Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Costume: Demelza from Poldark

I'm in real need of a personal project to get me back into the swing of things. I have a fair few commissions to be getting on with but I really needed something I could focus on for myself. A costume that was REALLY for me. I still want to do Anna from Frozen and have some of the fabric but I've been waiting too long to start that and I'm not feeling very enthusiastic about it. Then I started watching Poldark.

I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying this show. The first episode didn't really grip me but I decided to persevere anyway, I love Aidan Turner and enjoyed seeing him in a more "nice guy" role. I'm now very glad I kept it up. I've fallen in love with Demelza, her spirit, her way with words and her strength (and she's a ginger). Both her yellow and red dresses are colloquially quaint, and that gown from episode 4 is stunning. The red one is the dress she wears the most often and through most of episode 4 and I just knew I wanted to make it.

On the surface it seems quite simple but once you start to research it becomes very clear that there are many more layers to this outfit. A lot of attention was paid to making it historically accurate and although the construction may not necessarily be historical in nature (I'm sure on the inside its overlocked and interfaced), I'm going to do my best to stick close to contemporary garments.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Tip: How to Finish Ribbon Ends

So let say you're working with a nice piece of ribbon, you've trimmed off the edge and now you want to finish it so that it doesn't fray. Well I've got two methods for you!

Method #1 Melting the Edge

This method is best used on straight or diagonal edges.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Just Some Current Projects and Plans!

Hey there! Sorry that its been over a week since my last post but I've had a very busy week with work and guests and just couldn't find the time to sit and write. Anyway here I am and I've got a few projects to share with you.

Skater Skirt

I bought a cute jersey skater skirt from H&M in grey but really wanted one in a burgundy or wine colour. They didn't have any so I wandered off and tried to think of somewhere else I could pick one up. While having a nosey through the Fabric Shop I came across some gorgeous wine coloured jersey and hit upon an idea: I'll just make my own! The H&M skirt will make a great template although I may make some alterations to the pattern.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Shop: The "Miami" Flamingo Skirt

I recently posted some of my designs and have started to make some samples for the Etsy Shop. Things have been a bit slow on the making front the past week as I was working some full time hours at my new job and haven't had the time to get anything together. Its the most amazing place to work though and I'll put a post together about what I do there soon. Plus my mum dropped in from Belfast for a visit!

Before things got a bit hectic I did manage to get one of my designs made and up for sale in the shop. This is the "Miami" skirt in a 100% cotton print: