Friday, June 27, 2014

A Summer Update

1960's Boucle Suit Draped for CMU's production of Lives of the Saints, 2014.

Some time has passed since my last post back in January, and much has happened since. I completed my first school year as staff Draper at Carnegie Mellon University and look forward to returning to the position in the fall. Over the past year I've had the opportunity to pattern and create many fabulous costumes designed by graduate and undergraduate student designers. My online portfolio has been updated with some of this work. I especially enjoyed creating the 1930s bias cut evening gown for CMU's production of You Can't Take It With You.

This summer I had the opportunity to take the summer off - the first time in a very long time - so I have been happily working for myself this past month, busily creating historical reproductions that I've been wanting to make for a long time. It's so rewarding to use fabrics that I've had around for ages. Although it's also given me the excuse to buy more and I've acquired some lovely silks and vintage feathers of late.

I'm looking forward to sharing some of my most recent projects with you in the next few weeks! I've already completed a sheer silk 1860s dress and coordinating bonnet, a regency dress with coral jewelry set, and hosted my mother for a mini bonnet workshop to recover buckram bonnet forms. Next up, another sheer regency dress with silk robe, already half completed.