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

TnT Tuesday

This week I’m featuring an item that was out of stock for quite some time–and also happens to be one of my best sellers.


My velveteen capelets are, if I do say so myself, rather fabulous.

My solid version was featured on brides.com a couple of years ago, and I still get traffic from the site.


These were unavailable for awhile.  I’ve recently re-listed them as custom/made to order options.  Not sure why this didn’t occur to me sooner.

This one is customize-able in color and trim options.


A lot of brides have ordered these.  I love learning what people are wearing my creations for–and I love getting pictures even more! 😉

I initially created these as part of my Little Red Riding Hood costumes, but had so many requests for just the capelet that I went ahead and started making them a separate option.


The inside of my serger in always filled with red fluff from these.  Always.


You can order here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/90390398/red-capelet?ref=shop_home_feat

Model: Sarah Brittney-Ann (http://www.modelmayhem.com/1692827)
Photographer: Underexposed Photography (https://www.facebook.com/#!/brittsmithphoto)

This Week

Happy 4th of July!


I’m celebrating by working. 😉  Gotta grab the time when you can.

I’m cutting out a pretty cool costume, actually.  I have the awesome task of making this costume:


Into a women’s version!  So cool!


Blueberries were out this week at my grandfathers–yum!  I froze these babies, and have been nibbling on them periodically, savoring and saving them as long as possible.


Some leggings went out early this week.


Over the past weekend I got the urge to paint–I do this every once in awhile.


I’m never as happy with the outcome as I want to be, but I love the process.

I have a whole haunted theme going, and a few paintings to complete.  Two are in various stages of completion right now, none are completely done.


I reorganized my pens/pencils/markers.  I’m a little too pleased by it.


Hope you’re enjoying a lovely day off.  If only a BBQ were in my future….sadly, the husband was called out to a job yesterday and will most likely be gone through the weekend.  And the kitties don’t grill.


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)

TnT Tuesday

I am happy to report that I now have a shop on etsy (which you already knew about, of course) AND on rebelsmarket.  Check it out:  http://www.rebelsmarket.com/rebelsbooth/trapped-in-time-designs

As of now I just have custom/made to order items up over there–testing the waters.

I’ll keep my etsy shop around, of course, but rebelsmarket seems like a good venue, and allows me to reach a new market.

On that note, today’s feature is up for purchase in either shop–Black and White Striped Leggings:


I offer these in both a full and capri length.


They’ve been pretty popular, and I have a stack of new material to try out–a narrower stripe in black and white as well as a red and white stripe.


I’ll get some made some day….you know, when I get all those extra hours I need?


You can find the leggings in either of my shops:




Model: Nancyjane ( http://www.modelmayhem.com/2403245 )

Hair and Make Up by Amanda Bravender
For inquiries: http://www.ahbweddingandevents.com


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

This Week

I received a surprising influx of hours at my part time gig this week (going from the normal10 hours to 21 hours), so I’ve been running around like a crazy person this week, trying to stay on top of it all.  The fact that my shift starts at 5am hasn’t been helping.  A 4am wake up call isn’t my idea of a good time.

Now that the week is coming to a close, I feel like I’m getting a little more sure-footed.  Next week looks to be just as challenging, so I’m thinking of ways to streamline my week days.

Still, I managed to finish up a few projects and start work on others.

Sneak peek behind the scense from a shoot that features my clothing:



A new shipment of striped fabric (for leggings) arrived.  I ordered some narrower stripes along with the ol’ stand-bys this time around–excited to see how those work for the leggings.


Found some irresistable notecards.


Got word back on that Kahlan costume–the bustier looks SO AMAZING!!  Happy customer and happy designer!


Finished up the burlesque bustier and ruffled shorts.  The bustier has a seperating zipper front for the closure.  I do believe I’ll be offering this option in the shop soon!  It turned out really well.  Hope I get final pictures from my client….


A snake poked it’s head out to say hello at my husband’s office.  I wanted to pick it up, but figured it was best for both the snake and myself if I didn’t.


The sky driving across the 24 mile Causeway bridge this past Saturday.

There was more, but I’m still getting used to remembering to snap pictures.  I’ll get it someday!

This Week

This week started out with finishing up a couple projects–a pair of ruffled boy shorts (I’m extremely smitten with these, btw and I’ll be offering these in the shop as soon as I can get a photo shoot set up):


My final Kahlan Mother Confessor bustier replica!  I’m really happy with this.  It took a lot longer than I expected it to, but I took extensive notes and wrote out and drafted my pattern immediately after completing, so that I can (hopefully) make it in MUCH less time the next time around (and I already got an order for another full Kahlan costume, so we’ll find out in a few weeks):


Then on to a dress for a photo shoot.  The dress started out as just the base, and looked like this pre-fitting:


After the fitting, the dress became just a tad bit shorter (ha!  I have SHIRTS longer than this thing):


And then the draping began!  I didn’t snap pictures of every single version (trust me, you should thank me for that), but I have a couple.  Here’s one version that I liked an awful lot, but ended up being too bulky for what the client is going for:


A little less bulky, but still too much fabric:


Though I really liked the back of this one–I’m a fiend for a bustle (even if it’s not REALLY a bustle):


And, the final result (pre-hand sewing):



I’m currently trying madly to finish that baby up so that I can make a head piece and another pair of ruffled bloomers to go with it by SUNDAY.  *gulp*

Wish me luck.

And send chocolate.  And caffeine.