Iridescent Brocade Clam Shell Purse

I once had a silver clamshell purse. It was small and couldn’t fit my entire cell phone, but the silver purse was cute and matched my formal attire as well as any bag I owned. I owned the silver clamshell purse for many years, but didn’t use it that often. It was very small. One Read more about Iridescent Brocade Clam Shell Purse[…]

Viking Costume Pleather Canteen Bags

More costume accessories to showcase! My ultra-functional canteen bags! Ever been to an event and not drink enough water? That’s every event, right? I try to drink a lot of water every day, but it’s really hard when you’re busy having fun walking around at a convention or fair. So for this past weekend’s Vermont Read more about Viking Costume Pleather Canteen Bags[…]

Completed Sophie Hatter Commission Dress

Last night I finished another commission piece! It’s a Sophie Hatter cosplay dress, a character from the animated film Howl’s Moving Castle. I’ve cosplayed as this character myself in the past, so this was my second time around making this dress. It’s a fairly simple design, with a very forgiving fit, so I was very Read more about Completed Sophie Hatter Commission Dress[…]

Big, Warm, Fleece House Sweater

Last night I finished a cozy sweater for my mom. I’m trying to make more clothes for other people to improve my tailoring skills. This sweater is made from plush “Luxe fleece” from Joann fabrics. It is thick, soft, and has minimal stretch. I used a pattern to make this sweater, but with some heavy alterations; Read more about Big, Warm, Fleece House Sweater[…]

Fleece Hats for Everyone!

Hats! Hats! Hats for all the children! This Christmas is all homemade hats courtesy of my new sewing machine, and my need to learn how to use it. Jake has a LOT of nieces and nephews, and they’re all getting hats. Fun fleece hats made with anti-pill blizzard fleece from Joann’s. I made them in Read more about Fleece Hats for Everyone![…]

Yule Tidings

Happy Yule, everyone! I’m feeling a little sick this Solstice, but I wanted to wish everyone else well on the shortest day of the year. I have some Holiday posts coming up in just a few days; commissions and crafts that should be seen in person on the 25th before they’re blasted on the internet.The Read more about Yule Tidings[…]

Men’s Viking Kaftan Is Finished! 

Finished at least until I decide to do some huge hand embroidered design on the back. This Viking age coat is made from “Luxe” fleece from Joann’s an embellished with a woven trim, polyester bands on the sleeves, and lots of hand-stitched embroidery. I patterned the coat myself and it is WAY too big for Read more about Men’s Viking Kaftan Is Finished! […]

Men’s Viking Kaftan WIP

A post two days in a row? Whoa! Today I have for your some vague progress photos of the Viking kaftan that I’m working on for Jake. What’s a kaftan? It’s a long coat. Above is a sketch of the design as it sits now, after many revisions. We originally cut the fabric to go Read more about Men’s Viking Kaftan WIP[…]

Skjoldehamn Viking Hood Work in Progress

I have progress shots of the Viking age hood that I’m making! This hood follows the same popular pattern of the one excavated from Skold harbor (Skjoldehamn), on the Norwegian island of Andoya in 1936. The self is a waxed canvas, and the lining is a “luxury” fleece from Joann’s. This fleece is unbelievably soft and plush. Read more about Skjoldehamn Viking Hood Work in Progress[…]

Connecticut Renaissance Faire and New Viking Costumes

On October 15th, 2016 we had an absolutely fantastic time at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire in North Haven, CT. The CT Ren Faire isn’t as big as the King Richard’s Faire, and it doesn’t have permanent faire structures, but the people and programming is top-notch. This mid-fall faire was also the debut of our band-new, Read more about Connecticut Renaissance Faire and New Viking Costumes[…]

Star Wars, Belly Dance, and Granite State Comic Con

Granite Con was a blast once again! As always, the variety of vendors, good programming, and unrivaled access to guests of honor made this another memorable year of convention-going in Manchester. This year’s convention had an unofficial Star Wars theme, and so, on fairly short notice, my friends and I whipped up some costumes to Read more about Star Wars, Belly Dance, and Granite State Comic Con[…]

Quick Underskirts Phone Pouch

Every costumer has wrestled with the issue of where to put their cell phone while in costume. Some costumes can’t have pockets, and often times carrying a purse clashes with your look. But in order to move through society we need to have some money and an ID on us, pretty much at all times. Read more about Quick Underskirts Phone Pouch[…]

Formal Infinity Dress

After seeing them all over Pinterest, I decided to make myself a trendy, convertible “infinity dress” to wear to a friend’s wedding. This style of dress is appealing to me because it can supposedly be worn an “infinite” number of ways, hence the name. Well, I’ll tell you right now that you cannot actually wear these Read more about Formal Infinity Dress[…]

Large Evening Wear Commission Complete!

I have recently completed the largest sewing commission I’ve ever accepted. Very rarely do I accept commission work when it comes to garment construction; it is very time consuming, mistakes are costly, fitting another person is challenging, and the price tag is often prohibitive to most of my would-be clients. But for a coworker, requesting two evening Read more about Large Evening Wear Commission Complete![…]

Palazzo pants

My latest little sewing project is this pair of flowing palazzo pants! They took me an afternoon to make and are sooo comfortable and breezy. I am in love with this fabric, which I got at Joann Fabrics during their black Friday sale. It is lightweight, soft, and drapes beautifully. The fabric essentially told me Read more about Palazzo pants[…]

Medieval Belt

It’s Spring! Happy Ostara, everyone! The Vernal equinox. Winter is over. Spring is the season of creation, and to kick things off, I have made a quick and easy medieval loop belt. I sewed a long tube of hunter green poplin left over from the dress the belt is featured on, and turned it inside out. Read more about Medieval Belt[…]

Iron age tunic dress

I have finished sewing an iron-age-inspired tunic dress, a new staple of my costuming closet. The desire to sew this gown came to me after looking at all of the warm costuming options that the Vikings wore.   After attending an unseasonably cold Connecticut Renaissance fair in October in my usual fall-suited garb, my body Read more about Iron age tunic dress[…]

Pattern Haul

Want to see all the sweet patterns I scored at Joann’s annual $1 Simplicity pattern sale? I know you do. What am I going to do with all these patterns? I am going to sew so many things! At $1 per pattern, when they normally retail for $15-$20, how could I resist? The best time Read more about Pattern Haul[…]

Harem Pants for Dance

Another small sewing project complete! In about two hours time I whipped up these funky harem pants for dance using Simplicity sewing pattern 5359, and this wild cotton print I got at Joann’s Black Friday Sale. This pattern was ridiculously easy. It consists of 1 pant leg cut twice, and a yolk for a zipper. I Read more about Harem Pants for Dance[…]

Preparing for King Richards Faire

Renaissance Fair Season is upon us! I love spending a day out in the woods with the  fairies and jesters, celebrating the late summertime magic. The first Fair on my list is King Richard’s in Carver Mass, and to make sure I make the most of my Fair day, I am adding a few new Read more about Preparing for King Richards Faire[…]

Summer Crafting Part IV: Sewing

I love to sew, sew so much! Whenever I get spare time, I want to sew. This week, I had a little free time, and so in the past two days I’ve made two new things to wear to the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival. One is a 16th century blouse, and the other a patent Read more about Summer Crafting Part IV: Sewing[…]