It’s a new year and a few days and I have already jumped right into my 2014 Goals list I posted a bit back. On that list was to try my hand at something I have been DYING to do forever, which is make something Steampunk, perhaps with a corset (another sewing dream and goal of mine).
I have been holding myself back on this since money is a little tight, sewing budget is a little smaller, and I am trying to be practical about what I sew – more Cake, less Frosting!
But then #ShieldMaidenMarch was born (thank you Twitter, Katie and Lady Katza!!).
Do it , Do it, DOOOOOOOOOOO IIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!
I have to admit I really tried to squelch the urge – it’s not practical, it may be expensive, where will I wear it, shouldn’t I be sewing something else???? – but I kept coming back to one thing:
I really, really, REALLY wanted to participate and sew something Shieldmaideny/Steampunky/ with a corset.
And sometimes you just have to be selfish and impractical with your sewing. If not, then it just becomes boring.
And while I was doing some internet searching for Shieldmaiden ideas – no commitment yet, just browsing – I ran across this outfit I and my heart stopped, my breath caught in my throat……
………and the decision was made for me.
Of course, there are some elements that I don’t like and will change on my version, but most things I will try to keep the same.
I will not add the padded trim to the armholes and bottom of the corset and I think I would prefer a corset lace up the back and have a busk in the front.
I am currently planning on skipping the white chemise underneath so I don’t have too many layers and to cut down on yardage I need to buy. I will add the white to the sleeves and neckline to make it look like there is another layer, or, if I find it necessary to make the whole chemise I will probably make it out of bleached muslin.
I will also change the sleeve construction slightly.The design here allows you to take off the green portion of the sleeve via ties, but I find them a little distracting. I will either have them permanently part of the sleeve, or maybe add grommets with leather ties instead to add a little Steampunky vibe here.
I picked up Burda 7468 for the dress portion. I think it will be pretty straightforward in construction, allowing me time to embellish and work on the corset piece.
I have already bothered Leila numerous times already and I am sure I will continue (if she will let me) asking questions about corset construction and gathering materials. Which brings me to the best part of this plan so far: the corset pattern!
Exactly what I was looking for? Yes!
Way over my head? Hopefully not, but I have a whole new set of skills to learn for this project – WAIT – that was another goal for 2014!! I am on a roll!
PS: Don’t forget about Jungle January, and #SewingARainbow – Blue February!! These are the two Sewcialist Sew Alongs planned before #ShieldmaidenMarch 🙂
Make sure and join in on the fun, you know you want to!