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« Reply #100 on: December 02, 2017, 02:15:23 pm »


I wonder if you could do something with those car windshield sunscreens, the ones that you twist so they compress down to a half diameter for storage? the cloth part you would cut out but leave an inch or three inside the ring to help it keep its roundness since the hoop inside is so flexible. the lines down could be hand or machine stitched to the cloth at the edge and different sized sunscreens might mean they could be used as is or cut down and remade to the sizes needed.  once its all made the whole thing could be twisted and stored in your bustle bag. you might even be able to take some sort of collapsible laundry net bag (with those similar plastic collapsible rings in the sides) and use it inside your bustle bag to help it fight the skirting weight over it. I suppose you could just get one of those big rubber punching balls and stick it in the bag. wouldn't weigh anything really. seems I remember they had rather long fill necks on those balloons so you can tie a slip knot or maybe use a clothes pin to allow to inflate/deflate the balloon as needed. then the bustle bag wouldn't need to be more than one of those laundry bag things, and you could store the hoops and a lot of other costume bits in it during transport.



I've sewn a plastic-pipe frame into to bustle bag so it keep its shape, but the foldable items you mentioned are a great idea and worth experimenting with. I've bough a couple of cheapish skirts off Amazon recently for the material to add to other projects but they also came with very thin but flexible steel hoops and were packaged in the same twisted-folded manner as is the case for sunscreens etc. Wheather they would stand up to continual folding and unfolding for transport and not loose their shape remains to be seen. Also, I must get back to revamping the parasol skirt idea. That was never as successful as I would have wished due to there being too much give in the elasticated belt the arms were sewn onto; I think they need to be anchored to a more more fitted and non-stretch belt or waspie. I also have more arms from recently deceased umbrellas to relace the more twisted ones on the original.

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Miranda.

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« Reply #101 on: December 21, 2017, 10:12:23 pm »

Oh my your expertise on re-making is amazing! With your permission might have to try to do similar on several of these items~ they are all just gorgeous! I turned a prom dress into a wedding dress but nothing as incredible as your creations are....
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« Reply #102 on: December 22, 2017, 12:29:48 am »

Oh my your expertise on re-making is amazing! With your permission might have to try to do similar on several of these items~ they are all just gorgeous! I turned a prom dress into a wedding dress but nothing as incredible as your creations are....

Thank you; by all means please feel free to use any of these ideas - but do post up piccys to show your creations!

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #103 on: May 20, 2018, 11:20:10 pm »

Here's a new fascinator I made for the West Midlands Steampunk Assembly's recent outing to the Black Country Living Museum's Red by Night event - the Newcomen Engine fascinator. For those who are unaware, the Newcomen Engine is the world's first use of steam power to do useful work (pumping water out of mines). It was invented just a few miles from the BCLM's site and the museum has a working replica (although currently it is undergoing repairs).



This is the mark I, a static model; if we are invited back next year I'm planning that the mark II will have a working beam arm.

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #104 on: May 21, 2018, 06:36:33 am »

Here's a new fascinator I made for the West Midlands Steampunk Assembly's recent outing to the Black Country Living Museum's Red by Night event - the Newcomen Engine fascinator. For those who are unaware, the Newcomen Engine is the world's first use of steam power to do useful work (pumping water out of mines). It was invented just a few miles from the BCLM's site and the museum has a working replica (although currently it is undergoing repairs).



This is the mark I, a static model; if we are invited back next year I'm planning that the mark II will have a working beam arm.

Yours,
Miranda.

Just make sure to protect your head from the hot steam  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #105 on: January 15, 2019, 01:05:55 am »

My, it's been a while since I posted up here... Time to remedy that. This is my coat dress for next weekend's BCSS/WMSA trip to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.


It's made from a pair of charity shop curtains with a fleecy blanket repurposed as bodice lining (nice and cosy) and skirt lining from a duvet (charity shop again) to a homebrew pattern. Here it is over my smaller crinoline cage; I haven't tried it with my larger one yet (there's limited room in our conservatory/sewing room) but there should be enough slack in the skirt to accomodate the larger cage. Getting enough material out of the curtains was an interesting exercise in juggling the pattern pieces around, especially as I didn't want a seam at the waist (each section is a continuous run from the collar to the skirt hem) - there might just be enough material left over to cover the top of a reasonably small hat...

Yours,
Miranda.

Edit: The dress coat in action at the Black Country Museum -

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« Reply #106 on: January 15, 2019, 09:57:12 am »

My, it's been a while since I posted up here... Time to remedy that. This is my coat dress for next weekend's BCSS/WMSA trip to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.


It's made from a pair of charity shop curtains with a fleecy blanket repurposed as bodice lining (nice and cosy) and skirt lining from a duvet (charity shop again) to a homebrew pattern. Here it is over my smaller crinoline cage; I haven't tried it with my larger one yet (there's limited room in our conservatory/sewing room) but there should be enough slack in the skirt to accomodate the larger cage. Getting enough material out of the curtains was an interesting exercise in juggling the pattern pieces around, especially as I didn't want a seam at the waist (each section is a continuous run from the collar to the skirt hem) - there might just be enough material left over to cover the top of a reasonably small hat...

Yours,
Miranda.


Oh, watch out Dear Miranda! When you start saying "curtains," the first thing that pops into my mind is that episode in old Carol Burnett comedy TV show...  Roll Eyes "I saw it in the window and I couldn't resist"

Oh my God! I just noticed! Associated Press did a special on it in 2016, and they got a hold of nice resolution video!

AP Documentary: Carol Burnett in "Went with the Wind" parody of "Gone with the Wind."
Carol Burnett Reflects on 'Went With the Wind'
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« Reply #107 on: January 16, 2019, 12:59:29 am »

Well, I have always been in awe of Vivien's dresses in that film, including the curtains one. I've currently amassed quite a stock of charity shop curtains in this loft, so this year I've resolved to... wait for it... pull myself together and get on with sewing them up Cheesy . Ahem, sorry for that - I'll show myself out...

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #108 on: January 16, 2019, 04:48:25 am »

... so this year I've resolved to... wait for it... pull myself together and get on with sewing them up Cheesy . Ahem, sorry for that - I'll show myself out...

And so you should too! Grin
That was so bad, it was good!!
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« Reply #109 on: January 16, 2019, 10:37:37 pm »

Well, I have always been in awe of Vivien's dresses in that film, including the curtains one. I've currently amassed quite a stock of charity shop curtains in this loft, so this year I've resolved to... wait for it... pull myself together and get on with sewing them up Cheesy . Ahem, sorry for that - I'll show myself out...

Yours,
Miranda.

Just as long as you keep on track and don't go off the rail ...

And by the way  the outfit is, as always, lovely.
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« Reply #110 on: February 07, 2019, 09:32:12 pm »

Well, I have always been in awe of Vivien's dresses in that film, including the curtains one. I've currently amassed quite a stock of charity shop curtains in this loft, so this year I've resolved to... wait for it... pull myself together and get on with sewing them up Cheesy . Ahem, sorry for that - I'll show myself out...

Yours,
Miranda.

That comment had me in stitches  Cheesy Well, in all seriousness this was commonplace in the past, Recycling textile was an important part of pioneer life (quilts) and also for the agrarian Soujthern economy duuring the US Civil War, when people did not have the means to purchase bespoke uniforms... In fact, the Confederate troups' uniforms well all over the place in terms of shades of gray and fabric, precisely because of tectile and monetary shortages...
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« Reply #111 on: May 25, 2019, 01:03:11 am »

Deepest apologies from being fairly absent from this site, but as mentioned elsewhere on BrassGoggles I've been very busy (along with other members of the Black Country Steampunk Society) in preparing for our full weekend of displays and activities at the Black Country Living Museum. Long days (the Saturday I was on-site around 9 am and finished at 10:30 pm), but really enjoyable and a great response from the general pubic.

For my part, I made up the Babbage Booth/Steampunk Illumatarium as mentioned in 'Desktop Themes', sorted out out our back projection system for the public to pose in front of after donning clothes from the Steampunk dressing up rail... and of course making a new frock for the occasion  Wink



(Image courtesy of Edel Slawson).

It started life as two pairs of very large curtains and 75 m of organsa ribbon. The pattern was self-drafted. I have one of the gold curtains left to make up a jacket, but unfortunatly didn;t have time for this before RBN; there's always something else to do...

Yours,
Miranda.

Edit: Here's the outfit display at Red by Night -



The maroon one to the left and the green at the back are Magorian Pye's creations, but the rest are mine.
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« Reply #112 on: May 25, 2019, 01:12:35 am »

Wowsers! Looks great!
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« Reply #113 on: May 25, 2019, 11:46:31 am »

Wowsers! Looks great!

Thank you  Smiley. I was trying to make somehing that could pass off as an 1860s crinoline dress, so long as you ignore the modern fabrics and, for speed, used a zip as a fastening, which I must work out a way to hide a little bit better - although when the jacket is made it will be under that anyway.

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Miranda.
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« Reply #114 on: May 26, 2019, 02:20:32 am »

Amazing work, amazing craftsmanship - I am in awe... They also look fabulous as a display!
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« Reply #115 on: May 26, 2019, 12:17:17 pm »

Amazing work, amazing craftsmanship - I am in awe... They also look fabulous as a display!

Thank you again  Smiley. We certainly seemed to inspire quite a few people to visit our Steampunk dress up rail and try the style, and that along with the teapot racing, tea duelling and other activities will hopefully inspre a few people to join in the Steampunk fun  Grin

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Miranda.
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« Reply #116 on: May 26, 2019, 03:14:17 pm »

Marvellous work, Miranda, and lovely to see you back!
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« Reply #117 on: May 26, 2019, 03:55:23 pm »

Marvellous work, Miranda, and lovely to see you back!

Thank you  Smiley. I have been looking in occasionally, but as mentioned since the start of March it's been pretty intense work getting everything together for the event and it was being organised via a different social media platform so I've been spending a lot of time on that, not without the occasional frustrations as to how it works, or not works...

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Miranda.
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« Reply #118 on: May 27, 2019, 06:42:36 pm »

Incredible dress and display, Miranda! Very impressive!
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« Reply #119 on: May 27, 2019, 09:35:06 pm »

The whole thing is splendid (but I bet you never want to see another bit of ribbon flounce in your life - well, until the next outfit anyway!)
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« Reply #120 on: May 28, 2019, 12:44:47 am »

Thank you both  Smiley. Yes, the trim did take rather a while to do. After rather too many hours in the sewing room, aside from getting some 21st century outfits ready for a wedding next month the family are rather insistent I don't take on another sewing project for at least a couple of months  Roll Eyes.

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Miranda.
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« Reply #121 on: May 28, 2019, 06:09:41 pm »



Thank you  Smiley. I was trying to make somehing that could pass off as an 1860s crinoline dress, so long as you ignore the modern fabrics and, for speed, used a zip as a fastening, which I must work out a way to hide a little bit better - although when the jacket is made it will be under that anyway.

Yours,
Miranda.

I've always been a bit anti-zip, but then I wondered whether it could actually be 'in period' so to speak, and discovered that although it wasn't patented until 1917 the idea debuted  in 1893 (albeit not very successfully), but hey, we don't recreate we reimagine, so in mysteam punk world zips were a success from the moment they first appeared ... problem solved  Grin
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« Reply #122 on: May 28, 2019, 10:45:57 pm »

A very early, rather viscous looking zipper:


I had an idea to mold non-working replicas of this, for decorative use on costumes. Another project I never got around to.
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« Reply #123 on: May 29, 2019, 11:53:34 am »

Ooo, a steampunk'd zip, what a great idea!

The other reason, aside from speed for construction, of adding a zip was purely practical for the Red By Night event. Clearly it wasn't going to be possible to drive in that outfit so I'd need to change into it at the museum. As it was weekend long the family were just joining me on the Sunday, so for the Saturday if I'd had buttons on the back I'd have had to bother someone else to help, which would be an imposition since everyone had more than enough to do getting all the displays and activities up and running. At least with a side zip I could be self sufficient in getting the frock on, although I was obliged to one person who helped pull the hem into place aound the back. It does make you appreciate just how much of a status symbol these outfits were, saying 'not only can I afford the clothes but also a maid to help me put then on'.

Yours,
Miranda.
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