Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween!


And a Happy Halloween, Samhain, or Fall festival, whichever you personally celebrate and enjoy. 

I do love this time of year!  I always think of it as the beginning of the festivities that last through January, with Halloween being a gateway holiday to the rest of the fall and winter fun. 

In the real world, I've been busy sewing real world costumes, but not for Trick or Treat.  I'm currently working on an 1870s reproduction bustle gown.  It's a huge task I've set for myself, because I'm making the undergarments as well.  I do belong to both the state costumer's guild (not mentioning the state at the moment), and a couple of online costumer's groups.  I love creating in any world though, and since it's always MUCH quicker to create in Second Life, I've done a few things there as well.  For this Halloween season I've three new offerings.  These are based on Edwardian Halloween cards, and are something I've wanted to do for ages.  They're also good for fancy dress balls in Second Life.

The dresses can be found inworld at my stores, or on the Marketplace.  I'm also offering mesh gloves with changing hand poses.  

I hope you enjoy them, and I hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend!

Cordially yours,
Kembri Tomsen
The Curious Seamstress!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April 2015 releases!


I've had some grand fun this past couple of weeks, pulling together a small spring release of outfits.  These are all 1920s garments, some day and some evening wear, as well as a nightie.  I've also mastered the art of the mesh applier.  For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, mesh bodies have become more popular over the last couple of years.  I finally invested (and it is an investment) in two of the bodies offered in Second Life.  Belleza and Maitreya.  These are not sold on Marketplace, and demos of the bodies are free at the respective stores.  If you're curious, I urge you to try them.  I have my own preferences.  I think the creators of mesh bodies are intensely clever and I'm happy to enjoy their products.  Perhaps the biggest changes are the hands and feet that are included.  Belleza has several hand positions available through their hud.  Maitreya works with Slink feet and hands, so there are options for anyone.

The Omega mesh appliers make it possible for me to offer Mesh Babes the option to wear my clothing, since a good deal of it is textured.  That is the top and pants part for either undergarments or outer wear are the traditional textures.  The applier is worn and told to apply the textures to the mesh body.  It's actually lots of fun and I've been converting several of my older gowns so that they also have appliers.  I don't want to get caught in that loop of constantly updating and renewing old clothing, but there are some favorites of mine that deserve it.  The Sea Pearls swim suits were some of the first ones I did, and I do suppose I should do the corsets and drawer sets as well!  So many ideas, so little time!  Special thanks to a customer, Michelle, who first asked for an applier and introduced me to the idea.

Now for this release.  All 1920s clothing, all great fun.  I particularly love the yellow day dress and am wearing it a lot in SL.  Two of the dresses are Callot Soeurs designs, Emerald Dreams and Ruby Schemes.  Beautiful dresses that I hope I did justice too. 

For this release most of the shoes actually came from Eclectica, as well as the awesome hat I'm using.  The hair is either Analog Dog or my own.  Jewelry is Eclectica's Flora jewelry or Maxi Gossamer's pearls.  I really hope that you find something you enjoy.

See you in Second Life!

Cordially yours,

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New releases and news


It's been over a year since I last posted.  In that time, I've been busy building a new career in the real world.  It didn't seem like much of a career last March when I started my new job, but the possibilities turned out to be amazingly interesting.  It keeps me incredibly busy and engaged, which is a minor miracle to me when it comes to jobs!

However, I am always drawn back to the world of Second Life to design more clothing.  A long time friend and customer asked me if I was still designing.  I was!  I just hadn't followed through and released the items I'd had fun putting together in what time I could find after work or on weekends.  I decided to change that.

Last week I did my first release in over a year.  I have put together a selection of Edwardian skirts and shirtwaists.  These are of course based on real items to a large extent.  I'm offering them as separates so that you, the customer, can pick and choose as you like which outfit you'd like to wear.  Each item comes with the appropriate undergarments.  There are nine fitmesh skirts, and nine shirtwaists.  I'll just preview some of them below.  For the full list please check either Marketplace or Flickr.  All are up on Marketplace or you can purchase them in Second Life at my store.

Now for my other little jaunt, mesh appliers.  A customer asked me just after the new release if I had appliers for the shirtwaists.  At that time I did not.  I didn't even know what an applier was, so I went on a hunt to find out!  Turns out it's just a different way of using the textures so that they can be applied to a mesh body.  Mesh bodies being a growing trend in Second Life.  I will be releasing Omega appliers for my Edwardian shirtwaists in the next day or so.

As for future items, they continually bubble up out of my folders, and I will release items as I can, when I can.  If you all continue to buy said items, it will just encourage me to do more! 

While I miss working on Curious Seamstress full time, I still relish the time I can spend on it.  I hope you will enjoy these humble new offerings.

Cordially yours,