Comissions Comissions

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It’s been a little while since I’ve written anything here. When I started this blog I was determined to post every week no matter what but sometimes that’s not how life works out. I resolve to do better in the future, to find little moments to touch base and practice writing more.

The reason I have been so behind with all my fun little side projects has been a sudden influx of historical costume commissions. Working freelance has it’s pros and cons and the unpredictable work flow is something I have always struggled with. I can go weeks without anything, which is when I come up with all these big ideas like starting a blog or become a vintage knitwear specialist. And then just as I think I won’t be able to pay my rent and am wondering whether it’s acceptable to eat beans on toast for every meal, work arrives. Hooray! And then more work arrives. Okay. And then even more. All at the same time.

Freelance Life

Juggling lot’s of different things has become a personal art form of mine. There are even times when I have to discipline my thinking time, prioritising one project over another in my thoughts as well as my work. I tend to get through it all with out too many breakdowns and crisis thanks to lots of cups of tea and the support of the people around me. But there are times when I feel I will never make this deadline or that I can’t possibly work another shift and will my friend hate me if I cancel coffee because my sleeves won’t ease in nicely?

But at the end of the day I always make it work. I’ve discovered that I’m capable of much more than I give myself credit for. Perhaps the stress isn’t the best for my poor anxious heart but I also get there in the end. And more often than not, I really enjoy it too.

Historical Costume Commissions

This has been especially true of the historical costume commissions I have been working on this past month. My first degree was in Costume Production, essentially how to make clothes from scratch with nothing more than a picture. Since I graduated I haven’t done that much sewing and hardly any pattern cutting at all. At first it made a nice change, but now I realise just how much I’ve missed it and the gorgeous historical costumes I studied at university.

Historical Costume Commissions - Retro Claude

I’ve been working on some pretty exciting historical costumes, something which I never really had the opportunity to do whilst studying. One has been an eighteenth century bodice for a production of The Marriage of Figaro, and then I have been working on 2 Victorian dresses, one in American Civil War style, and the other a fin de siecle style morning outfit. I will hopefully be able to share some more photographs once the productions are up and running but in the mean time enjoy these sneak peaks of the making process.

Historical Costume Commissions - Retro Claude

If you’re interested in having something made for you, whether 1940s blouse or Regency gown, you can send me a message and we can discuss it in more detail. Nothing is too wacky or outrageous, too big or too small and I’d love some more historical costume commissions. Once again, I’ve caught the sewing bug.

Claude x