Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I hope this isn't a disappointment to anyone, but I didn't want to do it this early and things are so crazy that I figured an extra week wouldn't hurt. :)
I will try and have some posts scheduled for when I am gone to keep you all interested, but the email announcement will not go out, so you'll have to check for them manually.
Anyway... I hope you all have a blessed weekend and I will see you again real soon! :)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Green "Laced" Ensemble
Marian spurns the Sheriff's authority and attempts to aid a starving village...
This is one of the more complicated (and therefore confusing) of Marian's ensembles, leaving me with some unanswered costuming questions. The main part of the dress is constructed from a lightweight forest-green knit fabric - I am not sure if the brown "jacket" is a separate piece or not, but I'm guessing that it is due to the fact that at the armhole there appears to be another green layer under the jacket (probably the bodice of the dress). It appears that the bodice and sleeve pieces are a slightly different shade (almost black) from the skirt piece of the dress, and we can see that both of them have a lightly gathered "ruched" look, while the skirt hangs straight. Although you can't see it clearly in any of the pictures, the skirt is split on the sides all the way up to waistline. The slit appears to be faced on the inside with a wide light-green strip of fabric and the dress is floor-length. Riding pants and boots are worn beneath.
The jacket has a "V" neckline and crosses and ties on the left side. There are gathers where the jacket ends just under the bust, and the entire neckline, armholes, front opening and bottom edge are lined with forest green, which contrasts with the light olive shade of the jacket. The edging is made up of a wide strip of fabric with narrow brown lacing running through evenly spaced black eyelets. It appears to a have a further layer of nearly invisible black leather piping on the outside edge. The sleeves start from the wrist and end a little bit below the armhole. On the outside of the sleeve, the same trim runs up the center and continues past the top of the sleeve until it meets the armhole, where it ties with brown leather. Marian wears a simple square bag over her shoulder in green and red stripes.
After disobeying the Sheriff's orders, Marian is subjected to public humiliation...
Although it is only worn for a few minutes, I figured this simple item should be listed with the rest of Marian's costumes. It appears to be nothing more than a large fabric square with a hole cut in the center for her head and a rope holding it together at the waist. The heavily woven fabric has not been dyed and remains it's natural shade. We can see a peek of a white chemise underneath at the neckline.
Pyjamas and Robe
Marian makes plans with Robin and continues her work, despite the risks...
I love these beautiful and practical pjs! :) They seem to be made from a lightweight off-white knit fabric and are edged with a bright gold trim. With a deep scooping neckline and straps going into a racer back, the top is beautifully ruched over the bust. Just below the empire waistline it has two panels that create the illusion of a split front and sides. The trim runs around the neckline, armholes, under the bust, around the bottom edge and along the sides of the "splits". The top appears to have built in support from the crease we can see across Marian's back.
The pants are hard to see but look like straight, loose white "gauchos", ending at mid-calf. The robe is the same length and seems to be very simple, with a lovely stripe and swirly pattern. It appears that the stripe is also cut from the fabric to finish the front edge f the robe, which also has a tie for the waist.
Screencaps from Robin Hood 2006
P.S. I am going to be out of town early next week and soon after that comes vacation, so I will do the choker drawing on SUNDAY. If you haven't entered yet, do it now! :)
Monday, September 22, 2008
The wonderful structure of the knits provide soft shaping, allowing the real woman to stand out - not the dress. And yet the simplicity is made interesting by complimentary accessories. The belt defines the waist and gives a feminine hourglass silhouette. And nothing is better for covering up my least favorite body part (kneecaps! ;) than a pair of sleek tights in a trendy color! One wonderful and inexpensive way to update your wardrobe! I absolutely love the use of purple in the shoes and accessories (grr... shopping blues continue. Who ever thought I'd dream of purple shoes? ;).
Thursday, September 18, 2008
One of the more gratifying duties of a fashion blogger is taking self-portraits. Or not. Until recently I was sorely frustrated with mine. It was an awkward process; getting the camera set up on some semi-flat surface, clicking the timer button, running to pose in time and ending up looking like a zombie. And trying to find the right lighting/background/et cetera ...what a chore!
What was I to do? An intelligent fashion blogger simply HAS to take pictures of her outfits, right?
I was browsing articles on Independent Fashion Bloggers when I found this: How To Take Gorgeous Self Portraits. While I can't vouch for all the material and links on the site, this article is just great and inspired me to give it another go. Yesterday, before running off to work, I shot my outfit. I hope you like what I came up with...
- Putting the camera on a tripod is absolutely vital. Although it is always frustrating to find the right tripod, the pieces needed to mount the camera, and adjust it all, the only way it will get quick and easy is if I practice. Once the tripod is set up, you have so much more flexibility!
- Use the remote! The self timer just doesn't do it. I was lucky to have a timed remote, so that I could press the button and have a few seconds to hide the remote before the camera took the picture. I think this made all the difference.
- Find a nice background. Being outside makes the pictures so much prettier, especially since you don't have to use the flash. I caught the late afternoon sun coming through the trees, which ended up looking really nice. And that is a water tank I am standing in front of - artsy, huh? It's "been in the family for years" and you can see names of friends, family and the unknown all over it.
- Like the article says, use a prop. I grabbed a flower and was all set.
- Touch up your pictures in Adobe Photoshop! Cropping, adjusting levels and increasing or decreasing saturation can make an OK photo into a beautiful one.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Wedding of Psyche - Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Painting - Pre-Raphaelite Decorator Pillow
The Designer 1912 - Edwardian Fashion Plate Decorator Pillow
This brings me to announce that I have raised prices on my decorator pillows to $35 each. For a while I was feeling that they were sorely underpriced, so today I finally did some research on other pillows being sold on Etsy. I was suprised to find dozens of very simple (and to me, personally, "blah") pillows being sold for almost twice as much as mine. I feel that my products are unique and I have great faith in them, so up they go. This way they can also go on sale sometime without killing me financially. ;)
Speaking of sales, the $5 off all jewelry sale ends on Saturday! Only a few more days left if you want this chance! So far there have been no takers, so I'm offering a special promotional code through the end of this week. Just mention the code DSCT10TRU20 in "notes to seller" for 10% off your purchased jewlery item. Yep! That's 10% off the sale! Aren't I nice? ;)
Maid Marian's wardrobe coming up again soon, as well as lots of fall fashion! Life is good. :)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Over the past month I have picked up 4 items (1 skirt, 1 jacket and 2 shirts - all of which are classics that can be worn for 3 seasons out of the year) - remind me to take pictures of them to show you! But following this awesome new trend of fun colors in accessories nearly caught up with me yesterday.
I was searching for images on Polyvore when I found these shoes by Xhilaration, available at Target for twenty bucks. I think I went crazy.
Not only are they one of my favorite shoe styles, but they're in the totally trendy and yet truly pretty "teal and brown" colors. I ran off to Target as soon as I could. After trying them on, the battle began.
The Pros: you haven't bought fun shoes in at least 6 months / they would look so great for concerts / they're the perfect style and color / you really could use a new pair of winter-ish shoes.
The Cons: you don't really need them - you can wait another 6 months / you don't have extra money right now / they looked better online and feel kinda plastic-y / your foot only fit in the size 10 when you usually wear a 9. :0
I didn't get them. Oh! Alack and forsooth!
LOL. It was the right decision. Upon arriving home, with my head a bit clearer, I remembered quite a few other things that are more desperate on my list of wants and needs - getting the shoes would have set me back for a while, even at that fabulous price.
But this doesn't mean that YOU can't get them. For me. For Christmas. I told you my shoe size and everything, so you're all set... ;)
Friday, September 12, 2008
"Taking a cue from the grim economy, this fall's fashions at Banana Republic, Gap and H&M are featuring a distinctly Depression-era trend of cloche hats, pencil skirts, conductor caps and baggy, vintage-style dresses."
"'Given that we're in an unstable economy and an uncertain political landscape, it's possible that a retro style has come back as a way to connect with our heritage.'"
"'Even though we're in a recession, people still want interesting clothing... They're looking for more classic styles and subdued tones that will last a few seasons instead of one.'"
Click HERE to read the whole article.
I would disagree with the writer - I find these new trends absolutely fascinating! I love to see old styles come around once more - they are the true classics that will endure.
The only thing that I do find depressing is the fact that GREY is the new BROWN. This is great for those of you with a cool skin tone (especially you Summers) but for me, a Spring, it's going to make it harder to find colors that suit me. Grey is one of my worst.
Not long ago I discovered this super awesome site called Polyvore, where you can create fashion collages and more using hundreds of images from the internet... or your own computer. I just jumped up and down and squealed when I stumbled upon it. You will love it, too! Check out my profile, watch the demo and get addicted! ;)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I hope everyone is having a tremendous early September! I am full of inspiration and ideas - fall weather always get me excited! I'm getting back into my writing more, music lessons and band practice are in full swing and I'm looking forward to running around in Boston with all my best friends on my 20th birthday! Life is good.
On the downside... we are having problems with mold in our basement, which is where I do a lot of my work. All my really important/business stuff is moved and fine, but there's a lot of major decisions to be made and loads of cleaning up to do. Prayers are greatly appreciated - this problem needs to be corrected soon! :(
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Have a blessed rest of the week - will try and post again, but we'll see! ;)
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Monday, September 8, 2008
Sorry for the long time it took to get this out. I had a busy weekend, but it was lots of fun! Now I'm just trying to catch up on all the great comments! :)