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« on: June 25, 2011 04:15:41 AM »

I am currently in the processing of getting ready for a Steampunk tea party in July and this is the skirt that I have made for my costume because of course one cannot attend a Steampunk tea party without a costume.

I made the skirt by altering an old costume skirt pattern from Simplicity pattern 4914 though its probably discontinued by now. It's an extremely simple skirt pattern that anyone can make and its really billowy which is why I picked it for my costume idea. I then added three rows of ruffle to the camel/tea stain colored fabric of the skirt base to give it the nice ruffled look. On top of that I sewed another skirt from the pattern out of the map fabric and sewed it on top of the other skirt to create a second layer that could be bustled.

The ties are made out of scraps of chocolate colored suedclothe and some cool brass findings that I got at walmart.

Since I am going to the tea party as a Steampunk Mapmaker I needed a map case. I made it using a plastic Lipton Iced Tea container that I then wrapped and sewed a faux leather case around. I spray painted the lid with some gold paint to give it a brass like appearance. Then I added a few strips of suede cord that I had scraps of and of course every map maker needs a compass.


The costume also needed a parasol and since I had a nice wooden umbrella handle with a ripped canvas I decided to redo it and use some chocolate and black suedecloth I had gotten from a lawn sale to make a parasol to match my costume. Then the edge was trimmed in the tea stain colored fabric from my skirt.

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So we just had an amazing weekend celebrating Graverobbergirl and Nikola Tesla's birthdays as well as enjoying a game of Steampunk croquet so here is the full costume for me and my poor boyfriend who got dragged along.

I cheated and purchased the under-bust corset and used a regular black shirt and the newsboy hat was made by graverobbergirl. For my boyfriends costume I made the vest, faux leather harness and the spats.

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2011 05:58:40 AM »

Great work on the skirt! I like the ties that hold up the front showing the layers underneath. Also, clever upcycling for the map case! 


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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2011 06:21:10 AM »

Your costume looks great. I'd love to see more pictures of the party in July. The skirt with all the layers is my favorite. The strappies are awesome.

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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2011 02:48:06 PM »

Amazing - love the skirt (are you wearing boots with it?) and the map case is so clever.  Please post a pic when you are dressed and ready to go to your party - I want to see the entire ensemble in an action shot.  Lovely sewing and crafting!!  Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2011 04:12:32 PM »

Very cool! I love the skirt fabric. I hope we get to see the entire ensemble!

« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2011 07:04:33 AM »

The skirt turned out very nice! And you totally rocked the ensemble! WOO FOR STEAMPUNK CROQUET!!!

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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2011 08:23:54 PM »

Oh wow... love the skirt!!! That map fabric is awesome.

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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2012 11:28:18 AM »

I love how you did the ties for the skirt. 

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