Steampunk: A Study in Ruffles

Project Description

What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website Name of website or photo Simplicity 2207 Misses' Steampunk Costume Link to website or photo www.simplicity.com/p-5900-misses-steampunk-costume.aspx What are you most proud of? All of the ruffle edges are custom finished. The pattern said you could use a serger or zig-zag stitch -- since I didn't have a serger at the time, I used the double zig-zag stitch option on my machine. It took HOURS and my machine developed a squeak because of it! But the finished effect is stunning. What advice would you give someone starting this project? This is not a beginner project, but it's not nearly as difficult as another steampunk costume that I will post here on Craftsy at a later date. Definitely give yourself plenty of time to complete the project -- there is a lot of yardage and the ruffles are more labor intensive than you might think. I also ended up not using as much fabric as the envelope suggested (I think I cut it more efficiently than their layout).

What you will need

  • Midnight blue taffeta (black satin back)
  • silver braid
  • silver thread

Q&A with School of Moxie

kotek_101123957 asked:
I love this pattern! I got it myself and hope to make it for myself by the end of May however I'm far from a seasoned seamstress. Would it be possible for me to do this knowing some basic sewing skills? Which part of the dress would you recommend to start at?
School of Moxie answered:
I love this pattern, too! I would make it again. I think you can do this with basic sewing skills. Just give yourself a lot of time to get it done. It's time intensive with the ruffles. I don't use a serger, so I edge stitched all of the ruffles with a double zig-zag stitch. i also started with the jacket, then did the skirt, and finally the bustle. Good luck!! :)

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