Thursday, June 24, 2010

Costumery, corsetry and Inqui

Inquisition 18 is coming up really soon! Yay! How many of you are going?
*crickets chirping*

Just me? ....yay anyway!

I love Inqui because its a chance to wear theatrical outfits where they are most appreciated - a dance party full of perverts.
And dance your butt off to fantastic music.

I'm determined to make a cincher or corset for this year - i've been saying that for the last 4 years but this time i've pulled my finger out in time to actually do it.

Outfit theme for this year - EVIL CUPCAKES!

To start with, I traced a pattern off my Gallery Serpentine waist cincher. I really recommend tracing patterns off clothing if you have something that fits well.
Cupcake fabric from, and metal corset boning/busks from Metro Fabrics.

I have since found out why corsets are so damned expensive - all my boning supplies cost $70!!!!!

Something to remember when making a corset/cincher- if you want a dramatic waist reduction, grade the waist smaller. I wish I had taken the waist in more, but definately will for next time.
I think these means I will be making another one.

Skirt is still to be made.... but my wig came from CosPlay Wigs.

As modelled by The Boi. (who's your Daddy? hehe)

We spent last night running around playing dress ups with that wig. Its fabulous. Every household needs crazy-ass wigs to play with.
Oh, here is me, doing a i'm-going-to-eat-your-face look.

Hmm... Somehow, it looks better on my housemate!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Study suggests lesbians make great parents.

Hell yeah.

"We simply expected to find no difference in psychological adjustment between adolescents reared in lesbian families and the normative sample of age-matched controls... I was surprised to find that on some measures we found higher levels of [psychological] competency and lower levels of behavioral problems. It wasn't something I anticipated."

"Yet there is an element of "common sense" in the idea that children born into planned families, to parents who both actively want kids, tend to have better experiences than kids who happen unexpectedly. The study states that the mothers' "commitment even before their offspring were born to be fully engaged in the process of parenting" may be a key factor in explaining the unique benefits of having two moms. They also found that same-sex mothers tend to be more involved in their children's lives, and more likely to communicate with their kids. Through these traits are not tied to their sexuality, lesbian parents do face unique challenges, which could actually help make them better parents. Since many kids in same-sex households face teasing at a young age, the parents are more likely to initiate discussions about sexuality, diversity, and tolerance."

Not that I want children (i'd be a terrible parent), but in all, I think the dykes I know who have kids are pretty awesome - and their kids really well adjusted.

Maybe I can pass some awesomeness onto my niece, but something tells me she's gonna turn out pretty awesome anyway.

Sunday, June 06, 2010 sale!

Yay! For a few days, all paper McCalls patterns are 99c!

Go now!

I got the Laura Ashley dress - pattern 6071 (that you can't buy in Australia due to licensing) which I think will lend itself to a great pin-up sundress look in cherry print.

This awesome pleated back skirt - pattern 5523; and peplum jacket - pattern 5936(40's inspired suit combo?).

BurdaStyle has a great freebie pattern for download too - Coffee Date. I think this looks super-easy to sew, and lends itself to the faux vintage look well. Maybe black satin and lime green contrast?

And maybe this week i'll pull my finger's out and get my flatmate to take some photos of some stuff i've sewn recently, instead of me just talking about it.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

For the frustrated sewers out there


I love the 'cryhole'



From Regretsy.
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