For years now I have been dressing up in costume on Halloween as female characters from the 80s. Starting with Rainbow Brite then going to Strawberry Shortcake. And when I decided that Jem had to be next, I decided that the time had come to make the costumes myself. I am, in some ways, a perfectionist and it bothers me to look at the costumes that you can spend 50+ dollars on and how cheap they still look. I put a lot of time and effort into my first fully hand/machine made costume and it felt awesome to get so much praise for it.