Everything was finished and installed just in time for the opening! phew! There are some pictures from the opening on the exhibitions facebook page. If you get the chance do go and have a browse, it’s a fascinating museum and the special steampunk display will be in place till May 2012.
You also get the chance to view a specially made 3D film using special steampunk style viewing goggles and starring Me!
Theres also some great pictures from the promo photoshoot here
This shows the length of the skirt at the back over the cage. The mini cage is 6 sprung steel lengths, individually sprayed gold with car lacquer, taped together into hoops and suspended from two layers of brown petersham ribbon, sewn together to make holes for the hoops to slide through (they slide through before taping..)
The top hoop does not complete a full circle and it’s ends are held by the two front tapes. This is so you can get in and out easily, the top hoop is quite small!
The wool is such a lovely firm fabric it made these puff sleeves a dream to create, they are made with 3 big pleats top and bottom, with the top center pleat being an inverted box pleat, and placed on a smaller straight sleeve stay to hold the shape.
This is the beginning of the little blouse for the exhibition costume. As it is going to be a permanent piece I shall sew it into place on the stand to give it a perfect fit, the skirt and jacket will be free to be removed…
I’ve been asked to create a centerpiece for the new steampunk exhibition at Bradford industrial museum!
It’s very exciting, not least because I am using a luscious wool fabric that was woven on the actual old looms at the museum.
I am going for a short cute costume with a teeny cage crinoline under the skirt. The wool is quite heavy so I’ve had to cut and drape it rather carefully, but it’s fun to drape on the stand in the actual fabrics. Time restraints have vetoed making a toile. As it’s a one off show piece I’m quite happy to work in this way for the skirt, though I shall be using patterns drafted for my me-shaped stand for the jacket etc….
So here it is, the finished frock! It’s going to stay on the mannequin for a few days, and I’ll still probably add a few finishing touches of bling and flowers and what not oh and change the back lace to a green ribbon – the blacks a bit harsh..
My lovely friend Denise covered me in glitter and took some pictures of me in the whole outfit.. (though not the huge frilly knickers cos i’m still sewing ribbon on those… and obviously not the wings because I get those next week when I see Herr Doktor at the asylum!)
Hopefully there will be some cool photos of the completed outfit being worn at the ball, so you’ll be able to see the wings then.
Fairies SHOULD be pantomime tinkerbell, and it’s best I get it out of my system before I hit 40 I feel.
The wings will add the steampunk element to the outfit and all the pieces work together great as seperates, so I can wear just the undies or leave off the crinoline and fluffy under gown to get different styles.
I still want to create some little green boots or spats with cut out leather pieces and loads of buckles, very victorian – but that will have to wait a while… A good winter project to make with assistance from my medieval Knight friend leslie, she’s got some super green leather for us to play with.
So what do you think? I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with it’s progress, any suggestions or comments gratefully recieved… and if you have any specific construction questions do ask! mmmm absinthe!
Now it’s beginning to look like a proper fairy outfit! The net pieces are similar to those on my sisters gorgeous D and G wedding gown, I loved the effect so much I knew I’d have to use it at some point….
I’m not particularly looking forward to hand sewing them all down however….
I’ve backed all the swag pieces with net now to give them more body, I thought I was going to have to, wish I’d done it at the start and saved myself some unpicking, ho hum…
Well, I know it looks a bit of a dogs dinner at the moment, but I’m just draping the fabrics around at the moment to see what should go where,
I’ve made a basque section from the bottom of the corset pattern and am pinning the upper swag ideas to it, just to get an overall effect…
I also made a lace underskirt base, it’s not very nice lace, some cheap stuff I had kicking about the studio, however not much of it will show… I want to show saucy glimpses of the crinoline frame through the lace.
I’m also going to add net pieces under the swags, both to give the skirt a better fairytale shape and to give a shimmering fairy leaf type feel. Lyssa suggested making the bodice and skirt completely separate so I can make a swag and saucy short bustle skirt in the future for less formal occasions… Seeing how huge this crinoline is getting I think that’s a very good idea!
It’s getting there isn’t it?