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Topic: Mademoiselle Ensemble for Steampunk Croquet [NOW IMG HVY!!]  (Read 5941 times)
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« on: July 10, 2011 04:35:12 PM »

(For my birthday party), we had a Steampunk croquet match (with the captaincy of an airship in the balance). Being the first mate to The Magpie, my character (originally from the city-state of Montreal, lieutenant in the Brotherhood of Reformed AirShip Scoundrels) was responsible for hosting the tournament as per instructed by the late captain's will.

I made everything from the topper to the hem. (Parasol & Boots were acquired, squirt gun was altered and 'catridges' were purchased). Corset, bustle pad, bustle (underneath/not visible except in their aiding the form/figure). Top hat, fossil necklace, catridge belts & holster, goggles, lace gloves. Basque & skirts from Riding Habit pattern draft ca. 1891 (from Authentic Victroian Fashion patterns, a collection edited by Kristina Harris) in plum coloured 'silkessence' I got for $1.50/yd on sale (woo!)

Okay, I was too lazy before, but here is the EPIC 'MAKING OF' PART:

Okay, so now that I am not in a completely lazy mood, some details of this epic project...

THE CORSET: I already posted this along with the underpinnings I made (I think in the Historic Craft-A-Long). I forewent the Chemise & Drawers for fear of overheating...

Butterick 4254, lengthened because this pattern apparently runs short in the torso, which is odd because I am short-to-average in that measure.

THE SKIRT: This definitely required a mock-up (also to see how much size adjustment was needed from the Victorian Standard... surprisingly little actually).

So this patter draft just says that the skirts can be tied up for walking (it's a riding habit) but does not indicate where these ties should be placed...

After I figured out the draping (which again, was surprisingly not as difficult as I thought it would be, based upon the bizarre shape on the skirt -only a front and back piece with around 9 large darts, if I remember correctly)

Definitely needs a bustle! Poor, flacid skirt...

The Bustle (Laughing Moon#112 View E-very nice pattern!) Fits me better than my skinny-butt display dressform (which is several sizes smaller than myself but was extremely affordable)

I ended up going with this 'silkessence' I got at Jo-Ann Fabrics for about $1.50/yd. WOO! It was not wide enough for the skirt pieces, so I decided that a rough 'patched together' look was the theme with this, which is fitting for airship pirate... (under the theory that this outfit was 'acquired' in decent shape but has had to been made to last.)

THE BASQUE: Going with the roughened (and it's going to be hot outside) theme, I opted for ripped-off sleeve effect). Instead of using the Riding Habit Basque pattern draft, I altered one that I had already scaled up to fit, since they were the same basic shape (placement of darts, etc.), altering the bottom of the center front and the tail at the back a bit.

I apparently did not get pictures of the Basque on its own, but paired with my catrige belts (also made by me).

GUNBELTS & GUN: $1 Squirtgun combined with perfume bottles (acquired in bulk) = Handheld Hydraetheric Weapon

Gunbelts In-Progress (attaching elastic to polypoplin belt base)

In Action (I also made the Cowgirl's outfit... Blouse, waistcinch, bloomers, gunbelts, altered/painted squirtguns)

THE TOPPER: I've only ever made fabric hats (of the sun hat and newsboy variety) or mini-fascinator styles. But a full topper had to be had... don't ask me why... Found this fairly helpful (if somewhat disorganized) 'how to' http://www.lynnmcmasters.com/Flare1.html

In-Progress, with the buckram frame almost finished

Well, there we have it... phew...
« Last Edit: July 12, 2011 07:44:20 PM by graverobbergirl » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011 04:37:18 PM »

Wow, fantastic - and I'm seriously envious of you playing Steampunk Croquet!  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2011 02:59:58 AM »

It's all amazing and it rocks!
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2011 10:14:15 AM »

This is amazing.  I would love to own something like that, let alone make it!
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011 09:56:49 PM »

Absolutely wonderful!

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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2011 07:33:54 PM »

WOW!!! so much work went into this. Its so cute!!! Nice work, it definately paid off

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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2011 06:18:20 PM »

Best croquet game ever!

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2011 07:30:07 AM »

An amazingly detailed outfit (can't imagine how many hours you put into that) and an amazingly fun birthday, from the looks of things.  Lovely!
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2011 04:18:29 PM »

This rocks like an airship in turbulence. I love all of it the design the colours and the fact that you made it.  Grin Once I have made my onslaught of september birthdays I'm want to make a steampunk costume. I have a character in mind. Roll Eyes


« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2011 09:51:30 AM »

The amount of work that went into this is amazing! Congratulations for being awesome.

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