October 18, 2012

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:


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…

Change of Plans

Posted in Edwardian Ball at 4:49 pm by wangeli

Well it seems like my big plans have changed for the LA trip – it looks like the Edwardian Ball has been postponed until March 😦 I’ve already got the plane tickets and time off for Feb, so I guess I’m just not going to be able to the Edwardian Ball when I go to LA. 😦 And I definitely know that next year, I’ll plan on going to the San Fran party instead. I’m a little heartbroken that I can’t go, but I definitely hope that I can get my money back so I can spend it to do something else. So any suggestions for what to do in LA for a week?

However, I’ve already been trucking along on my outfit. So I guess I’ll just finish it to make myself happy. And I think it will make its debut at DragonCon. So More Posts to follow!

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.