This week’s post was going to be a light, fluffy thing about my sewing goals for the upcoming months, but then Carla and I (of Tiny Angry Crafter) had a conversation about how screwed up a recent social media post by Simplicity Patterns was. They have since deleted the offending piece, apologised for their misstep and mentioned how they just hadn’t looked past the fashion when they used a big shot of, yet another, white lady to advertise making your own versions of the “Hidden Figures” costumes. Ya know, “Hidden Figures,” the story about three African-American women in the 60s who helped NASA further their stake in the space race. It’s basically the story of Betty Draper baking a pie!
Find the trailer here and tell me how easy it is for you to just focus on the, albeit great, fashion here. Nope, no gender or race politics here. No, siree.
Is it just fashion for us? Are we just making pretty, fluffy circle skirts? Did we really just want some cigarette pants to make our butts look good (Well, yes, this too), but…
Merry Christmas to all you lovely people who occasionally drop by my little corner of the interweb. I’ll be honest and say that I’m breathing a big sigh of relief that 2016 is coming to an end. Personally and politically it has all been one great big pile of…dirty laundry! I know that this year hasn’t treated many people well and hope that the coming months bring us all some peace and happiness.
I really wasn’t planning on sharing this simple, A-line skirt with y’all, but since I haven’t posted in an age and a half, (isn’t it annoying when bloggers apologise for not posting more often. Sorry!) I thought it was time.
It feels rather strange to only be sharing this with you now, but the embargo on a photoshoot that I had the immense pleasure of working on has finally been lifted! Before Christmas I had the opportunity to create a costume combining classic Batman characters with Jacobean elements. I hope you’ll enjoy the following photos and allow me to introduce you to the deliciously dark world of Dr. Jonathan Crane, aka The Scarecrow.
Costume, incl. millinery, ruffs and magnificent cod piece // Nina Sidney
Acting // Joseph Jamfrey
Design // Will Hargreaves
Creative Direction // Mark Sephton, Creative Forager
Photography // Andy Bate
Make-up // Stacey Bedingfield
Editing // AUB Visual Communication Students
A Christmas blouse, that is! I’ve never met a novelty print I didn’t like and after my first toile of Wearing History’s Smooth Sailing blouse went so well that I even wore it to uni (shh, it’s definitely a faux pas to wear unbleached cotton) I decided I needed one in reindeer, snowflake and any Nordic pattern known to man kind. Too bad I ran out of time and only have this bit of loveliness to show for all my planning!
Phew, phew! I’m coming off of a high of being unofficially back at university over the past two weeks. Being around a lot of people is very exhausting to this little introvert. I can easily talk to large groups of people and deal with their wants and needs, but by the end of the day I’m mentally dead and gone. Thus I’ve not had too much mental breathing room to do any of my own sewing.
It’s become a bit of a tradition for the hubby and I to visit his mum’s town to partake in a very quirky little festival- the Bridport Hat Festival. Here we browse the amazing hats, very affordable vintage stalls and help out with some charity! It’s good fun and I always leave feeling like we stumbled home from Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow.
I’m more of a TV than a movie buff and especially love anything set between late 1930s to early 1960s. Here are five top starting points for anyone looking to watch a few great costume moments as well as humour, drama and wit rolled into one! I’ve tried to move these along chronically based on the time they are set and am proud to be sporting such a variety in countries of origin- two English, one Canadian, one German and one American.
I’m sure if you live in and around the London area you’ve been hearing about the Fashion on the Ration exhibit over at the Imperial War Museum! Last week I got the chance to visit it myself by tagging along to work with the hubby and taking a slightly faster train into the city (still £29.00 or the journey, but I digress). “You’re here for the ‘Fashion on the Ration’ exhibition, aren’t you?” asked the man checking my bag at the door. Clearly my clothing speaks volumes of my interests. Continue reading