Hello Lovely Readers! This TBT brings to an end my outfits for the SPWF. I have, in my opinion, saved the best for last as this is my most favorite dress in all the world...that I have made. This is so much my favorite dress that I joke with my husband that I wish to be buried in this dress upon my death. He doesn't think it's funny. He doesn't know that I am sort of, kind of, rather serious. It is a reproduction of an 1885 sea side bustle dress.
The last event of the last day of the SPWF, we decided that we needed to be a Steampunk Olympic Team. All of us ladies chose a sport to represent and went to work designing our dresses around that sport. Judy Smith and I actually traded sports as I started out wanting to be archery but couldn't find out a way to get a recurve bow on the plane from Idaho to New Jersey. So we switched...she became Archery and I became Sailing.
|Photo: Kat Stelzer|
1885 Fashion Plate of a Nautical Bustle Dress
I fell in love with the overall yuminess of it all. Not only was the color scheme glorious, but it had tabs!!!! I ordered the anchor patches off of ebay and they were a perfect color and fit! I wasn't overly fond of the apron/drape on the left side of the dress, so I left it off of mine. I had hoped to recover a parasol to use with the dress, but I ended up using my left over ivory silk on another project.
I found this fashion plate waaaaay before I even met any of the ladies that became the Steampunk Olympic Team (I would like to point out that Beth and Josie also had this in their "I will make someday" file too. We have each made our sailor dresses based on this fashion plate and will one day get together for a photo shoot...) I put it in my "will make someday" file and would bring it out and drool over it from time to time, but always put it back because I couldn't find a stripe fabric that made me happy. In the end I, I spent 16+ hours sewing 1" blue satin ribbon to the dupioni silk to form the stripes. CRAZY!!!!! But it worked!
I found some incredible antique ivory and navy wings on eBay for the hat.
Bodice: TV463 1884 French Vest Bodice
Underskirt: self drafted...I needed a dress that wasn't cut on an angle, as I needed to sew satin ribbon to get the stripe look and didn't want to sew them on the curve.
Overskirt: self drafted
Fabrics Used: Ivory dupioni silk
Navy faux dupioni silk
1" Navy satin double sided ribbon
Gazing through the looking glass that Beth lent me....she of course insisted upon getting it back. Brat.
If you look closely, you can see the good job it did in matching the ribbon stripes up on the side seam. I was a little impressed with myself!! hahahahahahaha!!! Sometimes, things that I do actually end up right!
My hat was a navy blue straw instead of the natural color of the fashion plate.
The prerequisite immature picture.
Pictures taken on Emma
Lovely filligree ship I found on eBay
Needless to say, I thought all the ladies on our SPWF Olympic team looked beyond fabulous! It was so fun to meet in the large patio area at the hotel and see the glorious dresses that the ladies had created! We had medals that hung around our necks and either Beth or Kat had made the contestant numbers for our backs! I cannot express what a fun event this was!!
All of the ladies on the Olympic team with our handsome judges.
Loved the colors of her plaid and all her buttons! She even found antique shooting medals to pin on her bodice!
She has embroidered tennis rackets along the hem of her skirt! Of course a tennis champion would not be complete with out her trusty racket!
Notice the octapus at her hip and of course her life preserver! Adorable! The color of her outfit was so refreshing!
The color of her gown was gorgeous! Her veiled habit fit perfectly on her beautifully coiffed head!
She looks like a Steampunk Artemis, goddess of the hunt! Loved all the pleating at the hem of the short skirt!
Pleats and tabs! I need say no more! Loved the shade of the red with the black lace! Oh and her croquet mallet holder was pretty epic too!
Jason and Steve our Judges
I think they were a little biased.....
Our contestant number signs had gears to represent the 7 Olympic rings! Such genius!!!
Well, here we are at the end of the SPWF...also the backs of our outfits!! This was such a fun adventure and event! I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and can't wait until I get the chance to be with these incredibly talented and fun ladies!
See you next week!
Be blessed my friends!