No New Sew Mo (November)November has some great ideas to follow, most notably, NaNoWriMo. There are also AEDMO, and also NoNewSewMo.

I decided to go with NoNewSewMo. I need to finish my UFO (UnFinished Objects). I have a LOT of them. Anything you’ve started on (which basically means, you bought the fabric and may or may not have done any more than that) counts.

I’m going to try to keep up with my progress here. I also totally forgot about this until this morning. So, to start off with, I threw out my back last night. Which means I’ll be cleaning up my sewing room so I can use my cutting table and not straining my back cutting out pieces.  I worked on it a little bit tonight, but then my back started bothering me again. So you get pictures from Halloween. :)

Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony & Fierce Diety Link from Legend of Zelda, Majora’s Mask

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Lack of Progress

I haven’t gotten any progress on the corset. Starting tomorrow, I am going to be working for a week and a half straight. I don’t see a whole lot getting done in that time. However, I was able to go to Greenfield Village, on a beautiful fall day, and get a couple photos in a bit of my 18th century kit. I didn’t have any pics in this bed jacket yet, so, I decided it was time. The wind was about to blow me away at times!

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Latest Project

I’m working on an underbust corset to be used for multiple things, but first I hope to wear it next weekend to the Renaissance Festival.

Here’s the kicker, I’m going to embroider it using beetle wings. (Inspired by Koshka) I want it to be a bit creepy. I’m also thinking of putting dyed harem cloth over top, to give it a spiderweb feel. We’ll see if I get it done in time.





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Real Talk

Sorry I haven’t posted as much as I’d have liked to in the past, well several years. I have been suffering from depression since about 2007. I’m getting help for it and making great strides, but there are days to weeks where it’s just hard for me to do anything besides exist. I see a lot of other costumers doing so many amazing outfits and I feel like a hack. But I KNOW I can do beautiful, amazing things too. I’ve done them. I have to remind myself that I can do this. That it’s not a contest.

I have a hard time trying to feel like a person, let alone “an amazing costumer”, so, please bear with me while I take a long time to update my pages, and add posts to the blog. I’m trying the best that I can.

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Costume College 2015 Recap

In case you’re unfamiliar with Costume College, it’s an extra long weekend of costuming events, classes and tours put on by the Costumer’s Guild West at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills, CA. Also known as the most wonderful place in the world for one weekend if you’re a costumer. Lots of people attend from all over the world. This year they even had Nina & Jane from the Tudor Tailor giving classes and signing books (Yes, I totally fan-girled and had mine signed at the “Off With Their Hoods” class). They have many tours, and one I got was for the FIDM and a behind the scenes look at various pieces of their collection (which I can’t share).

I got there a day early and stayed with Jane C. and got to meet her fabulous family. I still can’t believe how quickly she put together a beautiful turquoise and purple jacket for the ice cream social.

I stayed at the hotel Thursday until check out on Sunday with Jill, Kate & Carlie. We had a BLAST. They were so much fun. I think Jill and I would be dangerous together in large doses. Much hyperventilating, giggling and CoCo herpies (It’s worse than glitter).

I had pretty low key outfits over the weekend. I wore a green stripe Victorian Bathing Suit to the Pool Party & Frock Flicks podcast recording, my reproduction 60’s wrap dress to the Ice Cream Social, my Mad Sewingtist Labcoat on Saturday, my Princess & the Pea Chemise a la Reine to the Gala, and my 60s-ish shirt dress to the Tea on Sunday.

I taught the Corset Overview class, audited the Death’s Head button class & the flower smocking class. Took the Tudor hair taping class, and the pleater-board making class. Also poked my head into a few others. My head is still swimming.

I also got a ton of patterns, a new book, some coutil, boning caps, power net and a cute corset pin. Shopping is pretty great there.

I got to hang out with people I know from Live Journal, on different facebook groups, and just generally awesome peeps.

Talk about inspiring. Historical, Cosplay, Fantasy, everything is just…open. I need to start saving to go next year.

I’ve got a photo story set up here:


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