Over the Weekend

Much photographing, editing and listing was done over the weekend.


Probably my least favorite, but most essential, part of the job.Image

A lot of these items are available made to order, too.


There’s still more to photograph and list.


But they’ll have to wait until next weekend.


Slowly working through the stack of ready-to-list items.


They build up quickly!


You can find any of these in the shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrappedInTimeDesigns


Happy Monday!



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!


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).


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:




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/)









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…

Christmas Sale!


Because I keep all my inventory in my guest room, and because I have a Christmas guest coming to visit next week, I need to clear out some inventory.  That means–it’s SALE TIME!!  I’ve marked most ready-made items down 25%–just look for the “SALE” in the listings title.  It’s the perfect time to check off holiday gifts for family, friends or yourself!  Come see what’s on sale:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrappedInTimeDesigns


My post titles are really gripping lately, aren’t they?  I just can’t come up with witty headers for the RAWards looks.  Ah, well.  You’ll have to settle for little wit, but a whole lotta pretty.

The fifth look is another that underwent a rather extensive transformation from sketch to final product.  That had to do with a few things:

1) my falling out of love with the idea of using that grey pinstripe suiting

2) my realization that the original idea for this look was DULL DULL DULL

3) my recent love affair with bustles

So, the (dull) original (dull) sketch was this (SUPREMELY DULL):


The original idea was a brocade bustier, grey suiting mini skirt, ruffle capri leggings, tattered collar & spats.

I realized one day that it was just boring.  It just felt thrown together, no real inspiration.

As I mentioned, my love affair had begun with the bustle, and I knew that I wanted to do a bustle in that gorgeous brocade.  This time, I decided to do an attached underskirt, rather than just the bustle (as shown in the first look).  The brocade made the most gorgeous bustle.




I ended up going with the bustle and a repurposed mens-wear bustier featuring belt loops at the waist, to accommodate a belt if desired.  This fit beautifully from the get-go.  No alterations needed at all.

The final design walking the runway:




And from the pre-show shoot:





I couldn’t be happier with the look–Marielle really brought it to life, and looked gorgeous.

Clothing by me:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/TrappedInTimeDesigns

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

Model:  Marielle Songy/NolaChick www.nolachick.net

Photographer:  Underexposed Photography https://www.facebook.com/brittsmithphoto


So, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I found myself honored (and shocked) to be in the final 3 fashion designers of the year for RAW New Orleans this year!  Coming as it did during the last of my Halloween rush, it’s all a bit of a blur to this day.  Being a finalist meant putting together a 6-look mini-collection for the awards show, which was on November 14.

I immediately began brainstorming, sketching, imagining.  Most of my ideas seem to come as I’m drifting off to sleep, or as I lie awake in the wee hours (I have a bad habit of waking for 2-3 hours every night).  The first look I imagined came around 3am one night and stuck with me for a few days, so I knew it was going to HAVE to be part of the mini collection.  First up, sketch:


Military-influenced bustier, bustle, spats & a tattered lace collar.  I originally envisioned a pompadour-mohawk for the hair, but later changed my mind since those pompadors are being used entirely too much lately.  The spats ended up taking a hike, too, as I just couldn’t get the pattern quite right and needed to streamline things a bit (mainly for my own sanity).

I don’t generally make mock-ups in muslin.  This is ridiculous, I realize, and can have terrible consequences (hello, wasted fabric!), but, *knock on wood*, I rarely have a problem with my methods.  So, this was the next step:



I was pretty obsessed with that bustle.

The bustier is reclaimed cotton (from mens khakis) with metal buttons and cotton twill trim, lined in cotton twill.  The bustier is cream taffeta.

Since my model has legs for days, I decided to go with no skirt under the bustle–it opens at each side as she walks, so I did, for modesty’s sake, make a pair of ruffled boy-shorts to be worn underneath.

First fitting went extremely well, with no real alterations needed:



(excuse the lighting–it was dark outside and my studio photographed rather yellow–photo editing washed it out too much, so I stuck with the yellow)

Onto the show!  This was my opener for the show:







I told my models to have fun with this show–why take fashion too seriously?  The music was a remix of “In the Mood” and was perfect.

I was lucky enough to have Underexposed Photography do a mini shoot pre-show, as well:


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Hot, right?

Clothing by me, https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrappedInTimeDesigns

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

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

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

The bustier is already listed for sale in my shop:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/99960424/bustier-top-military-bustier-steampunk?ref=shop_home_active

I’ll have the bustle up at some point in the future.  If you’re interested in ordering, contact me–remember, I primarily work custom/made to measure, so can make one in your size and color choice.

TnT Tuesday


I know I featured a bustier in the last couple of weeks, but I have to tell you–


this is my second favorite bustier of all time.

Repurposed from a t-shirt.  Fully lined in heavy cotton twill.  Grommeted back.


I won’t lie–it’s been in the shop for awhile.  A few years, actually.


I always wonder WHY.  I just think it’s so cool.


If it fit me, trust me, I’d keep it.

I really love that image, the color, the texture of a well-worn t-shirt….


You can find it here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/26095757/bustier-top-t-shirt-bustier-purple?ref=shop_home_active

Images featuring a model:

Photographer:  Underexposed Photography  http://www.facebook.com/brittsmithart
Model:  Hillary Nelson  http://www.modelmayhem.com/2560745

TnT Tuesday


TnT (Trapped In Time) Tuesday!  Featuring recent additions to my etsy shop, and a bit of info on the items.  Thought I’d try something new.


This is a beautiful red silk-blend floral brocade bustier that is a relatively recent addition to the shop (I’m still swamped with custom orders right now, so new items are on the back burner right now).  It’s really quite beautiful in person.  I do have a bit of a weakness for brocades, especially when it’s an Asian print.


Modeled by the gorgeous Nancyjane (http://www.modelmayhem.com/2403245) and photographed by yours truly.


I have two of these currently in the shop.  One with a bust of 30-33 inches and a waist of 26-29 inches.  The other with a bust of 36-39 inches and a waist of 32-35 inches.  (you can find them here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/150539161/bustier-corset-red-bustier-brocade?ref=v1_other_2  and here:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/150539349/bustier-corset-red-bustier-brocade?ref=v1_other_1)

Fully lined in black cotton twill for durability.  I sew flexible boning into the lining of all my bustiers.  These are much more comfortable to wear than, say, a metal boned corset.  You can wear one of these lovelies all day and not feel like you’re going to cough up your spleen.


They’re made to be worn as a shirt.  The look equally lovely alone or over a coordinating tank top (my favorite way to wear them).


Bustiers were the first items I began sewing when I decided to open up an etsy shop.  There’s just something about them that I love.  They’re both vintage and modern, and can be made from just about anything.  (I love making these out of vintage band t-shirts, and one of my favorites that I EVER made was from my own vintage MAD magazine tshirt.  It was SO, SO cool)

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.