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« on: November 10, 2012 10:17:18 AM »

I made this steampunk-esque jacket and corset for Halloween.

The pattern includes a skirt, corset and jacket. The jacket and skirt are not for beginners. The corset would work well for someone looking for a first corset project.

I did not make the skirt, because I had a suitable skirt from a Medieval costume. This pattern is a yoked dirndl skirt with a deep pleated hem. It takes a LOT of fabric. The pleats looked simple but very time consuming.

The corset is interfaced, lined, boned and zips up the back. The front bottom is shaped, the top is a simple arc. The buttons down the front are purely decorative, and I did not have time to add them on mine. I moved the zipper to under the left arm, so it would be easier to put on and take off. This meant using a shorter zipper than the pattern recommends.

The lined jacket is not a beginner's project. The long tail in back requires quite a bit of fabric and lining. I used a fairly lightweight deep green polyester jacquard, because I had it on hand and it went well with the skirt I already had and the piece of upholstery I used for the corset.

The jacket has a lot of pieces, plus all the pieces from the lining. The pattern interfaces only the buttoned section of the front, but I think the jacket would have a better shape if the interfacing extended all the way down the front edges.

I used ruffles scavenged from old wedding dressed for the collar and sleeves, they are bigger and fuller than ruffles made from the pattern. I also added green suede trim. The jacket would have turned out better if I had used a slightly heaver fabric. I may add green suede trim along the front edges of the lower jacket, to help the light fabric keep it's shape.

Another short cut I took was on the jacket back. The pattern shows self-fabric loops and tie for the lacing. I used purchased bodice lacers and green grosgrain ribbon.  

This is not a pattern for casual Halloween sewers, it's for serious costumers. It requires a lot of fabric plus lining, so even fabric that's inexpensive per yard is going to add up. Every piece of this costume requires some sewing experience, and the skirt looks time consuming.

The corset and skirt, if made from the right fabric, would be ok for historical reenactments or recreations. The jacket would not work for that. It could work in a costume with a "tuxedo" theme, like a circus ringleader, or a chorus line dancer.

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