What I’ve been working on this week:
A full Kahlan, Mother Confessor replica. This includes the full overdress (done), a long skirt (done) and a custom bustier (in progress).
First time through for the bustier–I’ve draped the pattern, altered it, and am now sewing it up. I’m working with a faux leather (yes, I know, but it sure does keep the cost down, and until I have an actual LEATHER MACHINE, I’ll be working in pleather) and cotton twill. I’m excited for the end product–just have to remember to keep good notes, as I do plan to offer this in the shop after this project is complete.
Beginnings of a bustier and ruffle bloomer look for a burlesque number.
Which meant a trial run for some boy shorts–these will be altered, but I kind of love this cut and am thinking of offering these in the shop soon, too. Just need to do a fitting on a model first.
Shipping completed items out every couple of days.
And getting a package returned to me from the post office. Apparently the large envelopes I’ve been using for over 2 years as a flat rate are NOT ACTUALLY FLAT RATE. But, somehow, no one ever picked up on this. *sigh* So, until I get myself a postal scale, I’ll be taking the long way round and bringing all my packages to the post office, paying there, and coming home to note down how much certain things weigh so that the NEXT TIME I can just prepay.
As I get caught up on orders, I wanted to post an image of how/where to measure that I can easily reference for future customers. Accurate measurements are so, so, SO important in my line of work. I would, of course, prefer to be able to take measurements myself, but until I have unlimited funds and enjoy air travel, you’re on your own.
How fabulous is this vintage lady?
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!
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/
Business has picked way up in the last couple of weeks, and I’ve been sewing my fingers to the bone (when I’m not working the part time job, getting the Spring garden up and running, cooking yummy meals, sleeping, or explaining to the kitties I just can’t play right now).
Just popped in to share these two glorious images from my recent runway show. Chip Kennedy is the photographer.
Here is Mary Andrus:
And here is NancyJane:
I’m in love!
Sorry for the silence this week. I’ve been busy settling back into the regular routine.
Custom orders are rolling in again.
Ideas are bouncing around my head at all hours. (but that’s nothing new)
I listed a few new items in my shop, including the giraffe print tunic that I mentioned awhile back. (you can find it here, in my shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/126929190/tunic-tunic-dress-tunic-pink-dress-pink?ref=shop_home_active)
I have a shoot this upcoming Monday, and am looking forward to playing dress up with two fabulous models (who also happen to be sisters) as well as spending some time with an amazing local MUA and hairstylist.
Reflecting a bit and re-grouping. Trying to gain focus again. I feel I lost my focus a wee bit in all the craziness of the show prep. Needing to remind myself of my vision and my goals–and understanding that just because they are different than what people may think they should be, they’re still valid–and, best of all, they’re mine.
Have a beautiful weekend!
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.
Custom Orders are back in the shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrappedInTimeDesigns
As of next week, I’ll be back to the norm.
I’ll also have a ton of new stuff to share and photograph and list!
Just 3 days to the SHOW!!
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.
What I’ve been working on–a side bustle and shrug-style jacket for a wonderful customer’s upcoming wedding day (in Sweden!):
Working on custom orders and sneaking in some sewing for my upcoming appearance at RAW (March 15!) (I’ll tell you more about it after Mardi Gras, promise).
Some of us are doing more work than others, it seems…