girlnamedxena: (unicycle)
 I'm entered in Bustledress.com's most beautiful bustle dress in the world contest, and I need votes! I've entered my steampunk bustle dress, and the entries I'm competing against are here. Email your vote to lisa@bustledress.com You can vote once a day until August 7th!
girlnamedxena: (unicycle)
 After hours of exhaustive research (read: one or two google searches) I have been unable to find pictures of steamy unicycles. I've found a couple of monowheels, but those aren't really the same. Can it be that no one has made one yet? Maybe there's a good reason for that... nah!

I'm trying to come up with ways to steamify a uni, but so far the only things I would be capable doing with the help available to me would be to give it a paintjob and make leather covers for the seat and grips on the handlebars. I'd probably paint the peddles and bumpers on the saddle as well, even though that would wear off really quickly. Throw a bugle horn on the handblars, maybe get a head and tail light and paint the casings to look like brass. Someone with a better understanding of mechanics than me might be able to make pistons that attach to the peddles/cranks, which would be cool but I would be afraid of them getting in the way and catching on clothing. Even if they worked they'd add a lot of extra weight, which wouldn't be idea. I also thought of sticking gears onto the forks, but I'd still be concerned about the teeth of the gears catching on my clothes. I think it would be cool to have a set of pennyfarthing style handlebars made and attached somehow, but I don't know how to do that and I don't think I know anybody who can, which would probably mean paying somebody big bucks to do it for me. Plus pennyfarthing handlebars look like they'd trap your legs and make it hard to bail. Also, how to make reflectors more steamy? Peddles usually come with them built in, and I'd want to put one or two on the wheel for safety. 

If I were to steamify a unicycle I would be riding it a lot, so I'd like to avoid making it anymore impractical then it already is. And whatever I add has to be able to survive multiple UPDs. Ideas? 

(I think I'll probably get this 29, with a touring handle and brakes).

Also, Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, Tolerable Festivus ect. ect. 

EDIT: TUBES! Long, clear plastic tubes with brightly coloured fluid (glow in the dark?) in them, looped around the frame! With a box with gears on/in it under the seat, where the tubes attach! That'd be cool, lightweight and if I do it right, easy to take off so I wouldn't have to leave it there all the time.
girlnamedxena: (costuming)
I'm considering making a steampunk outfit for con.

crappy sketch )

I dunno, though. I really do want to make a Tudor dress at some point. The idea behind this is that it wouldn't take very much fabric or time. Then I worked out approximately how much fabric I thought it would take which is waaaay too much for a little project like this. I'm trying to justify it by saying I want a bustle anyway, but it would have to be a very short bustle and if/when I make a Victorian dress I'll probably want a longer one.

I'm assuming that the bustle will take about 2 yds, the underskirt 2 1/2 yds, the drape 1 1/2yds, the jacket 3 yds, the chemise 2 1/2 yds and the spats 1yd, which comes to a whopping 13 yds. Way, way too much. Plus I really ought to have a very ruffle-tastic petticoat. Although now that I'm looking at patterns, it looks like I can make a pretty big bustle with only one yd. It looks like it'd be longer than knee length, tough, so I'd have to make a smaller one. I'm looking at buying this pattern because it has so many options, but the person who reviewed it said it fits larger ladies better. I'm sure I could mess around with it and fix it. So maybe bustle: 1 yd, underskirt: 1 1/2 yd, drape: 1 yd, jacket: 3 yds, chemise: 2 1/2 yds, spats: 1 yd + petticoat. That's still at least 10 yds. Eeek. Although I would make the jacket last and maybe not at all so that's only 7 yds + petticoat. Then there's the notions: tubing or steel for the bustle, yards of lace and ribbon and twill tape (actually, I probably have enough twill tape in my stash), the jewellery (which I would make myself because I'm a crazy person. Where do you get cameos for jewelery making anyway?). I'll have to figure out how to make hats and find stuff to adorn it with. Ugh. I dunno.

I think I'm going to start on the corset soon anyway because I've been meaning to make that for over a year. And maybe I'll go to Value Villiage and see if I can find some old sheets on the cheap for the bustle/petticoat, or a big skirt that I could alter/salvage the fabric from. I can't say I like the idea of using someone else's bedding as my underpinnings, but this project is one that has to be made on the cheap or not at all. Which means if I want it to be of decent quality I have to get started soon.*

So, any thoughts? For the people who've been to ConVersion do you think this is costume contest winning material? For some reason I feel really weird making a non-historically accurate costume. As if making historically accurate stuff isn't a waste of time/ressources. And by waste I mean time and money that could be spent on everyday clothes so I'd look fabulous all the time, rather just a couple times a year when I'm in costume. I don't think costuming is a useless activity, but I know my skills could be used in service of things that are much more useful.

On the other hand, it is really nice to be able to let my creativity loose and see what I can come up with without the constraints of historical accuracy.

*there's a saying among artisans that you can have at most two of the three things: cheap, good and fast. I usually try to go for the first two.

EDIT: ok, I found a bedsheet I can use for the bustle and petticoat. It even has kinda nice lace on it. Guess I ought to buy a pattern O.o (My mom seems to think this, like most of my costumes, is a complete waste of time and I should be making everyday clothes. But she is marginally in favour of this one because it will take much less fabric than most of my projects do).

girlnamedxena: (Default)
Found my scarf.

It has occured to me that as a knitter I really ought to have a huge pile of scarves, but I don't. When I was trying to find a scarf to wear to school today I had to resort to the pink and white hello kitty monstrosity that was hiding in the back of my closet. It's not even a scarf that I knit myself. I am so ashamed.

Am baking today. Should be exciting.*

*And by exciting I  'omg, I actually made a cake!' rather than 'omg! Call the fire department!'

I want YOU

Mar. 8th, 2008 01:13 pm
girlnamedxena: (knit)
... to give me your opinion.

As you undoubtably know I am making a corset. I've been fiddling around with hand sewn eyelets, and I've found the perl cotton I got will not work because it's too thick. I had some quilting thread laying around, so I did an eyelet using that and it looks a lot better. The quilting thread is white, the perl cotton is red.

My question is:

Should I do the eyelets/embroidery in red or white? The corset itself is white. If I do them in red it will look similar to my other corset, except this one will have less embroidery because it's a different pattern. Most of the embroidery for the new one will be along the top and bottom edge and the eyelets in the back. White might be more practical because the embroidery won't show through if I wear a light coloured garment over top, plus mistakes in the embroidery won't show up as much. But red is cool.

So, your opinion: Red or White?
girlnamedxena: (Default)
You guys? The fabric land closest to my house is closing ;_; That one was so convenient! I dunno where I'm going to go for fabric now. On the plus side they were having a massive sale, 50% or better so I got an assload of fabric and notions, enough to make my hoop petticoat and a normal petticoat (or possibly two). They also had patterns on for a couple dollars each, so I got a few of those, although they didn't have the Tudor dress that I wanted in my size *tear* oh well. Time to go hunting for a new fabric store.
girlnamedxena: (knit)
It's almost one in the morning and I'm still wide awake. Blarg.

I looked up all the text books I need, and tomorrow I'm going to the university to get my new bus pass sticker thingie and buy books (hopefully the stores will be open *crosses fingers*)



Um. What else? I've decided that as long as I'm not going to be sleeping I might as well try and do something useful, hence research ect.

I'm also taking commissions for knitting projects. There are a bunch of pictures of some recent things I've made behind the cut, along with descriptions and explanations. I designed almost everything (exceptions will be noted) and created the patterns from scratch, some of them from photographs.

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