As promised, here are the rest of the pictures from our photoshoot at the Vermont Steampunk Festival. These pictures show my youngest son, JJ, wearing a commissioned vest from The DarleneScene. The key was something he made at the craft table. This picture makes me think one of my favorite classic books, The Secret Garden.
And this picture basically sums up JJ’s personality. (He is a goober.)
The following pictures are of my oldest son, Tristan. I believe he was trying to actually model for me, but was not sure whether to copy his younger brother by being a goober, or to copy Mommy’s fashion-model-style posing!
Darlene’s vests are amazing! We were incredibly impressed by the quality and the fit was great. I gave her the boys measurements and asked to have enough growing room for about a year and it has worked out to exactly as I requested. We plan to order more when the boys outgrow these.
I’ve decided to start a monthly tradition! After the end of each month, I’ll take a bit of time to share with all of you what I’ve been up to.
I hope you’ll enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at Auralynne, and the chance to catch up on any info you may have missed on social media.
…Has been busy but great! I’ve taken on a partner – as of August, and this month she was trained in enough things to really save me a lot of time. This time of year it can be very difficult to keep up with customer inquiries on top of the amount of custom sewing orders I have – so it’s been great having a second person around.
We had an epic photoshoot planned for September! With beaches all having free parking after Labor Day, and the surprisingly warm weather, I thought it might be awesome to visit one of them in pirate costume (complete with props) and take some photos. Just in time for Talk Like a Pirate Day, of course!
But you know how best laid plans work… The first photo-day had to be postponed when my sister caught sick, and then some unexpected delays while working on custom orders ran me late on my sewing, and I had to sew solid for about three week’s time to catch up!
We did manage to snag some pretty photos of my burgundy/gold/beige gown in between doing festival stuff at the Vermont Steampunk festival. Here are a few of my favorites:
You can see the rest of the photos in my Portfolio.
I didn’t actually get any new patterns made this month because, well, Halloween season – but I did a little tweak to my “Tuxedo Skirt” pattern. I added pleats in the back and I think it’s at least 150% cuter now!
New things for Sale
Here is a little teaser of a few of the new things I posted for sale in my etsy shop this month:
This cute little hat was the prize for September’s monthly facebook giveaway. Congrats to the winner!
Over this summer, I made a discovery. Wigs are fun! And they cut down photo prep time by quite a bit since I can style a wig just once, and wear it multiple times.
And the only part of a wig that looks fake is the part, which is covered by my nearly always wearing a hat! The wig in the above picture was one of my first attempts at styling – and since it’s a great easy style to do, I plan to post a tutorial. Watch for it on this blog within the next couple of months!
In these photos, I’m wearing a steampunk costume which features my “princess” swag sleeves. They are a great way to inexpensively cover all those problem areas that tend to emerge if wearing a corset without a matching shrug. If you like the look, it can be purchased in my etsy shop here.
Slightly later in the summer, I decided to be a redhead for a bit with help from the wig in these photos!
I call this look “Lovely in Lace”. I love how vibrant the red wig is against the green of nature and the blue I’m wearing!
I again donned blue for the following photos – and although the pattern is actually exactly the same as the above style, the black, the stripes, and the mini top hat give my outfit a cirque noir look.
I didn’t style the blonde wig – I bought it that way! It’s made to look like the fairy godmother in the live action version of Cinderella. Lol blonde isn’t my best color – but sometimes I’m going for a look that needs that bit of pseudo-baroque-ness – and on goes the little blonde wig! The outfit can be custom-requested in my etsy shop, or if you will fit the size-small photoshoot sample, it’s posted for sale here.
These were just early wig stylings. Since then I’ve figured out Baroque wig styling, Victorian updos, and more! I’m enjoying playing with some new wigs now during the cold months, and once it gets warm, I’ll be able to get some more fun “wigging out” photos! And again, watch for upcoming wig-styling tutorials, to be posted right here. 🙂
It really seemed like the year FLEW by. I hear that this happens more and more the older you get… but I’m hoping to at least feel more accomplished by the end of 2017!
It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything… well, anywhere (other than etsy listings) and looking back over the year, I realize that there are a ton of gorgeous photos that I never even posted on my blog! So here we go: 2016 Photos I Failed to Post at the Time they were Taken, Part 1!
These are from a shoot in March of last year. It was at a very pretty Victorian bed and breakfast in New Hampshire. I had recently gotten in some pretty pleated satin trim, and was experimenting with using it to mix up the look of some of my existing designs. I love the double ruffle look!
This first design is modeled by Tricia Lore. Makeup by model, hair by me!
Next up, Stephanie Allison wearing my “Vintage Diva” look but with a steampunk twist – double ruffle trim in black and ivory. Makeup and hair by Ky Elizabeth Maxim.
And lastly, Lea Marie Morris, wearing a gown with a new skirt design that I’m calling “Temptation”. It can easily be made shorter or longer in the front by taking less fabric into the pleats, so it’s a great customizable design. Makeup by model, hair by me.
I’ll post the rest of the photos I missed over the next few weeks! 🙂
It’s that wonderful time of year again, where all these darkly delightful things start appearing in stores, people all over start imagining something creepy and/or awesome to become for a while, and all good custom-costume seamstresses are attached to sewing machine via ball and chain!
Lol I had big plans to have my stock-room-full-of-pretty all ready to list in my store by now. But life had other plans! And no complaints – despite my temporary state of crazy, this is my absolute favorite time of year both in work and in play – I’d rather be crazy than idle. :oD
In lieu of actual shop listings, I thought it might be worth it to at least post pictures of all the pretty outfits I have made and are ready to ship. I’m going to post them by size, starting with the larger sizes since there are less of them. Most of them are samples made for photoshoots, and thus are available at an awesome discount. If I have the outfit posted for sale, I’ll link, but otherwise, feel free to contact me thru etsy or my store for a custom listing and/or more information. If you refer to your look by the title and color – from the image caption, then I’ll know which one you mean. I have a lot of outfits!
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The “Vintage Beauty” look in the last photo is in stock in alternate colors also, including: Black, Purple, Red, Sapphire Blue, as well as the pictured Ivory. Also a one-of-a-kind set in Navy Blue. The navy/black lacy corset is more of a S/M which best fits busts 35.5-37 and waists 27-31.
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These were the first skirts made from a new pattern – so although I intended to make them in size Small, the size they turned out was more Small/Medium. They fit low hips from about 37-40 inches. The plum top is still size small – but the leather outfit has sleeves which could be attached to a corset in your exact waist size – which means it can work for either a size small or Medium.
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Most of my models wear a size small, and I wear a size small, so holy wow are there a lot of size small outfits in my stock closet! So I’m doing just one gallery and no descriptions to save time!
Several of these sets are posted for sale in this section of my store.
I have just one outfit in size Extra Small, and I don’t have pictures of it! It’s a shrug and skirt made from my standard “Vintage Diva” pattern, but with an awesome gothy twist – in place of the bows, there are these little leather buckles at sleeves, hips, and neck. It’s made from a black satin jacquard fabric with a dragon pattern, and it’s trimmed in red lace.
When I get an offer to bring my designs to a place that has actual crystal chandeliers – what do I say?
Why, I’ll be there, with bells on!
As soon as I knew about the chandeliers, and the awesome level of fancy perfection to the location, I decided that gowns featuring my new slit skirts would be the perfect thing to bring. I LOVE how they look in the photo above – lending a very modern hint of saucy seduction to an otherwise historical scene.
And up next, my leather taffeta ballgown! Because leather and taffeta are absolutely meant to be together.
The gown is modeled by Lish Ventura, and can be made in a plethora of gorgeous taffeta colors. It’s posted in my etsy shop here.
And last, comes my personal favorite gown design for the day, modeled by Tricia Eva Lore.
I’m happy with how I managed to line these shots up to show as much pretty chandelier-age from the ballroom as possible, by using the reflections in the mirror. Tricia’s gown is also available custom made to measure in either white/black (as pictured) and ivory/black, for those who prefer warm over cool colors.
The location and the photoshoot were thanks to Eric Baird of Behind the Lens Photography Workshops. There were quite a few photographers in attendance, and some amazing photos and a fun time were had by all! While there, I was happy to catch some useful photography tips, and learn some great information about lighting setups, and posing, and such.
Originally I had three models lined up for this shoot – but then a snowstorm came in the night before, stranding my models in their driveways. I talked it over with my sister, and given that two of the dresses would fit us, we decided to go ahead with the shoot, and take pictures of eachother!
I’m wearing a brand new jacket design – a very fancy variation on my “Victorian Vixen” design. I love how much the ivory lace trim changes it – giving it a more historical flair than my typical line.
My sister is modeling my newest corset style, with a shrug and skirt set trimmed to match.
The blue-green fabric is iridescent taffeta – which has two contrasting colors woven thru it so that it changes color in the light! The color makes me think of ocean water and mermaid tails…
Isn’t her hat cute? This was my first try at making a flower out of taffeta – and I liked the twisty look of the fabric so much that I did the same on the band.
The house was WAY too gorgeous not to take some artistic pics while I was there.
If I ever decide to renew my wedding vows, this is where I’ll want to do it! There’s a double room in front, elegantly appointed, but furniture and accents arranged to make the space large and roomy enough for an small gathering. It would be amazing for an intimate historical-esque ceremony, and the rates are incredibly reasonable as well.
And then of course, there’s the staircases, oh the beautiful and neverending staircases!
I’m excited to post these photos – I do believe they are my prettiest photos to date! They were taken at Wickham park in Manchester CT. I’m a bit obsessed with the location – although most of it isn’t antique, it is utterly gorgeous. It’s hundreds of acres of park which seems to have been landscaped and accented for the express purpose of being as picturesque as possible!
First up, is my “Lady Adventuress” gown, modeled by Maddy Wooding.
The addition of leather accents and accessories lends a bit of steampunk flair to the look. I could (and plan to) also make a two tone black/brown version of this gown – accented with brown instead of black leather – which would look even more steampunk!
And the hat – oooh the cuteness of the hat! It’s a leather fedora that I shortened to make it look more like the late Victorian era hats that perch atop the head. I can get them in black, red, or brown, and I absolutely plan to make them part of my regular line.
This second gown is modeled by Jordan Goodrich. It’s a new twist on my Vintage Diva design that I’m calling “Oriental Splendor.” The fabric has dragons and phoenix’s woven into the pattern, and is oh so elegant.
It’s hard to see it in this photo, but she’s leaning against a really cool looking statue of a Chinese temple dog! There are two Asian themed gardens in Wickham park, with all sorts of gorgeous accents placed all around.
Her hat is one of my wool “topper” styles, which I figured out how to shape so that it comes to my signature pointed front. Mmmmmm peacock feathers!…
And here is my favorite picture of the day! The sad thing is that I can no longer order the hat base needed to make this hat (I could do other colors but not ivory.)
The model in these photos is Alexa DaFonte, and she is wearing a gown I’m calling “Lace and Allure.”
It’ll be available for a limited time in my store – while supplies last on the blouse since it’s a piece I ordered from a clothing wholesaler.
Lauren Anne Page did an utterly beautiful job on the makeup on these ladies. Perfectly blended, and it stayed looking fresh and fantastic despite it being a hot sunny day. She had some kind of magic solution in a spray bottle to “set” the makeup. It was a breeze editing these photos!
It’s probably a bit too late for Christmas-y pics? Oh well, I forgot to post them in December when they were taken, so here goes!
My sister in law Megan is wearing a new-ish design – a high low purple cloak. It was intended to be floor length on myself or my sister, so it’s awesomely long and trailing on her:
These were taken outside the Westerly library, before the Christmas decorations came down. It always makes me sad when the decorations have to go away, and it’s just plain old boring winter from there out. If Christmas were in February, that would be perfect, because then when the decorations come down, at least winter is almost over!
This is my favorite cloak picture. I love how bright the purple satin on the inside is!
The folks at the library were AWESOME. Megan told us we should check out the inside – that it was a gorgeous Victorian era building. We poked our heads in, and the library staff were like OMG you look so awesome/why are you dressed up/ you match the building perfectly!
Their excitement made me brave enough to ask if they minded if we snapped a few pictures. We did match the building perfectly. 🙂
The sad part is EVERY picture blurred out horribly. Apparently I have a lot to learn about indoor photography. But these I was at least able to edit to death to make them presentable.
The library had some awesome holiday themed book sculptures there, and we snapped a couple pics of Megan with them, just for kicks.
Those did turn out quite clear. I think the lights saved them.
Many thanks to the friendly folks at the Westerly library for letting us borrow their gorgeous building for a few!
Model, purple gown: Megan Gavin
Model, green gown: auralynne
Model, red gown: Andrea Daunis of Vixen’s Delight
Gowns and hats by auralynne, Jewelry by Vixen’s Delight