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New Shop Pattern! Cosplay Hoodie

Hi everyone!
This new pattern has been SO long in the works – so I can’t thank everyone enough for your patience! It’s definitely one of my most requested patterns. An animal themed cosplay hoodie!
It’s the hoodie pattern I’ve been using for years to make original and fanart characters for conventions. And with summer and convention season coming up, it seemed like the perfect time to put the finishing touches on it. It’s a really simple and streamlined pattern that’s perfect for making quick changes and customizations to.

I’ve been sewing these hoodies actually for a lot longer than I’ve been making patterns, so I kind of wanted to be sure my skills at instructions were well-secured before launching such a big project. I’ve done dozens of characters, so it was hard to determine what should be included in the pattern. In the end I stuck with the most popular features along with options and tips for using the pattern as the base for your own original characters. The pattern comes with bear ears, cat/fox/wolf ears, extra-long rabbit ears (another fan favorite), and bat or bird wings. There are also options to give it basic wrist cuffs, a contrast bottom band, or thumb hole cuffs. And to finish it off there are tons of applique templates for putting a cute face or fun stripes and spots on your character.

The actual construction of the hoodie also contains help with sewing with knits, zipper installation, hemming, and even how to use a twin needle. There are two options, both a women’s-style fitted hoodie or a unisex/men’s-style relaxed or “boyfriend” hoodie. And what’s great is the sizes range from an adult XS up to 5XL! They need a lot of pages to print out the templates, so I’ve offered the option of buying the patterns pre-printed if you want to skip that step for a few dollars more.
So if you’re interested in making a costume hoodie either of a favorite character or one you made up yourself, this will get you there without a lot of extra work. And the extra ear and wing patterns offer loads of mix-and-match options, not to mention giving you something to work off of if you want to design your own parts.

I sincerely hope you all like how it turned out 🙂 I’ll consider doing more clothing or at least more characters if it goes well!
To celebrate its launch, I’m offering the pattern for 33% off for the first week!
I hope you’ll give it a look!


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Magikarp Hat Giveaway!

Magikarp Giveaway

Hi everyone! About a week back you all got me to over 2,000 subscribers! So exciting! I can’t thank you all enough for being such wonderful fans of this site 😀 To celebrate, I’m holding a little giveaway for this fun Magikarp hat!

UP FOR GRABS:
For this giveaway, you have a chance to win this slouchy Magikarp hat — a pokemon from the awesome video games and cartoon. It’s sized to fit unisex adults, and measures 23″ around — though it stretches to fit as much as 26″. It measures 19″ long from brim to tail tip, so it’s big and slouchy for a fun casual look. It’s made from polar fleece so it’s completely machine washable, though it’ll stay looking brand new much longer if you wash it on the gentle cycle and let it air dry (fleece air dries super fast). It includes all the little details too — like side fins, top and bottom fins, whiskers, tail fin, and big doofy eyes.

TO ENTER:
Fill out the form at the bottom of this post and submit! 😀

DEADLINE:
The giveaway will be active from Monday, September 7th and the winner will be contacted at 9pm EST on Monday, September 14th

CLAIMING YOUR PRIZE:

  • The winning entrant will be chosen at random from the list of submissions.
  • The winning entrant will be contacted via email about their win (so keep an eye on your email!)
  • The winner will have 48 hours to respond to their winning notification before another winner is chosen
  • As a winner, you will be expected to divulge your address (or PO Box) to me only so the prize can be shipped to you

OTHER DETAILS:

  • As a winner, I’ll announce your name and website (if applicable) on this page, so every entrant knows who was the final winner.
  • International entrants are more than welcome to enter
  • To all international entrants: note that you may be required to pick up your package at your local post office or pay customs fees. These rules differ for every country so unfortunately I can’t be held responsible for any extra charges you might be asked to pay.
  • The prize will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail — domestic takes 2-3 business days while international takes 6-10
  • By entering in this contest, you agree to these rules 🙂
  • No purchase is necessary for this giveaway

Edit: 9/15/15
This contest is now closed! Congratulations to the winner, May Esdot, over at http://mayesdot.deviantart.com/!


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Store Update! Aviator Hats Are Back!

Hello everyone!

After taking another short break for book writing, I’m happy to say that my Etsy store has another update!

The faux suede steampunk aviator caps are back in stock 😀 with a few new custom variations to choose from. These hats were a big hit last year when I debuted them during a giveaway, and I’ve been working hard to bring them back as soon as I could ^-^

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Most of the original color choices are back, along with a few new colors including light gray and red. All of the original ear choices also apply, including cat, fox, and rabbit. But now there is also a deer ear option which comes with little plush antlers! You could also opt to have the antlers on a rabbit hat to make it a jackalope x3

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Also in the update are some of my hoodie designs brought back as made-to-order options. While I am prepping for my attendance to Metrocon in June, it’s still a ways away so I thought I’d offer up these listings for purchase until I have to focus on Metrocon more ^-^ I’ll likely have these listings up for about a month or two until I have to focus on the convention entirely and then I’ll have to bring them down until everything blows over.

I hope you all enjoy the new creations! I’ll be here taking orders, prepping for the con, and designing some new free patterns for the blog in between ^-~ See you next time!


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To Metrocon!

Hello everyone!

In just a little over 24 hours I’ll be heading off to Metrocon in Tampa, Florida until Sunday, July 13th! As always, I hope that I get to see some of you there! I’ll be selling my typical cosplay hats and hoodies, but I’ll also have copies of my books for you to flip through as well as fukubukuro-style mystery grab bags filled with little odds and ends I make from my leftover fabric and supplies.

I hope you’ll stop by the convention if you’re in the Tampa area! It’s downtown at the Tampa Convention Center and you don’t need to buy a pass to visit the artist alley, where I’ll be at booth A8. Just travel the back row along the railing and you’ll be sure to find me ♥

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So if you see me, be sure to say hello! I’ll give you free stickers or something >w<


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Aviator Caps for Sale! With Coupon!

My latest giveaway to celebrate 100k pageviews on DeviantArt went amazingly well last week! I reached over 2200 entries, which is 3x as many as my last largest giveaway for the BMO plush. I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone that entered; the outpouring of support and well-wishing was amazing and I can’t get over how sweet and supportive everyone was!

Over the course of the giveaway I actually reached another goal, 4k+ DeviantArt watchers, so the giveaway was bumped up to two winners instead of one 😀 The winners (BreezePleeze and KatWynn of DeviantArt) and I are now hammering out their custom hat details, but that means I can now offer the rest of the hats to you for purchase!

Aviator Cap Compilation

Above you’ll see all of the sample hats I’ve created to showcase the suedecloth fabric I have in stock. Check out my newly updated Etsy store for these ready-to-ship hats (which are cheaper and don’t require any creation time) and also listings for custom hats sorted by suede color. Because Etsy only allows two variations per listing, you’ll find there are only options to choose your ear and headflap combo and side motif. Though if you want to customize even more (like lining or paint colors), you’ll just need to contact me first to sort out the details. The turnaround time for the caps is listed as 2 weeks, which is a big overestimation, but that’s only as an insurance policy in case people buy out ALL the hats at once. Not likely, but I thought I should be safe.

As my way of saying thanks to all of you for participating in my giveaway and helping me get to 100k+ pageviews and 4k+ watchers, please use this coupon if you get yourself a hat!

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The coupon code is good for the entire store, but the suede I have in stock is limited, so if you had your eye on an aviator cap I encourage you to buy it soon! This coupon is good until the end of the month, so you have a few weeks to take action ^-^

That should finally wrap things up with the aviator cap giveaway ^-^ Thank again to all of you that gave your support or entered the giveaway. I hope you’ll check out the hat collection if you’re still interested and save some money in the meantime too!


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Custom Steampunk Cap Giveaway!

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Hello everyone! As promised, I’m announcing the new giveaway to celebrate 100k pageviews on my DeviantArt page!

The winner of this giveaway will receive a custom steampunk aviator cap! This is a design I’ve been wanting to implement for a long time now – a suede cloth aviator cap with minky faux fur lining and a choice of hand-painted motifs on the side. The chosen winner will get to work with me and pick out the color, ears, headflap, motif, you name it!

And, when the giveaway is finished, I’ll be launching the rest of the hats on my Etsy store! You’ll get the same color selection with a few custom options. Be sure to check back here when the winner is announced as I’ll be giving out a coupon!

Since the giveaway is due to my 100k kiriban on DeviantArt, I’m actually hosting the giveaway there 🙂 So to get all the details and enter you’ll need to visit my DeviantArt page directly (and make an account if you don’t already have one). I just wanted all of my followers on here to get the heads up as well ^0^

Good luck to everyone who enters! ♥


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Huge Holiday Etsy Store Update!

As promised, my Etsy store has gone through a huge update in time for the holidays today! I finally used up the last of the fleece yardage that I purchased a while ago, and I’ve stocked up with some new designs as well as revamped some older ones.

Those that entered my Bat Hat Giveaway will be getting coupons to my store soon so they can run hog wild. But if you didn’t enter I still have something for you!
To everyone else, I offer you this!
Sale
From now until December 18th, you can get 10% off everything you buy in the store 😀 The 18th deadline is about when you can still expect Christmas delivery if you are in the United States, so hopefully with this coupon some of your Christmas shopping will be taken care of! If you’re not sure how to use coupon codes on Etsy, they have a handy and simple how-to here.

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First up I’ve redone all of my fruit kitty designs >w< I admit they're a little silly, but I just think they're so colorful and pretty.

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Next up I used up a bunch of my scraps of different fleece to whip up these little panda and penguin hats 😀 I just love designs that use multiple colors like this, so I used up every scrap I had to make a plethora of pandas and penguins in a whole rainbow!

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After that I have my group of punk animal hats >w< These are the ones that I just love to decorate with loads of hardware and plaid. They include some punk bunnies both in extra-long ear version and a medium-length ear, a punk kitty (complete with piercings), and a few odd-man-out hats, like the bat hats in both black and purple, and a new cyberpunk bunny design x3

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I’ve also restocked some steampunk-themed hats, including small earflap hats, extra-long bunny ear hats, and a new steampunk circus bunny hat!

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There are also new zombie animal hats! Including an earflap kitty hat, zombunny hats in medium and extra-long ear length, and a new concoction, the insanity kitty hat XD Which came about from some scraps of fleece I had that looked incredibly schizophrenic. I thought adding a creepy face like the one seen on my reversible backpack I posted earlier would bring it all together. And it looks downright chilling to me! >w<

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And lastly there are some new hoodies in stock! With the last scraps of colorful fleece I had I was able to whip up some penguins 😀 So there aren’t many sizes available, but I think you’ll really like how they turned out!

I hope you all enjoy the new items and maybe take advantage of the coupon! It might be some time before I have another update, but I definitely have things cooking in the background :B I think you’ll really be blown away by some of the items I’ll be finishing next year!