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

Skull print circle skirt (& crinoline)

1950s style circle skirt in a skull & crossbones cotton print.

1950s style circle skirt in a skull & crossbones cotton print.

For the Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge #23, the challenge is to make something historical (or historically inspired) that is wearable in an every-day context.  I actually was a bit stumped, but then realized that I needed to test out the circle skirt pattern for my Enchantment Under the Sea costume, and that if I made it up in a fabric I’d love… I could wear it for something other than “costume”.

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Lockable Viking Knit

My lion-head silver Viking Knit chain with a rhinestone-covered lock for a clasp

My lion-head silver Viking Knit chain with a rhinestone-covered lock for a clasp

Around the same time that I was trying to find interesting closures for the Viking Knit chain that I’d made, I ran into a friend who was wearing a chain mail choker necklace – but instead of a clasp, she actually had a small lock on it.

Similar to the Tiffany & Co. lockable jewelry (see the chain bracelet here, the narrow hinged bangle here, and the wide hinged cuff here) as well as the leather cuffs and collars favoured by fetishists and club kids, I thought it would be interesting to see the Viking Knit with a lockable closure instead of the spring gate closure I’d been using up to that point.

I popped a shiny silver lock onto the tri-colour Viking Knit chain with skull end caps. I originally bought this lock for an accent on a corset – but never ended up making the corset… (yet!).

Three-colour Viking Knit with skull head end caps with a shiny silver lock for a closure

Three-colour Viking Knit with skull head end caps with a shiny silver lock for a closure

I also added a rhinestone-covered heart-shaped lock to the silver Viking Knit chain with lion head end caps. (Pictured above) I think I like this one even better! I originally bought the lock as a gift for a friend…. but then ended up not giving it to her, and into my stash of crafty things it went instead!