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My own little sewing corner: with tutorials, projects, refashions and tips & tricks.

Helen Schneider
 Period hip pads with pockets for storing water bottles. What a great idea for cons and faire! Sewing Patterns Free, Free Pattern, Storing Water Bottles, Hip Pads, Panniers, Quiet Books, Leather Craft, Period, 18th

FREE sewing pattern!!!! Make 18th cen. hip pads that hold water bottles! - Button & Snap

Today is giveaway day - I'm sharing a FREE sewing pattern for hip pads that double as water bottles holders! Does this seem like an eccentric...

Thinking about sewing a set of stays? Then you have to read this! Period Costumes, Marie Antoinette, Georgian, Refashion, Lace Shorts, Underwear, Joker, Buttons, Sewing

The Joker's Undies, Part 3: All About the Stays - Button & Snap

Last time: I’m making period 18th century underwear for my Joker/Marie Antoinette cosplay. (Design here. Here are the first and second posts about making underwear.) Today I’m sharing all the good sew-y details of making the stays. This post is, unfortunately, long and not as amusing as I would like it to be. But I […]

The Joker's Undies, Part All About the Stays - Button & Snap Half Hitch Knot, Marie Antoinette, Refashion, Period, Underwear, Joker, Stockings, Buttons, Space

The Joker's Undies, Part 3: All About the Stays - Button & Snap

Last time: I’m making period 18th century underwear for my Joker/Marie Antoinette cosplay. (Design here. Here are the first and second posts about making underwear.) Today I’m sharing all the good sew-y details of making the stays. This post is, unfortunately, long and not as amusing as I would like it to be. But I […]

Ironing vs Pressing - 60 Second Sewing Quilting Tutorials, Iron, Quilts, Sewing, Tips, Comforters, Dressmaking, Couture, Patch Quilt

Ironing vs Pressing - 60 Second Sewing

What is the difference between ironing and pressing? And why should you only press when you are sewing? I explain it all and more in just 60 seconds! ___ Vis...

Original Jokerette handmade cosplay - a genderswapped Joker in century style Comic Book Characters, Wiccan, Refashion, Harley Quinn, 18th Century, Joker, Wonder Woman, Photoshoot, Cosplay

Jokerette's photo shoot - and your chance to vote on her name - Button & Snap

The photos from Jokerette’s photo shoot are finally finished and I’m so excited about how they turned out!!! They were shot by the very talented photographer Kerstin Habisch, and I edited them myself. Here’s a snapshot of the process of turning a daytime scene into a foggy Joker night. I don’t have much else to say about […]

Genderswapped rococo Joker cosplay - she handmade every piece. See all the… Joker Cosplay, Sewing Blogs, Rococo, Cosplay Ideas, Scene, Photoshoot, Handmade, Hand Made, Photo Shoot

Jokerette's photo shoot - and your chance to vote on her name - Button & Snap

The photos from Jokerette’s photo shoot are finally finished and I’m so excited about how they turned out!!! They were shot by the very talented photographer Kerstin Habisch, and I edited them myself. Here’s a snapshot of the process of turning a daytime scene into a foggy Joker night. I don’t have much else to say about […]

Jokerette's photo shoot - and your chance to vote on her name - Button & Snap Joker Cosplay, Sewing Blogs, Rococo, Refashion, Photoshoot, Homemade, Dresses, Gowns, Photo Shoot

Jokerette's photo shoot - and your chance to vote on her name - Button & Snap

The photos from Jokerette’s photo shoot are finally finished and I’m so excited about how they turned out!!! They were shot by the very talented photographer Kerstin Habisch, and I edited them myself. Here’s a snapshot of the process of turning a daytime scene into a foggy Joker night. I don’t have much else to say about […]

How I trimmed Jokerette's skirt (and almost tore my hair out in frustration) - Button & Snap Iridescent Fabric, Taffeta Skirt, Refashion, My Hair, Aurora Sleeping Beauty, Cosplay, Costumes, Silk, Button

How I trimmed Jokerette's skirt (and almost tore my hair out in frustration) - Button & Snap

Jokerette’s skirt is made from the same pattern I used for her petticoats – trimmed with a raggedy ruffle and striped puffs of silk. It’s made from an iridescent taffeta I had in my stash. Yay stashbusting! Iridescent fabric didn’t exist in the 18th century, but that’s a detail I’m willing to overlook for this costume. […]

Joker Antoinette's Undies, Part Padding Galore! Marie Antoinette, Refashion, 18th Century, Joker, White Dress, Buttons, Sewing, Dresses, White Dress Outfit

Joker Antoinette's Undies, Part 4: Padding Galore! - Button & Snap

Last time: I’m making period 18th century underwear for my Joker/Marie Antoinette cosplay. (Design here. See first, second and third posts about making underwear.) Next on my list for Joker Antoinette is giving her proper hip and booty padding under her skirt. I did a bunch of research, though I didn’t find much, other than this satirical cartoon: […]

Sewing century underwear - a detailed look at making petticoats using Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 1 Hip Pads, Patterns Of Fashion, Woman Back, Petticoats, Marie Antoinette, Georgian, Refashion, 18th Century, Corset

Joker Antoinette's Undies, Part 5: The Petticoats - Button & Snap

Last time: I’m making period 18th century underwear for my Joker/Marie Antoinette cosplay; design here; about the shift; Making the corset here and here; About the hip padding; A free downloadable pattern for my hip pads here. The final layer of Joker Antoinette’s underwear is the petticoats. Women back then wore three or four petticoats under their dresses. But […]

So unique - Rococo genderbend Joker cosplay! Every bit of it made by hand! Joker Cosplay, Rococo, Refashion, Germany, It Is Finished, Costumes, Comics, Unique, Dresses

Finished Costume at Comic Con Germany!! - Button & Snap

Hey! I’m sorry I didn’t keep up with posting about making my Joker Antoinette costume. My excuse: I’ve been sewing like a nut for the past three weeks. The closer I got to the deadline, the farther behind I fell on getting everything done. Nevertheless, I didn’t want to compromise on the quality and details in […]

Here's how I used English smocking to add texture to the silk stomacherI made for my genderbend Joker cosplay. Joker Cosplay, Refashion, Smocking, Harajuku, Silk, Rococo, English, Texture, Surface Finish

Joker Antoinette's Decadent Stomacher

Here's how I used English smocking to add texture to the silk stomacherI made for my genderbend Joker cosplay.

Disney-bounding as Ursula from the Little Mermaid in me-made skirt, vest, scarf and earrings! Ursula Disney, Scarf Tutorial, Disney Bounding, Disneybound, Refashion, The Little Mermaid, Vest, Sporty, Earrings

The Rawest Ursula Disney-bound (with scarf tutorial!!) - Button & Snap

Week 3: Bounding as Ursula I’ve been disney-bounding with my sister Grace. Weeks 1 and 2 are here. The third Monday we’re doing Ursula from the little Mermaid. I’m the octopus version of the witch, and Grace will be my counterpart impersonating Ariel on the ship. I’ve made the skirt, vest, and scarf. These pieces […]

Make your own pun-tastic Valentines to share your true love - sewing - with friends and family! Valentines Puns, Make Your Own, How To Make, Love Sewing, True Love, Friends, Projects, Cards, Messages

Pun-tastic Ideas for Sewing Valentines! ...well, for next year - Button & Snap

I made pun-tastic sewing Valentine’s cards for my family this year! And even though I’m a little late (I didn’t want to ruin the surprise for my family) I thought I’d share them. If you like to make Valentines with puns, maybe you can use these as inspiration for some sewing-themed Valentines. With an ultrasuede […]

Jokerette's photo shoot - and your chance to vote on her name - Button & Snap Concrete Slab, Joker Cosplay, Princess Style, Refashion, 18th, Scene, Princess Zelda, Photoshoot, Handmade

Jokerette's photo shoot - and your chance to vote on her name - Button & Snap

The photos from Jokerette’s photo shoot are finally finished and I’m so excited about how they turned out!!! They were shot by the very talented photographer Kerstin Habisch, and I edited them myself. Here’s a snapshot of the process of turning a daytime scene into a foggy Joker night. I don’t have much else to say about […]

Jokerette's photo shoot - and your chance to vote on her name - Button & Snap Refashion, Scene, Photoshoot, Cosplay, Homemade, Fictional Characters, Art, Photo Shoot, Photography

Jokerette's photo shoot - and your chance to vote on her name - Button & Snap

The photos from Jokerette’s photo shoot are finally finished and I’m so excited about how they turned out!!! They were shot by the very talented photographer Kerstin Habisch, and I edited them myself. Here’s a snapshot of the process of turning a daytime scene into a foggy Joker night. I don’t have much else to say about […]

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