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Monday, 13 March 2017

Recent Outfit Posts: Lolita, Vintage Laura Ashley and Costuming

Recently I joined Lookbook to encourage me to take more photos of my vintage and Lolita outfits that I put together. I've realised that I wear these styles a lot on the weekends, but I never take any photos to record what I've worn! I think it's a confidence issue, as I hate how I look in photos. To remedy that and hopefully gain more confidence, I put together some collages of the outfits I have taken photos of, as well as a new one from a photoshoot that I had recently.

A simple Sweet Lolita coordinate for a Valentine's day meetup last year. We had a photoshoot with photographer Annie Collinge (photo credit to her) and I ended up on a page in PYLOT magazine! It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun. Annie's website:

This look reminds me of a small Edwardian child that dreams of being a fairy, with a romantic vintage Laura Ashley dress from the 1980s (influenced by Edwardian and 1920s fashions) and a handmade rose headdress that my dear friend made me for my birthday. 

A handmade 1900s costume that I made last summer, which was a lot of fun! My hair is in a Gibson Girl hairstyle and I've accessorised with gloves.

Mostly sewn by machine and with polyester fabric, so not historically accurate, but pretty! I'm really pleased with this costume and it went together relatively easily.

And a new one! You can see more pictures of the shoot over on my sewing blog. The other day I went to the graveyard to take pictures with my Dad of my handmade Lolita OP for my portfolio and Lookbook. It's a really fascinating place, with abandoned red-brick buildings and antique Victorian gravestones.

I absolutely love angel prints, so as soon as I saw this JSK on Innocent World's website, I had to buy it! I also have a print by Innocent World called the Three Archangels OP, which I love, so I kind of collect angel prints.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Long Time No Post

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I last posted on this blog, but I'm not dead - I've been posting sporadically at my other blogs, Sweet Sewing Chronicles, and my new portfolio blog for fine art. Whilst I haven't been posting much, I have been doing a bit of sewing (okay, a very small amount, as you can see on my other blog) even though I've been really busy. Here's a list of things that have been going on in my life, that I've wanted to blog about or mention, but I just haven't had the time or energy!

  • At the end of October, it was my 18th birthday and I got some lovely presents, including an antique pendant from the 1890s, made of amethyst and gold. 

  • In November I went to Prague to see the sights, and met my dear friend Rosa in person for the first time! I had a wonderful time with my parents and friend, and have some very fond memories of the trip. 

  • I've done very little writing, but I'm pleased to say that my cover for my future novel, Roses for Margaret, has been completed by my friend, Nami - it's gorgeous!
  • For a late Christmas present, I received a lovely book called the Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior, from my girlfriend. It's inspired me to want to become more elegant fashion-wise (by 1950s, vintage standards, of course ;) I can't be doing with most boring, modern styles ;)), design and make more 1950s clothing for everyday wear, and even to buy a Miss Dior perfume, "as every woman should have a signature perfume"! I'm really craving some more 1950s style clothes right now, Dior style. 

  • I'm reading a lot, wanting to pick up more writing inspiration, and even reading a lot of audiobooks when my fatigue is too bad to do anything other than lie in bed.
  • Speaking of fatigue, my health recently has been bad, but I'm coming up with a plan to get it back on track, starting with a load of tests and appointments to rule things out first of all. 
  • Right now I'm on a family holiday in Tenerife, having a lot of fun and getting some sun in an otherwise miserable February. 

Friday, 2 September 2016

Antique Textiles Collection at Gawthorpe Hall

A while back, my family and I made a trip to Gawthorpe Hall. Whilst I didn't really find the house or the interior design inspiring, they had a textiles collection that really made up for that! It was a delight to browse through all the glass cases with gorgeous fabrics, embroidery and lace. I'll share some of the photos I took:

Isn't that yellow striking?

Waistcoat from 1780-1800, Spanish, silk embroidery on silk.

I love the embroidery here, it's so vibrant and looks stunning against the cream silk. I think it was remnants trimmed from an early 1800s dress.

Are there any pieces that stand out to you? Which was your favourite?

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Maude's Summer Edwardian Day Dress at Botanic Gardens

My Dad and I went to the park for some photos and words can't describe how happy I am with the results! This is my best costume yet, and I actually have decent photos, some of which I'm smiling in - I usually feel so camera shy and uncomfortable wearing costume, but today I could hold my head high and talk to people and smile. Quite an achievement for me!

Testing shot to see if my hat was in the right place. Strange, but my hair looks brunette here - I'm blonde.

I'm wearing a belt and gloves with this ensemble, which really makes the outfit, I think.

My hat blew off at this point and I was laughing at what a spectacle I was making in the park! Some nice people asked me if it was for my communion, so I told them that it's for my costume portfolio as I made the dress. I also got some girls calling me Mary Poppins!

 The back view, at the lake. I'm not too fond of how my costumes look at the back, but here I think it's okay. Not perfect, but okay.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Maude's Summer Edwardian Day Dress

Yesterday I finished my Maude's Summer Day Dress project, using a Butterick pattern and inspired by Maude Fealey's Edwardian style! I think it came together very nicely and was relatively straightforward, so I've gained confidence for future historical projects! I don't feel like writing much, so on to the photos!

And the hat!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Maude's Summer Edwardian Blouse

It's been a while since I posted here, so I thought it might be nice to post an update on my sewing progress! Right now, I've finished one part of my Maude's Summer Edwardian Day Dress project, which includes a blouse, a skirt, a belt and a hat - the belt and the blouse are done!

Right now I'm working on the skirt and the hat, as well as my writing projects. What are you working on at the moment, readers? Feel free to tell me in the comments below!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Mansions of Glass Novella Available Now!

Synopsis: Aika Rowland, struggling with undiagnosed Aspergers, has always known what it is like to be alone. But not quite like this. Locked away in her quarters of an 18th Century chateau by her domineering, abusive mother, Aika is left to her own devices of imagination and the letters from her long-distance lover, Carrie Knox, to keep her sane.
Disowned by his mother, Buddy Rowland is torn between his love for men and loyalty to his family. Kept apart from his younger sister and the rest of the unit for being a bad influence, he must leave France before his chances of love diminish.
A tale of two runaway teens from a problematic, dysfunctional family, Aika and Buddy set off to find their own idea of happiness and normality.
Everything was so fragile in this mansion of glass. The slightest retribution, the littlest remark could cause everything to come shattering down like perilous confetti, the kind that instead of bringing joy, causes one to lose an eye or scathe the skin. Everybody crept around for fear of breaking the glass, speaking in whispers, if at all. Nobody dared to raise their voice or pull any punches. Not in this house of glass.
This book contains contents that may not be suitable for younger readers, such as sexual scenes and dark themes, including abuse. Please do not read if you are sensitive to or get triggered by such themes (I really don’t want to upset anybody!). 
Available on Amazon as an eBook now! I’ll post links in the future when it becomes available for purchase on my website through PayPal and on Lulu in paperback.