Thursday, 5 February 2015

Minerva make - Steampunk

Making basic work and weekend gear is what I do. But what if I decide to add a few Steampunk elements into my basic work wear? How would true Steampunk look on someone of my height?

Take a simple poly cotton fabric for a shirt and a wool blend check for a skirt. Sounds ordinary. Vicky picked the buttons again. She's a Wiz at choosing the notions.

And then used a basic front button blouse and a simple A line skirt. Still sounds run-of-the-mill. Maybe the exposed metal zipper at the back might be a bit 'out there'.

I would agree. Except for the detailing.


Throw in some pin tucks, a few ruffles and some metal buckles and you have a few Steampunk pieces.

The technical notes for this Equestrian tail coat blouse is here.
I've never been to a historical or Cos play event. But I can probably sneak through now.
The technical notes for the skirt are here.

I like the idea of using the blouse with black jeans on the weekend.

And the skirt (Beige/Black Check Polyester/Wool Blend Suiting Designer) will look great in the office in the Winter.
Especially if I make a Equestrian-influenced wool jacket like this or this or this.
Seriously, the possibility of no longer being a wall flower are endless.

Thank you Minerva Crafts for these fabrics. They're lovely to wear and easy to sew with. 

32 comments:

Kyle said...

Wow Maria, it's a totally different style for you. Is there any type of clothing you have not made yet???

KaSchu said...

Such a different look for you. I really like it.

Fabric Epiphanies said...

When you said steampunk I had visions of something quite historical but this actually blends into modern life very nicely both together and worn as you described.

Accordion3 said...

I'm struggling to see you as a wall flower. Cool and useful outfit, will you wear it to work?

Lori said...

I have never thought of you as a wall flower. This is such a different style for you but I like it. One thing for sure, there is a lot of hard work in these two pieces. Fabulous as always.

beajay said...

Wow - how gorgeous and a wonderful look. Love it.

Manju said...

I had doubts whether these would just look costumey on you but they look fab! Great interpretation and very stylish.

Amanda Adams said...

STEAMPUNK WIN! Maria, I am so getting you a monocle to wear with this!

Velosewer said...

Thanks Kathleen.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Kyle. I think next month's Minerva make will tick off another type of clothing I haven't made yet.

Velosewer said...

I did edit this back so I can wear it everyday. Next month's Minerva make will be a bit more historic - I hope.

Velosewer said...

Yes I'm hoping to wear these pieces to work and with other pieces I've previously made.

Velosewer said...

Great. I'll reshoot these photos!

SewJillian said...

You look utterly fabulous! What a clever maker you are!

Velosewer said...

You're welcome Beverly.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Manju. I didn't want this to be a one-time only outfit.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Lori. Making the trims was like yoga - patience.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Jillian #blush

Sam said...

Wow! How fabulous Maria. Very Vivienne Westwood (one of my fashion heroines!)

Allison C said...

While I must admit steampunk is not really my thing, your blouse especially, is totally wearable and how you turned the simple shirt pattern into your inspiration is so clever.

Cennetta Burwell said...

Cute outfit, especially the blouse. My daughter loves steampunk and would totally wear this outfit

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sam. Vivienne Westwood's designs are wonderful.

Velosewer said...

I like the idea of changing a basic pattern into 'something else'.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Cenetta. Your plaid skirt using Rhonda Buss's design was inspiring.

Sue Kenny said...

I think this is my favorite thing you have made - edgy, colours look great on you and the details really make the outfit special.

Catherine Daze said...

Very effective! Hope you wear them a lot, they look so much fun.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sue. I was really conscious of detailing vs my height :)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Catherine. I hope so too.

Tomasa said...

It's fantastic! You look great in this top and the color is just gorgeous! The skirt is great too.

Velosewer said...

Thaks Tomasa.

MariaTamara said...

I'm totally in love with this outfit, it's so amazing!

MushyWear said...

Awesome! The color is gorgeous on you. You did such a great job on this.

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