Posted 3 days ago

I put up a page for my photography, just kind of for myself, my friends, & my family can have easy access to them.  I didn’t want to overload my website (or pay for more storage) so I just used FB.  Easy access for local people/theatres that might be interested in hiring me freelance, too.  I re-uploaded some that were on my deleted FB, etc.

Just lettin’ you know this exists as of today, if you’re interested.

Here’s the link.  I highly doubt it will have as many updates as Enchanted Sea, because my photography is super-sporadic and usually based on if I’m traveling to a cool location or if I get a photo gig for a theatre.

Posted 5 days ago

Cole Bros. Circus - Part Two  [Sept. 11, 2014 - Myrtle Beach]

Photography by kaedralynn.

Posted 5 days ago

Cole Bros. Circus - Part One  [Sept. 11, 2014 - Myrtle Beach]

Photography by kaedralynn.

Posted 5 days ago

Sociable Amish Horses

How’s that for a title?  So today on the way to Amish country my dad had an important phone call and had to pull off on one of the side roads to concentrate.  So I got out of the car and took some photos of these beautiful horses (from very far away - needed my zoom lens).

But then they started coming my way to say hi and were only a few feet away!! ^_^  Tagging phantomonabudget because I know she’ll like this.

Posted 1 week ago

I just realized

…this corset uses 1/4” boning. I only keep 1/2” boning around because I usually make my own bodices and just prefer the structural qualities of that.  But I need 1/4” for this.  Arghghghghg.  That means spending more money and ordering it online.  At least I have the busk, though - that’s something I don’t have to buy.  And I might as well buy matching corset lacing since it’s only $3.  *le sigh*

::suddenly remembers why I doesn’t make costumes for myself - I shouldn’t be spending the $$:: (but I’m going to enjoy it, anyhow)

Posted 1 week ago

I only have three options available for lining right now and I don’t like any of them.

I have this crazy metallic fabric that would look cool and is somewhat strong, but would be so uncomfortable.  So I think that’s out.

I have a rainbow metallic denim that I would use, but I worry about using denim over time (how it stretches & changes when exposed to heat or water) etc, and it’s dark - I don’t know if any sort of dye might rub off on the light cream peasant blouse.

I also have a plainer white brocade; I used a brocade in my last corset and it didn’t truly stand the test of time - after a while, the bones chafe away at the fabric and will poke through the weave, so I’m not too keen on it.  It lasted a while, though.

I don’t have it, but just mentioning I also don’t want to use duck cotton… I used it in a former corset and it didn’t have enough “give”; it was so so stiff and actually fit dramatically different than my last corset.

Do I sink more money into this and take an hour trip to the store?  Or do I just use the brocade? Decisions, decisions.

Knowing me I’m going to go all the way to the freaking store for a yard of broadcloth or twill.  It’s just so far, and so much gas, and so much time.  But I really want to get this corset done this week.  And… UGH.  

Screw it, I’ll go to the store *sigh*

Posted 1 week ago

In case you’re wondering why making corsets for myself drives me batty.

(and this is just the outer layer.  I have to cut the entire inside layer too.  Which I forgot I might not have fabric for… I need to see what’s in my stash.  It might be getting some crazy looking lining…)

Posted 1 week ago

Reminds me of something that would be on an Elissa costume (or used as a base and then bedazzled the shit out of it).  So pretty!

[On Etsy]

Posted 1 week ago

Underbust vs Overbust

So, I decided to attempt the underbust first, before I went to the pattern I was comfortable with (the overbust one).

I made a mock-up out of duck cotton, with the busk, but not the lacing.  I was disappointed.  Not only would I need to lengthen the pattern, but I had a whopping EXTRA FIVE INCHES of fabric on BOTH SIDES in the back.  10 inches total of fabric that was not needed.

You can’t see excess in the back in the photo, but you can see that to match Red’s corset, it needs to be a bit longer in the torso - mostly at the sides. (Excuse my very disheveled appearance. And YES, I wear goggles when I do corsetry.  I’ve had needle shards fly near my eye before after hitting a bone and I won’t repeat that).  It’s hard to see since I’m wearing a dark shirt, so on the left I outlined the top/bottom of the corset in red.


I don’t understand - I measured myself, and chose the correct pattern size.  I also used a sturdy fabric, so it’s not because of stretching.  I’ve never used this pattern before, but I’ve used other Laughing Moon patterns which were MUCH more accurate.  I’m really baffled.  When I made their overbust corset, it nearly fit perfectly - except I had to add a hip gore on each side (a common adjustment that they even walk you through).  But I didn’t have to take it in, or out, or lengthen it, etc.  I certainly didn’t have 10” of spare fabric hanging in the back.

I don’t think I have the time to overhaul the pattern.  Also, I don’t want to order another busk.

I think I will take operafantomet’s suggestion and adapt the overbust pattern that already fits well (give it a pointed bottom, etc.  I’ll probably only play around with the bottom.  It’ll be close enough, and it’ll be comfortable.

Posted 1 week ago

Pattern Woes!

A larger post coming soon.  I do not like failure, but it’s something you encounter a LOTTTTT in sewing.  You just gotta push through and try something else.

Posted 1 week ago

Corset Pattern

One of these days when I need a new size or get a commission for a corset, I’m going to re-order Laughing Moon’s Dore & Silverado corset pattern.  They switched over to a heavy white paper, like Truly Victorian patterns are, which is so much easier to trace multiple sized patterns off of.

Back when I made my corset from this pattern, I was just doing personal sewing, and it was a tissue paper pattern anyhow, so I cut my own size out.  Nowadays, expensive patterns - I always trace a copy off of it.  Anyhow, I was looking to the pattern because I’m going to begin soon on Red’s corset.

However, Red’s corset is an underbust.

I’ve only made three overbust corsets before; not fully overbust but just a regular standard corset that goes about mid-bust.  I DO already have the Laughing Moon underbust corset pattern from a long time ago; I’ve just never used it yet.  

I do worry slighly about whether an underbust would be flattering for me. Like, I’m already busty, and it could make it out of control.  Not to mention arm/back flab being pushed up and potentially a problem.  I can’t know, though, so I’ll make a mock-up out of duck cotton and see how she rolls.

The thing that kind of sucks, though, is I already have a great pattern for the overbust that fits well.  And, I have two busks, (I’ve been meaning to make myself a new corset because my old one has gone through A LOT of wear & tear & repair)… but they are far too long for an underbust.  So if I go with the authenticity and do an underbust (only if it’s flattering), I have to purchase a new busk.  And while they’re only $10-$15 you gotta include shipping and all that crap - it all adds up.

If the underbust doesn’t work out, I don’t think a mid-overbust corset would be TOO different from the original costume.  

I’m not sure if my costuming friends remember that last summer (I think?) I had put my Blue Floral Corset on and it was slightly too big (I had lost weight and I needed it to close about 1/2” to 1” more.  WELL, that’s not a problem any more. (SIGH). Although I have been slowly, very slowly losing weight with these new meds (and the previous stress) - it makes my appetite very decreased.  I’ve got an almost-too-much 2” to 3” gap going on in the lacing.  When I originally made the corset it had about a 1.5” gap which was excellent because it’s adjustable for if you gain or lose a little.

It’s still super comfortable, though - even if it’s tattered now from so much use.  It had a good life.  And, it wouldn’t be too much different in relation to how much of the bust it reveals.  I’ve since taken the lacing off the top (it just looked weird after it stopped lying flat), so more is visible.

Here’s a photo with the blouse to show you what I mean. It already shows a lot of bust…

Then again, you know I haaaaate not being accurate.  (In fact, I need to tidy up the shirt a bit - the sleeves are too big for my taste so I’ll make them a bit smaller.  I might actually cut out the material behind the lace that’s over the bust, and put a flesh-tone fabric behind it, to make it show more but still cover what it needs to cover.

I still haven’t gotten my skirt fabric in the mail yet, but looking at the swatch compared to everything else, I’m SO happy I went with that choice.  Some of you said it might be good that it wasn’t an exact match to the cloak, because it’d be too much red.  I think it’s going to be perfect and give better depth.  Anyhow, I enjoyed your opinions - so I have a question for all of you - 

Do I go with a pattern I already know is comfortable and flattering (AND I have a busk for), or do I potentially waste more time that I might not have and try to get it as accurate as possible?

Posted 1 week ago

I ordered my Ruby skirt fabric quite a while ago, I’m anxious to get it!!  But it is coming from Mumbai.  I want to do the corset last, but I might have to start it next since I’m “done” with the cloak and blouse.  (I might still add a removable option for the cloak with the patchwork at the hem).

Posted 2 weeks ago

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Perolito the Clown.  He was so adorable!!  Cole Bros. Circus Sept. 11, 2014.   Photography by kaedralynn.

Posted 2 weeks ago

I was actually able to shoot a little at sundown tonight. There were barely any birds on the beach, though, and too many people for “just” beach shots, but here are my best ones.

Photos by kaedralynn.