Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Urban Renewal

I've been busily making gloves and finishing up tags the past few days to take down to this lovely shop in downtown Grants Pass, Oregon. It's such a satisfying feeling to have them all neat and ready to go with little descriptions on the back of each tag.

My friend Aimee from Pretty Wit helped me design these tags...aren't they awesome? I love that elephant so much.
So far I have 8 pairs down there...I nearly cleaned out my etsy shop so tomorrow it's all about getting my shop back up and going. :)
If your ever in Grants Pass, be sure to check out Urban Renewal! It's a really awesome shop, I end up buying something every time I go in there...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

I wasn't a huge fan of the last Pirates movie...and I have a feeling the next one might not be any better...but I'm still excited for the 4th movie, coming out in May, because I just love seeing those awesome scruffy pirate costumes...and as long as Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush are involved...it has to have some element of entertainment to it, right? ;)
Here's a few pictures I've come across so far...





Sunday, October 10, 2010

Robin Hood

I finally got to see the new Robin Hood the other night! As soon as it started I regretted not getting out my Medieval costume to work on because it was so inspiring. So I confess, I missed part of the movie while I went and gathered my sewing. ;)
The costumes were GORGEOUS. I feel like it's been ages since I've watched a costume film and this movie was like a breath of fresh air with all the beautiful Medieval costumes.
Cate Blanchett was wonderful as Maid Marion and her costumes were so beautiful.



Robin Hood's costumes were really awesome too....I may have to continue my Robin Hood costume studies after I finish the BBC costume studies. :)



Just look at Robin's sleeve....sooo amazing. :)
Are you inspired yet? :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Elizbethtown...

...is what I like to call this hat because it reminds me of the red hat Kirsten Dunst wears in the movie Elizabethtown. :)
Sorry about the poor photo quality...and the little gold safety pin is holding onto a stitch I dropped somewhere. What can I say...I'm not perfect! ;)

This was my first time knitting a hat so I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out even though I did drop a stitch (or two or three). It's a little snug for my big head though...so somebody may end up getting it in their Christmas stocking this year. ;) I love knitting...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My new baby...

So far all I've done is some quilting...but there's mending to be done, jeans to hem, a billion projects to finish. This little machine will be well used and loved. :) Oh how good it is to have a sewing machine again!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Durango

I used to watch this movie all the time when I was younger...but it's really hard to find now for some reason. I finally found a used VHS copy online and I watched it for the first time in years the other night...and yep, I still love it. And I still love the costumes. Now I want to knit a sweater even more!

These are the only pictures I could find online:







I hope they come out with a DVD one of these days...Have any of you seen it?
I just love the clothes in the 1940's. Especially in Wales and Ireland. We need to bring this style back. ;) I'm going to do it! Sweet knitted cardigans with skirts. I think it might already be in style... but I'm so out of the fashion loop these days I don't even know.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Costume Studies

I know I said I was going to start doing two costume studies a month (one Elizabeth Swann, one Robin Hood) but I just can't seem to find the time around moving into our new house and working. So I'm putting them on hold a little while longer until I'm settled.
My sewing corner is coming along nicely though! I'll post pictures when I finish moving everything in. :)
And then, hopefully, I'll start having some fun sewing projects to talk about. :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Things I hope to try...

With no sewing machine working it's been all about knitting lately. I really want to try to make a sweater this winter...but I'm a little intimidated by the thought. But I think I can maybe do it...
I also think it would be fun to try to make some socks. They intimidate me too.
I've been making fingerless gloves like mad. I got a little tired of them so I took a break last night and started on a Christmas present. But you can't see that until after Christmas. ;)
I'm getting excited about making things to wear this winter. Don't you just love warm things?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Series of Unfortunate Events...


Hello Friends!
I'm sorry I've been so absent lately...it seems when one thing decides to break, everything does. Thus my lap top is not working and I've somehow offended the feeling of two sewing machines resulting in neither of them working for me. So I have been knitting here and there but mostly getting our new house ready to be moved into. I'm really quite excited about setting up sewing in a more permanent place. I'm trying to figure out just how I'm going to set it up. But that's all part of the fun. :)

So at the moment I'm up to my elbows in painting my bedroom and I shall hopefully be able to show lovely pictures one of these days. It's quite different from my usual style but I think it's going to be quite nice in the end.

Hopefully I'll get sewing machine working as well so I can get back to some projects I was in the middle of. Oh dear. Now you see why I hand sew. ;)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pirate Shirts back in the shop!

Get your orders in early for Halloween or just simply because you want one. ;)
Order yours HERE.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The day has come...

Can you believe it? After two years of aching wrists, Pirates of the Caribbean marathons, late nights and hot cups of strong tea, the infamous corset is DONE.
In-fa-mous: having a reputation of the worst kind : notoriously evil

A grand total of 79 hand sewn eyelets...40 pieces of boning...
Okay...so I do still need to find lacing...and have some proper pictures taken.
Keep a weather eye on the horizon...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Costume Studies

I'm thinking about starting some costume studies on Elizabeth Swann's Wardrobe in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. I would still finish my Robin Hood costume studies but break it up with some girly clothes so I don't get so burnt out on boys all the time. Even though their costumes are fun!
My starting goal is to do one costume study of each per month to give me some time to do research and see how it goes from there.
There's such a variety in Elizabeth's costumes I don't think I'll get bored!
I'm also going to try to organize the costume studies I've already done a bit better so they're all easier to find.
Also, what are some costumes you'd love to see studied? I would like to make a list of costumes you would like to learn more about and every now and then I'll pick one from the list to study.
I look forward to hearing your ideas!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Inkheart and Knitting

I can't stop watching Inkheart. I'm watching it for the third time in three days right now, it inspires me. I love the clothes, the sets, the actors...it's my cup of tea. :)
But I've been getting a ways on my Bella Swan mittens while I'm watching it! I'm almost half done with the second mitten! However, I'm babysitting a friend's kittens and they sure do make knitting a challenge what with keeping them from running off with a mitten or a ball of yarn, not to mention climbing curtains and drinking out of my glass. ;)
I'd post a picture of my progress but I don't have my camera with me at the moment. But my how good progress feels!
Pictures soon, I promise!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Finishing up...


I've decided to be good and finish some costume projects I've already started before starting new things...among the list is my Elizabeth Swann corset. Yes, I STILL haven't finished it. But it is so close to being done! So I'm going to try to finish it up along with a couple other projects I've been working on.
One thing I've learned from making this corset so far, I never want to do a corset by hand again. (I say that but...you know how I am)
Also, that even after looking at this corset for so many hours...(days, months, years) I still love it. :)
Hopefully I'll have some corset updates along with some other project news in the next few weeks. :)
PS: To those of you who asked about the yellow dress in my last post, it's from the movie Eragon. Isn't it lovely?

Monday, August 2, 2010

In the mood....

To do some costuming....







But I have no idea where to start...

Disclaimer:

Although I continually talk about movie costumes on this blog, I am not a movie reviewer. Not all the films I discuss are recommended and I do not choose to review weather they are appropriate or not for the simple fact that every person's standards are different. Something that is fine for me may be offensive to some one else and visa versa. If you would like to look into the appropriateness of a title, I recommend pluggedinonline.com. I have not seen all the movies I discuss, and am simply interested in the art of clothes in film. I will leave you to decide for yourself if you will watch the movie or not.

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