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So, I have finally made a hoopskirt that was not a giant hassle to make, and it doesn’t engulf me in its massive girth. I used this pattern  by the Laced Angel . It was absolutely fantastic! Super easy and easy to understand.

Hoopskirt with purple linen petticoat over top. I used black thread on white fabric to make the skirt, so I couldn’t bring myself to show this on the interwebs.


What’s it made of?

  • A little over 2 yards of 45 inch wide muslin
  • Black thread (it was the only thing I had at hand, and I justified it by saying no one will ever see the hoop by itself)
  • Drawstring cord
  • Fish tape like this

I feel very accomplished as I started and completed the project in just under six hours time. It’s just big enough to be cumbersome when sitting, yet small enough to be seriously dwarfed by the Holy Batman Hoop I made earlier.

I’m trying to be better about updating more often, as I will be using this to track my progress when I finally start on the Cranach/Saxon gown I’m working on for a college research project. And since I have been honoured enough to be made Head of Registration for Utah’s only Steampunk convention, Salt City Steamfest and as such I will be attending other out of state conventions in order to do advertising, I will be making more steampunk ensembles as well as my more historical clothing, I feel like there should be plenty of sewing to be shared.


Progress and some back-tracking.

I’ve finished the mock-up for the steampunk skirtI’m currently working on. . . And by finished I mean, I finished the front section of the skirt. I’ll finish the back, but I really just needed an estimate of how much fabric I would potentially need.

Inspiration image.

So that’s the inspiration image I posted before. I decided to go with the typical 3 tiered gathering, which wasn’t hard at all.  The top tier would have 56″, the second, 70″, and the bottom 84″. That was the original plan, but as you know things always change. I doubled the bottom tier, so that adds up to a grand total of 164″ gathered into 70″, gathered into 40″.

Front Skirt part

What do you think? I put the corded petticoat and underpetticoat from my sister’s zouave ensemble just to give it some body. It’s really full and the front part only took up about 2 yards of fabric with a good bit left over.

As for the back-tracking, after a wonderfully nice comment from the The Dreamstress on my sewing conundrum. I have decided to blackmail convince my friend to go for a smaller hoop and an evening dress as opposed to an afternoon or day dress.

In other news, I bought myself some really nice blue wool and black and cranberry plaid suiting for my birthday. 🙂 It just shipped today so I’ll get it some time next week and I’m incredibly excited.

The very old steampunk outfit.

So, long backstory here, way back in May, my friend and I decided it would be fun to make steampunk inspired outfits for Halloween. As my friend does not sew (although she does possess a very nice Bernina machine I am jealous of) I offered to design and sew them.

In order to make everything easier, we picked a general pattern to base ours on. We picked Simplicity pattern 2172

Simplicity 2172

It’s not my favorite pattern in the world, it’s kind of plain, it has fitting issues, and honestly, it’s a costume. But it worked for what we were doing.  I used a red striped silk taffeta and due to budgetary restraints, brown poly-shantung for mine, and simple blue, black and jester print for my friend. So now that I’ve bored you with the details, on to the pictures.


First the petticoat I wrote about earlier.

The finished petticoat

Next the skirt. As you can see I pulled up the front section to show the petticoat and shortened the skirt to mid-calf ( which by the way meant shortening the pattern by about a foot. Yes I’m that short.)


And the rest of the ensemble. I changed the sleeves and made the overall coat shorter as well.

I wish I had photos of my friend’s dress, since I think it’s so much prettier than mine, but I’ll have to convince her to bring it back for a photoshoot sometime.

Overall, it’s not my favorite best dress ever, but I think it works

This isn’t my favorite picture of me wearing the dress, but I guess it will have to do.



A pretty pretty petticoat

So, my friend and I decided to make steampunk costumes for Halloween. Crazy I know, but I figured why not. Coincidentally, I finished both dresses way before I started this blog, but just a couple weeks ago I decided to make a very pretty petticoat for my dress.

The finished petticoat

I used  The Dreamstress’s drawstring petticoat tutorial  and her cord gathering tutorial which were wonderful AAAND, I was crazy enough to want an embroidered ruffle. . .

My flash is terrible, but the embroidery is soo pretty

The embroidery took me nearly two weeks and I only embroidered the front part because it was taking too long (also its historically accurate for petticoats to be made from super nice fabric and/or embroidered only in the front section to save on money).

But now it looks so nice, it was totally worth it.  What do you think?


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