Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Harness

Oftentimes I'm not exactly thrilled with a lot of the projects we have to do for school, but I love this particular one! We had one day to create a leather accessory and their suggestion was to do a harness. I love those (I'm somewhat into Steampunk which probably comes with my love for all things Victorian) so I was super happy! And I think the final product turned out really well, too.





How do you like it? I'm thinking of making a couple more of these harnesses, maybe even selling them on etsy... thoughts?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

SO MANY!

I'm super super busy right now with things for school, but I wanted to share this beast with you before it gets contained.
The picture is really bad, but what you can see right here is going to be burdastyle's Larissa jacket.


I made life hard for myself once again by deciding to do a patchwork lining (you can see the two colours on the right) but sometimes I just can't stop myself with these ideas.
The pattern already has over 20 pieces and hacking up the lining into smaller areas added some more and of course most pieces are needed more than once. Also, I'll use a thermo-layer in between outer fabric and lining and then there's always interfacing. So all in all, I was cutting out for four hours (!) today and ended up having about 100 separate pieces.

Oh my God.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Swimming with glee

So you might have caught on to the fact that I love the TV show Glee. It just lifts my mood.
Last season the girls were wearing these georgous retro bathing suits and I noticed how similar burdastyle's Alison pattern was to those.


And so the idea was born to sew a bathing suit.
I heard quite a bit of critique for the Alison pattern so I made a test piece. It turns out I only had to lengthen the torso a bit and everything was dandy.


It's bathing suit fabric obviously, apart from the stripy part, I couldn't find bathing suit fabric in this pattern and colours. So I doubled white lycra and striped viscose jersey. It takes a little longer to dry but other than that it's perfect, not see through or anything.


My little changes to the pattern were making the "legs" even more low cut and leaving out the back strap. That's perfect for a beach and splashing around bathing suit, but for one I wanted to swim a lot in, I would keep the back strap for stability.


I love my new bathing suit! And for all of you wanting to try the Alison pattern, don't get scared by the confused or displeased voices on the burda-forums. The instructions aren't great (but Isabelle has some great ones on her blog!), but it's not really a hard pattern to make and as for the fit, I only had to elongate the torso a few centimeters. I you make a test piece out of some jersey leftovers you should be fine!

Friday, September 28, 2012

It looks Christmassy!

But it's not at all.
Lots of handsewing ahead, stay tuned!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

The palest of yellows

Today was my fourth day back in fashion school. And I've already handed in one small project on Friday. They're not kidding around and keeping us busy immediately.
In addition to school I've also got a job now (in the shop where I did my work experience/internship) so I have the feeling it's gonna be a busy year.
Now on to the summer things I sewed and promised to show you!


The lighting isn't the greatest in this picture but look at how pretty it was in Crete!
Oh and also look at the dress of course ;)
I didn't ever think yellow was my colour and especially not pale yellow but I've started to like it.
When I saw the fabrics I used here, I was finally completely won over:
The top part is a beautiful linen mix that has some shimmery threads woven in, which gives it a really faint, subtle sparkle. The skirt part is made from a soft silk in the same colour with a white cotton lining.



Here you can see the dress and especially the colour a little better.
The top of the dress has princess seams, a waistband and a decorative metal zipper. The skirt is just a simple flared one with tiny little pleats in the front and back.
And now, be especially proud of me: I made the pattern for this myself. I love that I'm able to do this now and having a pattern base for my own personal measurements is sooo wonderful! I'm not saying I'll never use burda again, because I'm lazy and they have great patterns, but making your own patterns is so much fun, too!


And have just one more sort-of-close-up before I go :)

I'm really proud of this dress and I hope I can still get a bit of wear out of bit before it gets too cold. Autumn draws near here in Germany... 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Back for a quick favor

I'm back from my holiday and have quite a few things to show you but before I get around to those, I have a quick favor to ask you.
We did an art contest thing for fashion school before summer break started, and my piece is among the finalists!
Now there's online voting (via Facebook, Pinterest or comments) and even though those among my classmates with the most facebook friends will probably win, maybe you could give mine a few votes :)



The theme was "Oktoberfest" and for mine I used tickets to cover the deer's head and all around the head there's a little rollercoaster with Playmobil children :)
Click here for my deer's page and do give my classmates' pieces a look, too, there are some really pretty ones!

Monday, August 13, 2012

I'm a genius!

Or at least that's how I felt when I thought of this little trick on my own.
Did you know you can sew elastic together to make a wider strip? I figure there is like a thousand tutorials on this out there, but I thought of it myself and at like 2 a.m. on top of that!
So, if you ever need wider elastic than you have on hand and the shops aren't open or if you just want to use up leftovers, try this!


Just put the two strips of elastic next to each other and sew them together with a zigzag stitch. Super easy and super quick. It's not quite as stable as a regular wider elastic would be, but it is definitely enough for most waistbands and other simple projects!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer Time!

Besides my technical problems I have been quiet on here lately. Wanna know why? I'm enjoying my free time! :)
My internship's done, so my summer holidays have officially started. It's awesome.
I've been sewing quite a lot actually, but I don't have anyone to take pictures and I'm too lazy to use my self-timer.
Instead I have something else to show you!
I have a new sewing corner.
You can't even begin to imagine how happy I am about this. For ages, I have been sewing on a tiny rolling computer table. My machines were back to back and I could never have both plugged in. It was quite a hassle, especially with project with lots of fabric (*cough* Rococo *cough*) because I had no room to put the fabric down.
This was it (the picture doesn't do the tininess justice though):


Now when I recently upgraded from a 1m wide wardrobe to a 2m wide one (also quite the luxury) the piano in my room had to be relocated anyway, leaving some space for a proper sewing table.


Besides the chaos underneath it (which I'm asking you kindly to ignore), isn't it pretty? So much room! My machines right next to each other for easy going back and forth! :)

In a week I am off to Crete and then afterwards to Edinburgh and the Fringe Festival once again, and I have a friend with me on both trips, so I'm planning to have her take pictures of me in the new clothes ;)
Have a preview before I go:

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Sorted!

The patterns and instructions should be available again and my background is back! Yay! :)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Slight problems

Just some quick information:

My webspace, where I'm hosting my files (the patterns and instructions and also my background image) appears to have some problems. So currently, you can't download anything, for which I'm really sorry.
However, you can get my patterns over at burdastyle.com:
The corset
The chemise

I'll try to sort this out asap. Sorry again.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Addendum

The director of the Pope Joan production just sent me the pictures from the photoshoot. They were taken by photographer Hermann Posch for Theaterlust.
I thought you might like to see them :)







Because I got asked in a comment by Renata (thanks :) ) how my internship was going, I thought I'd add some info on that as well. I'm working in a fashion store called "kauf dich gl├╝cklich" (which roughly translates to "shop yourself happy") for three weeks. I'm through my first week and I'm having fun so far :) Mostly I'm doing retail-y things, like helping customers, restocking, working at the till... not terribly exciting, but I love the shop and my co-workers are fun to work with, so generally I'm having a good time.
See you guys soon!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Theatre work

Hi! This is me coming back from the dead after my finals :) they've been over for about 2 1/2 weeks already, but then I just enjoyed doing nothing for a while and a week ago I started my mandatory internship.
But let's get to more interesting things!
I got a comission to make a medieval dress and a monk's robe for a promotional photoshoot for  a touring theatre company called Theaterlust. They're doing a production of "Pope Joan" (you might know the novel or the movie released in 2009) spring 2014, which is quite some time in the future, so naturally they didn't really have any costumes yet. However, they needed some for photos for their homepage and press kit, so I made those two I mentioned in just about 2 days (plus dyeing the fabric... couldn't find the right colours in the right quality...) and the actual costume designer for the show made the pope's robe (which I'm dying to see!).
Without further ado, here you go:


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I drafted the pattern for everything myself, because really, medieval stuff is almost shapeless anyway. The fabric I used is heavy, rough linen for both, dyed for the proper colour and then slightly aged with the help of a cheese grater ;)
All in all a pretty quick project. The most work were probably the eyelets on the dress. I used metal eyelets for stability and then covered the eyelets with matching thread with a buttonhole stitch. By hand. I always complain about this kind of work but end up doing it all the time. Maybe I secretly enjoy all the tedious, neverending but beautiful needlework that's to be done by hand. Or I'm simply a masochist.

This project also made me realize, that I REALLY want a medieval dress for myself (the kind with a surcoat) out of a nice, heavy linen. But sadly I can't afford that right now. Because linen is pricey :(

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yay!

Soooo, my first final is over (I was done 1 1/2 days early, awesome!) aaaaaand for my accomplishment the universe gave me a gift so to say. I got...


Featured on burdastyle!!! Woohoo!














If you're interested in reading the article/interview, click here.

P.S. I'm not to fond of gifs (mostly they just give me headaches), so the fact I went out of my way to find one and post it shows you how excited I am :D

Monday, May 28, 2012

Space Travel

It was my friend Beccy's birthday recently and once again I made her a dress. She picked this one out herself in burda magazine, so it was no surprise, but... meh.
Burdastyle.com calls it the "Cheongsam Dress" and it's part of an asian themed editorial, but Beccy and me immediately thought of science fiction instead.
And with the different colour combination we picked, it is now no longer an asian dress, but was dubbed the "Space Travel Dress".


The pictures were taken on my house's rooftop by the way. I recently found out you could go up there and it's so cool! Our flat doesn't have a balkony but now I have my own personal rooftop terrace!


I made the dress out of cotton batiste in bordeaux red and dark blue. The one by burda is made of silk, which of course is nice, but I think cotton was the better choice for an everyday summer dress.

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How do you guys like the dress?

By the way, it is entirely possible you won't be hearing from me again until after my exams which start Monday a week from now. Wish me luck!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Why does it always have to be smocking?

Before I do the stuff I'm actually supposed to do, a quick update with a school sewing project.
You haven't really seen any of these before, because we usually have to make the clothes all in the same size - which doesn't fit me. So I give them away and I always forget to take pictures beforehand.
But this time around, we were allowed to make the item in our own size, yay! So here you go, my dress:


I made the pattern myself (that was the whole point after all). What you cannot really see in the pictures are the decorative seams. The dress has strap seams and then there are also horizontal separating seams that run in an upward arch in the front and a downward arch in the back, so they sort of piece together to form a circle.


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The true highlight of the dress in my opinion however is the back - of which I obviously don't have a good picture ;)

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So please excuse the lameness of this photo, it's the one I had to take to show that the dress actually fit. But you can see my smocked backpiece! Somehow, whenever we have to add these decorative, sculpted surfaces, I end up smocking. Because I'm pretty much the only one in my class who can do it and has the patience for it. So out of the several suggestions I make, my teacher always picks the smocking. And, of course, it always takes hours to do. This particular piece of smocking took be about like five episodes of Glee, three episodes of The Big Bang Theory and then some Downton Abbey and youtube. Or in a more conventional time unit: over 7 hours.

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And here it is again in a close-up. It's Canadian smocking by the way. I LOVE the look, but I probably won't be doing it for a little while now ;)

Okay, back to work. I'm getting my exam topic on Friday a week from now.  Help.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I'm still alive

... or something.
I just saw my last post was over a month ago, so I thought I'd give a quick update.
School is basically madness right now, the year is coming to an end and we still have super-many projects to finish. And then all of June will be exams. Oh my God.
In addition to that I had another movie job (Yay!) as the costume designer for the short-film "Itzelham" by director Christoph von Zastrow. It was really stressful and hard work and getting up way to early (at 4 am once) but it was totally worth it and so much fun! I'm really blessed with the teams I get to be a part of, they're always wonderful people to get to know and work with. None of them know about this blog, but a shout-out to them nonetheless! :)


We were shooting in a region in Bavaria called Chiemgau, which is really beautiful (as hinted at in the picture above) but has really mad weather, as it's directly in between the mountains and the Chiemsee. So we had picture perfect blue skies with cuddly white clouds but also heavy rain, which made us stop shooting a few times, but rewarded us with this several evenings in a row:


You can't really see it in the picture, but it's a DOUBLE RAINBOW! All the way across the sky! ;)

As great as the shoot was, it made me miss a week of school, so now I have to catch up quite a bit and my days pretty much consist of school, work for school, trying to avoid work for school by staring at my computer screen (mostly watching youtube videos), sleeping and the quality time I set aside for feeding my addiction to several TV series. So outside of school I haven't really done any sewing and haven't got anything new for you to see in that area. Sorry. I hope I'll have more time again soon. 'Till then, my dearies.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Giddy...

... with excitement!
Look what came in the mail yesterday! YAY!



I haven't really stopped giggling on the inside yet.

Friday, March 30, 2012

I am a nerd and should get myself to England

... that's what the guy who taught us in the screen printing class we did for fashion school said to me. And he's kind of right because all the designs I brought with me were both kind of nerdy and England-related. Oh well.
Screen printing is SO much fun and now that we had the class, we can use the rooms on our own. All my friends and family will be getting printed stuff for every birthday from now on ;)
Also, I might make some things for my etsy store (which I have had set up ages ago, but haven't used yet). I'll let you know when that happens :)

Here's the shirts I made (I printed some bags as well, but with the same designs):


Tolkien! Didn't design this myself, obviously. It's the Tolkien monogram. I'm not a tattoo person, but the monogram is the only thing I could ever imagine getting as a tattoo. Tells you a lot about my love for Tolkien ;) For now I have it on a shirt. The book I'm holding is the Silmarillion.


My dear Oscar. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is one of the most brilliant books ever written (in my opinion) and also, Oscar Wilde was just a genius. How can you not love a man who has said and written so many, many beautiful things? It seems like every word out of his mouth was quote-worthy.
I did the design in Photoshop, the quote I used is "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." and the book I'm holding is "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (seriously, read it, if you haven't).


And good old Shakespeare, also a genius. I don't care who he actually was (and I find the discussion kind of ridiculous), the plays are wonderful either way. That's also the idea behind the design: Shakespeare has an "anonymous" black bar across his eyes, on which it says "The Bard".
I'm holding the complete works.


I'm having a Doctor's companion moment here. A girl can dream, right?
I think I mentioned before that I love Doctor Who...


... so now I have I shirt with the TARDIS on it! The writing underneath says "Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey". Also, the return of the Sonic Screwdriver ;)

I can't wait to get back to do some more screen printing! Have to work out what designs I want first, though. Any requests? ;)

In other news: new haircut! You like?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Collar Craze

I'm on a roll! Three posts in three days!

This one's something from fashion school again.
Remember when we did the historical paper dresses? It seems like they like this kind of project at my school because now we had to make paper collars! And being the historic costume fan I am, I made something historically inspired.


Here you go: my sort-of-Elizabethan paper collar :) All the folding drove me almost mad and I used up 1,5 metres of paper, but I'm happy with the outcome. Also, it was good practice for when I make a real Elizabethan costume in the future (which is on the list, but it won't be the next one after the Rococo gown)


The bright white isn't great for taking detail pictures, so this is all you get ;)

Have a good weekend, if I keep up my posting craze, you'll be getting a "fabric haul" post soon! :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dot dot dot

Another one of those things that are just lying around here...


I made this skirt before Christmas. The yoke is a thick wool in a mustardy colour (it's cozy warm around my belly and ) and the skirt part is a navy blue knit with tiny yellow dots (which you can't see in the picture, sorry)
It's a really simple little thing that came together in just a couple of hours. I stole the yoke pattern from some burda pattern I had lying around and the skirt part is just a gathered rectangle.

Here ends the really quick post, I'll get back to my current project that I took a break from while writing this ;)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mondnacht

Remember when I told you last summer that I was doing costume design for a short film? I promised more info later but completely forgot.
Now something incredibly cool has come up and I just had to share that with you :)
First of all, if you're interested, you can find out more about the film "Mondnacht" here. There's also a trailer there, only in German though.
The premiere of the movie was at the beginning of February and since then it has been shown at a few short film festivals. And now the absolutely brilliantly totally awesome thing: "Mondnacht" has won "Best Student Film" at the International California Short Film Festival! It was a really great project to be a part of and I'm really happy for Eva (the director) about this award. Who knows, maybe I'll be famous now ;)


And so this isn't just me jumping up and down and doing a happy dance in textual form, here are a few behind the scenes photos from the shoot, taken by our lovely set photographer Carl von Einem.


I'm the one in the obnoxiously orange jacket. I was so stylish, especially when I paired it with my bright turquoise on-set emergency bag (stocked with wet wipes, safety pins and handy stuff like that). I don't have any other really waterproof jacket, though, and at least you can't lose me in that thing ;)


I have to admit however, that my jacket paled in comparison to our beautiful ballroom set at Schloss Ratibor.


Here's probably the best shot of the costumes for our numerous extras for the ballroom scene. I didn't make all the costumes (only used a few of the ones I had already made anyway), but handling twelve extras and the two main characters was quite the task all on its own.


Our two main characters (I made her blouse, which you can't really see)


When you're doing costume, there are unfortunately not that many cool pictures of you "in action", because all you really do on set is tug at people's collar or brush lint off people's shoulders or something. I really envy the make-up people, they always get cool photos of them touching up someone's make-up with a stern look of concentration. But I digress ;) This is actually the only clear shot of me on set and as it happens, it's one of me in my Victorian gown, from when I was filling in as a "ghost in historic costume", scurrying through the background.


And here, last but not least, what is probably my very favourite photo, because it cracks me up. We had a late shoot one day (hence the darkness) and this was taken right after the last scene, directly before we were packing up for the day. And while basically the whole team is checking out the final, very cinematic and beautiful shot of the day, the make-up artist and me (far right) are typing away on our iPhones, faces creepily illuminated by the screens :D It seems we're all like "Why should we care? It's dark, nobody sees our part of the job anyway." ;)

See you soon, my darlings!