So, I did it. I actually wore a whole steampunk outfit....in public...where there were lots of PEOPLE who had EYES, so they could SEE ME! For about the first 30 minutes I wanted to hide in a corner or sink into the floor. Either would have worked. I felt so very silly, but my friend WROTE a BOOK, so I figured it was the least I could do to cheer her on!
In case you are as clueless as I was, here's some info from Wikipedia. "Steampunk also refers to art, fashion, and design that are informed by the aesthetics of Steampunk literature.Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style" Who knew, right?
I tried three different patterns to make a corset and they were are SO very bad! I sucked it up and took measurements (groan) and drafted my own using this tutorial. It worked perfectly! Amazing the difference. Without further ado, here I am all steamed up and trying to hide behind Bella-rella.
I made the corset reversible, with one side being "leather" and the other a floral brocade.
I found some amazing grommets in the purse section. I love that one side has tiny screws and the other is plain. It worked great with the two different fabrics.
There are 16 pieces of boning, which are actually just huge zip ties, because the boning at the fabric store was pathetic. I gotta admit that wearing a corset does make you have better posture!
I finished the bottom off with an opened zipper, which is one of my favorite details.
I added some D rings and hooks to make it "steampunky" and accessorize it.
|My last minute purse! Mine really didn't go with the whole look.|
|I used some jewelry clasps to use as hooks for the dress pick ups.|
|With the skirt clipped up.|
And done! Once I got the patterned figured out it was actually really easy and fast to sew.
The skirt is actually from an old curtain and I sewed on some jewelry findings to use as the pick ups.
My favorite part were the accessories! I made 6 different necklaces and a fantastic clockwork peacock mini-top hat. Quite lovely.
|That big necklace in the middle is made from the inner gears in a drill! It's so heavy, but so fantastic!|
And I went OUT IN THAT! Crazy! Since I did that you all must go and buy her book. I've read it twice, it's flipping FABULOUS! Email me if you buy it and I can get you a signed bookplate...you know you want to! I'll leave you with a few of my favorite lines.
― Delilah S. Dawson, Wicked as They Come
“I would burn down the world for you," he whispered fiercely. "Your world or my own. I would rip down the entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don't need to taste anything else, I don't need a comparison.” ― Delilah S. Dawson, Wicked as They Come
“Why, Criminy Stain," I said. "You're a romantic." "Oh, no," he said with a grin. "I'm fiendish and unscrupulous, a vicious killer and a thief and a bloodthirsty monster. And maybe a little romantic. But don't tell anyone, or my reputation's shot.” ― Delilah S. Dawson, Wicked as They Come
So go and follow her blog and buy the book! It's online and in bookstores near you! Trust me, you'll love it!