this fabric is so pretty


I think it’s about time for another of my Favourite Costume posts.

And on this occasion, I am featuring Geillis Duncan’s Raven Dress, as worn in Season 1, Episode 11, The Devil’s Mark.

I think this is SUCH a defining dress for Geillis. It completely highlights her strangeness, her other-worldliness.

Tbh, I was afraid to attempt a copy for a long time, thinking it was too complicated, but actually in the end, it was a great deal easier than I anticipated. Once I had worked out what fabrics to use, everything pretty much fell into place.

So using a heavy black velveteen for the skirt, black felt for the bodice, and a cream lace for the insert, it soon came together! To give the layers of lace some added weight, I stitched them first onto some white cotton, which helped in the making up process.

As to her black lace necktie, I used a small piece of white lace, and painted it black! 😬

And ultimately, I think DollGeillis looks stunning!

This is one of my most unique and treasured vintage lingerie items – a late 1940s Barbizon Taffeta slip in a grey-blue shade.   The features are sublime – side zipper, ornate lace bodice, lace shoulder straps.  Taffeta is a fabric with no stretch whatsoever, so you have to get the size just right.  I lusted after this slip for years once I saw it in the advertisement on the right.  I thought I hit true pay dirt when I saw it listed online for not much at all.  But I’ve also seen quite a few others like it over the past few years, so they’re still available.   

For those who can’t see what the advertisement is saying, here it is:  Barbizon’s New Taffeta is nylon and orlon that will rustle, rustle, and rustle forever– that never needs an iron!   Lovely miracle fabric that makes you feel so pampered and pretty – that underlines your Fall wools without static or cling.   Famous Body-Contour slips and petticoats from $5.95 to $10.95.   

Sometimes I think I’m the only person on the planet that really gets into these vintage lingerie items.  I guess on the one hand that makes it easier to acquire them, but makes it harder to share the joy and satisfaction about them.   


TODAY a friend of my colleague, who works in a textile factory, brought me some fabric leftovers and THIS ONE IS SO HANZO I JUST CAN’T. It’s silky soft and has dragons and roses and super pretty colors it’s HANZO FABRIC so I’m using it at the office as motivational headband and channelling the Dragon.

dork-larue  asked:

Orcs + fashion/beauty. Like what do orcs like to wear and what traits do they, culturally, find attractive.

orcs!!! fashion-wise they often find fine leatherworking attractive, and bright colors are often very admired, at least in cities. orcs have less-sensitive skin than some races, so rougher fabric is pretty common. most of the time they’ll have tunics with brightly-dyed edging and then skirts or pants. leather patches are common, along with jackets. 

culturally tusks/heavy underbites are very appreciated! broad hands and calluses are often seen as someone being a hard worker, and soft skin sort of means that maybe you’re a magic-user or lazy. broad, inverted triangle figures with wide shoulders and comparatively thin hips are very attractive. muscles are good, along with high cheekbones, thick eyebrows, and heavy-lidded eyes. i love orcs 100/10 would kissem

“trish, stop drawing nick in dresses”



Dear fellow autistic/sensory-issue-having people: Get a stitch-ripper. A stitch-ripper is a sewing tool designed, as the name implies, to rip out stitching without destroying the cloth. This is what mine looks like:

With one of these, you can pick out the stitches attaching tags to your clothes and remove the entire tag, instead of cutting off as much as you can reach and hoping no niggling little bit is still there to irritate you. Unlike scissors or knives, stitch rippers aren’t built to cut cloth, so unless the fabric is pretty delicate or you’re pulling really hard the worst damage you’re likely to do to the garment fabric itself is poke holes in it. Afterwards it’s usually a good idea to check if you pulled out stitches that kept the collar down or something practical like that, and if so, to sew it back up if you can, but that’s the hardest part and it doesn’t always come up. Even that is pretty easy unless you have a specific issue that makes sewing difficult, like a coordination problem.


This already pretty old but cutting the fabric has me pretty hyped for this cosplay so here’s my wig for The Boss. It’s a shame I have to cut of so much of the wig, but I’d rather cut the wig than choose a wig that not quite the right colour but the right length.


@sassymod asked for more info on how I put together Grievous’s cape, and I’ll start by saying most of it came down to luck. I’d like to thank the gods of estimation and rough measurements for the successful completion of this project.

I started by getting two shirts from Primark, red and black in the largest size I could get. This cost me a total of £5, possibly the cheapest source of fabric in the area. The fabric is also pretty thin so it doesn’t end up being too thick to fold around his form.

I used the pattern for a half circle skirt as the basis for the cape. The tutorial @freddiebee taught me from is linked here: I eyeballed the neck line once the rest was done as its really difficult to measure around the very inorganic neck of Grievous. I measured the circle to 42cm, including seam allowance, though that’s ended up a little short for my Grievous considering the modifications I’ve made.

I cut a 42x42cm quarter circle out of paper and placed it next to the side seam of the black shirt, cutting a half circle out of the fabric. I did the same with the red, but made it a little smaller to fit as the interior. I sewed in the pockets to the red fabric, which I’ll explain in a second, then folded the black around the red to create a hem and ran it through the sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch as the fabric was stretchy.

The pockets were 8x6cm sections, but I found it easier to hem them from a larger piece of fabric and then cut below the hem, as the piece seen above ended up too small to easily run through the sewing machine. After hemming the rectangles I sewed them into the red fabric (before attaching the red to the black, you don’t want the red thread showing through the back) with an angular w shape, down each side, along the bottom and down the middle, attaching it so the fabric bows out a little, with a 8x6cm piece taking up 7x6cm on the red fabric. In retrospect, the pockets were a little tall, so maybe a 8x5cm rectangle would be better.

That’s about it really, this is the first piece of sewing I’ve done in ages, so if I could end up with an alright looking result, then I’m sure you guys can as well. Good luck!


Progress shots of my Elder Maxson battlecoat; completed coat and laser rifle pictured at the bottom. Each section of the coat has three layers of fabric, so it was already getting pretty heavy even before I attached the sleeves and embellishments. The sleeves and collar were the biggest pains in the ass since I wasn’t working with any patterns, but they turned out all right after many painstaking measurement adjustments. It took me four days to make this costume (along with the rifle and flag props) from start to finish. Fastest crafting I’ve ever done, but so worth it.

Completed costume:


Got the lace overlay on! I love how these fabrics look together. So pretty.

The scalloped edge needs to be sewn onto the mesh so it doesn’t flip up, then I can start adding the rhinestones. 


My very first photoshoot in my brand new mertailor tail! I love it so much and I’m really enjoying swimming in it. Definitely very different from my fabric tail!

The lifeguards at Waves are so wonderful and a few seem pretty keen on having a mermaid around. I can’t wait to have more photos for you once the summer rolls around!

Location: Waves Leisure Centre, Cheltenham

Photogrpahy: SweetIron Photography

Tail: mertailor

Model: Me!