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Mermaid Sanctuary Designs: Unique handmade mermaid and fairy accessories

Based in Conneticut, United States, Mermaid Sanctuary Designs is a store  specialised in one of a kind fantasy headpieces and accessories. From Fairies to Unicorns, they are colourful, sparkly and with obvious love for details. Run by Judy Bielik, who self taught to make them as a result for her love of all things fantasy designing and creating high quality, beautiful, headpieces and accessories.

 

There is a very "elemental" quality in the items, water, mermaids, forestdwellers, many accessories have that key "element" shining through, in the choice of materials, motifs and colour palette. :) Sometimes even combining them, see for example this glorious fairy/nymph/mermaid (air, water and earth combined), the entire outfit/accessories made by mermaid sanctuary themselves. 

The designer sometimes collaborates with other artists, rendering pieces even more unique, and also welcome contact for custom orders and commissions. To see a gallery of "clients" and examples of past works you can check their network on instagram and facebook (links at the end of the article)

The store features a  collection of unique headpieces and garlands as well as some fae-inspired accessories like hair barrettes, pearl hair strands, butterfly hairpins  (and sometimes even styling wigs and hair extensions) :) I personally, like to add some "fairy" details to my daily wear, so some of the subtle accessories are really cute to go for.

Below: Winged Seahorsehair clip

Above: handmade garland with blue crystals, perfect for Undines and water nymphs

Mermaid Sanctuary Designs Network

Etsy store

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mermaidsanctuary

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/mermaidsanctuarydesigns/

Facebook

www.facebook.com/mermaidsanctuarydesigns

 

Mayrafabuleux: rave wear and mermaid bras

Summer is here!!

And with it, our mermaid-selves long for the sea... time for some "mermaid-wear".

Mayrafabuleux is store run by Mayra Mendoza and based in California,  specialized in rave and mermaid bras. Not only for bellydancers and rock stars,  Mayrafabuleux clothing also include some fantasy inspired sparkly bras are made to order in different sizes, and some (the ones we focus more on this featurette) have shells and sea-inspired fantasy elements, making them a lovely mermaid top. In all honestly I´d go to the beach with one of this, I find standard swimsuits and bikinis so boring :) They have an ebay store of the same name.

Above: Mermaid/tribal bra with seashells

It is recommended to visit their official website to see a larger selection of works. The official website is.mayrafabuleux.com for all of our selection of rave bra, rave outfits, theme wear, dance wear, rave wear, festival attire. All items are made to your own size / measurements: we can make any size and we ship worldwide. Take into account that most items are made to order and thus for undies as bras and bottoms no refunds are accepted. There are plenty of examples to choose from as well as a rather clear custom order form, international buyers take into account possible customs tax fees, time to be made and the no-refund policy of the store.

MYRAFABULEUX NETWORK

Visit their ebay store for some ready to ship items

Myrafabuleux at ebay

Official site

http://mayrafabuleux.com

Instagram

http://instagram.com/mayrafabuleux

 

 

 

Nilenia Arts: Accessories crafted for fairies by fairies

Above: Rune stone necklace with crystal, inspired in the forest by Nilenia Arts, one of my personal favourites.

Nilsun Yencilek aka "Nilenia" is indeed a Woodland spirit herself, or a cute pixie,  or maybe a fairy, but for sure some kind of magical creature. Firey haired Nilenia also has a superb taste for faerie fashion herself as she shows on her various personal accounts,  but she also embarked in the creation of her own crafts and accessories, and that was the origin of her store NILENIA ARTS on etsy.

The shop is based in Turkey yet ships worldwide. Nilenia Arts  includes a collection of pieces that somehow reflects Nilenia´s taste for mossy greens, and lichenous yellow and atumnal oranges.

Animal totems, leaves, ferns... a hadmade collection  with a "nature lover/ fantasy lover" flair into it.

Above: Hand sculpted fungi and lichens necklace

NILENIA´S NETWORK

Etsy store:

http://etsy.com/shop/nileniaarts

Instagram:

http://instagram.com/nileniaarts

Direct contact to commission a custom made piece : nileniaarts@gmail.com

 

All the forest in your hands... Kentrkatty hand-painted bracelets

Based in Russia, Ekaterina aka Kentrkatty is an, artist illustrator and crafter of handpainted accessories. She is interested in paganism and fantasy and her art and pieces are usually inspired in Nature, which is one of her biggest influences. She runs a little store on instagram where she sells her original paintings, but also wearable art like her signature wooden hand-painted bracelets. Each one is unique and one of a kind, and in different combinations of vibrant colours. So if you want to fae-accessorize yourself you can check her shop where she constantly list new items (busy bee lady). They are truly the result of delicate and patient work. And you will find different patterns and motifs from forest greens to starry nebulae, covering all four elements and seasons.

Instagram kentrkatty shop:

https://www.instagram.com/kentrkatty_shop2/

Instagram Kentrkatty (persona)  for fine  nature-photography

https://www.instagram.com/kentrkatty/

Tumblr

https://kentrkatty.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

Mermaid stockings with scales... daily wear for mermaids in disguise

Tinkerkast is a store that offer different kind of wearable handmade props. Based in Germany and run by Daniel Struzyna, the shop offers a collection of horns, neckchains with skull and bones replicas, horns and other fantasy items. I somehow randomly found the store doing a google search on "mermaid" apparel, I am somehow inclined to buy a tail when I can for a  music video, so I do the search from time to time. And then I found a picture of mermaid stockings with scattered scales over sheer unnoticeable mesh... it looks really ethereal, and had to search. Though the store have now a scarce number of items listed, I there is a button for "CUSTOM ORDER"  and mermaid stockings are still in the description of items offered.  But if you check the store network (facebook and instagram) you will find also scaly cuffs.

I really think they are super clever and fancy, with beautifully made realistic silicone scales. It will look as if you are growing scales, or concealing magically a mermaid tail. I think it´s a cute a clever idea for mermaid-lovers, when they need two practical legs to walk around ;-)

My favourite items maybe are the amazing dragon horns, :) Though I found them on a "mermaid" search, I was really impressed by them, bookmarked! Here a snippet of some of the items you can comission to the store.

 

 

But if you are into more "strega" wicca fashion, you will find also some treasures at the store.

Network

TINKERCAST at instagram

https://www.instagram.com/tinkercast.official/

TINKERCAST facebook

www.facebook.com/tinkercast

TINKERCAST ETSY STORE

https://www.etsy.com/shop/tinkercast

 

 

 

 

Verdantly Adorned: regal headpieces for the Seasons

Verdantly Adorned is a store recently opened by Leigh Anne, designer and crafter based in Virginia (USA).  The headpieces are crown are big in size and has a "Art Noveau" Mucha vibe into them.  Romantic, eye-catchy, and likely the highlight of your fae attire  if you opt for a simpler fantasy garment.  She was making them for her own appearances as cosplayer in fantasy conventions, but everybody urged her to create a store and sell them, and thus Verdantly Adorned was created and something very "romantic" and "Prerraphaelite" along with it. 

All pieces are one of a kind and handmade and thus the catalogue listing is short, but  I recommend to bookmark  their etsy site and check regularly for new pieces to be listed.

Choosing delicately a matching colour palette, and showing an inclination for  very earthly and natural combinations, the headpieces have that "air" of being made out of things you would pick from the forest floor, but meant of course to be durable and less "deleterious" and comfortable.Besides faux flowers and foliage  some dried natural elements are also used, and overall they have that "naturalist"  and "naturelover" vibe into them.

I like the fact that they are bulky massive wreaths, but if you want something more subtle, she accepts commissions for custom work.

NETWORK (also to see her past work and happy client pictures)

Verdantly Adorned on Etsy

Verdantly Adorned on Instagram

 

The medieval mouse: fairy treasures and accessories

The Medieval mouse is a store run by crafter Meghan Pell based in New Jersey  (United States)

 I met Meghan, the owner, when I travelled overseast to perform at Faeriecon East Fantasy convention. We stumbled upon each other and somehow  ended up talking  about our shared love for rodents ;-) and all things magical... so she told me she was a crafter and loved to do fantasy things, :) and thus I checked her lovely  etsy store. First I may say I LOVE THE LOGO, so much... it makes me thing of tiny elvish mice crafting magical things picking moss, branches and little pebbles from the forests and building things organic and magical, and indeed the products at the store are shipped with such extremely beautiful packaging in super cute boxes with her golden embossed logo, :) that they are worth even for the packaging alone.  The catalogue is not huge but renews regularly with "fairy" treasures handmade by Meghan, daydreamer, creator and seeker. Check her facebook for her past work just in case you want to commission similar pieces to the ones sold that might be not listed.

In her words
"It's my dream to be able to help like-minded people make every day a little more magicka"l <3

Elements necklace in interchangeable "elements" glass vials. How cute

One of my favourites, a choker with quartz

Somehow raw and magical looking :), something a Gelfling like me would wear :)

Below "Fairy earrings"  also available in copper and green :)

Network:

-The medieval mouse ETSY STORE

-The medieval mouse INSTAGRAM

-The medieval mouse in FACEBOOK
 

 

Yourfantasycostume.com wishes you a happy Winter´s solstice and best wishes for 2017

At the closing of the year, we want to take the chance to wish you a happy winter´s solstice (the white frosted season starts today) and we take the chance tow wish you a happy 2017. Thus we share a couple of pictures of this fantasy photoshoot, sharing links of our "costumes". We may include now on also some fantasy photoshoots along with the credits of the costumes involved, thus we also thank to the designers that have sent us samples to wear. :)

So this is me wearing some courtesy things sent to "yourfantasycostume.com" from previous featured crafters and designers.

Model: me (Priscilla Hernández YFC admin) -My official site

Mask by Vincent Cantillon  who was previously featured in this YFC article  You can by these macks on his Etsy store
 

Dress: White "Fantasía" dress from The Dark Angel
The Dark Angel was previously featured in YFC in this article. I have several dresses from this store and they are all amazing (and durable)
 

Photos by Héctor Corcín http://instagram.com/hedac

 

Fairy Wings and Fantasy fashion film by El Costurero Real

Do you believe in fairies?  WATCH THE WINTER FAIRY SHORT MOVIE at http://www.costureroreal.com

Forget about Santa, this year, Christmas presents are delivered by the Winter Fairy herself!

El Costurero Real is fashion company and trademark specialized in fantasy and alternative fashion created by my friend and talented seamstress and designer Alassie. Yes, of course we have previously featured El Costurero Real (The Royal Tailor) here in this blog, as we have collaborated a few times. But I am happy to see how this last year, the amazing wings and capes made of chiffon or voile have become viral and well known world wide due to its amazing quality and delicate ethereal designs, though the brand itself offers an catalogue that includes items from affordable accessories to couture bridal gowns. Said this and having seen the items myself as a long time friend of the creator of this company, I have to say I'm proud to have collaborated  (with my music) to this little FANTASY short movie where you can see the fairy wings in all splendour, that was just launched to celebrate the brand new re-design and that you can watch fully in her site (check credits at the end of article, please to acknowledge the effort of the whole team :).

You can watch the full video (4 MIN)  at www.COSTUREROREAL.COM

Here you can see some photographies taken during the making of so you can make an idea how magical it looks like. This kind of wings is a mix of "isis wings" (and thus also suitable for dancers as they can flow gently around your body) and a cape, and in their store you can find many models (moths, butterflies, even bat wings!) and patterns in different sizes and styles. And of course, all the complements (printed stockings, scarves, jewellery and gowns to go along with them)

Credits of THE WINTER FAIRY SHORT MOVIE

An amazing team made this possible:
From El Costurero Real with Mª Angeles Guisado Ruiz, Lady Entropy and Felix Goggles.
Direction and video Aniol HC - Photo/video.
Model & Voice: Julie LeBlond
Music Priscilla Hernandez

 

Lotus Traders Clothing: Pirate, Renaissance and boho chemises and dresses

Lotus Traders Clothing is a company with almost 3 decades of experience,  based in Indonesia (with factories in different Asian countries)  specialized in bohemian and renaissance dresses, with a wide range of renaissance tops and chemises in many colours that can work wonders as undergarment or base to build up you fairy, goddess or even Steampunk fantasy costume.

The store shows a large catalogue Boho, princess and Renaissance dresses made to order (S up to 5X), usually in Rayon Lycra and Light weight Rayon  and shipped world wide  (with a few exclusions) from Indonesia.  Unfortunately, the only complaint I might have that have restrained me from purchasing is the shipping cost to my country (I'm based in Spain), so It's worth to check if there are resellers of the brand in your area. They have plenty of listings in ebay too.

I like that they have a wide range of colours and sometimes not the usual ones like teal, silver grey, purples and fire reds and oranges. Bold and vivid but not cheesy looking. I particularly enjoy their shades of green (moss, khaki and Olive) and brown, as they seem very earthy. But they don't only list solid colours but also print dresses in some models. Some of the garments are "batiked which involves  completely handmade process and because of this there are natural variations in colours and tones, as well as pattern placements, from meter to meter. Because of this you are guaranteed a unique piece as no two garments are alike.  

If you are into Mori Girl fashion (greens, browns, earthy clothing and lots of layers) you will find PLENTY of tunics, tops and dresses here to get started in gorgeous tones of brown and green. I have bookmarked so many myself (sigh!)

It's pretty obvious that many of the models are made to enhance the shape and flatter curvy ladies (like me), but they make smaller sizes as well.  You can find sleeveless models as well as gorgeous almost medieval fluted sleeves.

Below, examples of long dresses /chemises, perfect for renaissance or wench/fantasy/pirate style.

 

Official site:

http://www.lotustradersclothing.com/

Etsy store

Lotus Traders at Facebook

Lotus Traders ebay

They also feature a vast collection of asymmetrical, handkerchief and bohemian clothing, perfect for urban pixie. Some similar to psy clothing.