Shear Madness Quarterly Challenge #3: Clean Up In Aisle 10!

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The second Quarterly Challenge is almost over, so it is time to start thinking about the next ones.   They are:

3.  ”Clean-up in Aisle 10!” – Costumes made with items not found at craft or fabric stores.  Hardware stores, office supply, junk-yards, you name it!  (April – July 2014)

4.  ”Who Needs Fabric Anyway?”  – Costumes made using non-fabric in place of fabric, or making completely different fabric out of other fabric, roving, etc..  Think the trash bag fashion of “Derelicte” from the movie “Zoolander,” felted sweaters as fabric, etc.  (July – October 2014)

5.  “Popping Tags – Thrifty Costume” – Costumes made almost exclusively of thrifted and manipulated ready-to-wear garments. (October 2014 – January 2015)

6.  “Twisted Historicals” – Costumes made using a historical genre as a base.  A Betty Boop Elizabethan, Steampunk Victorian, etc.  Must have a historical shape to it.  (January 2015 – April 2015)

7.  “The $50 Challenge” – You can spend no more than $50 on a costume.  Show us your frugality!  (April 2015 – July 2015)

Challenge #3 starts April 7, 2014 and runs till July 1, 2014.  The rules of the challenge are very similar to those of the first challenge:

1. The outfit must have been made within the time period of 4/1/2013 – 7/1/2014.

2.  75% of the outfit must have been made by YOU.  Thrifted items that have been significantly altered qualify as made by you.  Wigs and other items that are purchased would qualify in the 25% if there is a significant amount added to the wig.  We want to see your crafty creativity!

3.  The outfit MUST be made by you using unusual materials. Items from a hardware store, items from a junk-yard, items from the dollar store, etc.  Fabric may make up part of the outfit, but not be 100%.

4.  The outfit cannot be a duplicate of an outfit that is advertised in a store unless the store outfit was an inspiration and yours is radically different.  No knock-offs of other people’s work, please.  Everyone is entitled to their own ideas, and we want to see yours – not a copy of someone else’s.

5.  You need to submit 1-5 photos to Laura on FB no later than midnight CST on July 1, 2014.  Please also include a photo or link to any inspiration images, and a brief description of why you decided to create this particular outfit.  Include any problems you had to solve, any new things you tried and any creative solutions to problems that you came up with.

6.  Contestants can share the progress of their outfits on their blogs, or on the Shear Madness page, but it is NOT required.

7.  Contestants can sign up at any time.  Simply send your name, the kind of outfit you are creating, and a valid email to Laura via FB email any time prior to July 1st.

8.  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.  And if the entire thing doesn’t get finished, oh well!  Submit what you have.  We just want to see what you were working on!

9.  If you have a question about an outfit concerning percentage of fabric versus found items, or it’s suitability for the challenge, or the time period it was made during, send Laura an email and she will let you know.

The judges will review the entries and the winners will be announced on July 4, 2014.  There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded, as well as honorable mentions as chosen by the judges.  All winners will be given a Shear Madness logo with their winning placement for display on their blog/website.  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive Shear Madness Medals!

This ribbon is acting as a stunt ribbon until the real ribbon is back from the manufacturer (aka after I finish making it).

This ribbon is acting as a stunt ribbon until the real ribbon is back from the manufacturer (aka after I finish making it).

The first prize winner will also receive an excellent gift for those who like to craft – a bucket of miscellaneous parts and pieces with which to create:

Your bucket may or may not contain these items, in addition to fabric, sewing supplies, gears, chocolate, or anything else that seems useful.

Your bucket may or may not contain these items, in addition to fabric, sewing supplies, gears, chocolate, or anything else that seems useful.

The amazing Lis Kester of Dragonfly Designs by Alisa has also donated a rendering of the first prize winner’s outfit as done on a penguin.  Lis makes very cute and detailed penguins – my sister has an entire Christmas Nativity of Penguins made by her.  They are wee and very fun.

My Tom Baker #4 Dr. Who Penguin as made by Lis.  LOOK AT HIS LITTLE SONIC SCREWDRIVER!!

My Tom Baker #4 Dr. Who Penguin as made by Lis. LOOK AT HIS LITTLE SONIC SCREWDRIVER!!

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will also receive Pennyblossoms in their choice of color from another outstanding judge, Caitlin Marlow-Shindler, from her shop “Bright Copper Penny” on Etsy.

These cute things come customized to your favorite genre!

These cute things can come customized to your favorite genre!

Both the 1-3rd prize winners and the Honorable Mention winners will have their creations featured in the header on the Facebook group page from July 4 to October 4, 2014.

The judges for this project are amazing costumers.  Each has extensive background in costuming in different genres and are excited to see what you come up with.

Judge #1 is Lis Kester, blogger at Dragonfly Designs by Alisa, mixed media artist, Mother of Chickens, panelist at various conventions and amazing Steampunk designer.  Lis has never found a genre that she didn’t like to mix with another, but Steampunk remains her first love.  She is currently collaborating with well known photographer Tyson Vick on a Steampunk Adventure book featuring her amazing costuming and Vick’s photography.

Lis says about her favorite outfit:  ”I love this one because I learned so many new techniques and skills while working on it – including dyeing the boots red, and making a leather reproduction of River’s journal.”

Steampunk River Song

Steampunk River Song

Judge #2 is Gail Wolfenden-Steib of Rukshana Raks.  Gail is an award winning theatrical costume designer,  draper, crafts artisan and milliner for various theatres, schools and stage productions, as well as the costume painter/dyer for the Tony award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival for the past 17 seasons. She frequently presents for USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology) and teaches professional workshops on costume airbrushing and distressing, and master classes in costume painting and dyeing.

Gail says about her favorite costume:  “It was difficult to choose my favorite costume. Do I pick one that is so special that it’s only been worn once or twice or do I pick something that makes me smile whenever I wear it to work? Well the everyday piece won. This is my current favorite costume (although I believe that my CC32 entry will top it but I can’t show it just yet). I love this because it has so much texture and makes me feel awesome when I wear it, which happens to be fairly often. The coins on the bra and belt are vintage 1970’s Costless (dancers out there know the name) that I reworked into their current form. The skirt is a celery and burnt red irredescent velvet and the accents are geometric burnout silk. I made the headband and the hair sticks too. The veil was also custom dyed using a procion MX low water immersion method to accent the costume. I LOVE to work with color and texture in costumes to create a unique visually interesting work every time.”

Gail in her beautiful dance costume.

Gail in her beautiful dance costume.


Judge #3 is Caitlin Marlow-Shindler of Bright Copper Penny, and Caitlin’s Costume Closet.  Caitlin is a multiple award-winning costumer who has won everything from Audience Favorite to Best in Show at San Diego Comic Con. A fan of almost everything, Caitlin has turned that love of Sci Fi and Fantasy into her business making Penny Blossoms at Bright Copper Penny.

Caitlin’s favorite outfit is the dress that first sparked her interest in sewing and costuming: Padme’s Lake Gown from Star Wars Episode II.

Her Royal Highness Padme Amidala

Her Royal Highness Padme Amidala

So mark your calendars for July 1, 2014 and get your creative juices flowing!  A second post will be coming soon with examples of different accessories.

Challenge #3 begins April 7th!

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