Costumes for sale!

Just wanted to post a little heads-up!  I’ve just put my wonderful green gown up for sale in my Etsy shop – fast, I know!  Actually, I’m going to be buying a condo, so I’m hoping to kill two birds with one stone and clear up some closet space as well as get a little extra cash for my move by listing some of my own personal costumes.  The Katherine Pierce gown is the only one up so far, but later this week I’ll be going through my closet and seeing what I can unload, and hopefully get a few more things listed (costumes and vintage clothing.)  The great news for you is that because my costumes are from my own personal collection, slightly used and with flaws, I’ll be listing them at fairly low prices (honestly, this is also in an effort to just finally get rid of some things that have been taking up a lot of space in my closets!)

I know my Etsy store has been kind of a dead space since I opened it nearly two years ago – I wish I had an excuse, but I just haven’t been really dedicated to making it a priority.

Plus – use the coupon code FOLLOWERS4EVER to get 10% off any purchase greater than $50!  Special offer just for anyone who finds their way to my store through this blog 😉

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Blue Sparrow Clothing

Just a quick update –

I’ve finally gotten some things listed over at my Etsy shop, Blue Sparrow Clothing.  (I know, everything I do takes me forever!)

Right now it’s mainly going to be some of my vintage dresses and costumes, because I’m trying to clean out my costume wardrobe and I have a bad penchant for collecting vintage dresses.  Possibly some of my older costumes that aren’t too horribly embarrassing will find their way to the shop.

I’ve been terribly busy and I’m about to get busier: I’m going out of town every single off week from now until mid-August… whew!  So sewing is, unfortunately, hanging in the backseat right now.  I’d have liked to have my shop up and running by now, but it looks like it will probably be around autumn before I’ve got things sussed on that front.  Still, some progress – I’m planning to keep adding things over the course of this week, and hopefully I can clear out some of my ridiculous collection to make room for new things!

 

Anyhow, keep an eye out for further news! ;D

Announcing…

sorry, no pictures or sewing projects in this post (although I am just waiting for some pictures to come back so I can make a post about the big project I worked on over the past month.)  just a bit of news.

if you look through my blog, it’s pretty apparent that I am a sporadic costumer at best.  a few months ago, my schedule at work changed (for the better,) which is leaving me with a much better chunk of time for costuming and sewing – and I’ve been making the most of it, believe me!  but up until that point, sewing and costuming for me was just a hobby, and an intermittent one at that, and couldn’t be anything more than that due to time and budget restraints.

I’m now aiming to make it more a part of my life.  for years now, I’ve been sewing for people – costumes, formal wear, pretty much anything anyone needed I could whip up for them.  so I’ve had people telling me for ages that I should make it a business.  now, I’m at a point where I’m ready to do that.  I’ve opened up an Etsy shop, and though there’s nothing in it yet, I’ll be slowly adding things over the next few weeks that I’ve been working on recently.

the issue I have with costuming is that I love to sew and make things far more than I like to or have occasion to wear them.  in fact, very little of what I sew is for myself, besides just clothing.  I’d rather see other people happily wearing what I make.  going into the costuming business seems like the perfect solution to this problem!

I’m unsure yet which direction I want to take my sewing, but you can expect to see anything from period clothing to cosplay to refashions to one-of-a-kind items crop up.  my interests range very far when it comes to sewing, and what I choose to make and sell all depends on my mood from week to week.  what I’m best at is costuming on a budget – sometimes on an extreme budget – so I’ll probably make that my focus to begin with.  (I’m actually in the middle of a project at the moment that I’m making out of a thrifted gown of black velvet that I completely tore apart for fabric, if that gives you an idea of what I mean.)

I may or may not blog about some of the things I make to sell, it probably depends on how much time I spend on them and how well I document my process.  but I’d urge you not to base your judgement of quality or technique on what you see on this blog – like I said, most of what I’ve been making up until now was for other people, and I don’t post that stuff to my blog.  what goes on here is mainly the least of my forays into costuming – things I make for myself, things I use as an experiment or to test patterns or techniques (including, of course, the ones that fail!)

 

anyway, you can go ahead and check me out at BlueSparrowClothing.etsy.com (once I get some things listed,) and please keep me in mind for all your custom costuming (on a budget) needs. 🙂