Hi! Welcome to my page! My name is Caitlin and I'm a costume designer and seamstress for hire! Here, I'll post images of my work! If you're interested in a design or costume creation, check out my etsy page!
Phantasy Star Online
Built with stretch vinyl from Spandexworld.com
A Link in Time
Cosplay Commission created by Adaria Designs.
(Wig is not part of the costume. Wig from Arda Wigs, Gingerbread holiday style.)
Anonymous said: How much would the jade harley eclectica dress be?
So, I guess this is just a general message to everyone since this question was asked by an anon—which, I’m super thankful for all questions, but if you would like a personal quote, I will need an email or for you to ask with your account! I normally wouldn’t make a response like that public, so please don’t worry about having your name shared! I can keep a secret!
Please know, everyone, that each quote I make is individually tailored to your needs as the client, your wants in the costume, and your budget. Telling you X costume cost Y amount really doesn’t mean much other than maybe giving you a ballpark? I’ve had many requests about Loki’s costume, but what that client wanted out of the costume is entirely different from what you want, which may also vary based on your size/height (because that determines the yardage I need to purchase!). So, I can’t really tell you how much any certain costume will be without knowing more about what you want from it.
Many things go into the cost of a costume, here’s a list to name a few:
-Fabric Kind (Cotton is cheaper than Silk or Satin!)
-Silhouette Construction (Is it a fitted dress that requires boning? Or a mahou shoujo skirt with horsehair braid in the hem to give it extra flair?)
-Type of Costume = Labor (Simple summer dress vs prom gown vs hunter’s armor)
Labor is usually the most expensive part of any costume. That is to say, labor is my time, my life force and energy, into making a special garment just for you. This is anything from researching a particular design (for example, fanart based on a gown from 1776), to shopping, to carefully creating a tailored pattern for you and building the costume from there. Every costume I create is original. I may, in some cases of an easier garment, modify a commercial (ie, Simplicity, McCalls, Butterick, etc) pattern, but typically I account into my labor estimation making patterns that fit YOUR BODY. I ask for many, many measurements from you that I then use to adjust my dress form and use when building patterns. I even use math—yes, math, the devil of all things! After I’ve made your pattern and cut out all the fabric pieces, I serge them (well, almost always, depends on the material) and sew them together. There’s then a lot of pressing involved, because no one wants to wear a wrinkly costume, and of course any hand stitching at the end for buttons or jewels and accessories.
Every little thing you want on a costume, which will make it uniquely your own, goes into my estimate. I will ask many questions.
So, I’m sorry to say, but I cannot give you a rough idea of how much X dress will cost! Also, I feel like that is a private matter between myself and the client. While I am not ashamed of what I charge (I cannot make anything for $100, I am not (cosplaywebsite).com or a factory with ready-made costumes) and I feel that an estimate agreed upon between the client and commissioner is also unique, and unless the client wishes to share it, I will not.
Thank you for the question! I’m sorry I could not give you the answer you were likely looking for, but please do not be shy to write me an email to caitlin (dot) margolien (at) gmail (dot) com with your request, or visit my website at adaria-designs.com to see more of my work and more information about my pricing and listings! <3
What sorcery is this?
Disney’s Prince(ss) Philip (Genderbend) from “Sleeping Beauty”
Art by Dorodraws
^ Check this crazy lady out, people! Her art is great!
Stay tuned for Prince(ss) Philip a la GOWN next month!
Sheryl Nome, “Macross Frontier”
I’m super excited for this coming weekend! Saturday, I will be heading out to Ichibancon with a friend, and meeting another there for a bit! I can’t wait!
I’ll be wearing my Sheryl Nome cosplay! I hope I look alright. LOL I haven’t actually cosplayed for myself in a very long time, I’m so busy working for everyone else! I have a few alterations to make, so it looks even better!
I have clients booked on my calendar through the end of March! Yay!
Thank you everyone for your support of my work and all of your inquires! I am ever thankful for your kindness!
Today I launched my brand new, 100% me website! Adaria Designs feels so much more official with a website and domain name all to our own, rather than a smattering across FB and Tumblr or other websites!
Thank you all so much for your continued support!
During this holiday season, as I have some time off from commissions before the new year, I will be reorganizing my office and getting a cutting/sewing table. I actually have a little secret about my office: it’s the second bedroom in an apartment. A second secret is that my cutting/sewing table is the roll-out rotary cut board and a card table that wiggles when I sew too quickly!
I’m so excited for my new table. Thank you IKEA~
fragilebones666 said: IM FANGIRLING SO HARD OVER YOUR LINK COSPLAY OMGOMGOMG
Aaaah thank you!!! My client was very excited about it! I’m looking forward to seeing his photos! Thank you so much for writing me! I appreciate it!!!
a la “Assassin’s Creed” Fanart
Materials used include cotton sateen, pleather, and Worbla.
Aela the Huntress cosplayed by my amazing client, A. I am thrilled to see how well the project turned out to be! I bet she’s cold, though. <3
Cosplay created by Adaria Designs (aka me!)
Worn by A. E. (Client!)