut it by hand. Lining everything up was like a puzzle that turned out beautifully. The golden copper stars on the lining of this costume was done with a fabric paint I made with Jacquard Pearl Ex powdered pigment in Super Copper and flexible fabric adhesive. This may not have been the best medium to use but I was running short on time and was using what I had on hand. It wasn’t until later that I discovered why fabric adhesive was not the best idea.

I created 10 stencils from cardstock to get crisp lines and identical repeatability for the stars. The first set went well. I painted the stars on and waited an hour before removing the stencil to paint on more. By the time the second set was done it was time for bed so I left the project be so I could return to it later. When I did I discovered that the adhesive attached the stencil to the fabric! It was surely stuck. I had to find a way to save this taffeta lining! The only thing I could think of was to cut it away. Very carefully using an exacto knife I was able to cut the stencil away. It actually came away very cleanly. The edges were crisp. This would be a very tedious job but the piece had to be saved. I had wanted to give up at this point. There was so much work to be done and time was short. My husband stepped in to help me cut away all of the cardboard stencils and provide the support I needed to keep going.”

“The vinyl sun wasn’t the only two toned gold details on the costume. There’s also two toned gold smoke patterns on the coat and tapestry. Again, the artwork depicted it as being metallic. There’s only so many metallic fabrics out there and I had to find something that withstand satin stitching as the smoke on the white jacket showed a thick black outline around it. The iron on vinyl wasn’t an option. So I went for a search of fabrics that could take being punctured with a needle repeatedly. I settled on a stretch vinyl and a metallic spandex. These were by far the hardest fabrics to applique and satin stitch on that I’ve ever done.  Delightfully the results turned out great and I had two tone metallic details appliqued on the wizards coat (as I had begun to call it) and tapestry.

My next challenge was finding a metallic gold bias tape. If I wanted to use something besides lame I was in for quite the search. I settled on another type of vinyl. I couldn’t find a metallic gold vinyl bias tape that was wide enough to wrap my edges at least a half inch. So I bought half inch wide in twice the amount I needed and zig-zag stitched two half inch together with the stitch going down the outer fold. My machine most certainly didn’t like this but I got what I needed to finish up my costume.”

“As you can see, this costume held many challenges but the results were marvelous. I ended up working on it up until a few hours before I had to get ready for the competition but it was at a presentable point. I’m proud of how this turned out even though I can still see some improvements that can be made.

A fun side note about the mirror acrylic on this costume; they are mirrors and therefore act as mirrors do. You can see yourself while looking at it, fix your hair or makeup. But also, during my performance on stage with stage lights my friends in the audience told me the dark ballroom filled with stars while I was on stage. Which was pretty fantastic as my performance was a monologue about how each and every person, every star, is important and it takes just a little care or outreach of one person to help them glow bright.”

*Judge’s comments:

“Acrylic, vinyl, fabric paint, sewing, trim, wig, accessories, as well as crafting skill, and lots of construction information, and inspiration reference…overall amazing work, good fit, multiple materials, and accuracy to reference.”

This is really close to the source image. It isn’t overwhelmingly gold, but literally every piece of it has gold somewhereThe gold applique on the arm things and the underskirt is really stunning.

I love this. I love the colors and I love her execution. She tried something new and it turned out very well. Everything looks crisp.

In addition to the regular awards, the judges also decided the following entry deserved special recognition for its outstanding historically-inspired craftsmanship.

GOLD CHALLENGE: Judge’s Choice Award

Steampunk Admiral” by Sara Örn Tengstrand

“The Admiral stands on a cliff, having left the busy ship for a while to ponder her strategies in silence and enjoy the sea.

The inspiration for this costume comes from some different sources: neo-Victorian costumes from two computer games, 18th century coats, the gold-work embroidery on 19th century military uniforms, and some 1880’s does 1700’s ladies bodices.”

“The coat is made in wool, with about 40 m of braiding handstitched on collar, lapels, and cuffs. The wider trim is a vintage trim I found. The base pattern for the coat is actually from a Tudor dress, and then I constructed lapels, collar, and cuffs and added them. The hat is a 18th century bicorne, a model that was not uncommon for military wear during the 19th century.  I constructed the hat pattern based on a pattern sketch I found on the internet, made it up in buckram and wire, and covered it with the same black wool as the gown. The black wool is very easy to work with, as it drapes well, and the soft matte fabric efficiently hides stitches that would show on the right side in a more unforgiving fabric. That was important, as the lapels, collar, cuff, and the hat brim was finished separately and then hand stitched in place afterwards. The blouse and jabot is also made by me from my own pattern.”

“An important part when designing this costume was to make it flexible in size – more specific, it has to be able to fit over a growing belly, as I am pregnant. This was quite a challenge, as I don’t know what size I will be much beforehand, and hopefully, I will go to an event in my late pregnancy. Thus, the design with an open coat, a blouse with lots of width, and a vest that will later be changed for a much larger one.”

The biggest challenge, except for finding a size-flexible design, was designing the braiding and the other trim. I wanted the braiding to resemble the oak leafs embroidered on collars on military uniforms, organic and flowing but still powerful. It was important to keep the coat looking like a coat, not becoming a dress. As of yet, I have only worn the costume for a photo session, but I am very happy with how it turned out.”

*Judges’ comments

Tremendous amount of effortlooks like a replica.

I love this coat...The braiding is beautiful, and I love the fact that it was made to be modified for pregnancy.

The amount of hand work that went into this is just astounding! The coat lays so well and the shaping of the collars is perfect.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS OF THE SHADES OF GOLD CHALLENGE!

We would also like to recognize the creativity of the many other members who entered their wonderful costume creations in the GOLD challenge, including:

Snow White All Grown Up” by Rhonda

Judge’s comment: “I like the added embroidery and gold over skirtthe gold adds an extra touch of fantasy.”

Lady Regina Delarosa of Venice is Sinking” by Michelle

Judge’s comment: “This is very indicative of Carnevale. She used her color choices well, and the accessories are very fun.

18th Century Symphony Waistcoat” by Jennifer

Judge’s comment: “Very understated elegant waistcoat...looks very sleek and comfortable

Sexy Little Thing” by Susan

Judge’s comment: “The gold fabric with the roses was a romantic choice.”

Tudor Honey” by Bethany

Judge’s comment: “A classic outfit for a Renaissance Fair trip”

Thanks to all the wonderful entries we received for Challenge #20!

And a big thank you to our panel of Challenge #20 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 #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.