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Currently at over 40 in progress costumes. Some of those I am passing on to others (especially smaller costume parts- underbust corset, Codex costume, Leia, padme costumes).

Photo one: stack of drawers with all my lace and most trims & two Asari headpieces sitting on top
Wardobe of unfinished projects (sci-fi/fantasy and historic inspired as well as one or two pieces for others).
Upper shelf of leather scraps and costumes to pass on, vintage fur coat for SCA sleeve replacement.
Very top soft foam and garment bag of feathery yarn

Photo two: Wardobe of SCA and Victorian strictly historic costumes.
Drawers of wardrobe full of notions and sewing hardware.
Stand alone shelf of beads and buckles and highly decorated pieces for in progress costumes.
Above shelf box of own drafted patterns, leaves and feathers.
Behind the empty (amen!) containers is five containers of uncut fabric you can just make out some of the top box overspill.

Photo three: my holds with three manniquins in front.

Not shown is my desk area or tool shelves. These still need a lot of work to make them usable.

Please note my current wardrobe of finished costumes is smaller than unfinished and my total costumes to date is sadly no longer able to be counted, well into the hundreds. But that includes all my really crappy work!

Also points for working out individual projects in the wardrobe 😉 They are organised by genre (Mass  Effect, SW, fantasy/comics, historicish).

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The Stash
The Molds
The Make Up, and overlockers/sergers
The Tool Chests

I figured a wee tour of my workroom was in order 🙂 To give some idea of the scale of the process before and after a costume like Nyreen, Lirar, Talon, Shaak Ti is worn 🙂

1) The stash. This is a supply of fabrics and trims collected over about 20 years. The black and yellow bins are actually in progress projects. A few are pretty much single item containers as well… One for my Think of Me gown.. one for the silly Saya y Galerilla… ehem. I have actually got rid of about half this amount again.

(Also shelves of boooooooks. Old costume books and artist specific books. Many of the books would be found in the shelves of most old school designers for historic settings- even when heavily altered). If you need one book then 20,000 Years of Fashion is the one to get. Small images but such a huge variety of good imagery of extant items and contemporary portraiture etc.)

2) Storing molds. Play spot the universe here… Lekku, armour, helmets, Slave leia.. it’s all here. And as safe as I can store them without fear of collapse.  Ultracal is heavy! Shaak Ti’s montral molds are 15kg combined (more than 30lb)

3) The orange case is full of make up and so is the black with pink trim. I don’t want to talk about collecting colours.

4) Tool chests! Or repurposed furniture 😉 The doorless wardrobe has my sewing supplies (threds, needles, scissors, notions etc.) and the chest all my traditional tools (files, knives, heat gun, dremel etc.)

And there is a roaming tv trolley with shoe projects and a roaming desk for ironing/sculpting/storage.

We are not going to discuss storage of finished projects until I get my act together  and get that storage sorted. Wigs, so many shoe boxes!

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