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Mini Deerstalker

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In honor of 221B Con which I am sadly unable to attend, I’m posting directions on making your own mini deerstalker over the next couple of days.

First choice is the fabric. I found a number of small scale herringbone fabrics online. But a houndstooth weave is also seen in many incarnations of the infamous Sherlock hat.







Houndstooth fabric


Either way, make sure it is fine enough for something like a tiny hat. Fine enough as in not a coat weight fabric. Look for keywords like skirt weight or drapey.

You will see a houndstooth weave in the photos.

You picked a nice soft fabric, now I want it to be stiffer.  Thin and stiff… nope, I’m not going to make an off-color joke.

Here I used an iron-on interface


The advantage is that now I can mark right on the back of the fabric and don’t have to worry about unraveling.


The Pattern

The free pattern was downloaded years ago from a site that has since deleted it.

I printed it out and used the copy machine at work to shrink it down to the size I wanted.

I’m linking to the original printout leaving all the original proprietary info intact.

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If you don’t have access to a copy machine, you can just paste the .jpg into a MSWord type program and shrink it down before printing. Make sure to keep the aspect ratio intact.

I wanted my hats small but not too tiny. I shrank it until each (pie) section was 3 inches wide.

The mistake I made the first time was not redrawing the seam allowance. It shrank along with the rest of the hat.

I ended up with a ¼ in seam which made it trickier than it needed to be.

Cut 6 of the pie shapes.

Cut 4 ‘flap’ shapes.

Cut 4 ‘ brim’ shapes.


More tomorrow

I love sewing! (and Sherlock)


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March 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

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2014 Con Season for RWS

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Jan 2014- SwampCon  UF student run convention – (Panelist)

March 2014- Lakeland Sewing Expo (excellent shopping)

June 7-8, 2014 – KnightroKon Anime focus at the UCF student union  (possible Panelist)

July 11-13, 2014 – MetroCon – Tampa Anime Con  (sadly I can’t attend this year because I’m going to …)

July 12-13, 2014 – Goo-Con – Props and Make-up, Atlanta GA

July 18-20 2014 – Southern Media Convention – Fandom party with discussion of all aspects of fandom related to television, movies, and the Web (Panelist)

Aug 29 –Sept 1, 2014 – DragonCon

Oct 3-5, 2014 – NecronomiCon – Tampa’s Fan Run General Sci-Fi and Horror Con –Guest of Honor- Eric Flint  (possible Panelist)

Any great ones in Florida I’m missing? Going to join me at any of these events?

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February 26, 2014 at 5:14 pm

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One week until DragonCon

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One week until DragonCon and this is my life…


Well, safety pins and hot glue

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August 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

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Closet Costumes

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I want to collect some ideas for easy costumes that either come out of your closet or can go into your closet when you are done.

First off, a classic, Isaiah Mustafa ( Old Spice Guy ) the man you wish your man would smell like. You just need a towel, some Old Spice, and hopefully some nice abs.  The preppy sweater and ability to ride a horse backward are optional. old-spice-man-costume

Got a towel but not the abs?

How about Arthur Dent?

DentArthur Dent



You will need a towel, a bathrobe, jammies and a book that says DON’T PANIC. I think an iPad would be even better. I consider the description of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the book within the story) to be the first description of a pad I had ever read.

I love costumes!




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May 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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Wednesday’s Rant – Breast Binding

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Last week at Atlanta’s Sherlock Con, 221B, there was a costuming panel that got me irritated and I need to rant a bit.

Good Reasons to bind you breasts with a binder/ace bandages that are properly applied

  • You are getting paid for some type of theater performance
  • You are doing a few hours of cosplay and want your sweater puppies under control
  • You are a man trapped in a busty woman’s body. (no sarcasm, this is a good reason to get familiar with a good binding system until a more permanent  solution can be reached)

 Good Reasons to use duct tape as a binder – there are none.

  • Ok, maybe you are undercover and running for your life.

Spending a weekend tightly bound in a binder, ace bandages, and duct tape, just to cosplay a man is the stupidest way to invite mastitis, inverted nipples and soft tissue damage into your life. I had planned on including images, but they are all too gross. Google mastitis if you need something to turn your stomach.

And do you really think a woman with an F-cup is going to fool anyone into thinking she is really Benedict Cumberbatch?

One of the wonderful things about costuming for a con, is that you can just be a woman dressed as Sherlock. You don’t have to be the exact size, shape, color or even sex as your inspiration.

Enjoy your body but respect it too.

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April 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

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Pattern Designing Concepts at DragonCon 2012

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This was a sad panel, not because it was poorly done but because it was too short. Each of the panelists could have filled a full hour on their technique.

Cathy Jones of God Save the Queens Fashion started with draping. She climbed up on the table and did an excellent demo, showing how to use the selvage to start on your center front.  Using a Sharpie, some canvas weight muslin, ‘Pinching’ and ‘release cuts’ she created a sloper on the dressform.  It was pretty amazing.Cathy Jones - DragonCon Costuming Panel

Freddy Clements spoke of the classic style of creating a pattern from personal measurements. I think of this as Okinawan style because the custom seamstresses of Okinawa (and Hong Kong) use similar style. You see this online sometimes –

To Draft the Neck. To lay out the neck at the shoulder, measure 2″ from point A on line AC and locate point L; to lay out the neck at the center front, measure down 2″ from point A on line AB for a neck measuring 12″ (increase this measurement 1/8″ for each 1/2″ increase in neck measure, for instance for a neck measuring 13″, measure 2 1/4″, etc.)

Like the first time you see algebra it looks much scarier than it turns out to be, yet you need to learn it or it stays a mystery.

Mary Abreu spoke of using the sloper, either custom or store bought

And ‘Sasha’ Chernova spoke on self-patterning or making patterns from existing clothes.

Unfortunately, time ran out and everyone kind of got the short versions. It was too bad as I would have loved to hear more about all the styles.

I love sewing!

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October 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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DragonCon 2012 – Hats and Clay

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As usual at DragonCon, my roommates all head off to stand in line and see the media stars while I enjoy small panels. Well, Costuming used to be a small panel.  Every year the track is growing.

I still love the new set up and was glad to see it when I got to my first panel Hat Craft. As this is probably the fifth panel I’ve attended over the years with a focus on hats there wasn’t anything stunning to reveal; just lots of good advice, some good sources and encouragement.  A lovely start for the con.

Sources mentioned during the Hat Craft panel

http://www.amazondrygoods.com/  the site seems to be up and running again. Yeah!


http://hatsupply.com/index.htm#  – Hats by Leko – a source I’ve personally used and could recommend.


http://www.spotlightfashionsseattle.com/  – skull caps and headdress bases (very cool)


My next panel was over in the Art Track – Polymer Clay for Costumers

The young woman whose name may have been Christi,  had lots of ideas and pretty pictures for ‘faking’ all kinds of things from polymer clay. Samples of jewels, stones, metal, and beautiful enameled pieces were out to see.

Unfortunately, as I’m new to clay, it was a bit over my head. I appreciated the ideas and will try them eventually. If nothing else, I learned that once you use your oven for polymer clays then it shouldn’t be used for food.

Sources mentioned during the Polymer Clay Panel


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September 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

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