Watch out for the Steamstress, or perhaps, Seam-punkery is afoot?
Here’s a brief photo report of my most recent foray into costuming- the proper shirt, made of 1980’s curtains and bedclothes. I call it shirtain, to go along with the previously made skirtain.
“Shirtain, meet skirtain.”
“Goodness, it makes an outfit-tain!”
Before we start talking fashion periods, let’s talk pattern. The frills are from a French dinner dress marked 1877, the sleeves and cut are from an american dress from the 1880s I believe, the back bustle is inspired by a character in Geoffrey Mandragora’s forthcoming steampunk novel (I believe the working title is “The Eidlerland Incident.”) The length of the coat is a total and complete Lilly-ism.
And this way we can use accessories to dally steampunk way or delve into more goth themes. I like flexibility. I will say the seam where the shoulder, armpit and arm comes together is the most technically challenging aspect of the project and where your use of a pattern is most likely to serve your interests. As for the debut of this great, hideous costume, it’ll either be Liberty Con, or Fandom Fest.
Perhaps when I finish my bellydance bedlah, we’ll see a post of that costume, if it’s not too scandalous.
It is neat to see the process behind things.