This Week

I keep forgetting what day it is this week.

I also decided to reintroduce caffeine.

THAT’S the kind of week it’s been.

So far, I’ve:

Finished up an Alice order.

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Made a new Dieselpunk military capelet.

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Created a super ruffly red and white striped choker.

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Made a beautiful silk brocade capelet.

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And spent many, many hours putting together sketches, images, prices and a full proposal for a really cool job. (SPOILER:  I didn’t get it–but I did give myself a ton of new ideas for future offerings and a potential photo shoot)

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I feel like I should have more accomplished by today….maybe I need to give myself some slack?

This Week

You may have noticed that my shops are all on vacation this week.  Only a temporary hiatus while I catch up on orders and regroup a bit.  I expect to be back up and running in a couple of weeks.

As mentioned, I’m using this time to catch up on orders.  But FIRST, I had to complete the doll pairing for my nieces:

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A red chiffon skirt/dress (shown as a dress since is so LOOOOOOONG):

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A couple of sparkly cowl-neck tunics flew off to the UK:

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An Alice dress is in the works for a lucky actress:

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And a striped tunic, bustle and military hat came off the machines, too:

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All-in-all, a productive week so far.  Hope yours is going well, too!

Work In Progress

The Wicked Witch replica dress is still in the works.  *this close* to being done.

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I only have the dress photographed (and poorly at that) so far.  Note the dress form she’s on is slightly too small….

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Can’t wait to get better pictures and the whole costume together!  Hopefully this weekend will allow me some time to do so.

It’s definitely been a longer process than anticipated.  Cobbling together the pattern and making it all work together proved to be more intensive than I had imagined.  But, it’s looking beautiful, and will soon be offered on a made-to-order basis in my shops.  🙂

Bustlin’

New in the shop over the weekend:

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The bustles are all being offered on a made-to-order basis, too.

I’m trying to beef up the shop in between orders.  I have a whole stack of things that are ready to be sewn up, and I try to add to it every weekend, as well as subtract from it (ie: sew things up) every week.  Problems only arise when I’ve fallen out of love with whatever idea I had had when I cut whatever-it-is out.  Then….well, then it goes to the bottom of the stack.

This Week

Cutting, Sewing, Book-Keeping.

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It’s cold.  Again.

Overcast.  Again.

Makes me want to snuggle on the couch with the kitties and play Skyrim.

Instead, I will cut out the latest orders and listen to some audio books.

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Stay warm, folks.  Looks like a lot of the country is in for some more beautiful winter weather.  Ugh.

In Progress

I’ve been working on a custom full costume order.

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I actually *gasp* made a mock-up for this one.  I’m combining a few existing (highly altered) patterns, and draping a few of my own pieces for this, so a practice garment really just HAD to be made.

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Plus, I can use it as the final pattern moving forward, as I do plan to offer the costume in my shop.

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There are a few tweaks to make for the customer before I start on the real fabric.  The sleeves need to have less puff, the corset needs to be a wee bit shorter.  Nothing too substantial.

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So, it’s back to the studio with me, armed with a cup (or 2, or 3) of hot tea.

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I can’t wait for this to be done, so I can post images of the final!

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Again

Another sneak peek–I can’t help it!  Photographers keep sending me awesome images that I want to share!

This one is from a shoot that I loaned some items out for.

Bit of a Mardi Gras theme, and I can’t wait to see more!

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Sneak Peek

I just realized that this is my 100th post here on the ol’ blog.  Last week I got the “congratulations on your 1 year anniversary”, too.  Which took my entirely by surprise.  Granted, there were MONTHS (and months) of inactivity….but it feels like just a little while ago that I started this up.

I had intended a blog post reflecting on the year, blather blather blather, blah blah remembering, blah.  But then, THEN–my friend Britt of Underexposed Photography (https://www.facebook.com/brittsmithphoto) just released the first sneak peek from last week’s Dieselpunk/Steampunk shoot–and I’m pretty much in love with it.   My brain can’t really compute anything more than “PREEETTTTTYYYYYY!!” after seeing it, so big long rambling post about the past year has been sidetracked (you can send your thanks to Britt).

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Clothing by Trapped In Time Designs (http://www.etsy.com/shop/TrappedInTimeDesigns)

Photography:  Underexposed Photography  (https://www.facebook.com/brittsmithphoto)

Hair & Makeup:  Amanda Bravender  (www.ahbweddingandevents.com)

Hip belt, weapon & location:  Airship Isabella Productions  (http://airshipisabella.com/)

Models:  Nola Chick (https://www.facebook.com/nolachick?fref=ts)

Amber Carollo  (https://www.facebook.com/modelamberleighhh)

Behind the Scenes

The shoot went SO WELL!  As usual, I can’t wait for the final images.  I managed (with a LOT of reminding from helpful folks) to snap a few behind-the-scenes images throughout the day.

In make-up:

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And on-site at the Airship Isabella studio–amazing space, and amazing group!  I look forward to future collaborations with them.  (you can check them out here:  http://airshipisabella.com/)

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The knits shoot final images came in yesterday, too–I’ll share those tomorrow.

Now, I’m thinking about a nap. Five hours of sleep didn’t do the trick…