This is a steampunk variation on a 18th century women's half-redingote, and a de-stash project. These were a bunch of fabrics I picked up because they were shiny (and leftover high-quality velour, which I'm hoping comes off as velvet-like in this piece).
Velour Faux-Velvet bodice, red taffeta with black floral motif flock, cuffs and lining in silver and black plaid taffeta, black bias tape edging.
And my steampunk utility belt in black suedecloth with brass grommets and nifty brass buckle, with aetheray gun and compass.
Walmart find: These neat cut-out buttons.
I found this crossbow 'toy' online and couldn't resist. I got to play with my new woodburner and decorated it for extra fun. And wrapped the handle in leftover faux leather. It's actually quite powerful for a toy. You could poke someone's eye out, for sure!
This was my first time playing with a Burda pattern.
I like the pattern, especially the accessories options. I felt the instructions took a little getting used to, but I don't tend to actually follow them any more anyway. This fabric I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics and absolutely loved. The hand was so soft, it was a heavier brushed poly-cotton blend. Just lovely. Funny thing was, I saw this fabric in a different Jo-Ann fabrics later and as I usually do, I went to touch it and was completely disgusted by the nasty feel. Looks like I got some of the good batch.
I don't live by the ocean, but I still immensely enjoy Mrs. Lovett's red stripe dress from the 'By The Sea' sequence in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd. Halloween seemed the perfect excuse to indulge my desire to reproduce the costume, and dress up in crazy make-up and have oodles of fun!
What I made:
Corset & Bustle (I had made these previously for my Steampunk costumes)
Under bustle petticoat (used Laughing Moon #102)
Over bustle petticoat (same as the skirt, only done in muslin)
Skirt (drafted from 'Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns' book)
Bodice (drafted using reference photos found here: http://www.costumersguide.com/sweeney5.shtml) With Hand-pleated organza trim on the the cuffs, and hand-pleated organza on the center front, lace sewn onto the centerfront with hand-embroidery chain stitch.
The Fabric: I noted there were three different stripe patterns (a red candy stripe with one, two and three pink-white center stripe variations) used in the dress, and because I can be obsessive, I decided to try out spoonflower and designed the fabric myself. (I nearly died from joy when I came across this website that allows you to design and upload your own patterns for fabric... finally, when I just can't find that perfect fabric, I'll have an alternative. BTW, not affiliated with them, just find them to be an incredibly useful sewing resource)
The Trim: about fifteen yards of organza strips, picot-edged in white using my overlock serger, ruffled and then sewn onto the top of the sleeve cuffs, along the bodice center front and neckline, the top edges of both skirt ruffles.
Meat Pies: In miniature... because they're a necessary accessory to any Mrs. Lovett costume!
What I altered:
Umbrella: started out as a plain white umbrella, decorated by hand with an acrylic painters pen, and trims with hand-pleated organza
What I didn't make:
Crochet Fingerless Gloves: Got them from an etsy artisan
Mine is the Davies variation (since Tennant is my favourite Doctor), the one for my friend the newer Moffat variation. At first, I wasn't going to paint the inside, but then, I just had to, so that it at least looks bigger on the inside, even if it isn't!
Thrift store wallets, Blue Krylon craft size spray paint for the base coat, hand painted detail in acrylic craft paint, Rustoleum clear sealant coat (tried Krylon craft spray sealant-HORRIBLE! It dried cloudy, which was very depressing, but the Rustoleum went over it and cleared it up nice).
McCall's 6322: This is a fun little pattern, especially with the variety of cute coordinating fabrics one can find in the Quilter's Cottons section of the fabric store. Eyelet trim (yay! dollar store!) was the perfect accent.
I think this is an out-of print pattern, but that there is a newer one with the wrap pants -which are awesome by the way. This is the third pair I've made! First time using the knit top pattern-I'm liking it a lot more than I thought I would, so yay!
Black Cotton Gauze with silver stripe and embroidered black stripe
Pink Chiffon (which I have a ton of for some reason... I think it was on sale for supercheap or something.)