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How to make Gin’s Facemask – A Bungou Stray Dogs DIY

Hello, friends!
I know that I have not been the most active during the last couple of months but that does not mean that I haven’t been busy. Quite the opposite actually. But I might just save those tiny little details for a small catch-up-post.
I have uploaded some more videos on the channel, some smaller, some bigger and I will post the others shortly.
This one’s showing my process on an anime inspired facemask. As in #WearYourMask but also be a weeb at the same time.
I basically say it all in the video so I am going to shut up now and show you how you yourself can make Gin Akutagawa’s Facemask from Bungou Stray Dogs.

Quickstart Guide

  1. Get some sewing supplies. You’ll need: Some scrap fabric of your choice. Honestly, the pattern will look good no matter what but if you want to stick with the reference you might chose something white to light grey-ish. Some thread befitting of your fabric. A wire to put into your mask and over your nose. Thread to tie behind your ears and wear the mask. I prefer to harvest the latter two from torn or broken masks I have lying around. You could use some jewelry wire but I’d recommend you glue of the ends so that they won’t stick out and irritate your skin.
  2. You can use my pattern but really don’t have to. The process that went into it is fairly simple: Just take a facemask you own and trace it onto a piece of paper. Then draw the strips and pattern onto it. Cut out the strips and use as a pattern on your fabric.
  3. Or print out my pattern. I’ll include a PDF down below. In the video I cut out the entire form and then transfer it onto my fabric. This was due to me originally trying to follow a different plan and switching gears halfway in. If you’re trying to do this I’d recommend cutting out each strip individually and them transferring it onto the fabric and then cut that out. That way you have a bit more leeway with your strips, because mine ended up being a little bit small. You can also always add more strips. Just think of where you wanna add one in trace the strip that would be closest to that position onto your fabric and add it in.
  4. The pattern also does not include the backside of the whole thing. The second layer is a) not obligatory and b) a bit varying in size given what stripp-y mess you’ll end up with. Simply do as I did and trace your finished front piece onto fabric and sew the pieces together. That way you can make sure you have the right size.
  5. Also: Whenever cutting fabric think to include a centimetre of seam allowance.
  6. Add together your pieces of fabric to create bigger strips. This part is a bit tricky so I’d recommend you check out the video with it’s visuals to make sure you do it right.
  7. Sew together the created strips. Make sure you lay them down first to know you’re getting the desired form.
  8. Add the side flaps to your main mask piece.
  9. Technically you could add wire and thread now or you could create a mask with two layers.
  10. Trace the created piece onto some fabric and cut it out.
  11. Add the wire to what will later be the inside of your backpiece. To do so simply take a strong needle and punch through the plastic wrapper and sew across the wire ends a little bit. If you used jewelry wire and glued of its sharp edges you can punch your needle through the gluey parts instead. This gives the fabric something to hold onto.
  12. Pin front and back piece right on right, add the ends of your threads to the designated pieces of your mask and sew along the edges. Make sure you leave one edge open to flip the whole thing inside out, when done.
  13. Finish up the last seam and wear.

Here’s the pattern

Piece 1 is the left side of the mask, piece 2 the right sight and piece three is the side flaps. You’ll need to cut two of the first two and two of the latter.

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One of my First Patterns made – Check out the bralette here
How I made my Toko Fukawa Skirt – here

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Toko Fukawa Cosplay Progress: Shirt and Sailor Collar – Video and Transkript

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Hello! It is I again. Back with a third cosplay video. It took me some time to get this done, since uni started in the meanwhile and … it’s not great. Not at all …
But you probably wouldn’t even have noticed, since I have been waiting to post these until I finished all of them, this one included.

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Today we’re going to be doing our third and last piece – Toko’s top as well as the sailor collar, which is detachable.

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I am a huge fan of detachable cosplay pieces. One big issue with cosplay is that it is a very sweaty hobby. It’s disgusting, really. And a lot of costumes can’t really go in the wash because of certain aspects and details. So I try to make as many parts washable as possible and try to construct my cosutmes as practically as possible.

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For this shirt I used an easy t-shirt pattern I already had. I don’t know if I mentioned and I am really not trying to shill anything but there’s this sewing magazine called Burda that was actually invented by a German housewife. It’s a monthly – I think – publication that comes with a bunch of patterns. They have this special magazine called Burda easy, which is specifically geared towards beginners. I try to collect those since their great for adapting into bigger things. The t-shirt pattern was taken from that magazine and altered a little.

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Mine has a little pocket added in, as well as a zipper in the back. The pattern doesn’t really have any darts, which usually shape garments and make them more 3D and is made for more of a stretchy fabric. I didn’t use one since I couldn’t find any fitting with the skirt’s fabric which on the other hand couldn’t be stretchy since it wouldn’t fall as nicely.
So zipper it was. Dammit boobs!

And mine has a bit more of a standing collar instead of a u-neck shaped neckline. Kinda by mistake but if anyone asked – obviously I intended to do so.
I also added the white ends to the sleeves insted of just hemming them, as well as some details like the patch on the arm and some more lace.

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Start by cutting out your pattern as well as your fabric. I cut into my backpiece where I wanted the zipper to go. Measure it first and be aware whether or not you want it to go into the collar or whether you want the collar to close separately both is cool.

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Follow the sewing instructions. Most tops start with creating the shoulder seams as well as the side seams of the bodice.
Then work your way through the side seams of your sleeves.

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Before I did the latter I first had to prep the ends, thoug.

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I still had some stretchy, ripped white fabric leftover. I took the cirumference of my wrists and added a couple of centimetres. I folded it, ironed it and closed the seams, fturnt it over and closed the piece. Looking back this was stupid. I should have probably worked them around the edges of the sleeves like I’d do with waistbands. Well: You live and you learn.

I then added black, slightly stretchy lace to it.

I also ruffled the edges of my sleeves a little to have a bit of a poofy effect. I then sewed it onto the sleeve and closed the sleeve side seam. I also used two different threads – one white one black, to accomodate both colours of my sleeves. So technically, we’re talking two seams here.

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I then added the sleeves onto the garment. This is still one of the things that are trickiest for me to do. Almost as bad as assembling pants … Pants are just weird.

I always have to pin it on and turn it to know whether or not I did it correctly. So if anyone knows something to make this easier please let me know.

Turn the shirt inside out, then go through one of the openings and pin the sleeves right side onto the shirts inside (which now is also the right side) and pin it.
It’s important that you allign the sleeves’ side seams with your shirts side seams as well.
Sew it on and clean it up, then turn your shirt back onto its outside.

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Take the piece you cut for the collar and attach it to the shirt just like you would a waistband. You can check out my videos on the skirt for reference.

Your goal is to keep the lose edge of your shirt tucked way in the collar-piece. I also added a little hook to close the collar separately.

Then hem the shirt.

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I now added the details, because – and I think we have established this very well by now – I am in fact stupid.
This would have been so much easier with the pieces still lying flat. But again: Live and learn. I should make this my mantra.

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First off: The lace at the bottom. Fairly easy. Just pin and sew it to the edge.

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Then the pocket. I cut a slit into the front size of my shirt.
Before I did that, though, I went on to prep the little pocket. I took two little pieces of leftover black fabric and added them onto the fabric, right where the slit is, then turnt them in, so that they’re on the inside now. Please not tthat the one added to the upper edge will have to be a little longer!
After that I first added the lace on the outside – so that I wouldn’t sew the pocket shut. I mean in the end it doesn’t really matter but I think I get some brownie points for trying!
I then did the side seams as well as th bottom seam of my little pocket. I also added a little metal button to the outside since if you look closely, Toko has this tiny emblem/button/pin added onto her shirt there.

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Last detail – The patch. Toko has her school logo stitched onto the side of her shirt.
For this I used a tiny piece of fabric I still had leftover from the sailor collar – I’ll get to it, I promise!

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I used a printed out version of the logo to make a sketch and then use this sketch as a stencil. Sadly I could only enlarge the logo to a certain degree so this is where it’s at.

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Using this stencil I cut out two pieces of fabric, as well as one piece of interfacing that I sandwhiched and ironed between them. Technically, I guess, you could do without it and by just using one layer of fabric but this gave it some nice grip.

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I then went around the edges of my patch in very small zig-zag stitches to give it a closed off edge and then sewed it on using the same technique. You should end up with a fairly clean patch.

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Now. The moment you have all been waiting for! The sailor collar. Honestly this seems like one of the most searche cosplay tutorials/patterns out there and it is actually super easy.

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I don’t have the pattern with me but I can go check for it the next time I get to my flat. It could take some time, though.
If I do so and end up managing to scan it. I can do so and I will probably upload it as a PDF on the blog. So keep an eye out for that. I’ll probably announce it on instagram and twitter as well. Or I might forget. Who knows.

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I started tracing the form I wanted on the doll and cut it out to create a pattern. I then cut out said pattern and ended up with to pieces of fabric.
Sew those onto each other but leave one seam open so you can turn it later. I also added a piece of interfacing between to keep it more stable.

Then turn it and close the last seam by tucking in the edges and slowly stitching it of with small stitches.
I then added the black lace I already added to the cuffs around the edge of my collar and added some hooks to close it off in the front
And there you go: A very simple yet stylisch sailor style collar.

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The red scarf was a pretty easy sew as well: I had some red crepe (I think) left over from my grandmother – You know I had to mention her at least once – cutour two triangular pieces, sewed them onto each other and turnt them.

I also fashioned a tiny sleeve to fashion around the scarf to close it. I used leftover black fabric, added two pieces onto another and added a layer of interfacing inbetween.
The whole thing can be added or taken off by closing some buttons added to the edges.

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So here we are. That’s the whole costume. I ordered a styled wig, whose braids I should actually redo at some point in the near future – and simplay wore my own glasses with it. A great advantage if you ask me.

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This was fun. I think. I liked breaking down my progess and might actually do so in the future … I have some other pieces lined up … I also have some other conceptual ideas I’d like to pursue but I have to manage time wise …

So far, I hope you enjoed this and I would love for you to check out my other social media or my blog, the links will obviously be left down below.

I’ll also link the entire playlist for this costume down below, just in case you missed anything or would like to look something up.

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Now that there is nothing left to say, I thank you for watching and will now return to my little corner of the world.

Toko Fukawa Cosplay Progress: Pleated Skirt – Video and Transkript

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Hey! It’s my again! Aka Lilly aka @mupfinsmiley on Instagram. In my first video – So exciting, I know! – I tried to showcase my progress on of of my latest cosplays: Toko Fukawa from Danganronpa.
I started off showing you how I made an underskirt to be worn under this and when needed under other costumes as well.
Today we’re gonna be working on the second layer: The overskirt.

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I always like making skirts since they’re easy and you can get amazing looking results with few frustrations and little effort. It eneables me to get into some sort of meditative trance really quickly and I do enjoy that so much. I also just love flowy fabrics … It’s really weird since it’s not at all what I usually wear in my day to day life.

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This one is an almost florlength pleated skirt and therefore a bit harder to make than the ruffled one from before.
The concept is still the same, though: Take a long piece of fabric, shorten one edge by folds or ruffles and have it fit tight on top but be flowy near the edge.
It is incredibly important that you work correctly and precicely; even moreso than with other sewing projects; since every mistake will show in the pleats later.

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As with the underskirt: I always cut and zigzag the seams for cleanup and pin right on right unless specifically stated otherwise. You should also always work with seam allowance.

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Also similarl to the other skirt: You’ll need a long rectangular piece of fabric and a smaller strap for the waistband.

What you can see here are 4 meters of fabric with a width of 1,40. We will obviously shorten the hem (even thoug a huge drape would have been cool) later. It later turnt out that I wouldn’t need all of it to fit my waist but I wanted to be safe rather than sorry.

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This is probably the most important steps in making a pleated skirt: Actually making the pleats. I know: Shocking.

Before we can actually make the pleads, we’ll have to mark them off on our fabric.
I laid my cut fabric down flat and aligned my tape measure with it. I then marked off my folds. There’s two measurments to take into consideration here: the depth of your fold – this is the fabric that will later be tucked away within the fold – and the width – this is the amount of fabric that will later be seen on the outside.
My measure were 7 for depth and 4 for width. You can adjust that to whatever skirt you’d want to make and have bigger or smaller pleats.

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It’s pleating time. This is pretty much what we’re gonna do instead of ruffling this time. It is a little hard to describe but I am going to try anyways. Please look at the video segment for further clarity.

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Fold the segment you marked off as fold depth in half. You should now automatically have what you marked off as width lay on top of that. Pin it.
Do that with all of your folds until you’re done. This is again very time consuming but I find it to be really realxing for some reason.

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May I just say how cool this looks? I’m going to have to go into pleated skirt mass production just so I can do this again and see it again. I think it’s just so satisfying! But I feel like I’d never wear it … And I wouldn’t reall know what to do with the other ones …

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Anyways: Iron those pleats flat so that they’ll stay in position when you sew them on.

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Do exactely that. Sew along the folded edge to secure the pleats.

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Next thing we’re doing is the side-seam.
But wait; there’s more: Since I put a zipper in this one, so I only pinned and the stitched up parts of the side seam.

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I’m not sure how long my zipper was. I have gotten a huge bag of leftovers from my grandmother a while back so whenever I need something I look there. It’s what I did with this zipper. It’s a really nice way of lowering/keeping costs down on cosplay. Plan your materials and see if you can reuse things.

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So: I pinned on the zipper, then pin the rest of the side down to later put into the side seam.
Zippers are a little tricky but weirdly they’re one of my favourite things to sew on.

Youll want to fold in your fabric edges and pin them onto each side of the zipper. I usually open the zipper for this part since I find it easier to work with a little space inbetween.

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Sew the sideseam up to where your zipper is.

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Sew on the zipper. Again: Zippers are tricky. Sewing machines usually come with with a specific foot (the little metal thing that pushes down your fabric) for this. I didn’t use mine. Shame on me. But since I am actually quite good at zippers – I know, I know – I find it way to much work to switch out the foot… I just went ahed with it and did my thing. Don’t be me. And – as with the hem – don’t tell my grandma.

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What’s important is that you dont get the zipper’s teeth caught up under the needle. As soon as there’s some fabric caught within them your whole zipper is useless.

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It’s time to do the waistband. Now, since there was no hard-ish elastic to give it some form this time, I cut out some fleece interfacing and ironed it on.

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I noticed that my waistband was way too long. You’ll always want it to be a little longer than your waistsize so you can add a button and a button hole to close it, but it doesn’t really need to be double your waist. So I cut the excess off.
It’s always good to test out whether your garment actually fits sporadically.

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To those of you who are not familiar: This is a specific kind of fabric that’ll reinforce your pieces and give them some form. It’s usually put into collars or waistbands to make them hold up better.
It has some sort of glue – please don’t quizz me on textile science – on one sides that will actuvate when warmed up and therefore stick to any fabric.

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I then also folded the waistband in half and ironed that fold.

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Next, I just closed the shorter ends of the waistband and cleaned them up.
You’ll notice: We’re doing things a little bit differently this time.

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Pin one side of the incredibly long pocket you just created onto the skirt and sew it on. Fold over, tuck the edge in, pin it and sew it on again. Try to stay close to the first seam so it doesn’t show too much.

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I also added some little hooks to the protruding end instead of using a button. Tokos costume doesn’t really have one so it felt a little flashy to add one. This seemed like a covert option to close the waist.
You should probably lay them out first and pin them as to noz sew them on the wrong way. You’ll also have to do this part by hand. I’m really sorry.

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I then shortened the hem. The original piece of fabric was way to long.

I cut into the fabric and then tore the unneccessary fabric right off. Don’t do this, if you’re not super sure in what you’re doing!
You’ll also always want to cut a few centimeters lower than your final hem is supposed to be.

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I always keep excess and leftover fabric – especially if it’s that much – since I may use it in later projects, even if it’s just for some small details or patches.

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Stop. Hemming time.

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Please kill me.

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But seriously: Hemming time. You’ll want to fold over the edge of your fabric twice and pin it on like that. This is harder than it seems and usually very time consuming. A lot of my garments go unhemmed until it is absolutely and definetely time too hem them since I don’t really like doing it too much.
But it’s still worth it.

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I then ironed it, so that it will then stay flat for sewing.

As if mentioned in the first video: I usually go for a lazy hem. Normally you’d do it by hand by using very small and light stitches.
I just threw it under the machine and sewed along the edges.

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Toko’s skirt has those white stripes along the bottom as well as on her shirt. I got a lot of lace from my grandmother and I found this really cute white heart lace amongst it. There was also so much of it left!
Since Toko is the Ultimate Romance Novelist it just felt fitting to use it on her skirt.

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I really like altering cosplays like this. It may not fit the original image of the character 100% but it feels very individualistic and „me“. I can be creative and add something more, that’ll make the result better. It’s also a detail you probably won’t notice unless you get to see it up front or know about it. I myself like looking out for little things like this. I can’t really explain, it just makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

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I added two rows of the lace. Pinned them onto the flat-laying fabric and sewed them on with white thread.

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You may or may not have noticed in those little snippets that I hadn’t done the sideseam yet. It was a bit hard for me to piece this back together since it’s been some time since I filmed it.
I remembered that I did the hem twice since I had to shorten it later.
For the sake of understanding and clarity I decided to cut that out and streamline the video a little. I also decided to put the sequences in the order I’d usually make a skirt like that it.
I remember changing in up a little since I wanted to pin the lace on a flat surface. It’s doable after putting the skirt together as well, though. So in the end it doesn’t really matter. I just wanted to put in that little disclaimer.

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There’s your skirt. It’s all done!

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Thank you so much for watching the second part of this little series! I hope I was able to explain it all nicely and you got a good look into my – messy, I’ll agree – process.
Please leave your feedback down below – I appreaciate tips and tricks and getting to know your process as well. In case you want to see the whole costume assembled have a look at my instagram @mupfinsmiley or my other social media accounts. I will of course leave them down below.
Next time we’ll tackle the top. Until then: Stay healthy, drink some water and have a beautiful day!

Toko Fukawa Cosplay Progress: Underskirt – Video and Transcript

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Hi! My name is Lilly and you may or may not know me from my Cosplay Instagram @MupfinSmiley and/or may blog … Let’s be honest. You probably don’t. Because there’s like barely 250 people on there … And I love every single one of them!
Well … Enough about that. In case it isn’t obvious: I’m a tad bit anxious to be on camera. But here’s the thing: That’ll only go away if I make myself be on camera more.
So, I’ve been wanting to do that for a while now. You see, I’m in a Media Studies course at my Uni and we do have some practical classes. Being on camera, operating one and editing footage will sooner or later be something I’ll have to deal with. In fact I already had too … So why not do my own little project in form of this channel?

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Well, as I’ve mentioned: I’m a cosplayer. A cosplay who now, given the current Self-Quarantine-Situation, has too much time and not enough to do to finally got herself to film this. Still nervous, but that’s ok.

I’m with my parents right now, so this is probably not what’s gonna be my later setup but that’s ok. Just testing the waters.

To slowly dip mee feet deeper into these untested waters, I filmed the progess on one of my recent cosplays to kinda lead you through the progress. Not the most original idea? Maybe. But we’re still testing the waters, remember?

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So: We’re gonna be working on the Underskirt for my Toko Fukawa Cosplay. Nothing big, nothing special. Something even a beginner could pull off.
Usually I’d probably line the overskirt but this was far easier and not so bulky, plus way more flexible. I could wear the skirt normally and without the underskirt and I can use the underskirt for other projects later.

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I used a simply lining fabric in black which I still had leftover, black thread (obviously) and an elastic to pull through the waist.

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As for the skirt itself: Its a pretty simple rectangular ruffle skirt.

This is probably the most basik way to make a piece of clothing, so if you’re just starting out with making any kind of clothing yourself – not just cosplay – try making one yourself. Just use a light, flowing fabric, so the ruffles fall nicely.

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Start by cutting out the pieces. For a simple skirt like this, you’ll only need a big rectangular piece, or – as in my case two smaller pieces, which you’ll add together for it to get a big one. The whole piece should be a t least twice your waistsize, maybe thrice, depending on how poof you’d want the end result to be.

You’ll also want to safe a little piece of fabric for the waistband. I took my elastic and cut a piece twice its width. Both the elastic and this piece of fabric should be as long as your waist.
Don’t forget to add about 1 to 2cms to each measurements. You’ll lose a little space through the seams later.

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I then pinned the two pieces together on what will later be one of the side seams aka „the short side“. You’ll wanna pin all of your pieces right on right or as I like to call it „pretty side on pretty side“ since you’ll want your seams to later be on the inside of the garment. It doesn’t really matter with a plain fabric like this one but it’s important in case you’re using a patterned fabric or you have some details on the front of your piece.
This is a pretty basic rule of sewing and it’s usually how I pin and then sew things together, so I don’t really feel the need to say that everytime I do it.

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I then went on to sew the two pieces together. I usually have my stitch length somewhere between one and two. Smaller stitches make for cleaner seams and may stop the fabric from ruffling up around them. We’re gonna take advantage of the whole ruffling thing, later on though!

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I also always clean up my seams afterwards. I cut off the excess fabric – that way the seams don’t seem so bulky on the outside – and zigzag along the sides. That way all of those lose little threads that may seperate from the fabric can’t really do that and your seam wont break open in the washing machine.

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Now: This feels like as good a point as any to point something out: I am in no way a professional. I don’t make clothes, patterns or adjustments for a living. This is simply my way of doing things and the way I have either learnt or taught myself or just adjusted to my personal needs.
My mom sews for a hobby and my grandmother used to be a seamstress so I get some of my information from their sage advice, yet there are some things in my process which we will not tell my grandmother about. They may cost me my inheritence and or my life.
This is one of those things. Technically she taught me to zigzag your cut pieces of fabric before you pin or sew anything. You’d the iron apart the seams and clean them up individually. The reason is stil the same: You don’t want all of the work to be for nothing as soon as you wash the garment.
Since I don’t wash cosplays particularly often (if at all. Though I try to keep it as cleanable as possible) this’ll do.

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Ok. Forging on: You will then have to take the long side of your rectangle and sew a long line along the edge. Put your stitch length on a higher setting beforehand, though. I’d recommend 4 or up. Do that twice, close together.
Don’t cut the threads off to short.
I also zigzag that edge as well, though you don’t need to yet. It’s gonna be held within the waistband later anyways.

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Remember how I said we’re gonna take advantage of high stitch length and seam ruffling later? Well, now’s the time: You will now be able to pull and ruffle the fabric up on that one piece of thread like a curtain on a rod.
This is very time consuming, so don’t be frustrated, it’ll just take some time. Be careful and take it slow, so the thread doesn’t rip. In case it does: Don’t fred: That’s why we did the whole thing twice. That way you have a  thread to fall back on in case one tears. If both do: You’ll just have to repeat the process. It’s ok. It happens. Often.

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Done? Yes. Great. I wasn’t sure as to how much I needed to ruffle the skirt to then reach my waistsize so I put it up on the doll – my trusted and beloved Delores – and adjusted it. I the pinned the other sideseam.

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Sew and clean it up, like you did the other one.

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Next thing on or to-do-list is the waistband. This might be the most dificult thing for beginners to do, but I am very sure anyone will manage!
You can – and should – iron it first. I didn’t. I did that way to late and it shows a little.
Take your waistband, fold it in half by length and iron it flat. That way pinning it on will be a little easier.
Don’t forget to turn your stitch length down again!

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I am usually a little careful with leftover fabric, especially if it’s for lining, since I don’t know the exact blend. Lining usuall has a lot of artificial fibres in it so it might shrink or melt when ironing. Test that out beforehand on a leftover piece and put your iron the lowest heat possible.

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Start out on the outer side of your skirt and pin your waistband on there. Remember: Right side on right side.
Sew it on.

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Now on to the kind-of-but-really-not-so-hard part: Fold it over – or make use of your ironed fold – and then tuck the fabric edge in again by about 1cm. Pin it down like that.
Sew it on.
You should now have a little tunnel on the upper side of your skirt.
Iron that tunnel. Even if you already did so before. It’ll make the next part easier.

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Take your elastic. In case you’re wondering: Yes I switched mine out. I don’t quite remember why but I think it just had something to do with the colour. I found a black one which would fit a lot better.

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Take a safety pin and pin it on the end of your elastic. This will help you thread it through the elastic. I don’t know if I mentioned but the elastic should be roughly as long as your waistsize. It’s ok for it to be a little shorter, since it’ll stretch and you’ll gain a little through that.
This part is a little fidgety: You’ll have to pull your elastic through the little tunnel you just created. Try and keep your hand on the saftey pin and guide it through. The elastic also shouldn’t twist while you do so.

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I then went on to sew the two ends of the elastic together, tucked in the edges of the tunnel and sewed them on like that as well.

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The last thing you’ll have to do is hem your skirt. I forgot to film this part but you’ll hopefully see the process in the next video. It’s the same process for the overskirt.
You’ll tuck in the edge, twice and sew it on. This is one of those things we’re not going to tell my grandma about cause it’s kind of lazy and improper … If you’re really going for that A+ you’ll wanna do that by hand and use very small, close together, light stitches. As you can imagine: It takes forever and I hate doing it.

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It’s also best to pin the hem on a doll or on a person wearing it. It’s important for it to be the same length everywhere. So: If you can: Get yourself some help for this part.

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Since I am very sure that most of you didn’t stupidly tear a whole into their project this part is probably optional: I had to fix up some minor holes in my skirt. I just took out some black emproidery thread and stitched it over. You can’t really see it in the final project, since it hides nicely among the folds. And also: There’s another skirt over it.

In case something like this happens to you: First off: It’s ok. Mistakes are an essential part of learning. Secondly: You can also actually emproider little flowers on and make the mistakes visible, if you want to. I think it’s a nice way of turning a mistake into a unique detail.

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And: You’re done. There’s your skirt. It’s really easy to do and versatile.

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I hope this wasn’t to awkward and I got to explain everything in a nice and understandable way.
I’m always open to suggestions and especially tips, since this is a first for me.
I’ll try and upload the other parts of this cosplay as soon as possible.

In the meantime: I’d be very greatful if any of you would check out my social media – you can also check out whole cosplay there – and the blog. It’s a pretty mixed bunch and I will of course put the links in the description down below.
I’ll also try and post the transcript of the video either down below or on the blog for those of you who find it easier to work with written instructions.
As for me: I am going back into quarantine hibernation now. Thank you for watching and have a great day!

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A couple of Black-Owned Etsy stores to support [ad]

Last week I posted a post about Black-owned online stores. Given the current events I think it is important to stand with the black community as well as black creators. So I went back into research mode and found some cute Black-Owned Etsy stores you can support right now!
Etsy is usually where smaller creators can sell their wares so you’ll be supporting genuine small business plus you’ll get some truly unique pieces.

But, I’ve been talking for too long again, so with no further ado: Some Black-Owned Etsy stores to support right now.

Disclaimer: Technically I have to mark this off as an ad. It’s not. I’m not getting paid, I just did some research and wanted to do a good thing.

Local Colour Co

Colour isn’t just in the name, it’s also in the product: This masai inspired beaded jewellery is just amazing. I don’t think it would look very good on my but I still admire the artistry that goes into it. I sometimes make jewellery for fun so I know how much work goes into these pieces.

Shop here

Owusua by Adwoa

Still need a face mask? You’re late to the game but why not get yours here. Apart from that this store also sells appareal as well as some really colourful fabrics which are printed by order. I’d love to order some but the shipping is (understandably!) high and I am still out on it …

Shop here

Unique Sonder

Another jewellery store: This one sells cute 80ies-ish polymer clay and resin earrings. Sadly the ones I had my eye on sold out so I’m just gonna have to wait for a new pair to tickle my fancy.

Shop here

Blerd

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I think the print on this t-shirt says it all.

Shop here

Kiyokes Craft

Cute, creepy and freaky clay-made jewellery. I admire this sellers creativity! I am certain you’ll get a truly unique piece at this store.

Shop here

Hearts and Hearts

Since I am a fan of vintage I thought I should include a vintage store. Hearts and Hearts sells vintage an pre-loved pieces and has a pretty cute selection. Of course that changes ever so often so you’ll have to check in once or twice.

Shop here

Temp Loves Crafts

Do you love penpalling and bulletjournaling as much as I do? Well this shop might be for you! As I’ve mentioned before I don’t really need anything right now since I am drowning in stickers but in case you’re just starting your collection pay this shop a visit!

Shop here

Moonlight Decadence

A small but incredibly cute store that sells all things kawaii – shirts, purses, keychains. I am certain you’ll find something.

Shop here

Pho by Mo

Looking for a way to decorate your room? Why not try photography? Specifically the photography of Morgan from Pho by Mo. Their photography is hauntingly beautiful.

Also! There’s currently a #BlackLivesMatter photoseries up on their shop so check that out!

Shop here

Nitz by Nat

Looking for more colourfull additions to your closet? Why not try out Nitz by Nat. They mainly sell hoops and headdresses inspired by african prints and they are truly beautiful.

Shop here

FABFUNKYDIVA Designs

Art can take so many forms, so I added this store which sells ceramics.

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Lovely Earthlings

Not a fan of photography or ceramics? Then check out Lovely Earthlings: This store sells beautiful female and black inspired graphics and art. You can get cute prints or totes as well as cards and notebooks.

Shop here

RHYII by Richele

Now I noticed that I didn’t really add any hair care brands to my last list as well as this one? Like I have skincare and make up but nothing hair care related so I wanted to change that.
This store sells exactely that but with a focus on black natural and curly hair. Not really a product for me but an important addition. Plus their design is really cute.

Shop here

Mocha Design Studio

More clothing and appareal. This store sells minimalistic print designs with social and activist messages.

Shop here

rkitekt

Looking for something more extraordinary? rktikekt sells really cute graphic leather goods, as well as some jewellery, homewares and some accessories. I really like their graphic and simplistic designs.
One thing I wanted to specifically highlight were their cute little cable tacos.

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Shop here

Pride Lips

Awww! I store I was really happy to find! Pride Lips sells LGBTQIA+ inspired lipgloss tubes! They are so adorable and glittery and I kind of want to own them all.

Shop here

Dollbe

Another one of my favourite finds: A black owned lolita store. as with Decora I feel like black people are usually excluded from subcultures and that is just awfull! There is nothing greater than a diverse community because everybody gets to add their own to a concept and I idea and that’s what drives it forward.
So shops like these are real treasures and should be treated as such.

Shop here

So for the ones amongst you who are more into having a personal touch to their shopping this were some black-owned Etsy stores.
I usually don’t order off of Etsy very often since shipping can get horrendous and I’ve found that most stores are located overseas. If that doesn’t bother you or you are actually from the same country, please consider supporting these wonderful creators!

For some more info:

Quirktastics post on quirky/nerdy Black-Owned businesses
Old World New on Black-Owned tea brands
The Mad Mommy on Black-Owned Etsy stores

I hope you enjoyed this post and that I was able to shine a light on some black-owned online stores. I have certainly found many new ones and I think I learnt something today.
I’ve also added some other ressources here down below in case you want to do more than just support specific people.
Thank you so much for reading! Stay safe!

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People have been putting up Youtube videos that you can run in the background to then donate the ad revenue:

Here’s one by @KRISTINISANGRY on twitter:

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Here’s mine that I like to keep updated:

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Play a game with me … Dungeons and Lesbians

Hey! Those of you following me on social media (or knowing me IRL) may have noticed that I have been promoting itch.io’s “Racial Justice and Equality” Bundle … There’s no real reason behind it except that I actually like the idea and it’s something I want to support. You get a massive amount of games, engines, assets, pnps and so much more for 5$ or more and all of the proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter!
And as gamers we have a huge problem of racism, sexism and homophobia within our community (mostly with mainstream following people I feel like … The indie scene seems so much more chill) so anything that promotes a different view is welcome here!
So as a way to promote this: I thought I’d just play through a couple of games from the bundle. I am a bit nervous to show this to you, though … It’s a bit embarassing. But all for the greater good, right? The offer ends in 4 or 3 days so go on over there now!
So, without further ado, heres my Let’s Play – Dungeons and Lesbians (Great Title, I know. I always though the perfect title doesn’t exist but here it is)

Please check out all the other ways you can help!

Donate

Campaign Zero
Reclaim The Block
The Trevor Project
Center for Black Equity
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Black Visions Collective
Unicorn Riot
George Floyd Memorial Fund

No Money?

People have been putting up Youtube videos that you can run in the background to then donate the ad revenue:

Here’s one by @KRISTINISANGRY on twitter:

Here’s one by @glossedchaos on tumblr:

Or not happy with the given charities?

Charity Navigator
Black Charities

Sign

Whitehouse Petition – Justice for George Floyd
Amnesty International (German; Look for the one in your country they have several!)
Black Lives Matter – all Petitions

Or check out some of my other posts:

One of my First Patterns made – Check out the bralette here
Thoughts on Verdant Skies (an incredibly diverse video game)
Support Black Businesses!

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A couple of black-owned online stores I think are cute [ad]

Good day, friends. I remember: when I started this blog I thought I might blog a little bit about media and geeky stuff, yes, but I also wanted to post about geek culture and “girly” things since I wanted to open the topic up for girls and young women who are so often excluded. So I imagined doing some shop reviews and shopping lists/gift guides … That kind of stuff.
All off that kind of ended up not happening. May it be due to lack of money or me just not needing anything or not wanting to buy anything or me just looking for something special and not finding it (I don’t need 20 nude lipsticks so I’d rather look for a more unique colour p.e.).
But due to the recent events happening in the US I got the idea to make a post about some cute and geeky black-owned online stores. I am a bit insecure at the moment because I would love to be supportive yet a) I am stuck over here in Europe and b) I am white and would not like to appropriate/abuse anything. I have been thinking about privilege a lot recently and even if I try (stressing try here. Because racism is so deep-seated … Let’s face it: We probably all are at least a little bit racist) not to contribute I am still profiting off of it by default. And I am also aware that a solution as simple as “Then don’t” doesn’t work. Especially not for everyone. And I have finding it quite hard to be an ally right now because I don’t really know where to start.

I come from a very white environment so it has never really been an issue I would directly experience or confronted with. So I’ve been trying to educate myself and diversify my environment and behaviours a little. I’m trying to find black creators (and by extention other creators of colour) and I am trying to diversify my feed a little (So if you know some, especially cosplayers and diyers please let me know!). I also took a look at my shopping behaviour and I want to try and support more black brands and look towards more diverse brands whenever I am actively buying something.

I cannot change the privilege I was born with but I can acknowledge it and try to shift it, educate myself and use whatever platform – even if it’s small – to spread support.


Now I can’t say that I never buy off of big companies, am never wasteful and don’t get indulgent at sometimes. I feel like we all do. But I’ve been trying to shop local and sustainable (It is quite hard though, especially since I am a student living in a small to medium town) so I might as well add that to my shopping agenda.

So I went on to research a little and found a couple of cute stores I’d like to share with you. Please remember: I didn’t order from most of these I just did some research and found some black-owned stores I think are cute.
Some I ordered from (I also donated to a couple of charities btw but I’ll do another post on that), some I sadly didn’t find anything (but wanted to) and some I can’t or do not want to afford right now, since I am trying to be a bit more conservative with my money and some (most) I would like to order from in the future and will definitely keep an eye out for.
These are a colourful mix and I also tried to include stores I personally wouldn’t buy from since they don’t fit my style or lifestyle yet I think are still interesting and might be useful for others.

Disclaimer: Technically I have to mark this off as an ad. It’s not. I’m not getting paid, I just did some research and wanted to do a good thing.

Adorned by Chi

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An amazingly cute clothing store that sells anime, specifically magical-girl inspired and pastel goth/witchcraft inspired clothing in very soft colours.
The designs are cute but nothing I would probably wear or could wear with my current wardrobe so I didn’t order anything.

But Adorned by Chi isn’t just a clothing store. It’s a manga/comic as well. You can download the chapters on the site as well. 1-4 are currently 0$ while the latest release costs 3$ so well … I got it. I haven’t read it yet but I am excited to do so. From what I’ve gathered (In case you’re reading this: Your about site is offline) it’s a magical girl comic with black magical girls! A rare sight and I think a great initiative for young black girls. The site functions as some sort of support/deep dive into the manga’s world, so there’s a personality quiz as well as some playlists on there as well.

I am really glad I found this one and I am going to keep an eye on it (if only for the cute art style and the next issue coming out)

Shop here

Ivy’s Tea Company

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Remember when I said this was going to be a pretty mixed bunch? Yeah. I tried to include as many different creators as possible to give you some diversity but also to maybe be able to highlight some who may otherwise be missed.

Next on my list is a tea company. Ivy’s Tea Company to be precise. They have a relatively small collection of items yet all of them seem to be mixed and matched very carefully with all sorts of different customers in mind (there’s even one for coffee-drinkers) as well as different situations to use them in. This is where I get a bit critical (nothing major, though): I’ve noticed that a lot of their teas have some claims in their description regarding what they benefit for. Please take claims like this sceptically since not of them are scientifically proven. While some natural ingredients and ideas about tea may help with certain issue the scientific jury is still out on many (It is true, that heat relaxes since it makes blood vessels widen; it’s why swellings are usually red and warm to the touch).
Here’s the thing, though: If a hot cup of tea tastes good and makes you feel more comfortable that’s a good thing. It’s just not a substitute for actual medicine and medical treatment.

Still: They have an interesting an unique collection with teas that I haven’t really seen elsewhere so I wanted to order. Sadly international shipping is currently very limited and they don’t ship to Germany.

Shop here

Hard Decora

Another clothing store. Now I am personally not a decora fan/wearer and I feel like it’s popularity within the anime/manga community has gone down a bit (maybe I’m wrong).

Still: I love creativity and creative styles and I think they have become part of convention culture and fan culture as much as cosplayers and merch. So I always admire people wearing alternative clothing as specially clothing as bright and loud as Decora.

Sadly I feel like it’s another area of our subculture from which POC, especially black POC are mostly excluded, sometimes even actively.

They also have comic on sale on their page which I have also yet to read (but have bought).

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Oh So Paper

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Looking for some new stationary? Stickers? Notebooks? Well look no further. As a penpalling and bullet journaling enthusiast I am always looking for some new stationary to send out (I am also drowning in the stuff so I decided not to order).

Oh So Paper sells cute stickers and notebooks with recurring figures, inspirational quotes and bullet journaling supplies. They currently have some Black Lives Matter stickers on sale so maybe check those out.

Shop here

Fat Mermaids

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Another shop I most definetely want to shop at in the future (but have to reevaluate what I want and if I truly need it first).

Not only is this brand-black owned it is also body-positive and – not to forget – incredibly cute. I have especially taken a liking to the “fat-phobic-tears”-cup and the “soft”-shirt.

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Feminine Funk

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Another body-positive clothing brand. According to their side all pieces tell a story and are inspired by specific women from the owner’s environment. The brand is all about being you, unapologetically.

They sell mostly text print shirts which I am not too much off a fan off (I have to really like the design or message or deeply identify with it) so I don’t think I personally will order from them soon. But that’s mainly due to my own tastes.
Feel free to check out their website maybe you’ll find something you like.

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Purple Door New Orleans

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Are you prepared to get spooky? Well maybe not. During my search for black owned online shops I stumbled across Purple Door. I must say: I didn’t expect to stumble across a witchcraft (Voodoo? Wicca? Please excuse I don’t feel educated enough to make a proper assumption so in case you know more, please tell me!) store. But it kind of fascinated me.

They sell all sorts of things from actual spellwork and ingredients to books about racism (one reason why they’re on the list). This feels like one of the stores you just have to look around for a while to find something. Even if you don’t: You’ll at least get an interesting experience out of it.

Now to me – a white girl from Europe – the place of New Orleans kind of seems to be an epicentre of black-american culture as well a deeply magical place. This is another reason why it’s on the list.

And: I would definitly see myself ordering something in the future! I feel a little bit enchanted, to be honest … Seems like the magic is working.

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Seek the Wildflowers

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More on the expensive side when it comes to the shops on this list (We’re talking about jewellery here!) and I probably won’t order soon due to financial restraints but I think Audra’s creations look stunning. If I ever feel like I’ll be able to afford it (I am making it sound worse than it is, we’re not talking million dollar jewellery here) I already have the Maui Rainbow Necklace in my mind …

Shop here

The Quirk Shop

The Quirk Shop belongs to Quirktastic, a great poc-run site for quirky and nerdy people. And an amazing ressource I was so thankful for finding! A lot of the shops on here were found through one of their articles which I am going to link down below!

Their shop isn’t specific to certain franchises but sells merch more according to different sectors of nerd culture, such as gaming or anime. And they’re really cute so check them out!

Shop here

Pink Bamboo Blossom

Less of a full on shop and more of a blog with a shop attached. Topics mainly include planning and journaling and I am so on boars. The shop itself offerst stickers and templates some of which are actually for free!

Shop here

The Lip Bar

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I am super bad with black makeup brands so this whole research started with me trying to find some to include into my routine. I think with make up and skincare I usually get into a routine that works and use it (especially with recurring things like concealer and foundation) so it is hard for me to mix it up so when I do I usually get lipsticks or eyeshadows.

The Lip Bar sells all that as well as powder, foundation, blush and all off those things. Their focus is on lips though, duh.
Their make up is made to fit all skintones and they usually have pictures of a light and a dark skinned model wearing them on their page.

And did I mention their products are vegan and cruelty free?

The Lip Bar offers all sorts of interesting and unique colours as well as classics such as reds and nudes. I am a bit insecure about ordering make-up online but I did anyways and I am excited about how it turned out!

Shop here

BLK/OPL

First off: How cool is that name? Opals are so diverse and they can shine and shimmer in all sorts of different colours so I think that might have something to do with it …

Anyways: BLK/OPL focusses on getting the right shade of foundation for darker skin tones but they sell other make-up items as well as accessories and skincare.

I feel like their foundations are probably all too dark for me. And that’s totally fine. They weren’t made for me. I still wanted to highlight this brand since I think that they can keep up with drugstore prices (though on the higher end) and they bring some colour into the awfully pale world of beauty.

They do sell some “Skin Brightening” products on their website which I am not sure what to think off. I think they’re just for evening out complexion and making you “glow” and not actual skin whitening which if the latter would be the case I’d be a little disappointed. In case you know more please let me know and I will adjust this post accordingly.

Shop here

Cantrip Candles

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Gosh, onto one of my favourite entries on the list. They were all sold out though … But that’s okay. I feel like this company is still a little small and they are producing in low quantities so I’ll just keep an eye out (because they actually offer international shipping!)

Cantrip Candles are inspired by pen and paper roleplaying and certain fantasy location. They also sell some accessories (like really cute matchboxes) on their site.
I know there’s a lot of “nerdy candle”-type stores out there but Cantrip Candles really takes the cake. They don’t rely on specific franchises and they chose a topic which is essential to nerd culture yet still treated as a niche hobby.

So: Why not light up your room with a new candle?

Shop here

Bow and Crossbones

Another one of my favourites and one I’ve wanted to order from in a while. They sell a vast array of vintage inspired and retro jewellery and what drew me to them where there bangles and brooches (I love brooches). I also went on to order something off there and I can’t wait for it to arrive.

But why don’t you check it out yourself?

Shop here

For some more info:

Quirktastics post on quirky/nerdy Black-Owned businesses
Old World New on Black-Owned tea brands
The Mad Mommy on Black-Owned Etsy stores

I hope you enjoyed this post and that I was able to shine a light on some black-owned online stores. I have certainly found many new ones and I think I learnt something today.
I’ve also added some other ressources here down below in case you want to do more than just support specific people.
Thank you so much for reading! Stay safe!

Donate

Campaign Zero
Reclaim The Block
The Trevor Project
Center for Black Equity
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Black Visions Collective
Unicorn Riot
George Floyd Memorial Fund

No Money?

People have been putting up Youtube videos that you can run in the background to then donate the ad revenue:

Here’s one by @KRISTINISANGRY on twitter:

Here’s one by @glossedchaos on tumblr:

Or not happy with the given charities?

Charity Navigator
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Whitehouse Petition – Justice for George Floyd
Amnesty International (German; Look for the one in your country they have several!)
Black Lives Matter – all Petitions

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Corona Frustrations Bralette – Pattern and a lackluster tutorial

Hello, friends, it is I! Finally back on the internet. And like most people these days I have both too much time and not enough on my hands. I have also a lot of frustrations deeply embedded within me.
So what better to do than to turn those frustrations into something useful and creative (while also avoiding my actual problems that may be the reason for said frustrations).
So I did. The day I got home after my Italian class got cancelled, I did exactely that. I said down and started working on this bralette – which I adequately dubbed my Corona Frustrations Bralette – pattern.
I wanted this to be an easy bralette pattern, since I am a) still experimenting within pattern making and want to do it right and b) wanted to put this online if it actually turnt out well and I want it to be an easy sew even for beginners.

A few things about the making of this easy bralette pattern

As I’ve said I wanted it to be an easy project and I think this worked out well. You have to at least know a couple of things about sewing though, to read through the pattern and make the bralette.

Please excuse the messy photos. As some might know I’m currently at my parent’s and not at my flat so I am trying to keep myself as organized as possible but it’s not always working.

I wanted this to be a neckholder piece and wanted the lace that keeps it up to be visible so I made it a double layered piece and had it shine through the lace layer.
You can make it one layered if you want to. You’ll see some marked off lines near the neckline. The piece is also a big bigger there than it needs to be, standing off in a rectangle. This is gonna be your tunnel to thread the lining through, if you just use one layer. You’d have to fold it over twice and sew it on and then thread the lace through.
If you’re making it two-layered, fold over this piece (or cut it). You won’t need it.

The two pieces will be tied together by a ribbon or lace.

You can also use this easy bralette pattern as a pattern for a dress bodice. Just add an easy puffed or pleated skirt and you’re good to go.

Quick disclaimer – I am not a professional seamstress or ductrice – that’s what people who make patterns are called – nor a taylor. I do this for fun and as a hobby. Please take that into consideration.
Still: I love to get better at what I do so if you have any recs on how to do that please feel free to give them!

This is also taylor-made for me, meaning that I traced it off my doll with my measurments. It might not fit you and you might have to retake measures or re-fit it when wearing.
I have kind of big boobs as well – D to E – so uhm … yeah. My smaller breasted friends, you will probably have to do some fitting. Just wanted to say that. You can tighten the side seams, as well as the darts and it should work well enough.

What you’ll need

  • fabric; I can’t tell you exactly how much I used but rest pieces are fine; max 1m each (if you’re making the layered one);
    I recommend something light and breathable like cotton. A somewhat stretchy fabric will do well, too
  • Lace, approx 1,5m; Measure it around your neck. You want it to be a bit lose so you can lose and tighten the fit. You’d also want some stand over so you can tie it up in a cute bow.
  • Thread in a fitting colour
  • Needle (according to your fabric); I used a universal type on 80-90 in size
  • A sewing machine (I guess you could do it by hand but why would you?)
  • Scissors, Paper, Pen; The regular sewing equipment.
  • And of course – The pattern:

How to do it – a quick intro into pattern reading

The patterns have their function – in German and English – written on them, as well as how often you’d need to cut them out (the number in brackets is the number of pieces you’ll need for the double-layered version) as well as some special cutting instructions.


Cutting a piece in fold means, folding your fabric and laying said piece down next to the fold, then cutting it like this, while keeping the fold. If you open it up afterwards you’ll have one piece that is double the size of the pattern.
You should cut every piece with at least one to two centimetres seam allowance. This means you shouldn’t cut right next to the paper pattern, but leave a couple of centimetres on the side.

Those cute little triangles symbolize darts. You need to mark those off with needles! Add a needle to where the triangle has it’s top point and add some tiny cuts where the two sides end. You will later fold the two cuts onto each others, while keeping the tip as the top edge, sewing down the outside edge off the triangle, therefore halfing the original triangle and creating a round-ish form
It’s a bit tricky here since the darts aren’t on one single side but are half/half on both the middle and the side piece.

How to actually do it – Sewing

I didn’t take any pictures, so I can’t properly illustrate the process – Super sorry. I hope, my writings might substitute a little.

  1. Start with the front pieces. Pin the side pieces to the middle piece – right on right – and sew them on. Do the same thing to your second layer. Clean your seams up. If you’ve never done so- here’s how I do it: I cut of the excess seam allowance and zig-zag around the edges.
  2. Take the back-side pieces, pin them onto the middle piece and sew them on. Clean your seams up.
  3. Take the front and back pieces and add them together on one of the side seams.
  4. Add the two layers onto each other. Since you’d be seeing through the lace I used I didn’t do so right on right. I pinned the right side (aka the pretty side) of my lace onto the left side of my inner layer (aka ugly side) so that that one would lay on my skin and not show through the outside. Leave one seam open, to later flip the piece. Mark of the width of the tunnel for the lace beforhand, don’t close the seam there.
    Flip.
  5. Cleanup the tunnel edges and properly pin the darts. Then sew the darts. Try on your piece to check if it fits.
  6. Close the garment by sewing the last side seam.
  7. Thread trough your lace.
  8. Wear.

Questions?

I hope this was somewhat easy to follow and you got a nice idea on how to waste your time while socially distancing.

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2020 Gaming List

In case you haven’t read my 2020 Reading List, here’s the deal: A while ago I updated this sweet little site of mine with reading, watching and currently playing lists respectively. I did so quickly and I did so in an attempt to give this blog more shape and to get a better connection to everyone who may stumble upon it.
Well, I felt inspiration strike this morning and I want to do this a little differently, now: Instead of adding specific titles to the list I’m gonna go more by concept and ideas and general categorizations. This way I hope to expand my horizons a little bit.
The world of media is huge and plentiful and there may be books I’ve never heard of before. I may only find them by opening myself up to broader options. It may also help me get some recommendations by people who are more familiar with the things I have not yet discovered.
So: Here’s my new and improved reading list for 2020 and some rules you may or may not want to follow but that would make this more of a challenge.

So the deal with the 2020 Gaming List is basically the same: I try to collect movies I’d want to watch not by specific titles but by more conceptional categories.
This is going to be a very short list, since a lot of games take a long time to finish. I might add some in the future.

Rules

  1. If you feel like it, feel free to join in or create your own list. I remember these sort of monthly challenges from my time as a book blogger and I thought it would be a nice idea.
  2. I try and keep this list updated by what I’m currently playing, what I’ve played and the links to the posts regarding the pieces I’ve played. I may also add or remove entries as inspiration strikes.
  3. Entries shouldn’t double.
  4. There used to be scoring systems for these sorts of things to track your success and compete with others. This isn’t really set-up as a competition. You can however track your success however you want and I would love for you to share your games with me!
  5. Please leave recommendations for either of my picks, for new entries or for plain enjoyment. I’d love to see them.
  6. You obviously have to finish the whole game for it to be considered played. You don’t have to play your way through the entire series, though.
    I know this is kind of hard to do with continous games, like Harvest Moon or Multiplayer titles. I’m not sure how to rearrange the rule, though.
    I do think that you need to play a game for a certain time, to get a feeling for it but I cannot quite put a number on it. Feel free to make suggestions.
  7. Not sure about what I’m gonna do with things I quit – which happens quite often – but I may open a list of rejects below or make a new post at the end of the year with a total and some sort of resumee.

2020 Gaming List – Picks

  1. A game made by a single person
  2. A flash game
  3. Something off itch.io
  4. A dating sim
  5. A strategy game
  6. A linear game
  7. A point-and-click-adventure
  8. A multiplayer-game
  9. Something with a rare gameplay mechanic
  10. A game primarily made by women

So … these are my contenders for my 2020 gaming list. I know I’ve started this one a little late into the year but it felt like too good of an idea to put it off for 9 months.
Like many people in these trying times I am currently stuck at home so this might be a nice idea to keep my mental sanity up.

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2020 Movie Watchlist


In case you haven’t read my 2020 Reading List, here’s the deal: A while ago I updated this sweet little site of mine with reading, watching and currently playing lists respectively. I did so quickly and I did so in an attempt to give this blog more shape and to get a better connection to everyone who may stumble upon it.
Well, I felt inspiration strike the other morning and I want to do this a little differently, now: Instead of adding specific titles to the list I’m gonna go more by concept and ideas and general categorizations. This way I hope to expand my horizons a little bit.
The world of media is huge and plentiful and there may be series out there I’ve never heard of before. I may only find them by opening myself up to broader options. It may also help me get some recommendations by people who are more familiar with the things I have not yet discovered.

So the deal with the 2020 Movie Watchlist is basically the same: I try to collect movies I’d want to watch not by specific titles but by more conceptional categories.
There will be some more entries on here, since the effort put into watching a movie is a little less, at least time wise …
Since it’s my first time doing things like this (at least when it comes to non-books) I am still figuring this out and am a little unsure about it. I might add in new ones later.

Rules

  1. If you feel like it, feel free to join in or create your own list. I remember these sort of monthly challenges (for reading) from my time as a book blogger and I thought it would be a nice idea.
  2. I try and keep this list updated by what I’m currently watching, what I’m already through and the links to the posts regarding the pieces I’ve read. I may also add or remove entries, as inspiration strikes.
  3. Entries shouldn’t double. P.e. I wanna watch a film about mermaids and one inspired by mythology. These should be two different ones.
  4. There used to be scoring systems for these sorts of things to track your success and compete with others. This isn’t really set-up as a competition. You can however track your success however you want and I would love for you to share your finished series with me!
  5. Please leave recommendations for either of my picks, for new entries or for plain enjoyment. I’d love to see them.
  6. Not sure about what I’m gonna do with things I quit – which happens quite often – but I may open a list of rejects below or make a new post at the end of the year with a total and some sort of resumee.

2020 Movies Watchlist – Film Picks

  1. A French film
  2. An Italian Film
  3. A film belonging to Magical Realism
  4. A black-and-white film
  5. A Film Noir
  6. An animated feature that is neither Disney nor Ghibli
  7. A film directed by a woman
  8. A film starring amateur actors
  9. A musical
  10. A film based off of a video game
  11. A film by a queer director
  12. An eastern-european film
  13. A film about mermaids
  14. A film inspired by mythology, that isn’t christian, roman, greek or egyptian
  15. A film from the 90es
  16. A film from the 80es
  17. A film from the 70es
  18. A rom-com
  19. A German film
  20. A film about the circus
  21. A film with a train
  22. A biographical picture
  23. An adaption
  24. A film a friend recommended to me – Cleo 5 á 7
  25. A film made for children
  26. A film about space
  27. A very poorly made film – Tarantula
  28. A horror classic
  29. A western
  30. A new release

2020 Movies Watchlist – Shortfilm Picks

  1. A film belonging to Cinema of Attractions
  2. A film directed by a queer woman
  3. A film with a twist
  4. A film made by students
  5. A film with practical effects

2020 Movies Watchlist – Documentaries Picks

  1. Something that isn’t true crime
  2. Something about business
  3. An unknown story
  4. A film about films
  5. A film about nature

These are my picks for now. As with the reading list, I am open to recommendations, both for the rules and for new picks!

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