Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hiatus

I must bid one and all adieu- why? I'm off to college. (!!!) 

Here's a F.A.Q. for people who have landed on this post from August 2013 to June 2014; 

What does this mean for the shop and this blog? The shop's officially on standby until June 2014, whereby I'll be reintroducing old products to the store and offering some new ones. I'm hoping to increase the number of ready-made Regency items, as they seem to do well. So you have that to look forward to. 
*smirk* 
As for the blog, I'll be posting even more sporadically (if at all) until I reopen the shop. There's probably going to be a few posts here and there, but since college means pretty much no free time, ergo no time for sewing projects, I won't have much to post about. So you're not missing much. 

What about the people who already have a custom order placed (before September 2013)? If your order hasn't already been listed in the shop to be sold and shipped, it's probably on hold until January-June 2014. Please contact me if you have any questions. 

What about people who are interested in placing a custom order (after September 2013)? Please contact me! Just because the shop's closed and the blog's on hiatus, doesn't mean that I'm not able to discuss costumes with you! You'll find my email in the 'contact' tab above. Just know that I might not be able to get to your project until June or even July of 2014. 

I hope that answers any and all questions you may have- please don't hesitate to comment or email me if you have any others. I'm looking forward to getting back to the sewing scene next year and I hope you have a great fall/winter season!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Current Project: Snow White's Tunic

  Right now I'm working on the outer tunic from Snow White's primary costume from the film, Snow White And The Huntsman. 




 ...except this one has a twist: it's going to be reversible! My customer wants it to be made out of dark burgundy and forest green velvet so that she can get double the use out of it. Pretty nifty, huh?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Customer Photos: Midnight Bolero!

  My friend needed a bolero to match her prom dress (the same dance I made this dress for), so I got to play with sheer fabric again*.

 

 It's a single layer jacket, so it's very airy and won't sweat you out while dancing.


I either made french seams or finished them off on the inside so that it wouldn't be thready and annoying. 

If you're interested in a bolero of your own, feel free to contact me!





*Oh yay. Sheer fabric. My favorite.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Diary of a Dress: Prom 2013 {three}


It's nearly done! I'm quite happy with the way it's looking thus far. Like I mentioned in the last diary post, it has a Grecian feel to it, so I guess I know what song I'm going to be requesting at the Prom.


Okay, well, maybe not. But hey. You know that's what I'll be thinking.



 I've already tried it on and strutted around my room trying to look like, um, well, a Disney Princess. Cuz it's worth it.



Here's my 'prom haul' thus far- some Revlon polish in "Gold Coin" and jewelry from the best store on the planet, Charming Charlie's. Cannae wait to try it all on.

...next up on the Diary, I'm going to be IN the dress. Huzzah for progress.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Diary Of A Dress: Prom 2013 {two}

  So far I've got the bodice done... that's about it. I'm not really sure how this dress is going to turn out, but I think it's going to have a Grecian feel to it.

 

 The midrift section of the dress is going to be a mustard yellow, which will hopefully set the grey off in a delightful way.


  Tomorrow I'm going jewellry/makeup shopping for the event... Charming Charlies, for the win!

Next stop- midrift +  skirt!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Customer Photos: 1780's Prom Gown!


   Lovely Monica has shared pictures of her wearing the prom dress I made for her! I think she looks just as ducky as I knew she'd be (and some)!



If you'd like to commission me to create a similar gown for in your size and colors, I'd be more than happy to discuss your dream dress!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Diary of a Dress: Prom 2013 {one}


  Here's the sneak peek for my prom dress for 2013! The dance is on May 31st, so I'm kinda on a deadline to get this done. However, when has that ever stopped me?

*cough*

  Well, we won't say anything about the enormous amout of stress behind that last sentence...
anyway, here is the main inspiration for this dress:



Allons-y, I'm off to start off this puppy!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Custom Order: 1780's Prom Dress!

  When my lovely friend Monica asked me to do her prom dress for her, I flipped. In case you haven't noticed, I love doing custom orders- and I like sewing for friends even more. It's a win/win. She wanted a gown similar to the ones worn in the 2007 version of Mansfield Park. We pinned to this board to gather ideas and to flesh out a design... this is one of the initial pictures to give you an idea of what sparked us:


(Yes, it has Billie Piper in it. Yes, the dresses are gorgeous. Yes, a lot of people didn't like it but... hey, get over it.)

  We ended up going with a powder blue chiffon (it was WENDY BLUE, really, it was) and using Mrs. Chancey's beautiful Georgian pattern... and here's what the result was!




  Pictures of the lovely lady IN her dress are forthcoming... I'm really looking forward to seeing her in it. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Civil War Ball Gown: Finished!



The ball was exquisitely beautiful...  met some lovely people there, and had a thoroughly wonderful time!

Here are the pictures of my dress...





 And lastly, a sassy Cinderella-left-her-shoe-by-accident-and-had-to-go-back-for-it-because-no-prince-was-after-her shot.

It was lovely making this dress... hope you all enjoyed!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Diary of a Dress: Civil War Ball Gown! {three}

   Saturday's sewing session went really well. In fact, I'm nearing the 90% mark. That's a bit of a relief. Here are the progress pictures I took while working three days ago, just to give you a sneak peek and an idea of what it's shaping up to look like!


 Here's a finished sleeve, some piping, and the bodice ready to be completed.


 On the left is the second sleeve all pinned up and ready to be sewn.


Just a tad bit of advice: NEVER make ribbon bows without first gluing the edges with something like Fray Check. That is, if you want to retain your sanity. The picture above is just to show how I apply the glue.

(Yes, I'm working over my copy of D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths. Pardon me, my literary geek is showing.)


And there's the bows all tied and ready to be handsewn on! 

Next post is likely going to be pictures of the garment on my dress form. Don't worry... I will share pictures of me in the dress, but you're going to have to wait until next week for that.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Diary of a Dress: Civil War Ball Gown! {two}

   Did I mention that the dance is next Saturday? The fact that I'm working part time AND have limited free time makes that fact even more... uh, exciting. Stopping sewing for a little bit to give you some progress pics; the first two are from Thursday's session, the last is a detail shot I snapped just now to give you a better idea of how pretty the flowers and ribbons look on the skirt.

  Yes, I am stinkin' proud of this thing, even though it's hardly finished. Admittedly, I'm further along than is shown in the pictures... but that's another post.


 Skirt is ALMOST ENTIRELY done. Need to put a placket on there. 
 

There's the bodice... not done, of course. The oddly pinned flower is to give you a vague impression that it will someday be nicely sewn on. However! For now, you get to enjoy its over all wonkiness. 
 

That's the backmost skirt festoon. 

I luvs it.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Diary of a Dress: Civil War Ball Gown! {one}

   I'm going to a Civil War ball... my first historical one, in fact! I'm really really REALLY really really excited about it. Like, jumping around and stuff and feeling butterflies in my stomach when I think about it. 

  OF COURSE I'm making a dress. I'd be either sick or dead if I wasn't able to or didn't want to! I got the skirt pretty much all done last weekend. Here's some shots on my dress form!


Double layered skirt! I draped the whole thing on my dressform; the only thing that's from a pattern is the waist band. I'll be decorating with ribbons and flowers!

 (I'll let you in on a little secret: the cream skirt is from a wedding dress that we tore apart months ago!) 



Here are the pleats in the back... sigh. I love those pleats. They make me something proud.


And here's the mock up of the bodice, which fits like a DREAM. Sigh. I can't wait for all this to come together in the final product!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Edelweiss Patterns: Liesl's Party Dress!


  Katrina of Edelweiss Patterns released a lovely pattern based on Lisel's dress when the von Trapps were singing goodnight to their father in The Sound of Music! It's really lovely... I'm super tempted to get it. I think it'd make a PERFECT dance dress for the summer!

  Next dress Katrina's working on from The Sound of Music? Lisel's Edelweiss Dress! Yay!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Old Republic Jedi Robes: Almost Complete!

   Can I just say how much I love Star Wars? I've been a fan even before the prequels, before The Clone Wars cartoons, before it was hyper-uber-commerziallized. Back in the day when I used to be a gmrgrrl (gamer girl for you n00bs), Star Wars games were all I played. 

  Jedi Academy, Battlefront, Jedi Outcast, Rogue Squadron, Rebel Assault 2, Dark Forces... 

But the best of all? 

Knights of the Old Republic. 

  Period. It's like, still the best game. The second one is okay too, but I think the first one is hard to beat in terms of story, pacing, characters- ahh. It's like bliss whenever I turn it on nowadays. (The best part about the game was Carth Onasi... one of my longest crushes. I explain on my other blog, in case you're interested.) 

  Anyway, the game is set 4,000 years BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin... or Episode IV for you n00bs), so the Jedi robes are considerably different than they are in the initial films. I have spoken about them before in previous posts (here and here, most notably), but once you see the pictures below you'll see what I'm talking about. 

  So without further adieu- me IN my almost completed robes!


Let me just say that I felt like a BOSS wearing them.


 What's missing? Well, I plan on making some actual pants for starters. Because as we all know, leggings aren't pants. (At least I hope you knew that...) Then, I hope to obtain an awesome belt (thinking about this one) and, eventually, to craft an outer robe. A big billowing one.


Until my costume is complete.... 

May the force be with you all!


  Like these robes? Want your own? Prefer a different era or style? Just drop me a line... I love working with custom orders!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

{whimsies} Daisy Blouse

   My {whimsies} line is slowly making its way to the shop! Have you seen the perky new items? Here's one of them... my Friendly Daisy blouse. The model thought it reminded her of Taylor Swift's latest fashion trend, namely the outfits in her Begin Again music video.

  ...uber complement in my book! 


Just a fun, lightweight blouse for spring/summer!


 Fashion-forward Peter Pan collar... an oldie, but a goodie.


  Hurry to fetch it before someone snatches it up first! Like the design? Not your colors? Not your size? Contact me, we'll make one just for you!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Susan Coronation Dress: Modelled at Last!



 Finally FINALLY finally I have pictures of me in my Susan Coronation dress! You've already heard about the finer details in previous posts (here, here and here), so I'm just going to show off pictures and point a few things out. Yay.


 You can get a clear view of the split skirt in this shot. The reason I opted for a split skirt was that I figured since Susan is only shown riding, the skirt must be split or something. Either that or so stupidly full that I wouldn't have had enough fabric to do it with.


 


Gah, I will never wear this dress in summer. It is so heavy and hot.



  Your next question may be, "Well? Whaddya gonna do with it now?" 

  Good question.

Right now, I'm at a crossroads with this outfit. Do I jump the gun and just sell the whole dang thing and forget it ever happened (I mean, there's a lot of painful memories with this dress, even though it turned out okay), or do I save it for some occasion? 


...how many occasions warrant the wearing of medieval/fantasy costumes? While I wish I could say "CHYEA A LOT", I'd only be lying to myself. Perhaps this will be in the shop sooner than you think.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dirndl

  Every October, friends of ours host a marvelous Ocktoberfest- there's cider, wonderful food, bonfires, and most important of all: dancing. No one has ever dressed up yet, so I took the stand and made a Dirndl for the occasion!

  ...admittedly, it was a tad awkward with me being the only one in traditional German dress, but I think this year the other ladies (and maybe some of the men!) will be costumed as well! Perhaps my attire was a spur to prick the sides of their intent? Yes? No? Maybe?

  Anyway, here is my Dirndl. I had a load of fun making it and it's quite possibly the most comfortable costume I've ever made! I hope to wear it for this year's 'fest and to the second Hobbit film... unless, of course, something happens and I decide to make another costume from Middle Earth.

Pfft. Like, that never happens.


 You can see the detailing I put into the back- I have a book of Dirndl pictures from Germany, and some of them had GORGEOUS detailing along the seam lines in the back. This is my attempt at it!


 There are three pieces- the half blouse (it's so awesome), the jumper, and the apron.



If you'd like your very own Dirndl, feel free to contact me! I'd love to make another one of these... not all Dirndls look alike, there are tons of variations, and we can explore one together!