Steampunk Etsy Treasury

Skeeter Air Pirate Mechanic steampunk costume prop goggles  Custom made bespoke cream coutil steel boned ribbon corset waist cincher underbust corset night corset pin up steampunk made to measure  Freedom of a thousand doves black lace bolero wedding shrug bridal bolero jacket victorian bolero gothic bolero

I’ve just had a go at making my first Etsy ‘Treasury’, & very interesting it was too. In searching for some beautiful items, I really had a good look around the site & found some wonderful items for sale. I tried to find beautiful textures, ideas & products in a pared down, simplified Victoriana & Steampunk style.

Take a look, & let me know what you think.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTc5OTA1NTh8MjY3MTAzMDM1MQ/steampunk-inspired-scrumptiousness

In other news, I had a very successful fitting for the Edwardian dress I have been making for ‘Unsinkable’ at the Little Black Box Theater yesterday. It is yet another example of my excellent budgeting skills. . . well, I had no money so I’ve made it out of all sorts of off cuts & with what money the theater could spare bought some fabric to tie it all together.

It’s all been quick rigged for a quick get in & out, so really the entire outfit is a fake! It looked rather nice though & both myself & the actress agreed would flare nicely against the lights- not normally something you would want!- at the end of the play.

Today I have been cutting out the Edwardian coat to go over the dress. . . from several pairs of old trousers! I used to work as a ‘stitch bitch’ for a couple designers & had some old trousers which were cut out but never made up left over. I have utilized them to the extreme and squeezed the pattern in & around the pre-cut shapes. One cannot turn down free fabric when the budget is this tight!! I plan to sew the coat up tomorrow evening & hopefully load up some photos in the process. I am quietly excited about it to be honest as it has been quite a few years since I have had to work like this. With several films planned this year through Fellas production company it’s a skill I need to keep up!

On that note, I have just had what looks like a very nearly finished script handed to me so I am off to have a read & get excited about my next costuming adventure!

Don’t forget to enter my competition over on my Facebook page. The prize really is worth a couple clicks!!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Laura-After-Midnight/193372780756243

Happy stitching!

Making my soul sing.

My life has always been a little hectic, in the past I have sometimes found it difficult to say no to projects, work & ideas & even now find myself easily distracted when something shiny heads my way! All of which means I can find myself as I do now with many different and interesting projects on the boil, but with little or no time to dedicate to them all!!

The solution? You’ll find I’ll be blogging about costume making a lot more over the next couple weeks, and not my own lovely business as I have been, I shall have to put it to one side for a while in order to complete the following mad selection of costumes: A spandex Spiderman costume for Frontier Costumes, an Edwardian coat, dress & hat for The Little Black Box Theater, men’s tailored shirts for a commission & garment construction for a London based designer who has run out of time herself.

The reason behind my diversity? Money! I think I flat out panicked a week or so ago & agreed to the majority of these projects to make sure I would be able to make rent next month. . . it was about the time I was scaring myself with tax returns & general self employment doubts. The lesson to be learnt is: realize your goals. Stick with your goals. Do not get sidetracked because then your goals get all confused and scattered!

I think I may, finally have learnt this lesson. I have been tracking my shop stats closely & it has not escaped my attention that views are falling & that at least once a week, or even every couple days,  I should maybe have a new thing to add so I can blog this, tweet this & generally reward people for looking & being interested by having something new to look at! It’s the simple principle I am operating under for this blog, & it does seem to be working.

It is probably quite obvious by now that I am making a lot of this up as I go… I am so used to collaborating with a Director, or team of people that striking out on my own has been- & will continue to be- a massive learning curve.

What I did find very inspiring was  a discussion thread on Etsys Business Topics Forum from someone who had recently made her 10,oooth sale. She explained it had been hard, that her business had been growing over a number of years & because of sheer hard work, positivity & determination continues to do so. She encouraged every new start up to ‘keep the faith & and work hard at it!’, be open to new ideas, change & to listen to the Etsy ‘old timers’. I have since read more on several forum threads & now have a clearer plan of action because of this amazing post.

She also reminded me that “it doesn’t take 10,000 sales to be successful. If you are proud of yourself, proud of what you make, and your soul sings, then you’ve reached success no matter what your numbers are.”

I am sincerely thankful I stumbled accross this as I had begun to forget to be happy and proud of who I am and what I am trying to do. I’ve been happier in the last 24 hours than I have been in the last week & I am busy rustling up new delights for Laura After Midnight alongside the aforementioned costume projects. So I only get six hours sleep, who cares if my soul is busy singing?

See the original post here: http://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/business-topics/discuss/10011990/

Happy stitching!