spooky selections

This outfit is decidedly not scary, unless you’re the type to be squicked by my harlequin pin. Even in sheep’s clothing, though, I’m as wolfish as ever. Longtime readers have some inkling of how big a horror fan I am. If you’re new here, you probably also have some inkling. Seriously, I’m not subtle. This…

merrily we roar along

For the second day of the Springfield Steampunk Festival (not that I’m sharing these shots a month late or anything), I decided to go ’20s. Still not steampunk, I know, but I feel the Jazz Age heeds┬áthe spirit if not the letter. ┬áThe same subversive spark animated both eras. The one happened to manifest in…

extravagance & wool

We’re having an apocalyptic warm snap today (80 degrees?!), so I’m attempting balance with the newest, and possibly most spectacular, item checked off my vintage wishlist. I took these pictures over three weeks ago at the Springfield Steampunk Festival, so they’re both pre-haircut and pre-full autumn foliage. I’m sure you can handle it. My yearning…

me-made: bountiful butterick

I didn’t realize until I’d finished my version of Butterick B5556 that it’s apparently quite common in the seamstress ‘sphere. I’m wearing a pattern pioneered by some of the biggest names in vintage sewing – I mean, the freaking Boyer Sisters! A Lass of Yesteryear! Not only is this apparently a capital-Th Thing, I get…

me-made: meni, middy, mici

I’d been planning, and subsequently putting off, an authentic ’50s middy haircut for some time. I may not have the wherewithal to make an appointment, but it turns out I’m more than capable of picking up scissors in a fit of impulse. I snipped off five inches on Saturday morning, and I haven’t regretted it…

all steamed up

Most of my life happens between September and November. Though I’m taking a sabbatical from haunting, this year is no exception. Starting with the Springfield Steampunk Festival two weekends ago, I have been or will be traveling every single weekend. Cry you a river, I know. But I’ve also got an actual grown-up job, plus…