Ever seen Enchanted? Remember Susan Sarandon as Nerissa, when she’s in her pre-dragon transformation outfit? I’ve always loved it.
I’ll be going to ‘Asylum’ again this year- the biggest steampunk gathering of the year, held in and around Lincoln Castle every August bank holiday. A group of us started chatting about going as witches, and I immediately ‘bagged’ Nerissa’s costume as my look. Now, it needs to be steampunked, so my original thought was to turn the overskirt into a draped bustle look, but you know, yawn, everyone does bustles at steampunk events, and I’m turning more often to later Belle Epoque looks, and early Edwardian styles these days.
I’d already made a bodice last year for my steampunk version of the Dogstar-designed ‘Six Napoleon’ dress, and it’s never actually been worn. It’s a Truly Victorian bodice, made sleeveless and asymmetrical. My steampunk touch, as ever, is anachronistic fabric, this time it was a weird, stretchy, sort of rubbery wet-look fabric which I bought from the sale racks in Barry’s warehouse in Birmingham. Dirt cheap and irresistibly weird, I had to have it.
Teamed with this, I want a draped skirt front, and did think I would wear it either over trousers or a long skirt, but then had a brainwave. Victorian circus performer/witch mash up!
Take a look at these brilliant pictures:
So I’ll be making a pair of poofy bloomers, with the draped overskirt and bodice. This will be teamed up with my knee length mock-lace-up boots, which were tan, but have now been dyed a lovely deep brown/black by my obligingly meticulous missus. I found this gorgeously slinky scaled lurex/lycra fabric from Etsy, and a conveniently large piece of black chiffon from stash, to make the cape. That will probably be the most time-consuming bit, as to get the shaped edge, I’ll need to wire it. I’ve never done this before, so that should be interesting!
And I have tassels. Yay tassels!
I have some silver ribbon which will work for the bodice detailing, and will contrive something as a headpiece. I already have a long black wig. I’m in two minds about that though, as August can be so hot, but hey-ho, il faut souffrir pour être belle!