Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pinterest and More

  To explain: I am finally on Pinterest.


  For what has seemed eons, Pinterest didn't want people who didn't have Facebook or Twitter accounts. Being as I have neither (Google Plus girl myself), I patiently awaited the day they would take email accounts.

  Patiently waited, that is, while driving myself up the wall and wishing I had a better way of getting ideas and inspirations and so on in one place. Without creating another folder in 'My Pictures'.


  This morning, they sent me an email. With bated breathe, I checked... and lo and behold, they now accept email accounts!


  Finally a place where my Doctor Who obsession can be understood. Er, that is, a place where I can gathering costume ideas and so on. If you'd like to follow me, I'm annewentworth93! (Or just click that perky button on the sidebar!)

  Now, onto costume and crafting business. I've been uber busy: not only have I been vivaciously enjoying end-of-summer parties, but I've been preparing for Halloween by making tons of costumes to post on the shop. But, I'll save those surprises for another post.
  I'm making this for a friend: 

  And I got four yards of brown linen-look fabric yesterday. I'm divided as to what to do with it. Costume, or 'real clothing'? I could make a lovely fall dress for myself out of it... or...

  Don't even get me started on how much I want to make those robes. Just don't.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hobbit Lass Bodice

   I made this bodice over the winter, putting loads of time into the entirely hand-worked eyelets... all 120 of them. Looking at it, I can see that it's quite Hobbity: advantageous if you're planning on going to a long-expected party!

 Though it makes me think of a Hobbit garment, this particular picture (taken by my BBF) reminds me of one of my book characters. In the first part of the story, she's wearing a special outfit for the town feast day- and this could be it. Huh. Interesting.

Like my utterly contrived outfit...? 


The sleeves are detachable, giving three different looks to the same bodice.'s like getting triple the run for your money! Or... yeah. Something like that.

Shog off to the shop to find it stocked there! Hurry, though... this one this that won't come to those who wait. Don't like the colors or not your size? Shoot me an email and we can work out the perfect bodice for you!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Designs That Haunt Me

  Plague me is what I should have said. Sometimes there's a costume that I design in my head, and it flows out onto paper... never to be made. It's awful, really. Here are a few of the designs that continue to keep me up at night.

  ...okay, maybe not, but good gravy! I should just make them already. *smirk*

Okay, so this is probably the most reachable of my haunting designs. It's a regency dress (no kidding), and I happen to have everything - everything - on hand to do it. I just have to reach out and take it. 

Like I have time. 

 Very high on my list is this set of... Jedi robes. Yes. I know, I know... I ramble on about these robes that I'm going to eventually make, but this set is my dream. It's supposed to be for a Jedi Librarian... which, all things considered, would be an amazing job. I can just see it now; if anyone ever tried to run off without checking the book out... VZZHMM goes my lightsaber and OFF with his head! 

Hey, it's for defense. Defense of books.

 And this is the other set of robes. More specifically, it's for an Old Republic Jedi Master, from a video game. And it's pretty sweet.

 Last Star Wars design. Promise. It's just a flight costume, probably best suited for a diplomat or a historian. I likes it.

Now onto formal wear This design is really Regency, but I would easily wear it to a dance or black tie party. (In case you wanted to ask me) 

Here is one of the MANY designs I drew for my Spring Formal dress. I probably drew up to ten designs for the dress and didn't go with any of them. And I still like this one.

This last one is probably a reachable goal. It's just a Vogue pattern with an altered skirt, but I really really really like it. I have some steel grey satin, so I may do it up in this design for the next dance. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

'I Want' Costume: Sabrina, 1954

  We finally (I know, right?) watched the 1954 version of Sabrina, with Hepburn, Holden, and Bogart. It was enchanting. But even more so are the costumes, designed by the immortal Edith Head. 

  Except this dress. It's a Givenchy.

... unspeakably amazing. If you look carefully, you'll see that it's really just a pencil dress with an overskirt slapped on...

It's classy. So so classy. Black and white. Huge skirt. Fitted. 

It's epic. The black lace is just beautiful. And one more picture, because this dress is just... ftw. 

  Incidentally, we happen to own a couture Givenchy dress. It doesn't fit me (for petite sizes, erhem), but it's just beautiful. I can only imagine what owning this dress would be like. Well, I'm going to either save this idea for my own wedding dress (don't worry, I'm no where near such an event) or make it for a special dance. I dunno.

A beautiful feast of the Assumption of Our Lady to one and all!

Friday, August 10, 2012


  If you haven't guessed before, I've been on a major embroidering kick. Anything and everything I get my hands onto, I embroider. In fact, I'm going to start rummaging through the housewares bins at Goodwill just so I can embroider more stuff.

  And if you haven't seen them yet in the shop, I've been listing my 'GeeKerchiefs.' Go ahead, laugh. But they really are geeky.

  They're vintage handkerchiefs embroidered with popular internet memes, trends, and movie quotes!

 ...geeky, right? There are four altogether, which will be trickling into the shop over the next couple of weeks, along with some more surprises! Keep your eye on the shop... you may be pleasantly pleased with what you find there. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Customer Photos: Aragorn's Cape!

  I recently sold my Dunedain cloak to a chap who's assembling an Aragorn costume! He sent along some pictures and I've permission to share them with you.

 Looks way better on him than it did me.

 He's got the outfit nearly complete- just two more pieces and he's done!

 Gotta love walking around in capes, eh?

  Thanks to Chris for sending these in! This cape has already been sold, but if you want to custom order another, please feel free to contact me or check the shop for another cloak.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Regency Rose Tea Dress

  If this isn't my favorite Regency dress that I've made so far, I don't know what is. I made it last year with the intention of selling it on Etsy, but thus far I haven't been able to part with it.

It looks perfectly Emma Woodhouse-y to me. 

The color combination worked out really well, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. 

 The back is closed with three green vintage buttons.

 I love how the pattern swoops in a slight train on the overskirt. It's a lovely touch to the dress!

  This dress is now available in my Etsy shop. Yes, I am able to part with it now. If you don't like the colors on this dress or it's not your size, contact me and we'll discuss the perfect Regency dress for you!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Etsy Spotlight: Jedi Robes

   Have you ever been browsing on Etsy (or anywhere, for that matter) and had your breath taken away? Well, you might not be as geeky as I am, but mine was stolen from me when I saw this set of Jedi robes.

 Nothing too unusual, at first glance. But there's a skirt. And the color scheme is brilliant.

 I contacted the shop owner, and she said that the idea came from a customer to use a skirt in place of the traditional pants. It's a fantastic idea... why didn't I think of that before?

Everything about this ensemble is perfect. I just... love it.

And the tabards have this really cool embroidery in the front. Subtle, but way totally Jedi.

Be sure to visit the creator's Etsy and eBay stores.

  So now I'm entirely torn between Clone Wars Era Jedi robes (which these are), or Old Republic Era robes. Decisions, decisions. What does everyone think? Here's an example of Old Republic robes: 

I am torn. Utterly.