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

8.  “As Seen on TV…” – The media recreation challenge!  You must recreate a costume from a movie or TV show as closely as possible to the original source material.  (July 2015 – October 2015)

9.  “Slap Some Gears On It” – Costumes inspired by the Steampunk genre.  Gadgets, gizmos, pith helmets, goggles, modded Nerf guns and all the other Steampunk stuff you can think of!  (October 2015 – January 2016)

10.  “The Adorable Alert Challenge!” – Costumes for children.  Baby Hobbits, miniature Jedis, tiny Princesses and wee little Superheroes.  No pets and no serial killers, please.  🙂  (January 2016 – April 2016)

11.  “The Way You Wear Your Hat” – The headwear challenge!  Anything you can put on your head counts.  Hats, wigs, headbands, horns, crowns, you name it!  (April 2016 – July 2016)

12.  “The Decade Challenge” – This is for all you historical folks out there!  Any decade can be represented, up until 1970.  Should be a complete look, from the undergarments on out to the accessories.  (October 2016 – January 2017)

13.  “The Big Top Challenge” – Calling all clowns, ringmasters, tightrope walkers, sideshow performers, and miscellaneous circus performers!  Whether a historically accurate outfit, or something completely from your imagination, as long as it fits in a circus, it can be entered here.  (January 2017 – April 2017)

TO CLARIFY:  All materials must be FINISHED within one year of the the start of the challenge.  So for  “As Seen On TV”  (Challenge runs from 7/16/2015 to 10/1/2015), the dates of construction allowed would be 7/16/2014 – 10/1/2015.  It doesn’t matter when you STARTED the outfit – the main focus is the FINISHING date.  

Challenge #8 starts July 16, 2015 and runs till October 1, 2015.  The rules of the challenge are:

1. The outfit must have been FINISHED within the time period of 7/16/2014 – 10/1/2015.

2. 75% of the outfit must have been made by you.  25% of the outfit can be purchased/sourced/thrifted by you.  We want to see your crafty creativity!

3.  This challenge IS meant to be a duplicate of an outfit from a TV show or Movie.  For the purposes of this challenge this is NOT going to include cartoons, or any other animated series.  We covered that in the “Drawn That Way” challenge.  You need to recreate the outfit as close as possible to the source material.  This does not mean buying the actual fabric used (unless you can find it, but as example, those Italian fabrics from Game of Thrones are spendy!), but getting as close an approximation as possible to the look.  If something is historically based, you do not have to have historical underpinnings, but more points can be given for that.

4. We encourage you to make any accessories, additional pieces, etc. for the costume that the character has.  This is definitely a Go Big or Go Home challenge!

5.  You need to submit 1-5 photos to Laura on FB or at no later than midnight CST on October 1, 2015.  Please also include a photo or link to the inspiration character.  Include any problems you had to solve, any new things you tried and any creative solutions to problems that you came up with.  Photos are VERY IMPORTANT and can make or break an entry.  Judges like to see costumes on actual people, if at all possible.  Cute poses are fun, but make sure you have at least one full front shot so all the details can be seen.

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 October 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 it’s suitability for the challenge, send Laura an email and she will let you know.

The judges will review the entries and the winners will be announced on October 4, 2015.  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 trophies/ribbons of an undetermined design.

This admittedly awesome trophy in standing in place of the ACTUAL Shear Madness trophy until I get out the E6000 and make one.

The 1st place winner will receive a mystery gift!  (Mainly because I can’t think of anything at the moment.  I am accepting suggestions.)

What could it be?? Even I don't know!

What could it be?? Even I don’t know!

The 2nd place and 3rd place winners will receive a copy of “Costume Design 101:  The Business and Art of Creating Costumes for Film and Television”:

A very cool book with lots of great source images.

A very cool book with lots of great source images.

All winners (including the Honorable Mention winners) will have their creations featured in the header on the Facebook group page from October 4 to January 4, 2016.

The judges for this challenge are amazing costumers.  Each has an extensive background in frugal costuming and are excited to see what you create for the challenge.

Judge #1 is Samantha Evans, of Sam Ghosts of Costumes, which showcases her costume wardrobe, and her other persona, Sam Squared Superfit, her fitness site.   Sam has been costuming since 2005 and has done a smattering of fandom recreation costumes, some totally original crazy gown costumes, and a few historical interpretations.  She’s won Best in Class awards in the Dragon Con Friday Night Costume Contest at Novice, Journeyman, and Master levels, and Best In Show there for The Looking Glass Wars Red Queen.  In one of her favorite contests, the Young Adult Literature Costume Contest at Dragon Con, She has won 2 “best movie recreations” and one Best In Show ~ for her Catching Fire Capital Couture Effie, Cesar, and Katniss.  She was also fortunate to win 2 workmanship awards and a Judges’ Choice award in the Costume Con masquerades in different years.

Sam was one of those costumers that I always looked up to, because every time I saw her at an event, she was the whole package.  Her costume was always beautifully made, her hair and accessories were perfect, and I could believe she WAS the character.  She always looked comfortable in whatever she was wearing, and she made me believe I could look that amazing too.

Sam says:  “As far as favorite costumes goes, that’s pretty hard!  I think my absolute favorite is the French Court gown I did to be “Summer”  in a Marie Antoinette Seasons group.  It just came out so pretty, and had these origami petals inspired by Julia Roberts’ wedding dress in “Mirror Mirror”.  The most insane amount of work costume award goes to my Katniss Wedding dress – it had like 1700 yards of ruffled tulle and ribbon applique on 20 yards of organza!  And my most badass costume, definitely the man-eating flower Red Queen Dress – the flowers had about 600 Sculpy teeth in their centers and the skirt was covered with 3000 rubies.  Apparently my favorite costumes always involve like 1000’s of something….”

Sam's beautiful

Sam’s beautiful “Summer” dress.

Judge #2 is Cassandra aka PinkRouge of the Sister Sola Blog.  Cassandra has been costuming as a hobby since 2002, making on average about 4-5 new costumes per year. All sewing/fabricating skills have been self-taught through trial and error, help/tips from fellow costumers, and Google.  She has won the following awards: Best Fantasy at Dragon*Con 2006 Masquerade for House of Flying Daggers costume and dance; Best Professional category for Dragon*Con 2007 Friday Night Costuming Contest for Pearly Queen; Best Movie Recreation at Ad Astra 2010 Toronto for Satine Hindi Rehearsal.

I met Cassandra at my first Costume Con in Milwaukee, and I was immediately impressed with how friendly and approachable she was, as well as by how amazing her costumes were.  They were all recreations of costumes I had seen in movies, and they were all PERFECT.  She never overlooks a single detail of a costume, and works hard to become that character.  She continually amazes me with her creativity and ability.

Cassandra says:  “My Pearly Queen is my favourite because all the hours and hours of work (4572 hand-sewn buttons!) paid off and the whole thing came together perfectly and fits like a glove despite both the jacket and skirt being Franken-patterned.”

The Pearly Queen hangs out with an old friend.

The Pearly Queen hangs out with an old friend.

Judge #3 is Maggie of  Padawan’s Guide and Costumer’s Guide to Movie Costumes. She’s  run the Star Wars and movie costume research websites since mid-2000. She has made numerous costumes over the years – from Star Wars and Star Trek, to Titanic, to historical gowns from a variety of periods.

Maggie has done so much for the costuming world, I don’t even know where to begin.  She has tirelessly documented thousands of movie costumes, from images to descriptions, to recreations.  She is well known in the Star Wars community for her recreations, her knowledge of costumes, and her enthusiasm for costuming.  Maggie is charming, creative, and terribly talented.

Maggie says:  ”This is one of my favorite costumes because it’s one I always wanted even before I was a costumer. And it’s one that I am super proud of finishing, because the embroidery on it took me 9 months!”

Maggie's lovely Leia costume.

Maggie’s lovely Leia costume.

So mark your calendars for October 2, 2015 and get your creative juices flowing!

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