Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New project - Lisa

I am making a black skirt with a more steampunk feel.  I have the basic skirt made and have made a band of pleats around the bottom.  Now I'm fiddling around with additional decoration.  I've pinned together a couple of ideas.  And I'm having trouble deciding....
I plan to have two rows of velvet ribbon, and the gathers above them (the pleats beneath the ribbon are really hard to see - black on black).  Should I add the strip of lace between the ribbons?  It's really pretty.  It's a lot of work if the pretty is nearly impossible to see.
Right now I'm leaning toward the pretty.
I have a little time to think it over since I haven't finished the petticoat yet. I also plan to let the white lace at the bottom of the petticoat peek out a bit beneath the skirt.  Is that a bit 'twee' for a woman of my 'experience'?  Yes.  And I just don't care.  Feel free to disagree! 

I have a couple of different top options planned, which I will post when I have all the fabric.  I'll just say that one is posh, one sort of military and one very librarian.

R says: More! More! Victorians did not have our sense of restraint when it came to frou-frous on the clothing.  Our modern sensibilities dictate "When in doubt, remove an item" but in that time it was "When in doubt, add more!" At least that's what it looks like in the fashion plates I've seen.  Go for it, Lisa.  Add as much decoration as that skirt can hold but rest assured you will never seem "twee".


  1. When in doubt, always go for the pretty! Looks like it's going to be a great skirt. I've been following your blog for awhile now (since you first commented on mine!) and your costumes are awesome.

  2. And I'm commenting again, because I tried to reply to the guestbook comment you left on my site, and guess what? It won't post...the internet gremlins just eat it and laugh. No idea what's wrong there, but hopefully it resolves itself soon. *rolls eyes* So I'm leaving the reply I would have left there, here instead:

    Hi Lisa - no worries about hijacking; I love to talk costumes! In fact, feel feel free to email me at middleearthfan@yahoo.com if you want. :) The 'steampunking anything" post will probably go up in Dec; it sort of goes with a new costume I'll be beginning then. And thanks - I've very excited about the Hufflepuff and can't wait until I have time to get back to it. Thanksgiving has not been doing my costuming any favors, but I'll have new updates and pictures soon.