Costumes and Performances by Tab Kimpton

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The Path to Princedom Part 5- Two Wig wonder

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Here’s the story of how I finally arrived at this wig- I think every project has a moment where everything goes wrong and you have to go cry in a corner for a little while. This wig was mine.

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The Path to Princedom 4- Authentic Shirt

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Sexy shirt time!

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The Path to Princedom part 3- Fantastic Waistcoat!

Longest tutorial ever- The full construction of a heavily embroidered and beaded georgian waistcoat, 68 pictures of glory.

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The Path to Princedom Part 2- Enormous Trousers

While Christian made his shirt for Blackadder, I started work on a vital, but also easiest parts of the costume, the trousers.

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I bought 2m of cream taffeta which is rather see through, so I knew I’d have to self line these.

I’ve never made flap fronted trousers so I pretty much followed the instructions to the T. I drew the pattern out on the fabric with a blue chalk, then measured the size I needed for where the embroidery would go.

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I have a template in photoshop for the embroidery hoop size, the challenge is making something that tessellates nicely and will fit in the border and also be able to be used in the corners of the work.

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Here’s the pattern in PE design. I actually bought my machine because it came with this software for free, embroidery software can cost up to £1000. PE design is a bit of an idiot to work with, if I had a choice I would use http://www.embird.net/ instead.

 

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The pattern instructions here are surprisingly very good! I took the embroidered parts of fabric and completed steps 1, 12 and 14 to create a pair of trousers so I could fully line them before proceeding with the front flap steps. Lining trousers is a real head fuck, but I got there in the end!

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I made up a pattern for some buttons. The reference images for this costume are way too blurry to make out so I’ve got a folder of embroidery inspiration that I’ve been using for ideas.

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Here you can see the fail rate on machine embroidery and why large projects are terrifying to put in a machine.

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Sexy buttons.

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The first little clusters of pearls!

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TADA!

 

I did the stupid thing of not trying something on until I was completely finished and the trousers were WAY too big. But in the bad way where they wrinkle at the crotch and look a bit like strange genitals. I took about 4 inches out on the sides, crotch and back seam, and the result is what you see here.

They’re still slightly see through even though they’ve been lined. I’m going to have to buy a pair of beige pants.

9 hours work, 2 bobbins worth of embroidery thread.

Total hours: 19

 

 

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The Path to Princedom Part 1- References and Materials

Once every year I save a commission slot for a personal costume. This is because I love getting up and doing skits with friends- that’s where my cosplay career started and where I hope to stay for many years to come. But just because something is a skit costume doesn’t mean I want it to be simple- this is my chance to try out new techniques and really push myself to do things I wouldn’t dare with commission work.

Enter Prince George:

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Sweet jesus look at all that bling. LOOK AT IT. THE HOURS OF EMBROIDERY AND PEARLS AND BEAUTIFUL EVERYWHERE.

And the best thing about this costume? That my long term buddy Christian R Allan is the perfect compliment to the look.

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(The one on the left…)

There are THREE things a costume must be before I consider it for a personal costume:

1) It must be a new challenge. (I’ve made so much armour that all I want to do now is sew. SEW I TELL YOU)

2) It must cost less than £200 in materials to make (Because anything more and my costume business is a farce)

3) I must have the ability to have FUN in it. (I.E. Can I sit down/move about/ spend the day not having to pull a bitch face)

We have a winner!

I’m going to go spent hundreds of hours beading a coat, then get smashed with Christian and possibly wreck it.  Tally Ho!

Materials and research info under the cut!

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How to make a Loki costume part 9- Arm Guards

 

Yet another foray into the realm of beautiful things! Detailed breakdown of construction including templates under cut! Read the rest of this page »

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How to make a loki costume part 8- Strap Armour.

Making a big costume is a BIG load of work. I don’t know about other people, but if I look at a costume and start thinking about how much work I have to do I start panicking. This means instead of doing work I’m panicking about how much work I have to do, which is helpful to no one.

The loki armour was a BIG thing. I’ve had real fights with sculpting and resin in the past, so if I let myself contemplate the mammoth that was sculpting and casting each piece I knew I was doomed.

So I learnt to trick myself.

I broke it down as much as possible. I started sculpting the easiest parts first, slowing working my way up to more difficult pieces. It was a process summed up a bit like this:

Here’s the next step in the armour making process- Straps!

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How to make a Loki costume part 7- Chest and wrist armour

I have a secret about sculpting.

 

…I hate clay.

 

I mean REALLY hate it.

 

I hate it so much that I avoid it as much as possible. It seems that clay and I will never get along, so much so that I avoid costumes that I know I’ll have to do any sculpting in clay for.

 

I have lived in envy of other people who find sculpting in clay *fun* and produce these beautiful finger print free pieces. I am not one of those people.

 

So here’s how I made the sculpts for the loki armour with the LEAST amount of clay work possible.

 

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How to make a Loki costume part 6- Trousers

 

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