November 27, 2012

Steamy Halloween

Posted in Crafty Liz, Holidays, Steampunk at 4:48 pm by wangeli

I got my Halloween outfit together! W00t for me. I used a few patterns to “mod” my way into my look – which I went for a Steampunk Rosie the robot maid. My outfit turned out incredibly steampunky, if not very maid-like. I needed a feather duster and didn’t have time to find one. It’s oddly hard to find a feather duster if that’s all you want.

So I used an Alice in Wonderland costume pattern for the dress. And I modded the heck out of a waist corset pattern to make the belt. Tye designed and painted the key. (lucky for me 🙂 ) Now all I need to do is figure out how to make the key move for DragonCon. And change out my dress (Cuz I’m not going to be a steam operated maid at D*C).
Here are the pics:


October 26, 2012

Halloween Outfit ideas

Posted in Crafty Liz, Holidays, Steampunk at 2:59 pm by wangeli

First of all – let me apologize for not posting the rest of my DragonCon stuff. I have to go through and delete a few hundred pictures before I have the memory space for more photo heavy posts. But here’s my latest project: Halloween is in the middle of the week this year…. and that means that it will be another Wear-Your-Costume-To-Work year. My new job is super into costumes, which means I need to put something together, but not so into the Nerdy-arts. So my usual steampunk stuff might be too much of a stretch. So I’ve decided to go as a windup maid. Mostly cuz Tye jumped the gun and made a windup key for me. This means that I need to paint the key he made, create a harness and then put together a dress. And it’s 5 days before Halloween…. So yeah – we’ll see how that works out.

Okay here’s my inspiration:

October 18, 2012

Oh yeah – DragonCon…

Posted in Crafty Liz, Dragon Con 2012, Steampunk at 11:14 pm by wangeli

There is nothing like a few Tornado warnings to remind you about the fun things you did and forgot to blog about. Have I mentioned how chaotic moving? I lived out of boxes for a month, then move my cat down here and then went to DragonCon and came back with the boyfriend. Since then, it’s been packing, fixing things, breaking other things, finding things and shopping…. so much shopping and not for any of the fun things – like clothes, socks or shoes… Instead I have to buy shower curtains and hooks and wall anchors. Oh well – them the breaks…

So I know I owe you all a few posts about Dragon Con. For my first one, I’ll tell you how I wound up being a liar…. I was all sad that I couldn’t make by big DragonCon outfit because of a lack of $$. I was absolutely positive that I was just going to wear my old outfits and that was, well, depressing. But, as I was checking out Kato’s sight for a little steampunk inspiration, I found an outfit that she made and I was pretty sure I could replicate. So sure that I rushed out and bought a few yards of fabric to throw together some last minute outfits. And here they are:

My Still amazing Outfit (Part 2)

Posted in Crafty Liz, Edwardian Ball, Steampunk at 3:18 am by wangeli

So I’ve been tacking together my pretty amazing train. And I hope that you’ve figured out that I’m making things up as I go along. But hey, how badly can this go?

I started my train project by buying a ton of fabric. All which I really like. And can’t make up my mind about. So I’m going to use it all. What do you mean that might not be a good idea. Pffh.

I stopped by my friend’s work (to show off my skillz) to get her opinion on my fabric choices. And to show off. And she did some magical thing and created a pretty amazing bustle. And now I want to figure out what she did to recreate it. Of course, I can’t remember – but we took some pictures. So I decided to guess. And here’s how it all turned out:

May 8, 2012

Cage Dress – it’s happening, D*C 2012. It’s happening.

Posted in Crafty Liz, Dragon Con 2012 at 8:11 pm by wangeli

I think I’ve mentioned my fondness for Apocalypse Steampunk before, but just in case, here are my thoughts again.

What I think is really fascinating and fun and it wonder what you would use to make clothes if the Apocalypse had happened and there weren’t any factories or stores anymore. What would you use if all of the “clothes” were gone? Or if you didn’t feel bound to use fabric, what would catch your eye. Hence my paper skirt outfit. It probably helps that I’m crazy fond of Mad Max and movies like that… They provide a lot of inspiration.

So my next project is making a cage dress. I’ve gathered quite a few ideas and there was a design student on Cut Out + Keep that posted a really amazing outfit that I think I can really use as a template. Now to make it Apocalypse Punk, I plan to raid the hardware store to get supplies…. But before I start my shopping trip, here are my inspiration pictures. I’m leaning towards a mix of a hoop skirt and a corset and a cage dress.

March 6, 2012

My latest obsession – Zippers

Posted in Crafty Liz, Lolz at 3:15 pm by wangeli

The fabric store by my house is having a huge sale, which is amazing. And well timed, since I (thanks to craftgawker) found out that you can use zippers as headbands. I haven’t entirely figured out how that’s suppose to work, but I bought a bunch of zippers anyways. And I’ll be super honest, it might not look right, but I’m happy that I’m trying.

Yippee, Zipper Hair!

January 16, 2012

My pretty amazing Outfit (Part 1)

Posted in Crafty Liz, Edwardian Ball, Steampunk, Uncategorized at 6:46 pm by wangeli

If you’ve seen my post about my practice skirt, you’ve seen how I’d like my outfit to look. Well I spent my time off this weekend cranking out my actual skirt and I’m pretty happy with it. I ran out of the lace trimming, so I’ll have to get more. And I haven’t tacked it all of the ruffling into place yet (no point when I haven’t finished the bottom of the skirt). But it still looks good. I’m so happy, I even hemmed it.

I’d like to take all of the credit and say that my mad skillz are solely responsible for my lovely creation. But since I still can’t sew a straight line, I’ll have to give a good chunk of the credit to the pattern I’m using. Way to go flimsy paper pattern – you are as easy to use as you claim to be!

Next up is a detachable Bustled Train. By the way, I’m going off pattern for this, so I’m sure it will turn out like my usual mess. Just accepting reality here…

January 15, 2012

Practice makes Perfect

Posted in Crafty Liz, Edwardian Ball, Steampunk at 3:53 pm by wangeli

Not that I’m super excited about this upcoming Edwardian Ball thing, but instead of just jumping into making my outfit, I bought a few yards of muslim, a pattern or two and decided to make a practice skirt. You know that old sewing motto – Measure twice, cut once? Well I’m not that sort of girl. I’m more of the “Never measures and then is shocked when nothing turns out like it should” type. But I’m taking this project seriously – because I’m excited and I want to look good… And I’m more than a little worried about the whole LA thing… So yeah – I did a little practicing. I still didn’t measure, but at least I didn’t mess up anything too important 🙂

So here are a few pictures of the practice. All in all, I think it turned out pretty well. And I want you to know that I’m using 2 of my Christmas gifts from this year and one from a few years back – my dressmaker’s form, my brand new Chalk Pencil and (of course) my sewing machine. Thanks Rebecca, Jenn and Mom!

January 3, 2012

Dressing for Edwardian Ball

Posted in Crafty Liz, Edwardian Ball, Steampunk at 3:11 pm by wangeli

Getting Started:

It’s super important to have a plan of attack when you start a new outfit for a geeky outfit. Even more important when you don’t have any clue about what you’re trying to make. Ideally I wish I also had money, time and skill. But hey, you work with what you’ve got and an idea of what I want to make will do in a pinch…

Phase 1 – Inspiration:

You’ve already seen what everyone else has worn in the past. All pretty cool stuff… made by experts or bought by people with money…. yes, I’m a tad bit envious. But at least I’ve got an idea of what to try to make.

And I’ve already got the very first piece of my outfit, which was one of my Christmas gifts from Andrew. He got me a really fantastic underbust corset from Damsel in this Dress on Etsy.

Christmas gift from Andrew!

So I’ve got the corset, but I need a top and skirt. And I’ll probably need to make the skirt. Now since it’s a classy party – I want to rock a bustle in the back. And because I’m not a classy girl, I want a short skirt in the front. Don’t worry, I have pictures to explain what I’m talking about.

As for a top – I’ve got no clue. I like the top that the Etsy seller made with this corset and I’ve seen some instructions on Cut Out and Keep for a similar shirt, so I might try to make one. Or I might buy a big ruffle-y shirt.

And that’s the game plan. Yeah, I don’t have a lot of specifics… which means this probably doesn’t count as plan, does it? But I’ve got some pictures! And here they are:

So now all I have to do is pick out a skirt, find a pattern to convert, get fabric and start working… I wish I could get my hands on one of these patterns from Truly Victorian.

January 2, 2012

A Semi Homemade Christmas

Posted in Crafty Liz at 4:28 pm by wangeli

Every year I browse a multitude of craft sites, page through endless books and make lists of all of the handmade Christmas gifts that I plan to make. Naturally, they will all get done, be perfect and everyone will love them. As it always is, I fall quite a bit short of my dream of being a Christmas Craftster.

This year I attempted one homemade Christmas gift. The results were meh. But I have the chance to remake it, so all is not lost. And how awesome – I also want one… so I’ve gotten some practice in for when I make one for myself.

What is this crafster gift that I’ve undertaken? Well I’m a huge fan of design*sponge and they posted instructions on how to make a Vintage Book Organizer. And I’m always dragging 9 devices, a million cords and ear buds in my giant purse, so I’d love a chance to keep in one place.

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