So how did recreating movie costumes evolve into what I do now? Well, the reasons are really two-fold.
The movie costuming turned into Steampunk costuming, and I decided to learn how to make my own hats, corsets and historic style clothes.
I was also made redundant from my job of 10 years in 2009. My friends and family kept telling me my talents were being wasted (I'd been working in financial services all that time), so I decided to try to pursue a different career path.
By sheer chance, I found out about a bridal boutique that was opening in my local town, and asked if there were any jobs going, until I decided what I wanted to do. A year on I was managing not only the bridal boutique, but also the venue styling and wedding planning elements of the business too! Crazy busy times, but I loved every minute. I knew then that I would always be involved in the wedding industry in one way or another.
During my three years there, I couldn't believe how hard it was for brides to find something a little different from the mainstream, but also that most brides were actually looking for unique items.
So, I started by making bridal garters. Every colour you could imagine, not boring white and blue. I started making bespoke garters for brides to match their theme or colour scheme... I even made a few funny ones, with favourite cartoon characters or superhero's! From there... things have really grown, and as you can see from My Products, anything is possible now!
Who's Behind OohLLB?
Ooh La La Boudoir is the brainchild of Teri Aldersey (that's me on the left!).
A self taught seamstress and hatter, I having been sewing, designing and creatively crafting in many ways for most of my life. There's even an 'Artists Achievement Award' in my name at my old primary school... I kid you not! LOL
You'll probably have noticed in my 'outfits and costumes' album, that there's quite a few of me. That's because it's how I started with all this, making stuff for myself.
Back in the early 2000's, I joined the UK Garrison, a Star Wars and Movies costuming club. The costume I wanted to do was too expensive to buy, so I decided to have a go making it myself.
From there it simply spiralled! I started making the first costume for me, then another, and then one for my husband. I was even commissioned by LucasArts to create a costume for one of the characters from a Star Wars game they were promoting throughout the UK! That was certainly one for my CV.