Plague Mask keychains

Finished red leather keychain-sized plague mask

Finished red leather keychain-sized plague mask

A few months ago, I began working on a red pleather plague mask for myself, but then the project stalled because I had other things to do (including making courtesy masks) so it got set aside. I’m still not done that – but in the meantime I have a different plague mask project to show off – little mini keychain masks! I plan on putting one on my backpack and maybe turning the other into a necklace…because why not?

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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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Pinterest-win leggings

5 new pairs of leggings!

5 new pairs of leggings!

A while ago I pinned a pattern on Pinterest how to make your own leggings – I figured I’d eventually get around to giving it a try… and in early March, I finally did! (I have been pretty much focused on mundane, everyday clothing lately, after spending so much time and energy working on SCA costumes and projects)

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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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Pleather little black dress

Black pleather dress

Black pleather dress

I’m clearly on a roll – at least for taking photos late at night with poor lighting…

For more ‘everyday’ (ok, not really) sewing, I wanted to test out a simple pattern, since I have had to re-jig my basic dress block. I decided to do my “muslin” in a wearable fabric so that if it all worked out I’d have a new dress out of the equation. I used a black pleather (faux leather) fabric which I really like, and have lots of, to substitute in for the vinyl and leather I’d like to make the same/similar style up in once I perfect the pattern.

The fit isn’t totally perfect – but I didn’t want a super-tight dress either…