Wednesday, 1 July 2015

short wip

Hello lovelies,

this will be just a short update because there is still not much to show.

Sylph cosplay
I AM SO HAPPY AT THE OUTCOME asdfghj
Normally, when I sew round edges, they don't turn out well. But this time I was going slow and I used a small stitch and it worked out super fine.

 This is the full length of the sleeve. It looks bigger than irl.

Detail shot. These are pre-glued flatbacks in gold, 5mm. I used my iron to glue them on and it worked perfectly. I tried to scratch one off and to test if it would come off easily, but I couldn't tear it off the fabric, which is a big plus (and a big minus if I ever misplace them.. )

Hetalia video project (I am still unsure about the name, maybe Austria and Europe or sth like that)
I started doing a renaissance shirt for Austria, I cut out strip of fabrics for the Elizabethan Ruff and I also cut out the fabric for a Farthingale, for Hungary (probably).


Laura, who plays Austria, helped me with this pattern because I was utterly confused with the instruction. I wanted a 3m wide hem but it didn't really work out without adding too many folds so we made it to be 2,5m. The next step will be to pin them all together.

Have a nice weekend,

Aurîs

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

New Project introduction

Hello lovelies,

I already hinted in some of my last few entries about my new projects and now I am able to finally write something about it.
Some of you may know that I am a huge Hetalia fan, since...maybe 5-4 years now and I came up with the idea to do a cosplay video (without the music though) with my own Hetalia stories revolving around Austria, because duh, I live in Austria, study (Austrian) history and I breath Austrian history every single day.
To be honest, the only real thing it will have in common with Hetalia is the personification of the countries/a specific area, their characters and their looks. I am writing my own stories and anecdotes about Austria's history with the neighbouring countries. All of the clothes are my own design, based on historical research because I find the clothing of the Hetalia series to be very, very inaccurate. I am not only designing them, I am also sewing them and therefore I have even less time to make my cosplays. But that doesn't worry me because I am not really into anime atm and I would rather sew cosplays from artwork I like (Sakizo, Disney, etc) or series (like Penny dreadful. I love Vanne Ives dresses, or Lucrezia from the Borgias, etc).

Yesterday was the first of many filming days. I plan to do one filming day a month, so the project will go on very slow. This is due to the timetable of all my friends. My friends and I will all play 2-3 characters (because we are so few and there are so many countries) and not everyone has time at the same time.
So, the first filming took place with Matthias, Laura, Patrick and me. We had Austria, the Roman empire and Hungary/Magyar planned for the first episode which revolves around Austria's youth. I will not make it in any chronological order because I will always find new anecdotes and therefore I will jump through the years.
Here are some of the costumes I made:

Austria, early medieval
Rich men could afford more fabric and therefore their tunic were longer. I totally missed doing those leg wrappings but one can't see the legs most of the time anway? It has a gold, woven band as a trim. Over the red tunic came a brown, pinned cloak. A black long belt (bit too wide, should have been more narrow) and a black leather pouch completes the assemble.
We had different shoes (see the last picture) but we kinda forgot to put them on. orz

Baby Austria
It's just a long white dress with a blue cloak. The cloak has a white trimming while the white dress/tunic has a manly pink stitching. 

Hungary/Magyar

  Very earth coloured with light and dark green, brown  and gold. Only the tunic underneath and the trousers are white/beige/ecru.

I am working on the next few scenes and once I have 3-4 and a proper opening, I will publish the first part on youtube.

Have a nice week,

Aurîs

Saturday, 20 June 2015

June ootd/coord

Hello lovelies,

it's already June and I am super busy. Tomorrow is the first try out for a video project I already had a mind for over a year and  therefore I am very excited.
There are a lot of new sewing projects but I don't have any pictures yet. But I want to share some outfit of the days and coord.

Last weekend I went to a 50s-60s party. I really  like the music of that time but I also know, that I'd never want to have lived at that time. There is still so much racism, sexism and homophobia but it got better and we went a long way from the 50s. So I rather enjoy the fashion and music from them but in my time, thanks a lot.


Front and back of my hair! It's all messy but it was my first try and I think I did well.
Also, see the cute penguin earphones? Aren't they just the cutest?
I made the dress myself btw, back in 2012. see the entry here


Then last Tuesday I met my mother for lunch. We went for some asian food at Akakiko but I was not very fond of their bento boxes. In all other asian restaurants, they serve bento boxes with sushi or maki, and/or spring rolls or other goodies. But at Akakiko I had Bulgogi bento, with Bulgogi, three different kind of salad (I really dislike salad), rice and a mini (bought) cupcake. And they are the most expensive asian chain around. I then remembered why my last time at Akakiko was last year.
I wore my skirt for the first time and even though I gained so much way in the past year, I still managed to fit in...somehow. Urgh. The gym is calling again.
Skirt: Empress Eugénie by Rose Trianon
Blouse: Angelic Pretty
Fascinator/Hat: Bodyline
Jewelry: Bijou Brigit/Offbrand


On Wednesday, Matthias and I went for food in Vienna's pride house, the "Rosa-Lila Villa". The restaurant called "Willendorf" has excellent food and drinks. I ate white fish with a pumpkin seed coating. Afterwards I ate Topfenschmarrn with apricots and it was super delicious too. They also have some nice cocktails and the one with blackberry reminded me of a drink I drank as a child (without alcohol though) called Ribena. I have no idea if it's still on the market but I have the urge to buy and drink it again.
Dress: Dramatic Rose by Angelic pretty (I am still in need of a better petticoat...)
Blouse: Angelic pretty
Rest: offbrand


Today was the Regenbogenparade (gay pride parade in Vienna, but literally translates to rainbow parade) and I went there with a few friends but the weather was horrible because it rained, stopped, sunshine, rain. I try to be at the parade every year. It is always a blast.
Austria always tries to presents herself as such a liberal and open country for homosexuals but let me tell you, she is far from it. Homosexual people can't get married, they are sometimes ridiculed in public for holding hands or kissing their significant other and families cut off their offspring because they can't live with them being homosexual. But hey, at least we had homosexual and heterosexual traffic lights and now everybody is happy. Not.

Dress: Flower Garrett Juliet Long OP by Baby the stars shine bright
shoes: DreamV
The rest is offbrand.
It was so cold I wrapped my scarf around my shoulders because I didn't really have a matching bolero or jacket. I am still in need of a nice one.
The first picture was made when I was still in my pyjamas. I am not satisfied with the outcome of the hairdo but it was sufficient. I wanted to do a rococo inspired hairdo for that outfit to make it more rococo like but I think in the end my hair rather reminded me of an Edwardian hairdo. Oh well.

Have a wonderful weekend,


Aurîs

Saturday, 6 June 2015

random post

 Hello lovelies,

So much happened the past few weeks, and I will just try to keep it short.

It seems like I got my appetite again and so I am baking and cooking again. I did really miss it. Eating sweets or eating out at restaurants were going on my nerves already.
 I love my table griller. Best present ever!

 Look at those selfmade burger and fries. Omnomnom

I also made raspberry muffins last tuesday because I was craving them since Sunday. They have a sugar coating, which is very, very sweet but the raspberries in the middle are a bit sour, so the taste was well balanced.

 Last week on Saturday, I went to primark and finally got shoes. They are one size too big but that doesn't matter. I finally got them. I have been wanting those shoes since Japan and was angry at myself for not having bought them.

Fantastic, blogspot turned the picture And I have no idea how to return to default. Apart from the shoes I bought pink hangers, a pink flower crown, hair elastics, facial wipes and a chiffon shirt.

I tried working with worbla again and while small stuff look really good, bigger stuff just won't. At least now I now, I am able to do a flower and a flowery bracelet but not a breast armour. That's okay. I like sewing better anyway. (AND IT IS WAY CHEAPER)

 The bracelet has a hearts and roses on them.
And below is a flower I also made out of worbla.


Have a nice week!


Aurîs

Friday, 5 June 2015

Bumroll tutorial

Hello lovelies,

I have a huge video project coming up and for that reason I need a lot of different, male and female period costumes.
For startes I made a cute bumroll because I wanted something quick and easy.
You will need:
  • your outer fabric of choice
  • a filling, I used old fabric scaps
  • ribbon, 2x 50cm


That was my pattern. No idea why blogspot turned around the picture.
The inner circle of the pattern is the measurement a bit below my waist minus 10cm. From that measuremnt, if you don't do a full circle, divide it to half. So my inner circle was 70cm - 10cm = 60cm, 1/2 --> 30cm inner circle

My top was 10 cm and the side was 7,5cm. I am only 156cm tall and my waist and hips are not that big, so this bumroll is already quite something for me. If you are taller and have a bigger waist, just try out what suits you and maybe also make it a bit bigger.
My sewing allowance is 1cm.

Cut out the pattern two times.

Cut your ribbon in two pieces á 50cm and pin them onto your fabric. Be careful that it only touches the seam were you pinned it.



Now lay the other side of your bumroll onto the other one and pin it. 

It is not very visible but in the inner circle I left a space of about 10cm. This will not be sewn because you need to stuff your filling from there. 


Cut your edges. 

Then turn it inside out and you are nearly done.

Stuff your bumroll now with whatever scraps you find or  your filling of choice.


And now only one thing is left to do...close the bumroll and voila, you are done!


I don't have a picture of the finished and worn bumroll, but I hope this tutorial was helpful.
If you have any questions or remarks, just comment on the post below.

Edit 08.06.15
I finally made some pictures!!



It's a bit wrinkly because I used fabric instead of filling.


Have a lovely weekend,

 Aurîs

Thursday, 21 May 2015

ootd - Kusmi tea tasting

Hello lovelies,

another outfit of the day because I met up with my sister and we went to a Kusmi tea-tasting.
My coord therefore is tea-themed!

 I wore a liz lisa blouse and a bodyline skirt. The skirt reminds me of my fine floral china porcelain. The shoes are from DreamV/Yumetenbo and the tea clutch is from wonder rocket.

Close up of the make-up. The filter always hides every contouring or blush. Meh.

And another close up, this time of my brooch. It is from closet child. Isn't it super cute?

At the Kusmi shop, they had two different ice-teas and two different sweets for the guests.
One of the teas was a mint one, which I absolutely disliked because I don't like mint. The other tea was a fruity red berry tea with real raspberries! I liked it.
The dessert were very different. One was very creamy, and the other one had an intense caramel taste. Both also were made out of tea. I liked both of the dessert whereas my sister only like the creamy, tiramisu like one.


All the best,

Aurîs

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

ootd

Hello lovelies,

almost two weeks and no new blogpost even though I can not say I was very busy.
But I just wanted to share a few pictures of my outfit of the day (from Saturday).
Matthias and I went furniture shopping to Ikea.

I am wearing my rabbit teeth OP with a Liz lisa cardigan. It is very simple, and casual, perfect for the very long shopping trip.

And here is the side view.

Then last week on Tuesday I went to visit my former flatmate and then meet up with my friends in my most favourite bar in Vienna.
I wore the floral dress I bought in Romania from Lashez. It is such a shame that they do not have international shipping because their clothes are really cute and amazing.
The shoes are from primark plus I am wearing the necklace Matthias gave me for Christmas last year. It is a merchandise from Kushiel's dart series, real silver, and handmade. The books are fantastic and I can just recommend them.

And last week my Tralala order arrived!
It's from the sailor moon collection and just so cute!
The only problem I have, is that the skirt is a bit tight around my waist. But this is no wonder. I have gained so much weight last year due to me being unhappy in the flat and eating all the time without working out...
But the other items fit very well, so no complains here.

Have a nice week,

Aurîs

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Burgundian court dress (FINALLY)

Hello lovelies,

as announced previously this year (see this post) I planned to sew a burgundian court dress. Long was my research and not very fruitful because there are so many interpretations.
I inteded to sew something similar to this

My guru was the medieval tailor's assistant by Sarah Thursfield. You can download it here. (VERY USEFUL).

Sartor was my fabric dealer and I really loved all the fabrics from the shop.
The red fabric is for the outer gown, the white linen for my chemise and the black woolfabric was for my kirtle.
Here a closer picture:


I started with my chemise which didn't work out like I wanted because it was much too big. So I did some folds into it, so it wouldn't slip off my shoulders. I can't find any pictures of it so no pictures here for now.

I finished the black kirtle yesterday in the evening. All the visible stitches are hand stitched (lazy me).
It has a while lining and a flounce.
starting out with the bodice

Oversewing the skirtpart to the bodice

This is how it looked like from the outside. The second threat was made to make the small pleats and I cut it out afterwards.

Tiny holes for the string.

The first fitting (without the chemise because I left it somewhere).
And this is were the problems continued. The medieval tailor's assistant stated to make three skirt pieces. And I did but they didn't quite write down where the pieces should be. And now my skirt parts were fucked up. And I had to redo it two times.
Okay, enough with the and. This version has no flounce yet but damn it does magics to my cleavage.

Finally the finished kirtle with my chemise. Sorry for the crappy pic, it was already dark. As you can see on the left side of my skirt, it is a bit highter than in the middle. Meh. But then, who sees this anyway? It is under my overgown anyway.

So, this is the flared gown I wanted. I cut and tailored the basic dress today

The first fitting was then not to my liking. Coincidently I wore a blue belt which matched my blue dress and matched the dress.
I was happy with the outcome except for one thing. I should have made the collar without leaving that huge seam right in the middle. Urgh. I am torn between doing it again (I anyway have to buy new fabric because what I bought was not enough. I didn't see that it was only 75cm wide....damn it.) and just switching sides; making the back front and then trying to do something with the back.

All the best,

Aurîs