Halloween Shoot

Two weeks ago now, I was schlepping about in the swamp for a photo shoot.  Well, first I got lost.  Really, really lost.  Gravel road lost.  “Is that a banjo I hear playing” lost.  Seems they don’t need fancy things like, oh, STREET SIGNS, out in the swamp.


Actually, there were a number of lovely homes around, and it wasn’t REALLY the middle of nowhere.  But, the street signs I needed were, in fact, not there.


The shoot is really the brain-child of my friend Amanda of AHB Hair & Make up (www.ahbweddingandevents.com).  She does a big Halloween shoot each year, with a different theme.  Since we had pretty much not yet met in time for last years shoot, this was my first opportunity to play.


Shot by Jennifer of Just Be Photojennic (www.facebook.com/justbephotojennic) and modeled by some really good sports (and theatre folks).


I made the Voodoo Swamp Queen and Angel costumes from scratch.  The rest I thrifted and distressed/dyed/painted as needed.


The storyline is roughly: Two kids at Grandma’s house are sent out to get an ingredient for her cooking, they take a short cut through the swamp and are nabbed by the Voodoo Queen and the Swamp Man, they get away, Angel comes, cleans up wounds, everyone’s happy, kids make it back to Grandma, end of story. 😉


It’s been so long since I’ve had the opportunity to flex my theatrical costuming muscles–and this project really reminded me of how much I love and miss it.  Since moving to the La area, I really have not branched into the local theatre scene.   This made me think that I just might….after Halloween, of course.














That’s not all of the images, of course, but enough to give you an idea.  I’m waiting on more costume-specific ones (including some with the Angel in pointe shoes), and as I get those I’ll share.

The Voodoo Queen costume is up for sale in my shop now:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/165123657/swamp-witch-costume-voodoo-costume?ref=shop_home_active

A few other items from the shoot will be available for purchase soon.


First off, I plan to be around a bit more.  Today was the official First Day of being self-employed full-time–no more part time gig to fall back on!  No more hours spent doing things that are, quite frankly, deadly dull.  No more wishing I was home, sewing.

Now for the panic.

Noooo.  I’ll be fine.  Pass me that paper bag, would ya?

I’ve been sewing, tearing, ripping, painting and dyeing my little heart out for the past week.  I’m working on costumes for an upcoming Halloween shoot with AHB Hair and Make up.  We shoot Thursday!

First up, Voodoo Queen from the swamp.  I first made a beautiful gown and underskirt–mismatched on purpose, as a voodoo queen living in the swamp probably doesn’t buy matching gowns.  In fact, she probably takes what she can get.  So, after sewing it all up, brand new and lovely, it looked like this:


The material for the overdress is actually a home decor fabric that I’ve been hoarding for years.  I purchased it with the express intent of making this very type of dress.  The tatted apron/draped portion of the skirt was made by my grandmother.  It’s stained and torn, but I’ve kept it around, knowing I’d come up with something some day to do with it–and that day finally came!

Since this character lives in the swamp….well, she couldn’t be too clean, could she?  So, it was with an aching heart (and, lets be honest, a little bit of glee) that I set to the dress with dye, fabric paint, scissors and a cheese grater.  Hours later:




I’m extremely proud of the outcome.  I’d have to put this in my top 5 favorites of all time that I’ve created.  I really cannot wait for the shoot!

I still have some accessories to create–some necklaces and hair bits.

This will be up for sale after the shoot, and I’ll be offering it as a custom order, as well (though I’ll never be able to re-create it exactly).

What do you think?

TnT Tuesday


This slinky number was made specifically for a photo shoot.


I have to admit, it’s a little sexier than I normally go for.

I’m kind of a costume nerdy girl…..more Helena Bonham Carter in regular life than Victoria Beckham.


So, I went back and forth and back and forth and back and forth on the neckline.


I did compromise a wee bit–the original idea was for it to be cut to the navel….


I used the dress in my RAW runway show, too.

And, WOWZA, Mary brought that baby to LIFE.


I recently listed it in the shop.  (yes, it’s been cleaned)


The belt is part of the sale–it’s actually made from a re-purposed leather purse strap.


I hope to make more of these in other colors and fabrics.


One of these days….


You can find the dress here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/156283125/dress-brown-dress-womens-dress-pinstripe?ref=shop_home_active

Modeled by:

LouAnn Eads

–Mary Andrus

Images featuring LouAnn photographed by:  Gustavo Escanelle


The first couple of images from the dance photo shoot have been released–they’re AMAZING!  (you might remember my posts about making the costume for this from about a month ago)


Breathtaking, right?


Photography by:  Jessica VanDerMark (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jessica-VanDerMark/493101197420462?fref=ts)

Hair & Make up by: Amanda Bravender (For inquiries: http://www.ahbweddingandevents.com)

Wardrobe by:  Me!  🙂 (http://www.etsy.com/shop/TrappedInTimeDesigns)

These beautiful images inspired today’s post.  I’ve always been fascinated by ballet.  I wanted to be a ballerina, of course, when a child.  Sadly, my talents did not lie in that arena.  Happily, I can feast my eyes on the beauty that is ballet anytime I so choose.












Above photograph by:  Diana Patient: Photography   (www.dianapatient.co.uk)

Short and Sweet

Just a few images to share from a recent photo shoot.


Busy week–still adjusting to the 4am wake up call….


I’m so tired.  So very, very tired.


But these pictures are pretty!  Very, very pretty!

All images by Zoom Photo Studio:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/zoomphotostudio?fref=ts

Hair/Make up/Styling by Hellianna:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Hellianna/148152491924882?fref=ts

All clothing by me:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/TrappedInTimeDesigns


–Ashley Darbonne

–Marcella Moss

Mother Confessor

Wanted to share a couple of images by the amazingly talented Teresa Yeh Photography of my Kahlan, Mother Confessor gown.  I’m actually in the midst of creating two more of these right now for customers.  One is pretty much identical to that pictured, the other is altered a bit–detachable sleeves, and made in a raw cotton that is actually turning out quite lovely.

These were taken last year, and I just absolutely love them!

Bringer of Light

You can find my shop listing for the gown here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/58332058/kahlan-dress-mother-confessor-medeival?ref=shop_home_active


And definitely take a moment to check out Teresa Yeh Photography’s page–it’s SOO worth it!  Truly beautiful images–I hope to get the chance to work together in the future.  http://www.teresayeh.com/


Apologies all around (once again).  Things have been so busy around here, my poor little corner of the web has been severely neglected.

Custom work has continued to roll in, it’s the time of year to get my vegetable garden in order, I’m working on a number of collaborative projects, and all the rest of life’s daily routine.

I’m really just sneaking in today to share some images of a recent photo shoot I did for a friend of mine who designs some of the most lovely and unique jewelry around.  You can find her shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BayouGlassArts


I got to play photographer, took the beautiful NancyJane (http://www.modelmayhem.com/2403245) and high-tailed it out to the lakefront.


It was a blast–though, I do wish the sun had made an appearance.  The resulting images, I think, turned out quite well.  Of course, as I keep telling people–it doesn’t take much skill to get good pictures of a gorgeous model wearing beautiful jewelry!


In between sewing up custom orders, I’ve been editing many, many pictures from a photo shoot I did on Monday of this week.


I think I’ve mentioned before how lucky I feel to meet so many talented and wonderful people in my area.  I got to utilize THREE of these fabulous folks for this shoot.


The amazing Amanda Bravender did hair and make up for my two models. (For inquiries:  http://www.ahbweddingandevents.com)


My models were sisters Nancyjane ( http://www.modelmayhem.com/2403245 ) & Hannah Johnson ( http://www.modelmayhem.com/795520 ).

We had a BLAST.  Seriously, I don’t think I’ve had that much fun in a long, long time.


So, slowly but surely, new items are rolling into the shop.


These images are just a taste of what’s to come!



The show is over?  It’s come and gone?  But…..but what do I do NOW?


Seriously, I keep falling back on the same thought I’ve had for the past 2 months:  “Okay, so what do I need to do for the show today?”.  Then I realize:  nothing, there’s nothing to do for the show anymore!


It went so amazingly well–I had a blast, and the models, hair, make up and photographer were all just the most fabulous people to work with.  I couldn’t be happier with the end result.


To see a (somewhat blurry) video of the runway, check out my business facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/trappedintimedesigns  I’ll hopefully have something with better quality visuals soon–but this gives you the general idea.


I’ll be getting better images soon, too.

For now, I’m back in the saddle, taking custom orders and setting up a few photo shoots.

Working on a Steampunk Carmen Sandiego costume right now–how cool is my life?  The customer saw this skirt, and we’re building from there.


Heading Out

Heading out for an Asian-inspired shoot today.


I played around with mixing prints after doing a little research on Japanese geisha-looks.


They mix prints so beautifully.  While I like how this turned out, I would have liked to have been able to spend a wee bit more time on it to fully flesh out the ideas I had.

Can’t wait to see the final images!

Bustier, Bustle, Skirt and Obi Belt (image shows it just pinned on–final obi is prettier and has trim/ribbon detailing) by me, Kimono style short robe is vintage.