Catching up: My homemade wardrobe since September

As you might know, I’ve gotten myself into sewing as well as everything else displayed here. It is actually really becoming a thing to me. By now I’m in a stage where I no longer want to buy clothing from stores. Especially fast fashion stores. I admit, it’s nice to get some basics, like thights. I can’t do underwear yet. And I’m not making pants or jeans anytime soon, that’s something I think would be extremely difficult and my sewing machine is not up for thick fabrics!

It’s for all the ethical and environmental reasons… I feel like people know about the problem with cheap and fast fashion but the majority ignores it and pretends it’s something that doesn’t happen or isn’t a very direct problem that they can change.

So I decided to change. Baby steps.

First up, a dress I remember finishing in December:

It’s from the first issue of ‘Knip’ I ever got, August 2016. That’s a Dutch sewing magazine.

Second: another dress. Same issue of the magazine πŸ™‚

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I actually changed this one quite a bit, because the middle part was a hot mess the first time I tried it on. I shortened the top part a lot and sewed it back on.

Third: I made a rockabilly dress with a petticoat! It was in honor of the theatre play we did with the theatre society called ‘the Deep Blue Sea’, which is set in the 50’s. I really wanted to make this and wear it for the show. It turned out pretty amazing and I wear it to work too πŸ™‚

The dress pattern is the Katjusha pattern on Burda. The petticoat was made following this video on Youtube.

 

Lastly, I made this skirt not too long ago, without any pattern.

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At the moment I’m not sewing anything, but I do have many ideas of what to do with the pile of fabrics I got myself a few months back!
I’m in preperations for my summer getaway to the World Bodypainting Festival! πŸ™‚ I’m so excited and I can’t wait to meet the wonderful artists that will be there! My expectations are high and I’m really really looking forward to my workshops!

Also, Game of Thrones is baaaaaaack!

Love,

-M.

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Catching up: Makeup for the Deep Blue Sea

In June, I did makeup and hairstyling for the theatre play ‘the Deep Blue Sea’, written by Terence Rattigan. As a cast and crew, we had a lot of fun putting it together! Yet again, I would like to thank everyone involved πŸ™‚ A special thankyou goes to Dawn Bullock, our director. Her vision and passion for this piece was amazing and she guided all of us. I am so proud to have been part of this production and I wish Dawn the very best of luck and happiness, as she will go on to her next adventure portraying Rebecca in ‘Tanz der Vampire’ in Vienna!

For this play we had a group of young actors, with half of them playing characters that were over 30. The play is set in the ’50s, meaning the hairstyles had to look accordingly.

The most challenging character to do was Mrs. Elton. That was so much fun, this was the second old-age character for me to create, yet this had to be realistic. And then there were the characters that were not that old, so it was completely different from the cartoonish Dr. Elzimuth.

This time I was also there to do makeup for our trailer, which you can watch here.

All of the photos posted in the album below are taken by E.M. Hes Photography and ha.dos photography.

If you want to see all of them, please check it out at our event page on Facebook!

Enjoy!

 

Love,

-M.

The Pussy hat movement

About a week ago I decided to make myself a pussy hat. Some of you might know them, but for those of you wondering what I’m talking about, here’s the thing: 

It’s a crocheted hat with a rectangular shape, that’ll give the impression of cat ears when you put it on. And it’s very bright pink!

At the moment I feel like the world is being torn apart. Elections have caused uproar, and in my country elections will be held next month. I find the aftermath of the election in the US quite disturbing, and let me be clear! I do not agree with this person’s opinions and what he’s said, and I defy his actions. For people that have followed me for some time, you know that I am a supporter of the LGBT community. This is my continued support for equality, for human rights. I am siding with the sisters and brothers of the Women’s march, for all the reasons you could think of. 

I’m now creating pussy hats on request for people in my city, Groningen. If slowly but surely the city turns pink, I’ll be superhappy. This feels like an amazing good cause to give my free time to. It’s important that we will express our opinions and not be silenced. 

Together, we can create the world we want to live in. 

Love,

-M.

Avatar makeup

It’s a while ago now! But before Christmas, I had a request of a friend, asking me to help him with his costume. It was for a party, and he was willing to go all out. I suppose he came to the right person! 😊

He wanted to be like a character from James Cameron’s Avatar. We discussed the details and decided to try and make the nose shape and do full upper body makeup. 

I started with the nose, because I had to make it in advance. The technique I chose was latex, mixed with flour, applied on my foam head, Charlie. 

We had a fitting session, because Charlie didn’t have the same nose as my friend. After some adjustments we had our nose! 

I finished the edges with some nose putty where needed, the rest is latex. The edges are something I really want to learn more about! 

Then I added pointed ears, painted him blue, added contouring, stripes, eyemakeup, and he had gotten a wig, contacts and accessories. 

We had a lot of fun and his party was a success!
Love,

-M.

Halloween 2016

By now it’s December, so I’m running way behind on posting this. But, those of you who follow my other social media like instarainbow, are able to see all the snaps I take with a phone πŸ™‚

Halloween started early this year! I was planning with our party hostess in the beginning of September, I think.. She told me the theme ideas she had, and it became an ‘Enchanted Forest’. It’s a beautiful theme, very broad, you can do basically anything fantasy, I really enjoyed it! πŸ˜€

It was also very early in the season that I settled on a general idea of what I would want to do with this theme. This year we really wanted to succeed on having a squad of people that actually kept their costume in line with the theme and we did! But I wanted something that would be better than last year.
I woke up in the middle of the night and started sketching, so the sketch below in the album is that original idea. Once it was set on paper I was focused on finding out details on how to accomplish things, Β the hair structure for example. But this was the plan from the beginning and I didn’t wander astray!

So what is it that I am? I was inspired by the ‘children of the forest’ from the Game of Thrones TV show. I wanted something like that, but with wings, elf ears, and a less I-was-literally-attached-to-a-tree kind of look. More of a magical look. A tad more fancy. But on the other hand, I didn’t want to be a fairy, I was going to be an evil, depressed version when it came to costume. I did obviously have a party and smiled and whatever, but the costume was intended as Evil Fairy.
Conclusion: I was a Forest Child, along with the rest of the girls πŸ™‚

My friends and boyfriend are also shown in the album. The girls were dressed as a Fawn, another Forest Child That Walked Out Of The Forest With Moss, there’s my friend I did makeup for who’s sort of my Evil Fairy Sister, and my boyfriend was Robin Hood with scratches that I made.

The day itself was so much fun. My entire hair/makeup took over 6 hours. I love this. This is commitment!
And there was my friend, who was able to help out a little with painting my back, we had a really lovely day, then we all did makeup together at my house and we had pizza, and it was a really good day πŸ™‚ Then we went to the party and I was tired AF because I’d been up since early and just exhausted from the whole day haha!

But it was a good Halloween year. This is what I live for.

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For the occasion, I had dyed my hair (!!) with a colouring shampoo. It’s not permanent, it washes out after three washes or so. It was fine! My hair is not damaged and it’s back to normal now πŸ™‚ Hairstyle: Sansa Stark.

I used scarwax to create a broader bridge of the nose and a strong browline. These edges were not blended perfectly like the professionals do it, but for me, this was my best attempt so far. Gotta start somewhere. Oh, and I created gills on my arms. I don’t really know why, I wasn’t a fish. It just was cool and went with the look.

Paint: Mehron, obviously. Yes, I was wearing contacts. I also used some powder products, most of those would have been Sugarpill, Sleek or BHcosmetics.

Costume: The top was a simple top that I shredded. The skirt was made by myself. The wings were made from scratch by myself using wire and kitchen wrap (iron it so it melts) and everything with leaves is also just crafted with leaves that I got at some shop.

If I missed anything, if you have any questions, let me know! Enjoy!

Love,

-M.

Preview: character dr. ElzimuthΒ 

Last weekend was our rehearsal weekend. This means the cast and crew go on a weekend trip together to do rehearsals, run-throughs and we try the costumes. Including makeup.

Here is my first full rendition of dr. Elzimuth, an old, nasty professor, played by a young Italian guy. 

I’m very proud of this. Everyone is quite satisfied with how it turned out. And ofcourse it was a lot of fun to do! 

You have seen the bald cap before, I showed a proces picture a while ago. It’s wonderful to see it all come together in real life, after all the planning:) 

To see this character in real life, come to our show! It’s in Groningen from October 6 – 8 in the Usva. It’s going to be a lot of fun! 

Love, 

-M.

I made a skirt!!

Sooo, I really got into this sewing thing. As in, I also got my own machine (real cheap, such a great timing!) and I’m superhappy with that. If you missed that bit, and other snippets, follow my Instarainbow!

By now I have bought fabric for at least 3 more projects that are more ambitious that this skirt..

Anyway, I’m really really proud because this has been the most difficult, technical piece I’ve ever done, seriously. I’ve learned a lot from this one. And I’m so happy!

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As in the photo above, it’s aΒ circle skirt. It goes in a full circle you guys πŸ™‚ The fabric is light and soft and it flies around me when I’m cycling. It’s lovely and exactly what I was hoping for.

This was also the first time I used a pattern. I got it in this magazine I have a subscription on now ( it was a gift πŸ™‚ ) and that is called Knipmode. It’s a Dutch sewing magazine, the one I used is from August ’16 and the skirt is number 6.
I got started with the pattern size 38, and then I decided to adjust the pattern to my personal preference of a higher, tighter waist and a shorter skirt in general.

So, really happy, and proud, and also happy that I’m posting again on here!
There are a number of other things I need to tell you about:

  • Theatre. I’m part of the crew of this theatre piece called When a Witch is in Love. It’s something I’m doing with friends here, and I’m the makeup artist!
    Now, if you’re near Groningen in the beginning of October, I would love it if you could come and see our show! If not, I will be posting snaps on my insta of the journey too πŸ™‚
  • Halloween! On instarainbow I will post all things related to Halloween preperations as #halloweeniscoming. I have figured out my outfit and everything already! I’m in full preperation mode andΒ I’m so excited!!!Β You?
  • Personal stuff: I’m not sure if I should write about this stuff in public. But in short, my house is sort of under construction as they’re renovating my windows. I am finally getting double glass!
  • More personal stuff: I have some… physical issues. With my hip. And tomorrow is my first ever hospital appointment with a surgeon.
  • I’m also still working full time and there’s a part time masters degree coming on top of that in… TWO WEEKS *gasp*

I need to take it easy. I am, and that is why my projects are not as frequent as they were. They are getting bigger though. And it will be less frequent, probably, since, you know, masters plus working full time, that is more than just a full time job. Literally.
My biggest concern is my physical problem though. And I hope the play will work out great, and I have Halloween to look forward to. That’s not too much πŸ™‚

Love,

-M.