On The Sewing Table

I'm working on two projects at once right now, normally a huge no-no for me, but it's going okay. One is machine sewn, and the other is a hand project I can work on while not in my sewing room. Let's start with the hand project first shall we? 

I'm making a second JP Ryan Jacket, this time with lacing and stomacher! I bought this fabric secondhand, but it's a Martha Stewart home decor print, which is a good floral for the period. I'm completely hand stitching this bad boy, and don't expect it to be done any time soon. But will share once I get it together. I still need to share modeled shots of my first JP Ryan jacket, all in good time I suppose. 

My second machine sewn project is my game of thrones dress! I finally cut it out and started on it last night. It looks kind of like a shapeless lump right now, but it'll get there. 

It's inspired by Cersei's Bird dress below, she wears it in season one of the show. 

While I have no grand embroidery plans for it currently, but it's something I can add after it's done, so baby steps. No my fabrics aren't an exact match for the dress, but fun fact the show actually weaves all their own fabric. Those that they don't weave are like 97$ a yard. So I don't even think it's an option. Plus it's close enough for me. This one should go together quickly. Save any embroidery, I don't doubt I could have it done by this weekend. 

What are you working on?

WIP: Dixie DIY Bonnell Dress

I'm pattern testing Dixie DIY's newest pattern, the Bonnell dress. It's got these cute little side cut outs and is sewing up super nicely. I can't wait to wear it. 

I fell like the position and shape of this cut out will look flattering, even on me! I should have photos of the finished product by tomorrow night! It's a quick, rewarding little sew for sure. I want to wear it now! 

I'm going to work on my 18th century cap as well this weekend - keep your eyes peeled for that. Anything of interest on your sewing table at the moment? 

Studio Space: Before & Planning

Exciting news! I've signed a lease on a studio space! My photography business has grown enough to support the costs, and it's at a point where I'm going to need a studio space to grow my business more. It's a small start, but I'm glad I'm able to take it. I thought it would be fun to blog the process of making this place my own. It's going to need some work, and I'm going to need to the support. It's a space with good bones, but it's going to need a bit of elbow grease. Here's some before shots! The previous tenant is still in the process of moving out. She's a seamstress moving into a different space. I feel like the fact that she's a seamstress might be good luck though?

It's a long space with lots of windows and good natural light. It's going to need a nice coat of white paint on the walls, and I'm planning on painting the floors a light gray. I love the exposed rafters and can't wait to photograph them. I'm toying with the possibility of stringing bulb lights through them. I have to work with the shop light, the extensions cords aren't attached and are just strung up there by the previous tenant. The light is hard wired. I'm thinking maybe some artful draping could make it better, or suspending something below it with wire, maybe a lattice tile? I'm totally throwing a chandelier up from on the rafters though, which will be awesome! Anyway onto a rough plan I've worked up to keep me on track. 

It's minimal, but that's good for a photo studio. I'd like to put a dresser and some prints up in the entryway. A good first impression, and storage from examples of the products I offer. Next to that near the first window I'll put an upholstered chair and side table. Good little shooting vignette space. Further down that wall I'm searching for a chaise to add. Does anything scream boudoir photography more than a chaise? Total must have.

The alcove next to the door will be storage space. I plan on curtaining it off. Things like headboards and props will end up stored there.  Next to the storage space will be the dressing room, which is what the previous tenant used it for as well. 

On the other side of the wall adjoining the dressing room we'll have our hair and makeup area. A full length mirror that can also be used for posing will fit perfectly here. There's a narrow built in next to the mirror, that will be good for holding beauty gear. 

The main meeting area will also be the main shooting area. While the layout will be great for client meetings, every piece of furniture is chosen to also double as shooting space. The convertible sofa will be able to be made into a really glamorous bed set with the addition of any of the number of headboards and backdrops we have. The upholstered slipper chair and bench are also great posting pieces. I love things that have more than one function. 

I'm so excited to get started! I'll keep you guys posted on the progress!