I also uploaded some detail Pictures of the 18th Century hair style I did for the GBACG Open house: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48512843@
In them you can see the padding, as well as the fake bits pretty well.
AND now back to homework, break time is over.
|GBACG Annual Open House|
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Today I went to the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild Open House and was one of the models in the fashion show in the 18th Century vignette for the Upcoming event "Evening at the Petit Trianon" http://www.gbacg.org/gbacg-calendar.
It was a lot of fun! Their was good company, drinks (HOLY COW the food was amazing!) and I got a prize at the end of the raffle even though they never called my ticket. I got a Victorian pattern and some stockings I am going to wear next week to the 1950's party a friend is throwing.
This also afforded me an opportunity to get some pictures of my 18th century Polonaise-turned-Anglaise in good natural lighting. I wore my black sash with Painted brooch, and on my head my bird, my hair pad and a few false braided "nests". Ugg, doing my hair this morning was aggravating, it was still wet from the night before, raining and I don't own a blow dryer... I ended up using a hot curling iron quasi-successfully and TONS of hairspray.
I am glad I went today, it was a great de-stress-er from all the portfolio Homework I have right now.
I am really happy to finally have this fabric in hand, along with some of the new swatches. I am still waiting for the new "white work" Swatch to arrive, you can see the failed one under the cut.
I have been a bad bird all weekend and been avoiding my homework (Math, bleh) As a result I was productive in other areas! First I completely cut out the Quilted corset (Which took forever!) I made a bird hair peice, drafted two pairs of pants (Both of which I am going to be sewing in the near future) and made more gluten free mini pies.
I think I am going to try and wear the bird tomorrow, hopefully get a picture less blurry.
( Pie, Birds and Swatches )
This is the fabric I designed (based off of an original embroidered 18th century garment) to make a jacket with the prize money I got from winning the Craft Stylish competition: http://izodiea.livejournal.com/27274.
The Floral border will be placed at the hem of the jacket, with the rest being stripey goodness :)
Now that I have done tests I can officially open my spoon flower store: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/
Right now I am only offering one fabric in two colorways (the best of the test swatches) but I have more swatches already coming in the mail. If those work out I will slowly expand to more styles/colors. For example, one of the swatches is of the above design, but done in such a way that when printed on voile it will look like faux white work embroidery.
( See More Swatches... )
On a side note, Spoonflower briefly "forgot" that I had Won the contest (Even after I mailed them all the legal papers they requested I fill out) As an appology they gave me an extra $25 credit. Kinda weird...but better for me in the end I suppose, it covered all the swatches :)
I have made a little more progress on my pockets. I finished all of the plants, french knots and started on the flowers. This was th first time I have ever made french knots, I find them frustrating...
Yesterday I also got a really strong urge to work on my Striped Linen gown, So I did a lot of the pattern alterations (I am using my polonaise as a base) and cut out everything but the skirt and sleeves. Right now I am really undecided on sleeves, but thankfully I can do that last. A bigger problem, and something I have to decide before I progress is the skirt. I know I want the back to be en fourreau, and the front to lace over a stomacher. I played with a few style options as well as lengths in some sketches under the ( CUT )
And now I shall get back to homework. I am trying to get all of the drafting done for the Pants section of my Apparel Arts classes over this break. I only have two pairs of pants left out of ten, and each of those is 50% done already. Button flys are weird, as are Culottes.
My family does weird things, we also do very traditional things, I think this makes us normal. An example of this is what we did for Thanksgiving. We drove to Mt. Shasta (at night) and slept at a friend of my moms. They had had a feast earlier that evening for about 30 people, and when we showed up they had left food out for us (roast beef, turkey, rice, veggies, pie, wine, bread...) My brother joked it was like the cave trolls trap from Pan's labyrinth...
I had nightmares, was cuddled and made better by the family cat (Who I dubbed Dream kitty) and woke up in the morning to fresh snow. We got back in the car and headed out. I really only got to see the mountain for about 5 minutes as we drove through town. My mom's 1/2 hour long description of the mystical 5th dimensional city of Talos (Hidden in Mt. Shasta) plus a quick stop in a crystal bowl shop for gifts rounded out the general weirdness of the trip. That and I ate coconut milk coffee ice cream for breakfast before we headed to my aunts house and had the picturesque thanksgiving straight out of a magazine.
I didn't get to work on the pockets as much as I would have liked, but I did get the wood-burning on the busk about 80% completed!
( Pictures of Busk and Embroidery )
transferring design in pencil
( Eyecandy, Design, palette )
Also, Just watched the movie Witness for the first time, Gotta say, Damn you Harrison Ford for making Amish people sexy.
Being able to throw my regency gown into the washer (and not have to pay for dry cleaning/ ensuing eco moral dilemma) has made me seriously re-think how often I will make costumes from silk (For myself). Enter the Denver fabric e-mail, a brief period of browsing, and finding a 20% cotton 80% striped Linen for $3.95 in a color I like. Voila!
What I won- a $50 Gift certificate to Spoonflower.com (http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome) It is a custom fabric printing website. I can design my own fabric and they will make it for me!
I think I am going to "design" an 18thC. calico for a little jacket or Caraco:
I sincerely want to thank everyone who voted on my behalf, truthfully the only reason I won is because you guys are awesome!!!
Also, I am kind of in love with this dress :http://www.etsy.com/listing/58542147/
I totally have fabric to make something like that...but I swore an oath to myself practically not to start any new costume projects until I finish all of the things currently taking up about 3 square feet of my apartment.
Also, I tripped and fell onto a sewing project last night, was really surprised that much blood could come from several holes in my foot and hand... then stop abruptly as nothing had ever happened.
...Also, I found three dollars in a bathroom, it has been a weird 24 hours.
I originally started, and abandoned, this tricorn over a year ago. I recently felt motivated to give it another go, and aimed to wear it to an upcoming pirate festival. The end result is probably one of the most Frilly girlie things I have ever made, and I wuvs it -Mission Successful!
Pictures from the Northern California Pirate Festival can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48512843@
( Construction Info and LOTS of Photos )
The finished dress!!! I'm dressed to attend the PEERS Le Mardi Gras des Vampires Ball (http://www.peers.org/mardigras.html) Along with my dress, I am wearing my African Springbok horns and a lace "mask" a la Marie: http://www.costumersguide.com/MA/masq9.
( Pictures of the Full outfit + Detail photos! )
This is a Berge Style Hat I started when I took a class with Lynn Taylor through http://www.gbacg.org/ (Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild)
It's inspired by this hat from The Duchess, only my finished result won't be quite so epic...http://www.costumersguide.com/
And In-progress: http://izodiea.livejournal.com/10041.
(Note: some of the text is re-posted)
( PICTURES!!! )
(also see http://izodiea.livejournal.com/8676.
I have also finished one of the accessories (a calash) for this costume so i am posting pictures of that as well. The others (Mitts, caplet, sash and tricorn) are still in progress. I'm hoping to finish and properly photograph everything over the winter holiday, since i'll be out of school and have more time then.
( <b>LOTS of Pictures</b> and More Information )