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Topic: Two poofy skirts and a...trash-victorian/steampunk-esque? skirt (IMG HEAVY)  (Read 5374 times)
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« on: January 02, 2009 04:49:31 PM »

So I've spent most of my days off in the holidays looking at pictures of burlesque/lolita/steampunk fashion and decided to make some skirts, here's the results!

w/out petticoat


simple circle skirt with an elastic band. ended up a little shorter than I wanted! But I lurrrrrve that fabric. you can't see it very well here, but it's got little skulls with top hats and cards and says ace of spades all over it.

w/out petticoat (but with cat!)

I call it "painting the roses pink" Wink
this skirt was an EPIC pain. dear gods. the fabric I found at a thrift store, and I loved how swishy and drapey it is. But I don't usually wear a lot of b/w, so I decided to paint random roses pink, do pink splatters as well, and add the grommet tape along the bottom. After spending a few hours painting it, I went through with the sewing...and it was HIDEOUS the first time around. I have a picture but I will not post it for the sake of my dignity LOL. Since it was so soft and wonderfully drapey, I decided to do ribbon drawstrings in the side, and left the skirt REALLY long...this made it very ugly when worn and it almost looked kind of like wearing a big shopping bag or something. So I had to pick out the thread from the grommet tape, cut like two feet off the end, take in the sides so that the ribbon drawstrings aren't there any more, and then resew the grommet tape. I'm really not sure if it's cute enough for all the effort I had to put into it, haha.

and here's the last one, that I spent several hours last night/today working on:

I was going for a steampunk feel but I think it ended up more...trashy victorian hooker hahaha. I was going to sew a chain so that it draped across the bustle part but the only chain I had was too short (and would have been a bit bulky anyways) so I might pick up some fine silver chains when I have the money and do that. Oh and the belt isn't part of it, I just thought they'd look good together. haha, turns out they don't really, but oh well. More photos:

closeup (kind of...) of front

closeup of back and bustleish thing

and here's a shirt I stencilled up a bit, I know there's a forum for that but it's such a simple stencil I'll just post it here since I'm already posting.

(that backpatch is from my very first Clash shirt ever...*sniff*)

this outfit made me think of a librarian or something so I had to whip out the glasses for a "SHH no talking in the library" photo.

What do you think, guys?

oh and just for the gratuitously cute factor, here's some pictures of my pain in the...I mean, cute little helper!

he kept trying to eat the scissors, I don't think he quite has the concept of sharp object down yet!

must have been tired after all that running around and trying to attack the scissors and pincushion, lol.

next up: zip-up spats in the "destroyed" fabric that I used for accents on the last skirt, leather spats with corset lacing up the back, and some kind of a top with this shiny black fabric I have. and maybe a zip-up vest type top in a zebra print chenille upholstery fabric I have.
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2009 05:07:23 PM »

I love this! Especially the skirt with the painted roses.Your kitten is adorable!
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2009 06:32:45 PM »

Love them all.
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2009 07:35:50 PM »

To be honest, I was not really fond of the skirts. However, the last outfit with the stenciled shirt is awesome and VERY flattering on you! It is not too young and trashy looking and has just enough "sexy librarian" without looking stuffy. I love the color also.
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2009 09:59:14 PM »

Your little helper is a dead ringer for my little devilspawn!  I know how you feel- I had to lock her in the garage when I was working with glitter fabric.  I have several defense wounds.

Cute skirts! I especialy love the bustles!
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