So I managed to squeeze in a quick trip to the studio on Saturday, while Jeremy tried to get some rest at home. He’s still fighting off a cold, and it was making us both pretty miserable on Saturday. Of course, I still haven’t taken pictures of the studio, as I arrived there with a nearly dead camera battery, and a ton of product pictures to take!
Aside from my photos, I made a couple of big fleece blankets. On bringing those home Saturday afternoon, Jeremy was astonished. “You made those today?!” Apparently he thought that the pattern on the first one I showed him was something I had stitched or woven or some such. He has not seen me with my bags of remnants. Clearly. 🙂
I also altered a dress that I had found at Goodwill a while back. The dress itself was cute enough, but it had an elasticized waistband which was not very flattering on me. So my solution was to take the dress apart at the waist, reattach the top to the bottom, and end up with a long vest. I also added ties to the back, because the dress was kind of shapeless both before and after my initial alteration. The photo that Jeremy took before I went out on Sunday isn’t great (especially because I accessorized heavily OVER the skirt of the vest), but there it is. In addition to the alteration of the line of the dress, I also replaced maybe half of the buttons (taking the rest off entirely), added a patch to one pocket, and put star buttons on the collar points. Oh, and part of the waistband (the non-elasticized part) became my headband. 🙂
(For the entire outfit: altered vest/dress over an old belly dancing top (which you can’t even see), with my black skirt (so worn it looks blue now), and a gorgeous velvet scarf with burnout panels at the ends draped over my military belt. And sandals, because it was bloody hot last night. This is one of my many steampunk gypsy variations.)
The whole reason I worked on the vest, of course, was for the Abney Park show on Sunday night. Jeremy wasn’t well enough to attend, so instead I dragged our friend Katie along with me. She was reluctant to tag along until I told her she could dress up out of my steampunk collection. She ended up going with a tan button-up shirt and a long rust colored vest/dress with a grommetted belt, over her jeans. She also borrowed one of my flight helmets, and Jeremy’s goggles. Super adorable. 🙂 (And she had a blast. 🙂 )
Oddly, I didn’t see even a moment of the show, as I volunteered at the merch table, as per my usual. I get paid with hugs and thanks from the band, and it means I didn’t have to brave the heat and crowd in the venue. I had a chair! 🙂