• Welcome to Firefly Path!

    I have this silly habit. With every person I meet I imagine what they might look like in the faerie realm. As I begin to know them better their fay features become more evident to me. This is the way I design fantasy costumes, enhancing or contorting their attributes. Lifting the veil to reveal their own otherworldly beauty and enchantment they possess. There is a place somewhere between waking and sleeping where faeries play. In this twilight hour we can pass through to their world and in that short time we might be able to enjoy their glamor and learn the secrets of their society.
    I hope you enjoy the journey through these costumes I create, the lore I weave, and the images the photographers have captured. Every stitch that has been sewn, every bead that shimmers helps tell the faerie's story. During the growth of Firefly Path my life has been a faerie tale. I've traveled the world with my wonderful friends to capture these mystical creatures on film. Seeking them out in castle ruins, perched in desert canyons, finding them in lush rain forests, hidden inside an ancient bathhouse, gracing palace courtyards and through it all I've learnt that dreams really do come true and I am so very happy to be sharing mine with you.
    - JoEllen Elam (Lillyxandra)

Crafty Blog Intro & Spring Faerie

Where to start?! I’m always in the mist of juggling several different costume projects, whether it’s working on a custom order for a customer, buying wardrobe for a play, sewing fifty toad stool hats for a web series, or designing costumes for photo projects. Life as a costume designer & seamstress in LA is always hectic. I hardly have a day where I can say “I’m so bored”, and when I do, I revel in those days! You know you’re busy when you have to schedule days to have a date with your own boyfriend with whom you live with, haha. What’s funny is that you’d think that I’d be rolling it in! But truthfully I barely get by with the money I make from following this crazy dream of mine. Life is an adventure and I would not change mine for anyone else!

I’m starting this blog to give my viewers and fans a peek into my crazy life, and my process of creating. I’ve received countless e-mails and messages from people from around the world who are curious about how I make things. There have been so many people who have taken the time to express to me how seeing my costumes have inspired, moved and brought a little magic into their lives. I am constantly overwhelmed by gratitude from people about my work. I hope this blog can help others with their own creations, or at least be entertaining to read ^_~

So right now one of the projects I’m working on is designing and creating costumes for a festival called “Festival of the Faeries”. This is a new event for the residents of Topanga Canyon, California and surrounding cities. I have been brought on the project as one of the art directors, wardrobe, and planning the children events.

We are still having meetings to nail out the designs for the crew, but I have a pretty solid idea of what I’ll be making for myself. The goal is to make faerie costumes that are bright and captivating for children to behold, easy to move around in all day, comfortable, washable, and most important… pretty!

AS with most of my original costumes, I like to make an inspiration collage. Some of the strangest things inspire me sometimes. Jewelery, colors, fabric, found objects in nature, dreams… always keep my eyes open for that spark of creativity. For this costume, my inspiration comes from a scene from the animated film “Whispers of the Heart”. A flower fairy appears as part of an ornament in a clock. I always loved that part in the movie and thought her dress was so cute!

springfay
Soom doll, jewelry, flower fairy, taking element from each of these and making it my own!


This is my sketch. The costume may not turn out exactly like this, but it helps me define what I’m going for.

Fabric
I found this fabric on sale in the LA fabric district. I’m thinking of doing a gradient dip dye fading from a yellow green to grass green at the hip. I love the organic cut pattern of it. I’m thinking of lining it will a nude color to make it look as if I’m wearing nothing underneath it.

My next step will be purchasing the rest of the fabric and drafting a pattern from my basic block!

So that’s it for now! I’ll be posting other projects as well. Please feel free to ask any questions. I hope this can be a learning experience for you all!

XOOX
JoEllen (Lillyxandra)

Brooke - December 10, 2012 - 1:25 pm

How can I contact you about making a promdress?

Costumes

Aktaie Goddess Gown

View the Costume Gallery Firefly Path has created for customers!

vanessa - June 16, 2010 - 10:01 pm

ho wow it’s so beautiful =O
I really like the costume of assassin’s creed =D

Sephirayne - June 21, 2010 - 2:23 pm

Such a great gallery. So much pretty in one place is epic.

You do make such amazing pieces, Jo.

Danielle - September 8, 2010 - 10:01 pm

I love the Belle gown! How can I get one??

lillyxandra - September 11, 2010 - 12:10 am

Take a look at my FAQ on how to place a order with me πŸ™‚

Jenna - November 27, 2010 - 7:05 pm

these photo shoots are absolutely beuatiful. just enchanting. i adore the costume for Princess Belle! i would love to have one like that! do you sale them? or have the pattern to make one? you can email me back in regards to my comments. thanks!

Rachel - May 14, 2011 - 4:13 am

so much awesome in one place. you are just TOO AMAZING. all this work…
did I mention you’re AMAZING?!

Destiny - July 28, 2011 - 6:35 am

How much would it cost to make a mermaid tail?

charlotte hanley - September 5, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Hi, i really love the mermaid bra you have made it look beautiful! how much would it cost to have one made?
thanks
xx

Charlie - September 7, 2011 - 5:10 am

I would LOVE to commission you for something poofy. Sort of like Scarlett O’Hara’s BBQ dress in GWTW on steroids. Thoughts?

Thanks,
Charlie

Cheneice - September 14, 2011 - 7:07 pm

I would glady wear all of these costumes, they are all beautiful!

meagan - October 18, 2011 - 1:15 am

how do i go about buying one of these?!

tamsyn - November 18, 2011 - 10:13 pm

beautiful, the care thats taken for each of these to make, i may be placing and order soon because we have a fairy fest each spring in the middle of the woods,ah i am so lucky to have stumbled across this πŸ™‚

vicky_4702 - November 26, 2011 - 1:54 am

hii πŸ™‚ I would like to know if we can buy them? They’re beautiful!

kelsey - December 21, 2011 - 2:18 am

hey hun i wanted to get together with you soon to maybe start on another project… i just cant have my costumes made anywhere else lol. ofcourse it wont be til after the new year… and bounce some ideas off of you…

i hope everything is going well ! you healed up nice since the accident i hope and looing great i must say! well i hope you have an amazing holiday season! merry xmas!

kels

Serenity - December 29, 2011 - 10:53 am

Woah! Just spotted something you did for my older sister a couple years back! Hahaha that’s crazy that I found it… it’s the blue gown fourth down on the furthest left column. That makes me so happy, you are so talented. <3

Ana Carolina - February 12, 2012 - 1:13 pm

O MY GOOOOD….just so beautiful!!!! Do you sell them???

Faith Hastie - April 11, 2012 - 4:22 pm

I really like the Absinthe Fairy costume and the dark red dress with the cape and horns (Labeled ‘Dark’)–they are so cool! How might I go about getting one of these and what are your prices like?? You are really talented!!!

Lindsay - June 19, 2012 - 7:31 am

Oh my goodness! :O I’m so speachless, all of these costumes are gorgeous! You are – I can’t even put into words how talented you are! I could only imagine wearing anything like this! They are all so pretty! I was wondering how much would it cost for a Belle dress? Or maybe a Mulan dress (The one when she’s going to see the matchmaker)?

Thank you so much! I’m truely lucky to have been able to see these pictures and I’m so glad to have found great pictures of these costumes!

Kathleen Gray - July 15, 2012 - 5:44 am

Found you on pinintrest.. wanted to just say wonderful work and stunning would love to own something of your work

Julia - July 31, 2012 - 4:38 am

I know you MUST hear it all the time, but I had to tell you how much I appreciate your talent. Your work is magnificent, your attention to detail unparalleled. Thank you for sharing with us, you are truly an inspiration!

Ashleigh Kost - September 27, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Oh my gosh these are gorgeous! How much would be be to have a woodland fair or a siren-like one made?

Melissa - March 13, 2013 - 1:25 am

Hello WOOOOW!!! all of the pic are GORGEOUS!!! I love the little mermaid you did for Traci Hines great job! if you have the time to get a hold of me my wedding is coming up next summer and I was wounding if maybe you can do something nice for me?
plzzz let me know!!
thank you for your time!
Melissa.

Leitha - May 4, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Love your work! Thank you so much for sharing!
I was wondering if I sent you a picture of a dress could you give me an estimate of cost and time it would take to make? It would be for next year so no rush πŸ™‚
Thanks again!!!

Tania Villalobos - June 23, 2013 - 1:39 am

I would to know you guys would do a neo princess serenity (from sailor moon ) dress and how much will it cost !? Plz and thank you ..:)

Vanessa iacovone - September 6, 2016 - 6:03 am

Would you be able to give me an estimate on a dress that I saw on your site that I like I don’t even know if you sell them please get back to me at your earliest thank you
Vanessa

Mellinda - September 14, 2016 - 3:39 am

I’m wanting to do a wood elf costume. What would be the cost for doing something similar to picture 79? Thank you!

Cosmode Issue 22 Photo Feature

Kyle, Ginny, Matt and I drove out to a abandoned gold rush town 1 hour outside Vegas. We ran into some…well, lets just say…interesting onlookers. I sometimes forget that not everyone knows what cosplay is. So, while they were grabbing a few shots of Matt, I’m at the back of the van putting on my armor for Sophitia. Two very homely characters drive up to me, roll down the window, and give me a huge smile (I swear they had about 5 teeth between the two of them). The passenger laughs a little, slowly lifts up a disposable camera, rolls the film wheel, clicks one picture then drives off. I was like …..did that just happen? Ohhhh then it gets better! After those two lovely gentlemen drive off, a beat up old van with an entire family are the next to stop by. One guy rolls down his window so that I can see his kids in the back and asks “Ya’ll shooting porn?” *sigh*

Besides the creeps it was a lot of fun! Cosmode in my opinion is the best cosplay magazine, it was a big honor to be featured in it along side the man I love <3 If you want a copy of Cosmode Magazine you can buy it at Cosworx

blueheart - October 7, 2010 - 11:06 pm

I picked up that Cosmode and smiled! It was one of the few Cosmodes with American cosplayers in it <3

And you both look lovely ^^

Wings

A few samples of wings I have made for customers.

Kristen - May 12, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Out of curiosity, what are your base prices for wings and what are they made out of? I just can’t place the material xD

Bethany - June 5, 2011 - 9:29 pm

How much do your wings run? Can I buy them on here? Can’t seem to find where…

Jeniffer - October 14, 2011 - 3:37 am

I was also wondering what your base prices for wings are.

Gregory Patrick - August 2, 2012 - 5:01 am

I’d like to comission these wings in gold. Where do I send billing and address information?
Thank you.

Elyna - October 3, 2012 - 5:34 am

I was wondering if you make steam punk wings or if the green wings top four fourth from left are available? And how much they run?

Stephanie - April 7, 2013 - 12:55 pm

I am not sure how to order from you. Do you make only custom orders that we pick out from your preexisting commissions?
Please advise
Stephanie

Mermaid Make-up Tutorial

I made a video tutorial on how I did the mermaid make-up for Odessa the Sea Witch!

—–Make-up Used—–

EYES
MAC pigment color – “all girl”
MAC pigment color – “golden olive”
MAC cream eyeshadow palette #003 – “fuschia”
MAC glitzy gloss – “after party”
MAC glitter – “gold drift”
Urban Decay glide on pencil – “zero”
The Balm two timer mascara
Garland Party Lashes With Green Beads – “EB 5”
Lash Grip Eyelash Adhesive

BODY MAKEUP
Kryolan Aquacolor wet makeup – blue “587”
Kryolan Aquacolor wet makeup – purple “276”
MAC glitter – “turquoise”
MAC glitter – “gold drift”

Cinema Secrets “super sealer”
Olay Complete Lotion

LIPS
MAC Matt lipstick – “russian red”
Sally Hansen lip gloss – “amethyst”

Sephirayne - September 16, 2010 - 6:49 am

Wow! Such a great tutorial. Very useful. Thanks for sharing the links of where to get the make-up.

I love your make-up. So outstanding

Lillyxandra - September 16, 2010 - 3:21 pm

I hope it works out for you better next time πŸ™‚

Plastic Pond - November 16, 2010 - 4:25 pm

lip gloss with olive oil is the best because it can moisturize your lips as well *~;

Wally - December 8, 2010 - 11:03 pm

Hey mate, thanks for the AWESOME tutorial, just what i was looking for my project.