Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dickens Fair 2014

     I was mad busy with Dickens Fair and college finals for November and December. But finals ended! And Dickens soon after. It was a great run. My new dress worked out great. It cut my dressing time in half (more on that later). My boy, who plays one of Victoria's officers, got to wear his many new uniforms. I had five Dark Garden window appearances. There was a lot of dancing. A lot of energy. I lot of love. And a lot of tired.
    But all worth it. It was hard to juggle everything while in art school and I have a better idea how to deal with it next year. Here are some photos from this season. Most were taken by other people.

Old Dickens dress, but with new trim.
Dark Garden Window Modeling:

And some fun photos:

Mr. Ados with Christmas Chewbacca!

Posing with the Queen at the Gaskell ball. 

Smooches with my boy through the Dark Garden window. 

I'll go more in-detail soon about my new Dickens dress and reveal projects for 2015!
That's all for now. Wishing everyone a happy New Year!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Prepping for Dickens 2014

     Between overwhelming school work and life chores in general, I have managed to work a little on my new Dickens Fair wardrobe. First, for the 1840's wrapper:

It just needs sleeves and a hem.

A new quilted petticoat. Pre-quilted fabric, of course!
Let's not get crazy here!
     I plan to switch off between the wrapper and my old dress throughout the season, but I am feeling like I'll be wearing this one a lot, because of how easy it is to put on! I also plan to switch off between wearing my old Justin Lacers (Dickens boot staple) and my AD Gettysburgs.

Gettysburg on left, Justin on right. 

     Remember that Fusiliers bodice from way back when? Well, I'm hoping to rejuvenate/fix/finish
and actually wear it this year.

It has some issues...
     Lastly, I've been working on a new shawl! It's my first legit knitting project and I'm very happy with it. The pattern was called "Eyre of Romance, Jane Shawl". Perfect, for my purposes!

Almost done! This photo makes it look a little small. 

Over and out.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New American Duchess "Virginia"

     She's done it again! American Duchess has produced another lovely and period shoe. If I was more into Renaissance costumes, I would snatch these up in a heartbeat!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Want-To-Do Sewing List

     Even though I have minimal time to make ALL THE THINGS, I can still fantasize about the projects until Winter Break.

This one's been on my plate for ages: Danaerys from Game of Thrones




I love most of her clothes, especially her blue "dragon scale" pieces. 

Next: Outlander

     I love the earth-toned wool tartans and practical working pieces. I adore the show and I think it's the push I needed to get into 18th c. costuming. But to start a new era I need new undergarments! I really like Claire's wedding stays, so I am looking at using the JP Ryan Strapless Stays pattern and making it front-lacing. 

Next: Early Bustle Dress
I finished Truly Victorian's Grand Bustle, so I need something to wear over it! I like the idea of something deep blue or purple and pair it with a big braided bun.

And next: April Gaskell 2015 Dress
The theme this year is "Girls in White Dresses with Blue Satin Sashes". We get to choose whatever era we want, but white and with a blue sash.
I'm 99% sure I'm doing a 19-teens dress-Lucile-inspired gown. 



    And so much more! If anyone has any tips or advice or ideas for these projects, please let me know! These are all new costume and techniques to me and I could use all the help I can get. Over and out.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

1840's Dickens Wrapper

     There are so many things piling up on my "Want-To-Do" list! Yet, being in the middle of my Fall semester is cutting most of my costume wishes short. It looks like I won't get to anything big until Winter Break, but I have a few things to tide me over till then.
     Recently, I've been working on a new Dickens Fair dress. My dress from last year is showing wear, so I'd like to have a few pieces to switch out. I also wanted the option of not wearing a corset under the new dress, so I turned to Katherine's tutorial for an 1840's wrapper. I've always adored it!
     I found this lovely reproduction cotton (staying in the Turkey red theme, of course!)

      Here's some progress photos:

     I have since changed the belt, as I realized that I want the bodice to be more pointed to better imitate traditional 1840's bodices. Like this lady below. 

     She even has laces like mine! I actually like her's better. She has this lovely volume in the shoulders and bust part. I already wish I had made mine more full.

That's all for now! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Costume College 2014- Part 2...Finally.

     It looks like I've been a very bad blogger. But the new semester (at art school) started and it sucks up a lot of time. So, time to play catch-up. The explanations will be brief, but the photos a-plenty.

The rest of CoCo 2014:

Photo credit Rebecca M.
Christina. She is amazing. 

My first selfie ever. With Curtis.
He is also amazing.

My Gala dress. Which I finished like an
hour before the event. 
All those hand-stitched scallops! I think there was 9 feet of it.

More amazing ladies in amazing Robe de Styles.

Elizabeth in her GORGEOUS 18th c. court dress. She made me want
to get into 18th c. costuming. And Samantha and Amanda in their
badass Romantic dresses being Elizabeth's ladies in waiting
for the moment. 

More Elizabeth.

Natalie. Because she is amazing and so is her
19-teens dress.

Matching Edwardian court dresses!
The lady on the right is a fellow blogger who a really
admire. She is Gina of Beauty from Ashes!

     It was an awesome weekend filled with wonderful people and I hope to attend Costume College again. That's all for CoCo 2014! Onward.