2013 in pictures

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New Year’s Eve party – by White Mischief

exactly what is says in the title Р a collection of what was happening here in the last 12 months! enjoy Рand- Have a lovely New Year!

 

the first event of the year – Katherine of Aragon festival in Peterborough…

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from our Winter Bride collection, shot in January

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Prior Engagement team at the EWE in Birmingham

 

 

 

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Dianas of the Chase point to point race – sidesaddle…

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Easter in Devon: running ..

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and hunting – the coldest ever!

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and shooting bridal frocks in St. Audries Park – where we got married in October 2011!. good memories:-)

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then it was time for the Spring Bride Collection…

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in April, we organised a big ball – Spectacular Spectacular, in Pinewood studios…

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May was busy – here at a Georgian picnic

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doing a Victorian Striptease inn Dragon Hall in Norwich…

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entertaining Queen V at Leighton House

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June – being a bit silly at a bridal shoot for Events in The Box and Mockford Photography… alas that gown suffered in the recent fire:-(

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at the Heritage Festival in Peterborough, in June…

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July – Kelmarsh festival, building a bed in the tent…. ūüôā

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and sweating buckets in Regency gear at Hereford…

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went to our first Steampunk markets that summer too – here in CambridgeImageand Stamford

we shoot our Steampunk Amazones in August too: part 1, in Yorkshire and part 2 in Thurleigh

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¬†and did a Summer Bride shoot too…

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one of the Summer Brides dresses…

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September – at Steampunk Asylum, here just before the fashion show…

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and at the market:-)

more markets followed – ILHF and TORM

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please, please, can i have some more fabric????

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sometimes the markets were busy – sometimes – not so much….

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we did some crazy things in October….

in November we also shot the Autumn Bride

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alas most, if not all of the Autumn bride dresses were damage in the garage fire….. including this one….

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we spent 6 evenings working in Aston Hall with Black Knight Historical…Imageand returned thee to film Regency Christmas ¬†for NBC – the resulting feature can be viewed here:¬†

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we snapped a few pictures making the best of the spectacular autumnal colouring…

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and being silly at a Christmas Market at Stoke Rochford…

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and enjoying working at Holkham Hall for two very busy weekends…

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and seeing Christmas in London, celebrating my last outfit for the year – a mixture of late Victorian and modern:-)

 Over the year we also enjoyed a few good Stitch and Bitch sessions with Julia from Sew Curvy Рit is great to have friends you can work side by side with Рrather rare for me, so thanks Julia for your friendship!

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good times!

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looking classy even at work…

Alas the year didn’t end on a good note – we had a garage fire on the 28th – in which most of my stock, fabrics, dresses etc was damaged.. ūüė¶ lots of private re-enactment , camping and sport equipment also vanished:-( still, we were ¬†insured, so hoping some of it can be rebuilt – it will take a while though! ūüė¶

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fire started in the evening – faulty socket is to blame…. here the fire is over, just trying to get rid of the fumes..

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the wardrobe where the dresses used to be….

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mind you, some of the charred, sticky, smelly items may have just one more chance to take to the stage – we plan a postapocalyptic shoot… it is not everyday ¬†you have a beautifully charred wall in your garage, is it?

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¬† and so – ¬†that’s it – goodbye 2013, welcome 2014! bad or good, it will no doubt be interesting – Happy New Year everyone!

The Autumn Bride Collection – The Dresses

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¬†This time you have already seen the official photos ¬†( click here if you haven’t… ) so it is about time i posted about the designs and the dresses – and as always i will provide sample pricing too.

Our Autumn collection was all about Victorian and Steampunk  Рwith some pre-Raphaelite inspirations too.  we were fortunate to secure the stunning Coombe Abbey  for the shoot Рand its ambiance was perfect for the Victorian designs.

And so, without  further ado, let us meet the dresses.

1.  Mina.

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 Here simplicity and elegance was the key.  A mixture of 18th century  silhouette and Victorian aesthetics resulted in simple lines and sparse decoration. The skirt in satin is worn over a big crinoline; the jacket in silk, lined with brocade, is fitted, laying smoothly over the corset worn underneath. I must admit i like the jacket a lot Рand will most likely keep it for myself Рwould look great with jeans!

The design can be re-created in any color scheme and customized with decorative items. Skirt and jacket would start from £600, depending on the fabrics.  Bridal corsetry from £300.

The result:

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2. Veronica

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  Our Steampunk Bride wears a skirt  with lots of ruffled lace and tulle, a tight-lacing corset in satin, bound in silk and decorated with flossing and crystals. on top, a short bolero jacket in matching fabric. The whole outfit suitable not only for a wedding but for any other less formal occasion.   This design starts from £ 500 Рand this particular outfit, is currently offered on sale at a greatly reduced price as a previously worn item Рplease inquire!

  Lizzie rocked the whole ensemble!

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3. Ceridwen

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Probably the most autumnal of all the designs, Ceridwen consists of a satin skirt worn over a hooped petticoat, and a silk overskirt with an apron front. the skirt at the back can be left flowing or bustled up. corset is made in matching silk and sports gold metallic lace decoration.   Can be commissioned in any colour combination Рprices start from £800.

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4. Constance.

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 Victorian  fashions really have come into the play with this one Рbased on the Natural Form Era designs, Constance is worn over proper Victorian underpinnings Р bustle and corset.  The skirt flows down in froth of white lace, providing a perfect backdrop for the  smooth, shiny satin overskirt and bodice. The veil completes the look of the Victorian Bride.  prices start from £800; £1200 including the underpinnings.

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5. Guinevere

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 A gown reflecting the Pre-Raphaelite fascination with the Middle Ages Р 12 underbust corset in silk.style dress in flowing satin is simple but very effective.  Lace cloak adds to the bridal image, and the gown itself can be work with a decorative girdle or with an underbust corset.

 Prices start from £700

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6. The Goth Bride.

No design here as this one was a bonus frock Рstill, it matches the collection perfectly.  Again, Victorian  silhouette, as the gown is worn over a bustle cage, petticoats and corset Р the bodice, skirt and overskirt in rich colour add a distinctive Gothic flavour to the outfit.

 Prices start from £500 not including the underpinnings.

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¬† and that’s about it ¬†and that’s also the last collection of the year – we have done 4 seasons!

 check the others if you liked this one:-)

 The Summer Bride 

 the Spring Bride

 The Winter Bride

  The Credits:

the provides below!

the venue: Coombe Abbey http://www.coombeabbey.com/

Amateur Photography – Lucas PItcher

Bespoke Bridal gowns: Prior Engagement www.priorengagement.co.uk; www.priorattire.co.uk

Styling, hair, makeup: ‚Äď Sarah Dunn from¬†http://sarahsdoowopdos.wordpress.com/

Bridal bouquets ( real flowers): Anita Smith from The Vintage Rose –¬†http://www.vintageroseflorist.co.uk/

Bridal bouquets (crystal and silk flowers) The Haberdashery Bride http://www.thehaberdasherybride.co.uk/

Bridal shoes and accessories Tracy from http://www.crystal-calla-tiara.com/

Models: Miss Lilian Love, Adriana Renarde, Anett Novak, Izabela PItcher

Many, many thanks to all involved ‚Äď ¬†what a team we make!¬†:-)

and just to end it on a funky note – a few behind the scenes pixs!!

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Paul showing off is work:-)

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Hard at work. Really!

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Sarah, all the work done, is catching up on the emails…

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Anett being – well, Anett!

Corsetry fun – Stitch and Bitch July 2013…

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 I love a good stitch and bitch Рalas I do not have a lot of people with whom you get the balance of stitching and bitching just right, not too much bitching, and just enough stitching is usually pretty elusive. Well,  with Julia from Sew Curvy, we can do it perfectly well. We chat , we sew, we compare patterns, techniques etc Рand we enjoy ourselves a lot.

¬†We come from different sewing backgrounds¬† – Julia’s is predominantly corsetry, including bridal, mine is mostly historical costuming, including bridal and steampunk; which mean that we have enough in common to connect and enough differences to learn from one another. A perfect mixture.

¬†I have visited Julia’s studio before¬† on other occassions – i taught classes there and we already enjoyed a sewing session there, when Julia was kind enough to¬†assist in making a 1884 Higby patent corset¬† ( a nice adventure, recreating an authentic pattern ūüôā¬† and going from this:

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 through this:

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the mock up

 and finishing with this:

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¬†This time I was also on a mission – I wanted to have a go at the prototype of an underbust that Julia created. I wanted to make it entirely from the scratch, using the components available from Julia’s online shop. There was some debate about which fabrics to use –¬†I do love the broche and sateens, ans was spoilt for choice – but in the end we settled on the luxurious red sateen, with an even more luxurious black lace.

 Having made up my mind, I set to work,tracing the pattern and cutting the fabrics, and Jlia was busy finishing some waist training samples  for her Etsy shop.

¬†I have to admit that apart from sewing and chatting a lot of lacing in was going on as well –¬† over the day both of us tried the waist training corsets, underbust samples, oversbust and the Edwardian ones. Obsession?

  we started with one of the corsets from my recent bridal collection

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too small for my bra size, but still looking pretty good….

And then Julia tried on my edwardian¬† number…

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Just by comparision, here is both of us, in our natural, uncorseted forms…

 me:

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and Julia:

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¬†and then on goes the waist training sample in black sateen…

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And another sample, this time in broche.

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It was interesting to see that the same corset created a slightly different silhuette on different body types – though it still fitted fairly well.

 

 

It was even more evident when we put on Julia’s personal underbust – a lovely piece in broche, with distinctive flossing.

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and me in the same piece – the corset closes at 22″ waist and I can only dream of such a number – but it looked pretty good at 26″ – just an inch less than my normal, comfort corseted measurement.

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After all that excitment of lots of lacing, it was time for lunch…

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well…..

just joking – what we did have was this:

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Julia’s superb egg mayo sandwiches and fruit as my contribution.

¬†After lunch it was time to get some work done in earnest…

 The red sateen was constructed ( i loved the eyelet setters there so much, I bought them straight away!)

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¬† Julia kept an eye on my frolicking wiht the corset, just to make sure everuthing was up to scratch…

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¬†and then helped me lace into half finished piece…

 

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Not too bad! a few minor corrections and I was able to get enough done before leaving the studio. I took the lace with me to stitch it on the corset in the evening though…

¬†The evening continued with more chatting, and a rather nice meal – with Pimms, obligatory for British summer! ūüôā

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great local takeaway!

¬†Marley, Julia and Paul’s greyhound was his usual charming self too…

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¬†Next morning, it was time to get back to the studio – with a few hours to go before¬†I had to leave, it was just enough time to finish the underbust. Here trying it on, without flossing…

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the back…

¬†that’s what the underbust looked at that stage..

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inside…

 Quick consultation resulted with choosing simple Vs as flossing pattern, and the result!

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nice and comfy!

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close up

¬†Very happy with this sample, not sure whether I want to keep it or sell it on –¬† but we did take stock of all the components that were used for it – and I think Julia and Sew Curvy might have a surprise for you – a ready made corset kit, everything you need to create your own piece!

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¬†At that point¬†I had to pack up my toys and leave – but something tells me it is not the last of our sessions… ūüôā

 useful links:

 Sew Curvy shop and facebook page

Clessidra Couture – Julia’s bespoke corsetry, page and website

 and my own humble bits, page, and website

¬† hope you enjoyed the corsetry oveload…… ūüôā