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Dana Digrispino is a seamstress who specializes in custom dress-making and costuming. Her private sewing studio is located in Mokena, Illinois.

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BEHIND THE SEAMS: Berserker Progress Photos


Today I'd like to share with you some behind-the-scenes photos of our Berserker Yuna and Berserker Paine costumes.

Looking back, I'm proud of all the hard work we put into these pieces. It was my first time making armor and working with fur. The construction was tricky, especially when it came to the paws. I try to challenge myself whenever I make personal costumes, and I got what I asked for. ^^;;


Brittany was a tremendous help and I'm grateful she was down for the ride. We had many late nights at the studio watching movies and drinking coffee while we worked.

Reference photos and Thumbelina ~♪

Reference photos and Thumbelina ~♪

We used sharpie to draw on guidelines before cutting the foam.

When suede and fur take over the studio. (゚Д゚;)

These paws were trial and error with a lot of faith. I made several mock-ups before finalizing the design. They have a cardboard skeleton to give them structure and were stuffed with batting for shape.

Packed and ready for Anime Central 2016!

Necessary coffee pit stop.

Necessary coffee pit stop.

The Artist Alley is a great place to take refuge during the convention. xD

Thanks for joining me on this throwback journey! After looking at all these photos, I think I want to dust this costume off and wear it again to another convention. :P

Until next time, take care! xx

Gaby Teller (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) Progress Photos


If I had the budget, I would make all of her outfits from this movie.

Both the coat & the dress took several mock-ups before I was ready to cut into the actual fabric. I had to sort of battle with the fact that her body shape is quite different from mine. Since it looked like I was wearing a potato sack when I first made up her dress, I took it in in the waist & shoulders.

My patterning skills are messy but they get the job done.

My patterning skills are messy but they get the job done.

Mock-up #2 showed much more promise after the revisions! I wish I could put on a loose flowing dress & call it a day. But I think part of being a good seamstress/tailor is knowing what compliments your body shape.

The lapped zipper was easier than I thought but still a little tricky since the fabric had stretch to it. I had to go back & clean up a few areas.


Queen Gaby's dress was a dream to make & I'm pretty proud of the finished product. Putting in the lining was somehow harder than making the dress itself, but its done & I'm happy its over with. I hope to get a lot of good use out of this piece, since its so wearable!

Someone please take me to the steps in Rome!

Someone please take me to the steps in Rome!

Welt pockets & bound buttonholes! Worth learning if you have the time. They're honestly not so bad. The most tedious part in my opinion is making the buttonhole openings in the facing. Making sure they all lined up was a little nerve wracking @.@

That awesome moment when all the stripes match up. :) Sometimes detail is worth the extra time.

Little Chopshop Girl~

Little Chopshop Girl~

Behind the scenes of our photo shoot at the studio! Brit is keeping my 1960's beehive hairdo in check. :)

"Hey, that's me!"

"Hey, that's me!"

For the complete photo set & sewing details, check out the Gaby Teller page in my Cosplay Gallery!