I have been up to things outside of buying yards and yards of fabric. Seriously, I need to stop and finish the projects I have… but they’re so pretty.
Anyway, with a new steam character comes a new outfit, no surprise. I spent quite a few tries figuring out the design of this American-English heiress before I found one that worked and that suited me. I love blue and I have learned to just accept it and I’m not the type to go all out with over-abundance of trim to playing an upper-class bustle wearing lady to my taste was a challenge, no doubt about that. In the end, I chose something a bit military-inspired… and mainly because of the 1870s bolero jacket I found that I am in love with.
It’s gorgeous, right? Mine will be a poor imitation but it’s steampunk, right? I’ve got some creative freedom here. I just have to find the right trim, braiding and anything else to make it look rich. That’s easier said than done, right?
But that’s the original design right up there. I know, I went bold and picked white which is a little scary with my track record of ruining white things. No, really. I don’t buy white despite how good a dark haired girl can rock it. I spill or get mud all over it. It’s fate. Alas, white and blue look just too good not to do it… and besides, there was a sale on satin ($3/yard) and nothing else really popped against the royal blue quite like ivory/white.
So off I went to sew the bodice today. I’m using Simplicity 0584 for the bodice since I made this up when I was in high school for college and really liked the neckline and the way it fit my shoulders. Dancer shoulders are hard to fit, fyi and so is a small chest but this one is flattering. I added an inch and a half to the length because it was rather short the first time around… and then I added a little detail …
Bam! I love it. This part was inspired by Loki and in some ways Thor’s costumes from the Thor film and The Avengers film. It’s such a fun and lovely detail (and I needed and excuse to try it out before I put together the Loki-corset). I’m so, so, so, pleased that it turned out. I may not use the buttons from the original design.