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I'm working on a new corset for VCON. I'm reasonably confident I can do a decent job even though I've already spotted a few things I've done wrong - whatever, it'll be fine. Except...

I started less then a month before the damn con.

I managed to sew two left sides. I made facing linings, but the good fabric? Two left sides. And somehow didn't clue in till after I'd already pressed back the seam allowances and hand stitched the gusset openings with embroidery floss...


I carefully pinned everything together to make sure it was all lined up and fitting - and yay! It did! I even managed to (eventually) leave enough seam allowance to press it over and sew it down to create a side casing for the spiral boning, which I screwed up last time I used this pattern. I had to sew it twice, adding about 1/4 inch, then ripping out the original seam on both sides.

When everything lined up, I machine stitched the bust and hip gussets in place. Then I held it up to look at the result... and realized I was not so lined up as I thought. There was a big bubble of fabric, and I had to rip out the hip gusset and re-situate it to smooth it down.

All in all, I figure I'd probably almost be done by now if not for having to go back and fix my stupid mistakes. *rawr*

However, I must say, everything is working out much better this time than the first time I made this pattern several years ago. And considering what I've just described, isn't that just disturbing to contemplate?

I got a crazy idea, which I don't think I have time to complete, but I like it. Being that our theme is Steampunk and there are Steampunk versions of ghost busters and Star wars and superheroes - what about Steampunk Stargate?

I bought this pattern and I thought that I could make the jacket in gray, but make it a bolero jacket instead - very steampunk - and then, add the slanted slash of blue ribbon and black piping across the each front side from neck to armhole. I thought I could also modify the sleeves to 3/4 length and maybe just skip the slash of colour on the arm, since I think that might be getting a little too ambitious for me.

I don't know that I will actually have time to get it done, but that's my thought. It just took a while to let it all percolate.



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Sep. 21st, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
So, with the Gate and all, a Steampunk team seems pretty canon.
Sep. 21st, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
LOL! There is certainly enough steam that comes out of it in the gateroom at the SGC!

The Atlantis gate is way cooler, smoother and more modern.

But yeah - that actually makes sense.
Sep. 21st, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)

What bothers me is that I have an answer ... but it's in the form of a (really bad) pun. Needless to say, I rather suspect you'd Rather Not Hear a pun.

I wish I knew why my brain works that way. OTOH, maybe I could use this to make a good filk, no? :-)

Have fun at V-Con!
Sep. 22nd, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
As someone who quakes when confronted with loose buttons -- I applaud both the fact you're retackling a tough pattern and coming up with fun modifications on another!

*Sends virtual cookies, which she can make in RL*
Sep. 22nd, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
I could get behind Steampunk Stargate. Though since I didn't decide to attend the con until the last minute I'm not even throwing a costume together.
Sep. 23rd, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
Oh, you can totally throw a costume together for this!

Do you have brown or khaki pants? Or a skirt even?

And a white button down shirt?

A long scarf?

A vest?

throw in some goggles and you have a simple steampunk aviator look.
Sep. 23rd, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
Khaki pants: Check.

White button down shirt: Not...sure.

Long scarf: Check (though its red and fluffy)

Vest: somewhere. I think.

Goggles: what kind of goggles are we talking about? (since they'd have to go on TOP of my head thanks glasses.)
Sep. 23rd, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Here's a couple ideas and a couple more for costumes. There are a lot of every day pieces that most people have (or might be able to pick up a thrift store) to make up a lot of these costume ideas.

Example - I just got a white dress shirt for Girly girl for $5 at the sally ann for her aviator outfit. I got a white lab coat for $6 for the boy for his mad scientist get up. Also, got a canvas apron at the hardware store for $7, also for the mad scientist gig.

Different types of goggles.

If there is a welding shop in your area, you should be able to get welding goggles for about $7.

I don't know if this place is near you, but you could call them and find out if they have a local outlet where you could get some welding goggles.

If you want, I can even pick you up a pair. I can get the plain goggles or the ones with the cover that flips up and down - there's a welding shop a few blocks from my work. I've bought goggles there for my costuming, and the guy said they usually have them in stock. Way cheaper than eBay!

Edited at 2010-09-23 07:20 pm (UTC)
Sep. 23rd, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Ooh thanks for the links :)

That welding shop is just up the way from my bank (where I have to run tomorrow) so let me see if they have some first and then I'll let you know if I need some.

I'm suddenly wondering if I still have my white canvas trench coat or not lying about somewhere. Though I'm pretty sure i'd have to figure out how to get permenant marker out of it (it was a fashion staple for me my sophomore year of high school. It and a black cowboy hat. don't ask.)
Sep. 25th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
I have the corset, I have black pants, black skirts, just no white blouse or black boots to wear w/ the pants or skirts... oh, income, you fail me now when I need you!

The worst part is, I can't go get shoes, because, well... I need to pay for my freaking hotel room!
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