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Corvo Embroidered

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Conventions, Project Review | Comments Off on Corvo Embroidered

Corvo Embroidered

Been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but that does not mean I’ve been lolly gagging about. Far from it. I’m working very hard to build up the embroidery side of my business, and while the majority of that is aimed at business clients, there are still plenty of truly fun and creative things I get asked to do. This one has far and away been the most fun!! I’ll be cross posting this particular post not only here but also on my DW Embroidery blog since it will be total brag. The rest of the posts in this Corvo series will be essentially post-mortem, covering all the mistakes I made and the lessons I learned. So if you want to learn from my mistakes on how to create multi-hooped goldwork embroidery directly onto leather so that that the finished piece is exactly sized for the pattern it needs to go on, then stick around here. Those posts will be right here since they are sewing/embroidery education posts and not necessarily marketing posts. What am I talking about? Some friends of mine (Brayton and Amy over at Legendary Costume Works) were working with Rebecca Dominguez (pattern maker extraordinaire for the movie and tv industry) on an assignment which needed some embroidery. I was recommended since I’m familiar with working with leather and I’ve also worked with metallic thread. The assignment they were working on was to make the promotional outfit for the upcoming game “Dishonored 2” with the main character of Corvo. It was his outfit that they were making. I am thrilled and proud of the final product for which I played my part. The finished outfit was officially unveiled at E3 in Los Angeles when it opened on June 14, 2016. Now I did not got to the event, but I have friends who did and they were kind enough to snag some photos for me. Above is the entire outfit, with the black leather vest which I embroidered peaking out from the under the brown hooded over vest. I used one of Dishonored 2’s promotional pictures as the featured image for this post, so you can see how pretty much exact to the vision of the character the final project came out to be. Here is it from another angle. I just love Rebecca’s ability to work asymmetrical designs! I’m so going to have her create initial patterns for me from now on. I’ve learned the hard way that while I can make patterns, it’s just not fun for me. She loves making them. Problem solved! But I digress. I asked Rebecca for a picture of the black leather under-vest so the embroidery could be seen better in its entirety. She sent me this picture. To reiterate, the only part of this project that I did was the embroidery onto the leather pieces. The actual assembly was done by the parties cited.   The filigree work is embroidered directly onto the leather. The edging work was embroidered onto black material which was then stitched/glued into place. I’m not exactly sure how Rebecca ended up fitting the gold metal edgework into position, but it is exactly form fitting to the contours of the pattern – no bias cheating here! Overall, it looked AWESOME!! And boy did I learn a whole lot about working with metal on leather. Fun!!! The end result? SEXY! You have a job for me? Bring it! I want more of this. I think I’ll break down the rest of the posts I want to do into two. The first one will be how I created...

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SewFest 2014 in San Diego

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Conventions | Comments Off on SewFest 2014 in San Diego

Back from San Diego’s Husqvarna Viking mini-convention called Sew Fest. Got to play with the latest 6D Embroidery Software update still in Beta, as well as got a chance to work on the 2 new machines set to be unveiled soon. I took some video which I now get to figure out how to edit and I’ll post that this weekend. Until then, happy sewing! – Dravon

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Workshop Review: Taking Patterns from Historical Garments

Posted by on Jul 26, 2010 in Conventions, LiveJournal | Comments Off on Workshop Review: Taking Patterns from Historical Garments

This workshop was hosted by Costume Society of America and it was held in Seattle, WA at the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art on Saturday, July 24th. The focus of this 6 hour workshop was to impart to us how to take patterns from extant garments without damaging the garment itself. The workshop leader, Shelley Foote, is a former costume historian with the Smithsonian’s Division of Social History — now retired. She’s also the president-elect for CSA. She had met Janet Arnold on one occassion and learned Janet’s method for taking patterns, which (as is the way with all things) she adapted to work for her own approach. I took this course because I have a few Victorian pieces which I want to convert into patterns without damaging the original garment. I’ve been holding on to these pieces for some time, and the one for-study garment is quickly disintegrating and needs to be done something with before it’s too late. I also decided to fly up to Seattle for a day because I wanted the networking opportunities. As expected, there were costuming enthusiasts of all types and levels at the course. Some were historians or curators, others theater, yet others were living history re-enactors, and some were “I just love to sew” enthusiasts. It’s always fun when the student body is mixed because then you get a wider scope in terms of approaches, ideas, and uses. The actual instruction part was quite clear and took perhaps 30 minutes, including the fun anecdotes. Shelley handed out her notes and some examples. What I found particularly of value had more to do with general education usage, what the patternmaker needs to be aware of, and of course an idea of an approach that I think will work best for me. I was downright giddy when I immediately began falling back on the stuff I’ve learned through my classwork at Santa Monica. (It’s always nice to have it pointed out that you haven’t been wasting your time or money!) Specically, pattern making and basic construction techniques. Looking at the sample garment I could use for the workshop, I first off created a pattern card. That was not in the instructions but on this I can note all the materials used for each layer, seam types, etc. This also helped to guide me so that I didn’t accidentally leave out any pieces. That was not in the instructions, but came from the pattern making classes. Next up was the identification of the seams and types of stitches used. Again, directly from the classes but heavily supplimented with all the embellishment stuff I’ve been looking over for the past year or two. I was able to identify that the smocking used on the front was American Smocking, as opposed to English Smocking, and then could actually explain the differences to the lady I was working with as well as gave a brief overview of why I thought that. I was happy with my geeking out moment there. heh. In short, I walked out of that class not so much armed with how Janet Arnold did her work, but it completely re-affirmed that being educated in terms of pattern making needs as well construction methods is invaluable. It also helped point out holes in where I’m still weak: knowing more about when various methods and manners of constructoin and drafting were vogue and/or invented. I also walked out with a new idea on how I was going to approach the patterning process in a manner that compliments the way I think and problem solve....

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