Here are some other places to learn about making cool armaments.
It's week 3 of my DIY Halloween tip series. Today I will list some mammoth crafting sites containing many tutorials, galleries, groups, resource lists.Much of it can be useful for costumers.
Here's a topic that can take over your life: cosplay. If you are unfamiliar with cosplay (short for costume play), it's a subculture of anime and sci-fi enthusiasts that combines role-playing and fashion into a type of performance art. Cosplayers are often are very dedicated, spending all their free time and money on impressive and elaborate outfits.
So today it's about EYES - a few resources and tutorials to enhance your eyes as part of your costume.
There has been a revival of Burlesque in the last decade. Playful, old fashioned, individualized, it's sexy but not sexist because the dancers empower themselves with their performances.
You've finished your fabulous costume at last, it's 2 hours before you go out to the Halloween extravaganza to show it off. Oops, what shoes are you going to wear? Remember last year when you wore those boots that pinched your toes and made you miserable by 10 pm? Don't do that again. But you can't wear your flip flops with a stormtrooper/fairy princess/zombie pirate costume! What are you going to do? Here are some ideas to consider:
Spoutwood has been going for 20 years but there are new faery festivals, cons and balls springing up in the the US, the UK and elsewhere, part of the growing popularity of role playing and masquerade.
There are 500,000+ websites related to sewing historic garb. It's overwhelming. A good place to start if you have all afternoon is (my favorite) The Costumers Manifesto.
I've been speculating that ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian wear will be the next steampunk. The fashion pendulum usually swings between excessive detail (i.e Steampunk) and simpler, classic lines. But the ancient Mediterraneans had more than nicely draped bodies going for them in the fashion department.
The second post in the DIY Halloween 2010 series is dedicated to those ingenious and slightly obsessed Star Wars fans.