Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Slight problems

Just some quick information:

My webspace, where I'm hosting my files (the patterns and instructions and also my background image) appears to have some problems. So currently, you can't download anything, for which I'm really sorry.
However, you can get my patterns over at burdastyle.com:
The corset
The chemise

I'll try to sort this out asap. Sorry again.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Addendum

The director of the Pope Joan production just sent me the pictures from the photoshoot. They were taken by photographer Hermann Posch for Theaterlust.
I thought you might like to see them :)







Because I got asked in a comment by Renata (thanks :) ) how my internship was going, I thought I'd add some info on that as well. I'm working in a fashion store called "kauf dich gl├╝cklich" (which roughly translates to "shop yourself happy") for three weeks. I'm through my first week and I'm having fun so far :) Mostly I'm doing retail-y things, like helping customers, restocking, working at the till... not terribly exciting, but I love the shop and my co-workers are fun to work with, so generally I'm having a good time.
See you guys soon!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Theatre work

Hi! This is me coming back from the dead after my finals :) they've been over for about 2 1/2 weeks already, but then I just enjoyed doing nothing for a while and a week ago I started my mandatory internship.
But let's get to more interesting things!
I got a comission to make a medieval dress and a monk's robe for a promotional photoshoot for  a touring theatre company called Theaterlust. They're doing a production of "Pope Joan" (you might know the novel or the movie released in 2009) spring 2014, which is quite some time in the future, so naturally they didn't really have any costumes yet. However, they needed some for photos for their homepage and press kit, so I made those two I mentioned in just about 2 days (plus dyeing the fabric... couldn't find the right colours in the right quality...) and the actual costume designer for the show made the pope's robe (which I'm dying to see!).
Without further ado, here you go:


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I drafted the pattern for everything myself, because really, medieval stuff is almost shapeless anyway. The fabric I used is heavy, rough linen for both, dyed for the proper colour and then slightly aged with the help of a cheese grater ;)
All in all a pretty quick project. The most work were probably the eyelets on the dress. I used metal eyelets for stability and then covered the eyelets with matching thread with a buttonhole stitch. By hand. I always complain about this kind of work but end up doing it all the time. Maybe I secretly enjoy all the tedious, neverending but beautiful needlework that's to be done by hand. Or I'm simply a masochist.

This project also made me realize, that I REALLY want a medieval dress for myself (the kind with a surcoat) out of a nice, heavy linen. But sadly I can't afford that right now. Because linen is pricey :(