Working on white canal bonnets in the sun on the patio. Sunglasses definitely required!

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Leather coif I made while on work placement at Camelot theme park in 2009, this was to be worn by one of the knights in the jousting display.

Designs and photo of costumes for ‘Moses on Down’

Moses On Down at Leyland Methodist Church, 2010
Costume Designer, Rachel Midgley
Wardrobe Mistress for Primary Characters, Rachel Midgley
Set Designer, John Hutchinson

Found these old photos of the show I designed in third year of university and realised I hadn’t uploaded them!

The Front Page at the Church Hill Theatre, 2009
Costume Designer, Rachel Midgley
Wardrobe Supervisor, Sarah King
Set Designer, Gillian Argo

Some work in progress photos of my current job; a batch of 19th century canal bonnets with corded and gathered crowns. They’re almost done, so I will be posting some photos of the finished items soon!

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This evening I managed to whip up this little hexagon patchwork pincushion inspired by early 19th century patchwork (and the fabrics used in them). I am ridiculously pleased with it!
It was supposed to be my work secret santa present but I think I might just keep it… actually I think everyone I know is getting one of these for Christmas!

Made a lovely pincushion this evening, I think these might become a thing for me!

costumespanglesdressdiary:

This evening I managed to whip up this little hexagon patchwork pincushion inspired by early 19th century patchwork (and the fabrics used in them). I am ridiculously pleased with it!

It was supposed to be my work secret santa present but I think I might just keep it… actually I think everyone I know is getting one of these for Christmas!

Made a lovely pincushion this evening, I think these might become a thing for me!

Some progress shots of a piece I am working on at the moment:

  1. The original pencil sketch scanned into PS.
  2. Sketch lines colourised and a layer set to multiply over the top, filled with a dark, muted colour and with skin tone blocked in. Pattern overlay for dress fabric on separate layer.
  3. Started shading the face on a new layer above the multiply layer. Lawn ruffles on dress painted in on a separate layer above that.

I’ll post the finished piece soon!

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Some photos of the absolutely stunning 17th century embroidered costume and accessories I saw today on my trip to the Gilt and Silk Exhibition at The Burrell Collection, Glasgow.

There were several coifs and men’s hats, a pair of gloves and the stars of the exhibition; a waistcoat and petticoat panels. To think that most of the items on display were around 400 years old was just amazing!

The exhibition is on until the 23rd of December this year and I would definitely recommend making a trip if you can. Being able to take photos was a great treat at a historic textile exhibition and I have some very inspirational pictures and memories!

Went to the Gilt and Silk exhibition at The Burrell Collection today and it was AMAZING! I posted some photos and a little write up on my dress diary, but thought I would reblog it here too.

1873 Corset (1870s bustle) and 1870s quilted petticoat for my YWU entry
cotton backed satin, cotton twill, steel boning, printed cotton, cotton batting
2013

1870s style quilted petticoat
printed cotton, cotton batting, cord
October 2013

Read more about the design and construction process here!