I found an awesome blog by Creativerus! I was completely inspired by her leather work. I really wanted to make a mask, because her work was so stunning. I have a lot of projects on the go at the moment, 6 that I want to finish in the next 2 weeks before going to my first LARP event. I couldn’t justify making a mask at the moment. Then on Facebook it was posted that someone had a masquerade event at Empire. This was just the excuse I need to bump the mask up my to do list!
I loved the cut out mask and I thought I could reproduce it quite easy and set about making it. My cuts are not as good as I would have liked as the scalpel blade I was using for the beginning was a bit dull. I tried to introduce bevel edges to the design this was a mistake. Overall I’m pleased with the result and want to move onto designing my own mask rather than just reproducing other peoples design. Also I think I could take some really nice pictures of it when I get my SLR up and running again.
I’m Going to my first LARP (Live Action Role Play) event at Easter. I really enjoying the preparation for it, it has got back into sewing again. I haven’t used my machine for month and now all I want to do in the evenings is sew.
I used empire pattern for a T Tunic which is really simple and easy, I adjusted the size as the given measurements were huge! I added facing to the neckline to give a more polished finish, I also added Flat felled seam’s to give a move historic look.
I am planning to make it again out of a woollen fabric adding darts to improve the fit.
The Trousers I adapted from a 70’s pattern. I shortened the length, and made them gathered by adding fabric by gores which matched the style of the tunic. I finished the trouser with green felt at the gathers and the fastening.
So we have a new house mate, to celebrate I made a new cushion for the living room with all of our initials on it – Katie, Sarah, Karl, Jon. I have some leather piece that I have dyed as well but I haven’t photographed them yet. I now have space for my lights so I waiting on setting those up before I post anything!
I used an image of vintage tattoo flash for my screen prints a while ago, I started reusing it for inspiration.
A few weeks ago I used it to do some appliqué on my circle skirt. Circle skirts are traditionally appliqué with poodle hence why there often called poodle skirts. I didn’t really fancy sewing a poodle onto my skirt, so I appliqué the design I used for the screen printing, Unfortunately I didn’t photograph it until after I had worn it out on my birthday, it defiantly lost some of its definition in the wash.
Since I been doing leather work I have imagined using this image for a cameo corset. I love the style of Louise Black cameo corsets but I want a front Busk. So I think this will mean using a front panel with two busk which is a style of corset I have seen used a lot by harlots and angels. I will have to adapt an existing pattern it’s just a case of deciding which one now.
I’m really pleased with this Leather tooling, even though it very clear that I have more experience carving flower than faces! Hopefully I will be able to use it on the finished corset. Just waiting on all of my dyes to turn up so I can start finishing it properly.
My Corset is complete but its unfortunate that my ability to upload any photo is in a temporarily out of action.
I’m pleased with the results. But there a few area of improvement…
I heard the sizing was off on this pattern and would tend to agree. The size 12 on this is nowhere near a UK size 12 more like a UK size 8 or even possibly smaller. I have to wear the chemise from the pattern underneath. I don’t mind the back gap due to the small sizing, I could easily make modesty panel for that. It’s the boobies that force me into a chemise! This style of corset is a shelfer not a cupper which doesn’t leave much support or coverage when its a few size too small! It quite unnoticeable when worn with a chemise but when worn on its own it pretty indecent!
The Bones in the corset are too short. I’m still struggling with this part of corset making. I think corsets have to be Flossed or hand stitched on the top bias to securely hold the bones. This is an area I need consider a lot more as it defiantly the area making my corset look the most ‘unprofessional’ I think this is to blame for the severe wrinkling I Have got going on as it’s a single layer corset.
Also my Grommet Techniques leaves something to be desired. It had been so long since I had used eyelets that it took about 6 of them to into the swing of it. And despite marking neat lines, they look wonky as hell!
Next! I kinda have the sewing bug so I want to see if I can get a blouse and trouser done today. it’s from a vintage pattern with vintage fabric! Correction – Vintage Tweed!
I wish I could say I been busy and the most prolific artist since my last post but unfortunately I have been caught up in a multitude of house moves and job changes . Which essentially left me bereft of time to indulge in the creative side of life.
I did manage couple of mini projects when the opportunity arose but nothing too inspiring. I Knitting some socks from the most gorgeous yarn, if you’re in London I advise a trip to Iknit this yarn is awesome for socks.
I ve been reading Feeling stichy an embroidery blog, it inspired me a little so when I set to work to make a thank card for my friends it ended up as thank cushion. It’s the first time I have done any embroidery since high school so I think it turned out well!
When you can procrastinate like I do there is nothing like a deadline to motivate me back on the creative band wagon. My friends Burlesque night is looming round the corner and I want to wear my second corset to the evening. So with the bank holiday on the Horizon I went over to Vena Cava and order a ‘Simplicity 9769’ corset kit. The kit is for a single layer corset which isn’t to my taste but I will give it go, I can always use the pattern and turn it into a something more appropriate. I’m hoping ill be at least 80% to a whole new corset by Monday.