Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Baby Clothes (Coat, Hat, Overalls)

Since the intended recipients have received their gifts (if not yet their little bundles of joy), there's no reason not to share these creations with you.

Simplicity 2526, only with full lining in flannel

Burda 9585 in organic cotton denim

Sunday, April 14, 2013


So when this lovely design by Matt Parsons & Karen Hallion was on (a t-shirt of the day sort of site), I did snap and buy one. I'd been admiring Karen Hallion's 'Fairytale Who' series for a while, especially the Bad Wolf one.

Anyway, it came last week in the mail, and for the rest of the week I couldn't stop thinking that I needed a special outfit to coordinate. And this past weekend...

Yeah. This totally happened. Don't you ever get that way? Plan an entire outfit around one piece? Okay, okay, so making an outfit to coordinate around a geek-themed t-shirt is a little different, but... I'm not ashamed of my geekery!

Anyway, top/jacket brought to you by McCalls 6442, only minus the lining and finished differently (because of the lack of lining). I had this red plaid taffeta in my stash, being acquired from Jo-Ann fabrics during one of the 50% off Red Tag sales (the best way to get fabric!) And just enough for this jacket. Actually, the belt is made out of a red poly, because I couldn't finagle it out of my remnant cut of fabric.

For the skirt, I sadly had nothing remotely TARDIS blue, so I picked up a couple yards of a batik/tie-dye at Walmart.  The pattern used for the skirt was a basic one (quick and easy), Simplicity 2656. Probably not the best style for me, since while it does fit, my wide hips/big thighs distort the pleat quite a bit. But POCKETS! And Pockets in the jacket, too. Which is nice, because I don't always remember to include them when they aren't in the pattern. I made a TARDIS stencil out of cardboard and made the motif into almost a border with white fabric paint. It's a little sloppy, but I like the effect on the 'tie-dye.'

And then I played in the 'forest'... Okay, so it was shrubbery out back of our apartment. I miss the real woods...

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Easter Parade Costume w/ New Bolero

(a.k.a. Test Run for Plaid Voile Steampunk Costume)

Throw some flowers on it and call it 'pretty'
 So my awesome friends wanted to attend the Easter Parade in NYC [which, if you're not aware, is not an actual 'parade' with floats and marching bands, but simply people wearing awesome hats ('Easter Bonnets' if you will) and strolling along 5th avenue. See the movie 'Easter Parade' with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland for further clarification, or just because it's fun!]. Being as they are my friends, however, they of course wanted to do this in full steampunk costume.

My Plaid Monstrosity, however, was not completed yet. Luckily, work has been slow at my 'real' job and so I had the Thursday off, finished up my bodice, and decided upon a bolero and some new trim for my topper to make the costume presentable.
The bolero I drafted up from a free online period patten draft at It's actually part of an 1896 Bodice pattern, with full-on leg-of-mutton sleeves. And yes, I know I mix a lot of different parts of the Victorian era together when making my costumes. Anyway, the bodice is out of more of the textured dot-on-dot black cotton (also used here), which I still have a little bit left.

Ultimately, this costume will feature a vest-underbust out of the black medallion brocade used in the underbust corset. Instead, here, I just wore the corset on the outside and added the bolero. The bodice and skirt on their own are a bit overwhelming with the amount of purple plaid.

The wig is a cheap costume wig, that I got on sale for about a $1 after Halloween at Jo-Ann fabrics a number of years ago . Of course, I couldn't remember where it went, but my mom found whilst searching through storage bins for one of her quilting projects she had wanted to pick back up again. Needless to say it needed some love (a brushing with a comb made for Barbie hair and lots of wig spray).

I had some fake purple flowers, because I intend on making a Victorian style ladies' hat to go with the finished Plaid Voile Steampunk Costume. Add a strip of fabric and voila, matching hat trim.
We of course made pilgrimage to Nikola Tesla Corner

Other Posts for this costume:

Saturday, April 6, 2013


  • New Steampunk Outfit (continuing from March's start on the Plaid Voile costume)
    • Harness Vest
      • Draft
      • Mock-up?
      • Finished Version
    • Style Wig
    • Hat
      • alter Vogue Pattern V7464
      • Make Hat & Veil
      • Trim with Flowers and cameo
    • Costume Prosthetic for leg
  • Casual Steampunk Dress (for me!)
  • Another round of baby gifts :-) (now that I have the supplies I need)
  • Mystery Project (I had a bit of a lazy spell, but I definitely should get back to work on this one)
    • Phase I
    • Phase II (barely begun)

BODICE: Component #4 for Plaid Voile Steampunk Costume

I opted to cut the bodice on the bias, to get a diagonal effect to contrast the skirt and compliment the hem. The finished effect is a little wonky, but that's what I get for free-handing the darts. The Vest-Underbust I will ultimately make to pair with this costume, will cover this part (which is why I got lazy, I suppose). 

It looks a bit overwhelming with all of the purple plaid, I know, but paired with the subtle/solid black accents, it should turn out more pleasing to the eye.

 I cut a wedge out of the sleeves and finished the edges, so that the (black) lining sleeve would show through. However, it just doesn't look quite substantial enough, so I'll probably insert a puff out of black brocade. The back of the sleeves feature a slit, closed with brass grommets and black ribbon.
(Sleeves via Simplicity 2207)

Can you play 'Spot the Anachronism?'  
One of many in this costume, I know. ;-) 
But if you said, 'Giant Brass Zipper', then you, my friend, are quite correct. But since I am not a  straightforward historical costumer, I can get away with this, right? What I make are fantasy variants with heavy historical influences. Specifically, STEAMPUNK! And nothing says steampunk like extra brass hardware... er... yeah.