My Costume Plans for 2017

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Hi everyone,

Last year I made a “Costume Wish List” for the entire year and I think it would be nice to see what I accomplish also this time 🙂

I will try to buy not so much fabric this year and use some of my stored fabric up, since I have way to much of it… XD

So what are my plans for 2017? These are not chronological… but I will try to point out for which event the costume is eventually planned.

–> 1860 purple ballgown (this costume is ready to wear by now). I started with it between Christmas and new year and had already one shooting with it.) I will work on the train a bit more and add more ruffles in the future.

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Picture by A to Z Photography

I chose this costume to reduce my piles of fabric a bit. And I also tried out a new sewing pattern which I will also use for my wedding dress. The pattern is really nice! I just need to lengthen it a bit for the next project because my torso it quite long.

–> Poison Ivy (organic version)

I have already the fabric here. A really beautiful silk that changes colors between red and olive green. Planned for the Comic Con in Hanover

–> Jessica Rabbit… in my more modest version.

I have also all fabrics here and started already with the corset. (I will actually start with this costume right after my purple ballgown) This one is planned for the Bookfair in Leipzig

–> “Star Seeker” this is a very special project for me since I got the idea when I was on vacation at Madeira.

I found a really nice (but also very expensive) silk that matches these colors perfectly. I cannot wait to start with this project!!! This costume will be made for shootings and indoor events (where it’s dry and not dirty, since silk is such an expensive and sensitive material.

–> A military inspired dress in black and gold to match my tricorne.

I will try to make this dress probably for the WGT 2017. I would like to try a new corset pattern that I have lying around but I guess I need to adjust it very much…

–> Another Asian princess dress but this time in gold, brown and red (probably for autumn 2017 or even the Elf Fantasy Fair in Arcen).

–>A frilly shepherd girl dress with a matching staff. Just like in some old fashioned movies. I am not sure which pattern I will use. Maybe a mix out of different periods. I will try to use just fabrics out of my stock. Would be nice for spring when the lambs are born.

–> A golden elaborate dress for the WGT 2017. I want to make it big, sparkly and very detailed.

–> A lilac colored Elven dress, very airy and with mostly chiffon and silver appliques. This one is planned for a trip into the lavender fields in the Provence of France.

–> “Arielle” from the little Mermaid. Her rose colored ballgown dress (maybe also for the EFF in Arcen). Just as usual in my own style with more pearls and details.

–> “Queen Merida” with some alterations 😉 Its just difficult to find the right fabric color or fabric kind… I am not sure if I would like to use velvet (because it’s so heavy and the color range is so limited) or something else like brocade or cotton fabric. I need to search the web a bit more for the perfect fabric.^^

–> A light blue Tudor Gown. Maybe also for the WGT?

–> Some smaller and quick projects like simple dresses or medieval dresses.

Soooo this makes +/-11 planned costumes (and some smaller projects) and one already finished costume. This is quite ambitious but I guess I can and will manage that 😀

So stay tuned for the finished costumes. 😀

What inspires me?

Inspiration, Tips and Tricks

Many times people ask me what inspires me to make my costumes the way that I do. Mostly I take my inspiration out of fantasy movies (like Lord of the Rings or the Labyrinth) or classic fairytale adaptations from Disney or other companies. My favorite costume movies are: La belle et la bete (the French adaptation), Disneys real life Cinderella (even when the movie was terrible the costumes of the stepmother are to die for!!!), Mirrow Mirrow (it’s a new interpretation of snow white) and many more. Also historical movies and series have so nice costumes like “The Dutchess” with Keira Knightley or Game of Thrones and the Tudors.

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Next to movies I like to browse through the art of other artists. Deviantart.com is a good source if you use the search option and also Instagram or pinterest have nice ideas. I don’t like to copy an original costume from another artist (I think that’s somehow rude), I like to mix some ideas of them with my own to create a fully new design. I guess that’s the usual way for many designers.^^

That’s why I wouldn’t make an Anime, Movie or Game Character 100% accurate. I like to change the design a bit by adding some details for example.

But most of the time I am happy to let my creativity flow and create something unique and new.

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Another page which is great, if you search for real historical costumes is  fripperiesandfobs! There are so many beautiful gowns. I could spend hours on this page and would find a million new ideas in a short time.

Famous photographers are also a nice inspiration like von Wong or Amanda Diaz and Kirsty Mitchell.

And of course there are also other designers that inspire me for new costumes like JoEllen from fireflypath or Barbara from Royal Black. I also love the costumes Alexander Mc Queen created or the wedding- and couturedresses from Dior and Chanel.

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On the other hand the materials that I use by itself can inspire me very much. Sometimes I see a fabric or a trim or just a specific color and I know instantly what I will make out of it. There are so many beautiful and amazing things in this world that we can take our inspiration out of!

So I guess as a result I can say: keep your eyes open for everything magical and let yourself inspire by the things you love the most! ❤