Friday, 6 September 2013

Psychobilly Felt Brooches

Psychobilly Felt Brooches

Today I'm sharing a felt psychobilly brooch tutorial! This is a simple tutorial you can complete in your spare time, and it is fully customizable! I have created a separate PDF containing the printable templates, click here to access them! You have your choice of creating a creepy eyeball, a coffin with cross applique, or my psychobilly heart brooch (depicted in the photograph above). You may choose to embellish your brooch with a variety of items including sequins, seed beads, or jewels. For my brooch I chose to embellish using sequins and one flat back jewel. The brooches are very easy to assemble! Simply follow the provided tutorial. Use a safety pin to secure the brooch to your favorite garment, or you may choose to transform your brooch into a fancy hair clip. Remember to share your results with me, and if you have any questions feel free to ask!
-Miss Phantasm

Friday, 31 May 2013

Sew Vintage Part Two - Stitch it up!


So we've covered our Style Roots, what's next on the sewing agenda? Getting started in vintage of course! But why vintage? Other than a personal attraction, what are the reasons to wear vintage?

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Sew Vintage Part One - Style Roots


   Hooray! It's time to sew vintage! And by vintage I am largely referring to the forties to the sixties, but vintage encompasses more than those decades alone. It is still considered vintage if you are attracted to the fashion of the 1920's (and what with The Great Gatsby playing, I would not be surprised at an upsurge of interest in 20's fashion). Wearing vintage fashion is a great way to pay homage to our design roots. Many fantastic and new designs emerged in the early 20th century and often you will find that garment trends of the past decades reflected big changes in life (i.e. the effects of war, and new movements in art and gender politics). Beyond its historical attributes, wearing vintage clothing also allows for a great sense of individuality; many vintage garments were hand made and therefore very unique. Let's look into our style roots...

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Spring Update: A time for renewal

  It's sunny spring, and I'm back. After a prolonged period of being ill, and a surgery, I return! I have recently completed a tutorial for you, all it requires now are some photographs. I look forward to sharing this with you and breathing life back into this blog. 

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

In Memoriam

Ah, broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever!
Let the bell toll! -a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river
And, Guy De Vere, hast thou no tear?-weep now or never more!
See! on yon drear and rigid bier low lies thy love, Lenore!
Come! let the burial rite be read -the funeral song be sung!
An anthem for the queenliest dead that ever died so young
A dirge for her, the doubly dead in that she died so young.

-Excerpt from the poem "Lenore" by Edgar Allan Poe

   One year has passed since the death of my beloved friend, and I grieve as if it were yesterday. There is an emptiness within me, a feeling that I can only describe as displacement. It's as though my friend was a city, once bustling with life and an admirable culture, then overtaken by disaster and stripped to nothingness. Nothing remains but a skeleton; a shadow of the past. 

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