Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hear, hear, the pipes are calling...

Be warned, this is not a project post. So if that seems boring to you, go ahead and just ignore this.

Not one day of my life have I kept a diary. I have never been one to want to write stuff down, I prefer my actual memories, even though I guess I am reasonably good with words (or so say the people who read what little I actually do write).
Maybe this also makes me a very bad blogger, but then again this blog isn't supposed to be my public diary but... more of a scrapbook maybe?
Whatever the case may be, last week I realized there is a place that makes me want to write, to express what I feel about said place.
That place is Edinburgh, the beautiful capitol of Scotland. Last week I went there for the fifth time: year after year I embark on this pilgrimage via easyjet's one direct flight a day to worship the god of theatre so to say. Because all through August there's this thing called the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and if you're a theatre lover like I am, it's THE place to be in my opinion. Sure, other cities have Fringe Festivals as well and I have been to the London one, but I have the feeling that Edinburgh is the perfect city for this type of event, with everything being in walking distance and the whole city somehow turning into one big performance space where nobody cannot be a a part of the show. It's also (so says its homepage at least) the biggest festival of its kind.
And, of course, I may simply be biased because Edinburgh stole my heart when I first went there and never gave it back. If I could freely choose where I wanted to live, without having to worry about how to pay for it etc, it would definitely be Edinburgh. It is such a beautiful place, with its gorgeous architecture, its streets that never seem to lead where you think they should, its absolutely charming residents and with its way of suddenly having a park with a hill in the middle of the city that gives you the feeling of having walked right into the countryside.
But enough of the swooning. Let me tell you a bit more about what I did.
I stayed at Edinburgh for 4 nights, but because there's only one direct flight a day from Munich at the most unfortunate time, me and my friend basically had 3 days there. In these 3 days we were given 98 flyers (the main way of advertising during the festival) and saw 19 shows. That means six or seven a day... and before you let that shock you, let me say that the shows are rarely longer than 90 minutes. I have always been quite good at choosing which shows to attend but this year my selection was almost incredibly good. I would rate everything we saw between "really good" and "brilliant", without the occasional "okay" and "meh" in the mix that I'm used to.
The amazing talent I saw had me in stichtes and in tears; I saw a comedy version of Macbeth set at a public school with sockpuppets and was very glad I wasn't in the first row at a very gory performance of Titus or I would have gotten a bit of a blood shower. A single performer told me the most wonderful story about a man with so many weapons in his body, that everybody who looks at him immediately feels better and only dance, music, masks and pantomime brought me to tears with a love story that didn't need any spoken words.
So, in a nutshell: if you have the opportunity to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, please do so, it is - every single year - an incredible experience.

Also, I now own a sonic screwdriver. I feel almost as cool as bowties now.
Let's see if anybody got that.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

All this stuff keeps happening! (and also a new project)

Right after my last post I decided to try and blog more often. Alas, I was very unsuccessful with that. So much stuff has come along!
Before I start into just WHAT has been happening, for those of you not interested: there is a new project (surprise! It's a dress!) towards the end :)

Sooooooo... First, I got a really cool comission for a sequin outfit from the wonderful Oscar Loya, who is a singer/performer some of you might know from the Eurovision Song Contest a few years back. I'm hoping to get some pictures of the outfit soon, so I can share them with you!
So that was kind of awesome. And now, I have a job as the costume designer for a short film. Yep, that's right. My first job in the field I want to work in, before I have even started my education. Granted, it's unpaid, as it is the director's final project for her photography/film studies, but it's a great experience and lots of fun (and also a bit stressful, but who cares). I'm really looking forward to filming next week!
If the director ever posts the film on her website, I will post the link here, of course.
On last thing before I post another project that has been waiting to be showcased here for a while:
Remember my hat that goes with the Victorian Day Dress? I wore that hat to the race track one day, when I went there for an event my boss from the costume rental was a part of. Somebody asked to take pictures of me with the hat and now look here:

I'm on their homepage and on the flyers and posters for the next event :) My hat is THAT awesome.
Enough about why I'm not posting, I have another dress to show off.

For my friend Beccy's birthday I made her dress no. 120 out of burdastyle magazine 07/2010. I loved the dress as soon as I saw it, but I knew it wouldn't suit me at all, but that she would look gorgeous in it.

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For the version I made for her I used a stretchty greyish-lightblueish fabric and the bodice part is almost the same colour in a cotton satin.

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Also, I think this dress started my piping addiction... ;)

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When I first gave her the dress it was quite a bit too tight (and Beccy is already so very slender!), so I guess the sizing is a bit off. Just in case any of you plan on working with this pattern. Changing it wasn't too big a problem, though, I just put in triangular pieces at the sides of the bodice to make it a bit wider.

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Other than that the gift was a huge success as Beccy loves the dress. Right after she unwrapped it, she called it a "princess dress" :)

For those of you who actually kept reading all the way to here:
I'm trying to figure out what else (besides posting projects) to do with my blog. Any suggestions? What would you like to see here? It's totally okay to say "Just keep doing what you're doing, we don't want to know anything about your life!" ;)

Monday, August 1, 2011

I never stop making dresses

Sooo, I have another dress to show you :)
I actually started making this one before Christmas and was planning to wear it on Christmas Eve. But I didn't quite finish it. Especially because it turned out that the pattern No. 116 out of burda magazine 10/2009 doesn't really fit me. Usually I don't need to make a toile for burda patterns because I use those A LOT and I know which size to make. But this one... well, way to wide at the waist, way to tight at the hips. So I needed to change quite a lot. And I didn't have the patience to do that right before Christmas.
Now, like half a year later I finally finished it and also had an occasion to wear it.
Luckily my Mum was nice enough to take pictures when we got home around midnight, because I had my hair done up all pretty and stuff ;) But, as I had worn the dress for a whole evening it's rather wrinkly. Sorry for that.

The main fabric is a cotton sateen in a very beautiful greyish blue colour. I combined it with radiant light green cotton to highlight the dramatic low-cut back which I will show you... NOW

Yeah, so I wanted a dress with a low-cut back for a while. Now I have one ;)
In the version burda did, there's this HUGE bow in the back. I thought it looked ridiculous. Instead I added the lapels and I like those a lot more. What do you guys think?