…what had to leave the Klamottenkiste… Part 6

Russian Flower
It always sounds so sad when I write these posts – and sometimes it is!
The reason for this was definitely nerve-wracking – because my closet practically collapsed!!!

But this post is not sad at all, because I am so happy that some of my beautiful works have ended up with loved ones who still wear and appreciate them!

This time I gave my little sister Lisa and my dear stepmother Marlies a lot of nice things.

So is my beloved Russian Flower with the Russian Flower Bag and the Russian Flower Choker now in good hands. Here with me, it really only hung on a dress form for years because it didn’t fit me anymore.
The same goes for the cheerful Picknick Dress with the Bag for the Picknick Dress. That suits Marlies much better than me ;-)
She also got the Tea Pot Dress which she looks lovely in too :-)
I also gave her the last remains of the Bold Balloonist – now the outfit should almost be back be completely in one place.
Also the Olive Green Lace Knit Wrist Warmers and the Don’t Blink Shirt went to Marlies!

To wear the wonderfully cuddly warm Night Blue Poncho with the Night Blue Wrist Warmers Marlies and Lisa almost had a fight – I think they can take turns wearing them now in winter ;-)

My often worn Ready Made has been way too small for me for a long time, but Lisa fits in and so it ended up with her :-)

But now you mustn’t think that I now have room in my closet!
At least there should now be a very small gap so that I can start my new steampunk project ;-)

Yours,
JessiCat

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Happy Halloween and a new costume: Steampunk Pixie

Steampunk Pixie
Since there is no Halloween party for me this year either, I would like to at least show my costume, which I actually wanted to wear at the Anno 1900 Steampunk Convention this year, but could not wear because of the low temperatures:
My Steampunk Pixie with her Pixie Wings :-)

Marlena Wels took the enchanting pictures – thank you very much for that!
I’m really proud of this costume and it has now got suitably beautiful pictures too ;-)

I wish you all Happy Halloween and hope for a big party next year with lots of great costumes!

Yours,
JessiCat

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Steampunk Pixie

Steampunk Pixie
The idea for this costume grew piece by piece. It all started with a store-bought petticoat. I fell so in love with it, but I didn’t have any combination options. The color and style was something that was unfortunately still missing in my closet. So I just had to sew something suitable if I ever wanted to wear it ;-)

My first consideration was how I can make sure that the petticoat can still be seen clearly, but that the completely transparent part at the top is covered. Furthermore I had in mind that I wanted to combine this with leather. This gave rise to the idea for the asymmetrical skirt :-)
Actually that would have been enough because I now had something suitable for my new petticoat.

But then the fascination for Final Fantasy outfits got in the way ;-)
Ever since I’ve been playing these games (always – and all of them!) I’ve been attracted to its fashion, which for me makes up a large part of the magic of the ever-changing worlds.
A very special outfit from “Lightning Returns” reminded me of a pattern that I had already used and with that the urge came after so many years to finally sew a Final Fantasy outfit!
However, I never intended to turn it into a Lightning Cosplay. With one look at my skirt, which was half-finished at the time, it was clear to me: This will become part of the costume!
Some details are exactly like Lightning’s outfit, others are changed to my liking to match my own costume.

Finally the blouse was added. The fabric was there from the start because it went so well with the petticoat and I almost had used it in the skirt ;-)

When I finished the costume, on the one hand I was very happy with the result, but on the other hand I had the feeling that something was still missing.
With the opening in the back of the vest and a steampunk song, the idea came up: That’s it! Wings would fit perfectly!

This not only gave the costume its name, but also defined my new challenge: to build wings!
How I approached this task is described under Pixie Wings ;-)

Photos: Marlena Wels (2022)
Jewellery: Sandra

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Making of …

Steampunk Pixie finished blouse
The pattern for the skirt is remotely based on a pattern from an old Burda. The asymmetry, the corset part and the lacing on the side were not included there. I sewed several mockups until I was happy with the pattern.
The corset part is made of very thin, soft leather, underlaid with two layers of firm cotton and kept in shape with spiral boning.
The sides should create a contrast to the leather, so I decided on a lightly falling, fluttering fabric that comes very close to the petticoat in terms of color. Two layers of the fabric are processed on both sides, cut in different directions to the threadline. This creates a somewhat loose, almost messy picture, which in my opinion goes perfectly with the petticoat.

Then came the waistcoat. The pattern I started with was once again the coat of pattern 2172 by Simplicity.
My first focus was to ensure that the petticoat is not covered too much and that a little bit of the skirt is still visible. I almost kept the front length and the slope to the short back became more extreme with each test – and better!
Then I concentrated on the upper back and the belts, turning on the Final Fantasy game over and over again and analyzing exactly how it looks on the costumes of Lightning. With these details I wanted to stick to this model as closely as possible.
After I had constructed a pattern that met my expectations, I was faced with the next problem: How do I sew this neatly out of leather now? I decided to sew the seams here in a similar way to a corset and worked my way from the center back to the front and put the pieces together.
In addition to the belts, the waistcoat has snaps so that it closes cleanly at the front.
I think I managed to find a balance between an exact copy of the Lightning outfit and my very own design.

In the end I wanted to sew my own blouse (and not the one I bought, which you can see in the pictures of the first tests). I also had a pattern from Burda Style (12/2014) in my head that I always wanted to sew. The test piece turned out so good that I finished it as an independent work: The Turtleneck Shirt with Bishop Sleeves.
The beautiful stretch lace fabric had long been ready to become a part of this costume. But with the lace fabric, the front would have been very see-through and too plain compared to the rest of the costume had I not made further changes to the pattern. I wanted the blouse a little more playful and at the same time a little less transparent and use flounces for that. The blouse now has a deep neckline and is closed with snaps only on the turtleneck itself. This makes putting it on a lot easier! And even for this change I sewed test pieces ;-)
In the end I was surprised how good this blouse turned out! I have rarely been so satisfied with one of my works ;-)

Completed: 2020

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… in Action

Status: in my Klamottenkiste and waits for nice weather at the next suitable event ;-)

Pixie Wings

Pixie Wings
The idea of ​​building wings came with the Steampunk Pixie costume. These were supposed to be blue wings from the start, maybe a little influenced by Carnival Row. The shape that I had in mind for the wings however had nothing to do with this series ;-)

Since I had never done anything like it, I first looked around how others had built their fairy and elf wings and then decided on the method with wire and organza.

First I decided to build test wings with the copper-colored organza that was left over from my Time Traveller’s Ballroom. However, this test went so well that I finished sewing these beautiful golden wings, too :-)

I used copper cables as the wire here. Freed from the plastic, I had a nice, shiny cable that could be easily bent into shape. The wings themselves are each made of two layers of organza, sewn with different zigzag stitches and cut out afterwards. The wings are attached to a small cloth-covered sheet of buckram. The plate is then carried on the back with the help of elastic bands, similar to a backpack.
Since it was originally only intended as a test piece, the sewing work on the holding plate is not very clean and so I wrapped it with organza and sewn a mini wing on top so that it looks nicer. You can see what I mean by that in the gallery ;-)

Nevertheless, I am very happy that I made this test piece because the stability of the wings on the back with the shape of the small plate was not really good. I then made a few mini models to find out how I could increase the stability without making the plate much larger. These models can also be seen in the gallery :-)

With the blue wings, that is the “real” wings, I was unfortunately no longer able to use the copper cable, as the color was much too visible through the blue. So I used a different, gray sheathed cable.
This time, the holding plate is sewn so neatly that it was no longer necessary to wrap it with organza; instead, two mini-wings on top of each other were sufficient :-)

Completed: 2020

Status: in my Klamottenkiste and waiting for there to be events again where something like this can be worn

Photos: Marlena Wels (2022)
Jewellery: Sandra

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Anno 1900 Steampunk Convention 2022

Anno 1900 Steampunk Convention 2022 - Day 1
This year the Anno 1900 Steampunk Convention took place again after a two-year pandemic break at Minett Park Fond-de-Gras in Luxembourg and we were there :-)

It was so nice to see our friends again and to marvel at so many wonderful costumes! :-D

I had to adjust my own costume plans shortly beforehand: Since the temperatures were lower than expected, I couldn’t wear my planned costumes.
In this way, my Mourning Robe from 2014 was allowed to get a taste of Fond-de-Gras air and show itself at the convention :-)
For the second day I had to improvise something: The well-worn Airship Captain Diva-skirt, combined with Eric Aisling’s stunning leather corset and harness made a great new costume – you can see a lot of pictures of it in the gallery :-)
The pictures are by Eric Aisling, Paul Jean Marchand and Stefan Hepp, among others.

For the next Anno 1900 I wish for warmer weather so I can finally show my new costume that I finished in 2020!
But you’ll see it beforehand, because I’ve already had a fairytale shoot with it and I’m looking forward to showing you the pictures and the detailed costume description very soon ;-)

Yours,
JessiCat

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A New Boho Crochet Skirt

Boho Crochet Skirt
The last summery post of this year is about that Boho Crochet Skirt.

Now I’m happy that after a two-year break due to the pandemic, we’re going back to the Anno 1900 Steampunk Convention in Luxembourg.
Maybe I’ll bring some pictures of it :-)

Yours,
JessiCat

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Café au Lait Shirt

Café au Lait Shirt
Summery light, terribly well-behaved and cute, this crochet shirt is very nice to wear over a tank top and goes well with the Café au Lait Wrist Warmers to combine.

Photos: Faust (2022)
Earrings: Sandra

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A New Outfit: Café au Lait Shirt with Wrist Warmers

Café au Lait Shirt
And here is another one of my countless crochet works, the Café au Lait Shirt, complete with matching Café au Lait Wrist Warmers.

Since I’m still very unproductive, there will still be only crochet works.
But I’m sure that will change again soon ;-)

Yours,
JessiCat

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