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Topic: loosely Victorian inspired Steampunk jacket & skirt. (lots o' pics!)  (Read 1174 times)
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« on: May 11, 2011 04:26:32 PM »

Finally decided to finish this little jacket (mostly) but it's not that awesome so I wasn't going to post it. But, since I'm putting up this skirt, which I'm more proud of, I thought they could share a post.

First, the skirt.No pattern, just made it up as I went along.

Initially, I was just going to make a really full skirt & add some straps to pull up the front (inspired by http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276754.0) but then decided I wanted it with, basically, all the gathering in the back. But I couldn't really figure out how to do that. So I decided the gathered part would have it's own waistband bit that would attach to the rest of the waistband. So I cut the fabric, sewed it back up, pressed the seam open & sewed the edges where the front & back "separate" then attached the "main" waistband. (It's at this point that I decided to start taking pictures.)
<a href="http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/spaz2phreek/craftster/on%20craftster/?action=view&amp;current=DSCI0040.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/spaz2phreek/craftster/on%20craftster/DSCI0040.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

So then came the back part. I did it wide at first (so it went from one side to the other) but didn't like it so I folded it in on itself and proceeded to test the limits of my sewing machine trying to sew it all together. (At some point I had also added a pocket...)

So now I've got to decide how to fasten the whole thing. There's been some...changes in my weight that I'm unsure if I really will be motivated enough to change back so I wanted it to be a little adjustable. So, the "main" waistband is sort of like a bra, one set of hooks & 2 rows of "eyes". Then I added some buttons to the "main" and "back" waistbands & wrapped a couple of elastic hair ties around them. Viola!

Front shot:

Back shot:

And the jacket.
Used a pattern, Butterick 4926. What a pain! The sleeves at the wrist are pretty small and it was a total pain to sew. I don't love the sleeves as they aren't quite gathered evenly but it's not bad if you don't look closely. And I can't decide on which button for the neck so that's not done yet. I like the design but hated making it.

Thanks for looking!


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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2011 08:53:33 PM »

I love both, but the jacket is just so pretty! I love the pattern.

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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2011 08:07:28 AM »

That jacket is too too cute!!!! Love the lines and the collar. Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2011 04:45:59 PM »

Oh I have a friend who needs that skirt! You are so gonna make her day! Thanks for the little walk through and i really like the closure idea!

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