Friday night at Renovation (WorldCon) had a great Steampunk dance lead by the wonderful James and Cathleen Myers who run PEERS.
In Souless, in my opinion the best of the series, Alexia is described as wearing a green ballgown with a cuirass bodice and carrying a brass handled frilly black parasol with purple satin pansies. She also wears wood and silver hairsticks in her hair.
From the stash:
- silk organza curtain (dyed green, purchased from Goodwill at least 5 years ago)
- 3 yards green polyester lace (White Elephant Sale)
- purple satin ribbon (from The Hobby Shop when I took Candace Kling's class)
- brass sheets and metal findings (Pearl, before it closed)
- Chopsticks (takeout)
- aluminum tape
- long black brocade skirt
- black leather and "lizard skin" effect corset
- black polyester organza shirt
The purchased parasol is frilly black lace. I added a dowel to extend the length and covered that with a brass mesh sheet that I believe is used as the base for making clay models or for constructing model train sets. The handle is a brass colored finding I got at a yard sale. The purple satin pansies are made out of either satin or ombre wired ribbon. I made these using the instructions from my two favorite ribbonwork books, The Artful Ribbon by Candace Kling, and Ribbonwork - The Complete Guide by Helen Gibb.
Alexia also wears two very pointy hair sticks, one of wood and one of silver. These are prudent accessories with vampires and werewolves living in London. Mine are made of chopsticks, one plain, ond the other covered with aluminum tape.