Steampunk outfit # I’ve lost track

July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!  I’ve got no plans.  I was away last weekend, will be away next weekend, and making plans for today seemed somehow excessive.  I will rest, write, maybe see a movie.  That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?  Also I’ve discovered, like a lot of Coloradoans this year, the sound of fireworks going off is making me extremely anxious.  Fireworks start fires, and we do not need any more fires.  I was relieved to see that the main fireworks-selling tent in town has shut down.  Sanity prevails.

So, I spent last weekend at a masquerade ball. (The Labyrinth of Jareth, swoon!)  True to form, I made a steampunk outfit for one of the nights. There’s a funny story about this one.  When I moved into my  house last year, the living room had bunting over the window.  Horrible bunting.  Cream and green poofy silk bunting.  It didn’t go with the room, it didn’t go with me, it didn’t go with anything.  It was so horrible, I wish I’d taken a picture, but the thing so offended me I took it down immediately.

And turned part of it into a bustle for a steampunk outfit.

You can see a little bit of it in the picture.  I had this awesome, creamy fabric that I made a skirt out of, and the bunting went great with it.  All I had to do was string it on a cord and pin it to the skirt.  It just goes to show, everything in the world has its right place and time.  If a piece of fabric isn’t meant to be a curtain, maybe it’s meant to be a bustle.


2 Responses to “Steampunk outfit # I’ve lost track”

  1. Adam. Says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’d have thought an arch-steampunk-costumer could do with something like:

    This, courtesy of

  2. Carolyn Says:

    Oh, Miss Scarlett!

    Not outta Miss Ellen’s po’teers!

    (still staring at the portieres) Great balls of fire! They’re my portieres now!”

    I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist.
    OTOH, if anyone had ever told me that Scarlett said, “Great balls of fire!” I would have thought, “No, surely not!”

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