Saturday, December 31, 2011

I am a horder

One last post in this year and it's inspired by my recent end-of-the-year-resorting-of-the-fabric-stash. And believe me, said fabric stash is GINORMOUS. I should not buy anymore fabric ever - but that won't work. I'm an addict and I don't think there's rehab for this kind of addiction yet. So, here we go, most of my fabrics in no particular order:

Woolen stuff (the one on the far right is actually light blue)

Tafetta and lining fabrics

Black and white patterned fabrics

Cotton sateen

Plaids. The one in the middle is actually an authentic Scottish tartan meant to become a kilt.



more jerseys

mixed stuff

sheer fabrics

fancyfancy fabrics I picked up for a bargain that are all supposed to be dresses when they grow up

random patterns

bright green velvet (got that for Christmas! My aunt rocks), black velvet and the softest, fluffiest fake fur I've ever met

these two I got at a fair and they are supposedly real vintage. The left one will hopefully become a 40s dress and the right one another 50s dress

And that's about it. I haven't shared with you the awesome silk my Mum's boyfriend brought me from China and the big bag of scraps that I use for my patchwork scarves.
I think I have a problem.
Anyone want to adopt a piece of fabric? I'm not willing to part with all of them, but maybe some of them if you ask nicely... ;)

Have a very Happy New Year!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Fashion through the ages or something like that

As the current projects I'm working on can't be shown here or are not photographed yet and I really wanted to write a blog post, I'll share a fun project that is somewhat Christmas related, for me at least.
The story behind this is that I make my grandmother a calender with photos of me every year for Christmas and I try my hardest to come up with a new theme for every single one. So last year I finally had the feeling that I could actually get together twelve different outfits for fashion eras.
It was pretty mix and match (and some things required photoshop recolouring) but putting together costumes creatively and with a lot of improvising is something I really love!
So without further ado, here are the pictures (two for each month) with little summaries on how I did them :) And I just want to add that for a lot of the pictures the make-up was an important component, which I can thank my friend Kathy for. She helped me with the pictures and did a great job!

So ancient Greece/Rome is always very easy. I was wearing a nightgown and a tablecloth. Yeah, I'm cool like that.

And here we have Celtic. I'm wearing my Shieldmaiden Gown, which is actually white, here it's recoloured in photoshop. The drape thingy is a fabric that has been sitting in my stash for ages and is real scottish tartan that's actually supposed to become a kilt at some point. The brooch is also photoshop magic.

We've reached the Middle-Ages, and I know there are actually different style eras within the general medieval period, but this is just kind of general, because it's what I could put together. I'm actually kind of fond of the outcome, though. I was wearing the Shieldmaiden Gown again, recoloured in photoshop of course, and over it I'm wearing a sort of vest/coat thingy that I have from a theatre production and the headpiece is just a headband and draped fabric. The belt is from another one of my Éowyn gowns.

Big jump in the timeline up to the 18th century. At that point I hadn't even started with my Rococo project so I just donned Puck's costume, adding lovely stockings and ribbons around my calfs, making this the only men's outfit in the calender. Feel free to laugh at me for this one.

Regency! Posing all Elizabeth Bennett-y with my book of poetry. And I don't even like Austen when it doesn't have zombies. Here I'm wearing the Hippolyta Gown, obviously with an underskirt. And my hair took me ages.

So this isn't a fashion era obviously, but I was just SO proud of my Victorian corset (which was just finished then) that I wanted to put it in. But if you've followed this blog even just for a little while you probably know this anyway. I have instructions for the chemise and the corset on here as well, you can find them in the sidebar on the right.

My Victorian gown, the day version. Do I really need to tell you about this one? I go on about it enough.

We've arrived in the 20th century! Yay! And this one is really not even a proper outfit. I don't own anything resembling a twenties/flapper dress, so it's just a top with a skirt draped out of a bit of fabric and some organza wrapped around my torso. And then I accessorized. I think it's still pretty okay, just goes to show how easy it is to put something like this together. Oh, and did you all spot the Great Gatsby reference with the spectacles/eyes? Yep, I'm a dork.

The Fifties, one of my favourite eras! I had so many clothing options for this one, but finally settled on the polka-dot-circle-skirt-dress, just because it's so very typically and obviously 50s. And I just realized I haven't even posted this dress on here. I'll have to do that soon.

The Sixties are also among my favourites, though I don't own much in their style, because I think the Fifties' silhouette just looks way more flattering on me. This one was kind of a lazy picture for me, because I just pulled out my only Sixties dress and a pair of boots and then my friend did all of the work by giving me Twiggy make-up.

Because it's a huge cliché (and don't we all love ourselfs some clichés?) I went with the kind of "bad-taste" look for the Eighties. But as it turns out, I would be screwed if I was ever invited to a bad-taste party, because my stuff is all rather boring really. The inspiration for the outfit I finally picked seriously came from the Robin Sparkles videos in How I Met Your Mother. Awesome show.

And now the time had come, when I was officially running out of costumes. So I just did something futuristic, because it was close to Christmas and there were metallic fabrics galore in the shops. Even though the outfit looks rather ridiculous (it's meant to), I like the overall look. With the make-up and the photoshop-bleaching of my hair we kind of went for the "Eloi" look from the 1960s version of The Timemachine. Also sort of doll-like, almost brainwashed. It was fun :)
Aaaaaaand, that's it! I hope you were at least a bit entertained by all my calendar pictures and maybe you even got some ideas on how to easily throw together a certain fashion era look. The year before last I made the calendar with different Shakespeare heroines, maybe I'll post those pictures as well and let you guess who I am in each of them :P See you soon!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Superfluous mood changes are superfluous

Soooo, yeah, I have a new layout AGAIN. The other one wasn't that old, but somehow I suddenly thought it was way too... all over the place. And I was bored yesterday at school because we had an "introduction to Photoshop" and I know how to use Photoshop already. So I used it to make myself a neat new background :)
It's not just me randomly changing my mind about the look of my blog though, another reason I changed it to what it is now, is that I'm working on a proper website for myself and this background matches the look of said website. Also I just really wanted a white background behind the text again.

While I did all of that rearranging, I also installed a new comment system, so hopefully I will now be able to reply to comments directly (I hate that blogger doesn't have that function...). But if you ask me a question and definitely want an answer, click the "subscribe by email" option so you'll be notified when I reply to your comment, because I really do try to answer all questions I get.

I have been really busy lately, sewing wise, but I can't post most of these projects yet because they're mostly Christmas presents! So you'll just have to wait for a bit ;)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Just real quick

I made another corset for a friend of mine in the last days and this time I remembered to take pictures during the process. So I updated my instructions pdf and I also put the patterns and instructions in the sidebar, so they're easier to find.

And just so this post isn't quite as boring, here are some figurines I drew in school (we're doing "figurines in motion" at the moment)

We drew them from photos, so it wasn't THAT hard, but I think they still turned out pretty good :) Have a nice weekend, I'll hopefully post some of our sewing projects from fashion school soon!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oh my! Put some clothes on!

... or not, because underwear can also be very pretty ;)
I promised you pictures of my 18th century underthings over 2 weeks ago and I hang my head in shame, that I haven't posted them earlier. I thought I would take the pictures as soon as I have my wig, but alas, by an unfortunate turn of events, I don't have it yet. So you'll have to make do with the sort of rococo-ish updo I did with my own hair and my trusty friend, the hairpiece.

Let's start from the bottom up, shall we?
With my victorian outfit, I never took a photo of just the chemise. And this time around I also almost forgot and did it really last minute (as you can see by my already undone hair and removed make-up and general tiredness). But there you go: First layer, chemise.

Next up, the corset. You've already seen it, but these pictures are prettier AND I have good news! I actually laced it properly and now it fits better and doesn't overlap at the top anymore! Yay! I feel so stupid now, for listening to Simplicity's lacing instructions, when I actually knew how to lace 18th century stays in a "historically correct" way (with just one string instead of two) and I just didn't put that knowledge to use. Duh.

There you go, front, back and side views. In the side view you can see nicely how the corset shapes the rococo silhouette with the flat chest.
Also, I think this is the point where I should tell you that, if any of you ever plan to use Simplicity 3635 and 3637 together (as you were clearly meant to do in my opinion), well... be careful. I was never planning to use the dress pattern exactly as it is, I almost never do that, but I wasn't confident enough to tackle the project without one (turns out I would have been able to, but whatever).
Thankfully I approached this project the same way as the victorian outfit: underwear first, then we'll see about the measurements.
With the victorian dress it didn't make too much of a difference but it definitely did with this one.
While my chest is (obviously) flattened and therefor a size smaller than it would usually be, the corset doesn't really pull my waist in, so with the added thick layer of fabric and steelband it's actually almost a size bigger than my usual size.
And that doesn't really work with the Simplicity pattern, because the dress is made in normal clothes' sizes. So now I can have fun redrafting the pattern so it actually fits over the corset. Woohoo!
Now let's see some details:

A close-up, so you can see the prettypretty fabric and the bow on the shoulder stays.

Next up, the pockets. I didn't want to do these at first, but I fell in love with the idea to have this hidden spot to stash your things. Considering they're completely hidden I put way to much work into them of course, and embroidered them. But they look nice :)

Now, let me introduce you to my newest housemate. It certainly takes up just as much space...

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Front, back and side again. I LOVE my hoop skirt. It's surprisingly fun to wear even though I don't fit through doors with it. I need a versaille-esque castle, please.
But seriously, it takes up so much space. I don't really know where to put that thing.
And now, last but not least: my shoes. You have probably seen glimpses of them in the pictures already, but here they are in all their glory.

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When I first planned this project I also immediately thought about where to get my shoes. Then I did some research and was very sad when I saw how incredibly expensive all kinds of historic footwear are and that they simply wouldn't fit my budget (which is basically non-existent). And then, some days later I was in the city and just browsing through a shoe store when I saw these

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And I immediately thought "Hmm... the basic shape kinda looks like... awesome!" So with just a little left over fabric from my corset, a bit of ribbon and gold paint and lots of burns from my hot glue I got pretty cool shoes for about 20€. Neat, isn't it?

This post was epic, I hope you appreciate it ;) See you at an indefinite point in the relatively near future!