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…

THUA classes at Avacal Coronation

I’m really late posting this – because I was hoping to put together some photos first… but I thought I’d briefly post about the SCA coronation event (for those involved, Avacal’s first coronation). While I was there I attended my 12-16th “THUA” (Or now, actually TUA) classes. Unfortunately, I didn’t take ANY photos of the classes while I was in them (my mind was on the class, not my camera!) but I thought I’d share a brief run-down of each of them.

Much thanks to the teachers and the individuals organizing THUA classes at this event!

THUA stands for “Their Highness’ University of Avacal“, but now that we don’t have a Ptince and Princess any more, it’s been re-named TUA – The University of Avacal.

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