Because this is a crafting blog, I shall begin with...
Seeing as it's been humid and hot, like we were living in the Deep South (which I have no tolerance for) instead of Upstate New York, I bailed on my original idea of adding a vest to my Purple Voile full dress. Two petticoats, a skirt, a lined bodice, a brocade vest, along with wig and hat was just too uncomfortable to fathom. (Vest will have to wait for fall/winter Steampunk events). Therefore, I made a new little peasant style dress and tried out McCall's 6770 for a bustle accent. I left the edges raw and tore up the skirt a bit for the 'I was attacked by a Yeti' effect. My character runs 'La Compagnie des Expéditions Cryptozoologiques,' a service providing adventures and expeditions to the Great White North and beyond, specializing in cryptozoological searches and securements.So she aspires to higher society, but still is a little rough around the edges. I also make fully coordinating outfits, because she's of French (Quebec) origins, and esteems fashion taste. The hat is an altered version of Variation C from Vogue 7464 in black on black medallion brocade, trimmed with black lace, a Purple Voile band and bow, trains (is that therm when it's on a hat? Or is it all 'veil'?), a big fake purple flower with a kraken cameo glued to the inside. And yes, I uber cheated with this hat and used hot glue for part of the assembly, because straight out sewing it would take too long. (If you aren't aware, I despise crafting with hot glue. It's messy and unattractive and doesn't hold up as well as sewing methods.)
As all adventurers know, fortifying with a nourishing tea is quite necessary prior to setting out on an expedition...
- Mini Meat Pies
- Chai Latte (With or Without Kraken Rum)
- Dublin Tea
- Cog Cookies (lookout for a tutorial in the next day or so)
- Cucumber and Sprout Sandwiches (with Greek Yogurt, Garlic and Fresh Dill from our back porch 'Garden')
- Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffles (turned out not to be the prettiest things, but tasty nonetheless)
- Cheese Platter
- Ham Salad Puffs
- and, of course...
|To Your Health, Mademoiselle!|
|Life Size Board Game! Boo-Yeah!|
|A Challenge Is Issued|
|Playing with teacup and saucer still in hand, like A LADY|
|Caught in the trap: (A Custom Order) Sasquatch from Stuffed Silly, wearing my goggles, because (said with sarcasm) that makes it 'Steampunk' Or should I have just slapped a gear on it? :-P Anyway, super adorable, well made stuffie!|
|"Shh... I'm sneaking up on rascally sasquatches..."|
|A Most Successful Hunt (Also, note leg wound from a previous cryptid attack repaired with clockwork)|