costumes, sewing, steampunk

Skirting the Issue


This is that skirt I promised to show you last week, but wasn’t able to photograph.

I used a yard or two of fabric that I’ve been sitting on for over a year with no idea what to do with it, and a pair of jeans that had worn through in places. Normally, I wear it with a long shirt which covers the fly and pockets it actually fits me better than the dress form, because, as I have to remind myself every time I use it, people are squishy and mannequins are not. This is a very important fact. In order for something to be comfortable on me, it has to be quite snug on
the model.

This week I finally sat down and made the skirt for my Steampunk Symposium costume. I made the center panel last week, but got side tracked before I could finish it. It’s done now, except for the last button.

Over the weekend, I’m hoping to get the matching jacket made. I have it all sketched out, but I’m terrified of actually making it. I’ve made a lot of skirts (clearly) but very few dresses or tops for myself that haven’t been altered from something else. I have some extra fabric, but not a lot; I’m just really scared I’m going to completely screw it up since this close to the convention, I probably won’t be able to find a replacement costume and one simply does not attend a steampunk convention in jeans and a tee shirt.

Gee, looking at these skirts now, you really can’t tell what the dominant colors in my wardrobe are, can you?