New Corset Patterns from Anachronism in Action, plus a giveaway!
We love a good corset pattern! Today we’re thrilled to announce two new corset patterns from Anachronism in Action, available exclusively from Cosplay by McCall’s. The SHAPESHIFTER underbust corsets have two different construction options, with bonus tips on working with sequin fabrics. The LACED overbust corset package includes information on creating the lace appliqué embellishments. And you can enter for a chance to win both patterns, plus the other three Cosplay by McCall’s patterns, plus a NEW SEWING MACHINE here!
Anachronism in Action patterns are the creation of designer Kelly Cercone, a celebrated freelance costumer based in Los Angeles. A lover of drama, mischief and rich colors, she can be found sewing and pattern drafting for television, film, theater, music tours and local fashion companies in addition to her own brand. To celebrate the launch of these designs, and help you get to know the designer, we asked her a few questions about her background, inspirations, and favorite techniques.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done?
Lady Loki – Definitely one of my favorite characters, and one of my favorite cosplays. I keep improving and adding pieces for different occasions. Most of my favorite characters to cosplay are mischievous, or at least a little sassy
How and where did you learn to sew? Did sewing or cosplay come first?
Sewing definitely; I didn’t hear about cosplay until much later but I started sewing when I was really young. I would say I learned the basics from my mother, and then in maybe junior high started taking sewing classes at a local sewing machine store. My Waldorf high school had a quite a few sewing and crafting classes, which I took as often as they were offered.
When did you first get interested in cosplay? What was the first cosplay you made?
I made a few generic fantasy and Lord of the Rings inspired costumes when I was in high school, but I would have to say my first official cosplay was Poison Ivy.
Where did you learn your corsetmaking skills?
The internet? No joke, I am pretty sure I learned from the then-active corsetmaking community on Livejournal, since there certainly wasn’t anyone local to me. It’s nice to see that the same culture of sharing and learning online is thriving in cosplay. I still frequently learn new things from looking at tutorials on people’s pages and channels.
What inspires you?
I’m really obsessed with fabric; probably 80% of the time my design is actually based on the fabric and what I can do with it. Textile manipulation is one of my favorite things.
To get just the right fabric for my Jack (The Plucker) cosplay, I started with a black and white stretch satin, splattered it with bleach, dyed it light tan, and then very messily hand painted over the stripes. Rips were added and backed with mesh (invisible when worn) and the decorative red stitches added.
I have always loved shot/ changeable silks and using bias as trim. For Lady Loki I really got to play around with both of those by weaving them to create a checkered effect. The bias was also malleable enough to manipulate into a snake (jormungand).
What was your most labor-intensive project?
Oh, I don’t even know how to answer that question. *probably* Lady Loki, but that is several pieces I’ve been building and adding onto over maybe 2.5 years now. If we are going by single most time consuming then probably my 1840s (Romantic era) Lampas ballgown. For that dress I made all of the undergarments (combination underwear, corset, cage crinoline, two petticoats), and then for the dress itself I made 100+ yards of embroidered piping and hand-knotted multi-color fringe.
Why do you think cosplay is becoming so popular?
I think accessibility is a big part of it. People have been cosplaying for decades but now there is more info, better and easier to find materials, more occasions to wear and enjoy cosplay. Also “geek culture” going somewhat mainstream with superhero movies and whatnot has definitely made a big difference. More people than ever are being exposed to these amazing characters, and feeling inspired to cosplay as them.
Thanks for chatting with us, Kelly! The new patterns are available now at Cosplay by McCall’s.
And don’t forget to enter the giveaway here! (Giveaway now closed)