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Costume designer and theatrical stitcher. http://lexgurst.tumblr.com http://www.pinterest.com/lexgurst/

Costume Couture: Where to buy if you’re simply not a stitcher.

Like any acquired skill, learning to sew takes time, practice, and weathering of both successes and failures to master. Where does that leave someone who adores wearing awesome outfits, costumes and cosplays, but doesn’t necessarily know their way around a sewing machine? Costume Couture is here to help!

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Sunday Sundries: A Nerdy News Recap – Feb 26th-Mar 4th.

It’s hard to believe it, but 2017 has already rolled the calendar to March!  Whether or not the new month has come in like a lion or a lamb in your current locale, there is one constant when it comes to the third month of the year: it’s National Women’s History Month. If you’d like to learn more about NWHM, or see what other interesting and intriguing newsy tidbits you might have missed this week, please keep reading!

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The Gal-lery: Octavia E. Butler & Nnedi Okorafor.

As Black History Month draws to a close, some of the members here at the Daily Geekette would like to help the celebration continue by suggesting some of our favorite books by black writers, both past and present.

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Costume Couture: Spruce-up your style!

Did you ever pick a piece of clothing up during a sale or at a thrift store, thinking that it has some promise, but it just needed a little something extra? Or do you already have a garment that would look really great with a cosplay or costume of yours, but it requires a little enhancement or ornamentation to make it truly part of your look?

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With a little thought and a little money (or just some skillful scavenging) it can be pretty easy to transform articles of clothing from meh to marvelous! No matter what your style– steampunk, goth, lolita– maybe a few finishing touches is all you need to spruce-up your style. Interested in some inspiration? Keep reading to see how I took an average thriftstore find and kick its interest up a couple of notches!

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The Fortress at the End of Time: An interview with Joe M. McDermott.

Does space travel and the possibility of discovering new worlds interest you? What about the unending ethical dilemmas of cloning? If you also appreciate Science Fiction when it focuses on personal  inner conflict and  the day-to-day aspect of life in at the lonely edge of the galaxy, then Joe M. McDermott‘s The Fortress at the End of Time might be right up your alley.

Cover art by Jaime Jones.
Cover art by Jaime Jones.

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The Gal-lery: Edmonia Lewis.

Acknowledged as the first professional African American and Native American sculptor, Edmondia Lewis was a talented classical American artist and manipulator of marble. The fact that her life is bookended by hazy details at its beginning and end, only makes this gifted artisan an even more intriguing individual, to say the least.

Edmonia Lewis, c. 1870.
Edmonia Lewis, c. 1870.

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Vamping it up on Halloween!: Lex’s Movie Picks

Are you a fan of vampires in the cinema? I am! The concept of a timeless being who feeds off the blood of the living has long appealed to people.  Despite the hackneyed stories popping up occasionaly,  there are some still some very intriguing films being made in the vampire genre. Below are a few of my favorites from the last fifteen years (thus, there is no, say,  Nosferatu or The Hunger on this list).

Vampyr II, by Edvard Munch.1895-1905.
Vampyr II, by Edvard Munch. 1895-1905.

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Looking for a Halloween costume? Try these trios!

We’re heading into October, and that means that Halloween and opportunities to wear sweet costume creations are just around the corner! Some people plan what their chosen costume (or costumes!) will be way ahead of time, but others wait until the last minute. If you’re one of those individuals who is still wondering what it is you’re going to be, maybe this list of popular trios will offer some inspiration not just for you, but for your friends, too!

Terra (Meghan) is not having any shenanigans from Raven (yours truly) and Starfire (Editor-in-Chief Sarah).
Terra (Meghan) is not having any shenanigans from Raven (yours truly) and Starfire (Editor-in-Chief Sarah).

Schoolhouse Rock! asserts that Three is the Magic Number, and according to TV Tropes, that rings true for the world of popular visual arts, as well. Does this translate to real-life for you? Have two besties instead of just one? Then consider the following ‘Power Trios’, whether they are fictional or inspired by actual individuals, when you are looking for a Halloween costume:

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Vesture Vocab III: Lexical Decorations for your Costumes and Conversations

Are you in the market for something interesting to add to your costume or cosplay? Halloween is practically around the corner, after all. If you’re searching for a costume or design detail to put the finishing touches on an ensemble, or just plain looking for weird words to wow your Scrabble buddies, Vesture Vocab is here to help!

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There are two previous installments (I and II), so if you don’t find what you want here, perhaps you could take a gander at the other articles for assistance!

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