Another series from last years Halloween photoshoot:
Modell: Matilda Nilsson
In October last year I got a group of friends together for a Halloween themed photoshoot, then life happened and I never got around to post the photos.
So finally – here are my Halloween-inspired 17th century gown.
It’s that time of the year again.
When people goes crazy splurging on unnecessary things, clothes and decoration for the homes.
Of course I’m talking about – Halloween!
This year I decided to try something I’ve never done before – A Halloween photoshoot.
And since I couldn’t decide which one of my costumes I would use, I decided to use all of them…
No not really, but there where a lot.
The whole idea started when “American Duchess” announced her Instagram photo contest.
I started collecting inspiration pictures to decide what kind of picture I wanted for the competition – and from there it grew.
I decided there was no way I could model all the outfits I wanted to photograph, so I put a questions for models out on my private facebook – And you guessed it – I got lots of answers.
So this weekend I packed all my carefully ironed, sorted and packed dresses (shoes, corsets, hats, jewelry ect) in the car on top of the box holding all my Halloween decoration and masquerade make-up, and drew to work.
Yes, Since thee was now about 10 of us to get styled, dressed and photographed, I’ve decided to hold the photoshoot at the theater. And the fact that I had access to lighting, smoke machine and a wonderful huge “Dollhouse” as a backdrop really made the decision easy.
Lots of things was going on in my sewing room previous this week.
I will show you the pictures as soon as they are ready – just need to do some sorting, editing and finishing first.
In the meantime here are some of my inspiration pics:
The inspiration was wast for the “Plastique Fantastique” and afters some sketching I finally decided on a model I wanted to make.
Jacket/Caraco and skirt combination.
The sewing went so fast and easy it I was bound to run into trouble…
As I discovered at the first fitting – The bodice is way to short.I guess the turquoise fabric I used for the mock-up must have been a two way stretch while the my plysch only stretches horizontally.
I finished the bodice by pleating the peplum at the sides and attached it, trimmed the sleeves with some plastic lace and decorated the front with purple ribbon bows.
As the final touch to my costume I bought a purple clown wig.
What: A 18th century inspired masquerade costume
Pattern: I drafted my own, using jersey pattern templates.
Fabric: 1 m flowery polyester plysch, 1 m purple polyester plysch, 0,5m white ply lace, 1m purple fake velvet ribbon, thread and a plastic belt buckle.
Time & Cost: Nothing – Everything came from stash. If new perhaps 150-200 sek (20Usd) (wig – 100sek [16Usd])
Final thoughts: I love it! Even though I had some trouble (Guess jersey’s not my kind of fabric) it came out really well. My only concern is the right side tipping of the skirt (and the fact it’s really short)
For some time now I’ve been working on getting a few wigs, to go with all the various styles of costumes that I do. And since I cant afford real and goodness I just got the cheapest ones there is, in order to style them into perfectly historical headwear I will be proud to wear upon my head.
Lets take a look at what I got, and what I plan to do about them.
I bought this wig for the color, curls and consistent (no, not really).
But I wanted a curly redhead wig to make a awesome “pouf” or “hedgehog” for my 18th century costumes.
Unfortunately the curls are to heavy, and don’t stay put at all.
At the moment it is better suited for a “Greek” styled Regency do then nothing else. But hey I may need one of those to.Quick Regency up-do
“Renaissance”The go to wig for all redhead maid Marions out there ( oh I hope not)
“This wig will be perfect for almost any era and hairdo” was what I was thinking buying it.
“This wig have both a sharp part and an awful bang. There is No Way you are going to turn that into something beautiful – let it be!” Is what I should have thought.
I may just use it for hairpieces and rats…
Color scheme: (left to right) “Saloon girl”, “Mermaid” and “Renaissance”
My first attempt at taming this wig was about two year ago (result).
I also modified it a few times since then, and it do look better, but I think I will never be totally happy with it.
My second try will be now, and this time in white (oh so white).
After re-reading “The American Duchess” tutorial on how she transformed this style to a beautiful 18th century “pouf”, I decided I needed to give it another go.
I really hope I can do what she did, because this plastic monster definitely need some work to look presentable.
And what were they thinking when they used a whole glue gun to the locks? “The glue really makes my hair shine…”
I bought this wig thinking it could fit both Regency and 1880s hair.
The wig is heavy, and the curls seems to be holding up well. Lets just hope I can do something about the curve at the hairline and the small tendrils they call a bang.
This wig is so cool.
Ok, the styling is awful, and don’t even get me started on the blond piece in the bangs.
But it is shaped like a “bee-hive”, and have lots of long lose hair in the back…
lets say it together – Perfect for “Pouf”!
I’ve had another event in mind…
(If you’r from Sweden, and like 18th century, but are just a tad annoyed about all the bullshit “historical” costumes out there, I think you know to what I’m referring to. And if you don’t – check it out here: Plastiq fantastiq pique nique)
Do you have any favorite cheap wigs or good tutorial to help me style these monsters?
I planed to do a long write up about the 18th century Halloween party I attended two weeks ago, but now I feel more like just some quick word then on to the pictures.
As previously mentioned I didn’t had the time to make a mourning gown for the party, (I did however take one evening to make a new cap). Instead I wore my pretty recently finished Autumn Anglaise, paired with my new lace cuffs and cap.A mirror selfie before leaving the house.
The location and settings for the party was perfect (even if it took me one hour to find the way to the house).
They even had a real coffin with a man laying inside.Photo by Jennifer Garner
Elisa from “Isis Wardrobe” – If you haven’t found her blog yet, you seriously missed out…
Photo by Folke Bagger
This last month there’s been a lots of focus on historical mourning among the blog community.
I think it is safe to say the two main reasons are the “Death becomes her” exhibition from The Mets, and Halloween.
My reason for this post are definitely Halloween.
A few months ago I was invited to a 18th century Halloween party taking place mid November, and called for 18th century mourning wear. And since I didn’t own anything suitable I decided to make something.
Here are the 18th century mourning/half mourning/black dresses that I found circling the internet.
I should probably mention that I never had the time to make the mourning gown I wanted, but I did attend the Party (wearing an old gown), which I will tell you about in my next post.
This Wednesday I hosted a Halloween party at work.
I’d brought all my decorations and some fabrics to help set the mood, and exactly one hour before the colleges was to arrive I finally closed down my computer and got to work decorating the office.
The small figurines in the background are the clay versions of the “Sexy – for real” ensemble which I worked with last year.
To dark for any good pictures, but it was worth a try.
I liked the simplicity of last years costume so much, I decided to do something similar this year.
And the choice fell to “A clockwork Orange”