RingCon 2004 - Join us!
Come up and join the senior editors for LOTR Costume for a Halloween
costume blast! Cat Devereaux and Judy Mitchell will be guests at the
RingCon convention in Seattle, Washington in October. The convention will
allow you to escape to Middle-earth for the weekend.
There will be stars, costuming, panels, gaming, a masquerade ball and
more. There's even a special evening dinner to meet the guests. We will be
doing a set of panels and be available to to talk costume all weekend.
We'll bring extras including fabric samples.
http://www.ringcon.com . They have on line registration.
October 29, 30, 31, 2004 Double Tree Hotel, Sea-Tac, Washington.
See our event photos <here>
- Viva la difference! The sexes! The races! Hey, we're
talking LOTR costumes here. (What were you thinking?)
- A break-down of the wonderful costumes of Middle-earth from the
folks who brought you
Alley Cat Scratch's LOTR Costume . We'll go into details and
themes used to create the wonderful movie world. Expect an
archeological dig down to the seam level as we discuss both practical
movie magic that they used, the historic-fantasy elements on which
the costumes are based. and the reality of the pattern shapes..
- Completing that Middle-earth look - Tip for applying and
wearing ears, feet and wigs
- So you want to be an elf??? Or, a hobbit??? It's more
than clothing. You need to complete the look. We're going to give you a
Pointed ears are now the rage. Learn blending tip. See
samples. Can they put on in less than 2 hours? Feet? Hair
club for hobbits done on a budget??? And don't forget wigs...
everyone but a few of the children wore them throughout the movie.
We'll give you some wearing techniques and explain the cost vs.
look compromises you need to be aware of.
- Costume fit, it starts at the neckline. A demo creating a upper
body pattern from a paper bag. (And for the diehards, a quick workshop
- It doesn't matter whether you're doing a T-tunic for a warrior or a
fitted elven gown, the patterns you buy are never right at the neck.
We'll get you started with a piece to add to any pattern that fits you
and the character you're going for. For both lords and ladies,
elves and hobbits, dwarf and humans.
- We will do two pattern variation on a victim, a key hole
necking and boat neckline (Arwen's).
- For those who wish to stay, the 2nd half will be a workshop for
creating your own neckline.
- We'll provide some paper and tape. Please bring a pencil,
chalk or marker. Any scissors welcome. Extra tape is.
- Be prepared to drape stuff around your neck. A T-shirt is
fine. We're going to partner you up and see that you get a basic neck
shape to start your costume with.
- If you want to go a bit farther, bring brown paper bags,
some muslin or old sheets and pins as well as your own masking tape.
- The basic neckline part will be for all levels, even if you're just
starting sewing... however, if we have time... we're going to warp-speed
though some muslin fitting techniques.
- If you're dead serious and want to get started on a muslin, we've
got some extra instructions....
- Ladies for dresses, put your shaper (and any other correct
undergarments on) and then where a thin or tightish tank top or
T. Don't wear jeans or anything else with a bulky waist.
You could also wear a thin dress or leggings. This will be co-ed.
- Bring your shoes, or at least the correct height ones - Ladies and
Gents, both... you'll fit differently in boots than tennies.
- Bring an extra set of hands if possible who doesn't want a pattern
this time, but not required.
- Bring, pencil, markers, chalk, masking tape, brown bags (options),
ruler, old sheets, or much more muslin that you think it will take
(there are multiple tries). Both kinds of scissors, paper and
- Welcome to Alley Cat Scratch, the home of LOTR Costume
- Meet Cat and Judy at this introductory panel. Learn about the
accidental birth of this massive costume website. The internet has
opened whole new avenues for costuming.
- Meet the senior editors. Learn their backgrounds. Learn
some inside research detail. Learn what's going on with costuming
this weekend at RingCon. Come checkout their latest resource and
Check out the fun pictures
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