Friday, March 28, 2014

McQ 3D Floral Dress with Black Lace

Here is a cute McQ dress that I made quite a while ago. It features some little colourful paper flowers my aunt Jan gave me. The original dress is from 2012 -- does that make it vintage?


Photo from: Tumblr

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman Costume

Happy Friday! Here is a Wonder Woman costume I made a little while ago based on the costume Lynda Carter wore in the hit 1970s TV Show. As those of you who read What a Kerfuffle know, I am huge Wonder Woman fan. Photos from Pinterest.



Saturday, March 01, 2014

Julianne Moore's Futuristic Pink Tom Ford dress

I thought this Tom Ford dress was really different, so I decided to make it. It required cutting very tiny and precise bits of double stick tape, which is much more challenging than it sounds. I then glittered it and went over the negative spaces with a black marker.

P.S. Who wants to bet that Bradley Cooper wears a Tom Ford Suit at the Oscars on Sunday?


Tom Ford and Julianne Moore
Picture from WWD.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Hobbit Costumes - Bilbo, Thorin, and Thranduil

I made these tiny Hobbit replicas especially for my pop up display at the library, as A) I thought the kids would like them, and B) I love Thranduil's look - He's so glam! It was also fun to play around with scale and textures. The wood walking sticks, scepters, and crowns are all made from real twigs I found in my backyard (which I had to bake in the oven to completely dry). I also aged Bilbo's velvet coat and corduroy pants using chalk pastels, which gave them a more rustic, worn look. The chain mail on Thorin's outfit is made from nail art accessories and a ton of glitter was used to cover Thranduil's velvet coat. 

Small (Hobbits are usually 4'2" tall): Bilbo Baggins as played by Martin Freeman
Medium (Dwarves are usually 4'10" tall): Thorin Oakenshield as played by Richard Armitage
Large (Elves are normally 6' tall): Thranduil as played by Lee Pace

Original photos from herehere, and here.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Pop up Display

If you happen to be living or visiting the Coquitlam area, why not check out a small display of my art and little paper dresses at the City Centre Branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC, Canada)? It's called "Pop Goes the Library: The Pop Culture Inspired Art of Jamie McCarthy" and it runs until the last week of February. All the works are based on movies, TV shows, or books. Here are a few photos:




Monday, January 20, 2014

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Costumes -- Effie Trinket's President's Ball Dress and Katniss Everdeen's Wedding Dress

Was anyone else shocked that Trish Summerville didn't get nominated for a best Costume Design Academy Award for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire?!? Something is wrong with that! (Of the actual nominations, I'm cheering for William Chang Suk Ping's costumes for The Grandmaster  -- He went to Emily Carr!). Anyway, here are two of the most awesome costumes from the film: Effie Trinket's Alexander McQueen dress she wore to the President's Ball and Katniss Everdeen's Wedding Dress, which was designed by Tex Saverio. Both were extremely time consuming (lots of hand dying and hand sewing), so please click on the picture to see all the details!




Photos from My Hunger Games and EW.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Michelle Dockery's Blue Gingham Prada Coat and skirt

There is a certain English Rose charm to this Prada coat. As a result, Michelle Dockery is the perfect person to wear it (I love her Harper's Bazaar UK cover). To make the fabric for this coat, I sewed together strips of gingham binding ribbon that I then ironed flat. It was my first time doing this approach and I think it was quite successful.


Picture from: http://tomandlorenzo.com/2013/07/michelle-dockery-for-harpers-bazaar-uk-magazine/

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christian Siriano Pink Flower Dress and Shawl

Here is a very cute Christian Siriano dress with a 3d flower appliqué shawl. It was fun getting to use this ribbon for a third time (I previously used it for a Jason Wu and Mad Men dress). Picture from here

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! 



Thursday, December 19, 2013

Wes Anderson Moonrise Kingdom Costumes -- Sam and Suzy

Moonrise Kingdom was a totally hilarious and adorable movie. It's probably now my favourite Wes Anderson film (a title formerly belonging to Bottle Rocket) and I'm looking forward to his next film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. The costumes in the film, as with all Wes Anderson movies, were great and the green and pink colour story was lovely. I also loved Ed Norton in it (he's so cute, teehee)! The costumes of the two main characters, Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), were so much fun to replicate. Hope you enjoy it!




Pictures from here, here, and here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Yvonne Craig's Batgirl Costume

When I was a kid in the 90s, I would watch the old classic 1960s Batman Series starring Adam West every night before dinner on YTV. I loved Batman for two reasons: 1) It was camp as heck and 2) Batgirl. For those of you who don't know, Batgirl's real identity was Barbra Gordon, a librarian at the Gotham City Public Library and daughter of Commissioner Gordon. Batgirl is one of many reasons I decided to become a librarian, ha! Here is my mini tribute to her.




Pictures from here and here.

They recently relaunched the Batgirl comic as part of DC's New 52s. She's now a computer wiz like any modern Information Specialist.  

Cover by Adam Hughes from here.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Sneak Peaks and New Shadowboxes

 Here are the latest shadowboxes I made yesterday -- Loki has a home and some companions now, ha! These photos are small, as not to spoil any upcoming posts, but if you're curious just click the photo for a larger copy -- Hint there are some more Wes Anderson costumes coming!





Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Miley Cyrus's Forever Unique Bejeweled Dress

The world may differ in its views on Ms. Miley Cyrus (as with Madonna, Britney, Gaga, etc.), but can we all agree that this is a cute dress? Yes, it's a bit daring, but it's so shiny and covered in jewels! As a magpie, I like it! Photos from: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/

P.S. All the jewels I used for this are very tiny nail art gems, which are much cheaper to buy than crafting gems! Try them out! 




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Burberry Prorsum Metallic Pink and Orange Trench Coat

Currently, I am eagerly awaiting my new Burberry glasses to be ready for me to pick up. While I wait, I thought I'd share this little metallic pink Burberry trench coat I made, which is now in the hands of my friend Sam. It's so shiny! 


The trench was quite time consuming to make. I had to cut up at least twenty of the below sunburst decals and then dye them bright pink and orange using sharpies. Gluing them down required even more patience, however, I love to completely transform my supplies. The decals were given to me by my always lovely Auntie Jan.


Here is the original. Photo from from LYST


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tom Hiddleston's Loki Laufeyson (God of Mischief) Costume from Marvel's the Avengers and Thor

Nerd Alert: I made a tiny Loki costume! The truly geeky thing is that this little paper replica took me six hours to make -- I totally felt like I had been Loki'd by the end of it! Truth be told, though, it was a lot of fun to make and I really didn't mind staring at Tom Hiddleston for that long, ehehehehehe! I think I'm going to keep this one for myself.

Anyway, I'm thinking of making more Super Hero costumes in the future. Leave some suggestions in the comments!  


Click on the above picture for close up details. Including the awesome horn helmet, the replica is just over 8 inches. 

Pictures found on Pinterest -- Thank you, Hiddlestoners! Is it wrong that I kind of like Loki's hair?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Natalie Portman's Valentino Gown

For years, I've had these old embroidered bookmarks sitting on my bedside table that look sort of like mini Persian carpets. Although they are very cool looking, they tend to slip out of books very easily, making them useless for their intended purpose. When I got my November issue of Marie Claire in the mail, I was very excited to see Natalie Portman wearing this gorgeous Valentino dress, as it matched one of the bookmarks pretty closely! As a result, I refurbished the bookmark into the replica below. Pretty cool, eh?  


Photo by TESH for Marie Claire. Found on MC's website.