Traveling On The Grand Tour – Clockwork Alchemy

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After a long night, we’re putting the finishing touches on our entries for the fashion show here at Clockwork Alchemy. Like most of our gowns, these two gowns are inspired by art, in this case these two are inspired by Impressionist and Pre-Raphaelite painters.

Of course, when one goes on tour, many outfits are required and we brought just a few…

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and of course we brought along Miss Molly, our creative consultant to oversee the proceedings…

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She’s a little cross because we’ve been slow in getting up and taking her out for her morning constitutional. 😉

And of course, we also couldn’t have done it without the aid of our Singer 301:

We have to say that this event is an exciting opportunity for us in that we will get to display some of our newest designs before the public and it brings up to a whole new level. Clockwork Alchemy is oriented towards steampunk but don’t let that throw you- it’s rooted in the Victorian Era and that’s exactly where we are. Stay tuned for more updates!

On To Clockwork Alchemy…

 

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Counting down the hours before we hit the road to Clockwork Alchemy 2017 in San Jose and we’re excited. It’s been a somewhat chaotic year between orders, design work, and handling the estate of my deceased mother and we’re looking forward to taking a little break. At the same time, it’s one of the high points of the year since we’ll be entering two dress designs in the fashion show and we’ve been working non-stop for the past two months to get everything ready. I can’t reveal the specific designs yet but rest assured that they’re going to be exciting and draw upon the natural world for inspiration.

Here’s a little hint…

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Stay tuned- we’ll have more soon! Now to get some sleep… 🙂

In The Works…Shirts!

In anticipation of traveling up north to San Jose for the Clockwork Alchemy 2017, I am attempting to finish up some old projects that have lingered on for far too long and one of those is this men’s shirt that I started back in March. Long ago I decided that I needed to update my modern wardrobe so I resolved to make some shirts comparable to ones that would be made custom and utilizing finer fabrics with interesting patterns and colors. Fortunately, I have easy access to Mood fabrics which offers a wide variety of Italian shirting fabrics and the choices are nearly endless and after great deliberation, I settled on a purple/white/blue striped lightweight cotton:

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For the pattern, I used a McCalls shirt pattern (6044) that I modified to better fit my long torso and simplify some of the assembly steps.

However, while the fabric is exquisite both in terms of color/pattern and finish, it was difficult to work with because of the slick finish; the fabric would constantly shift while running it through the sewing machine or even when simply cutting the pieces. It took me a lot longer to cut than I had anticipated because of the need to pin EVERYTHING securely. Also, in the course of sewing the pieces together, I was forced to redo seams whose edges had shifted out of position- Mr. Seam Ripper was busy throughout the sewing process.

In the end, it was worth the effort and I learned some valuable lessons about sewing with lighter, more “wander prone” fabrics and so now I have another shirt for the modern wardrobe:

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I apologize for not having as many pictures as I would have wanted but unfortunately, life got in the way. However, I will be making more “modern” items in the future so stay tuned for more. 🙂

Lily Absinthe Returns To Clockwork Alchemy!

We are happy to announce that once again, we will be showing some our designs in the fashion show at the Clockwork Alchemy Convention on Sunday, May 28, 2017. At that time, we’ll be unveiling some new designs and while we would love to preview them, we’re keeping them under wraps for now- you’ll just have to wait. 🙂

This is an exciting opportunity for us in that we will get to display some of our newest designs before the public and it brings up to a whole new level. Clockwork Alchemy is oriented towards steampunk but don’t let that throw you- it’s rooted in the Victorian Era and that’s exactly where we are.

We look forward to seeing you so stay tuned for more information! Now, back to work…

And Now Some More Painting…

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A room is just a room unless there’s some furniture but we’re remedying that situation… 🙂 Here we’re refreshing a tired 1920s era desk and small table:

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First for the small table…

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We selected a warm shade of white to harmonize with the other furniture and walls of the Atelier. And for the desk…

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The desk is painted in a light lavender that will harmonize quite nicely with the pink walls in the Atelier. Stay tuned for more! 🙂