Tuesday, August 20, 2013


I must bid one and all adieu- why? I'm off to college. (!!!) 

Here's a F.A.Q. for people who have landed on this post from August 2013 to June 2014; 

What does this mean for the shop and this blog? The shop's officially on standby until June 2014, whereby I'll be reintroducing old products to the store and offering some new ones. I'm hoping to increase the number of ready-made Regency items, as they seem to do well. So you have that to look forward to. 
As for the blog, I'll be posting even more sporadically (if at all) until I reopen the shop. There's probably going to be a few posts here and there, but since college means pretty much no free time, ergo no time for sewing projects, I won't have much to post about. So you're not missing much. 

What about the people who already have a custom order placed (before September 2013)? If your order hasn't already been listed in the shop to be sold and shipped, it's probably on hold until January-June 2014. Please contact me if you have any questions. 

What about people who are interested in placing a custom order (after September 2013)? Please contact me! Just because the shop's closed and the blog's on hiatus, doesn't mean that I'm not able to discuss costumes with you! You'll find my email in the 'contact' tab above. Just know that I might not be able to get to your project until June or even July of 2014. 

I hope that answers any and all questions you may have- please don't hesitate to comment or email me if you have any others. I'm looking forward to getting back to the sewing scene next year and I hope you have a great fall/winter season!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pretty Portfolio

I made this for a friend recently, had to show it off.  


 I used a doily, cardboard, and some pretty fabrics from my stash...

...super fun and super easy! 

If you'd like one, let me know. I'd love to try my hand at portfolio making again. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

New Fall 2013 McCalls Patterns

  In my last post, I generally freaked out about the latest Simplicity costume patterns. Well, this is my freaking out over the new McCall's patterns.

 (Note: there are some new Butterick patterns, just nothing super exciting).

  Okay, letsa go!

  Like I mentioned in the last post, I talked about how sort of awful the new Merida Simplicity pattern is. Well... check this bad boy out.

 Look how detail-laiden the pattern is. GEEZ. They make it look sort of historically accurate, whenever Brave was supposed to have happened. The fact is, this pattern just beats the PULP out of the Simplicity one. I mean, look. 

Unaltered (or 'vanilla' for those of you who understand that terminology), the pattern is just gorgeous. That wig, however, is not. 

Like Simplicity, McCalls has some Steampunk action going on. 

This has actually been out for a few months, I just never bothered to post about it until now. It's a really awesome pattern because it has a ton of mix-and-match pieces, most of which are vital to basic Steampunk costumes. 
Note the layered ruffle bustle, the heavy back detail on the jacket, and the awesome pantaloons. Definitely a keeper pattern. 

 AND WHERE THE HECK HAS THIS PATTERN BEEN ALL MY LIFE? Talk about amazingly and awesomely Steampunk.

However, if I'm guessing right, I'm thinking that McCalls is trying to go for a Once Upon A Time look here. Emma anyone? Actually, the way the model looks in this image, it's almost like they're trying to do a Matrix type thingy. Which... sorta doesn't work, but okay. 

OUAT and Matrix. Sure.

Lastly, on the same OUAT vibe, this pattern makes me think of Regina. It's a pretty badical pattern, I love the long-coat thingy. Actually, I like both the last two patterns for the simple fact that they're long coats with pants and boots. COOLNESS. 

Thinking briefly of the possibilities that these last two patterns afford, I'd totally go for a rad Jedi costume with them. How cool would that be? And it would work too... hmm. Now this is going to send me on another Star Wars costume spin. 

Huzzah for fangirling and patterns! What do you think of the new McCalls patterns?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New Fall 2013 Simplicity Patterns

  YOU GUYS. I freaked out at JoAnn's earlier this week... I wasn't keeping up with the latest patterns (because yes, I have done that in the past. Don't you judge me- you keep up with the Kardasians, so I feel no shame), so when I saw the Halloween pattern display with all the LATEST AND GREATEST patterns, I just died.

  DIED, I tell ya.

  Why? Because...


   We'll start with the Simplicity patterns, and then early next week I'll detail the McCall's ones.

   For starters, this.



A Dwarven pattern that has all the makings of being the best men's fantasy pattern on the market. Plus, I think they did an excellent job making the, uh, Thorin and Kili people look like... well, Thorin and Kili. So it was a mixture of sewing bliss and fangirling. OYEZ. 

I am also extremely excited about this pattern:

 Not dead-on accurate, I'm sure, but like the infamous/famous Simplicity 9881 (see, I even knew it by heart), this is sure to be an excellent base for fan recreations of Galadriel's dress/overdress from the White Council. Eh?

Er, why does she have a fairy wand? Just curious. 

Now for a remake on another fabulous Simpicity pattern...

RUN OUT AND BUY THIS. This is a gold pattern. You will get so many uses out of it that- 

Why does he have a little bubble in his hand? 

Wands? Bubbles? Gah. Never mind. 

Okay, Disney time!

 The 'officially licensed' Merida  costume from the Simplicity/Disney crowd. Pretty cool, except I hate how they make the dress look like a store-bought costume. That's crushed velvet. You could have at least TRIED to make it look better than that. 

Next post, I'll show you the McCall's version of this costume and explain why it's ten zillion times better (unless you want your dress to look like a store-bought dress). However, I gotta say that the belt/quiver thing is pretty cool.

 Don't freak out, but I'm sort of a fan of this costume. Were I to make it, I'd of course make it a bit seemlier (longer and a little more on the shoulders)... but is it awesome that there's an option to make a Disney costume that doesn't involve tons of fabric? I'm mainly talking about that Aurora costume. Don't get me wrong, I think the Cinderella one looks like she should be working at a diner. However, I'm excited about the Aurora one because it makes me think of this: 

WERTTHERHERCK. I would totes make a (modester) version of this Aurora/Sailor Moon crossover, and that pattern would totes enable me to do so. 


Lastly, speaking of crossovers?

This new steampunk costume is so amazing I can't even, and I'm seriously considering turning it into a Starfleet Cadet costume. At least, that's what my first thought was. How could would a Steampunk/Star Trek crossover be? I'm sure it's been done before, but still. That'd just be plain cool. 

 These aren't all the new Simplicity costume patterns, just the ones I'm excited about.

 Alrightyo, next up is my rants/excitements/whatchamacallits on the new McCalls patterns! 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Lil' Jawa Dude

Just a little Jawa dude that I needle felted. He's on Etsy, so be sure to go visit him.