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 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.
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.
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/