Saturday, 5 August 2017

New McCall's Cosplay Patterns for Late Summer

New Cosplay Patterns!

McCall's has released three more women's costume patterns for your enjoyment; a women's harem style gypsy girl in BEDLAH BEAUTY, a sexy armored warrior in POWER BRACE, and unique headdresses for the mysterious evil villainess in HORNERY.


BEDLAH BEAUTY
M2016
Bolero, Top, Belt and Skirt

I like that this gypsy costume features a whole lot of embellishment and texture. While I'm down with a cage bra I don't think it fits this ensemble, it's a little too contemporary to make sense here. The slouching midriff cut top has a 70's boho vibe to it, and the layered skirt comes across as very successful with it's mixture of textured fabrics, however, I imagine with that much velvet has some weight to it, which might not me the most practical choice for a character that dances.


POWER BRACE
M2102
Halter Top, Overskirt, Leg and Arm Armor

This makes me think of Mortal Kombat, although I don't know how comfortable you would be fighting in a full length underbust. The underbust comes in two sizes attached to a fabric halter bikini top. The overskirt fits over purchased shorts. The arm armor consists of two bands each with snap closures. The two leg armor accessories have corseted backs which look sexy as hell but I imagine are a bitch to put on. This one is designed by Seattle Cosplay. I like the aesthetic, the execution could stand some refinement.


HORNERY
M2101
Headdresses

Now serving Power Ranger realness, if you're looking to emulate the villainess, Rita, this pattern could be right up your alley! Pattern features two different styles of headdress and one cap with organza dreads! Let's get real here, I'm not feeling Look A, it looks like a hot mess, especially from the back with the sloppy hand stitching and the tubes going every which way. I'm sure it looked good on paper but execution wise it looks like a busted robot costume. I would appreciate it more without the weird silver ram's horns and dangly earrings. It's overkill. I'm also not a fan of the unicorn dreads which look too arts and craftsy for my tastes. However, I am interested in the handcrafted vinyl horns, they have a fetish ball feel to them and if handled by an adequate craftsman they could look pretty sick.


Conclusion

Not a bad set, nothing stands out as a clear favorite of mine, maybe some of the accessories in POWER BRACE. Overall it's interesting and definitely different than what we've seen before which is always welcome.

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, 16 July 2017

YRU Review - TUNE Tie Dye


A brutally honest look at YRU

So you probably noticed in an Instagram post I was wearing these babies. Now, there's a reason I'll share this review here and not on the new blog, because it's a negative review with swears and I don't want too much negativity (or swears) in my writing any more, but I have to share with my alt/goth readers just how bad this experience was...

Some time after Boxing Day I was perusing the many online catalogs for deals, and if you felt like maybe you missed out on something you can rest assured that you really didn't. I think I saw mostly 20% off sales, or those obnoxious ones that preach "up to" 70% off but the reality is is that only one product in the whole inventory is 70% off, everything else is maybe only 10% off. I worked in retail, I'm not new to these tricks! I was also not new to purchasing from YRU so when I saw the shoes of my dreams - TUNE in rainbow tie dye - listed at 40% off I thought, "Score! This is the time to buy!" Only to learn weeks later that they constantly mark shoes down by 40%. My concern was that my favorite shoes would sell out, so it wasn't exactly an impulse buy. I didn't want to have to pay double or triple the price on Ebay years afterwards when they become regarded as "rare" or "collectible". I've had that happen with other shoes and I wasn't going to see it happen again.

Speaking of impulse buy...there was regret. I spent more than I wanted to but that's because YRU are schemey as hell.

I think perhaps the biggest piss off for this purchase was the shipping. So I paid for my shoes using Paypal, it's my preferred method, but YRU charged me for the shoes first. The shipping method wasn't included nor were the options revealed until after the purchase. Yep. They take your money for your shoes THEN YOU GET TO SEE THE SHIPPING COST. And what a kick in the balls that is at a whopping $40 USD. After you choose the only international shipping method available they charge it to your Paypal account a second time. And guess what? If they fuck up and don't ship it correctly they'll refund you the cost of the shoes but you are fuck out of luck as far as shipping is concerned. Now why is that acceptable for a big box company but Etsy sellers like me get would get chewed out for withholding shipping refunds?! Ordinarily I wouldn't be too surprised by that policy... but at $40 USD you damn well ship it properly!! I've read a handful of nasty remarks on their Facebook page from people who definitely did not receive their shoes - one look at the visitor's comments should've put me off of buying from them entirely but I didn't think to check it out *grumbles*.

It seemed really fucking sketchy to take my money and then lay the shipping cost on me like some kind of surprise. I've even read a comment from an American buyer who complained that she saw a standard shipping option available and clicked it only to have it "disappear" part way through the transaction and turn into EXPRESS! And I imagine YRU's response is probably something along the lines of it's a programmer's error when in reality they just want to fuck you six ways until Sunday.

I was pretty pissed that the Express (Priority) method was the only shipping option available for international buyers. It's the most expensive and claims it'll be here in 6-10 business days, but what good does that do for me when YRU is too fucking lazy to get off their asses and post my package?! If I'm paying for express it better be processed the week of purchase. It took them over a week's worth of business days to process it! I live in Canada, I'm right next to America, I'm well aware of their holidays and they were not on holiday. They just didn't give an ass.

My shoes did arrive although it was cutting it close to the 10 day mark, adding the week on top of that it seemed like forever. I was pretty ticked and while the shoes look nice enough I don't think they command the hefty price tag (even on sale it seems a bit much). There are noticeable glue marks in some areas, the sole is soft and cushioned, the fit is decent, the lining is a bit scratchy. I've only worn them once as of yet and I'm concerned about how well they hold up, apparently YRU platform shoes are notorious for falling apart.

Honestly, the whole experience has left a bad taste in my mouth. Are the shoes worth $100? Nope. Maybe $60 in store, which is what I would have liked to pay before they dropped express shipping on me. I would've preferred to put that $100 towards a brand/company that respects its customers and doesn't take whatever opportunity to screw them over (seriously, check out their store policies it's basically telling you that they reserve the right to change everything and anything at a moments notice, hence the disappearing shipping options).

Seriously, fuck YRU. If you land on their site you might as well ask yourself, YRU fucking shopping here? It's pointless. I wouldn't buy from their site again. I wouldn't buy their shoes again. After hearing the nightmare stories of platforms falling off in three usages, customers receiving moldy used shoes, non-existent customer support, and schemey underhanded tactics to charge me more money in shipping, I fucking hate these assholes.

Rant over.




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

New Blog, New Shop



Hey there!

In case anyone has missed the links, here's the new blog and shop:


The shop is newly opened and accepting orders. This is only a part of my fall/Halloween decor line, there will be more to come should anyone be interested. I am now on Instagram, with new Pinterest and Bloglovin' accounts, these will replace the old ones. You can follow the blog with Google +, the blogger followers gadget, by email or through Bloglovin'

I'll be posting some pattern reviews, craft projects and a diy project. Also, my wedding photos will be posted on there soon too. The blog will be very similar to this one, but with more of a focus in its content.

I'm happy to have the shop up and running. I'm not expecting it to be wildly successful, to even sell one or two pieces would be nice, mind you this is a slow season, even for pattern selling in my other shop. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it's been a very depressing experience as we haven't developed much of treatment plan for my pain or illness. It looks as though my art shop and my vintage etsy shop may become my primary source of income. I haven't returned to the factory because I've been so unwell. It's rare for a fibro sufferer to qualify for assistance, if ever, so I'm not banking on that to be successful but we'll wait and see! 

Best,

Monday, 3 July 2017

Simplicity Does Lolita *AGAIN!*

Simplicity 8444 and 8443

It's true, you're not seeing things, Simplicity has yet again released two Lolita patterns. They get better every time they try Lolita, which I find very encouraging. These two patterns are adorable and well made. The fit, the finesse, when did they get so damn good? I mean, look at the preceding patterns, they've come a long way:


THEY FINALLY GOT IT RIGHT. 

The model looks like a Lolita girl. Her makeup is right, her hair isn't a glaringly obvious wig, she's young and doll like. But can we get a hell yes to them using the right kind of printed fabric?! She looks like she stepped out of a Baby, The Stars Shine Bright catalog. My head is spinning!


Simplicity 8444

Let's get one thing out of the way, they made a boo boo, they refer to this as a Cosplay costume and yes, despite having placed the rather ugly Simplicity 8233 in their apparel category, they are yet again selling Lolita clothing as "costumery". That's a damn shame. This pattern features a number of items: a blouse with mandarin collar with corset fastening in back, in long sleeve or short; a ruffled underskirt; a jumper with over-skirt or a jumper with a full skirt, both with elastic shirring in the back, can be made with bows or lace and corset detailing. You get a healthy amount of quality designed pieces in this pattern, it is well worth the money. In fact, despite not being into Lolita, I'm probably going to buy this pattern at some point.




Simplicity 8443

Like the previous pattern, this Lolita pattern also provides you with a variety of designs. Two bonnets, three head-dresses (hair bands), two purses and three medallions. They look cute, well constructed and are in keeping with the Sweet Lolita aesthetic. 

Conclusion

Please gods, let this mean they're willing to try more alt fashion designs in the future, and to push themselves to the point of getting it right

What are your thoughts?

Best,

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