I’m now feeing quite free. It was very hard at first. But really I’m just back to where I have always been: reaching out from home to share to the world.
I started this journey by making what I love and to just make then find a reason to wear them. Photoshoot in our back yard? Sure.
To help me with what feels so overwhelming in terms of projects I’m also making a 1/4 doll to drape on, especially for those that I really want to make but, you know, use >20m of fabric.
The very first will be Maleficent and Freya. Maleficent might actually be on my tiny artists mannequin as the original looks like it was about 40m. Wing testing though should be at 1/4 to avoid tiny errors becoming massive errors.
Freya will be first as a calico piece then paper to create the repeats. I have some otherwise perfect shot organza but it’s hot pink and blue (I think) so is lurking with my Bubble Gown inspired frock as an under layer.
This has to be made at 1/4 scale due to the sheer weight. I might wind up really mixing up these different solutions that have been around since the 1620s. Shoot. I want to make one of these so badly. To use the Leloir pattern and the information about how it was restored.
But as we don’t have extant items for them, I need to look to extant garments where we do: Robes de cour.
And then Robes de Style.
But then there is the Clover gown series, and all those fantastic movie costumes.
And all those incredible tulle gowns by Molly Goddard
As to my doll/form I’m using existing doll making patterns as a guide, because none really do what I need. But I have been inspired by particular artists so I need to sort that info for sharing.
She’ll be ball jointed with wooden beads, I just worked out what sizes I need so I’ve also just ordered beads big enough.
And I’ve been in my studio twice this week in a positive frame of mind so that’s been good.
Really good actually.
There is so much sadness that my Boo is no longer with me, as he kept me company. But I can’t stop doing what I love, but more than that I can’t stop doing what we loved doing together. I might have to bring some reminder of him with me when I go.