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Topic: Steampunk Witch and her Steampunk Vampire Side-Kick (pic heavy)  (Read 1918 times)
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« on: November 02, 2012 06:32:07 AM »

I actually started this project with just the wrist cuffs. Tut here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417039.0 Then a hat and the next thing I know, I had a complete costume plus another costume for my Vampire.

My rule for Halloween costumes is to make them as cheaply as possible. The petticoat is an old white sheet. The black skirt is remade from a black cotton summer skirt with way too much gathering (used for the lower part) and some old black cotton fabric. The vests and over skirt is made from a very ugly bargain bin 100% polyester curtain. The hats were made from poster board covered with black satin, attached to headbands. Remnants of ribbon and lace for trim.  Hand-made clock buttons (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414396.0), compass buttons and other bits and pieces for additional trim.
I made up the skirt patterns from scratch. The vests were made from an online vest pattern, modified for a v-neck and points at the bottom ( http://m-sewing.com ). The smaller vest needed lots of modification to fit smaller breasts.

The over skirt was made from the curtains false valance. I love the dangly trim. The bustle was a small pillow with ties sewed to the corners for tying around my waist. See http://steamingenious.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-to-make-bustle-pad-and-why-you.html.

The hats were fun. Years ago I made hat boxes and used many of those techniques for these hats. Glue guns and fusible interfacing are wonderful accessories. I researched making my own top hat and then just made up my own hats. There are many good tutorials out there. I love the Internet.

For a party, I vamped it up with a tucked up skirt and off-the-shoulder chemise.Pattern here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416027.0 For a Sunday Day of the Dead service (costumes welcome), I let the skirt down and wore a more staid blouse. One must be proper!
My Vampire side kick loves her hat and wears it all the time!
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2012 10:37:48 AM »

I've had requests for hats...time to become a milliner.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2012 05:49:26 PM »

Love both of these -- you did a great job upcycling so many things and I would never have guessed you hadn't gone out to fabric store and carefully selected those fabrics.  Very nice.
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