Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Simplicity Caters to Cosplayers

New Simplicity Costumes for 2015

Look out Cosplay.McCall, Simplicity has opened up a can of Cosplay whoop ass, and what great timing too. Simplicity has released a handful of Cosplay related sewing patterns for autumn of 2015 and I'm pleasantly surprised at what I see. It's rather interesting following this month's earlier post, McCall's Caters to Cosplayers, where I discussed McCall's recently debuted, and rather anemic, Cosplay website. Simplicity has certainly stepped up their game with these pop culture influenced patterns! Let's take a look at what they have to offer.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

The Gothic Homemaker: Dye fastness

Keeping your blacks, black!

What's a Goth's worst nightmare? I mean aside from when your blacks don't match... How about when your beautiful blacks fade to gray? It drives me crazy. For the last ten years I've strived to maintain the deep sultry dyes of my wardrobe with mixed success. I've found some techniques to work better over others and today I'm going to share those tips with you.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Shopping for Plus Sizes

Goth & Alt Plus Size Fashion

Before I wrote this post, I felt optimistic about plus size Goth and Alt fashions. I felt that the big name clothing companies were accommodating the plus size community. It turns out that I was dreadfully wrong. While sourcing materials, I became painfully aware of how difficult it is to shop for plus size clothing, especially in the Goth scene. I thought that the internet had paved the way for a more diverse size selection. Hell Bunny and Sourpuss have advertised themselves as having plus size garments, and they do, it's just not as much as you'd think...

Sunday, 7 June 2015

McCall's Caters to Cosplayers

New Site: Cosplay by McCall's

I'm not sure how late I am on reporting this, but I've been busy so it's news to me. Apparently McCall's now has a site dedicated to Cosplayers. I noticed a few months ago that some patterns were emerging on the McCall's site that were just bizarre. This includes the two photographs above on the left, they vaguely resemble something anime. I thought, "Oh, here we go. They've finally realized Cosplayers sew their own costumes." It's actually rather smart of them to take advantage of this. And if you're thinking the site is merely a breakdown of McCall's costume category, they also sell books and share photos of McCall's Cosplayers... and that's about it.
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