From Costumes to Fashion

When 50%DANGEROUS started getting into clothing it was initially through costume making. Because of this, it was not always required of us to create everything from scratch. Not even close. We would hot glue seams, take pre-made second-hand clothes and bring them in to fit, use paint instead of dye, and even using cardboard instead of interfacing. Anything to get out of sewing! We took this a step further and began to focus on armor heavy costumes that required less and less fabric to be seen.

“We value having started in costume making”

Costume making was a ton of fun but over time we found ourselves in situations where we were being asked by others for reassurance when they were worried if their costume was accurate enough. In the world of costume making, the harder you try the more pressure you feel to replicate your creations down to the very smallest details from its original art. While many people don’t mind, we found this to be something that hindered creativity for us. Discovering that, we become more interested in creating original designs, not having others to compare replication to, and not worrying about infringement.

When making costumes, fashion, or anything, don’t let the trolls of the internet get you down. We all have different budgets, skill levels, and ways of creating things. In the end, it’s about having fun and enjoying what you are doing. That is most important.

Through all this was a transition into clothing creation. Learning to sew, pattern making, and figuring out all the millions of buttons on a sewing machine. We value having started in costume making because it doesn’t let us ever make anything too basic. Costumes, especially in video games, break a lot of rules and it’s a big inspiration. It has taught us about adding dimension, exploring color combinations, and even understanding how certain things hold up under physical pressure or long periods of time. We wouldn’t trade it for anything!

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