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Costume Dressmaking Fabrics at Calico Laine

Last week saw the release of the new, long awaited Ghostbusters movie, and if you have ever spoken to me when visiting either of our two Calico Laine stores, you might have seen me walking around in my very own Ghostbusters jacket that I created using Dressmaking Fabrics and notions that I bought from our vast stock of items. I am a huge fan of the franchise and am looking forward to seeing the movie's take on spooks, spectres and ghosts haunting the city of New York - and in today's blog, I'll be talking about my jacket as well as another project that I have been inspired to make by the movies.

My Ghosbusters jacket, created using Calico Laine fabrics. My Ghosbusters jacket, created using Calico Laine fabrics.

I created my jacket using our klona cotton in tan, and chose a dress lining in a colour that matched as closely as possible. I lined it because not only will this extend the life of my jacket, but it will also make it a lot easier and more comfortable to wear. I used two of our jeans zips for the breast pockets, and one of our brass metal open end zips for the fastening of the jacket as well. I created my jacket without a pattern after studying various film stills and photographs of the costumes on display, but both of our Calico Laine stores stock plenty of patterns by Butterick, McCalls and Vogue that could help you achieve a similar result. I finished the jacket with a 'No Ghosts' patch on the arm, and another patch bearing the name of my favourite character, Egon Spengler, across the chest. I am now in the process of making a second jacket for a friend, who is also a big fan of the series.

Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters. Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters.

As for other projects that I have been inspired to make by the Ghostbusters franchise, it is no secret that I love to make costumes for conventions that I attend all across the country. As such, one of my future costumes that I have planned is a dress that the character, Dana Barrett, wears in the second half of the first movie. From our humongous Dressmaking Fabric selection, I have chosen to use our cationic chiffon in bronze to imitate the draped fabric she wears, with a layer of our silver satin back crepe underneath and for the sash of the dress. I think this will be quite a simple costume to make, but sometimes garments that are easy to make can be the most effective!

Have you ever been inspired to make a garment or costume by a movie or television show that you love? Take a photo and upload it to our Facebook page - we love to see what our customers come up with using our Dressmaking Fabrics!