The annual dressmaking frenzy for “weekend at the asylum” has begun! As usual, my first attempt at a sketch, on the back of an envelope, is what will form the general shape of this outfit!
This lovely picture was taken by Martin “Soulstealer” as I arrived at the ball… He always manages to get a really lovely picture of me in my biggest frock!
This one shows the full dress, and Hubby Nik in his Union Jack waistcoat too! The hat really is rather huge isn’t it, you can also really see herr Doktors wonderful key in these pictures too.
All done, and in time for Weekend at The Asylum in Lincoln. The key will be picked up there and I shall be wearing the ensemble at The Ball on Saturday Night.
If you are coming to Lincoln, do come over and say hello, I shall be in the main hall at The Lawns on Saturday and Sunday selling Steampunk Emporium and lots of pretty jewellery.
I shall do a proper set of photographs of me in the outfit when I get back, and hopefully there’ll be plenty of pics taken at the weekend,
So what do you think? A success, any suggestions for additions/alterations?
This is the fabulous Eliza Doolittle style hat to accompany the outfit, it is from one of Lynne Mc Masters historical hat patterns (the titanic oval crown) with a few tweaks of my own.
My assistant Lizzie made it up, didnt she do a great job?! It is asymetric with a much bigger brim on the right, that side is so huge it needs a weight on the other smaller side to keep it balanced, I’m going to create a couple of pockets with curtain weights in so it balances properly…
Its extra small in size cos I have a teeny head, it fits me perfectly but I forgot I might be wearing a wig… I foresee lots of hat pins
Today has been a day of sleeves, I am so happy with these mad thierry Mugler inspired strap sleeves, they have a sci-fi/punk thing going on which makes the dress properly steampunk, rather than just a pretty Victorian replica gown.
I have also been attaching the quirky sleeves for a brown velvet frock coat for fuscia at pixiepunk too!
This is the lovely key Herr Doktor has made for the back of the bustle dress, the idea is as the key turns the swag of the bustle will raise like a theatre curtain, revealing the drinks cabinet!
Today I finished the fit for the bodice, had an annoying moment when, while trying it on over my wasp waisted absinthe corset, I discovered the waist of the bodice was too big and the bust now too small, but it was easily fixed…. It looks a bit odd without sleeves and no trims, but you can see it’s fitting properly now…
The hat has all been cut out now, and best of all Herr Doktor sent me pictures of the gorgeous key he’s made, which will turn and light up as the drinks cabinet is revealed!