This blog has been pretty quiet for several months. This is due in part to my health, but also a result of issues I’ve been having with my web site returning database errors, no data errors, and generally hideously slow page load speeds, all of which made updating this site a painfully tedious process. Thankfully, yesterday I found the problem and removed that plugin from my site, and low and behold, it’s working properly! So, yay, now I can give you some belated updates on what I’ve been doing the past three months.
Copper Bustle and Other Bustley-ness!
Leather and Copper Bustle – Modeled
Two things that come to mind when one contemplates steampunk are copper and leather, so for years I’ve been wanting to make a copper and leather bustle. I was asked to give a workshop at the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition this past April, so I figured that was the perfect opportunity. First I figured out a way to make simple foundation bustles in a workshop setting without sewing machines, using plastic boning and rivets or safety pins. Once I understood how to configure the bustle, I made myself one out of leather, copper hanging tape, and rivets, and I proudly wore it that weekend.
Leather and Copper Bustle – Side View
Leather and Copper Bustle – Quarter View
Leather and Copper Bustle – Back View
These are the sample bustles upon which the workshop bustles were based.
Basic no-sew bustle made with featherweight boning, twill tape, and safety pins. It’s very lightweight, so it won’t hold up a very heavy skirt, but it does work.
Basic no-sew bustle made with rigilene, and rivets. There are two layers of rigilene along each length. It’s very lightweight, so it won’t hold up a very heavy skirt, but it does work. The cut ends of the rigilene needed to be coated with hot glue to prevent them from catching on everything.
The two-hour workshop was enjoyed by all, and a number of people left excited to use the knowledge they gained to make other bustle projects at home. A wonderful friend, Roget Ratchford, photo-documented the workshop, so if you are interested in viewing that, please visit his gallery
Nova Albion 2013 – Bustle Building Bonanza.