Because Gothic fashion and home styles are intended to stand outside the mainstream, limited shopping resources are available for the purchase of Gothic clothes and furnishings. Gothic fashion is meant to evoke a unique sense of style, and creating your own Gothic clothing, jewellery, accessories, art and home decor will better reflect your personal aesthetic.
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Numerous clothing sewing patterns are available in Gothic styles and style that can be adapted for Gothic. Search for historical costume patterns in the Medieval, Renaissance and Victorian periods, including patterns for corsets, bodices, dresses and full bustle skirts. You might make a full length, hooded cloak or a frock coat, using silk or crushed velvet fabrics in jewel-tone colours such as deep purple and blood red to accent your clothes. Add lace and jacquard trims or beads, silver buckles, spikes or zippers for sparkle.
Jewellery and Accessories
Create your own Gothic jewellery to accessorise your ensemble. Crochet a lace choker with beads. Make exquisite necklaces using black and silver chain and crystal beads, garnet, amethyst or onyx gemstones. Add pendants with Gothic symbols to your necklaces. Purchase a chain-mail kit to make headpieces, armbands and bracelets. Make your own dread hair falls out of yarn, and decorate hair combs and sticks with flat-back crystals or gemstones. Alternatively, glue a dark silk rose to a hair comb or a black headband. and make mini top hat to finish the look.
Search for Gothic printed fabrics and old wood picture frames. Cover the frame with the fabric, staple it to the back and hang it as wall art. Alternatively, hem three edges of a large piece of Gothic printed fabric, and sew a rod pocket in the top. Hang a wrought iron dowel on the wall with the fabric for tapestry. Recycle an old picture frame with the glass intact and purchase a stained glass painting kit, then paint a Gothic or medieval motif on the glass.
Find old candle-holders in a thrift store then spray paint them black or silver. Place a styrofoam ring in the centre of a table, place candelabra in the centre of the ring, then insert dark Gothic roses and dark silk leaves into the styrofoam. Make heavy curtains of dark coloured velvets and jacquard fabrics for the windows. Cover pillows with coordinating fabric. Search antique stores for Gothic-styled chairs that have interesting carvings, and recover the chairs with ornate fabrics.
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