Costumes By Design
Where the focus is on costume, modeling and makeup of cosplay.
Owner: Jan Lamm
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Biography of sewing: I was given a pink sewing machine for my 4th birthday. I clearly remember sewing a little crooked pink dress for my dolly. I’ve literally worn sewing machines out from use. At age 14 I had a work-study job with school, I sewed with an ancient tailor (well, he seemed ancient to me at the time). I made my first men’s suit at 16. I started sewing professionally at age 18. If it can be sewn I’ve probably sewn it. Now as a grandmother I have the pleasure of sewing for my grandchildren.
The award I am most proud of is a Sweepstakes award. At the time I thought it was just a lovely big ribbon (it was later explained to me that Sweepstakes was awarded rarely, my entry, beat every other Best of Show in All categories across the board. I still get a little choked up when I think of it. At this period of my life I was a mother of tweens and a toddler, it felt so good to be valued for my own work.
I teach on a one-to-one basis, the rare student who is interested in garment construction. I am also available to mentor IU design students who are struggling with the garment construction portion of their degree.
Winner: (in partnership with Cosplayrunway.com) Golden Needle Award 2015, GenCon
The Blue Studio established 2019
An open studio for people of all abilities
I teach sewing, crafting, painting - individually and to groups