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So, I’ve been unconsciously been collecting hats for about 4 years now, but at the beginning of this year, I decided that I’d become a *real* hat collector.  Since hats are often such an important part of my design ideas, and because the local hat sellers and fellow collectors have become such a big part of my life, I decided to put together this little homage to my hats and the people I owe their pleasure to. This will be in several parts over several days. :3

Suzan Hittle (The Hat Lady)

She’s actually the real reason for this blog post. This incredible lady has suffered with all sorts of ailments since her youth. Multiple times she’s been told she only has a few more years to live, but she has gone on to have two beautiful kids, became an accomplished lyricist, and nurtures her second love, hats and those who need them, through her Arlington, TX shop, Dress Hats and More. Every year, she gives away hundreds of hats (nice ones, too) to chemo patients who wouldn’t be able to afford them otherwise.

My first “Hittle Hat” was my black Bigalli bowler, size 7 and 5/8 (yes, I have a big afro). This thing has gone with me everywhere. It’s the one hat I almost always have with me. :D After I bought it, I was excited to discover that the Bowler was originally designed to be the “practical tophat”. The collapsible crown and the sturdy brim makes a great old fashioned riding helmet!

Listenin' to some Porcupine Tree in the Texas heat, me, my new camera, and my bowler hat.

A better view of the shape of the hat.

Detail shot (I <3 macro setting) of the Art Nouveau stickpin I like to wear in the bow. I got the stickpin from Jana's.

Next, after about a year of sporadic visits, I laid my eyes upon what I call “The Tim Burton Hat”…

'Nuff said.

It's the perfect of blend of old-world class, and whimsical Church lady/derby race styling.

This one took a little longer to acquire. I’m pretty slow to spend money, but when I do, it’s on something really special. I paid for this one by degrees over 2 months, but it is finally mine.

Just look at theis excellent curled felt. <3

Suzan also gave me this inexpensive little knit cap.She sensed that it’d look good on me. As you can see, she has an eye for these things.

A good, casual beanie with a little sparkle. <3

Yesterday, Suzan called me. Her shop is having some financial troubles, and she asked me to come over and talk. I ended up buying this little number… which, hilariously, used to be Ashley’s hat! She had bought it vintage from Jana’s (more about her next time), then sold it to Suzan to help pay for her own lady’s derby hat! When Ashley bought it, it didn’t fit me, but now that my hair is shorter in back…

This hat is so hard to photograph. ^^;

I love the 40’s fedora style. <3 <3 <3

Detail of the feather spray.

Trenchcoat met me at Suzan’s to both pick me up and brainstorm ideas to keep the shop afloat. He ended up finding a fedora that perfectly fits his lifestyle – A classy, textured hat that is also collapsible and practical. He’s been needing a hat for a while, too. :D I’ll add those pictures in another post. :)

Dear, dear Suzan then pulled out a blue, broad snap-brimmed fedora. She explained that it was the first hat that they had bought for the shop 4 years ago, but incredibly it had never sold. Even though I tried to refuse, she insisted that I take it as a gift, even though she’s in a bind. ;__;  *tears of joy* Yes, that is the kind of person Suzan is. Giving away her things, even when she could try to get a pretty penny for them.  I’m leaving this hat with the family and with my friends when I head to New York. It looks good on everyone at the house, and I have plenty for myself. :)

More feather details. :3

Obligatory Myspace shot with the cool hat. :3

Inside of the fedora. I did some research, and this is a Bollman Hat Company product. Funny enough, the logo was a turn-off when I first saw the hat, but it's grown on me. <3

Mr. Toby (of Marquis of Vaudeville) also bought himself a lovely derby hat (basically a more structured, fancier version of my bowler) when he visited the store with me and Stacey, his girlfriend (the one with the awesome mask).

Toby wearing his Bowler hat and Stacey wearing her mask

Doesn't it suit him perfectly? Suzan always manages to have just the right hat for everyone. :3

I’m really going to miss Suzan and her shop. She always has a story for you, and she does her utmost to find exactly what you need at your price range, even if that meant her losing money. I think she plans to re-open her shop as a website. Please send her your love and blessings, and if you’re in the area, check out her shop before it’s too late!!




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two projects on the table. Check out the matched stripes on the vest!! :D

So, we’ve finally finished shopping for fabric for the Marquis of Vaudeville costume project. We juuuust might have a debut date set, so momentum is high. I’ll be working tirelessly on these until I get a job interview (whenever that might be, economy mumble obama mumble etc). I’m having a lot of fun on these – I’m sooo proud of the mitering job I did on the drummer’s striped vest! (helpful hint for working with plaids and stripes: color on your paper patterns *wink*)

All I hope is that he doesn’t end up looking like one of those traffic signs that mean “DO NOT CRASH INTO ME”… >_>;;

Now I’m working on the velvet bits of the singer’s tailcoat-waistcoat set. :3 But I’m also concerned about the band members heating up – most of these fabrics are thick, and we couldn’t afford the fancy, breathable, not-polyester silks… v_v But it’s all part of the adventure! We’re gonna finish this project, learn from it, and do even better in the future! :D

じゃ、私たちはMarqus of Vaudveilleの服装の布地のショッピングを終わりました!デビューの日をしているでしょうから、はずみがついてくる。仕事の面接をするまで、この服装にがんばりますよ!ちょう楽しいし、たくさん新しい技術を生得しました!でも、あの赤いで黒いベストは道路標識みたいかなあ。。。^^;

With love and excitement,


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To all my dear Texan readers, May 21st is a day you will want to be in Dallas! Marquis of Vaudeville, that Edwardian Entourage of Musical Phantasmagore, will be co-headlining with the great Saint Karla (celebrating their brand new album) at Deep Ellum’s legendary Curtain Club. They will be supported by the beautifully ambient Auxiliary Voice that very evening. So, if you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, join the cacophonously creative ranks of The Wild Lost and join us for a night to remember. Dressing up is encouraged, so go all out! Hope to see you there! :D

So, another day brings yet another introduction to one of my lovely tee-shirt modifications. Today, I give you…

The Lace Yoke Collar

me wearing the modified "Disciple" tee

Isn't she a beaut? ^__^

Funny enough, this complex number is actually one of my first tee-shirt modifications. The baroque, filigree design of the angels crossing swords inspired me to fill in the neckline with beautiful, sexy-but-modest lace. I am on the hunt for higher quality laces, but I think the demo/personal wardrobe piece turned out quite nicely, don’t you think? :3

It seems that I deal with grief by throwing myself into my work. I began the work on this only a couple days after my dad was killed… (see the “About Me” tab). However, this tee does not carry a sad memory with it. Instead, it is a testament to how my faith and God’s Peace came to my aid during a time of great tragedy… a time that is still not over, but that too shall pass.

back of the lace yoke collar top

The back's design needs some re-working. I might do more buttons, or maybe I just need to be more careful when cutting the lace! ^^;

I do offer a similar modification in my Etsy. If you have a beautiful tee that you think could use this treatment, send it my way!

Tomorrow, I’ll show off the inestimable “Hard Rock Rococo”! But if you can’t wait, you can go to my DeviantArt page and find it there… ;3

Until then,


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So, I only happened upon this dapper sir’s blog a few minutes ago on Sart’s latest Tokyo post, but I find myself increasingly fascinated with the elegant strangeness of the years straddling the 19th and 20th centuries. Lord Whimsy’s latest post features a trailer for a hilarious-looking new indie movie, as well as a photoshoot based on 1908’s ideas of appropriate exercises to do while in your suit.

In general, I find myself more and more fascinated with men’s-wear… men’s everything-aesthetic for that matter. Headwear, suits, canes, grooming… it has such rich history, and for a while we all seemed to forget about it.  Thankfully, the world seems to be tired of ripped jeans and midriff tops for the time being (I am all for punk, but I do not like “grunge” at all), so there is room for Edwardian elegance, and it’s more elaborate cousin – Steampunk, to blossom. Several movies (The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Sherlock Holmes)  and large social events (The Edwardian Ball, Dances of Vice, and of course, our very own fledgling “Wild Lost“) have appeared that herald this new interest in the old-fashioned. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be working with a band that has that same vision. I love the off-kilter humor, the elegantly incorrect medical advice, and that wonderful, constant flirtation between the Classic and the Tacky.

This also appeals greatly to my long-neglected love of philosophical humor:

When I am in a particularly eloquent mood, I end up writing things like this, a note to some of the local radio DJ’s promoting the band:

Dear Mark and Angela,

Since you are both local purveyors of culture and have a hand in what gets played on the airwaves, I would like to draw your attention a little local band named Marquis of Vaudeville. Though they have only been together under this name for about a year, they have been playing Dallas, Houston, and everywhere in between. It is generally a hopeless effort to categorize them, but I usually describe them as Progressive Psychedelic Cabaret Rock… and they have a look to match. Top hats, turn-of-the-century waistcoats, and mohawks are all fair game on this stage, as well as within their dedicated audience: a growing creative collective known only as “The Wild Lost“.

Marquis’s sound and style appeal to all, from steampunk airship pirates – to us normal people who only wish for an escape from time to time. Their lyrics encourage finding they creativity within oneself, without the use of needless drugs; as well as the power of love and imagination.

Do check out the band and consider requesting a demo to add to your collection – you’ll be quite glad you did.


Lady Naomi, Harbinger and  Couturier of the Wild Lost

Big words are fun. xD

p.s. Since today is bright and beautiful, I intend to employ my uncle’s aid in photographing my newest sartorial endeavors, including the Tee-Wrex you have waited so graciously to see. However, as we are still users of film, please extend your graciousness for a short while longer – the results shall be well worth it.


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So, a few days ago, my boyfriend received his modified “Remedy” tee. He loved it! I can’t wait to show you pictures.  :3

I bought quite a few more tee-shirts, and I’ve been busily “wrecking” them into all sorts of amazing things. The Aliens vs.  Samurai tee has been combined with another tee and some Kimono print fabric to form a beautiful casual haori (Kimono jacket). I’m so proud of it, I’ve worn it 3 days in a row!!

Also, I am busily embroidering automotive style pinstripes… onto a pinstripe jacket. :D It’s my first big embroidery experiment, but I’m having a lot of fun with it. When complete, it will be my “Club Jacket” for The Wild Lost, the Marquis of Vaudeville Society of Creative Personalities. (My title in its hallowed ranks is Lady Naomi, Harbinger and Couturier of the Wild Lost).

I think purple must be my “power color” right now… it’s really been appealing to me lately. :3 Perhaps it’s the beautiful bluebonnets we’ve had for the past week? Or the peacock feather I bought to decorate my black cocktail hat?

Speaking of purple, after picking up an INCREDIBLE fur capelet (yeah, I know it’s spring – I’m preparing for a super stylish Fall in Manhattan!) at the Resale store for only $25 USD, I stopped by a boba tea/donut place run by a beautiful young asian lady. And I had a LAVENDER-flavored milk tea! It was absolutely delicious. I must find this in tea bag form. ^o^

ALSO, the biggest news: I’ve finally opened my Tee-Wrex store! Check teewrex.etsy.com when you want your tees beautifully reconstructed! I currently have the Corseted Sides modification available on the site!

Corseted sides tee-shirt modification

You know you want one... :3

I am also currently drooling over these pocket watches, especially that first one, and all the Celtic Knots and Art nouveau… <3 In my book, the more ornate, the better!!

I have started to notice the close similarities among popular abstract decorative art styles. These include automotive pinstriping…

Pinstriped Motorcycle tank

Celtic knots…

Western leather applique…

and, of course, Art nouveau.

(previous 4 images courtesy Wikipedia. :3 )

They all have the pleasing combination of interconnected gentles curves and sharp points. Floral inspirations, geometric shapes… I wonder why this sort of thing shows up so often? Either way, I don’t mind, it’s all beautiful to me. :3

In other news, I saw the first batch of The Sartorialist’s photos from Tokyo, and I was absolutely ecstatic. Japan deserves the likes of Scott to represent their beautiful fashion, especially after Jessica Simpson’s horrendous presentation on VH1 this past monday. v_v

Speaking of Japan, Ashley and I have been developing a dream of opening a shop over there some day. Honestly, to move to Japan to design and sew for various awesome people would be all my earthly dreams come true. :D So we are working slowly but surely towards our dream, and I’m not letting fear take over!! *determined*

Anyway, it’s back to my embroidery for now. I hope to see you all again soon!


Naomi, a.k.a. Kagitsune

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It’s what I was made to do. When I was 7, I was obsessed with Sailor Moon and I acquired a Sailor Moon-themed shoebox (not the shoes). I would stare at it for hours, imagining how I would put together my very own sailor costume and fight crime… and in 2003, I made my first Cosplay for my first Anime convention. I made one for my sister, too. For a long time, that was all I sewed – costumes from anime and video games. And I got pretty good…

Me modeling my Fairy Paine cosplay

Fairy Paine from Kingdom Hearts 2. Photo by Eternal Serenity

But eventually, I made this:

Me wearing my first lolita dress

Modified from a commercial pattern. Gored skirt with ruffles galore! Photo by RabidFanBoy.com

This is Lolita fashion, my number-one muse for the past 3 or four years. Lolita is a Japanese street fashion that takes its cues from Victorian girl’s fashion, antique dolls, and Versailles-era Rococo. It can be Gothic, Sweet, Classic,  or Casual, but it is always modest and always has a knee-length skirt with a fluffy pannier/petticoat underneath. I have since progressed from simple dresses and blouses from modified patterns, to making my own patterns and using wild fabrics:

Me posing in my Alice dress

This fabric features Alice in Wonderland characters inside gold-trimmed playing cards. Definitely my best work 'til now. Photo by Kuragiman

I also do t-shirt reconstructions, which I like to call Tee-Wrex. I “wreck” otherwise boring or ill-fitting tee-shirts into one-of-a-kind creations! (I take commissions, too. ;) )

Apocalyptica tour tee reconstruction

"Wrecked" Apocalyptica tour tee. I corseted the sides! Photo by Kuragiman.

I still cosplay from time-to-time, though. My latest effort got Best in Show at the All-Con 2010 Cosplay contest!

Me wearing my Myoubi cosplay

Myoubi from the manga Alichino. I had to "get pale" for this one. xD Photo by PhongoPhotography

So, right now I’ve got some really awesome projects. I’m working on another original Lolita design (it’s an incredible one…), and I’m working on the costumes for the local band Marquis of Vaudeville! They’ve got this amazing turn-of-the-century, psychedelic rock vibe… I highly recommend them. :D As a treat, here’s the designs and fabric swatches for each member of the band!!

Fashion designs for Marquis of Vaudeville costumes

From top to bottom: Toby the vocalist, Bryan the guitarist, Tyrel the (South African) bassist, and Phil the (Mohawk'd) drummer

With that introduction, this blog will mostly be about my progress on these and other projects. Stay tuned for more Tee-Wrex, band costumes, and Lolita! :D

With Love,

Naomi, a.k.a. Kagitsune

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