Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Just a little announcement

I hope you all had happy Easter holidays :)

Nothing new and exiting to post unfortunately, I haven't taken pictures of my recent creations yet.
But I just wanted address one tiny little matter: First of all I wanted to thank all of you who take the time to leave comments, they always make my day :)
Some of you ask questions in your commments and as you don't seem to be getting a notification when I answer them here on my blog, I always try to contact you via your own blog or an email address (if you have one on your profile page). If you don't have a blog or any other way for me to contact you, consider checking back to the post with your comment so you can see my reply :)

And to answer a more frequently asked question: Yes, I will be sharing my bustle pattern (hopefully) soon. I still haven't gotten around to digitalizing it and as I'm planning another big project (more on that at some later time...), for which I will need steel boning, I will make a second bustle so I can take pictures for the instructions.
So as soon as that is done, the pattern and instructions will be uploaded, but it might still be a little while.

In the meantime, head on over to burdastle for the tutorial on how to make the fascinator/hat I'm wearing with my victorian evening gown, if you're interested!

Until next time, I wish you all the best!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Night at the Opera

And now let me bore you with the victorian dress one last time.
Because I became absolutely enamoured with the dress while making it, I decided to also add a variation.
With tweaking the upper skirt a little bit and creating a second bodice, it can now also be worn as an evening gown.

The skirt part is actually the same as for the day dress. The gathering on the upper skirt is done with hooks and eyes.

I also made the mini-hat/fascinator and will soon do a tutorial on how to make it.

At first I was skeptic but now I really love how all the gathering makes the bustle even more dramatic :) What do you think?

... and a close up of the bodice (excuse the messy hair, it was really windy... should have used more hairspray :D)

I was really fascinated by my shadow by the way...

*sigh* Now that I have taken an enorous amount of pictures of everything I guess the gown will have to stay on the dress form for a while. It's really sad that there are simply no occasions to wear it. Any suggestions? :)

A Day at the Park

Didn't I promise you all more pictures of my victorian dress once the weather was nice enough for taking photos outdoors? Well, here they are!
And just so you know, I have like a hundred pictures, so just posting these few was... hard.
I love my new lacey umbrella :)

I really do. It's very stylish.

I also love my hat. ;)

But as huge as my love for this dress in general is, I do not love wearing it for extended periods of time. Really not very practical (I almost tripped all the time, as seen here...) and kind of hard to breathe.

But still: it's awesome :D

Friday, April 1, 2011

Soooo... I have been busy lately.

I know I haven't posted something in a long time and that's because I have been working a lot.
To be precise I worked in the costume department for a TV movie for the German TV station Sat1.  The working title of the movie is "Zur Sache, Marie" which roughly translates to "Down to business, Marie" (It was produced by the Scandinavian production company, which co-produced the Millenium Trilogy, by the way).
If you're from Germany, you might know our two lead actors Tom Beck and Valerie Niehaus.
While working on a movie set isn't as glamourous as most people might think (working from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., five days a week for four weeks in a row for minimum wage, anyone?), it was a great experience. We had a wonderful team and really awesome actors, all of them very talented and sweet (something that isn't very usual, if what my more experienced co-workers said is true...).
And while I really usually don't like the kind of movies Sat1 broadcasts (they're usually generic romantic comedies), I think this one could be really funny.
It's based on a french TV mini-series called "Hard" and shares its basic storyline: Marie, the main character, is married with two kids to a wealthy business man. She always believed he was making his money with his own IT company, but when he suddenly dies in an accident, she finds out that he really earned their living producing porn. All of a sudden the task of managing the production company falls in her hands. And she, being the slightly stuck up housewife she is, is completely overwhelmed by this, including her new employees including the Transvestite Angelika or the fetish guy J├╝rgen who almost always wears his latex suit.
I know it sounds weird, but it is really hilarious in action. You'll have to trust me on that ;)
Considering this was my first job at a movie set, I couldn't have wished for a better project. True, the workload was huge and my department said the amount of costumes was more like the one for a movie for cinema, it was also really interesting.
Here you can see all the costumes we had for the scenes in the porn studio.

First of all it is really funny how much thought has to go into dressing people up in as little as possible (because this was a TV movie AND supposed to be funny, we had to make fun of all the clichees while still keeping the actors decent) and secondly, the production company in the story mostly makes "themed adult entertainment" and we really enjoyed putting stuff together for a rococo , a roman/egyptian and a sci-fi set. Some of the costumes were really crazy... :)
Oh and now I can totally say that I have experience with latex, should I ever need that in my future career. Did you know, that you have to apply a special oil on the inside of a latex suit after cleaning it, so it won't stick together? No? Well, I sure didn't. But I did that every day for a week and now I think I can say I'm a pro.

Okay, I guess I'll stop rambling for now and just show you some pictures. I took a lot, but I think right now I can only show you the ones that show strictly the costumes and not actual scenes from the movie.
And if you want to know more about all the stuff I did, saw and learned on that movie set, let me know. I don't want to bore you all, but if you're interested I'll be happy to share some more stories. :)

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The male lead in two of his hilarious outfits


The rococo set, one of my favourites (they had really beautiful masks, of which I unfortunately don't have a picture)

The roman/egyptian set (the first of the male lead's costumes belongs in here, too, obviously)

That's it for now, still have to sort through the rest of my pictures :)

P.S.: I'm wondering who might now accidentally find my blog, after me posting about porn, fetish and latex suits...
 P.P.S.: I just realized it's April 1st already... This is NOT an April Fool's joke. Seriously.