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River Junction: 19th Century Dry Goods

For the first time ever, LJ ads took me somewhere useful: River Junction. There's some 19th Century clothing there that could be really excellent - I especially like the Altar shoes. And good lord - the hats. Why are hats no longer accepetable to wear all the time? There's also a page of patterns for purchase.

next project?

I've been thinking about my next project, and I think I've found it:

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The one on the left is awesome as is, but I think the one on the right could be modified to be somewhat steampunk-ish. Instead of the belt, I think I'll add some leather straps and buckles. I don't know what to make it out of, though... leather (of faux-) would be amazing, but I don't trust my sewing machine or my own abilities. Maybe some sort of tweed? I'm also not sure what to do about the length. I would love for it to be long enough to hint at being sort of vaguely Edwardian, but don't know how practical that would be.

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Welcome!

Welcome to costume_9to5! I wanted to create a place for costumers to share ideas for incorporating their creations into their every day wardrobe. It's hard to justify making exquisite things when you know you'll never wear them, but with a few modifications - modern fabric, simplified details, updated cuts, etc - it's possible to make even the craziest idea into something that can be worn in real life.

Sometimes I get frustrated reading about the wonderful outfits that others are making for events (ren faires, various cons, etc) because I don't have much of a desire to do the same. I'd rather make pieces that I'll get a lot of wear out of, and since I work a stuffy 9 to 5 office job in super-uptight DC, I don't really want to put the time, energy, and cash into something that'll never leave the closet.

All sorts of costuming elements are welcome here - any era, any style, anything at all. My own interests tend to be neo-Victorian and 1940s/50s, but I'm always happy to see what other people are up to.

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