Erin's enchanting Clockword Doll.

SHEAR MADNESS CHALLENGE #9: THE “PUT SOME GEARS ON IT STEAMPUNK” CHALLENGE WINNERS

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We had so many wonderful entries for Challenge #9, and they truly impressed our judges!  A big thank you to our wonderful judges:  Leah “Lamia” Lloyd, Lis Kester of Dragonfly Designs by Alisa, and Gregory Laffrenzen!

And here are the winners:

Third Place:  ”East Meets West Steampunk” by Prentice Watson!

Prentice's wonderful Asian-inspired Steampunk costume.

Prentice’s wonderful Asian-inspired Steampunk costume.

Prentice says:  “I wanted, as usual, to merge the West with the East for this Steampunk challenge. I thought of creating a Steampunk Samurai costume with elements from both. I found a ton of Asian inspired Steampunk costumes upon which to draw some inspiration.

Action shot!

Action shot!

In addition to lots of inspiration photos, I found several images that provided instructions on how to create the hakama, traditional Samurai pleated pants, and the hoari, the half length kimona style outer jacket. Plus a couple of Steampunk ray gun images as well. I made one several years ago, but needed a new smaller one for this costume. So I was off to the races with my Samurai Steampunk costume.

Lovely detailed vest.

Lovely detailed vest.

The shirt vest and cravat I already had made and thankfully still fit. The collar should have been up on the vest, but that’s alright. I really like the way the haori turned out. There was a lot of hand stitching with this jacket. The lining was joined to the outer shell all by hand. It really made all of the difference. I was concerned about losing length from the hem, that I sewing grosgrain ribbon at the bottom and folded that up whip stitched that to the lining and outer shell fabric to secure. In some of the photos, you can see the blue ribbon.

Judges’ comments:

“ I am intoxicated by all Ricepunk, particularly when it’s well done, and even moreso when it’s for a gentleman. Great use of colors and good compliment of fashion elements of both East and West. ”

“This makes me very happy; I love seeing well-researched multicultural steampunk. The steampunk aspects are very well integrated.”

“Impressive alignment of the bold vest pattern. Great attention to detail on the lining of the hoari sleeves. Tasteful use of jewelry and accessories for the photoshoot.”

Congratulations, Prentice!

Second Place:  ”Red and Ivory Steampunk Wedding Gown” by Barbara Ebel!

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A gorgeous Steampunk Wedding ensemble!

Barbara says:  “Red and Ivory Steampunk wedding dress in silk taffeta and velvet. Based on a historical dress from 1877. I made the bustle (not pictured), corset, petticoat with circular flounce, skirt and jacket.

Undergarments coordinate with overgown.

Undergarments coordinate with overgown.

Embroidery took over 30 hours to complete. The final image is the original dress.

Trims and embroidery details.

Trims and embroidery details.

We changed the sleeves & embroidery pattern and I couldnt find knotted fringe, but most other details are true to the original including the fringed taffeta knife pleating. ”

Back view!

Back view!

Judges’ comments:

“Amazing attention to detail. Gorgeous, just gorgeous. Trim, fabric, contrast, reference, everything.”

“Completely fantastic.The embroidery is wonderful.”

“All around fantastic. That embroidery is everywhere!”

Congratulations, Barbara!

First Place:  ”Broken Clockwork Doll”  by Erin Card!

Erin's enchanting Clockword Doll.

Erin’s enchanting Clockword Doll.

Erin says:  “Elements:
Petticoat – Made from pattern. One billion yards of tulle.
Skirt – Designed & made. Two-layer bustled charmeuse lolita skirt
White shirt – Designed & made – pinstripe charmeuse with sheer striped sleeves
Jacket – Designed & made – military cropped style, lined charmeuse.
Doll legs – tights purchased (eBay, Made in China)
Upper eyelashes – Designed and made – paper lashes.
Top hat – embroidered by me (free-standing lace design by Urban Threads)
Gloves – purchased (eBay, Made in China)
Wig – purchased (Gothic Lolita Wigs) and lightly styled
Makeup – myself, using white base paint, black liquid paint, and metallic powders.
Shoes – purchased (eBay, Made in China)
Parasol – purchased (eBay, Made in China)
Contacts – electric blue contacts purchased (FourEyez)

Full rear view.

Full rear view.

This was SUPPOSED to be my halloween costume, but I’d only gotten through ordering wig/gloves/shoes, making the hat and petticoat, and drafting the skirt and top by the time I had to triage and make a backup doll costume. I finally finished it for a photoshoot in mid-December. I may add additional elements to the skirt and parasol, but we’ll see.

Rear view embroidery close-up.

Rear view embroidery close-up.

The skirt is a two layer, high waisted, corseted back, meticulously stripe-matched, embroidered, charmeuse lolita skirt. I part-drafted, part-draped the skirt from scratch. Then added almost 60 yards of 5in ruffle, lettuce’d with fishing line in the hem for extra poof! Petticoat had to be completed first in order for me to drape on the dress form. No zipper – uses the corset back to tighten around my midsection after pulling on over my head. There is elastic in the back panel to help with gathering under the corset ties. The back is bustled with ribbon run through small loops, so I can adjust the amount of bustle I want. Design and construction of the skirt went flawlessly, unlike the jacket.

Full front view.

Full front view.

The shirt is a pinstripe charmeuse with shear striped puff sleeves. I made most of it from a pattern, modifying the collar to military style, and the sleeves to be long and poofy (pattern had 3/4 sleeves). The pattern I LOVE because it has a bust seam, allowing for a tighter waist and still allow the bust to have give. Buttons (can’t see in the pic) are 3D printed and colored silver with rub-n-buff. The cuffs close with free-standing lace buckles instead of buttons or cufflinks.

The jacket is cotton lined, embroidered, charmeuse with double breasted front and military collar. Drafted and draped, styled like a little girls’ doll jacket would look with a looser, straightedged cut on the bottom. I had originally planned to use a pattern for this, but upon base shape completion, it was pulling in ALL the wrong spots and my stripes hadn’t matched and it was terrible. So, I threw that across the room and started over with my dress form and some scrap fabric to drape, draft, and drape again until the design was perfect. Stripes are matched on the shoulder and front overlap. Buttons are 3D printed and colored silver with rub-n-buff. Throat brooch was purchased (made by a friend), and modified with additional 3D printed gears.

Front view close-up of embroidery.

Front view close-up of embroidery.

“Free standing lace,” for the uninitiated embroiderer, is actually an embroidery design done on a water soluble stabilizer. The embroidery design is tight and structural enough that when the stabilizer is washed away, all that remains is thread, and it’s sheer like lace. Leave a little stabilizer in there as “starch” and you can create some awesome 3D elements, like my hat and cuff buckles. All my embroidery (FSL and normal) was done with metallic bright silver, mid-gray, metallic pewter, and black threads with designs by Urban Threads.

Eyelashes (top) are designed and made by me. Gear design cut out of a glittery black paper on my Cricut paper cutting machine. They last quite well – this was my 3rd or 4th time wearing them. Lower eyelashes were purchased.

The detailed make-up.

The detailed make-up.

I painted my face and chest with a light coat of white to keep it more porcelain than stark white. Then took a liquid black to create holes and cracks all over my face, neck and chest. Using a fine brush, metallic powders and a suspension liquid, I painted the clockwork innards through the holes in my face and chest. Flashes of white on the edges of the holes and cracks create extra dimension. Rosy cheeks, oversized eyelashes and white eyeliner help with the doll-like look. Closeup photo of the face is from halloween, not the outdoor shoot. But it’s the same concept. I change the gears every time I paint it.”

Judges’ comments:

“Impressed with makeup, accessories, design, workmanship and embroidery.”

“Phenomenal use of freestanding lace and embroidery. Cute touch with lightup earring.  Agree that lots of different techniques went into this, and they blended well to make something bigger than the individual parts.”

“So impressed with this. So many different techniques and skills were used, and it all came together perfectly. The make-up is a great touch.”

Congratulations, Erin!

The judges were so impressed by the worksmanship and design of an additional entry that they decided to award it a Judge’s Choice Award.

Judge’s Choice Award:  “Agents of Catthulu” by Ryn Cording!

The Agents of Cathulu costume by Ryn!

The Agents of Cathulu costume by Ryn!

Ryn says:  “A few months ago, I ran across a comic called Tentacle Kitty. Being the catlady I am, it really clicked when I started thinking about steampunk costumes for our local winter steampunk party. I fell in love with the idea of a secret society of chaotic neutral agents aligned with the mysterious (and fearsomely cute) Catthulhu. And so, the Agents of Catthulu were born…or awoken…from a catnap…

LED busk cover!

LED busk cover!

The leather was a lucky/happy find at Tandy one afternoon when I ran in for snaps for a winter soldier cosplay. The resulting corset, shrug and holster have been the biggest challenge as the leather is thicker than I normally use for corsets. I will be tweaking the shrug from darts to princess seams but love the way it turned out.

Front view of ensemble.

Front view of ensemble.

The skirt was a repurpose from my Malificent costume from 2014. The Ruffles/pleats took a full afternoon, and I couldn’t be happier!  The shirt, gloves, hat, glasses and potion bottle (yay Thinkgeek!) were purchased.

Rear view of ensemble.

Rear view of ensemble.

All the electronics are running off of a 10k mah power cell. The LED in the busk cover does change colors as does the potion bottle. The LEDs in the skirt also slowly change and run off of AAs. The busk cover is hand carved and the thigh holster is hand-stitched (but for the four lines of stitching to hold the zipper into the leather wings.) The holster alone takes roughly four to five hours to complete. (I built two for Fezziwig’s.)

Stunning leatherwork!

Stunning leatherwork!

I’m very happy to share this beast and look forward to wearing all the pieces more often in the future!”

Judges’ comments:

“Great LEDs, I have coveted that leather corset, and she even put LEDs in the skirt.”

“Love the concept. The LED corset is fabulous!”

“Swank incorporation of multiple electronics / LEDs. Precise cutting of leather design.
Most Punk’d — the idea that steampunk takes a historical concept and gives it an impossible (at the time) spin.”

Congratulations, Ryn!

Honorable Mention for Stunning Use of Ombre Shading for “Steampunk Wedding Dress”, by Francesco Mena!

"Absolutely love the ombre effect; gorgeous, rich colors and a perfect fit."

“Absolutely love the ombre effect; gorgeous, rich colors and a perfect fit.”

Honorable Mention for Coordinating Fashion for “Chip and Eddie’s Wedding Outfits,” by Eddie Clark!

"Excellent use of contrast fabrics on both.  Great use of chain clasps on the outer coat.  Beautiful use of accenting the white with the underlying teal."

“Excellent use of contrast fabrics on both. Great use of chain clasps on the outer coat. Beautiful use of accenting the white with the underlying teal.”

Honorable Mention for Construction of Accessories to “Dr. Frankenstein and his Lolita Monster”, by William Nelson!

"props and accessories are fantastic. Love the filigree and LED eyepatch in particular.  Delicate filigree and details on gloves. Good work matching color of shoe to dress."

“Props and accessories are fantastic. Love the filigree and LED eyepatch in particular. Delicate filigree and details on gloves. Good work matching color of shoe to dress.”

"Magnificent backpack and adept use of contrasting artistic principles -- variety and repetition. Good work on a flexible “metal” tube."

“Magnificent backpack and adept use of contrasting artistic principles — variety and repetition. Good work on a flexible “metal” tube.”

Honorable Mention for Non-Traditional Steampunk for “Red Ballgown”, by Melissa Knesek!  

"Happy to see a non-gears ensemble. Good pleats, nice use of complimentary fabric.  The pleated skirt and the bustle shape are perfect.   Hard work pleating paid off in spades. Great coloring throughout the ensemble."

“Happy to see a non-gears ensemble. Good pleats, nice use of complimentary fabric. The pleated skirt and the bustle shape are perfect. Hard work pleating paid off in spades. Great coloring throughout the ensemble.”

 

Congratulations to all of our honorable mention winners!

And a big round of applause to our other wonderful entries:

“Fezziwig’s Ball Gown” by Erica Ramisch!

"Good use of fabric, good balance of design and fabric.  Love the use of color.  You can never go wrong with more sparkle. Love the adjustable skirt."

“Good use of fabric, good balance of design and fabric. Love the use of color. You can never go wrong with more sparkle.
Love the adjustable skirt.”

“Steampunk Cinderella and Snow White” by Lindsay Marth!

"Good job combining purchased and self-made elements. It's all perfectly matched.   Capelet is a great whimsical addition.  Clearly a project that was lots of fun to make."

“Good job combining purchased and self-made elements. It’s all perfectly matched. Capelet is a great whimsical addition. Clearly a project that was lots of fun to make.”

“Nevermore Dress” by Nell Bekiares!

"The overskirt is adorable, LOVE the contrasting colors and the buttons!  Good use of multiple on-theme fabrics to convey a specific idea."

“The overskirt is adorable, LOVE the contrasting colors and the buttons! Good use of multiple on-theme fabrics to convey a specific idea.”

Thank you to everyone for making Challenge #9 such a success!  We are looking forward to seeing what you can come up with for Challenge #10!

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