Costume closet clean out and fabric destash

Vintage black hat for sale through my Facebook page

Vintage black hat for sale through my Facebook page

If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll already know I’m doing another closet cleanout and fabric destash – but just in case you don’t, I figured I’d make up a quick post.

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Pink Ghawazee Vest (a UFO project)

wearing my long UFO Ghawazee vest with a semi-supportive wool under dress

wearing my long UFO Ghawazee vest with a semi-supportive wool under dress

Years ago, when I was attending my very first SCA events with my friend Deb (who then moved away, I lost interest, and it was only years later that I gave the SCA another go…) I was looking to make some cool costumes.

I don’t even remember how I came across the Ghawazee coat / vest, though I did end up buying a bunch of coin scarves and belts and things, and took a few belly dancing classes at different events, so I suspect the whole (fairly modern) belly dance + SCA thing was a bit of a trend at the time.

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Red and gold sideless surcote – HSM April 2021

Wearing my red and gold damask sideless surcoat

Wearing my red and gold damask sideless surcoat

Back in 2019 I threw out my back right before an SCA event. I wanted to still attend, but found myself wondering what to wear – since I also wanted to wear a short corset to support my back. I decided to use a regular underdress, then my corset, and then a sideless surcote which still gives me easy access to adjust the laces/etc. Having them in my wardrobe was fantastic, since most of my other garments really wouldn’t give me that ability.

Since I totally love all the wacky wild 15th century hats, I thought it might also be a good idea to pull together a few more sideless surcotes to add to my Medieval Capsule wardrobe since they’re pretty easy to wear, and I certainly have enough headwear to accompany them! Continue reading

2020 in review

Top Nine Instagram posts for 2020

Top Nine Instagram posts for 2020

So there’s this “Top Nine” trend that happens at the end of every year on Instagram where folks check out the nine most popular (most likes, impressions, etc) posts they made over the year. It made me think of looking at what I’ve been up to the past year – beyond just what made the ‘Top Nine’ on Instagram.

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Specialty sewing feet

In a previous post I mentioned buying a multi-pack of specialty sewing feet from Debra Justice’s  Labours Of Love Heirloom Sewing Supplies.  This was her 8-pack of specialty sewing feet, and includes a Pintuck Foot, Teflon Foot, Roller Foot, Overcast Foot, Shirring Foot, Darning Foot, Button Foot and a Top Stitch Foot (with an adjustable guide).

Specialty sewing feet that I picked up at the Creative Stitches sewing show, fall 2013

Specialty sewing feet that I picked up at the Creative Stitches sewing show, fall 2013

Keep reading for a description of each of these.

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