Jamie Von Stratton is an awe-inspiring fashion and costume designer who has designed for the likes of Ru Paul’s Drag Race icons Jinkx Monsoon (see Jinkx’s S5 finale dress) and BenDeLaCreme (remember the show-stopping insect runway moment in S6?) She’s also an original member of Burlesque supertroupe “The Atomic Bombshells,” and she created the stunning array of costumes for those dancers as well. Needless to say, Jamie knows her way around a needle and thread...and foamcore...and an accessories drawer. Here she shares her favorite gifts for anyone on your list who loves to get their craft on.... more
“The owner of this Etsy shop (Kelly) makes the most fun, colorful, whimsical pop culture designs. They are made well, and affordable, and there will definitely be something in her cute shop for the fashion lover in your life.”
“Stitches is an awesome locally-owned small business on Capitol Hill. I’ve been shopping here since it opened in the mid 00’s. Amy has a great eye and picks fun fabrics, notions, and crafting items for her shop.”
“This online shop is AWESOME for the vintage pattern lover. These are patterns that have been reproduced from the originals, so they come in new, easier to work with packages. Patterns are listed by decade, going back as far as the 1930’s. It’s worth perusing the hundreds of patterns and finding inspiration in the artwork!”
“If you want to learn how to build movie quality armor and fantastical costumes, you MUST check out the Punished Props Academy. They have loads of free videos and help, but having a few of their printed books on your coffee table will be a constant source of inspiration. They also sell patterns on their site (for armor, helmets, horns, etc). It’s super cool for any emerging cosplayer.”
“This Montreal based artist added facemasks to her repertoire during the pandemic. Primarily a corset maker, her signature style is using elaborately printed fabric of historical paintings as her corset bases. It is incredible work, and now you can have this in the form of face masks. Truly one of the most fancy masks you may own.”
Fresh Chalk has partnered with Jamie to support Magic Wheelchair. “Magic Wheelchair is a non-profit that builds epic costumes for kids in wheelchairs,” Jamie says. “I’ve been working with the organization since 2015, both as a builder and behind the scenes. MW has built over 100 epic costumes all over the nation. The builds are made by volunteers, from students and everyday moms and dads, to fabricators from major films, we want everyone interested in building to take part! The biggest goal of course is to give kids an awesome experience, and make them feel like the star of the show, and with these costumes, they certainly do!”
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