I should probably start with a picture of the muff from the previous post actually finished. I think it's quite pretty.
Next is one of my costumes for Salt City Steamfest (which was a blast, by the way). It's actually just my Regency dress that I have previously posted on here with a fun corset I got from www.coset-story.com over the top. I also wore one of my vintage cameras around my neck most of the day, but I took that off for the ball because necklaces swing a LOT when you do Victorian dancing, and I was pretty sure no one wanted my metal-bodied camera to their face. I wore my pretty mask on my head because I rather like my mask, but it wasn't, strictly speaking, a masked ball, so no one else was wearing them, which made it a lot less worth it to me to just deal with the fact that masks make my face feel crazy after a while. (Yes, my face has emotions of its own, completely independent of the rest of me, so it is the one who goes crazy.) Regency isn't typically what people use for steampunk costumes, but this struck my fancy, so I decided to try it. I like it, and it went over quite well.
This picture shows Jon without the extra accessories and me full-length. I don't know if the fan is good, bad, or indifferent, aesthetically, but it was an absolute necessity. The hotel got quite hot with several hundred people packed in, and besides, Victorian dancing is a lot more vigorous than you might think. Every time I got to stop dancing for more than a second or two, I unhooked it and used it.
I'm pretty sure Jon is only still wearing the Harley boots because his dress shoes somehow didn't come with the rest of his clothes for his costume change. The other two lovely ladies are my nieces. I can't take much credit for their outfits because a sari is a sari (though I think Anna looked very pretty in it), and Emily is wearing her own clothes except my belt and aviator goggles.
I did this part weeks ago and then realized just recently that the curves of the two armholes don't match in the front, which is only noticeable at all because of the trim. But it's not extremely noticeable, and it will be even less so once I add the shoulder rolls, so I probably won't bother to fix it. I'm normally plenty picky enough to fix that sort of thing, but I just don't think it's going to end up being worth it this time.
To keep this from being a super long post, I'm going to give my Victorian corset its own post. I have worked on it, though, and it's finally almost done. I just need Jon to do a little more work, and then I can finish completely. It's really pretty, though, and I like the fit better than the Corset Story one pictured above because it is actually made for me (small boobs and all) rather than ordered based on waist size and then made to a standard curve (Corset Story apparently believes most women have bigger boobs than mine, which is probably true).