Welcome back to another episode of Monster Pin Up Calender! If you've been following along, you outta be familiar by now with what the Monster PIn Up Calendar is. But for those of you who don't here's a quick recap.
Some friends of my had a Monster makeup photography business called Macabre Memories. I collaborated with them on putting together a pin up calendar alongside a couple other talented designers. -
Now that were over with that let's move on to the good stuff! We started our journey with "The Bride" my take on a Pin Up Frankenstein's Bride next we got lucky with "Top O' the Mornin" post where I shared my frustrations in trying to bring forth the Banshee Pin Up. Then recently my post "Love is a Ghost" introduced you to my Spectral Nightgown, that can now be found in my shop on a permanent basis as I fell in love with it all over again! And this week I get to share with you a garment so special to me, not only because it was the first of all these that I made but also because it literally took me two whole weeks to construct!
But we'll get to that later, THE BEGINNING- after having drawn straws for the project one of the looks I ended up with was Miss January. It was also going to be the first photoshoot we did, the plan was for her to be a Zombie at a New Years Party. My original notes "
Zombie- Props:New Years hat, baby new year, martini glass
Rachel-Tulle Skirt & Sequin Top
Champagne or Pink
New Years Day 1980's Film"
That last on make me scratch my head
1980's Film? What was going on there? Also! As many of you know I like to wear white on New Years. It's one of the few superstitious things that I do. So why, why, why would the girl who advocates for white pick pink or champagne? I don't know, must have been something said at the creative meeting. What I do know is that Champagne was the directions I went.
So I took a trip out to Joann's because Joann's carries the shinny tulle that I like SOOOO MUCH!!! I have no idea how much I bought but it was enough to bring this look to life! I also bought satin for the waistband, and lining and some fabric glitter spray paint, and like a three inch wide elastic.
My idea was to make it so sparkly it looked like it had champagne bubbles! Also i had just bought my serger right before starting this project and I was super excited to use it, even though I didn't really know how to yet.
I almost liked it, but as you can see in the photograph it lacked a certain something. That's when I decided to make things complicated. I went and bought some glass beads, and started sewing them onto the tulle. We've talked about this before but sometimes thing that stand out in person fall flat on camera. Which as you can see above, happened here. To combat this I decided to sew beads onto this skirt, it was the right call.
They're very subtle, you can hardly see them at all. But it the texture (in my opinion) makes all the difference. And in person it's really very lovely, although in this case as with all from this project, the goal was for them to read well on camera.
I spent two weeks sewing beads onto tulle, and I don't know maybe it was crazy of me. But I couldn't help myself, once I had started I just had to continue, to the end.
So I mean I don't know what any of this has to do with Zombies, I guess I was more inspired by New Years anyways. Even in moving forward to my own shoot, I totally went for the "I lost my phone and wallet now I'm lost on my Walk of Shame home" vibe which just screams New Years in my opinion. I totally styled it the same way though, minus the rotting flesh. I slipped some of the original shots into the Photo Gallery below, so you can compare us.
As always thank you for following my many adventures in clothes, skirt you see here is available for purchase in my shop at a discounted rate! Fits a waist 42-50 one of a kind, I am determined to never sew beads like that again so long as I live. If interested find me on Social Media for behind the scenes stuff and special deals! Instagram @MadsenCreations, Facebook Madsen Creations by Rachel Madsen Twitter @rachieface89 Snapchat rachieface89