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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sailor style one piece bathing suit on: August 10, 2009 05:58:58 AM
this might be an odd question, but is this inspired from a dress on poupee girl?

Nope. I've never actually gone on that website. Is there a similar dress there? My swimsuit is one of 5 nautical inspired swimsuits that I designed for a collection during my senior year in college.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sailor style one piece bathing suit on: August 07, 2009 12:54:56 PM
this is adorable! have you actually gone swimming in it yet?

Yes! Many many times! I just love it!

Thanks everyone!

13  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Madame on: July 12, 2009 04:58:12 AM
It looks really good. I love the colour. But im curious what do you do with it after the party?

Wear it to conventions and the like with my friends. But mostly all my costumes serve as examples of my work. Sometimes I make a portfolio page layout with photos and renderings of the garments. When I was in school they would be on display once in a while in various places. I could also use the garment in fashion shows and photoshoots with hired models.
Otherwise they just sit on a pretty dressform in my house for me to look at XD
14  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Madame on: July 10, 2009 06:56:32 AM
Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments! And thank you for making this a Featured Project! <3 <3
15  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Madame on: July 02, 2009 05:12:02 AM
Ah, that makes sense, thanks! I always wondered what people did with them. They look so beautiful, I just couldn't think what I'd do with them if I actually had one

No prob! They also look great in portfolios, especially with interesting renderings and inspiration pages!
16  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Madame on: July 02, 2009 03:12:16 AM
Stunning! You have serious talent.

My only question is - where do people wear all this steampunk stuff? Is it just for your portfolios? Do you have closets of steampunk clothing? Or is there somewhere you can go and wear your stuff and admire other people's steampunk stuff?

Thanks everyone!

My friends and I are all cosplayers, and every year one of our friends hosts an outdoor costume picnic with a theme. We just get together dressed up, have photoshoots, eat food and socialize. This years theme was Steampunk. In the past we've done Alice in Wonderland and Marie Antoinette as themes.
As for Steampunk specifically, there are frequently themed parties, meetups and conventions in the Steampunk scene. The SteamFashion LJ community is a great place to admire other peoples Steampunk costumes and is a great resource for aquiring interesting steampunk articles of clothing.
17  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk Madame on: July 01, 2009 10:27:35 AM
Hey all!
I recently completed an original design steampunk costume for the annual Pembroke costume tea party this year. Each year there is a theme to the picnic and this years was Steampunk!

The costume was made from patterns that I drafted using a combination of draping and flat patterning techniques. The outfit is in three parts: The underdress, overdress (surcote) and hat.

The underdress is made of burgundy unlined cotton sateen. It has princess seams and a pintucked button yoke on the front. The buttons fasten using looped elastic bands. The dress also has a small gathered mandarin collar with a black ruffle on it. The underdress has black poly spandex armhole and hem bindings as well.

The surcote is made of interfaced black poly spandex with lots of gold brads on it. The dress is laced on the sides through gold hex nuts with leather lacing. The long brown poly spandex skirt is sewn into the black fabric and has a slit in the front.

The hat is a craft store hat that I starched, covered in fleece, and covered with silk on the outside, sateen on the inside, and the black poly spandex. I used lots of feathers and metal bits. The metal flower was made from mailbox numbers that I bent and glued together and then I used hex nuts in the middle of that. The hat also has gold jewelry findings that I broke apart, bent, and put back together again. There is also a little bit of gold chain on the hat.

The gloves are some faux suede with gold brads on them!

Thanks for reading, it was a little wordy! The photos are by Animechicky2040 and Sketchcreations

18  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: coat from legend of the seeker on: May 07, 2009 05:49:19 AM
Linen is definitely the way to go! I can't wait to see your coat, I probably won't be able to start on mine for a few months. Let me know if you need any additional images of the costume, I've collected quite a bit of hi-res images of all of her costumes from different angles.
 My favorite part of her costumes are the giant hoods and the fact that they all lace up in interesting ways!
19  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: coat from legend of the seeker on: May 03, 2009 01:09:07 PM
Ooo! Any progress so far? I'd love to see!
I've been gathering up references and am planning on making the green outfit, white confessors gown, and her traveling cloak hopefully by the end of this year. I absolutely love these costumes!
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: April 08, 2009 06:55:17 AM
I'm looking into using PMC to make lacers for a costume I'd like to make. I need about 14 identical pieces that are roughly 1.5x1" and are able to withstand being laced up.

I plan on making one of the lacers out of polymer clay, apprx 12% larger than I need it to be, then making a silicone mold and casting them in the PMC+. Judging by the size of the lacers in the image, would a piece out of PMC be strong enough to function as lacing without the U part of the piece bending out of shape? Would PMC3 be a better choice?

Also, the pieces are fairly large, so would firing with a butane torch be the wrong way to go, since it would be tough to keep the heat even?

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