Here's the finished card... It ended up not the traditional card size, rather a 8x11-ish deal which I pasted the letter on the back of. But I couldn't resist the scrapbook paper (the gold damask layered over a teal, which reminded me of the wallpaper in 221B). Good news is that the recipient loved it!
(Taking photos of rectangular objects from above is not easy... It was more square/less wonky in real life)
I also went with stillatthetop's suggestion of adding in a little color. It's hard to see in this lighting, but there's a hint of navy colored pencil to match the blue paper it's mounted on.
-Blouse: I made a few years ago out of an old bedsheet for a casual steampunk outfit -Fingerless Gloves: made from quilter's cotton to go with my first steampunk outfit a number of years ago. -Hat: from my Steampunk Birthday Party outfit, only trimmed out with red instead of purple. -Neck Decoration: Strip of red lace. -Skirt: Quilter's Cotton, my bustle skirt design -Vest: Sage-ish stripe Upholestry fabric, brass buckles, laces up sides with ribbon through brass eyelets, my Mrs. Fitzsimmon's Supportive design -Nylons: Dollar Tree! They of course, ripped the moment I put them on, but that's okay for steampunk style... -Boots: Funtasma Victorian, costume-quality boot (my first... yes, I said first, as in I have three pairs of Victorian Style boots (one of which is a very nice leather pair) even though I don't yet have decent shoes to wear to work everyday for the winter...) -Umbrella: Black acrylic Painters' Pen (love these!), free-handed. (I used to do more 'art' than 'craft', primarily drawing and painting, but now I definitely sew more than I delve into fine arts, but it's nice once-in-a-while to bust out the artsy skills.)
WHITE RABBIT PLUSHIE Because every Zombie Lolita Alice needs a creepy-cute plush doll...
I used a very cute free downloadable pattern from here: http://ninimakes.typepad.com/stitch_vill/2010/03/this-is-sunny-a-free-bunny-pattern.html. A great, simple pattern. Front, Back, Ears. I was able to hand-sew him on the bus, stuff and close him up in less than 1hr 20min. The rest was a sick bed project, since I unfortunately contracted a nasty cold on the Tuesday before Halloween :-(, was feverish through the wee hours of the morning and stayed home sick on Wednesday. His coat is made from leftover hounds-tooth suiting, his waistcoat from leftover burgundy baroque satin. And even though you can't quite tell, one of the thread colors in the houndstooth is burgundy, so he's quite stylish. I took the short/lazy way and heat-n-bond-ed the waistcoat pieces directly to him. The coat was made by hand-sewing and with cheater's liquid thread. His eyes are from my button collection, face done with embroidery floss. The pocket watch is a clock-face button with craft foam and a macramed embroidery floss chain. His tail is felt. I really like the way he turned out.
I zombified one (yes, I said 'one', as in I have several) of my Alice outfits because my Halloween costume was a little too intense to wear to work (would get in my way), with blood spatter stickers I made from blank shipping labels (didn't want to ruin my white smock top with fake blood spatter). Here's the post for my unzombified Alice outfit: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421337.msg4996629#msg4996629
I altered the wig, adding white strips and a 'widow's peak'. Not the greatest, but achieves the effect.
Lily's dress was a pale pink. In tinted photos, it ranges from a purple-grey to pink (if you want to look it up). I made the underdress out of pink satin, using Butterick 4571. The overlay was done by eye, since there are no visible seams in the front of Lily Munster's dress. Also, it's gathered at the front. Mine went a little deep/too much fabric, but oh, well. Ribbon trim, with tassles, a charcoal gray neckline accent, as well as black ric-rac. The sleeves are very full (and were slightly tricky to figure out), and are bat wing cut.
Lily also sports an awesome ruched cloak in several episodes when she goes out about town. Research via the internet led me to believe that her cloak is in fact a copper-bronze-gold color (several photos of the original costume piece in museums were located). It reads great in black and white. I did my best approximation of the cloak, using elastic for the binding for an easier ruching experience. (YOU CAN NOW FIND THE TUTORIAL ON MY BLOG HERE)
Not only was the quilt itself a very late housewarming present for my friends, but I'm also late in sharing it with you guys!
This was entirely sewn by hand in the traditional crazy quilt style, except the binding was sewn to the edge by machine, and then folded and hand sewn to the backing. Hand embroidery as well. Lap-sized, but more work than a Queen-sized machine-pieced quilt, for certain!
I got many of the fabrics through spoonflower, many of which no longer appear available (lucky I got them when I did!). The rest were pulled from my scrap, and range from quilter's cottons to flannel to taffeta. (No velvet, since one of my friends does not like the feel of velvets and velours, and a quilt needs to be snuggled.)
For my birthday for the past few years, I've done a Steampunk-themed party, and my friends are awesome enough to dress up and have fun with me. I make a full tea, we drink absinthe and play a themed game (this year we used my life size board game again, only altered for a new theme: Cryptozoology, specifically a Sasquatch Hunt). My character runs a company specializing in tracking & hunting cryptids, but also providing leisurely expedition tours. Thus, her style is somewhat practical, but also attempting to be classy...
You can see I made an attempt at some prosthetic make-up, with a leg wound, with exposed gears. Not the best, but we'll see if I can try it again and improve the technique.
Some pieces I had made before and are just part of my steampunk stash of costume pieces... the bandolier, the belt, the gun, eye patch, corset, Jack the raven's prosthetic eye, falconer's glove. The underdress in peasant style was new for this outfit, as was the bustle (I tried out McCall's Steampunk pattern, 6770).
Also made the hat for this outfit, by altering Vogue 7464.
(Just noticed I hadn't been around these crafty parts of the internet lately...)
My Swimsuit for the Summer (An imitation of Pin-Up Girl's Marylin)
Honestly, if you're thinking about making a swimsuit, don't let yourself be intimidated. It's really not that difficult! Especially with the ruching style. Just make an underlayer/lining that fits snugly (use a panty/underwear pattern/style for the bottom part and just make it a longer piece all the way up to above the bustline). I put cups in the lining, as well, for support. And then the outside layer/shell is basically a tube with a bunch of ruching. Finish, add straps!
I just tucked the back up under and sewed it to the lining for the retro shorts effect, but left it as the skirt in the front.
Bodice altered from Simplicity 4136 so that the built-in blouse is unnecessary and the bib and back is higher. Skirt from Simplicity 2401 with pockets. Since I used a plaid of limited yardage from my fabric stash, I had to simply serge the bottom of the skirt and add lace, because there wasn't enough fabric for a proper hem (or the skirt would be too short for my slip). Also, I had to cut the straps parallel to the selvage instead of on the bias (which would have given it the nice diagonal contrast effect like with the bands), but oh well...