Thursday, 29 June 2017

Costumes and me.

So it seems to have been months since I last blogged. Ive not been on any kind of espionage related adventures or gone into hiding as a hermit, just sorting my head out one weird thought at a time.

I realised that blogs are partly meant to be about the person writing them, so with each blog I shall add a bit about what I like.
I don't claim to be the most interesting person in the world, I still have a video player and Ive no idea who is at No1 in the charts(if its still called that nowadays). But I do like the fact that Im interested in things that people may not immediately think of as an everyday subject.

I feel the best place that my mind is show is on my Pinterest page. I have posted a link here before but I think I should pick out a few things that really float my boat. They may appeal to you, they may not but if you like an image enough for it to spark a new interest for you then Il be a happy blogger.

I shall add pinterest links so you can see what I am waffling about and I will try to pick out 2 or 3 images to talk about.

I am interested in costumes, always have been since I was little and had dolls. I can recall taking sleeves off a dolls regency dress and making clothes out of felt for them to wear.
So where on earth do I begin. ................................................................................................................................................

Pinterest Costumes

I love the silhouette of clothes the way they are constructed, how they are held together, the shapes of each piece etc
To me a costume has to be made up of appropriate fabric and maybe have an updated twist to it but nothing too unbelievable.
It jars my brain if I see something that doesn't work(in my opinion, Im no expert) I wasn't happy with the remake of Psycho, I felt the costumes of Anne Heche were all wrong, almost too young and comedic(no offence to her or the designer)even the earrings wound me up.
I have to admit to liking ladies costume more than mens but there are some films where I can't help but prefer the mens outfits, eg Rob and Jude Sherlock Holmes, Brotherhood of the Wolf.

I have a list of films I love due to their costumes,
Gangs of New York- amazing sillhoettes and bold flashes of colour.
Madness of King George. The clothes were meant to be seen by candlelight and I feel they really shine in their right environment.
Helen Mirren in The madness of king George, design by

                                                             Sue Honeybourne
                                                              Mark Thompson   
                                           image from

Gypsy, who doesn't love the clothes Natalie Wood wears in the last few scenes of that film!
Dracula (with Gary and Winona) Her red dress is breathtaking and Eiko Ishioka has designed some stunning costumes(also see The Cell  The Cell info)....
too many to mention
Also music videos have  had some great outfits eg Lady Gaga and Annie Lennox.
Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. Image from on Pinterest.
My heart skipped a beat when I saw these outfits. Amazing  proportions, unflattering, an interesting mix of cowboy hat and Edwardian dress. What I like about Lady gaga is that she isn't afraid to look hideous or interesting so she has doubled the amount of costumes she can wear. Most people want to look their best I whatever they wear, flashing a bit of leg or cleavage, but nope, Gaga has cola cans in her hair, strange make up and a phone on her head.
Annie Lennox and her Diva videos are one heck of a costume event to feast your eyes on, also Love song for a Vampire and No more I love you should get a mention too.
The overall look is beautiful, giving it a Victorian ethereal feel. This angel costume is so vaudeville and the colours go from pink sequins to rusty golds and moss greens. I havn't seen the videos for a while but Ive no doubt they are on some kind of social media
Annie Lennox Angel costume, picture from Costume supplied by Angels Costumiers of London.

I love the silhouettes of the costumes, she wears a crinoline dress for one video, the dress is a perfect bell shape, very similar to the dresses by Janet Patterson who was costume designer for The Piano.
Detail of Holly Hunters skirt in the Piano,
image from

The dresses and bonnets in this film are a perfect shape.
Image from

Now, back to reality and my makes.


On another note, Ive been crafting.  Ive decided its going to be 99% fabric items so the table has a theme, rather than a jumble of different things Ive made.

I still love to create things with sewing, here are a couple of OOAK shoulder bags in mid make, Ive used cotton, canvas and twill. I have a few to make, hopefully il get them completed before the fair.

Ive been making little dolls for card toppers, they've been fun to make, they include my love of photo editing.
Ive also recently acquired an embossing and die cutting machine so my cards have a bit extra going on with the textures and cut outs.

I made this skirt, the fabric was second hand and my jeans were falling apart so I used the pocket as a feature.

Xmas decorations are being thought about, I noticed last year that people like angels so Ive been experimenting. I think Il stick to the angels Ive made with smaller glass pieces, rather than the idea above, tho I do like the wings.

Im back into rubber stamping so Xmas cards have gone  a bit crazy with this little Santa fella.

More doll toppers. Who can spot the spelling mistake?

Ive tried to use my limited drawing skills for my crafts, I drew this little snowman, I havn't done much with it yet but I may give it  another go.
So, all the above was written in 2016.
I really must get into the habit of blogging and keeping things up to date.
Its now June 2017.
I had about 5 Xmas fairs last year, only 1 was profitable, so with that disheartening outcome and year another redundancy (my 4th) I think I shall give up actual craft fairs for this year.
Obviously the urge to make things is still with me. Ive focused mainly this year on sewing. Ive moved my sewing machine and overlocker about 3 feet from my sofa and my sewing output has seriously increased.
I attended a vintage outdoor fair a few weeks ago which was very busy and went well, luckily the weather was good so I made some crafting money there.
Here are some things Ive been working on.
My new sewing are and cutting table.
The floor has since become covered again.

A dress I made

Me in said dress(sorry about the bad photo)

Tote bags with vintage inspired touches.

Zipped make up bags. Somebody suggested they would be good for knitting and crochet projects.
Ive been trying to go through all my draws of craft making items. I found some film cell charms Id made years ago and made a pair of pirate earrings with them.
One of a kind pirate earrings
That's it for now. I hope my costume talk didn't put you off watching films. Il try to blog more regularly.

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