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« on: November 05, 2010 10:22:16 PM »

Back in September, my town had its annual Handcar Regatta, where people build handcars and all kinds of crazy mechanical workings, and race them down the abandoned railroad tracks. Most of the people dress up, and its a fairly big event. Unfortunately, it was over 100 degrees, so we didn't stay long.
I was, however, very proud of the costumes I pulled together for myself and my boyfriend.

There was a guy from the local paper taking pictures of couples and he posed us all silly.

I made my bustle skirt from this hideous 80's prom dress, complete with the butt bow (seriously, how were those every cool???) that I got at the Goodwill for $7.

The before...

I bought a corset, which was super tight and didn't really fit me, but it worked for the short amount of time i wore it. I made a little top hat from extra dress material, cardboard, and some scrap leather i had cut from (another 80's) Goodwill dress. I hot glued it onto a headband. The favorite thing I made, and got the most complements on, was a necklace of antique bobbins. I hot glued them to a sheet of paperboard in a random arrangement, and then tied it on with a ribbon. I also found a bird cage on super sale, and stuck a crow from a past Halloween costume in it. I hooked it onto a metal belt, and I called myself a steampunked ornithologist.

For the boyfriend, we got a top hat at a costume store, and I made the goggles from spice jar lids and an old belt. I found the vest at the Goodwill, and was too lazy to sew on fancier buttons, so I just hot glued them over the originals.

thanks for looking!


« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2010 06:31:56 AM »

You did a great job. I love how you repurposed the old dress!


« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2010 07:23:18 PM »

This is fantastic!!! Love the back of the skirt with the layers. I would love to see a closer pic of the necklace!

« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2011 06:02:02 PM »

This is awesome! I really love what you did with the old 80's ball gown.. In love!
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2011 09:56:36 AM »

All the components came together nicely! I love the 80s dress recon. Looks great!

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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2011 07:41:01 PM »

Ooh, just found this on a steampunk search. Great idea in repurposing the 80's dress to a bustle skirt! I may just need to steal that idea. Looks awesome.

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