Fashion In Progress – WCFW 2018

We are so very excited to announce that we are working on a piece that will grace the runway of Western Canada Fashion Week! It’s all hush, hush at the moment, but we are working with a Calgary designer team to create a beautiful and edgy fashion garment for the upcoming Autumn season.

Elle will be drafting the pattern, while Ames will work on pulling the pieces together into a spectacular ready-to-wear women’s outfit.

Stay tuned for more updates and follow us on Instagram to see our work in progress!

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Vul-Con Win for Betsuni!

Every year at Vul-Con (a Star Trek convention in Vulcan, Alberta), there is always something that surprises me and keeps me coming back – usually it is the people, but sometimes it’s just the pull of the little town feeling. Vulcan is  just outside Calgary and has a rich history dating back further than the Star Trek fanfare it is known for today.

So, after coming to the event for the last four years, I decided that it is probably time that I get into uniform – despite my sci-fi geekdom, I haven’t truly gotten into the spirit of this convention just yet but became inspired to cosplay when I came across a Starfleet jacket design on Pinterest (Original Artwork by GaugeX). This was the piece that called to me.  Sleek in design and subtle enough to be a jacket that I could wear even outside of my cosplay world. I just knew we had to make it.

It was a long process because we had to design this jacket from scratch. First, I drew it out in a sketch book to determine the pieces we would need – that part was the easiest.

Drafting wasn’t too hard either since we use the power of technology to speed our process. The problem was we have never made a jacket like this before, so we ran into a few hiccups with the measurements.  We crafted two draft patterns before starting on on the jacket itself.

If I had to speak out about one thing that I had to really focus on, it was sleeves.  Sleeve curves are one of the most difficult things that I have ever dealt with in sewing so far.  Though by the end of this, I think I got the hang of it.  Learning through deadlines really burns it into the brain.

May Anne featured on the Left in her vest and myself featured in the center

So, during the drafting and design process, I put my feelers out to see if any other club members were interested in having a costume piece made for Vul-con.

Almost immediately one of our members, May Anne reached out to us.  She commissioned us to have a vest made that resembled the vests from the Deep Space Nine series.  Suffice to say, the U.S.S. King Edward NCC-74206 was certainly looked sharp at the event this year.

Early Saturday morning, our crew met up for breakfast in our hotel. Outside, as we were eating, the local chapter of the Klingon Assault Group was swarming over and claiming the park, so my crew went to see what was happening.  As we walked up, we noticed a cluster of costumers ready for the costume contest. My crew gave me the gentle nudge I needed to step forward and represent my team.

betsuni - Star Trek Jacket by Ames Hagon
Project Lead: Ames Hagon

The costume contest judges approached and questioned each of the contestants and upon learning about the process of which Betsuni uses to cut our clothing patterns (ie. laser technology), it was clear that my design had a bit more of an edge.

I won second place in the contest
out of about thirty contestants.


Dilliam Ben Knauert, First place winning costume

First place winner of the Costume contest was Borg Fashonista, Dilliam Ben Knauert , a cosplayer who has been making costumes for himself for three years now.

Craftsmith Cosplay
Cindy Burkholder (Featured center right) and Clay DeBeurs (featured left second back)
Third place was shared between the loving couple, Cindy Burkholder and Clay DeBeurs – also members of the Klingon Assault Group and who have been cosplayers for as long as I’ve known them.

Vulcan is a place that I like to call a home away from home.  Great people, great food, and wonderful memories.  I can’t wait for next year.

Read More: Vul-Con Attracts An International Crowd – HighRiverOnline


Pop Up Shop Coming Soon

Come and check our our very first mini collection of the new Betsuni line – lolita style yukata (lightweight Japanese robe style dress), a reflection of the crazy minds of Ames & Elle, the founders of Betsuni.

There will so many options available to you: Betsuni Magic features sweet & cute motifs and styles, while Betsuni Dark plays on the gothic designs of Goth Lolitas. We also have My Betsuni, which are DIY kits for creating your own yukata!

Also Featuring:
Twisted Arts offers handmade, crochet items, including toques ranging in sizes from newborn to adult. We have stuffies, including three sizes of bears, Pokéballs, and small stuffies called Eggits in various popular designs. Twisted Arts is constantly coming up with new ideas and designs.