Here is a preview of the patterns under immediate development at this time. The schedule has one pattern a week under development for the year. There are over two dozen designs coming out with Steampunk having about half of the upcoming development. The Steampunk patterns are more complex, please have patience while those are on the drawing board and stay tuned.
Today some of the patterns should be ready for pick up at Office Max. They have a new upload site where you can send the files and apparently the bugs have not been worked out of it yet. Fortunately for them, their in store personnel is fantastic and provides great customer service. I will be using the patterns to do the mock ups for some of the upcoming anime designs and one of the goth designs. When I get the kinks worked out of the patterns, they will be available on cd. I’m just starting up, later this spring, I will put this business on Kickstarter to hopefully raise the funds to sell these patterns on paper.
The first pattern I’m working on for mock ups is the basic sailor uniform seen in numerous series.
The final pattern cover may change slightly from this, I haven’t decided whether to puff the sleeves or if it will be a shirt to tuck in. I’m not nearly as obsessed with Sailor Moon as I used to be. (But did you know the manga is about to be re-released with a more accurate translation? Also being released alongside a new edition of Sailor Venus?) I like the untucked look from that show, but few people have the midriff that merits showing off. It might be the number of pictures taken where the photographer hasn’t waited for a good pose on the person wearing the outfit. Supplies on hand dictate that the mockup will have a light blue plaid skirt with a dark blue collar.
When that is perfected, the next one on the list is the anime pin up.
This one is very exciting. A backless sailor halter with a full circle skirt gives a skimpy option for ladies wanting to look sexy. The other provides the v-shaped waist line found in some series like Sailor Moon after they transform and some other fun options with the peek a boo shoulders and wide cuffs at the wrist. These two patterns combined should give costumers the starting off point to mix and match pieces to create the Japanese school girl look that they are going for.
Also coming is this one for the tough women out there that want to look hot and be bad:
I’ve been reading too much Tu-LOVE-Ru. I’m all about tails recently since the main character is pretty cute in that Manga. Lala is a really awesome character, and all the girls are really cute. (Of course that has nothing to do with this pattern, but I’m a pretty hard core geek.) I think the design on the right would work really well with the sleeves from the anime pinup design. I’m not sure where the fit dress shirt and shorts idea was inspired from or the main idea for the design on the left, but I really like them. All of these are drawn in with knee socks and you will see that as a them in my designs. Ravelry has many patterns for knee socks available if you enough of a masochist to knit them. Otherwise, I highly recommend Sock Dreams for you knee sock needs. I have tons of their socks and they are awesome and hold up well.
Lastly, I need an outfit for an upcoming con so I skipped ahead to a goth pattern to mock up for myself.
I love this bustle skirt. I think it’s terribly awesome and cute. Why is this under goth? I really don’t have a better classification for it. There are so many fantasy/sci-fi comics out there that have a dark and gothic theme to them. I’ve created the goth category for those things that can be used across a pretty broad selection of other categories and have a gothic flare. I have patterned the long sleeve shrug, but I’m not sure if I wouldn’t prefer to knit it. There are quite a few patterns out there that could be altered to create this look, but I will be going for some fabric first. 10 years ago I made a goth wedding gown. The bride wanted to be the image of a crow with Victorian influences. This dress is very similar to the dress I designed for her without all the feathers. She wore black wings with the corset and skirt and looked amazing.
This weekend I will be running Maggie Bruce Medieval and Fantasy Tailor (my costume sales) at the Calontir Crown Tournament in St Louis, MO. I should have credit card sales access up and going by then, I just signed up for Square. I know my credit cards have been down for a while, but now they are back.