Monday, July 25, 2016

History Alive - Suffragettes

History Alive...

When Sunday comes around we jump forward to the 1890s were we portray Queensland Suffragettes. We’re only a group of four at this point, but we do our best to show what it was like in Australia for women trying to gain the vote. The biggest fallacy is that Suffragettes were all extremists and violent. But because Australian women had the vote so early in the piece, it was quite the peaceful movement. We run a bake sale to raise funds for the cause, hand out information sheets, organise a petition, give speeches and organise marches.

I wasn't quite so happy with the costume that I made last year (skirt was a bit short and not full enough for my happiness), add to that a bit of weight gain and I really wanted to put together something new to wear this year. I managed to put the whole thing together out of my stash. The skirt is made from a lightweight grey wool, lined with flannel and with a canvas hem facing to help hold the skirt out. I added a new vest with welt pockets and of course a new hat to match it all. I must say, I was very pleased with the ensemble. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

History Alive - Regency

History Alive. It’s the focus for so many Queensland costumers who have joined in with the fun of re-enactment. I myself am one such costumer. I’m a member of RIFF (Re-enacting Independently for Fun). So this year, I will show you around the RIFF encampment and what we do at History Alive.

History Alive is a timeline event that showcases many different periods from the re-enactment community across Queensland. As an open period group, RIFF portrays a number of different eras. This year we tackled two different times over the two days of the event. 

First off, we started with the Regency period. (1795—1825). We are set up for the day with a number of tents and a shade shelter. We start out our day with a breakfast buffet at 10am (as would be done in the period). After we’ve assuaged our hunger, we settle in for the day with some genteel pursuits—games, sewing, sketching, reading and promenading. It makes for quite the relaxing day.

And once the public head off for the afternoon, the re-enactors relax for the evening - to a lovely sunset. Stay tuned for day two when we jump forward a 100 years in time...

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Art Nouveau Tea

Back in May. (I know! Where does the time go?!) I attended an Art Nouveau tea with my fellow Queensland ACG members. It was a simple event where we all turned up in our Art Nouveau gear and descended on the Shingle Inn café at Brisbane City Hall. The café was installed a few years ago when City Hall was refurbished (it was sinking into the mud) and it is the original café from the 1930s re-installed. It’s been done quite beautifully, and while not as old as our costumes, it still provided a lovely backdrop for tea and cakes.

And for the occasion, I decided to wear my Art Nouveau Merida again (of course, I didn't actually get any photos of myself other than a selfie). I put so much work into the costume that it was great to be able to wear it again, and I thought it appropriate as the artwork the that costume is from is based on original artwork designs from the Art Nouveau period. Plus, doesn’t everyone love Disney?!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stash organising

And after an absolutely crazy start to the year, my first work summit has finished (what we've been working towards since December last year). There's still one more to go, but after an exhausting weekend working, I get to take the week off work. After the amount of hours I've been pulling lately it was so nice to get some time to myself. And even though I spent the first couple of days off trying to catch up on my sleep, I did make some progress around the house. 

For a while now, I've been planning to make some storage changes. I went through my stash of books and have culled out the ones that I haven't touched since purchasing, sifted through my patterns and am planning to sell off the ones that I no longer want. But the main thing that I have been wanting to do is re-sort my fabric stash. When I moved it all into the sewing room three years ago, I folded my fabric neatly and put together a spreadsheet of everything that I have. However, as time passes, I missed a few pieces on the list (both adding and removing) and the neatly folded fabrics were not so neat. 

A couple of months ago, a friend linked me to a fabric folding technique which helps you fold your fabric to exactly fit the space you have. So, I took the time to refold everything and update my spreadsheet. It took a long time to refold it all, but I am so pleased with the results. My cupboard stash is so neat and tidy now, it all fits on the shelves and it even takes up less room than it previously did. If you can spare the time, I highly recommend spending some time sorting out your stash. You will love it as much as I do in the end...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

DC Bombshells

I can't believe that this is my first post of the year. And it's already May! Where has my year gone?! Actually, it's mostly gone to work. I've been incredibly busy of late with a large work conference which is about to start in a few days. Add to that a bit of work on fixing up and repainting a chest of drawers and I've been a bit of a home body for the last few months.

Don't get me wrong, I have been sewing - mostly in preparation for events to come later in the year and a few wardrobe pieces for my everyday life. I just haven't been out in costume much. I suppose it didn't help that we've had a real stinker of a summer in Queensland this year and I just really don't like getting into my costumes and sweating the entire while.

That being said, I did manage to attend one day of Gold Coast Supanova back in April. Budgetary constraints due to evil dental work meant that I didn't have the funds for a whole weekend of accommodation and convention, but it was still nice to make it down for the day. I myself didn't take a whole lot of photos, but there have been a good number come out from the photographers in attendance.

See, the thing is, I was part of a cosplay group. My first big group actually. And it was great fun to be a part of something with a bunch of fantastic cosplayers. Our group was the DC Bombshells based on the alternate cover art by Ant Lucia. As you can see from the photos below, we had a good number of cosplayers in the group. I chose to do Black Canary. I had already collected a few pieces of fabric for the costume last year, so I jumped at the chance to whip it up and participate. Of course, it wasn't quite as simple as "whipping" it up. Embroidery, tailoring a few patterns, corsetry (to give a lovely silhouette), wig, props. The list never ends! But I am incredibly pleased with how the costume came out and I can't wait to wear it again and maybe shoot it in a nightclub style scene.

Black Canary:

And our Group: