Hot pink PVC hobble skirt

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Lightweight hot pink PVC hobble skirt

After making so many different Courtesy Masks, I finally got the time to clean up my sewing space a little, and that really pushed me to finish up some of the “UFO”s (Unfinished Objects) in my sewing room, including this pink PVC hobble skirt.

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Corset class – The masculine side of corsetry

Grommets for lacing on a couture, custom-made corset.

Grommets for lacing with nylon cord

One question I’ve been asked that there doesn’t seem to be a lot (or perhaps just enough) information on is corsetry for men.  I have found that these inquiries generally fall into four  different categories:

  • Men looking to change their figure to a more curvy, hourglass (stereotypical feminine) figure (either for cross-dressing, female illusionists, or female impersonation performances).
  • Men looking to wear corsets but maintain a fairly straight or v-shaped (stereotypical masculine) silhouette.  (Taming that pot-belly for instance, or supporting their backs.)
  • Men looking for the fashionable aspect of corsets. (Popular amongst  goth, emo, steampunk, cyberpunk, or fetish sub-culture fashions.)
  • Men who enjoy the restrained feeling of being in a corset – like bondage you can wear under your clothes.

This, to me, comes down to two different styles of corsets – one that tries to imitate a desired ‘feminine’ figure for the male dresser; one with curves, and one that tries to enforce a more straight or v-shaped ‘masculine’ figure.  Those looking for fashion or restraint may go either way, depending on their own figure, their interests, and indeed, their own self-confidence!

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Shoe makeover

Heel of the embellished shoe

Heel of the embellished shoe

While up in Edmonton in March I popped into a shoe store, and of course found a super-cute pair of shoes… but a bit too expensive. A bunch of other shoes were on sale, and I asked the clerk just in case…. and they were on sale too! Sold!

Of course, as cute as they were, I thought they were still begging for a bit of an upgrade…

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Fashion (visual kei) masks

Black PVC mask (iPad photo)

Black PVC mask (iPad photo)

I saw some great photos of cool Visual kei/J-rock masks, and wanted to make one for myself as well. I though I could develop my own pattern, but decided to give a whirl and see if anyone had made one of their own and published the pattern – I was in luck! I decided to give a few of them a try.

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Black lace skull shawl / scarf

Lace skull-design shawl with black fringe

Lace skull-design shawl with black fringe

I’ve been obsessed with the crochet skull scarf / shawl that makes it to the top page of my Pinterest wall at least once a month. (And even more envious of a friend when she got one from a crafty friend…) Of course the big problem – I don’t crochet.

When I saw this skull-design lace in the Halloween section of a fabric store though… it got me thinking – what if I made my own out of fabric, instead of trying to convince one of my own crafty friends to make me one…? Continue reading