AS many of you may not know, Martha's sewing machine is dead on arrival. That's right, this morning she received it in the mail this morning and even though it threw her an E2 message, it is...still dead.
SO what does this mean, we're looking into getting a new machine literally as soon as possible, so that might mean the end of this week, or the end of next. To those beautiful clients and friends who have commissions on deck we are begging you to be patient. If there isn't a replacement by the end of this week/a machine ordered by next, Martha is going to go to wal-mart and get a cheap machine so she can get your commissions out on schedule.
So with that said, EVERYONE Our head designer Martha got home safely from her stay in England and she's not a bona fide corset, maker, cobbler, and draper! So corsets are now being added to the list of available products you can have commissioned!
Let's see, we covered the dead machine crisis, Martha getting home.....OH YES! So we'll be updating the site with the many things Martha made while she was abroad, and commissions officially open December 27th, but understand there are still two people who paid for their costumes back in August so they will need to be sorted first. This means the queue will start at #3 instead of #1.
Phew, that was a ton of info! We'll be updating the site with more info on the machine as we get it.
All of our love,
Dear Dahlia Team
A while back I mused on about how I always wondered what happened to the bygone clothing I've made through the years. The irony of this is, today while I was looking through my computer, I ACTUALLY found photographic evidence to show my growth as a seamstress, and I think it's really important that I share it with all of you.
Little known fact, I didn't REALLY start sewing independently until about 2007/08 and didn't actually produce things until about '09.
With that said, I give you a brief timeline of significant creations from Dear Dahlia.
Also, some of you may have seen the abridged version of this on Tumblr.
This was when I got my first sewing machine and I decided "HEY HOW HARD CAN THIS POSSIBLY BE RIGHT." Looking back, it's not as bad as it could have been...
All of this was fine and good, it was the summer between 11th and 12th grade, and as I always do, I got bored and made this.
This may seem VERY insignificant but this entire garment was a serious turning point for me. It was light when Madame Gres began to play with Jersey, I learned (incorrectly mind you) how to garther a skirt. And let's not ignore that those are 3 parts sleeves with layered peplums and a leg-o-mutten puff. Good stuff. After this, things got a bit...better.
Both of these dresses (not to toot my own horn or anything, were REALLY REALLY more advanced that I guess I realized at the time. It's really weird to me that I did these and in 2009!? really?!
I also did that. I was and will always be an AP english student.
2010 was significant for two reasons, it was a. my first anime boston, and b. the year I graduated high school. So in sporting style what did I do in early february? I made a waist coat and lined it. That's right, lined it. Of course, when I say LINED it, it was the most unsophistacated form of lining as I sewed it together in the waist seam, BUT ALL IN ALL IT WAS A GOOD THING. This lead to some other significant things...
2010 WAS ALSO AMAZING, because I made my first Miwako dress!
Oh yeah, and I went to prom. If you see blue anywhere in the picture, it's because I made that. That's right, my purse, dress, his tie and vest. WHAT WAS I DOING WITH MY LIFE I USED TO BE SO TALENTED!
OF course there were like 3 cosplays, and like 15 dresses leading up to this magical moment in time, but of course, they are sadly lost to the world and will never been seen from again.
of course I graduated, GOT pictures in the news...and began to work on, DUN DUN DUN!
of course there were many MANY dresses, none of which i feel like showing anyone mainly because they riddle this site.
This year LITERALLY changed everything.
that's like, my entire site, do you realize that? 2011 was crazy. Just crazy.
Oh yes! in 2011, I welcomed Bambi into my life.
2012 was quite possibly the most significant time in my entire life.
Need I say more? Some other pretty cool stuff happened too! Like all of this: (please note that there's apparently a TON missing)
in comparison I have gone from this
This concludes my entire life story, thanks for sticking around and reading it!
Here we are at London College of Fashion being silly in the computer lab! I'ts been a crazy few days getting adjusted to London, but the good news is I won't soon be so alone! One of our Moderators, Hayden, should have landed in London this morning so once I reunite with him this evening I'll make sure to upload info and pictures!
Hopefully my sewing machine will come in tonight and I'll be able to set up proper shop. After that, I'll finish up the lolita dress I have left over and begin working on Queen Esther. Of coure I forgot to pack my stabilizer...so...Esther may be moving slower than planned.
I wanted to address something quickly, always remmeber that we the moderators love you. I've recently been getting a lot of private notes of encouragement and thanks from all of you out there in the world and I just wanted you to know that I dearly appriciate it. We may go back on line for costumes in the near future before December 2nd.
AGAIN! Commissions are (techinically) open for any work to BE STARTED AFTER DECEMBER 10TH and we love you!
<3 Martha, the head designer/moderator.
Not gonna lie, I'm diggin that back ground light, makes it look more ethereal.
ANY WHO, this is the Goddess Madoka progress that I was able to do tonight. I got the top white dress pretty much finished, it's boned, lined and it's REALLY just missing a zipper.
As for the bottom skirts, I'm gonna have to get some black fabric in the morning to make the black cosmos stand out a bit more, but all in all the skirt just needs to be gathered into it's waistband and then well you know the rest.
The only thing that ISNT somewhat sewn, is the bolero, but it's sitting on the table waiting it's turn.
All in all I'm a little surprised that I got this far in like 5 hours. I'm concerned I may be a robot.
Good night folks! This designer is past her bed time.