Thursday, 31 October 2013

First foray into costuming

My first hint of costuming was actually my graduation ball. It's like a prom, but also included dinner and formal dancing. When I graduated it was also traditional for all the girls to wear white, a tradition that has totally disappeared since then. White is the traditional graduation colour, also the cap that I'm wearing is the Swedish student cap, that you get when you graduate from school.

Already a year before my graduation me and my sister sat down and decided that I wanted something Jane Austen-like. My sister is a much better seamstress than me, and at this point she basically just told me what to do. In the end she was the one who made my ballgown. Nothing except the general shape is really accurate, but I loved it and I've used it both as a ballgown and at historical fairs since then.

June 2000
Status: Existing but inactive. I still have the gown up among my costumes/ballgowns but I haven't tried it in many years.

My first costumes

Since I'm not working actively on a project at the moment I'm going to try and show off some of my costuming history on this blog. It's also for me to be able to quickly find old costumes. I'm also hoping that by showing off my quite bad costumes that I started with, well then I can see how my skills have developed. And anyone reading this can hopefully see that as well. I haven't been able to find pictures of all my costumes, after all I've started before I had a digital camera, way before I had a smartphone, and I've also gone through one two changes of computers, including one complete hard drive crash where nothing was recovered. I only think I'm missing two though.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Ever since I left my Livejournal account I've felt a bit lost on where to keep track of my costume projects. The last two projects were showcased on tumblr, but I wasn't really happy about that format, so now I'm making a fresh start with this blog.

This blog will only be about my costuming and sewing projects. Since I'm not sewing all the time, this blog will probably be quite inactive in between projects. For example my next big sewing project is planned for spring 2014.

I consider myself a Star Wars-costumer first. I'm a member of the Rebel Legion and 501st Legion, and most of my active costume wearing are done in relation to Star Wars. I've always had an interest in historical clothing though, and in the last years I've found a venue to at least live out my interest in 18th century fashion. Consequently this blog will probably be mostly about Star Wars and 18th century gowns, but you never know what will happen.