Saturday, 15 September 2012
So i am slightly in disbelief that i actually managed to finish the Tangled Dress commission and made myself a medieval style dress. All in one week! Madness! When i say its a medieval style dress i use that term loosely, its just got the long panels with no waistline effect that medieval dresses have, its not particularly historically accurate. Just pretty :) Anyway, without further a do, here's a photograph of the finished Tangled dress, here xxx
Friday, 7 September 2012
So i have been working on the 'Tangled' Dress the last few days and have got a fair bit done :) Excuse the crappy Dummy that its on, shes so tiny (only 25" waist!) that it didn't fit on my good dummy, in fact it still barely fits this one! I used this dummy for an art project that involved newspaper dresses so that's strips of newspaper that i couldn't get off it that's showing at the top.
Monday, 3 September 2012
So i have started on the commission to make a 'Tangled' inspired dress, making the pattern and the toile.
Saturday, 25 August 2012
I finally have a commission! yay! So i have been asked to create a dress for a renaissance fair based on the dress from the Disney Film Tangled
Monday, 20 August 2012
So i have been curling my hair this way since Christmas time and thought i would share with you, through pictures, how to do it. I try to avoid using heat on my hair as much as possible to preserve its condition, and this is the best way that i have found to produce long lasting curls that usually stay in until the end of the day. I had just washed my hair earlier in the day, but it works just as well no matter how recently its been washed. Before you start, i would run a wet hairbrush through you hair just to dampen it ever so slightly, this helps the curls stay in and makes your hair a bit easier to work with. Begin by taking a circular headband and placing it over you head, and over all your hair, not underneath like you normally would.
Monday, 16 July 2012
Saturday, 14 July 2012
New Item Up for sale, you might recognise this from last year
Yellow Stays And visit my shop here; Shop
Monday, 9 July 2012
So FINALLY i have opened my etsy shop, there's currently only 5 items up on there but there are a few more in the works that should be completed relatively soon. Here is the link to my Etsy Shop So my first items for sale are; here here here here Here So i am quite excited to be finally selling some of my stuff (well hopefully anyway :-/) and looking forward to making some more garments to put on there Rachael xxx
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Today i finally took the photographs of the tudor bodice that I have been working on. They arent exactly how i wanted them (I have such a problem giving other people control of my camera :-/) but i think they turned out okay :) I absolutley love this bodice, the fabric is beautiful, although i am not sure how wel you can see that in these photographs. I really like how the sleeves turned out aswell :) So heres a taster of the pictures, i will be uploading the rest of them onto my flickr so head on over and check them out here
So this bodice will be up for sale along with the five 18th century stays i have been working on and are close to completion, and two hooded caracos ( the green one from earlier this summer and a new purple velvet one that i am making)
Hope you like it :)
Monday, 18 June 2012
So a non-costume related post here, just wanted to tell everyone how impressed i was by Colou B4 hair colour correction, and highly reccomend it. As you may know i have had pretty bight red hair for over a year now and i recently decided i wanted to try going back to blonde. So i saw this advertised on TV and thought i would gie it a try so i bought it from my local Superdrug for around £10, but i think you can get it in boots and most other pharmacy shops. So me and my mum finall got round to applying it this morning, following the instructions exactly (i had read online that it only worked if you really followed the instructions) My mum applied it to my hair relativley easily, although i will point out it REALLY smells, we wrapped my hai in clingfilm as it says to in the instructions and then covered it with a towel. It said that for extra stong results to leave it in for 60 minutes so thats what i did, then proceeded to rinse it out, using the buffering gel stuff after ten minutes. Already while rinsing i could see a result... So i started off like this... As you can see it was A pretty dark red After the application of colour before it became this, a very obvious change from before. However, the colour was still slightly gingery and had a copper tone to it so i decided to add a colour over it to try and bring it closer to my natural colou. I use Loreal Casting creme gloss Sweet Honey, as that looked the same as how my hair used to be. After my hair had been dyed with the sweet honey it was a more natural blonde colour, not quite the colour it was naturally but getting there. I am going to leave it like this for a while and then maybe experiment a bit more once my hair has had a rest haha. Hope this is useful to anyone thinking of changing their hair colour or using Colour B4. Rachael xxx EDIT: Also, Tudor bodice is finished, i think i will be doing the photographs on wednesday hopefully so they should be up by thursday :)
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Heey everyone, just a quick update on my current projects. So the tudorish dress is pretty much assembled just need to finish the sleeves and add eyelets and then it will be ready to be worn :) I am also very much working on creating a few 18th century stays to put on sale hopefully sometime in June/July. I have cut out the fabric for about 5 pairs so far and i am hoping to make approximately ten to be put initially on sale. I am making a range of sizes between a size 10-14/16 (UK sizes, thats american sizes 8-12/14) They wont be made fitted to an exact person, but i find that these average sizes work well as a basis, just lace tighter or looser ;-) Anyhoo thats my quick update just to show i am working on stuff, its just my summer holidays have just started and are mainly being taken up by lounging around doing nothing and getting used to relaxing again haha wont last long though. I am excited to stat this new endeavor and i hope its not a complete failure, there must be people out there looking for handmade 18th century stays right? ;) Rachael xxx
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Last Night i watched the film 'In the Company of Wolves' which is based on an Angela Carter Book and is basically a re-telling of the story of little red riding hood. I really liked the costumes in this film, she only really had two full costumes but throughout the film they were worn in different combinations to create a variety of outfits. While i was watching i did some quick costume sketches which i later coloured on my computer.
I really like her second costume, with the red floral skirt, black velvet bodice and traditional red cloak, i think if i get chance over the summer i might try and make at least one of these costumes for myself.
I will also take this opportunity to tell you all about the online shop i am planning on opening. I am thinking over the summer trying to sell some costumes of mine, specifically 18th century stays. I will make a variety of styles of stays to a variety of standard sizes (eg size 10, 12, 14 etc).
an example of some 18th century stays that i made in the past.