I loves me some steampunk. To honor my new obsession, I decided to outfit myself as a steampunk fairy for upcoming dork festivals. I have over fifteen years of sewing and crafting experience, but anyone with a basic knowledge of machine and hand stitcing (and perhaps a little faith and patience) will be able to make her own beautiful interpretation. Fairy wings are forthcoming and so not pictured, by the way.
Having previously employed myself constructing commissioned costumes, I have a significant storehouse of odds and ends. I made a deliberate attempt to use only what I had on hand for this corset, though I did end up spending about $10 for bias tape, brown thread, and grommets. If you purchase all required supplies, this corset could set you back up to $100, I would imagine.
This particular design took me about fifteen hours to complete. A significant portion of that time was dedicated to hand stitching (and taking photos for this 'ible!). Hand stitching will be an unavoidable aspect of this corset so prepare yourself with some background movies or tunes, maybe a hand brace, and a delicious adult beverage. If you like this instructable, please visit my website at www.ericayoung.com to see more of my tutorials, projects, and passions.
Oh! And in case you haven't noticed, I'm wordy. If you're not a reader, the good news is: I have LOTS of photos. :-) Also, you may be wondering what this has to do with summer since I'm entering the summer sewing contest. The answer? It has everything to do with summer--summer festival attire, summer night out on the town attire (pair this with some sexy jeans and gold high heals for a great look!), summer boredom remedy...
So, with all of that out of the way, let the creativity begin!