Thursday, September 27, 2012

New England Photoshoot!

  The reasons that I didn't post as much this month are plentiful; you can read about one of them here on my writing blog. However, one of the main reasons was that I simply didn't have photos of the many projects that I was working on! So while I had plenty of costumes and garments to show off... I really didn't have a chance to post any of them.

  Until now, that is.

  Another aforementioned reason that I didn't post was that we went on vacation to lovely Mystic, CT. It was our second visit to that beautiful place, and quite memorable it was indeed! One of the many things we did was to snap a bunch of a pictures of the cloaks I made recently. You've seen a few of the pictures, but I wanted to share some more. It really was a fun shoot!

We used multiple locations and took advantage of the rugged countryside! 

*COUGH* That one was slightly wrinkled... ah hem... 

This particular picture makes me think of secret garden. 

I think this was my favorite setting... some of the pictures we took here look ripe for a book cover! 

 Ahh, the rocky New England coast. Gotta love it.

  Some of these cloaks are in the shop already, however, all will be in the shop before All Hallows to help you get ready for the fun! Also... a cloak is the quintessential costume item. It is the one garment that can improve any costume- it can hide the fact that you're not wearing a costume! So if you need a quick costume, an instant sweetener, or just need something to wear to The Hobbit Premiere, check out the shop!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mirror, Mirror Costumes: Snow

 "Snow will do what snow does best: snow falls."

   You'll know what I'm talking about, dear readers, if you've seen this movie before. It's one of those movies that you would forget easily... if it weren't for the costumes. They are ah-mah-zing! It's rather a drool-fest when you watch it... sigh.

  Apparently, the costume designer had a terminal illness, so she wanted to leave the costumes of this film behind as her final legacy. And legacy they certainly are!

  There are too many costumes for the Queen and Snow to feature in one post, so I'm going to do one on each. This one is, of course, Snow's... because hers are the best. I should probably save the best for last, but I'm just so excited about a new pattern Simplicity just released to not post about hers first!

  So, we have an unusual number that shows up first, her Birthday Dress...

...I say unusual, because I would have never thought to put light green, pink, and yellow together. And yet, here they are in a gorgeous combination!

The brocades are just delicious. You can bet that even the lining of this dress is silk!

It's topped off with this luscious silk cloak that features welt pockets! Lurves it. 


It's shown here in a girl's size, but the pattern has women's sizes as well. Granted, it needs alterations, but they are easily done. 

  Next comes Snow's Swan Dress...

The main highlight, for me, of this dress is the lace. Of course the wings and the headdress are fun, but the lace that's pretty much everywhere is simple and elegant.

It's practically frothing in lace. 

As of yet, I haven't seen any patterns that have tried to mimic this one, but I think adapting this one  (changing sleeves and skirt) would work out nicely. 

  I really don't care for her Forest Outfit, but I'll post a picture for completeness' sake. 

The coolest part of this costume is that they didn't opt for the usual skin-tight pants. Readers, she has a pair of snazzy gouchos on. Classy! Other than that and in comparison with the other costumes, this one is not as much fun to talk about. With good reason, because she can't be running around the forest in hoops and corsets... 


Last (and best) costume: 

The Wedding Dress! 


I love this dress to pieces. I would totally wear this to a dance... well... adapted appropriately, of course. 


 It's bold, it's sweet, it's lovable... the more I look at this dress, the more I love it.

 There are details everywhere. The lower sleeves, the front bodice, and the over skirt... not to mention the gorgeous bow in the back.

And yersh, there is a pattern

It needs some adapting, as always, but I think that it's an excellent base to start from... in fact, lovely as it is if you needed an easy Snow dress for All Hallows! 

Here's the fun dance scene from the credits to see all the angles of the dress!

  Thank you all for reading... next week I'll post about the Queen's costumes, which are just as fun and doubly full as Snow's!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Titanic 2012 Costumes

  Just watched the ITV mini-series for Julian Fellowes' Titanic: One Voyage, A World Of Untold Stories. If you want to get any sleep at night...

  ...don't watch. 

  But if you love Downton Abbey (this is a relatively clean version), costumes (they are ah-mah-zing) and a good story, by all means.

  The costumes. I lurves them. 

^ That man is amazing. 

Er, I mean, I don't have to go into why I love the costumes. I just do. 

....disregard that last comment.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Capes, Cloaks, and Why They're Important

  That would make a lovely essay title. But actually, we're not here to talk about writing. That's my other blob. We're here to talk about this stack of somethings.

  I'll give you a hint...

  Just know that in the next couple of months, there will be no dearth of cloaks in the shop. Oh look, there's one there now! Check it out here!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Oh Darn You, Butterick

  Butterick is one of those companies that is a hit-or-miss with their patterns. Whenever they come out with a new grouping, you either love or hate them. At least, I know I do. So, they lull you into repetition with mediocre garment and costume patterns until one day...


I was really happy when I saw this pattern... despite the fact that she's got no pettis on over those hoops. 

 I think I'd make just the bodice for a blouse. It's quite lovely.

Finally, a good CW pattern from Butterick. And we thought the day would never come. 

 I freaked out when I saw this, though. IS IT LEGAL TO WANT TO HAVE THIS RIGHT NOW?

 I mean, it's got Cranford written all over it.

 When Butterick goes on sale, ain't no wild horses stopping me from getting these patterns.