Aside from my latest project with The Weekly 52, I had been working, at least a little bit. Georgie’s steampunk look got some much needed attention on this blustery, winter day and boy am I happy how it came out and so glad I waited until I had a clear vision in my head…because it turned out exactly how I had dreamed it up.
I spent some time this past summer and fall looking at fashion plates and other steampunk inspired clothing by the fabulous folks out on the internet before I settled on this particular design and partly because I did go back to the original sketch. Having forgot how many yards I bought, I knew I needed to be as economical as possible and I like a more stream-lined look. Besides all of that, I also had to take in account the character I’m building with this look. She’s from a military background (her father, and late husband) but aristocratic from her mother and happens to be a benefactor to many ship-like investments, so there had to be a touch of that clean, military look.
The main materials are your basic ‘special occasion satin,’ whatever that means. It was on major sale and had the right color saturation so I bought it, long, long ago. Satin has a decent body to it when it is pleated (having worked with it on the Wonder Woman bustle) so I knew it would hold up, shape-wise. The ‘iffy’ part was always the trim. Gold works well for the military look but I’m not always a fan of gold trim. I think what helps is the saturation of color on the blue against the gold. It makes the bargain trim look less like a bargain.
I didn’t use any pattern, free-handing it. So far, I’ve had some good luck with free-handing my projects. The lines of the bustle are just that, lines, so that helps quite a bit. There’s no curves though I almost factored some of those in and decided, last minute to go against that idea. It didn’t fit with the concept of the design.
Thank goodness Georgie is moving along. I was always thinking that it would never happen or it would be an utter failure. Luckily, it’s coming together and using up a lot less of my fabric than I planned. Perhaps the white skirt will get itself a navy dust ruffle. Wouldn’t that be a fun little bit on the train in the back?