I can not explain what an amazing evening the Edwardian Ball was....it was a feast for the eyes at every turn. The sheer volume of creativity was astounding. Everything was just amazing!
I added to the Steampunk feel a few things:
- very delicate silk crochet gloves
- walking stick (world market find--it was broken so I got a great deal then screwed in a draw pull as a finial)
- a glass locket with a curl of hair hung from black ribbon (home made mourning jewelery--don't worry nobody died)
- a course silver rope necklace with a keyhole locket (from Michaels)
- a single "white out" contact to give a macabre look to the whole thing.
The evening got very warm so eventually I removed my jacket. I was very tightly laced into my Vollers corset so there was an abundance of cleavage -- but the setting was appropriate for such a display. I would not display such cleavage at a historically correct period function. Here are some pictures with some other of the costume goers.
01/22/11 Tonight is the Ball.....here is the website if anyone is interested: http://edwardianball.com/
The outfit has come out well, right now I don't have photos of the finished project but will have those after the fact. Historically it is a disaster....a little bit of this and a little bit of that, a mishmash of 1880s - 1910. But Steampunk doesn't have to be correct. Getting the bustle right was a bit of a challenge and I'm not sure I really am thrilled about the finished product...it is different that the photos above...closer to the body with both soft and angular edges. I did like the boned gusset at the bottom. It definitely has a Cirque feel to it. Photos will be updated soon.
Going to the SF Edwardian Ball at the end of January, 2011, I wanted something darker to wear. I went years ago with a mock late 1890's ballgown which was just too cheery and bright. This year I decided not to recreate anything authentic but rather do something with a Steampunk/Goth kind of feel.
I knew that I would build this around my Vollers corset. I found a wonderful pair of lace up black "high button" looking boots, and fab stripped fabric. Sadly the suit I thought I'd sew wasn't meant to be because the bolt of fabric only had three yards. This was a stripped fabric with a black herringbone weave background and brown velvet stripes. It was a bit stiff but not too much so that I couldn't get some drape out of it.
I built the skirt from a contemporary evening skirt pattern. To get the inset to flare stiffly (and not in any way period correctly) I ran covered boning along the bottom. I then draped the over skirt and bustle. The pics are all in a pinned stage, we'll see what the final looks like.
The short jacket was a find on Ebay. It had some plain see-it-everywhere trim on it which I cut off and replaced with this wonderful upholstery fringe that has a great period look. Now all I have to do is get everything sewn in place.