Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Early Fall Sewing Patterns, Part 2

Misses Corsets and Ruffled Shrug - I ran into this pattern in the store over the weekend and it was on sale and I bought it.  I don't know why, because it's not a very good corset pattern.  The underbust is only 4 panels per side with minimal curve.

Misses Costume Skirts and Bustles - This is one high-low short skirt that's pretty cute although really short.  And a tie-on ruffled bustle.  And a front apron skirt with a boa on the back for...some reason.

B6074 - Misses Regency Costume  -Although Regency is outside of the typical steampunk period, I think that Spencer jacket could be awesome with the right outfit.

Vogue Patterns has some...interesting new patterns as usual.  But some MIGHT be of interest.  Let me know what you think.

V1416 - This is an INTERESTING blouse.  And some pants.

V1413 - Another interesting blouse.

V9045 - Some WEIRD wraps and this bolero

V1419 - This is a gorgeous coat, though.

Monday, July 21, 2014

What I've been doing and where I will be be

So what have I been up to?  Lots.

I vended at Apollocon, which was a fun, relaxed small con.  I got to spend some nice time chatting with friends and presented two corset panels.

Here's myself in the Steampunk Darkwing and my friend Linda of Rosewood Stitches in her awesome, hand-embroidered outfit.

And my friend Tayleb Duque in her Mexican steampunk outfit.

The other cool thing from Apollocon is that I got to attend a needle tatting panel and now I'm totally tatting my own lace!  This is so exciting because I'm rarely happy with the lace I can find and now I'm making my own.  I'm looking forward to using this lace on future corsets.  I'm obsessed with tatting right now, and I'm having a great time learning something new.  Plus, it's totally a steampunk craft.

Speaking of corsets, here are some recent creations of mine.  I'm working on several commissions right now, but don't have pictures of them.

Star Wars Comic underbust
Laser-cut faux suede over white coutil

Brown Silk Dupioni Overbust

As for where I will be in the next month, this coming weekend is the Brass Ball in Houston, where I will be vending.

And in on August 23-24th I'll be presenting a Corset Making Workshop at the Amber Inn south of Dallas.

And September brings the Steampunk Invasion and Weird West Fest.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Finds 7/18/14

Neat things I've found recently:

Knitted Scale Maille!!  I'm doing this as soon as I get some scales.

This Jamberry nail wrap Nail Art Studio design.  I'm organizing a reduced price group buy of custom designs, including this one.  Check out the details at my Jamberry Group.

Victorian Guide Dress

Monday, July 14, 2014

Announcing my first Corset Making Workshop!

Hi everyone!  I'm still very busy with lots of different projects.  One of them is very exciting.

I'm going to be presenting my very first Two Day Corset Making Workshop August 23-24th!  It is being hosted by my friends at the Amber Inn who host the annual Steampunk November event.

They are in Venus, TX, which is a tiny place about 30 minutes south of Dallas.  They have a great workshop space and lots of resources to use.

The workshop is only $75 for two days of hands-on instruction in fitting corset patterns and corset construction.  There are basic supplies for making a mock-up included, and options to purchase corset kits as well.

I'm super excited about taking my convention panels to the next level and helping people get over their fears of making corsets.

So if you're in the area and are interested, all the details are available over at the Facebook event page.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Review: Second Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn

Second Daughter (The Dharian Affairs, Book Two)

Regular readers will remember my review for the first book in this series, Third Daughter. I really enjoyed it, and I know some of my readers did as well. Well yesterday saw the release of the second in the trilogy and to celebrate I helped with the launch and shared a giveaway. Make sure to visit that post and enter to win!

 Second Daughter takes up right where Third Daughter left off. Aniri, Third Daughter of the Queen of Dharia, is preparing to marry the Prince of Jungali after a whirlwind romance and swashbuckling adventure. Meanwhile she's also afraid the country of Samir is preparing to launch a war against both Dharia and Jungali.

 Her fears for her family and her country combine with her cold feet about her wedding to make her uncertain of everything. She doubts whether she is truly ready to marry and the strength of her feelings for the Prince. When word reaches her that her sister, the Second Daughter and wife to the heir of Samir, has been attacked, she acts against all advice and takes off in a skyship to save her sister. What ensues is an adventure of political intrigue and harrowing attempts to escape the capital city of Samir. 

I'll admit to feeling a bit annoyed at Aniri for much of this book due to her uncertainty and waffling over her feelings for her husband-to-be, though ultimately I think the book makes the case that her doubts were reasonable. This does feel like a middle book, and doesn't quite have the punch of the first one. While there's a lot of action and excitement, some of it feels a bit like padding. I found I missed the active presence of Ash, the Prince, since he was offscreen for most of the book. There is a lot of miscommunication and false assumptions made between the characters throughout the story, and that always frustrates me because I WANT EVERYONE TO BE HAPPY DAMMIT.

 Ultimately, though I did really enjoy this book and devoured it quickly. It's fun to see more of this world, including the more industrial (and therefore steampunk) country of Samir. It ends on a rather cruel cliffhanger, and I want the next book NOW PLEASE.

Note: The first book in the series is currently on sale for $0.99 to celebrate the launch of the sequel.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Giveaway: Second Daughter by Susan Kay Quinn

Today I'm helping launch a new steampunk book. I reviewed the first book in this series and really enjoyed it. I have also read this one and my review for it will be up tomorrow. In the meantime, enter to win a copy at the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of this post.

Second Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #2)
Assassins, skyships, and royal intrigue...  
Kindle, Kobo, AllRomance
Second Daughter is the second book in The Dharian Affairs trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance takes place in an east-Indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, assassins, royal romance and intrigue.
Reviews of the first book, Third Daughter:
"The author fuses carriages, steam trains, airships and clockwork with the rich eastern culture that underlies Bollywood storytelling..." - Cherie Reich
"The political intrigue, the steampunk gadgets, and the beautiful costumes kept me in wonderment." - Tony Benson
“Third Daughter is vividly breathtaking. Quinn delivers royal intrigue, exotic locations, and sweeping romance. Not to be missed!” - Pavarti Tyler, author of Shadow on the Wall
ON SALE - 99cents until 7/21
Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1)
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(also available in print)
The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she'll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince's proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince's proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.
Both books now have a map!

Thank you so much for helping me get this book out in the world! Win paperback copy of Third Daughter  $10 Amazon Gift Card
check out the gorgeous formatting of the print book!