Archive for the ‘costume’ Category


Monday, August 27th, 2012

I consider myself a harlequin. To be clear from the start, we’re talking Commedia del Arte here, not Batman. Though Harley Quinn is pretty hot.

When one harlequinizes as much as I do, one needs a killer outfit in which to do it. Traditionally, these outfits have looked like this:

Needless to say, I am not a fan. If you want to get any harlequinizing done, you need to look SHARP.

This goal has, in part, been the inspiration behind my newest outfit. There were two other influences too:

Listen to this song. Now. I'll wait.

These fabulous tights, worn by the fabulous Gabby Young in the fabulous “Ask You a Question” video which is fabulous.

And the wonderful Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I loved this book so much! This isn’t a literary review blog, and I don’t know how to review things anyway, but suffice it to say:


So the inspiration was in place, and rather unusually, it stayed with me right through the making process of the trousers, and then the rest of the outfit, even when I was delayed while waiting for fabric. That’s some solid inspiration, folks.

Now, as previously discussed, the traditional harlequin wears a silly baggy suit which would sometimes even have bells on. Bells! How are you supposed to get any harlequinizing done if people can hear you coming?

What was needed was a smart, modern, yet classical outfit for today’s harlequin on the go. This is what I made:

I am SO happy with how it turned out. The photo doesn’t do it justice, since it’s my little camera on self timer in my living room, but I’ll get some proper photos taken soon!

UPDATE: You can see the nicer photos here!


Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Just a quick one today! Remember that drawing I posted in my last post? Of the trousers? Well, in what may be the quickest turnaround from me sketching something to me making that thing, well. Check it!

Yes, I realise that I look terrible. LOOK AT THE TROUSERS

I got so into making these that I forgot to have lunch! I am really hungry now. Nevermind, because I have NEW TROUSERS! This circus swing thing is fun! Also, the circus is coming to town next week and I AM GOING TO IT! This is like church for me.

Circus Swing and Twitter

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Firstly, and contrary to the order suggested by the title, I am on Twitter now! If you follow me, I’ll love you, and while I can’t promise you it’ll be forever, I can promise several decades. If that’s not enough, like my page on Facebook too. That’ll lock you in for the longterm.

Now, the important part!

I have, possibly, a new favourite band. Which is nice, because for ages, when people ask who my favourite band is, I’ve said “Errrrm. Maybe the Cure? Probably. I’m not sure”.

Anyway, my new favourite band is the astonishingly magnificent Gabby Young and Other Animals. They invented the genre of Circus Swing, which anyone who knows me will realise is the reason the downstairs neighbours were banging on the ceiling last night because I was jumping for joy TOO MUCH. Eat it, downstairs neighbours! Ain’t no such thing as too much joy.

I ran out and bought their new album, The Band Called Out For More, and ran back, realised that the friend I was staying with didn’t have a CD player, and spent the rest of the evening listening to the few of their videos I could get to load on my phone whilst sketching circus swing designs. Here are some pictures!


























The imaginatively named Circus Trousers! Will these get made? Yes they will! Next week, I think. Will they get made in my size? Yes, if I don’t have anyone in mind, it’s easy to check the fit if I make them to fit me. Will they make it as far as my etsy store without me deciding I want to keep them? No comment.




























The Ringmistress Tailcoat! Will it get made? Damn right! I have the fabric right here. Does it look more like a morning coat than a tailcoat? Why yes, yes it does. Is that because I forgot what a tailcoat looked like and got confused? No comment.


Monday, January 30th, 2012

Until the great server crash of ’10, there were lots of lovely pictures of steampunk stuff that I’ve made on here. Now they are gone, and I am sad. That’s no way to live! Here are some pretty pictures, and a little explanation of what Steampunk means to me.

Steampunk has appealed to me ever since I first found out above it. Far beyond its aesthetic, it is its maker mentality, and love of mechanical beauty that I love.

Imagine the world never discovered silicone, but that our technology somehow continued apace, powered only by steam, springs, levers, and lightning. I added that last one because it sounded nice.

Then imagine people decided to wear awesome waistcoats ALL THE TIME.

Purists will tell you that I am talking about a mish mash of steampunk, clockpunk, raygun gothic, mad science, and any number of other cool sounding things, but I am not in this for the labels. I am in it for the waistcoats.

The people of this imaginary time, then, seem to be trapped permanently in a 1970s colour palette, but good lord do they ever love it. Brown? Yes. Yellow? Yes. Brown WITH yellow? Oh my.

That said, I do not subscribe to the school of thought that it has to be brown to be steampunk. I’ll rock me some blacks, reds, maybe a green or two. Grey is steampunk as hell.

I’ve made a goodish bit of steampunk stuff that you can check out on our Etsy store! Here are some links:

The rather smart waistcoat that you can see in the picture there. Sorry I couldn’t find a better model!

A Bookpouch in which you can put books. You can also put other things in it!

A Belt, for the holding up of trousers. It’s all in the accessories, people!

Here also is a Minikilt that is both cute and awesome. It was hard to get both of those attributes in one place!

Finally, if you have so much money that your trousers are falling down even eith the belt, why not spend some on these rather nice Suspenders? This will lighten your pockets, AND you’ll have additional support for your trousers. They’ll never come down again!

El Coronel Ocell

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

On my last visit to Barcelona, I was fortunate enough to see Marta in her theatre group’s production of El Coronel Ocell, or Colonel Bird.

As much as I enjoyed the play, this was special for another reason. It was the first time my name had appeared on a programme for something I have made. The first time, I hope, of many. My name is on the left hand side. Enlarge the picture to see it properly.


And a picture of them in action:
In action!

Also, check out Marta lying on the floor down there!

These jackets were made from a heavyish polycotton twill. Five were identical, for the regular soldiers, and one was a little longer to make the Colonel seem more authoritative. I also embroidered badges for them all, since in the play, they are U.N. uniforms. Or possibly just U.N.iforms.