Sunday, February 28, 2010


I’ve been a bit busy as off late with uni, work and doing costume for a production of Macbeth in my free time. There’s so much that I am working on that I can’t wait to share with you (a straw boater, 18th century pocket panniers, a cage crinoline and hopeful some 50’s dresses for myself). But until then, I thought I would introduce to you some friends of mine who are new to the world of blogging.

Emma at ~ What’s My Scene ~
Emma is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. She is always so much fun to be around and always full of adventure. Emma is a part time Gothic Lolita, part time Vintage Starlet and part time Bogan all rolled into one wonderful package.

Alexandra at Lady A
Alexandra is a most talented sewer and a great problem solver. She is also terribly kind and will never leave you out in the cold when you need help. She is a terrific dancer and has the most amazing ideas (have a look at her pictures of her burlesque graduation).
I hope you find them as interesting and lovable as I do.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dressing Gown

I've got a fitting this afternoon with the actress that plays Lulu so I've been finishing things off to a fitting point. I just finished her dressing gown and it's turned out nicer then I thought which is always a good thing. :D
Hope you're having a great day so far,

Monday, February 15, 2010

French Knickers

Finished French knickers today and tomorrow i'll start work on the Teddie.

Modled by Emma.

For St. Valentine's day my boyfriend got me what I always wanted, a inflatable dinosaur. <3

What did you crazy kids get?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


First slot this year I am costume crew for Cabaret and I am working on Lulu who is one of the Kit Cat girls who word at the club with Sally Bowles. Today I made the toiles (calico drafts) for her french nickers and teddy.

Modled by the wonderful Indie who is our Head Cutter for Cabaret.
The 'V' and semicircles will be made of a see-threw fabric while the rest will be a silky pink or purple fabric.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

First Day of 2nd Year

I am trying to make a good first impression on the first years so I'm taking a little more care on my out fits for uni.

Shirt: Op-shop
Skirt: Op-shop
Hat: Op-shop
Sewing Bag: A gift from my Mooma and Moopa.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

How To Make a Sailor Hat

What seams to be a million years ago (Feb '08) I made a tutorial on how to make a Sailor Hat for an online Gothic Lolita site. This was before I had an overlocker (and while I was still a little scared of them) or fabric sissors and before I knew even half of what I know about sewing now, but it’s simple and it still makes a cute little hat.
Fabric: Scrap corners will do, you really don't need alot. I used craft cotton for mine because it’s just a bit stiffer but any fabric will do.
Ribbon: 2 m (You might have some left over but it is better to be safe the sorry.)
Cotton: Both colours of your fabric and ribbon.

Step 1. Cut four triangles with the tops rounded to the point 5” high and 4” across.
If you are new to sewing cut your shape out on paper fist.

Step 2. Take two, pin together and sew along one of the rounded 5” sides.

Step 3. Join to another then the last to make a pyramid tipped box.

Step 4. Cut a rectangle along the fold of your fabric (if you can’t just double the width) 15” High and 2 1/2” wide.

Step 5. Unfold and mark where the ribbon stripes will be. Pin and sew the ribbon on to the outside of the fold.

Step 6. Now refold and fold in the ends.

Step 7. Place and pin around the open end of the pyramid tipped box. When you reach the start fold under the excess fabric and place the end over start to make a band.

Step 8. Determine where you would like to have the ribbon ties and pin into seem.

Step 9. Now, carefully sew around pinned seems making sure you catch the ribbon ties and both layers of fabric.

Step 10. Turn right way in and your hat it now complete.

If I were to do it again there definitely would be some changes but I thought you might like to have a little look. I hope you enjoyed!