Buttercream Beaded Dress

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I've been in love with this dress from The Cat's Meow in Toronto since I first saw it last summer.  Sadly, it is out of my price range, even though the boutique does offer layaway plans.  I'd likely have to have it altered, too, since it is a size larger than I normally wear.  :\

The boutique has a blog that features accessories as well as the fabulous window arrangements where I first saw this beautiful dress.  I warn you - you will get lost in all the lovely vintage fashion.  :D

The original dress is apparently a golden taupe, but I like the idea of a rich buttercream satin base.  I've done some beadwork in the past but nothing freehand or this extensive.  I'll have to dig out some photos of my Tudor gown to show you the beadwork on the skirt and sleeves.

Steampunk Holiday, part 8

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The final part of the Steampunk Holiday ensemble is the jacket with faux vest.

I altered Simplicity 2172 to make the jacket - changing the front slightly and cropping a lot of the length.  I also omitted the shoulder detailing, cuffs, pocket welts and back lacing.

I made a quick mockup of cotton fabric to test the fit and help with the front alteration.  I altered the front pattern piece with the vest portion by cutting off the lower piece that attaches to the side front.  I made a straight size 6, adding 3/8" to the front edge of the vest for a better fit over the corset.

I eliminated the pocket welts by using lining pattern piece 10 for the side front.  This substitution and the omission of the back lacing cut down a lot of time in construction.   I lined the chocolate velvet vest insert with brown satin and constructed each piece separate from the coat.  I put the buttonholes in at this time since it's easier to work with a small piece.

When it came time to sewing in the lining, I basted the vest fronts to the jacket beforehand.  This gives a more realistic impression of a vest under a jacket.

The rest of the jacket has charcoal and light grey polka dot satin lining.  :D

To finish the outer edge, I added grey-brown Venise lace.  I didn't limit the lace to the neckline but added it all the way around the suiting portion of the jacket.

The whole ensemble...

From the back...

The party was great fun with good food and good conversation.  :]

Steampunk Holiday, part 7 - skirt completed

by brae  

As I mentioned in the previous post on the Steampunk Holiday ensemble, I finished the skirt about a week ago.  It was a very simple pattern - front, back, lower flounce and a waistband.

I have it sitting a little low in today's photos, so I'll have to adjust that.  But, it doesn't get in the way when I walk.

It looks great when walking, too...gets narrow at the knee and the fishtail flares.

It's made from Vogue 7698.  I made no alterations except omitting the lining.

I added the knife pleated satin and velvet trim around the top of the fishtail flare.  It's just enough to accent the drape of the fabric.

I think a proper steampunk ensemble is supposed to involve tall lace-up boots, but I didn't have time to shop for those.  Instead, I'll be wearing these...Aerosoles Minor Role.  :D

Steampunk Holiday, part 6 - corset 99% completed

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Continuing work on the Steampunk Holiday ensemble.  I finished up the corset, which has a separating zipper in the back.  It looks a little boxy here in the photo, but it has a flattering fit when worn.  I made it snug enough to not fall down and to give a nice silhouette, but loose enough so I can enjoy the mashed potatoes at the dinner and still sit down!  :D

I thought it looked a little plain, so I will add an edge of Venise lace trim.

It won't take away from the ivory since it matches in color, but it will dress up the neckline.

I finished the skirt about a week ago but haven't photographed it yet.  :]

Steampunk Holiday, part 5 - hat completed

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Continuing work on the Steampunk Holiday ensemble.  I looked for cream colored flowers, but none spoke to me that weren't way too huge to have on top of my head.  :D  I ended up buying a package of 4 dark red felt roses at Michael's.  These are by Jolee's Boutique, and there were four on a card.  Each had a sticky pad on the back, but I removed that so I could glue them to the hat and to each other.  I chose a grouping of three for balance and full coverage of the feather stalk.

On the inside, I glued a pad of millinery batting in the middle of the hat.  This helped even out the bulk of the turned velvet around the edge.

I then cut a piece of taffeta left over from the skirt to line the hat and used a blind stitch to sew the lining in place.  Sometimes I use combs for hats, but this time I opted for two barrette clips.

My finished hat!  :D

I really love it.  It's the perfect size, very lightweight and stays just where it's supposed to with the clips.

It jingles only a little, which is good...Jasper would never let me out of the house otherwise.  Cat, stop batting my head...I have a party to attend!!! :\

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