So come and get ’em!  Here are the particulars:

  • Pomps come in dyeable ivory or black jacquard, with a matching leather-covered heel.
  • They close with tabs, with a ribbon – we’ve provided one with your new shoes, but lace any color, width, or design ribbon through, to change up the look whenever you like.
  • The heel is 2.5 inches, and properly flared – you won’t be sinking into grass in these.
  • The toe is very pointy, just right for the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
  • The pre-order price is $115, and the regular price is $135.
  • Get them on sale May 14th – June 1st.
  • We need to sell about 100 pairs to make the production run, so if you need these shoes in your life, please share the news with your costume buds.  If we don’t meet the minimum, all orders will be refunded in full, and the Pompadours will not be made.
  • Estimated delivery is early August 2012 – we’ve implemented a whole mess of systems and measures to improve our speed of manufacture as well as quality, but if we have a delay, I’ll let you know right away.

Well, my dears, I am back once more. With some closet additions, reviews and tales from life. Lets do tales from life first, shall we?

My friend Nate was kind enough to swath me in plastic wrap and duct tape and somehow managed to magically transform the three hour venture into a fantastic reproduction of my torso, with accurate measurements, as a dress form. Best of all, it was supremely inexpensive. I shall be playing his part in the next episode of this story either tomorrow or next week. Timing is a bit unsure as of now.

I went rambling all over two malls and saw The Hunger Games for a second time with the lovely Cindy. We got rained on bunches. I, like the silly disbeliever of the weather person I am, left my umbrella at home. There was makeup purchased at Inglot ($5 per 2.3/2.5g pot!), no luck in lipstick searching, tea was sniffed, tasted, and bought at Teavana (mmm, pu-erh), and food was nommed. From there we went off in search of burgundy pants and a maroon paisley shirt for cosplay purposes, but it was fruitless. We consoled ourselves with gelato, and went back to my house to watch another movie. It was quite the big day!

Last week I went hunting for yet more fabric for Maleficent, as I had come to the conclusion that the plum fabric I bought was perfect for her under dress, but not for the lining of her robe. I also needed to get robin’s egg blue fabric for recreating the Alice dress that I intend to do absolutely accurately this time. $4.99 p/yard on sale for both, thank goodness, as I am over budget already thanks to Fluevog having a sale as well with perfect timing, if not perfect selection.

I am now the proud owner of a pair of Soprano Inge boots, size 10, Fluevogs notoriously run small, for over 50% off! They are black, not plum like Alice actually wears, but they’re still the right shoe! And weren’t $450! And I’m more likely to wear them outside cosplay in black! So, not at all bad. Also, the lining is baby pink leather. Very interesting. Also, very, very comfy. They may be my new everyday boots. Oops! This may mean goodbye to the T.U.K.s. Haven’t decided, yet.

I have patterns for Hatter’s shirt, one to alter for Alice’s dress for which I have and have cut the fabric for, and one for Maleficent’s robe. Still must figure out her cowl, probably going to be getting help from Nate for fiberglass molding it, her collar, and I shall be making a simple dress or skirt with undersleeves attached to the robe sleeves. Probably the latter, as Comic Con is in July. Calculating cosplays for heat is all important. Also, for how long you can stand in them. Hence Hatter and Alice, as they’re more practical, especially without the coats.

I bought a pair of shoes from Charlotte Russe. Platform patent pumps that are super tall to give me the regal height needed for Maleficent as I’m quite petite. I tried them out the other day, with heel and ball of foot inserts. They will likely not be everyday shoes, but they’re workable for the cosplay.

And last but not least, consumables. A while ago I got four bottles of essential oil perfumes from Black Phoenix Alchemy lab. They are Belladonna and Strangler Fig from the Rappaccini’s Garden collection, Zombi from the Ars Moriendi collection, and Philologus from the VILF or Vampires Don’t Sleep Alone collection. The latter two are absolutely my favorites. Zombie starts out with a heavy kick of fresh turned earth, and slowly mellows to a dried moss scent, and Philologus smells like a wonderfully old and dusty library just as it is described. Strangler Fig is very green and goes well with Zombie when I mix them on my skin, and Belladonna is also very green but fruity as well.

That’s it, really. I must wake up early to study for two Chinese quizzes tomorrow, so I shall leave you with an outfit picture from today when I tried out the Hatter pants and Alice boots.

I'm even wearing my Maleficent Disney pin, so all three planned cosplays are represented! *please do not use this picture without permission.

I do have some good things lined up, though! Even with the amount of language studying I have to do. (Mandarin this semester.) In the wings are clothing reviews, podcast fangirling, more fantastically out of my price range decor inspiration, my total lack of any ideas on What To Do With My Hair, and possibly some (not so) super secret cosplay plans for this summer.

Today will be the clothing, and I promise I shall get to the rest in a much more timely fashion now that midterms are done and I’m not running about trying to get used to a new schedule and living arrangements. (Short story, moved out of the apartment with the bf, who is no longer the bf.)

VS Hipster Bootcut

First up, Victoria’s Secret VS Hipster Bootcut 30″. I first bought them in a 12, because of the measurements on the size chart seemed to indicate I’d have to go up two sizes from my regular fit. When I got them they were way too big. I exchanged them for a 10, and they’re still a little loose in the waist. So, these run large. The size you usually are is probably the right one, ignore the size chart. They seem to be holding the color well, as I got them in black (of course.) They haven’t faded in the few washes they’ve been in so far, unlike cheaper brands.

The material is nice and thick, with a slight stretch, which may account for the label size/inches measurement discrepancy. I wish it came in an even more petite inseam, as I have to wear my stompy boots with these and cannot wear my blackout Converse lowtops. They drag on the floor by a few inches without the extra height. The pockets are dyed dark, so you don’t get that glaring white against black as you do with white inner pocket material, and they’re not extra deep, so I don’t have to go digging for my keys halfway down my thigh. They stay right in the lap area, which is lovely.

If you care to buy some of these yourself, they’re still on sale, and I have set a click through link for the picture. $49.50, down from $69.50.

Fitted Poplin Shirt

I did get the Fitted Poplin shirt in black, and it runs a little large as well. One size this time, not two, for me. $34.50 right now on the website. I haven’t worn mine yet, so this is all I have for a review on that today.

Closet Pleated Skirt

I also purchased the Closet Pleated Skirt from A|Wear (A UK clothing retailer.) It was originally 49,95EUR, but my patience payed off and I got it for $19.99! I had been waiting months for this skirt ever since I saw it on Shoeper Woman‘s blog. It is polyester, so I had to grab a can of Static Guard to add to my closet supplies. Without it the skirt just ends up clinging incessantly to my legs. It is very, very soft, and comfy, though so it was definitely worth it!

And last but not least, I got a new phone with my annual upgrade. I’m behind the times (oh noes!) but I now have an IPhone 3Gs, complete with a Vincet Price evil laugh ringtone, and soon to have a Haunted Mansion silicone shell.

Next update post Game of Thrones premier! I apologize in advance if I get geek squee on your computer screen.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well, I had a pretty good winter break. I got to visit my old hometown and see friends, and now I’m back in California and in classes once more. One big thing I accomplished during the break was finally making my fox fur stole.

Materials used:
The fur
An X-acto pen knife
Parchment paper, for a rough pattern
Scissors, for the parchment paper
Lining fabric
Pinking shears, for the lining fabric
3 yrds 1/4in twill tape
Tailors pins

Supplies, and my water. Sewing is thirsty work!

First I lay the fur on the parchment paper, fur side up, and traced the outside (moving the fur out of the way) with a pen to make a rough pattern. I knew I had to move a few pieces of fur around to make the stole more even when finished, and I didn’t want to cut blindly, so. Then, moving the fur off to the side, I cut the pattern pieces of those bits I intended to move off, and rearranged them until I was satisfied with their new placement. Then I started cutting.

I first cut off the tail, since I knew I wasn’t keeping it on the stole. (It had a very large burr embedded in it.) Cutting fur, faux or real, is a delicate matter, and you want to do it with a blade like a razor blade and NOT scissors. Scissors will ruin your fur.

I began cutting leather side up, using very small strokes until I was through to the fur side all along the line I wanted to cut. Then, because this fur was very thick, I gently pulled the two sides away from each other, using the X-acto knife to carefully cut through any tangles that arose. I then did the same for the small belly piece and the leg piece I wanted to move. (I had meant to keep the ears one, but I ended up removing them.)

Post cutting and pattern

You can’t quite see in this picture (cell phone), but I had rearranged the cut pieces to double check the fit. About as even as it was going to get, on to sewing!

I had to sew the leg holes shut first, as I wasn’t quite sure how they would close up I wanted to get it out of the way. I pushed all of the fur out to the fur side, and whip stitched the leather edges together. Then I whip stitched the edges of the pieces I had cut and rearranged. To do this you want to pinch the edges together, fur side to fur side, so the seam is invisible on the fur side, and makes a tiny ridge on the leather side.

I didn't orignally think to take a picture, but here's one from further down the line to illustrate what I mean.

Once that was done I cut the lining with the pinking shears, using the same method as I had for tracing the pattern, but leaving more room around the edges for a seam allowance. (of course, being very, very careful to not cut any of the fur.)

Cut lining, fur, and scrap pieces.

Now it was time to pin the twill tape. To do this you want to pin the fur side first, lining up the edges so they match, with the twill tape’s far side over the fur, like so:

Pinned twill tape

A clearer picture, because I finally thought to get the camera and not use my cell phone *facepalm*

I was lucky, because I only had three yards of 1/4 black twill tape, and at the end of pinning I was left with about 4 inches!

Once the pinning was done I whip stitched those two seams together.

Whip stitching away!

Once that  was done I pulled the far side of the twill tape over to the leather side and pinned it down.

Pinned down

Now the fur is going to get in your way here big time. Once everything is pinned, you guessed it, sewing in place and trust me. Whip stitch that bugger, a regular or slip stitch is not going to cut it. (I don’t know about machine stitching, I did all of this by hand!)

I don’t have a picture for that, I got on a plane the next morning, but I kept sewing, even during the flight! It is apparently very distracting/confusing to other passengers to be sewing a fur piece on a plane. Some people at first thought it was an animal… Nope, not any more. It is now clothing, and quite pretty.

After sewing down the twill tape I pinned the lining fabric to it, seam allowances rolled under of course, and whip stitched it in place using very small stitches so it wouldn’t be visible. Don’t worry too much, though, if you’re using real fur it’ll probably be fluffy enough to cover the stitches once it’s done. It’s actually going to be a bit of a bitch to do this part of the sewing, because the fur will get in the way, and you’ll have to tease it out from under the stitches when it does.

Lining sewn down

Sewing the lining is what I did on the plane, I had only been able to pin it in place the night before. I was a tad worried about going through security, but sewing pins I guess are no problem. (I checked the website, but the TSA didn’t say anything about straight pins, so I wasn’t sure.) I almost finished the stole during the flight, but I completed it after getting picked up at the airport.

Finished! About 20 hours of work, all told.

And that is that!


Two movies I am completely fangirling over today.



Now I’m off to flail about some more. Feel free to join me!

I’ve been waffling over the decision to put my face on my blog. I know that these posts automatically link to my Facebook, but the people on my friendslist all know me in real life. That’s not a danger at all, especially since my FB account is not publicly searchable. But not everyone who I see reading this blog knows me, and I’d prefer to be able to keep some things separate. (Especially considering some jobs I might apply for when I get my AA may not look too kindly on having an employee with a goth blog. So I’ve been procrastinating, as you do.

I’ve decided, though, since my face is on some previous social network accounts that I don’t keep up with anymore, it’s not enough of a “thing” to stop from posting outfit pictures. If any possible employers have a problem with my subcultural affiliations they’ll have a problem with me in general anyway. I’m far too weird for it to not be obvious, even when in jeans and a tee shirt.

So, here we go.

I really need to find a better spot for photos…

I got a lot of compliments on the dress. Unfortunately the boots snagged up the tights, now I have to wear them inside out 😦

So, anyway, that’s me, people. Probably the last time for a long while I’ll be in any color besides green, and without a stitch of black! *gasp!*

Probably will take a few outfit photos for later this week. (Don’t expect very many of these posts, though. I don’t own a whole lot of clothes, considering the minimalism thing. I am going to try and get more creative with how I pair up items for outfits, though.)

Sitting at school between classes. Figure I’ll do a little post about my “dream room/home” since I’m procrastinating some other writing. Heh.

Any rate, I don’t remember where I got most of these pictures, as I wasn’t really planning on posting them, so if you know the source, please tell me! I’d feel much better being able to link to the person who owns/took the picture. (Most I find on Tumblr, Desire to Inspire, Apartment Therapy, and others. Those ARE linked in my side bar. Check ’em out.)

On to the lovely rooms!



These three pictures, same room, are basically what I would love to have as my room. I do own a sideboard that is currently living at my Aunt’s house, but it is truly massive which makes it difficult to move, and I probably would leave the finish it’s pretty cherry red. So, something else! I think this would do nicely:

Ikea Edland Wardrobe

I’m really more of a wardrobe person than sideboard person. Most of my clothes need to be hung up, anyway. Though that is a beautiful sideboard, I like the glossy coat!

As far as vanities/desks go I’ve had my eye on the matching Edland vanity for quite a while now, as it has those wonderfully curved and dainty legs. Have picked out a mirror, also from Ikea, to go with. (I’ve seen the mirror lurking about in other darkly decked out rooms of some of the bloggers I read.)

Edland Vanity

This needs an appropriately adorable stool or chair to sit in.

Ikea Ung Drill Mirror

Makes me want to say “Mirror mirror on the wall!” and plot to send a spasm of terror into the hearts of Snow Whites everywhere.

Now, the bed. Despite the fact that I would love to be able to make my sleeping area pitch black, the one pictured is too big for my tastes. I love the look of giant four-posters, don’t get me wrong. They are fantastically romantic and dreary looking, but they’re a pain in the butt to move. And I like to rearrange my furniture at least a few times a year. That would not happen with a bed this big. I’m currently trying to figure out if curtains attached to the ceiling, or a bar of some kind would look silly with a futon on the floor… I’m not sure it would work at all.

A few more pictures:

This is actually the waiting area of a tattoo shop!

I’d like my living room to look a bit like that. Velvet settee/love seat, one armchair, maybe a fainting couch for reading, and my curiosity cabinet tucked in a corner.

Perfect kitchen

I love the small (and black!) fridge and the bare counters, though I’d probably put glass containers of dry goods somewhere, knowing me. No microwave, don’t own one. I’d get rid of the coffee pot and have a tea kettle living on the stove, french presses are my way of making coffee. The color scheme, of course, helped win me over on this design, too. Maybe a toaster, but it’d be kept out of sight.

Curiosity cabinet

This is close to what I’d like my curiosity cabinet to look like. I’ve currently got my collection in a book case that needs it’s glass doors put on and a glossy black paint job. I don’t have a collection quite as extensive as this. I need to add some more sea life, coral in particular, and more bones. I have a nice amount of glass objects, but I’m looking for specific pieces to round those out.

That’s it for now, off to my lab!