Amy Coyne's Profile

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Sewing has been a constant in my life ever since I was a little girl, hand stitching purses and doll's dresses at my mother's feet while she made my clothes.
I started sewing costumes in 1997, when I got a job as a seamstress in a shop in Chico, Ca called Alter Ego. We made costumes for every possible event: renaissance faires, proms, theme weddings, civil war and gold rush recreations, historical society fashion shows, etc. but especially Halloween, which was a huge deal in Chico during those years. People would flood the downtown streets, groups organized elaborate themes, and everyone went out of their way to outdo each other. We liked to post up in the front window of our friend's bar and count how many of the costumes we had made.
Not long after starting at Alter Ego, I was introduced to Tribal Belly Dance. I was completely enthralled by the heavy Afghan jewelry and luxurious textiles, and I started to wet…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 21
  • Joined March 11, 2010

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Satin, Taffeta, Shantung, Lace

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About

Sewing has been a constant in my life ever since I was a little girl, hand stitching purses and doll's dresses at my mother's feet while she made my clothes.
I started sewing costumes in 1997, when I got a job as a seamstress in a shop in Chico, Ca called Alter Ego. We made costumes for every possible event: renaissance faires, proms, theme weddings, civil war and gold rush recreations, historical society fashion shows, etc. but especially Halloween, which was a huge deal in Chico during those years. People would flood the downtown streets, groups organized elaborate themes, and everyone went out of their way to outdo each other. We liked to post up in the front window of our friend's bar and count how many of the costumes we had made.
Not long after starting at Alter Ego, I was introduced to Tribal Belly Dance. I was completely enthralled by the heavy Afghan jewelry and luxurious textiles, and I started to wet my feet designing costumes for dancers. Although I'm making less of them now, the fundamental ideas of decorating a woman's body, accenting it's curves and movements, translating that sense of boldness and grace, have formed the foundation of my perspective on design.
Living in Sonoma expanded my influences a lot. Not only is it a uniquely beautiful place, but it's also where I was introduced to Steampunk, and I fell in love right off the bat. Having done so many victorian costumes, I had harbored a secret longing to live in a world with all the bustles and hats, but without all the puritanical victorian values. Around the same time I got into burlesque, and over the past few years my focus has been on versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down to fit with a variety of looks on or off stage.
Now that I'm living back in Chico, I'm also doing the Costume Design for my local community theatre, The Blue Room. Our latest Production is A Clockwork Orange, for which I've developed several new designs that will soon be available in my shop!

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