About the Character Interviews

The Prompt:

There is boutique hiding out between the fractured, narrow store-fronts lining New Gotham’s foggy docks. Huge bay side windows offer the passerby a mesmerizing view into a world of monster glamour. The mannequins are stitched together from scraps of mismatched human skin, but you can hardly focus on the gore. Everywhere you look there are gorgeous dresses with big, sparkling bell skirts, the kind of gowns and garments that only fairy tale nobility would wear.  Behind the antique register counter, you can make out the glittering impression of ruby red slippers, glass heels, and other magical shoes. You’re starting to wonder who owns this place. 

Push open the store’s shabby front door and step lightly onto its waxy polished floors. The thick musk of cedar, wood polish, and lavender is the first thing to greet you. The scents envelope you, warm you from the inside out. Trust you’re in good hands. The brochure stand near the front door is stocked with elegant parchment pamphlets. According to the literature, the witches who own this establishment are schooled in the ways of “fabric-bending” by the Needlewitches of old.

With this knowledge, they’ve created an entire line of clothing that all share the same basic design element: one-size fits all. Each garment will magically tailor itself to its wearer once worn. There might be some “twirling” required, but a vampire’s steady hand should turn every wardrobe change into a stolen moment. Remember, Cinderella had mice–you have the Witches-Who-Stitch.

About the Characters: Witches-Who Stitch

Sweet-pink and violent violet specs of spectral dust waft around the witch standing in the shadow of a grand staircase. The dress she’s wearing reminds you of a teenager’s prom dress, and the shimmering sapphire corset offers her creamy breasts in sumptuous invitation, and carves her silhouette into the perfect hour glass. She grabs her skirts, and the tiered waves of cake-like taffeta flare at her knees like blue cotton candy speckled with snow. You’re almost positive you’re about to meet some sort of princess, and then…she starts waving like a lunatic.

 Spanish Jasmine, spectral dust and Bayou willow leaves circle the slender figure shrouded in the midst cloaking the doorway. Twin viceroy swallowtail wings appear through the fog, they stretch high over a sender woman’s back. She’s the most elegant creature you’ve ever seen, and her sweeping evergreen frock looks like it was spun from clover and cannabis. She opens her glittering black eyes, and the power radiating from her seems to bend the world around her.  For a moment, you’re sure that you’re going to die. This beautiful vision is last thing you’ll see before you’re sucked into the abyss. 

Spanish Jasmine, spectral dust and Bayou willow leaves circle the slender figure shrouded in the midst cloaking the doorway. Twin viceroy swallowtail wings appear through the fog, they stretch high over a sender woman’s back. She’s the most elegant creature you’ve ever seen, and her sweeping evergreen frock looks like it was spun from clover and cannabis. She opens her glittering black eyes, and the power radiating from her seems to bend the world around her.  For a moment, you’re sure that you’re going to die. This beautiful vision is last thing you’ll see before you’re sucked into the abyss. 

Spanish Jasmine, spectral dust and Bayou willow leaves circle the slender figure shrouded in the midst cloaking the doorway. Twin viceroy swallowtail wings appear through the fog, they stretch high over a sender woman’s back. She’s the most elegant creature you’ve ever seen, and her sweeping evergreen frock looks like it was spun from clover and cannabis. She opens her glittering black eyes, and the power radiating from her seems to bend the world around her.  For a moment, you’re sure that you’re going to die. This beautiful vision is last thing you’ll see before you’re sucked into the abyss. 

About the Style Guide:

[ ] Rockabilly Starlet: This is for the spoonfuls of sugar. The good-natured and naughty girl next door types. Candy is the business and fairy tales are ultimate. More often than not, her head is in the clouds and her nose in the book. Our dreamers.

[ ] Leather Queen: This is for the warrior princesses. The type of girls who give boys a run for their money. Their style is killer, their kisses are murder, and wear their jeans a little tight just watch the vampires come undone. These are hands for fighting and these heels for ass-kickings. Our protectors.

[ ] Medieval Mistress: This is for the no-nonsense girls. The ones who always know better, because they’re ten steps ahead. They’re schemers—their minds are always working. They’re not anti-social, they’re selective. Our wisdom.

[ ] Gothic Dame: This for the mysteries. No one can figure this woman out. She’s a mixture, a melting pot of sugar and sinister. She might be Rockabilly Starlet one day, or a Medieval Mistress other days. Our sisters.

About the Interviews

Authors are invited to fill out a dressmaker’s interview as one of their characters. Each post includes saucy commentary from one of the Witches-Who-Stitch and beautiful photographs of each heroine/hero modeling the completed garments!

Where can I read all of the original blog posts for these tours?

All of Sinister Stitches clients can be found on in their category folder and via the index, where I keep a complete list of each interview. I don’t maintain links to the original posts (as links have a tendency to die after a few years.) All the interviews have been posted on this website where I can maintain them properly. If there are any questions or issues, feel free to contact me immediately. If you are planning to use a interview for blogging or other reposting purposes, please make sure to give credit to the author(s) involved. Thank you.

Do you have help with the posts?

First and foremost, I would like to thank all the authors who participated in the Sinister Stitches Dress Interviews! I have listed the tours participants along with links to their websites on the sidebar. In addition to receiving help and submissions from all kinds of mavens, I am aided by different graphic art pixies. She is in charge of all the image editing that takes place in this sithen. There is also a Proofreader Pixie who donates her services for these interviews. Last, but not least, the March 2014 and June 2014 SS Interviews tours were entirely coordinated by Roxanne Rhoads from Bewitching Book Tours. And, of course, the bloggers are always a fantastic help whenever the I’m running late, can’t find my chocolate, etc.– it takes a lot to put these things together, and I simply couldn’t do it alone. I definitely have LOTS of help.

Is there usually a contest attached to a Sinister Stitches tour?

Yes, there’s always a contest, and it’s almost always a piece of clothing sent from Sinister Stitches. Members of my mailing list and street team are automatically signed up for any SS contests I hold. If you’re not signed up, Nike suggests you do it now. (<I couldn’t resist.)

Is there going to be a Sinister Stitches character interview e-Book?

Actually, no. I appreciate all the interest from readers, I have decided not to release the interviews in an e-book due to the formatting issues and such. Instead, they are going to be hosted on this website, where readers can come and enjoy them in all their glory. (12/19/2014)

I want to participate in the Sinister Stitches interviews? What should I do? 

If you’re an author, blogger, or fan, and you’d  like to participate in the interviews, please feel free to contact Greta directly at newgotham1 AT gmail DOT com. Please put “Sinister Stitches Interviews” in the subject line, so I know it’s not spam. As far as what I would need from a participating author, they would have to fill out an interview (of course) as their character and send me the correct links and book information. On the day of the post, I share links with my social media network and I encourage participating authors to do the same.

If you’re a blogger and you’d like to receive and alert when I’m putting together the next Sinister Stitches tour schedule, please feel free to sign up for this mailing list. That list is specifically for bloggers, and I NEVER spam with unrelated promotional content. Also, I usually hire a tour company to handle all the heavy lifting, and I send html documents for bloggers to copy and paste (no hassle formatting!) when the time comes.