I sew clothing using vintage patterns, create period-fantasy costumes, build sewing room furniture, and restore vintage sewing machines. Welcome to my sewing room.
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My name is Artemisia Moltabocca. I'm an over 50 year old costumer living in North Carolina with my Hubby, and two small dogs. I'm of Puerto Rican descent, a semi-retired financial controller, and grandmother to three beautiful boys. My costuming adventures began when Hubby and I became emptynesters in 2004.
- 2004: Attended first renaissance fair.
- 2005 - 2009: Attended Pennsic, created Italian Renaissance historical costumes, and attended renaissance fairs.
- 2010: Moved to NC from NY. Semi-retired. Explored clockpunk and steampunk.
- 2011 - 2016: Period-fantasy costuming, group costume competition entries (and wins!) around the country.
- 2017: Joined Instagram, restored vintage sewing machines, first solo competition win (Dalek Queen), started 1940s costuming.
- 2018: Explored vintage clothing and style. Collected vintage sewing patterns, notions, books, & Singer sewing machines.
- 2019: Sewing a wardrobe using vintage patterns on vintage sewing machines. Thrift shopping all the sewing things.
MY SEWING ROOM
As you can tell by the tutorials I change my studio about once a year to suit my current works-in-progress. Yes, and to make room for more vintage sewing machines. :) Check out previous versions of my sewing room here.
MY MEASURES (some sewists want to know)
- I start with the pattern size that fits my underbust (size 12 or 14).
- Narrow shoulder width + short upper bust = size 6 shoulder strap length.
- Up to one inch off lengthwise between shoulder and hips.
- Four inches off hemline.
- Full bust adjustment for vintage patterns. Not needed 50% of the time.
- One inch added to back bodice width.
- Width added to bicep on vintage patterns.
- Width added to waist.
RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS
- Workmanship judge for Costume-Con 34 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Masquerade
- Workmanship judge for Shear Madness "$50 dollar" Challenge
- Workmanship judge for Shear Madness "Anything Goes" Challenge
- Best Master (Individual) and 2nd place Best in Show Costume at Steampunk Worlds Fair
- First place Shear Madness "Drawn that Way" Challenge
- First place Shear Madness "Single Fabric" Challenge
- Best Performance, Best Master, and Best In Show group performance wins. View my costume portfolio for details. Visit my Youtube channel for performance videos.
- Sewing room published in Fall 2011 issue of Studios! Magazine.
- Interviewed by eBay Sellers Unplugged
- Free historical costume pattern archive featured on Lifehacker, MentalFloss, MyModernMet, and OpenCulture.
DAILY POSTS ON INSTAGRAM
Almost-daily posts of the goings-on in my sewing room. View my current work-in-progress, vintage thrift hauls, sewing room furniture builds, and convention photos. You DON'T need an account or app to view Instagram. Drop by for a visit.
LIVESTREAM ON YOUTUBE
Join me in my sewing room as I work on my current project. Subscribe, and click the "bell" button to be notified when I go live as I don't have a set schedule...yet.
ARTE TIP OF THE MONTH
I purchased this product at the Viriginia Beach Neptune Festival last summer, and used it to polish the chrome on vintage sewing machines. This time I tried it to polish a late 30s or early 40s Richard Hudnut brass rouge makeup case. Use a microcloth to apply, and a clean microcloth to buff to a shine. Excellent results every time.