Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs
This edition of Core Worlds Couture will focus on a blouse from Prophecy Girl – an independent ladies’ fashion company from the UK, who specializes in “top-notch” items “with a geeky edge!” The company was founded by Kristy Hannam, a graphic designer who wanted to break out and design stylish geeky clothing that SHE would want to wear! Everything is constructed in Britain, and the company claims to have tested and sampled everything before shipping out to its consumers (see website and Kristy’s bio for more details).
There is a variety of products available – blouses, leggings, enamel pins, shoes, tanks, and patches. Most of the items on the site are a somewhat subtle suggestion of the underlying geek or sci-fi theme. I adore this type of fashion statement, because you can adorn yourself in your favorites, unbeknownst to the passive observer. As a matter of fact, as I was sitting at my computer, closely analyzing this garment, my husband walked in and asked “that’s Star Wars?”
Why, yes, dear…yes, it is!
The blouse I acquired is inspired by Star Wars femme fatale bounty hunter Bazine Netal, and the design is called “Galactic Spy.” There are a few different fun, geek-themed designs available – all for preorder – so be aware that you can’t be in a hurry to get the product. I preordered the blouse in early July, as a “happy birthday to me” gift, and just received it this past week (September 25). The company did have some holdups in the production and shipping process, so as a thank-you for being extra-patient, I also received a few more goodies and a hand written thank-you note (see picture)! I appreciated the gesture immensely, and got some cool merch in the process! The blouse arrived in a purple envelope, with tissue paper wrapped around the items inside. I love that little personal touch, and it’s one of the reasons I like to give some love back to these independent companies!
Now, for the details…
Product description from the website:
“I, spy…the best dressed snitch in the galaxy. This striking black & white rhombus pattern is perfect for lounging around alien bars and far-flung spaceports.
This collared shirt buttons up at the front, and features short raglan sleeves with buttoned sleeve tabs. Peach-soft polyester. Designed & made in the UK.
Size range UK 6-20. (approx. US size 2-16). Check the size guide before ordering, if in doubt, we recommend sizing up” (Note – I usually wear a size medium in most women’s clothing, and I ordered a large).
Currently listed on the website at £39.00 (currently about $53.00 U.S.), plus tax and shipping. The payment is charged when you order, not when the item is shipped. I used PayPal to complete my order, which is, of course, always very convenient.
The fabric is 100% polyester. This is great because it doesn’t wrinkle easily, giving you that crisp, professional look all day long. The material itself is light, but not sheer, and is soft to the touch. This is a nice contrast to some polyester garments, which can be coarse (and rough…but not like sand… 😉 )! The care label features the universal labeling system. Translation for this blouse = “Machine wash cold, no bleach, do not dry clean, do not tumble dry, cool iron.”
Other construction notes:
Overall, I am very pleased with the construction details and quality: the blouse is constructed mainly with a completely serged edge along the seams, and features a nice, crisp dart along the sleeves to give it that polished – yet raglan feel – similar to a baseball jersey. The collar is top-stitched to stay in place nicely. The buttons are two-hole plastic buttons. The hems around the arms are a flat, double-stitched edge. the bottom hem is serged, then turned under and stitched. The black trim-and-button detail on the sleeve finishes the look with a nice contrasting detail.
Final Thoughts and Rating:
For my numbers, I’m giving this blouse 4 out of 5 Galactic Credits Rating!
It’s a great product – A bit pricey when compared to other items of similar construction and style, but when you’re dealing with an independent company, I feel as though the consumer should expect to pay more. To me, the idea of supporting a company like this, and knowing that the people behind the scenes seem to truly care about the way their products are received by their patrons is well worth the higher price tag. The only major drawback is the amount of time between ordering/payment and receiving the item.
I hope you enjoyed this review and found it to be helpful! Do you own anything from Prophecy Girl? What are your thoughts? Please leave any comments or questions below, or you can contact me on one of my many social media accounts (see below)!
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