What is Steampunk? It has the look and feel of Victorian,and Industrial but with a modern twist. It is in fashion, home decorating, parties,groups that get together, camping, tiny houses. I like it. Below is my Calypso Vest pattern that I started with.
Beth, the owner of Fabric Chicks in Minden, NV, asked me to make a sample of Calypso Vest to display in her booth. You can find her Fabric Chicks booth at many quilt shows and sewing shows throughout western states.Her booth spaces are AWESOME! You will want everything. Look for her at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival). She sent me the fabrics she wanted me to use. All by Tim Holtz (I think his look is totally Steampunk). I’ll take you through the making of this, really, really, cool piece of true, “Art to Wear.” Here are the fabrics I’m using. I have already cut them into the bias strips. There are rounds and rounds of bias strips (7 total) that make this pattern so unique. Oh, a smidge of the back (on the left), shows too.
The hardest decision is what fabrics to use on the back of the vest. Always, treat them with Terial Magic first, then cut them up. So, I want to use these birds.
I love these “skeleton” leaves. I’ll use those too. So, spray, spray, with Terial Magic, and iron to a crispy finish with a dry iron.
Snip, snip, all around the design I want to use.
Getting an idea of placement using the back piece tissue as my guide.
Whrrrrrr, whrrrr, such a satisfying feeling to sew these pieces down. To get that great feeling, USE the Terial Magic, and glue down each piece with whatever fabric glue you like. My preference is Elmer’s school glue. Use a darning foot (open or closed, this time I grabbed the closed one) and lower the feed dogs.
Beginning the first row of the big bias circle. Notice the yellow and red headed pins.
The pins are telling me where to make a pleat (pleats add better fit over the hips). When I have stitched all the way around the circle, I need to finish it off (complete the circle). So I open up the strip, and pinch right sides together (it needs to lay flat and smooth) and stitch up the seam. Refold it and stitch the strip down. Subsequent rounds really are easy. This first one is the hardest. But it is all spelled out in the pattern.
Whoo hoo, first round of bias stripping is done! Continue adding 6 more strips. BREAK TIME! Actually, I take a break after each round (best for ye old neck and shoulders).
On the way out the door to photograph my finished vest, YOWZAA!! when did all the trees start to change color? Can you even believe it is the very end of September?!
I love the blue, blue skies of fall.
Taa daa! Here is Beth’s finished sample. I just LOVE the fabrics she chose and how much fun I had playing with all the choices.
I know, I know, I took a ton of pics. But I couldn’t stop. This could be in a Jane Austen flick, or even Outlander? Maybe? Am I stretching things here?
A shout out to my friend Judi Biley . Happy anniversary! Thank you for your continued support in what I do. And to all of you, my blog peeps, thanks for stopping by. Hugs to you all. It’s a great day to be creative. So get out there and “Make it up, make it fun, and GET IT DONE! Heidi