Halloween is right around the corner and usually I ignore preparations for this holiday and pull out my good and trust Alice Lolita if the opportunity to dress up presents itself.

But this year, my husband and I will be attending a super Halloween party, complete with costume contests, and the pressure is on. This, partnered with my interest in making some RenFest costumes, seemed like some good motivation to build costumes for my husband and myself.

Lately, I’ve been busy sewing two commissions (four garments total), altering many, many bridesmaid dresses, and designing and building costumes for “Through the Looking Glass”. Aside from sewing things, I have also been editing my second novel, The Varken, and working out the kinks of the musical my husband and I wrote. There hasn’t been much time to sew on personal projects.

So when the Halloween party invite showed up on Facebook, I thought I should take advantage of the occasion and use up some of my fabric hording (since upholstery fabric usually isn’t best for Lolita. Continue reading

The Fairy Bear Dress

I will do a proper photoshoot of this dress on the dressform to show off all the little things, but I wore it to our theatre’s Open House and I’m certainly in love with this one! The color, pattern, style and all the little trimmings come together so well for this dress. And I probably paid a total of $5 to make it. Yay for bargain finds and bartering!


Gathered Front Bodice


I finally landed on a design for my Tina Givens Fairy Bear fabric, and it will provide me with a few tutorials to share with you:
-Gathered Front Bodice (that’s this post!)
-Lined Bodice
-Whatever Else Pops Up 😉

In this blog, I’ll be doing a tutorial for the design on the front of the dress:
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A Little Fairy Cottage

I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a cutter for SEWquirkygrrrl’s Tina Given’s fabric pop-up shop last month and got some really cute fabric! Although I have been busy busy busy sewing those ball gowns, I have been blessed to also find some break time to sew for myself. For whatever reason, sewing for a job makes me more motivated to sew for myself…even though it’s more sewing. I like sewing.


So far, I have made three out of the four garments, but only have pictures of two so far! First, my more recent project, is the Fairy Cottage dress! Continue reading

I’m Not Dead! Just Busy

I just wanted to give you all a little update post! I have been so busy this spring-summer on theatre stuff and custom commissions that I haven’t had time to do more tutorials! But I am hoping to get some up as soon as I have more time for personal projects. For now, here’s a little gallery of what I have been up to, and if it gives you an idea for something you’d love to learn how to do, let me know in the comments!

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