Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Looking Back on 2013

Happy New Year!


Wonderful things are afoot in the studio!  A beautiful bride and groom, some out of this world clothing, and a project I am SUPER excited about and will update everyone on soon.





However, before I sally forth into the new year, I'd like to take a quick look back at 2013.

The year started off with remodeling my new home to accept the studio!  I became the proud owner of my first condo.  Unfortunately, it needed some serious work.  The floors upstairs were only finished a couple of months ago, and I've spent the time since then moving everything into the new place and getting the studio set up to my liking.  Unfortunately, the fall rush meant I had to work all of that around orders, so it took pretty much the rest of the year to do.  There will be several posts coming out this year detailing what I did to get the beautiful studio I have now, but the room itself (and condo) was a big part of my year.





As far as projects, this year has been wonderful!  There were too many to talk about all of them, but I'll hit the highlights.  I started it off working on this lovely pirate ensemble,



 and moved quickly to a gorgeous green ball gown.




April saw updates to my Oklahoma Renaissance Festival costume (historical accuracy not included), and a host of costuming for others.


That's me, walking the rail at the Joust
Doug got a new doublet for Scottish weekend.


Jen got a whole new outfit!

The fall was another very exciting time for projects!  I was delighted to do historically based stays for the two lovely ladies of Turtle and the Hair.  The stomacher on the 18th century stays was reversible, and the entirety of the Effigy stays were reversible, in gorgeous fabric supplied by their owner.








I loved this orange!
 

Halloween is always a busy season for me, and this year was no exception!  As well as supplying costumes for customers across the states (and several outside the US) I got the chance to sew several costumes for performers at the Haunted Castle.

Alice was cute as a button, I loved the 50’s dresses for one of the Brotherhood’s vampires (unfortunately I don’t have pictures of the grey dress yet), and the Mad Hatter has been one of my favorite pieces to work on to date.









Luckily, I managed to squeeze in some time for a Dirndl to wear to Oktoberfest!



The year ended with a family trip to Arizona, where I found a little slice of heaven.  There’ll be two outfits coming from fabric bought here, and I hope to have them up soon!





On a slightly different subject, I list that my products come from a home with cats, but I haven’t spoken much about the animals I foster for the Central Oklahoma Humane society.  I was raised in a home with cats, and have always been an animal lover.  In February of 2013 I took the leap to foster two small kittens in my home, and to date have fostered seven cats and one dog.
Not only do some of the proceeds from Tailor of Two Cities go to feeding and sheltering these animals, but the studio itself is their home when they are first introduced to the house.  Don’t worry, the fabric and projects in progress are all stored in a large walk-in closet they have no access to, and I’m very fastidious about sweeping the studio!

Unfortunately, despite a weekend with the vet I lost a foster who was too small and too sick, which was heartbreaking.  However, the other seven blossomed this year, and brightened both my life and the lives of the people who adopted them.


Wash

Cap'n

Bailey

Linc

Dasha

Grace

Thalia (still awaiting adoption)

Merri (still awaiting adoption)

I’m looking forward to 2014 and am hitting the ground running!  I’ve got a ton of projects in the works that I am incredibly excited about, and want to blog more about them as I go.  Here’s to a wonderful New Year!



-Deborah

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