Sunday, 28 June 2015

June 2015


General Life Stuff

Greetings friends! June was a busy month for me. Being underemployed has allowed me more time to enjoy life's pleasures, like hiking, fishing, and creating art. I hate being cooped up inside, especially when the summer weather is so gorgeous. I've been able to stave off of insanity by going on vacation with my folks and small day trips with my fiancé. The first week of June my parents took me up to their trailer for a vacation. There was a lot of shopping, as I had mentioned in a previous post, but I also enjoyed a few long days of fishing (I caught mostly bass) and enjoying nature. My parents and I went for a hike on a lovely trail only a half hour's drive from their campsite. We saw a lot of unusual plants, trilliums and lady slipper flowers. I got to play with their DSLR camera but I'm a little rusty with it, I haven't used one in about three years time. I'm still getting reacquainted with all the different features and filters, but it's been a lot of fun. I have to apologize for this post being picture heavy but I wanted to share what I saw with you!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Simplicity Caters to Cosplayers

New Simplicity Costumes for 2015

Look out Cosplay.McCall, Simplicity has opened up a can of Cosplay whoop ass, and what great timing too. Simplicity has released a handful of Cosplay related sewing patterns for autumn of 2015 and I'm pleasantly surprised at what I see. It's rather interesting following this month's earlier post, McCall's Caters to Cosplayers, where I discussed McCall's recently debuted, and rather anemic, Cosplay website. Simplicity has certainly stepped up their game with these pop culture influenced patterns! Let's take a look at what they have to offer.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Gothic Thrift Store Adventures


What did I find?!

I usually talk about my thrift store adventures in my end of the month recap post, but sometimes I buy so much crap that it's monumental and requires it's own separate post. Like this one! After having my surgery I found that clothing wasn't fitting as comfortably around my mid section, pants or shorts were unwearable. I embarked on a mission to find dresses and skirts secondhand, and I was fairly successful. Well, sort of. I ended up buying only two dresses and a lot of neat stuff. 





When I visit my mom it's pretty much guaranteed that she'll ask me to go shopping with her. Ever since I was a little girl my mom would drag me around to local thrift shops and garage sales. I hated it back then, but nowadays I enjoy it because of my love for fashion and antiques. In the beginning of the month I went on a vacation with my family, naturally my mother insisted on thrift store shopping. We went to roughly two or three thrift stores. Because it was a small town the selection wasn't great. There were some items I found to my liking, a cropped chiffon blouse and a tartan peacoat.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

The Gothic Homemaker: Dye fastness

Keeping your blacks, black!

What's a Goth's worst nightmare? I mean aside from when your blacks don't match... How about when your beautiful blacks fade to gray? It drives me crazy. For the last ten years I've strived to maintain the deep sultry dyes of my wardrobe with mixed success. I've found some techniques to work better over others and today I'm going to share those tips with you.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Shopping for Plus Sizes



Goth & Alt Plus Size Fashion

Before I wrote this post, I felt optimistic about plus size Goth and Alt fashions. I felt that the big name clothing companies were accommodating the plus size community. It turns out that I was dreadfully wrong. While sourcing materials, I became painfully aware of how difficult it is to shop for plus size clothing, especially in the Goth scene. I thought that the internet had paved the way for a more diverse size selection. Hell Bunny and Sourpuss have advertised themselves as having plus size garments, and they do, it's just not as much as you'd think...

Sunday, 7 June 2015

McCall's Caters to Cosplayers


New Site: Cosplay by McCall's

I'm not sure how late I am on reporting this, but I've been busy so it's news to me. Apparently McCall's now has a site dedicated to Cosplayers. I noticed a few months ago that some patterns were emerging on the McCall's site that were just bizarre. This includes the two photographs above on the left, they vaguely resemble something anime. I thought, "Oh, here we go. They've finally realized Cosplayers sew their own costumes." It's actually rather smart of them to take advantage of this. And if you're thinking the site is merely a breakdown of McCall's costume category, they also sell books and share photos of McCall's Cosplayers... and that's about it.
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