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Archive for September, 2010


Years ago, before I moved away from the City, I met a wonderful, dear friend. Her name is Cassandra – we called her Cassie. A lover of magic and a kindred spirit, she’s forever made an impression on my life and on my heart. I made this gown with thoughts of her, and of our friendship.

Cassie Pixie Stick

Initially made to capture iridescent tones of pastels, there’s also a black, and white version, of Cassie available. She’s a more modern gown, with a halter neck, tying at the nape with a sweet ribbon. The skirt is not too slender or bulky, and moves prettily, especially when dancing. Both the bodice and the belt are adorned with pretty little embroidered butterflies to add a extra touch of detail.

Cassie Salt Water Taffy

The main premise of the gown was simplicity, and I feel it carried through the creation process well. Completing the look is Mima skin from LAQ, and Hot Mess hair, also by Kouse’s Sanctum. The pictures were all taken on the Avilion Nexus sim. There’s a few more pictures after the break, so take a peek!


~Wear Gray~

Wear Gray - Irridae (Silver) Close Up

This year, Kouse’s Sanctum will be one of the stores you can find at the Wear Gray market fair, with proceeds benefitting the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA). Every one of us has had our lives, and the lives of those around us touched by this terrible disease, and brain tumors specifically can be the most difficult to deal with. Any way to assist in the fight against it is to me, personally, a very worthy endeavor.

I’ve made four special items that will be only available at the Wear Gray market fair this year for it’s duration, September 12th until the 25th. 100% of the proceeds from these limited edition items will be going straight to ABTA.

Wear Gray - Kiwi (Silver) Short Dress

Silver editions of Irridae, and Kiwi will be available. The Irridae gown in this incarnation is the ball gown version, without the extra mini and knee length skirts. The price of the gown is lesser to reflect this change, and to make it a bit easier on the pocketbook. Straight and crooked versions of the crown in silver and diamond are still included.

Wear Gray - Kiwi (Silver)

Kiwi is broken down into two separate dresses, to make it easier for you if you only want one version and not both. The knee length version is only 100L. The other Kiwi outfit on offer is the empire gown version. Both Kiwi outfits include the Irridae crown in silver and diamond as an added bonus, and a thank you for your support of Wear Gray.

Wear Gray - Kiwi (Silver) 2

And finally, something brand new, as well. Cassie, pictured below, is a style currently unreleased, and Wear Gray will be it’s official debut, a pre-release of sorts. If you want to be the first to wear the elegantly simple, and modern looking Cassie, Wear Gray is where you’ll find it.

Wear Gray - Cassie (Silver)

There will also be a hunt going on throughout the event where you’ll be searching stores for gray ribbons. There’s one hidden in the Kouse’s Sanctum shop at the event grounds too, with a nice little surprise in it. Ribbons are 20L each, with all the funds, again, going straight to ABTA! Once again, the fair opens of September 12th, so please consider taking some time to look around at all the wonderful goods that so many merchants have put together to support this cause.


Nairne Violet

Nairne is something completely different- in Tartan! The gowns are made of, as mentioned, tartan, in a variety of colours, each with chest ruffles, and a portion of the skirt, in creamy coloured fabric, finished off with slightly diagonal lacing on the front of the bodice, and a celtic brooch in silver and with a gem matching the gown on the skirt.

Nairne Large Poster Marina

More after the cut!



Anarella Snow

First off, my apologies for two posts to close together. Again in the theme of some catching up, is another very recent release, Anarella. A few times the question has come up, “Where did the name Anarella come from?” There’s a story involved. I shall keep it brief, though. A lovely lady came to me with a drawn image of a very lovely pink gown. She said she really wanted to see this recreated, and posed the challenge of bringing it to life to me. Loving the image right from the start (and I definitely love a challenge) I set to work on what would turn into a long, painstaking, but worthwhile endeavor.

It was this lady’s mission to find a name for the gown. After several days of deliberation the verdict of ‘Anarella’ came in, as a cross between Anastasia, and Cinderella, a crossing of a real life princess with a tragic story, and the fairytale princess who got her happily ever after.

Anarella Golden Midnight

Created in a bit of a mix of the Rococo and Georgian styles, with my own interpretations mingled in, Anarella began to take shape. But when the gown itself was done, I wasn’t satisfied. It didn’t seem to be…enough. The idea of a hat came, and so I made it. A small woven hat with roses and ribbon adorning it to match each respective gown.

More after the cut!


~Grand Duchess~

Grand Duchess Golden Raven

There’s a lot going on for me right now, a lot of projects that I’m working on that will continue on (some of them) until the end of the year. For now though, it’s time for me to take a break from the sewing machine, and talk about one of the more recent releases.

Grand Duchess Large Poster

Grand Duchess is a gown made almost explicitly for role playing, however it can, of course, be used in other avenues. Designed with slight hints of the Royal Court dress of Imperial Russia (Think Grand Duchess Anastasia) while still carrying a more predominant Medieval flair.

Grand Duchess Ruby

I made Grand Duchess initially as a gown that’s trimmings would only be in gold. However, as in the past, the black variety can be obtained in your choice of gold or silver trim. Tiny pearls are strewn across the embroidered hems for that little extra interest. There’s more after the cut, so please read on.