maanantai 21. huhtikuuta 2014

Liebster award

I must extend my sincerest apologies to Gina and Åsa who both gave me the Liebster award. It's taken me forever and a day to do anything about it, but now I finally got around writing a post and answering the questions. I'm very flattered and happy about both of their recognition and nice comments, thank you!

There are 4 tasks to do when you're awarded, first thank your awarder ( done!), nominate other blogs to whom you want to give the award, come up with questions to which you want your recipients to answer, and lastly, answer the questions posed to you.

Apparently the idea behind this thing is to promote blogs with less than 200 followers so with that in mind I would like to give this award to the following blogs:

I love her Regency pieces! I only wish she'd post more often!

The first thing I ever saw from Mouse Borg was her fantastic reproduction of the KCI 1790s drawstring jacket and a massive lampshade bonnet. Wonderful projects!

Can't wait to see what her next post is about. That Worth gown reproduction is to die for and the 18th century gowns are gorgeous!

I don't speak or read Russian, so this is more of an eye candy  thing :) I love the gowns, the horses and the photos are so beautiful!

Same thing as with the previous one, can't understand the text but love the photos and the costumes! 

I think five is enough for now, though in all fairness I should probably give twenty awards... Also, Gina's Beauty From Ashes and Åsa's Fashion Through History are some of my favourite haunts; I would've awarded them if they hadn't got me first! Their teens and Edwardian sewing projects are very inspiring and make me want to sew something from those periods too!

My questions:

1. Do you have a favourite historical period?
2. How, when and why did you start costuming?
3.What is your favourite part about costuming?
4. And the least favourite part?
5. Which do you like better, sewing by hand or using the sewing machine?
6. When it comes to sewing and costuming, are you a planner or do you just dive in and make it up as you go?
7. What inspires your sewing projects?
8. Do you have costuming idols?
9. If you had an unlimited budget and all the time in the world, what would you sew?
10. Which of your projects/costumes are your favourites and why?

Since I got two awards, I'll try my best to answer both sets of questions or combine them when appropriate. Right so. Here goes.

Gina's questions: 

1.  Who/what is your source of inspiration for your costuming?
I have many sources of inspiration for my projects. I suppose that so far most of my inspiration has come from extant pieces of clothing, paintings and some aspects of historical dressmaking (such as block printing). Also, I love reading other costumers' blogs and if I'm very lucky, sometimes meeting up with other costumers and finding out about their projects. That's another big source of inspiration.
2.  Why do you or what caused you to get started costuming?
I strarted costuming in 2011. I was working only part-time the whole year and I thought that it'd be nice to have a bigger sewing project. I had thought about making an 18th century ensemble for a while then and just went for it. Funny how things turn out. :)
3.  What is your favorite part about costuming?  Research?  Sewing?  Creating?  Wearing your outfit? I love creating the most, I think. When something I've thought about and mulled over turns out just the way I want it, it's a great feeling. I'm a bit lazy researcher (said the PhD student...) but lately I've got more into it. Of course, wearing the finished outfit is also one of my favourite parts, but I'm also fascinated about what goes into creating the look for a certain period. Having a suitable event where to wear the finished piece is also kind of neat.

4.  What is your ultimate goal in costuming?  To get better at sewing?  To visit a fabulous place and have tea or get your picture taken? 
My goal in costuming? When I started this, I don't think I had any other goal than to see if I could make 18th century clothes. As it happens, practice makes you better. I like the fact that with each piece of clothing I make and with each new sewing project I take up I can learn new things, new ways of doing things and often even surprise myself when I manage to put together something I didn't think I could do (like the 1880s corset, for example).

 Åsa's questions:
  1. When and how did you get into sewing? I started making historical clothes in 2011, but I've been sewing, knitting, embroidering etc. since I was a teenager and younger.
  2.  What was your very first garment (historical or other)? And what did you learn from it? I honestly can't remember what was my first garment ever, so let's go with the first historical piece of clothing. 18th century petticoats, chemise and stays. All in all, it was a passable effort but suppose I learned that I need to practice this thing a bit more...
  3.  Do you have a dream project? And what it is? (Picture?) Hmm, maybe the Courtois dress I'm making at the moment.
  4. Which of your costumes are your favorite and why? (Picture?)  I'm very pleased with my Museum of London 1820s pelisse. When I first saw the original garment, it was love at first sight. I wanted to try and make a reproduction, but didn't dare to hope that the result would be anything the way it eventually turned out. I'm very proud of that coat and that I really had the patience to make and sew all that piping and beading on it :)
  5. What will be your next big project? I think I'm currently in the middle of my next big project, namely the Courtois portrait dress. It's my first Victorian ensemble and first bustle period dress, though it's actually natural form and not bustle at all. I still have some finishing touches to put on it and trimmings to find and attach. I also want to make an evening bodice to go with the skirts. Another project under way at the moment is a new Irish dancing dress for myself; not exactly historical but not very "everyday sewing" either.
  6. What part of costuming do you enjoy the most (the planing, patternmaking, sewing, details ect.)? See question 3 in the previous set.
  7. And what part would you rather not do? Fitting tends to be a drag. I don't have a dressmaker's dummy or handy minions to order around to help me with fitting issues, so if there's a problem, I just have to somehow deal with it. Also, I hate making buttonholes, lacing holes and sewing on hooks and eyes. But that's about it. Other stuff I like.
  8. Do you have a costuming rolmodel or muse (historical, fellow blogger or other)? Oh, several. Of the Finnish ones, Aristocat, Rococo Atelier and Couturemayah are all seamstresses whose skills never cease to amaze me. They're also lovely people all around! I also have to mention American Duchess whose blog was one of the first ones I came accross when I was starting my costuming projects for the first time. Her sewing, posts and projects have been a big inspiration, too. And let's not forget the historical seamstresses. They did make fairly amazing things, as well!
  9. Whats the reason you decided to start your costuming blog? Well, it seems to be something costumers do. Also, I live in a town where there are no other costumers (or at least I don't know about them if there are; see, that's why people have blogs :) ) so it's nice to have a forum through which to connect with other likeminded people.
  10. What are your best advise for anyone wanting to get into historical costuming? Do it! I've made so many new friends through this hobby and it's so much fun to make lovely things, go to events, find out more about history and learn new skills.

2 kommenttia:

  1. Yeah!! Wonderful answers!! And Yeah for trying new eras and the 1880s corset!! I hope that you continue to make fabulous garments and please keep inspiring us!!!


  2. Thank you so much! And I'm sorry it took 4 days to see your comment.