After blogging for a little while now I have just realised that I have never actually introduced myself! Perhaps from previous posts you know that I am setting up a small business called reconsidered Retro, and that I have a husband called Ryan and a rat called Charles - but apart from that and my general crafty exploits I have been rather vague!
My name is Rebecca and I am in the process of setting up my little business - reconsidered Retro - selling jewellery, crafts and home wear all based around the retro themes of 80’s/90’s childhood toys and shows. I currently have several products selling online and at craft fairs ranging from pin badges and mirrors to necklaces and keyrings made from old toys. I am also in the process of designing my own hand screen printed cushions featuring some memorable 80’s/90’s toys, as well as drafting a pattern for my own toy (based on the bunny I made at Christmas – mentioned in my previous post) which I will be making in various fabulously retro fabrics!
So that’s me now... but in a previous life (and still slightly current) I am a costume designer and maker by trade. I studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and have been working in the TV and film industry since 2009 – on a variety of projects from horror films to the Foxy Bingo and Nintendo commercials. As well as making my wedding dress, three bridesmaids and two flower girl dresses for my wedding last year. Images of costumes I have made and projects I have worked on can be seen on my other website www.rhjcostumedesigns.com if you are bored one day and would like to have a nosy!!
And that leads me nicely onto one of my current projects which is making a costume for a Disney themed fancy dress party. The costume I’m making at the moment is based on the Princess from the recent Disney film ‘The Princess and The Frog’, including a gangly legged frog to kiss on the night ( I could convince the husband to attend in a frog suit for some reason!) I am having so much fun making this costume – it is quite different to some of the costumes I have recently worked on which have mainly been for horror films and it’s nice to go from fake blood all over my studio to sequins!
I made the frog first – with a machine embroidered face and long floppy legs. And though I think he could be improved I do love his slightly arrogantly raised eyebrow and fabulously green colour.
Onto the Princess dress next and I started with the crown and bodice slowly layering up the leaves and petals to mimic the original Disney drawings and throwing a few sequins in along the way for fun. I’m moving onto the skirt next and then to tie the whole costume together with trimmings and accessories. I will add photos of the finished product in my next blog and you can see what you think of it! For now I’m off to sew a few more leaves – I keep thinking I have enough but then get proven wrong!!
Toodle-pip for now
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