Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! For a great meditation on the man and his legacy, you should visit What's race got to do with it? and read her post for today. It's a good one.
Meanwhile, I've got a couple of sewing projects to share with you. Both were made with my friend Esther's steampunk-themed birthday party in mind, which was this past weekend - and a total blast. Granted, my outfit was more punk than steam, but whatevs...
I started out with this dress, which is too snug in the hips...
...and this skirt, which had unpleasantly tight, twisted elastic in the waist.
I removed the bottom of the dress,
then removed the elastic from the skirt by cutting into the waistband.
A few days later, I decided to make a flask-holding garter (like I saw on Etsy a while ago) to wear, so I took this shirt...
and cut out the few gathered sections in the front and back.
I sewed those together...
...and then used the elastic from the skirt to finish off the garter section.
I cut off another section of the shirt, this time with button holes in it, and pinned it around the flask to make a little pocket.
I sewed that together, then sewed it in place on the garter.
I prettied up the flask pocket with some ribbon and I was done!
For the party, I added a vest, goggles, gloves and s'me other accessories:
Steampunk Magazine Cranks My Cogs
Adventures in Dress Recycling: New Year's Eve Edition
Adventures in Dress "Recycling"
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