So, it figures that when I finally get my sewing gumption up again, I end up making myself sick by crawling around on the floor for 9 hours while working on a commission. >.< The second possible source of my current head cold could be the crew of my beloved Navras, since half the ship was sick during Sci-Fi Expo. (Too bad environmental scrubbers haven't been invented yet.)
So, while laid up with the con crud and/or sewing crud, I've been pondering the upcoming Steampunk Tea Party, which is being put on by the DFW Costumer's Guild. I learned my lesson last year with the Frontier Days event, and am NOT planning an entirely new gown. Instead, I'm going to try and make an ensemble around the striped and bronze steampunk skirt that I made last year. I've been doing some digging, and have come up with a few ideas. First off, the bodice.
Ageless Patterns, but after reading some of the muss and fuss that people have had trying to finagle the pattern into working, I think I may just draft it from scratch. I love the cross over front and the velvet collar and lapels. I want to make it in a black and gold stripe, which may be difficult to find, but that I know I've seen at one of the Dallas fabric warehouses.
For the overskirt, I'm going to go for something similar to this.
I think these two pieces are doable by March 31st, which is when the event is. :) No giant skirts, no tons of pleating, just a bodice and an overskirt. Famous last words?