Mandarin MiniCon Costume Contest Rules and Prizes

Mandarin Minicon will be held March 28th, 11AM – 5PM, at Mandarin Square Plaza, hosted by Three Muses Inspired Clothing and Mythical Mountain Comics and Collectibles.

Compete in the costume contest to win the Ultimate Cosplayer Prize Pack! First place comes loaded with free event tickets, geeky goodies, gift certificates and even a cosplay photoshoot.

See below for rules and details:

1) Contest starts at 3PM

2) Stop by Three Muses or Mythical Mountain before 2:30 PM to preregister. We’ll just need your name and character. You can bring pics if you want to help the judges know who your character is, but it isn’t necessary. We will let you know where to go for the start of the contest.

3) Categories are 1st, 2nd, 3rd and kids. Kids category is basically for under 12, but we won’t be demanding birth certificates. Kids can compete in the main category if they prefer, but must choose one or the other.

4) Anyone can compete, including vendors

5) Costume can be any type or genre. Does not have to be a certain theme.

6) Contest cut-off is 20 people

7) Judging criteria: we will have 3 judges. They will be looking at your presentation (are you in character?), skill (outfits personally made or assembled will rate higher than fully purchased outfits), and overall appearance.

Meet the Judges!

Jenifer Ann – cosplayer and model Jenifer Ann has been modeling for Three Muses since before we even had a store! Check out her facebook page to see some of her amazing cosplay photos:

Jenna Esposito – owner of ShoeBeeDoo Boutique and maker of gorgeous customized shoe creations, see Jenna’s cosplay on her facebook page at

Ted Ohrt – Jacksonville’s very own Iron Man, and our honorary male muse. Check out Ted’s page at

And now what you’ve all been waiting for…the amazing prize list!

1st Place

2 Tickets to AmeliaCon, a multi-genre convention held in Amelia Island,

1 Ticket to the kickoff party for the GAAM Icons show at MOSH

$50 Gift certificate to Mythical Mountain Comics and Collectibles

2 Tickets to the Showstoppers Variety and Burlesque show at Eclipse

1 hour Cosplay Photoshoot in the studio with Red Velvet Photography

1 large sheet of Worbla from Three Muses Inspired Clothing

$10 gift certificate for Bento Studios

Scarf or 10″ Tail made by Fantasy Kandi

Video Game Print from Art by Sabina

Avengers themed chair made by Comic Crafts by Helen Duffy Williams

2nd Place

2 Tickets to AmeliaCon

1 Ticket to the kickoff party for the GAAM Icons show at MOSH

$30 Gift certificate to Mythical Mountain Comics and Collectibles

1 Medium sheet of Worbla from Three Muses Inspired Clothing

$10 gift certificate for Bento Studios

Crochet Plushie by Fantasy Kandi

Handmade Trinket from Actualized Arts

3rd Place

2 Tickets to AmeliaCon

1 Ticket to the kickoff party for the GAAM Icons show at MOSH

$15 Gift certificate to Mythical Mountain Comics and Collectibles

1 Small sheet of Worbla from Three Muses Inspired Clothing

Button or Charm for Bento Studios

Handmade Trinket from Actualized Arts


2 Tickets to AmeliaCon

$20 Gift certificate to Mythical Mountain Comics and Collectibles

1 Small sheet of Worbla from Three Muses Inspired Clothing

Button or charm from Bento Studios

Crochet Plushie by Fantasy Kandi

Handmade Trinket from Actualized Arts

*If I have missed anyone or gotten a prize listing wrong, or if you would like to be included in the prize give away, please e-mail me at


Mandarin MiniCon – A Day of Comics and Cosplay

Mandarin Minicon A day of comics and cosplayJoin Three Muses Clothing and Mythical Mountain Comics & Collectibles for a day celebrating comics and cosplay at Mandarin Square! The event will be held outside both upstairs and downstairs in the plaza. The weather is supposed to be cloudy, a little cooler, but no rain! Sounds like a great way to enjoy a spring day.

Get your costume on and come join us for a FREE event featuring vendors, food truck Delish Kebobs, ice cream from Mister Softee, music by DJ ENS from Pixelated, sales, specials, a costume contest, a special performance by the Jedi Academy of North Florida and more!

Facebook event page:

Costume contest at 3PM (details and prizes to be posted soon)
Performances by Jedi Academy of North Florida at 1PM & 4PM

This will also be the LAST DAY Three Muses is open until June. We are closing just for April & May. I am having a baby so the shop is taking a little break during this transition time. (and I really hope I make it till Saturday. I am ready to pop!)

Guests and vendors confirmed:
AmeliaCon – win free tix in the costume contest!
Shoebeedoo – one of a kind comic book heels
The Art Of Joseph Daugherty
Adorable Foxie – fun to wear furry things
Scrub Oak Soaps – all natural soaps
Iron Man – Jax Cosplay Guest
Jenifer Ann – Cosplay Guest
Movement Magazine
Collective Con
Jedi Academy of North Florida– with performances at 1 & 4PM
Red Velvet Photography – roving photographers
GAAM – with the TMNT Van for pics and tix for costume contest winners!
The Coffee Bard Coffeehouse
Art by Bento Studios – with gift certificates and buttons for the costume contest!
Actualized Arts – with trinkets for the costume contest
Umbrella Corporation Jacksonville (Home of the 219th Brain Surgeons)
Art by edbot5000
North Florida Chapter of the Heroes Alliance
Gotham City FX
Art and Caricatures by Art by Sabina– win a video game print in the costume contest!
The Retro Raver
Comic Crafts by Helen Duffy Williams
Art by Mario Scott
Kawaii Designs
Silliness of Sewing
Orchid Ink Studios
I Am Sheridon
Spiders Web Marketing
Color Television

Cosplay Review: Daenerys Targaryen Wig from Cosplay Sky

Daenerys Targaryen wedding dress costumeThe Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen Cosplay Wig from was final touch to the costume I’ve been working on the past couple months. The wig arrived in just over 2 weeks, so plan ahead when ordering! It did not disappoint and looked like the website photos right out of the package. It is reasonably priced at $39 and comes pre-styled with 2 braids. I actually removed one of the braids after I put it on because I wanted more hair around my face. The braids undid really easily and didn’t even leave the hair crimped.Daenerys Targaryen cosplay wig

The wig is very long and wavy with a nice thickness and texture. I was happy to find it did not tangle as some long wigs constantly do. The hair was easily finger-combed back into submission whenever the wind messed it up. The wig cap itself is nicely made with a skin colored top, lace mesh liner and adjustable hooks for sizing.

After wearing it on a windy day I was very happy to find it still looked nice after removing it. Longer wigs will often matte up on the under layers and are hard to untangle. This one still looked new at the end of the day. I’m very happy with this wig and look forward to wearing it again!

Daenerys Targaryen wedding dress

10 Ideas for Maternity Costumes from a Pregnant Cosplayer

I have a file folder of ideas and references for future costumes. One folder has Amidala’s pregnancy costumes in it. I was saving those for if I ever became pregnant. So here I am, at 8 months with a big belly and no Star Wars costume in sight. I don’t know if it was pregnancy hormones or what, but as I was looking through the costumes I felt like that was the last thing I wanted to make since it seemed like everyone did those. So that started my search for maternity-friendly costume options.

Costuming while pregnant comes with several challenges, the top two being “If I make or buy this today, will it fit my ever-expanding shape when I plan to wear it?” And “will I be able to take this off to pee every 30 min?” I have made and purchased several costumes over the course of this pregnancy and would like to share what I’ve found as far as options go for pregnant cosplay.

  1. As I mentioned, there is always the Star Wars angle. Padme Amidala is pregnant with the twins and has a few maternity costuming options including a blue nightgown looking outfit and a sporty pregnant Jedi.
  1. For me Halloween came in my first trimester, while I was pretty miserable with morning (afternoon and evening) sickness. So I stayed home and handed out candy while wearing the easiest of all maternity costumes- the humorous t-shirt. pregnant halloween shirt
  2. For the more creative and larger bellied costumer, there is always the “belly as accessory” option.
  1. If your belly isn’t quite big enough to be the focus of the outfit, but is too big for you to wear your regular costumes, choose a costume that disguises the belly. I went with Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure time. I figured she’s lumpy and so am I. I got a lot of use out of this outfit from 2-6 months along because it was so comfy and stretchy! All I did was sew some tulle onto a purple cotton dress.
  1. Halloween, horror fests and zombie walks are the perfect time for the gross zombie baby belly
  1. There’s always the packaged pregnant costume in a bag. I tried the Maternity Fairy costume from I think most of these kind of costumes are really just plus size costumes repackaged. This one ran pretty small, though it had plenty of belly room. The arms were tight enough to fit a child. There aren’t many good manufactured maternity costumes that are worth getting so I would not really recommend the packaged options. You can just as easily look for something in a plus size.
  1. Anything with an empire waist can be a pregnancy costume. I dressed as a pirate for the medieval fair. My top is just an empire waist dress over stretchy pleather leggings. I wore the Burgundy High Low Gauze Peasant Dress by Leg Avenue, which I wouldn’t actually recommend because it ripped THREE times before I even left the house. I had to sew it back together and pray it didn’t just rip right off. The gauze material is pretty delicate. My pants were black liquid leggings by Elegant Moments. They were comfy and low waisted so they fit right under my belly. Whenever someone commented on my pregnant status I just told them “Blackbeard did it.”pregnant pirate
  2. Find obscure characters. A pregnant friend of mine went to MegaCon as Most Fruitful Yuki. She wasn’t far enough along for Yuki’s big belly so she wore a deflated beach ball over her small bump.
  1. There are several pregnant characters in pop culture besides Amidala. Juno is one of the most comfortable costumes to do and the bonus is your partner can go as Bleeker. 34.5weeksjunoThere’s also Daenerys Targaryen, although if you watch GOT, you know that didn’t end well. I’m actually working on a Daenerys dress right now, but it’s her wedding dress outfit, not actually one of her maternity styles. The dress just looked really well suited to a pregnant shape. Which leads me to the final section-
  1. Any character can be pregnant! When you are far enough along, flaunt the bump, don’t hide it. For New Year’s Eve I wanted to be something pretty and elegant so I went as the White Queen to an Alice in Wonderland themed event. I made a flowy white empire waist dress. It was like wearing a nightgown, but I felt dressed up and it was obvious by then I was really pregnant and not just lumpy.

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Desperately Seeking Susan Jacket Original Sold for over $200,000

Thirty years after the release of Desperately Seeking Susan, the love for the movie and Madonna’s iconic style is still running strong as exemplified by the recent auction where the original jacket from the movie was sold for $252,000 and that famous single earring went for $34,375.

As an 80s kid, I was in LOVE with that movie and wanted that jacket so bad! So when I started making costumes, that jacket was always on my to-do list. I started out with the common misconception that the jacket was black. I also thought it was leather! I was wrong on both accounts. The material is a metallic dark green with gold threads as shown in these photos of the original jacket posted for the Rock-n-Roll Auction.

I do make my own version, which is an olive color with a slight sheen to it. And because so many people still request it in black, I’ll soon be doing it in black as well! I call it the Desperately 80s Jacket. My back design is the same idea but on a slightly smaller scale. Definitely a fan-made ode to the movie and not an exact replica. I really enjoy making these though!

Musings on the Beauty of Corsetry

Pink Sweetheart Steel Boned Corset

Pink Sweetheart Steel Boned Corset by Three Muses Clothing. Photo by John Rennie Photography. Modeled by Candy Keane.

There are many garments a woman can wear to slim her waist from Spanx to a girdle, but none have the beauty of a corset. A corset is more than just a quick fix or an undergarment. It’s a beautiful piece of clothing that can be dressed up or down, worn under or over clothes and worn for fashion or for function. You can’t get that out of a pair of Spanx.

Traditional corsetry has been experiencing a resurgence over the last few years, but along with it comes a lot of misinformation about what a corset is. We have people who call the shop all the time asking if we carry waist training corsets (we do) and then they come in and what they actually want is a girdle. All those constricting undergarments with the rows of hooks- those are not corsets no matter what they call it on eBay.

So when I talk about a corset, I am referring to the Victorian styles of the 1800s and the Edwardian style introduced in the 1900s. Both of these styles moved toward a more hourglass shape and away from the earlier corsets, or stays, which produced a more funneled silhouette. Our modern corsets are based of these designs with some modifications. The basic idea is still there though- the solid boning all around, a front busk that opens and lacing in the back.

A corset should feel good when you wear it. It should feel secure and supportive, never over constrictive. If it hurts or pinches or pokes, then you need to readjust, loosen it or find yourself a better corset. One of my favorite parts of this job is putting someone in a corset for the first time and seeing them smile when they see their new shape. And when they mention how good it feels, I know it’s the right one.

There’s beauty in a well constructed corset. I love feeling the weight of a heavy steel boned piece when you pick it up. Both flat and spiral steel boning create a wonderful shape and then revert back when you take the corset off. On cheaply made corsets, plastic acrylic boning will keep the curved shape over time and eventually bend sharply so it starts to poke the wearer. I would only recommend plastic boning for short term wear, and never for tight cinching.

There’s also an art to the lacing, which takes time and practice. The right lacing can make the difference of whether a corset fits or hurts. Different lacing can create different effects because it exerts pressure on different areas. Corsets should be unlaced when putting it on and taking it off. If you aren’t unlacing, you aren’t getting the full cinching benefit and it will lead to damaging your corset with wear most likely showing up around the corners of the front busk. Your corset will tell on you if you aren’t treating it right.

At Three Muses Clothing, we are immersed in corsets of all kinds on a daily basis. It has become the cornerstone of the business with most of our handmade costumes using corsets as a foundation. We have done corset fittings on hundreds of women since we opened the shop in 2009 and look forward to doing hundreds more!

Black Satin Steel Boned Waist Cincher

Black Satin Steel Boned Waist Cincher underbust corset by Three Muses Clothing

Fairy Maternity Costume from Costume Supercenter – a Review

Fairy Maternity Costume

Fairy Maternity Costume

I recently got to test out the Maternity Fairy Costume from Since there are so few ready-to-wear costume options for pregnant women, I wanted try out one of the few costumes I saw available. At 6 months along, I figured I would be able to fill it out pretty well!

The costume is by Rubies Costumes, item 889006, and is currently on sale for $36.54. Regular price is $42.99. It normally comes with the dress, wings and flowered headpiece, but the headpiece and wings were both missing from the package when my costume arrived. I added wings and a wig to round out the costume.

Fairy Costume by Rubies

Fairy photo on package

According to the sizing, Standard fits size 12-18, chest size 40-43”, hips 42-46”. Before pregnancy I was a size 4. In maternity clothes I wear a 4-6, so I’m nowhere near the 12-18 quoted on there but the costume fit quite well. It would not fit on anyone much bigger. The elastic on the arm holes is ridiculously tight to the point where it’s painful. If I were to wear this for an extended period of time, I’d cut the elastic.

The costume mostly looks like the photo on the package, except the ribbon detailing on the front is missing the woven design across the chest. The fabric actually looks nicer than it does in the photo, with varying shades of pink and a crinkled texture. The sleeves are nice and flowy and there is plenty of room in the belly area. There’s a ribbon to tie under your bust to give your shape some definition, which is nice.

Overall it’s a decent and comfortable maternity costume (as long as your’s comes with all the pieces), though you don’t really need to be pregnant to wear it. The babydoll dress shape would work just fine on non-pregnant women as well.

Maternity Fairy Costume

Showing off the fairy bump