Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Etsy Update

Etsy shop has been updated with lots of lovely sewn goods! Check them out!

Also now featuring made to order embroidered patches! If you want a different design or character feel free to shoot me a request!

Thanks guys!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


So! I'd like to thank all my customers and fans for being so patient with me these past few months as I finished my college degree. I am now a proud graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a bachelors of fine arts in fashion design! Thanks everyone for your continued support!
I'll be moving in 3 weeks to a bigger place and setting up a new studio/ workspace, so communications and emails may have some delay, but I'll be trying my best.
We're a bit backed up with orders from the spring, so currently orders are taking a bit longer than usual to complete. I'm hoping to get back to a 2-3 week turn around by August. Just in time for Halloween!

Thanks so much again everyone! Couldn't have done it without all of you!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Taking 'cosplay' to the next level

One of the most important things in any art form is how your work is presented to the world. With the internet now, anyone can put anything out there and you need to find a way to really make your work stand out from all the rest. Of course making good quality costumes is important, but that's really a skill learned over time and with each costume you make you'll learn and become better. However, taking good quality photos of your costumes will go a long way towards making you and your work look more professional. So here's some of my tips to make a photo shoot successful!

1. Find a skilled photographer -
Finding someone who has a good camera and knows how to use it is obviously the first thing. This should also be someone you trust and feel comfortable with. If you're feeling relaxed you'll be open to different poses and feel more in character.
2. Set dates for photo shoots -
I try to plan my photo shoots at times when I don't have a lot of other stuff going on. Photos at conventions are fun, but I'm usually more stressed and lacking sleep at those times. Having a photos taken during a more relaxed time means I'm more refreshed, awake and there for better looking.
3. Be prepared! -
I try to have the 'scenes' I want to shoot set up, along with any props and all costumes organized and ready for when the photographer comes so I'm not wasting anyone's time.
4. Get help -
If possible I like to have one or two friends also available to help with the shoot. They can help hold props, lights or just be an extra set of eyes to make sure everything with your costume is looking good. Nothing is worse than a perfect shot ruined by your wig slipping back, or a hair in your face.
5. Process, Edit and be selective -
This is often the most difficult for me! I am always really excited about all the new photos after a shoot, but I have to remember I want to present myself in the best light only. So its better to only upload the photos you really love and make sure you've color corrected and edited them till you're completely satisfied that they present your work in the best possible way.

These photos  are by the very talented and wonderful Scott O'Neal, whom you can e-mail at for info about photo shoots.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Post C2E2 Post

So! Since I managed to survive the second year of Chicago's newest comic convention, C2E2, I figured I'd make a little post to summarize the weekend.
The con has grown by leaps and bounds since last year, I'd say it was 3 times as big with many more attendees and events.
I personally had a blast meeting new friends, catching up with old ones and getting some cool artwork.
I wore Pixie/X-men on Friday, Arkham City Harley on Saturday and Rogue on Sunday. And although the weekend was a bit hectic and  crazy because of all the costumes, the chance to be a hero/villain for the day always makes it worth while. Somehow I managed to miss the costume contests everyday...whoops. Hope everyone else who attended had a blast as well! Till next time!
PS. I'll be doing a studio shoot of these costumes at the end of the week, so look forward to more pictures  then! <3

(photos by Judith Stephens for Marvel, and MingH)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Peachy's Guide: Con Survival

So! I recently had a first time con goer ask me how to prepare for their first con experience and I thought that would make a good topic for this week's blog.
So here's my con survival list!

1. Pack an empty bag, or pack sparingly.
- For me this is always really important, as a cosplayer, because often costumes require special packing and take up lots of space. Depending on the con there may be airline regulations or car space to consider as well. So do some research ahead of time. Also consider if you will be buying anything at the con that you will need room on the trip home for, such a comics, figurines, etc. If you do cosplay, you'll likely be in costume most of the time, so pack light on the 'normal' clothes.

2. Pack a costume emergency kit
- Another tip for the cosplayer on the go! I always take with me to cons a little baggy with a mini hot glue gun, safety pins, sewing kit, super glue and depending on my costumes, possibly other things as well. That way if anything is damaged for ANY reason during the con, I'll be able to make a quick fix. Often times I'll take the sewing kit and safety pins in a small bag in my purse or pocket to the con as well in case I have any problems and don't want to go back to my hotel room.

3. Bring snacks, water, and some non-perishable food items
- Depending on the con food may be far away or very over priced. If I can fit it in my suitcase I like to bring along small food items like crackers, cereal, pop tarts, energy bars, and other dry foods. If the con is near by and I'm driving with friends, we like to bring along a cooler with sandwich making materials, ramen noodles or other 'quick' foods. You can fill the cooler with the hotel ice and heat water with the coffee maker in the room. Doing this will save you lots of money on over priced con food or going out to eat. Money which can then be spent on more comics? SCORE!

4. Bring cash
- Cash is something a lot of us don't think about in the age of credit cards and debit cards, BUT most con vendors and artists do their sales cash only. To avoid long ATM lines and surcharges, bring cash in anticipation of what you plan to buy.

5. Be safe, make friends and have fun!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Orders shipped today

So I have 4 orders shipped out today:

Etsy order:  #28056500 Ironette set for Cat
Ironette Belt w/ buckle for Jessica
Ironette Buckle for Jill
and last but not least Ironette light for Lara

Ladies should be receiving your packages sometime next week, remember to leave feedback and thank you so much for your business!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Commissions and vinyl sewing tips!

After surviving the mid west blizzard of last week I've been playing catch up on all my work here in the studio. This little Ironette costume is almost ready to go to her new home!

So today's sewing tip is a some pointers on how to work with vinyl/PVC/ faux leather.
Vinyl can be sewn on a home machine, its just a bit different than working with standard materials. Firstly, you can not, or rather should not pin it in place. Doing this will put holes in the vinyl. Instead, use small clips, such as binder clips found at office supply stores. These can be clipped to the edge of the fabric to keep it in place while you work. When cutting out your pattern you can mark with chalk on the opposite side of the fabric, or use weights to hold your pattern in place, instead of pinning it to the fabric.
You will want to ensure you are using a 'leather' needle, these needles are specially shaped to pierce the skin of the leather while sewing. Also use a slightly wider stitch length than normal. 
Most importantly however, you will want to purchase a rolling foot or teflon foot for your sewing machine. A regular foot will cause the vinyl to stick, leading to puckers and possibly tears in the material. A teflon or rolling foot will help the vinyl to move smoothly through the machine.
With a bit of practice and these tricks you'll find yourself able to sew faux leather garments like a pro!
Peachy out!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Epic Cosplay Wigs

So is one of my favorite wig sites to get things from. Although they don't have a huge selection of styles or colors, the quality of the wigs is always consistent. They tend to be thick, soft, and all are heat resistant, so they can be styled with curlers, or straightening irons. The shipping is included in the price, which is great if you're getting one or two, however if you're ordering more you may be able to find a cheaper rate else where. Most of the wigs cost around 35$, which certainly isn't as cheap as some places on ebay however, many times I'm more likely to buy from epic because I know the quality is good, where as ordering from many ebay sellers can be hit or miss. I have also found their photos to be color accurate to how the wigs look when worn.
Wigs featured in this review: Raspberry pink and white.

And Below is a short video of the wig in action. Ignore me ...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

First Post!

So hey! I wanted to start a blog to tie in with the site, where I could post tutorials, tips and tricks for other cosplayers, as well as progress photos of the stuff I'm working on and behind the scenes stuff.
I'm hoping this will become a good resource for people just getting into cosplay and even a spot for people who have been cosplaying for awhile to learn something new.

So a bit about me. I'm Alexandra, also known as Shmee or Peachykiki. I studied fashion design at Columbia College and have been making silly costumes in a more serious manner for about six years now.
I enjoy comics, games, art, and other forms of geekery. I have a pet hedgehog named Sir Hedgeworth who wishes we'd all take him more seriously and stop tickling his belly (but that's never going to happen).

I started my costume commission business in the spring of 2010 and have since then been enjoying seeing my creations at other cons at events around the world.
I also enjoy going to cons and events myself.

Anyhow! Later this week I will be posting my first annual cosplay related post: "Epic Cosplay Wig Review"
and next week "Simple Makeup for Conventions!"

I'll be trying to make posts every Friday with either a written post and/or a video.
Look forward to it!

Links to me in various places: