Monday, May 28, 2012

Space Travel

It was my friend Beccy's birthday recently and once again I made her a dress. She picked this one out herself in burda magazine, so it was no surprise, but... meh.
Burdastyle.com calls it the "Cheongsam Dress" and it's part of an asian themed editorial, but Beccy and me immediately thought of science fiction instead.
And with the different colour combination we picked, it is now no longer an asian dress, but was dubbed the "Space Travel Dress".


The pictures were taken on my house's rooftop by the way. I recently found out you could go up there and it's so cool! Our flat doesn't have a balkony but now I have my own personal rooftop terrace!


I made the dress out of cotton batiste in bordeaux red and dark blue. The one by burda is made of silk, which of course is nice, but I think cotton was the better choice for an everyday summer dress.

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How do you guys like the dress?

By the way, it is entirely possible you won't be hearing from me again until after my exams which start Monday a week from now. Wish me luck!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Why does it always have to be smocking?

Before I do the stuff I'm actually supposed to do, a quick update with a school sewing project.
You haven't really seen any of these before, because we usually have to make the clothes all in the same size - which doesn't fit me. So I give them away and I always forget to take pictures beforehand.
But this time around, we were allowed to make the item in our own size, yay! So here you go, my dress:


I made the pattern myself (that was the whole point after all). What you cannot really see in the pictures are the decorative seams. The dress has strap seams and then there are also horizontal separating seams that run in an upward arch in the front and a downward arch in the back, so they sort of piece together to form a circle.


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The true highlight of the dress in my opinion however is the back - of which I obviously don't have a good picture ;)

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So please excuse the lameness of this photo, it's the one I had to take to show that the dress actually fit. But you can see my smocked backpiece! Somehow, whenever we have to add these decorative, sculpted surfaces, I end up smocking. Because I'm pretty much the only one in my class who can do it and has the patience for it. So out of the several suggestions I make, my teacher always picks the smocking. And, of course, it always takes hours to do. This particular piece of smocking took be about like five episodes of Glee, three episodes of The Big Bang Theory and then some Downton Abbey and youtube. Or in a more conventional time unit: over 7 hours.

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And here it is again in a close-up. It's Canadian smocking by the way. I LOVE the look, but I probably won't be doing it for a little while now ;)

Okay, back to work. I'm getting my exam topic on Friday a week from now.  Help.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I'm still alive

... or something.
I just saw my last post was over a month ago, so I thought I'd give a quick update.
School is basically madness right now, the year is coming to an end and we still have super-many projects to finish. And then all of June will be exams. Oh my God.
In addition to that I had another movie job (Yay!) as the costume designer for the short-film "Itzelham" by director Christoph von Zastrow. It was really stressful and hard work and getting up way to early (at 4 am once) but it was totally worth it and so much fun! I'm really blessed with the teams I get to be a part of, they're always wonderful people to get to know and work with. None of them know about this blog, but a shout-out to them nonetheless! :)


We were shooting in a region in Bavaria called Chiemgau, which is really beautiful (as hinted at in the picture above) but has really mad weather, as it's directly in between the mountains and the Chiemsee. So we had picture perfect blue skies with cuddly white clouds but also heavy rain, which made us stop shooting a few times, but rewarded us with this several evenings in a row:


You can't really see it in the picture, but it's a DOUBLE RAINBOW! All the way across the sky! ;)

As great as the shoot was, it made me miss a week of school, so now I have to catch up quite a bit and my days pretty much consist of school, work for school, trying to avoid work for school by staring at my computer screen (mostly watching youtube videos), sleeping and the quality time I set aside for feeding my addiction to several TV series. So outside of school I haven't really done any sewing and haven't got anything new for you to see in that area. Sorry. I hope I'll have more time again soon. 'Till then, my dearies.