Sunday, August 4, 2013

Summer's Here!

For the past few weeks posting has been almost non-existent and that means one of two things, creative block, or no free time.  For me, this time, it's been a combination of both of those things.  When I had the time, there was a block in my creative side.  The inspiration for my summer costume projects came and went of its own accord and I wasn't able to force it back. 

The steampunk event went without a hitch.  Although it took 3 hours to get dressed and do my hair.  But the result was worth the time.  Steam World's Fair on Adam's Avenue was a fun get together with some friends who helped me dive in to my first steamy event.  They made the night great and I'm forever hooked.  There were vendors, live music & performances, many in costume and some not.  There was an endless stream of photo moment requests from other attendees and passer by alike.  The feel of the event was relaxed and comfortable.

So now that it's all wrapped up and the event has passed, the costume is pressed and hung away for another day.  By all rights I should have been pumped and ready for the next event.  Summer Feast, with my Cortha friends.  It is an Ottoman Summer Retreat and the scope for costume is wide and pliable.  My favorite type.  So open to the creation process to make something unique or clever.  Inspiration was instant but my budget didn't cooperate and so the idea had to sit and wait for the funds to buy the parts & yardage.  But the days came and the materials were acquired.  Then I lost the juice, the drive.  It just vanished and no matter what I did to try to jump start the creativity, it just dragged along threatening to burn out, like an ancient snail not wanting to give in to death.

This weekend though I determined to tackle part of it to fulfill my promise of revealing the fabric choice as a finished garment.  Here it is folks.  With your help to choose the best lining fabric for this bustle piece, I was able to create this.  The royal and rich feel of the purple fabric with gold filigree design won me over as it did for a few of you as well.  Thank you for your help, it turned out beautiful!

Then I was off and running and the pants came together too.  I had the drive to complete the pants so that my photo would be complete to show you the full elegance of the bustle fabric choices.

All that is left now is to make the bodice.  It is all cut and I've started making channels for boning on all the parts that need it.  I hope to have the whole thing complete before Friday night's Sewing group which is the day before the Retreat!

Final pics will come with the next post, so keep an eye out!

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