It's my birthday, and I'm officially 24. Doesn't that seem like a solid number? It's so very secure after that silly prime, 23. I don't feel wiser or anything, but I like to think I know slightly more about what I'm doing than I did a year ago.
I've seen a few other people do it and I like the idea of "X things to do before I turn X." So, with plenty of time to accomplish it all, here is the start of my "25 Things to do Before Twenty Five" in no particular order. I made a little sign, so it's super official now.
Some are easy, some are less so, some of them are already in progress and have to be finished sooner than later anyway. It's not like any of these things will expire or be impossible once I hit twenty five- it's just an excuse to make a list and get a few things done.
(Edit: Psst.. you can find the list, with updates, here.)
Possibly inappropriate? I think it's hilarious and I can't get it out of my head so I'm posting it anyway.
After dying and attaching the much celebrated hook and eye tape, I felt a little burnt out on to costume and put it away in the closet for a few months. Now that I've started looking at it again I'm happy to realize that the costume is nearing completion. To refresh your memory, this is Burda
7880 "Historic Dress 1888" with steampunk twist.. or something like that ;P
Some good photos... some bad photos..
Although the jacket turned out well over all, I could have used a little more experience before tackling this project. Starting out, I had no clue how to modify the pattern to fit me. Since it's a fitted jacket, this would have been a good thing to know! Unfortunately, the waist of the jacket hits a few inches too high, and the flare at the hips hides my natural waist. In a word, it's unflattering, but I fortunately found a great belt to help me out. It's not perfect, but it will definitely work.
Rings attached with metal hook
I initially had some trouble
finding the notions necessary for bustling the skirt, but I think I eventually got it right. If I recall
correctly, the pattern calls for ring tape and "rings to slip on." The
only ring tape I could find is the kind used for Venetian blinds and the
rings are quite spread apart. My solution was to use the ring tape, plastic rings, and little metal hooks like these. I hand sewed extra rings onto the ring tape and reinforced the rings sewn onto the under skirt.
The stitching to hold the ring tape in place shows on the
outside of the skirt a bit, and the folds need a bit of arranging to
sit nicely. I added some Velcro below the button to keep it flat and
It looks like the pattern instructions might have been updated (pdf)
since I started. I've also found a lot more pictures of people who have made the costume, which are nice to see but would have been more helpful a few months ago.
I don't want to carry a purse with the
costume, so I made
some pockets from this pattern
(Simplicity 3635). There are two pockets strung on a piece of ribbon. Thanks to Q for the idea!
they were easy to make, but I did have some trouble getting the bias
tape to lay flat in some areas. I'll probably wear them under the
over-skirt, rather than on top like the photo shows, which unfortunately means they won't be visible most of the time. At least I know they're there and they'll carry my stuff.
brown vinyl ("leather"), cream lace, and
cream bias tape. It's lined with the same fabric used for the
over-skirt and jacket details (sleeve cuffs and front center).
Other Stuff I found a great shirt on Etsy to wear under the jacket. It needs some altering to fit nicely under the jacket, but it has a few things I was looking for. High collar? Check. Short sleeves? Check. Froofy and Victorian(ish)? Double check.
Beyond all of that, I still have plenty of hemming to do and I'm still thinking about ways to holster the Nerf gun. I'm keeping an eye out for other interesting things to add, but I'm definitely looking forward to being finished!
The deadline for the Steampunk costume adventure is drawing near. As such, I've been thinking about the finishing touches. I have a gorgeous, soft gray hat that I was planning to
wear, but I'm afraid it will be too warm with all the heavy fabric in the costume. Although I'd really like to wear it, I'm keeping my eyes open for a smaller comb or headband just in case I need to wear my hair up.
When it comes to interesting
hairpieces, Ban.do is a favorite source of
inspiration- especially their "Black Label" line. I suppose it would
if I had copper hair, a porcelain complexion and $300 to drop on a hair
comb, but it's a good place to get some ideas.
Something similar to the one on the left could look amazing. I'm picturing copper, gray, and dusty blue chiffon with a small grouping of gunmetal filigree on a comb. Perhaps a feathered headband (or comb) like the one on the right with peacock feathers? It's all very glamorous (maybe even too glamorous for the rest of the costume) and could be fun to do if I found the right pieces at the right price. What do you think? Have you seen any pretty combs, hats or headbands recently?