So, I was on the old S&S forums for a short while about…oh gosh, about five and a half years ago, I think, and under a different username most likely. Anyway. I’ve been using S&S patterns a lot since then, among others. I’m interested in all variations on costuming from historical (late Victorian is my favorite, but I love them all!) to sci-fi an and fantasy (I’ve re-created costumes from movies, and also made original designs.
When I’m not sewing, I’m in grad school for special education (multiple and severe disabilities) or I’m dancing (ballet and Irish, and I’ve made some of my own dance costumes too!)
Here are some things I’ve made with S&S patterns:
this one was based off of one of outfits from the film Bright Star and made the spring/summer after it came out
And a poor quality picture of my white and orange Regency dress. It’s more recent work, and I like it because I used that orange silk to line the jacket for the suit I made for my best male friend. We matched, even if no one knew unless he took off his coat
And here’s a Russian style platter tutu I’ve made. Yep, that’s me in a wig. Yep. my face, arms, and everything looks weird because under that backdrop was concrete–not kind to dancer feet!
So, that’s my history, what about my future? Well, obviously grad school is most of my future, but in my costuming future I’m drawn toward the 18th c pattern! I’ve been eyeing it since it was released, but just recently bought the epattern for a specific project. As I have said, I am a GEEK, and geek as I am I own Weta Workshop’s artbook for The Hobbit. Well, for those who have read the books, you will remember Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, Bilbo’s cousin who tries to steal his silver. She didn’t make it into the movie, but the concept art Weta’s artist’s design was fabulous: part 18th c, part, 19th c, all wonderful and happening to feature silk almost exactly like I had in my stash. Anyway, I decided to base this costume off of the S&S pattern because the design features a higher neckline, just like one of the options on this pattern, yay!
I’d like to keep a work log here, and for those who have no ideal what I was talking about, that’s ok, and you could still find something valuable from my postings. I’m going to attempt to make this with the Recconstucting History stays, simply because I’ve met the people behind the company several times, they are great people, and I want to support their business. I’m still on the mockup phase, but as I go along, I’d love to share with you all how the stays come together, how they work with Jennie’s pattern, and how I make Weta’s design come to life!
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April 16, 2013
That’s such an incredible orange color on the spencer! Love it. And that white and orange dress looks so elegant.
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